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Job, Internship and Co-op Search Strategy

Creating a search strategy for applying to a job, internship, research experience or graduate school can come in many forms, shapes and sizes depending on your intended industry or professional experience. See below for support on the most common strategies to jump-start your search.

Explore the search strategies below. Schedule an appointment to connect with your school or college career center or Syracuse University Career Services to see how we can help take your search to the next level.

Getting Started

Always start with Handshake to support your first step in the process. This will allow you to see all jobs and employers who have been approved by a career center at Syracuse University to support your success.

  • Update your Handshake profile to 100% complete.
  • Visit Jobs in Handshake and save your preferred filters.
  • And so much more!

Take a look at how Handshake recommends Getting Started with Handshake by visiting the Help Center.

Next Steps

  • Research and identify industries, employers or specific jobs that match your career goals and interests.
  • Identify individual companies and organizations whose reputations and expertise appeal to you. Using Handshake, follow employers you like.
  • Network with alumni and personal contacts working in the field or the specific company you’re interested in. Using Firsthand, engage with Alumni.
  • Attend a Career Services hosted program in the area of networking, job search strategies, career fairs or other related topics by visiting our dedicated programs and events listing. You can also go directly into Handshake to build and save your event search preferences.

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Use this tool to learn which employers are actively hiring for your desired occupation and view related job titles to help broaden your search criteria.

There are two ways to use this tool below:

  1. By Keyword: Search for the name of the occupation you’re interested in.
  2. By Industry: Not sure what job you’d like? Search by desired industry and see available occupations.

Refer to the Top Employers and Job Titles sections in the search results!

First, choose an industry of interest, then filter for occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

Type in a keyword to select a relevant occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

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