The third tool that is highly useful when searching for employment is CareerBuilder.  The setup is simple enough: go to the website careerbuilder.com, type the keywords for the position you are looking for, add the particular city or zip code where you are looking to work, and narrow down your search by adding a category (i.e. education, finance, etc.), then click Find Jobs.  Searching for a photographer position in Washington, D.C. in Journalism yielded nine results.  From there you have the options to check the job requirements and many of the sites give you an option to fill out an application right then and there.

What Happens When I Leave – Indeed

The second tool that is highly useful when searching for employment is Indeed.com. The site itself is

incredibly easy to use. You simply type in what type of a job you are looking for and where you are

looking for it to be located. Then click “Find Jobs.” When I did a search for a Chemists position in/

near Fairfax Virginia the site populated 26 options. When you click on an option you get a detailed

description of the position and either a link to the employer’s website or the option to apply directly

from the search result. You can also save jobs so that you can apply for them later or block the

particular employer from your search results. These options do require you to set up an account, but

the account is totally FREE! It’s definitely worth a look.

The thing I enjoyed the most about indeed was my ability to post a resume. I would suggest leaving a

generic resume and supplement it with more specialized resumes depending on what you are applying

for (but more on that later). This made the application process a breeze when it came to applying

directly from the site.

Do they have jobs that you might want? Indeed.


What is your goal being here at NOVA?  Do you want to be an accountant, or a horticulturalist, or a Photographer?  Perhaps a mechanic, or an Engineer, a Web Designer, a Dental Hygienist, or a Teacher?  Whatever your goal for being here at NOVA, there are some tools that are universally useful in the search for employment after graduation.  The first one we are going to talk about today is LinkedIn.    LinkedIn allows you to make a social networking site designed to help you become employed.

The concept of networking forms the basis for this site.  By adding people you know (sort of like friending people on FaceBook), you expand your job search.  I’m going to use being a teacher because that was what I did as an example.  As a teacher, I know my principal and added him as a person I know on my LinkedIn account.  My principal happens to know the C.E.O. of a large educational technology firm.  Because there is the “link” between my principal and me, the C.E.O. can see my skill set and thinks I might be a good fit for a job he has available.  I’m asked to apply for the position.  See how that works?  When it comes to finding a good job, networking is the key!

Check out LinkedIn…you never know what might be waiting for you out there…



So, the new workshop schedule has been posted for you to peruse and sign up for the classes you want to take. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!!!! We have even ADDED classes!  Check out our new Photoshop and Dreamweaver classes and take advantage of our I and II level Microsoft Office classes!

Check out what we’ll be offering by clicking on the “Workshops” link above.

Questions? Drop us a line at AL_IS&D@nvcc.edu or come on by our office in Bisdorf 337 on the Alexandria Campus.