Find a Job

Whether you're looking for a part-time job, an internship, or a full-time, degree-requiring position, these resources can assist you in your job search! While this list is not exhaustive, awareness of the options gives you more resources to expand and diversify your job search plan.

Handshake - PT/FT & Internships

Whether you are a current student, recent  graduate, or experienced alumnus of Southeastern, you have access to thousands of part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities with our “one-stop career shop”, Handshake. Create a “saved search” to set up email notifications when new positions are uploaded to the system. In addition, you can register for on-campus interview opportunities and Office of Career Services events, connect with like-minded students across the country, network with employers, and more!

Career & Job Fairs

Use career fairs as a great opportunity to meet a large number of companies in one place and learn about several career opportunities. Look at the list of participating employers, make a list of who you would like to meet, and do your research! In addition, prepare a brief introduction of yourself, have an updated copy of your resume ready and wear business professional attire.

On-Campus Recruiting

Sign-up to participate in on-campus recruiting events and on-campus interviews in Handshake. Attend other on-campus events such as information sessions, employer panels, professional student organization meetings and webinars, and more!

In-Person Networking

In-person networking can give you an edge over the competition and is one of the top ways to find a job. Conduct informational interviews to connect with professionals in your industry and continue building your network. In addition, join LinkedIn to keep track of and connect with like-minded students and professionals. Continue to reach out to your network to keep in touch.

Online Networking

We are living in a virtual world! Using platforms such as LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter makes networking easier, and many companies use social sites for hiring purposes. Follow company/organization accounts for insight in their culture, industry trends, services, and information. Professionally interact with their posts.

Targeted Search

Search for opportunities by reflecting on your priorities. This could mean searching for positions based on specific factors (company name, company values, geographic location, position title, and more). Once you have your list of targeted companies, look at the company’s website for open opportunities.

Professional Groups

You can connect with individuals interested in similar career paths who can provide helpful career advice. Be aware that you may need to pay a fee to join professional organizations and access certain career opportunities. Look for a “Careers” or “Jobs” tab on their websites to find opportunities. Attend professional conferences and meetings to develop your network.

Job Boards

Common job boards (i.e., Indeed.com, LinkedIn.com, Careerbuilder.com, etc.) are a good way to learn about opportunities and in-demand career areas, but competition is higher because anyone is able to apply through the site.

Sample Communication with Employers

Below are some examples of how to reach out to employers to inquire about opportunities, follow up on applications, thank them for an interview, and more. Adapt these samples to fit your needs. 

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Job or Internship Inquiry

Dear Ms. Mendoza,

I am interested in any curator internships that may be available at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I am a freshman history major with a minor in art history.

I have done research on my own about the exhibits housed at the museum and would love to assist in choosing themes and displaying the art work. I have developed strong leadership, communication, and collaboration skills, but it would be a pleasure to develop my skills even more while also working for a company I admire.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a dedicated curator team, and I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to assist any of them. I have attached my resume to this email for your review. Should any positions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum become available, I would greatly appreciate your consideration.

Sincerely,
Linette Lion

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Follow Up after Career Fair

Dear Ms. Howard,

Thanks again for the opportunity to meet you at the Southeastern Louisiana University Career Fair today. It was great learning more about the new branch you all plan to open soon in Slidell, and it would be a pleasure to contribute to the transition to a new office space.

From our conversations, I was excited to hear that The Soleau Group is very invested in the local community. My current volunteering has been one of my favorite parts of my college experience and was glad that your organization values community involvement as well.

I would love to connect to further discuss a potential career with the The Soleau Group. I have attached a copy of my resume and have applied in Handshake. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. Thanks again for your time!

Sincerely,
Salah T. Tiger

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Application Follow Up

Dear Ms. Knope,

My name is Lucy Garcia, and I am writing regarding my interest in the Fisheries Biologist Intern position at the Louisiana Department or Wildlife and Fisheries. I applied to the position on Handshake yesterday and feel as though my scientific knowledge from academic courses in biological sciences as well as my organization skill from my student worker role make me an excellent fit for this internship.

I have attached a copy of my resume for your consideration. Please contact me for any additional information by cell at (985) 549-2121 or through email at firstname.lastname@selu.edu.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best,
Lucy Garcia

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Thank You After an Interview

Dear Mayah Stewart,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today for the Nonprofit Leadership Internship. It was a pleasure to virtually meet you and hear more about the opportunities available at The Borgen Project. I am excited about this internship and will continue to pursue supporting your organization.

I enjoyed speaking with other professionals on the call and learning how each role works together to successfully contribute to the team. My political science courses have given me a foundational knowledge of government affairs and campaigning. I believe my Social Media Chair role on campus will also allow me to contribute to the creative promotion of the The Borgen Project.

Thank you again for the consideration for this position, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely,
Lilo Stitch

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Interview Follow Up

Dear Ms. Knope,

I am writing to follow up about the Fisheries Biologist Intern position that we spoke about a few weeks ago. Thank you again for your time! I enjoyed hearing about the Louisiana Department or Wildlife and Fisheries and the close-knit team this intern position would collaborate with day-to-day.

I’m very interested in this opportunity and wanted to inquire about my status in the interview process. Please let me know as soon as you’re able.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Lucy Garcia

 

 

Professionalism in the Job Search Process