Job Search Resources for Young Professionals

Having trouble with your job search? Here are a few key resources for anyone trying to break into the professional world.


Starting on July 11th, the Career Center transitioned their official job search platform from UMBCworks to Handshake. Although the switch will come with a few new features and an updated interface, the purpose of the site – to connect Retrievers with potential employers – hasn’t changed. Handshake is available to both current students and UMBC alumni. It features everything from summer internships to full-time positions. To stay on top of this transition, visit the Career Center’s guide to Handshake for tips on getting started.

Buzzfile’s Top Employers by Major

Although this site doesn’t feature individual job postings, it’s an excellent first step into entering the field of your choice. The Buzzfile Company Information Database contains comprehensive lists of top employers based on college major and state, including information such as location, industry, revenue, and number of employees.

Although it’s possible to create a streamlined search with the database, it’s also accessible to people who aren’t completely sure which industry they want to be in. By searching within your major, you’re guaranteed to find a list of diverse companies that employ from your background. If you find a company that seems like a potential fit, continue to their website and search for possible openings!

Personal Connections

If the digital world isn’t yielding the results you want, try looking in real life. Professors are a great in-person resource, since they’re available on a regular basis and likely have connections within the subject they teach. Family members, friends, and classmates can also surprise you with the opportunities they’re aware of. Although it may feel awkward at first, don’t be afraid to make the most of your connections by reaching out in person. Sometimes, it helps to do things the old-fashioned way.

The UMBC Career Center

The Career Center has resources for many stages of professional development, and the job search is no exception. Aside from having a list of online sources for jobs and internships, the Career Center offers recruiting events, networking via Retrievers Connect, and one-on-one advising sessions with seasoned staff.

Searching for a job is never easy, but there are many resources available to help you succeed. As you continue looking for the right fit, consider trying a few of the previous resources!

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