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Search for Jobs

The following employment websites have a variety of information for the human services job seeker.

  • National Human Services Jobs
    The National Organization for Human Services is affiliated with Job Target, a nationally recognized job posting service, focusing here on human services.
     
  • Health & Human Services Careers
    For those interested in learning about the benefits of becoming Federal employees. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the government’s principal agency for protecting the health and well-being of Americans.
     
  • Idealist
    Idealist calls itself the world's best place to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world.
     
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Search Tools
    NACE is a leading source of information on the employment of the college educated, and forecasts hiring and trends in the job market; tracks starting salaries, recruiting and hiring practices, and student attitudes and outcomes; and identifies best practices and benchmarks.
     
  • YMCA Career Opportunities
    As the name implies, this is the resource for those seeking employment at YMCA branches world-wide.
     
  • USA Jobs
    This is a United States Office of Personnel Management website. USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.
     
  • Career Bliss
    It identifies as a leading career community, and it provides information on the ratings of companies and positions, all in search of choosing "happy" jobs.
     
  • Monster
    This is the monster of all career services websites. Monster can provide career help, jobs listings, and has searchable databases for the entire country and beyond. Any field, anywhere.

Regional and State Job Websites

FOCUS

FOCUS will help you broaden your career horizons and guide you through mapping out a personalized career plan. Our approach is based on established career counseling principles and is currently being used in over 1000+ schools, colleges, universities, government agencies, and career counseling centers nationwide.

How FOCUS works:

Our online career assessments will create profiles of your interests, skills, values, personality, educational preferences and leisure activities. You then investigate occupations matching your profiles. For each occupation you will learn about the duties, education required, skills needed, specific working conditions, required training, job outlook, current and expected earnings, and much more!

FOCUS LOGIN

FOCUS is available free for all Springfield College students and alumni. If you need assistance utilizing FOCUS please contact the Career Center (413) 748-3222 or email Michael Hill

* Note: to obtain access you will need to enter the institutional access codespringfield87 at the prompt.

What’s Next?

By the time you’ve completed FOCUS, you’ll have received a great deal of information about yourself and about potential majors and careers. The best way to understand your results is to meet with a counselor from the Career Center who will assist you with interpreting the information.

Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation

Interviews provide the opportunity to convey to an employer your interest in the position and the skills you could bring to the job.

Uncover the "secrets" of a good job interview by clicking on the navigation links in the right column. The strategies outlined provide invaluable insights designed to improve your level of proficiency in what is truly the most important stage in the job search process; the interview. Remember preparation is critical in presenting a positive and polished image!

Building a Professional Network

In these times of economic turmoil, you need to be savvy and multidimensional in your job search. Utilizing a social media approach that is self directed will allow you to take a more active role and enable you to market your credentials in a more meaningful manner.

Without question making contacts the old fashion way; simple face to face interaction still remains the optimal method to obtaining a job. However, replicating this interaction electronically can greatly expand your contact base and complement your standard in-person networking. Professional social networking allows you to re-connect with friends, former co-workers and allow you to establish new contacts.

LinkedIn is an excellent resource to establish your career network:

  • Connect with classmates, faculty, and family professionally
  • Find new opportunities for internships and full-time positions
  • Manage what potential employers learn about you from the Internet

Your LinkedIn profile is your connection to over 70 million professionals in the business world. Use it to show the world who you are. To help the world find you. This network will not just help you find a job, but GET a job.

After the Interview

Do not expect an offer on the spot. Do not mention salary and benefits unless the employer brings up the subject. If you are offered the position you will be given this information. To ask during the interview makes it seem as though this is the most important factor. It reflects poorly on you.

Make a short concise statement of your qualifications and stress your interest in the position (i.e. "This interview has convinced me that my abilities match your needs. I am very interested in the position. Could I call you in a few days to check on the status of my application?")

At the very end of the interview thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. Do not loiter around after the interview ends.

After the Interview

  • A "thank-you" note should be sent within 24 hours of the interview. Reaffirm your interest. Specifically refer to a topic that was discussed in the interview. Re-introduce your candidacy.
  • Talk the interview through with someone who listens well. Compare notes with others who have gone through the interview process. Write down what your strengths were during the interview, what did not go as planned, and what can you do differently. Continue your job search.