Finding Jobs and Internships
Career Development at Fairleigh Dickinson University provides a job search website for students, alumni, and employers to utilize.
This job database, CareerQuest, is available to all FDU students and alumni. Here, students and alumni can:
- Research and apply for jobs and internships.
- Learn about upcoming events - on campus and off campus.
- Participate in on campus recruiting.
- Share your resume with employers.
- New opportunities are available everyday so we encourage you to check back often.
Career Quest is Fairleigh Dickinson University's new career services management system powered by Symplicity! Here, employers may:
- Post jobs and internships.
- View resume books.
Participate in recruiting events at our school.
- Career Shift pulls search results from various different job search engines and compiles them into one results list. (Indeed, Monster, company websites, etc.)
- Sign up with your FDU e-mail here: www.fdu.careershift.com
Search by job title, company name, keywords, or location.
Talk to FDU Alumni in your Major or Career Choice
- Network. Have a conversation -- between 30 minutes and an hour -- with an alum to find out about their job, organization and/or industry.
- Find what it’s like to have his/her job, or to work at that particular organization, or in that industry. What kind of experience, educational background or even personality is likely to thrive in this job or in this organizational culture?
Learn firsthand what kind of skills are needed, what the benefits and the pitfalls of the job are, and to get some good advice regarding the best way to get started in the field.
Career Fair Tips
Career fairs are a great place to meet employers, but you need to do more than show up. Listed below are some tips that will help you impress employers:
- Prepare. Review the employers on the Career Development website. Spend time getting some background on organizations that interest you, then you can ask focused questions. This impresses representatives because it shows a genuine interest in them.
- Rest. Your company research should be complete so be sure to get a good night sleep the evening before the fair.
- Professional dress is key. First impressions are very important.
- Bring many copies of your resume. Bring enough resumes for the employers you intend to meet, plus twenty more. Make certain there are no errors and use resume paper (24 lb).
- Allow yourself adequate time. Arrive at the fair at the designated time or within 30 minutes after the start time. Fairs close promptly and you don’t want to miss any opportunities.
- Prioritize employers. You may have little time to speak to employers because many other students may be interested in the same employers, so budget your time wisely.
- Have a game plan. Take a few minutes when you arrive to review the location directory of employers. You can locate the employers you're most interested in and see if any lines are building up, you may want to start there.
- Explore other options. There may be employers who were added at the last minute explore those tables as well. When you have seen all of the companies you set out to meet, visit the other tables. There may be hidden opportunities. This is also a great networking tool!
- Introductions. Offer the recruiter a firm handshake and introduce yourself. Be ready to have a 30 second introduction ready about what you are interested in and what you have to offer. Hand your resume to the recruiter. It is also a nice gesture to welcome and thank the representative for coming to FDU.
- Collect business cards. This serves two purposes: First you can take brief notes on the back of each card (ex.: things you want to remember about the company or the representative). Second, you will need the correct information to send a thank you note that acknowledges your appreciation of the employer visiting our campus and providing opportunities to you.
- Respect employers' product samples. Some employers bring product samples for students to take. This is not intended to be a shopping spree, take one and thank the employer for the gift. Always check with employers before taking materials from their tables.
- Mind your Manners. Not only are you representing yourself, you also represent the University. The organizations at the fair are there because of their interest in FDU students. Some representatives may even be alumni. Be courteous to your fellow students waiting to speak with employers by keeping your introduction and questions brief and also respecting the employers’ limits.
Be positive. Smile! The time spent with employers is a great learning and networking experience, enjoy it.
Evaluating Fraudulent Jobs and Employers
If your interaction (in person or over the phone) with an employer makes you feel uncomfortable or suspicious, you should follow your intuition. It is extremely important that you proceed with caution as you pursue an employment/internship opportunity.
If you suspect a position is fraudulent, please contact Donna Robertson at email@example.com or Ryan Stalgaitis at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to report it. Do not continue communication with the employer. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud resulting from a job listing, please contact the police, as well.
If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, you can file an incident report with the US Department of Justice at http://www.cybercrime.gov , or by calling the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
If you feel uncomfortable about a job opportunity you are exploring, DO NOT click on any links and DO NOT provide any personal information.
Generally, if the posting or email contains any of the following, please proceed with caution and alert Career Development immediately:
- Offers to pay a large amount of money for very little work or Offers you a job without ever meeting or interacting with you
- Requests personal information from you such as your Social Security Number, bank account numbers, credit card information, copies of your passport/license/or other personal documents
- Requests you to transfer or wire money from one account to another or payment by wire service, Money Order, or courier
- Offers a large payment in exchange for the use of your bank account — often for depositing checks or transferring money
- Offers to send you a check before you do any work or sends you a large check unexpectedly
- Watch for anonymity. If it is difficult to find an address, actual contact, company name, etc., proceed with caution. Fraud postings are illegal, so scammers will try to keep themselves well-hidden
- While there are legitimate opportunities for individuals to work from home, be sure to research the position (Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Jobs, and Online Surveys) in advance of applying
- A contact email address that is not a primary domain. For example, an employer called “Balston Realty” with a Gmail address
- The posting includes many spelling and grammatical errors
- You are asked to provide a photo of yourself
- Look at the company's website. Does it have an index that tells you what the site is about or does it contain information only about the job you are interested in? Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that seem legitimate at first glance.
- The employer contacts you by phone; however there is no way to call them back. The number is not available
- The employer says that they do not have an office set-up in your area, and will need you to help them get it up and running (these postings often include a request for your banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions)
- Google the employer's phone number, fax number and/or email address. If it does not appear connected to an actual business organization, this is a red flag
- When you Google the company name and the word "scam" (i.e., “Acme Company scam”), the results show several scam reports concerning this company
- Monster.com lists descriptive words in job postings that are tip-offs to fraud. Their list includes "package-forwarding," "money transfers," "wiring funds," "eBay," and "PayPal”
Additional Resources for Fraudulent Online Postings/Job Hunting/Job Scams
- Federal Trade Commission http://ftc.gov/jobscams
- Avoiding Online Job Scams https://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs25a-JobSeekerPriv2.htm
- Tips for Job Seekers to Avoid Job Scams http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/jobscamtipspayforwarding.html
- Is This Job Real? What Should I Do If I Applied? http://www.rileyguide.com/realjob.html
- Avoiding Job and Work at Home Scams http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/workathomehelp/a/homescam.htm
- Postal Money Order Security https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/radDocs/consumer/moalert.htm
- Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/us/article/beware-of-employment-scams-280
Once you have started in the position, if you have any concerns about the legitimacy of the company or believe the work environment to be unsafe, contact Career Development if it’s an academic internship. For paid positions, the New Jersey Department of Labor (http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/aboutlwd/lwdstaffcontacts.html) and the US Department of Labor (https://www.dol.gov/dol/contact/contact-phonecallcenter.htm) should be contacted.
(Source: Stevens Institute of Technology)