Searching and Finding Open Positions
Finding open positions can be frustrating but we have a number of resources and tips to help you find open positions that are a good fit for your career interests. If you are still struggling to find positions to apply for after exploring these resources, we encourage you to make an appointment with a career counselor at one of the career centers listed to the right.
We've included some great resources below to help you begin your job search. Here are some additional tips:
- Update your LinkedIn profile and let your network know you are actively searching for work and what types of openings you are interested in. You can turn on the "Open to Work" banner in the settings of your LinkedIn profile.
- Do information interviews with folks who are working in the industry or organization you are interested in and ask them where job openings are listed or how people learn about open positions in their field.
- Sign up for listserves that include job openings like H-Net (teaching jobs in the humanities and social sciences), the Social Science Working Group for Conservation Biology (academic, government, and other social science job openings related to conservation studies), or other industry specific listserves.
- If you are looking for academic positions (lecturer, visiting professorships, postdocs, tenure track positions) talk to your faculty about where these openings are generally advertised in your field. Note: the Chronicle of Higher Education is a good place to search broadly and KU has institutional access.
- For US government positions, USAjobs.gov is the main clearing house for all positions but also check the career pages on individual agency websites.
- The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is one of the main government clearing houses for postdocs, internships, fellowships, and early career openings in many national labs, research agencies and more.
Job Searching Resources
HireJayhawks is the one stop shop for students searching and applying for internships, job openings, and more. Visit the HireJayhawks site to update your account profile, search for jobs, register for upcoming career fairs and upload your job documents.
Job & Internship Search Resources
The University Career Center maintains a list of resources if you are searching for jobs and internships in the following sectors: government & non-profit, Peace Corps, work/study abroad, internships, virtual job and internships resources and part-time jobs.
ImaginePhD Job Search Resources
If you have an account with ImaginePhD.com, please note that in the "Apply" section of each job family there is a real-time Indeed ticker of job openings related to that job family. Use this to find openings and also learn about organizations and job titles that you can use to search for jobs using HireJayhawks.com or doing your own search on Indeed or LinkedIn.
The KU Alumni Association's Mentoring+ platform includes resources for career searching and preparation in addition to a job board. Explore the current openings by signing in to the Mentoring+ platform using your KU credentials. Set up a profile in order to connect with KU alumni for informational interviews and tips to help you get that first job after graduation!