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Job Search

Job Search Strategy Checklist

Conduct your job search as if it were a job!

  • Develop a plan of action for your job search
  • Prepare your necessary documents - resume, cover letter and references 
  • Research companies, salaries and job opportunities
  • Learn about job opportunities through networking and social media
  • Track and follow-up on applications
  • Practice interviewing 

Job Search Tools

Hire a Hawk is our online job management system for Harper students and alumni. Here you can search for jobs, internships, upload your resume and apply to jobs in your area of interest.

Log in or register for an account on Hire a Hawk

On scheduled days, On Campus Recruiting takes place Monday - Thursday in Avante (near Subway) from 11 AM - 1 PM.

On Campus Recruiting will resume in February 2024. 

Small, industry-specific Job Fairs are held throughout the year for Harper students and alumni to network with employers.

Harper College makes no representation or guarantees about positions listed by the Job Placement Resource Center (JPRC) The JPRC is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. It is the responsibility of the individuals to research the integrity of the organizations to which they are applying. The individual is advised to use caution and common sense when applying for any position with an organization or a private party. This website also contains links to other websites not under the control of the JPRC, and we are not responsible for the contents of any linked site. The JPRC provides these links only as a convenience. Harper College and the JPRC assume no liability for acts of omissions by third parties or for material supplied by them.

Watch and Learn



  • Decide on your goals for a job search
  • Set aside time to devote to a job search


  • Consider different kinds of opportunities, locations, and industries
  • Be open to using your skills in a different industry


  • Learn about the marketplace and be open to all opportunities
  • Investigate companies and job titles


  • Update your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile
  • Get two to three references ready to go and practice interviewing


  • Show examples of leadership and communication on your resume
  • Emphasize your internships, clinicals, and experience


  • Tell friends, family, and contacts about your search, and connect with them on LinkedIn
  • Volunteer with groups, companies and non-profits related to your desired career


  • Companies are still hiring, but the process is taking longer
  • Your first professional job may not be your dream job


Visit Hire a Hawk, the job board for Harper students and alumni.

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Last Updated: 1/25/24