Where to Find Jobs
There are many tools and resources available for job seekers to help find positions during your job search. These are a few resources for you, but it's important to use a variety of options to find the types of positions you are looking for.
- Handshake - Search hundreds of positions posted by employers who are interested in recruiting Pepperdine students. You can also find many virtual employer information sessions that you can register to attend.
- Career center events and programs - Participate in on-campus and virtual employer recruitment events to meet employers who are currently hiring.
- PeppConnect - Connect with Pepperdine alumni to network and find available positions.
- Off-campus events and job fairs - Stay abreast of recruitment events that are happening in your local area, or in the area you want to work. These events may be open to the public or may be hosted by an outside organization.
- Job search sites - There are many general and industry-specific job sites to search for open positions. Use a few different sites and use key words to maximize the amount of relevant positions you can find.
- Employer web sites - Go directly to the sites of employers you're interested in, and search for open positions. Many employer sites will also let you set up job alerts that will notify you when relevant positions are posted.
- LinkedIn - Search open positions and set up job alerts to be notified when new jobs are posted.
- Professional associations - Many positions are posted through industry-specific groups and organizations.
- Where Pepperdine alumni have worked - Check out the organizations where our alumni have worked.
- Rotational programs - Search for paid opportunities that are designed to expose employees to a variety of areas within an organization.
Avoiding scams and fradulent postings
As you are searching, you may come across positions or employers that you have questions about. Job scams and fraudulent positions are posted in the same way that legitimate positions are, making them difficult to spot. Here are some tips to help you avoid fraudulent jobs and scams.
- Do your research - Check out the employer or person trying to contact you before sending your information. Google to see if anyone else has received similar emails or contact attempts and search the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for any complaints.
- Ask people you trust - Talk to trusted friends, family, professors, staff members, etc., to get their feedback.
- Don't pay for a job or provide your bank account information - Legitimate employers will never ask you to pay for a position or provide your account information to get a job.
- Never cash a check offered by a "potential employer" - This is a type of scam that can leave you out of money and paying back your bank.
- Pay attention to spelling and grammar - In some cases, fraudulent postings may contain spelling and grammatical errors.
- Receiving a job offer without an interview - Most employers will want to do some type of interview with you before they decide to offer you a job. Receiving an offer from someone you've never interacted with may be a red flag.
- Mass emails from unknown email addresses or from unrecognizable domains - Some emails may seem personalized but are actually generic and/or sent from unrecognizable email accounts.
- If it's too good to be true, it might be a scam - Being paid to be "your own boss" or being paid upfront should be red flags.