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Job Search Tips

Looking for a new job can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Here are some ways you can make your search more successful:

If you have a career goal in mind and are just looking for a short-term job, why not look for positions that will give you valuable experience and set you up to reach your career goal? Look for positions that use some of the same skills your career goal requires, are in a company related to your career goal, or put you in close contact with people who are already working in that career.

Use synonyms of your terms to broaden the results. Sometimes the same position will go by multiple titles, so play around with your search terms to find the whole scope of available positions. If you aren’t sure what other titles to search for, you can view alternative position titles at My Next Move.

You can also search generic relevant terms like "math" or "customer service" or search skills you've already mastered to discover jobs that use that skill. Databases will often match your search using terms found in job descriptions, not just the title.

Before you apply to a company, make sure you check out the "Values," "Mission," "Purpose" or "Goals" web pages. This will give you more information about how the company might suit you and help you develop your cover letter.

If you’re interested in a specific company, you can search for jobs directly on its website. Most company websites have a "Career," "Jobs," or "Employment Opportunities" section at the top or bottom of the homepage where they post open positions. Applying on the company's site is also generally a good idea to avoid any potential scam job postings.

Job fairs are a great way to connect with potential employers, learn about companies in your field that are hiring, gain experience networking and maybe even find the right job for you. With a little preparation, you can make a great first impression. 

Here are some ways to get ready:

  1. Create and practice an Elevator Pitch: An elevator pitch is a brief (about 30 seconds) introduction to yourself—who you are, what you want, and what you can offer. Look at this short video to help you develop yours, from CandidCareer.
  2. Research the companies that will be at the job fair: If there’s a company you are excited about, make sure you review their website. It’s a great idea to jot down possible talking points–you’ll make a great impression if you have some questions that let them know you’ve done your research!
  3. Dress for success: Business casual is always a good choice, but check with your instructors if you are attending a discipline-specific fair to learn if there’s a dress code (for example, if you are attending an Allied Health career fair, scrubs may be appropriate).
Tips for what to wear to an interview for different industries and fields.

Download and print the What To Wear To An Interview graphic

Local sources for free and low-cost business attire: 
Leanna’s Closet
Arc Thrift Store
Goodwill of Colorado
Plato’s Closet Thrift Store

The presence or posting of job announcements on any website, including the Aims Student Job Board powered by Handshake and maintained by Career Services, should not be interpreted as an endorsement or recommendation by Aims Community College or Career Services.

Students and alumni are urged to exercise caution and diligence when pursuing internships or employment opportunities and to verify the credentials and integrity of employers or organizations. Career Services resources are offered at no cost to both employers and students/alumni seeking job opportunities. All matters concerning hiring and compensation for work are dealt with directly between the student/alumnus and the employer.

Career Services does not conduct background checks on students/alumni applying for jobs or on employers posting job openings. Both employers and students/alumni are encouraged to request and provide reference information to establish qualifications, credentials, and suitability for the position.

Career Services does not guarantee or vouch for the positions posted through their office and cannot be held accountable for safety, wages, working conditions or any other aspects of off-campus employment. Students are strongly advised to thoroughly research employers when applying for or accepting off-campus employment. Career Services staff members are available to offer guidance on researching prospective employers. Click here to schedule an appointment today!

Tips for a Safe Job Search

  • Exercise caution and trust your instincts when applying for off-campus jobs. If a potential employer requests any activities that make you uncomfortable, it's important to decline. 
  • If a job offer or salary seems too good to be true, it likely is. 
  • Avoid faxing copies of your identification or Social Security number to unknown individuals. Only share these documents in person at the place of employment. Never disclose personal financial information. A legitimate employer will not ask for your bank account, credit card, or PayPal account details. 
  • Be wary of agencies offering undisclosed state or federal-level jobs. Legitimate positions are typically posted on official government employment sites, such as

Warning Signs of Potential Job or Employer Scams

  • Email addresses that do not match the company website or are not associated with the company (e.g., instead of 
  • Requests for credit card, bank account, or PayPal account information, or requests to transfer money. Legitimate organizations do not guarantee jobs or ask for payment for hiring or training. 
  • Job listings mentioning "money transfers" or "wiring funds." Legitimate employers will use their business accounts for any required transactions. 
  • Requests for photocopies of your ID (e.g., driver’s license) to "verify identity" before an interview. 
  • Requests for a background check before an interview.
  • Postings focusing on potential earnings without specifying job duties. Multiple spelling errors in the posting. 
  • For entry-level candidates with limited experience, be cautious of unusually high salary ranges. 
  • Job postings that contain multiple spelling errors.
  • Verify that the URL in an ad matches the internet domain of the company. If not, it could be a scam.

Additional Job Search Resources

Search Safely

  • Click here to read more about Handshake’s recommendations for safety and best practices for job searches.
  • Click here for more information from the Federal Trade Commission on how to spot a job scam.
  • Click here to watch a short video on how to spot fraudulent job postings, brought to you by CandidCareer.

Use Niche Job Boards

Research jobs on boards for a specific career field and/or location. You can find job boards for working in higher education, city, state or federal jobs, working in other career fields and more. Here’s a list with links to get you started. Connect with Career Services for more tips and assistance in the job search process.