Job Search

Three things you need to know before job searching

  1. Most jobs are never advertised.
    One of the biggest myths of job hunting is that jobs are advertised. According to data form ReferenceUSA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 75 percent of all jobs are not advertised.
  2. Who you know is as important as what you know.
    Most people locate job openings through personal contacts. Job seekers need a good strategy and should consider spending time not just looking for job postings, but also developing a professional network of contacts in the career field. A good place to start is by talking to friends, relatives, and professors, and then meeting alumni or other business contacts at fairs and professional meetings.
  3. Small companies are the biggest employers.
    The majority of Americans work for companies with 100 employees or less. Many students are interested in working for familiar, brand name companies. However, most Americans work for small companies and often these companies usually don’t attend career fairs. You will have to dig to find these companies by researching, using the tools available to you, and by networking.

Job Search Tools and Resources

Biochemistry and Biotechnology

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Sites that regularly post BLS/CLS jobs:

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Sites that post environmental jobs:

Federal, State, and Local Government

Federal and State Employment

Federal agencies use computer application and screening systems to make hiring decisions. Typically, you will be asked to respond to anywhere from three to six “Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities” (KSA) questions. KSAs are a set of questions to help determine if you are a good fit for the job, based on your combined set of job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Geosciences

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Integrative Biology

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Mathematics and Statistics

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Microbiology

Tools for identifying employers of interest:

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Pharmaceutical and Biomedical

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Physics

Tools for researching employers and keeping up on physics news:

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Plant Biology

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