Implement the search strategies listed below into your job search plan. View current openings for BSOS majors on Careers4Terps. 

Search types:
Post-Graduation Alternatives/Short Term: 
Before you start your job search: 


Read more about job searching on the University Career Center's website

Access openings not advertised anywhere by gaining leads from friends, family, and contacts. This is the number one most effective search strategy to identify openings! Read more: How to Create Opportunities Rather Than Compete for Them, by Vault. Get started by contacting organizations that hire within your field and inquire about job opportunities. This strategy can be implemented by in person (depending on the type of organization you are targeting), email, phone, or through social media and works best when the résumé and cover letter are customized for the organization.

Identify organizations of interest


Target organizations who value diversity & inclusion

For a full list of resources, visit the University Career Center's diversity & inclusion webpage

Hiring managers who are having a difficult time filling positions (i.e. competition for candidates is tight or they are searching for a hard to find skill set) tend to advertise openings on job boards. The job seeker can search for advertised openings and apply for positions online.

Application tips 

Over 95% of organizations use an Applicant Tracking System to manage applications. Use the tips below to increase your odds of getting past the digital gatekeepers.

  • Use Jobscan to optimize your resume for each position you apply for. 

Agencies work for employers to locate job seekers with specific skills to fill short term positions.

A growing number of organizations are outsourcing their hiring to temporary agencies. A temporary agency will locate and vet candidates that possess the skills required for a position. Organizations may use the short term jobs to "test" an employee and then offer the employees that they see as a good fit a full-time position. Other organizations use temp agencies to find professionals to fill in for a short period of time (i.e. the busy season). Learn more about how temp agencies operate

  • PREPARE: Identify your skill set and industry references. Also consider your geographical work preferences and contact an agency in that area.
  • EXPECTATIONS: The initial interview may include tests to assess your skills. Prepare for this interview as you would a traditional interview.