Welcome to the CDC’s Ask Me Anything Winter break series.
Today’s question is: What are some tips regarding research for career opportunities especially in today’s world?
Here are some suggestions depending on how much time you have:
- 5-minutes: We would suggest starting with our website; there is tons of information under the industry tabs (Career Communities–Industries). There you can find curated Vault guides for industries, careers, and majors (look towards the bottom of the page!).
- 10 minutes: If you have not already, sign on to and activate your Rutgers-Newark Handshake account. There you have access to research careers (Career Paths), look at actual postings from employers (Jobs), employer profiles (Employers), and can connect with others that may have similar backgrounds to you (Community). This is a good place to explore, because you can view real positions employers are posting at the moment, and what positions are trending. We also have Focus2: a self-guided tool to help you learn more about yourself and connect that information to majors and careers (in Career Center-Resources within Rutgers-Newark Handshake).
- 15 minutes plus: Depending on your industry of interest, there is information that is updated regularly on trends in our current world, amid a pandemic. The CDC’s COVID-19 Job Search page offers some resources, including the Emsi Job Posting Dashboard or the Candor Hiring Freezes list. Some websites to consider include LinkedIn, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Career One Stop, and more. CDC also posts blogs on trending career topics on our website.
We would also suggest looking at various job search websites along with Rutgers-Newark Handshake; this can support you in noticing what these job boards are posting.
If you have an idea of your career industry, professional organizations in various industries also post up a depth of current information.
You can also schedule an appointment with a career coach or stop by during our drop-in times.