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5 Tips to Launch Your Job Search This Fall

Roni White, associate director of Advanced Academic Programs Professional Career Services Center, offers job-search tips.

White is available to meet with AAP students to assist in developing and enhancing  professional documents and providing guidance.  AAP Career Services is at the Montgomery County Campus on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, log on to the scheduler

1. Internship programs: Many companies are posting applications for internship programs and deadlines are approaching.  Ensure you are knowledgeable about the requirements and materials needed to successfully apply.  Search company websites on the career pages or student program pages to locate internship opportunities.  Utilize websites including,,, and check Optimal Resume for posted internship opportunities and the Career Services Newsletter. 

2. Develop a list: Understand the industry and begin creating a key search term list to approach job searching.  The key search term list can stem from other opportunities you have seen and were interested in, components of a job you are highly interested in, traditional job titles, related job titles and department names. As your search develops, refine the list to incorporate newly found terms. 

3. Leave no rock unturned: There are innumerable opportunities posted on various websites and job boards.  Refrain from limiting yourself to one or two sites.  Always check the career pages of the companies of interest.  Incorporate mass job boards such as Indeed, Idealist, Simply Hired, Glassdoor.  Locate industry-related job and opportunity postings on professional organizations and associations job/career pages.  Utilize professional social media such as LinkedIn and company Twitter pages to locate opportunities.

4. Don’t judge a job by its title: Companies vary in job structure as well as job titles. Therefore review the description of the job prior to disregarding the opportunity based on the title. 

5. Dissect job announcements: Thoroughly read the announcement to determine the overarching theme of the role.  Determine which skills to carry out the described responsibilities are paramount. Ensure that you possess these qualities and skills and can demonstrate them within your resume. 



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