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BiologyWe are pleased you decided to visit us, and hope you might come in person sometime soon. Our department is friendly and attentive to students' needs, and it is easy to get acquainted with other students, staff, and faculty.
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Cheney, WA 99004
The Department of Biology actively provides information and resources on obtaining a science-related job as a service for our students and alumni. Current students may be able to use part- or full-time jobs in an internship ~ a career-oriented work experience where students earn university credits. For more information on internships, see the Internships page on our web site.
We will post job announcements as they are shared with us on our canvas site, hallway bulletin boards, and Facebook page. We strongly encourage you to visit Career Services on campus. Career Services provide assistance with career planning, resume and interview prep and job and internship postings. Please also take the opportunity to network with Faculty, Staff, Alumni and your peers as your pursue employment.
Here are various resources that specialize in biology-related jobs.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service job listing (http://www.ars.usda.gov/careers/) includes plant, animal, aquatics, insects, and soil-related jobs across the United States. The "Other" listings are entry-level jobs and may be an excellent opportunity to pursue. You can sign up to have the list e-mailed to you.
- Undergraduate Research in Biology (http://firstmarket.com/fitzroy) provides summer and part-time positions available to students.
- Science Careers (http://www.sciencecareers.org) is a database of science jobs (many for biology).
- Visit CampusRXBio to search for thousands of jobs and scholarship
- Naturejobs.com is a great repository of job listings
- Check out AfterCollege.com. They "have a lofty vision: to help every college student and recent graduate discover their career path". They feature over 400,000 entry-level jobs and internships from over 25,000 employers and use a unique algorithm to pair you with positions that match your interests, skills, school and degree.
Other considerations when applying for jobs
- Create a LinkedIn profile. Check out this article from Naturejobs for information on how and why a Scientist should be utilizing this networking opportunity
- Strictly manage your social media and online presence. It is increasingly important to have and maintain a professional persona online. This article from The Society For Human Resource Management shares data and advice on what recruiters are looking for.
- Speak with your professional and academic references in advance of needing their assistance. Don't assume that someone will serve as a professional reference, make sure you ask their permission and for the appropriate contact information. If you need a letter of recommendation make sure to give your reference plenty of time to write this and provide them with any direction and/or instructions that they will need.
- Make sure to review and customize your cover letters and resume to each position you apply for, ensuring you tie your education and experiances to their position descriptions and requirements; spell out how to your potential employer exactly how you fit into the role they are trying to fill.