Career Development Center





"Career planning and job seeking skills have now become essential survival skills in our economy."


Successful job seeking requires aggressive action. It requires a significant investment of time, money, energy and ego. It requires hard work. To survive in today's highly competitive and rapidly changing job market, you will need the right attitude, the right mental approach, the right preparation and a new set of survival skills. You will need... A good understanding of yourself and the right job for you... Knowledge of types of jobs and what they require... A method to help you choose and plan long-term career goals... Knowledge of effective job-seeking skills... And how to succeed on the job once you have it.


Job Market Resources


University of  Montevallo Employer List

Alabama Employment Statistics

Alabama Dept of Commerce

Birmingham Business Alliance

Companies Headquartered in Alabama

Largest Companies in Alabama

Best Law Firms in Alabama

Best Hospitals in Alabama

United Way List of Non-Profit Agencies

Alabama Schools and Principals



"Conducting a successful job search isn't simple, nor does it begin when you suddenly find yourself in need of a job.  The search requires ongoing preparation -- and a lot of commitment, hard work, risk-taking and luck.  The trick isn't just to get a job, but to get a job that fits you.  The job search isn't simply a matter of who will hire you now, but of what career path you'll pursue."



Job Search Skills
Networking Techniques
Campaign Outline


Traditional Job Seeking

These traditional or more passive methods of job seeking are effective for the 30 percent of the job market that is represented by ads that are publicly advertised:
--Scanning job lists
--Responding to publicly advertised ads on the internet
--Posting resumes on big board websites
--Applying to corporate human resources offices
--Applying to a government employment office
--Signing up with a private employment agency
--Signing up for on-campus interviews

Non-Traditional Job Seeking

These non-traditional, or more aggressive forms of job seeking are effective in penetrating the Hidden Job Market, which represents 70 percent of all jobs:

--Attending career fairs
--Utilizing internal directories, databases, and membership lists to identify contacts
--Meeting people in your field through membership in professional organizations
--Contacting acquaintances, friends, relatives, and other inside contacts for information and referrals

--Researching your field and your market
--Making cold call contacts with employers
--Networking and Prospecting
--Utilizing self-initiated, relationship-oriented approaches


"Entry-level or experienced, job seekers revving up for the equivalent of an athletic event, a competitive joust with thousands of other qualified applicants. Today, job seeking requires the cunning of a military strategist and the energy of a professional quarterback. What does it take to get a job today? Shrewd maneuvering along with a new attitude about career and self. Job seekers have to be tough, resilient and flexible."



Job Search Platforms




Monster Jobs


The Balance|Careers




Help Wanted

Job Findah

Alabama Jobs



Trends and Realities

Serious-minded career planners can be successful in devising effective strategies through a better awareness and understanding of the trends and realities of the job market.

--People are changing jobs more often
--More college graduates are entering the job market
--More jobs will require computer skills
--The economy is becoming more global
--The workplace is becoming more diverse
--Fewer jobs exist in larger corporations
--Many new jobs now exist in smaller companies
--Service sector jobs are growing more rapidly
--Most jobs are still not advertised


Job Market Information


Make the Most of Your Career

14 Quick Tips for Finding a New Job

Zip Recruiter: Job Market Trends

How to Job Hunt: 28 Dos and Doníts

Millennials in the Workplace

Ten Things Employers Want From a New Hire

10 Rules of a Good Job-Search

Glassdoor: Job Market Trends

Tech Republic: Job Market Trends


Money Geek: Salary Negotiation Guide
Vault: Job Market Trends

US News: Tips for the Hidden Job Market

The Balance|Careers


Hidden Opportunities

Only 30 percent of all jobs are publicized through traditional channels. The remaining 70 percent are never made public. In reality, most of the best jobs are not ever advertised. In general, employers don't like to advertise. Advertising causes a lot of extra work. And oftentimes, employers simply don't need to advertise their job openings. Oftentimes the best jobs are not the ones that are posted in ads or on-line. The response rate for answering ads is oftentimes poor due to a flooded applicant pool. Candidates utilizing traditional approaches oftentimes find they are not interacting directly with the hiring manager, but instead are forced to deal with a third party.

Penetrating the Hidden Job Market requires an assertive attitude on the part of the job seeker. It requires the candidate to take the initiative and be willing to conduct a lot of research beforehand and a
lot of follow-up during the process. Because the Hidden Job Market cannot be penetrated by traditional methods, the job seeker will have to be more aggressive, by researching, networking, prospecting, and cold calling. The successful job seeker will have to be more of an initiator than a responder. He or she will need to do more than simply apply for jobs, but also conduct extensive market research and seek opportunities to establish critical relationships. The candidate must know all about the industry and the market. The candidate must pursue companies rather than jobs. People very often get jobs through someone they know. Personal contacts and referrals are critical. Getting to know insiders is a very effective way of getting good referrals.



Hidden Job Market

Job Hunting Tips: Best Places to Search

How to Call a Hiring Manager

How to Get a Job With No Experience

Job Hunting Tips: Unadvertised Jobs

How to Master Your Job Search

Six Ways to Crack the Hidden Job Market

Job Hunting Tips: Fastest Way to Get a Job

Go Directly to the Hiring Manager

Hidden Job Market: Finding a Job With No Competition

How to Access the Hidden Job Market

Accessing the Hidden Job Market




Job Search Skills
Networking Techniques
Campaign Outline


Better Results

Typically, job seekers get better results when they utilize more progressive, non-traditional methods. Generally, the self-initiated, relationship-oriented approaches are more effective than the passive, traditional approaches. Successful job hunters seek to be initiators instead of responders and engage in a lot of follow-up activity. Becoming a serious candidate is much preferred to being a mere applicant. For better results, do more than simply apply for available jobs, research the whole market and gather information about your entire industry or field.


Workplace Issues

How to Survive the First 90 Days on the Job
New Job Tips

Millennials in the Workplace

Money Geek: Salary Negotiation Guide
How Prepared are Today's College Graduates?

Keep Your Career Moving

Salary Negotiation Advice


Market|Industry Tools


Top 100 Best US Cities to Live In

Top Ten Largest US Cities
Top 10 US Industries

Biggest US Industries

Fortune 500

LinkedIn: Top US Companies 2021
Manta Company and Industry Database

Hoovers Company and Industry Database

Monster Company Profiles

Economics and US Metro Areas

Minor League Baseball Organizations
Directory of Charities & Non-Profits

List of Non-Profit Organizations

Cost of Living Calculator

Cost of Living National Comparison





Top 100 Best US Cities to Live In

Top Ten Largest US Cities
List of Largest US Cities

Economics and US Metro Areas
List of US Metropolitan Statistical Areas


Career Exploration Tools


What Can I do With This Major?

Careers by Major

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Academic Invest: Discover Careers

Career Ship


Career Prep Advice


Career Cruising

Buzz File

My Plan

Path Source

Live Career

Career Shift

O Net

Career Vault

Buzz File Pro

Career Spots

The Balance|Careers

Goin Global


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