Find a Job
The keys to a successful job search include knowing yourself, researching employers, developing superior cover letters and resumes, networking, brushing up your interview skills, and following-up with employers. Remember, keep your options open!
Fraudulent Job Postings
Unfortunately, not every job posting is legitimate, even on trusted sites. Some internship and job offers are instead a method to gain personal information for use in identity theft and/or money from you. It is vitally important that you know how to distinguish legitimate internship and job postings from scams.
- Never, and we mean never, send or accept money as part of the application process.
Never send money or accept personal checks from employers to be deposited into your personal bank account for transferring money and/or depositing checks for the company.
- Trusted Emails Being Hacked
There has been an uptick in legitimate emails being hacked with fraudulent job offerings. Always be cautious of applying to jobs in emails.
- If the money sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Avoid job opportunities guaranteeing you a large sum of money a week and/or exceedingly high salary ranges for entry level or internship positions.
- Do not click links to suspicious emails.
If a link is unsolicited and you are unsure of the source, do not click it. Fraudulent employers will use domain names similar to a recognizable company with slightly different spelling. e.g. kearneyco.com versus kearneycompany.com or us.kearneyco.com
- If you didn’t apply to a job, but you received an email for an interview or job offer, be careful!
Typically, you apply to an organization and you receive a communication extending a job interview or job offer. Pay attention to grammar, spelling, and the email address with domain names. Some smaller start-up companies have not purchased domain names. Be aware of those using domain names from sites such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Live, etc.
Federal Bureau of Investigation - Employment Scam Targeting College Students Remains Prevalent - 1/18/2017
If you suspect that you have been a victim of a scam via a position posted in Handshake, please notify Career Services at 703-993-2140 and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job and Internship Resources
Handshake: Connect with George Mason University's job/internship search and networking platform.
HigherEd: Connecting students to global opportunities. Identify domestic and international job/internship opportunities with EFMD corporate partners.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Obtain information about hundreds of different occupations and skills required.
Passport Career: Identify international job/internship opportunities in up to 150 countries. Select "Register Now!" in the upper right corner of the home page, and enter Registration Key: gmuniver
The School of Business Career Services staff are happy to help at any step of the way. Finding a job can often feel a bit overwhelming. We encourage students to make an appointment with us or use the walk-in hours to create an individual job search strategy.