Hey everybody! So this time around, in the spirit of graduation season, I am going to be writing about how to find jobs outside of Minnesota. I, like many of you, will be saying goodbye to UMD this May and trading in my sweats for business professional. With commencement around the corner, conversations about where you want work, how much you’re going to make, and what you actually want to do with your life are going to be the centerpiece of your life these next few months. I hope this post will help those of you looking to find work outside of the state of Minnesota. I would say the two biggest resources at your disposal as UMD are GoldPASS and Going Global.
GoldPASS is a handy resource that allows employers to post full-time, part-time, intern, and volunteer positions, for all University of Minnesota students to see. GoldPASS, alongside allowing you to search for job listings based on major and position type, also lets you search for jobs based on location. Many companies based outside of Minnesota post positions in GoldPASS. For example, say I wanted to work in Madison, WI, I would just input the city and state in the “job location” field in GoldPASS and hit search. In this example the first result that pops up is for an Apprentice Business Analyst for PCG, who are located in Madison. Within the position description they give detailed instructions on how to apply as well as the requirements for the job. This, of course, is just an example, but I think you all see where this is going. With a plethora of jobs relating to dozens of majors, in even more cities your options are abundant when using GoldPASS.
Going Global is a small organization who provides advice for finding jobs at home here in the US and abroad. To access Going Global, all a UMD student has to do is login into their GoldPASS account and click on the Going Global banner on the homepage. A few years ago, I wrote a more in depth post on Going Global which explains on the website there are “Career Guides” for a multitude of states and major metro areas. When you look through these career guides you will find an abundance of information. For example, if I wanted to know about cost of living, top companies, and job resources for the city of Atlanta, GA, I would click on the Atlanta career guide. Back on the homepage of Going Global there is a “Job Postings and Internship listings” link, once you click it you can search by location, job title, industry, academic degree, job type, and even company name. So for example, say I wanted to work in Madison, WI, and I wanted to work as an accountant, once the information is put in the correct fields all you have to do is hit search. In this instance a position as an accountant for the company The Edgewatter, located in Madison was the top result. When I selected this listing I was redirected to indeed.com where all the information about this job was listed and to the right was an “apply now” button. Easy as that, the nice about Going Global is everything is concentrated into this one site which makes searching for jobs out of state, or even out of the country very easy.
I hope this very short post on how to search and apply for jobs outside of our state was informative and helpful. I know that the thought of joining the global workforce and leaving the comforts and familiarities of UMD is scary, but we all have to do it at some point, and we don’t have to do it alone. As always, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, confused, or if you just have a few questions please stop by our office (SCC 22 in the Wedge). We all have at least a basic understanding of GoldPASS and would be more than happy to help you with your job search. After all, our career counselors (and our office) are here to help you figure out what life after graduation will look like. As our mission statement says “to empower students and alumni to discover, develop, evaluate, and implement their unique professional goals as they prepare for careers in an evolving global workforce.”
Of Possible Interest:
- Reference USA – database for researching organizations, available through UMD’s Library (UMD Login info required if off-campus)