CareerShift offers the most comprehensive online resource designed to support the #1 request of job seekers: an easy-to-use website to conduct and organize their job search. CareerShift is free for all Seattle University students and alumni.
When logging in for the first time, you can view a tutorial video on your Dashboard.
Click Jobs on the left side of your screen and then click Search. Enable the Search by Area and Advanced Search options.
When searching, use quotation marks around the entire phrase (e.g. "product management"). Include the words "and" "not" and "or" between keywords to refine your search. For example, if you are searching for jobs in the healthcare industry but not in direct care roles, you could search: healthcare not nursing.
You can specify a location in the Area Criteria section. CareerShift defaults to the United States but you can select many international locations.
In the Advanced Criteria section, you can select your search preferences in the Job Type (Full-time, Part-time, Internship, Temporary, Contract) and Experience Level (Entry Level, Mid Level, or Senior Level) categories. For graduating seniors, selecting Entry Level under Experience will provide the most relevant results.
Select 15-30 Days in the Published Within drop-down menu to find postings that are likely to still be open.
International students can use the H1-B Visa Sponsorship filter to view postings that indicate organizations’ willingness to sponsor visa holders.
You can apply to postings immediately or save postings in CareerShift to apply at another time. Saved postings will be stored in the Manage page under the Jobs section.
Once you find a posting of interest and organize your application materials, follow the guidelines stated in the job description to submit your application.
You can also begin networking with people in the organization by clicking the Find Contacts option in the posting.
Networking is an important component of an effective job or internship search. You can use CareerShift to find people’s contact information. Networking outreach can be done before you apply to a particular organization or around the same time you submit an application.
After you apply to an organization, enter the organization’s name and location into the Contacts search to find people who work there. Try to identify a contact related to the position you’re applying to or within the human resources department. You can do this by turning on the By Position search function and entering keywords such as - human resources, talent management/acquisition, recruiter or the team/division name related to your application.
Check if any Seattle U alumni work at the organizations you are interested in. You can easily find alumni contact information through CareerShift by entering Seattle University in the School Attended search bar, along with the company name and location.
Once you conduct a Contacts search, CareerShift provides you with a list of names, job titles, companies/organizations, and professional email addresses. Similar to jobs, you can save individual contacts or searches within CareerShift's platform.
Once you have identified a contact, it is time to compose your outreach email. The content of this email should include the following elements:
If you have already applied for a job at their organization or would hope to be considered for one in the future, be sure to attach your resume to the email.
A list of companies and their updated hiring status is available on the Dashboard.
If you are interested in virtual job or internship opportunities, click the Search Remote and Work From Home Jobs option under Area Criteria.
Companies Search: This tool will help you discover companies in industries and locations that interest you. Familiarize yourself with the industry list since CareerShift may categorize certain industries in ways that you may not expect. This search tool functions similarly to the Jobs and Contacts searches.
Documents: You can save resumes and cover letters in this folder for easy access when applying to jobs or reaching out to new contacts.
Campaigns: The system will use mail merge to send email messages to your Contacts list.
Folders: You can create and name your own folders to organize your search in ways that work best for you.