Job Search Preparation

The Job Search Process

Good preparation is key to a successful job search and rewarding employment. You need the right tools, a positive and professional attitude, and access to a variety of resources. Career Services offers an extensive array of services and opportunities for students and alumni who are getting ready to enter the workplace, change careers, or need summer or part-time employment while completing their academic program at Middlesex.

Career Services can assist you with...

Job Search Preparation

We are eager to lend our support, guidance, and expertise to you as you prepare to enter the professional or seasonal workforce. We can help you develop an effective resume or cover letter. We also offer mock interviews where you can practice and polish your professional skills. 

Job Leads and Listings

Local employers are in daily contact with us about specific job opportunities within their organizations. These are posted to our on-line jobs list, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. New postings are added daily and include full, part-time,seasonal and internship opportunities. New users are required to complete the Job Information Form before reviewing the listings.You are invited to view these listings often and to consult with career counselors about the specific career areas you are most interested in.

On-Campus Recruitment

Area employers are encouraged to visit MCC and meet with our students individually about career opportunities in their field. Career Services hosts employers in the lobby of the Cowan Center in Lowell and on Main Street in the Campus Center in Bedford. We may also host career specific and general job fairs throughout the academic year. Please see the Calendar of Career Events for the latest on campus recruiting dates and job fair announcements.

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Related websites for further preparation and research

  • America’s Career Infonet - National, state, & local labor market data; Employment trends, wages, & more; More than 3,500 links to career resources. Includes links to career information sites and lists of the "fastest growing jobs."
  • Glass DoorSearch millions of jobs and get the inside scoop on companies with employee reviews, personalized salary tools, and more. 
  • Job Hunters Bible - Supplement to Dick Bolles' book "What Color Is Your Parachute."
  • Job Web - NACE sponsored site for college students and alumni for career and job search information.
  • MonsterTRAK - MonsterTRAK, a division of Monster, features a range of career management and job search preparation resources - salary calculator, networking techniques, resume and letter samples.
  • The Riley Guide - The Riley Guide gives the job seeker valuable information on how to conduct a job search including how to research & target employers, network, interview, and negotiate salaries. The Riley Guide does not post jobs nor resumes but instead points you to the places that do.
  • US Department of Labor Statistics - Sources of state and local job outlook information for each of the 50 states.

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Additional, Local Job Search Sites

  • The Lowell SunIn partnership with, allows you to search for jobs in the Lowell area and surrounding northwestern communities of Massachusetts.
  • The Boston Globe - This site enables you to search for jobs through for all Eastern Massachusetts communities including Cape Cod.

  • North of - In partnership with, ClassifiedConnection or allows you to search for jobs in the northwestern communities of Massachusetts including the North Shore.

  • Boston Job Source - Job openings in local and state government as well as private industry are listed. The site has been updated to include internships in state agencies and private industry.
  • Massachusetts JobQuest - This site is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development. It provides on-line job listings, internet search tool for all listings in Massachusetts, and a connection to the One-Stop Career Centers.

Regional, National and International Job Listings

  • Craig's List - Craig's List is a community website where employers can post jobs for free and job seekers can post resumes for free. This is a good website for identifying the "hidden" job market."
  • - Click here to find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers - one search - all jobs. Indeed.
  • Snag a Job - Allows job seekers to type in a zip code and search for part-time and full-time hourly jobs in a radius around their chosen zip code.


    America's Job Bank (National listing) - Job seekers can search for job listings and post resumes to resume data bank.
  • Career Builder- Represents more than 25,000 of the top employers in virtually every industry and field. Job seekers can post resumes and create job alerts.


    College Grad Job Hunter - Targets entry level and recent graduates looking for jobs. This site features a job search alert.
  • Monster - Job seekers can submit resumes to a resume data bank and obtain tips on job-seeking strategies and career information.


    Vault Job Board - National and International job listings - Job seeker can also search by career field. The site also offers company-specific message boards and career features.

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? Karen James, Career Counselor at or (781)-280-3639 

Last Modified: 1/6/17