In my last blog post, I uncovered the hidden gem of the Virtual Career Center (VCC) in BentleyLink that not enough students know about. Today, I want to tell you about another area of BentleyLink that often goes unused, the Employer Directory.
Have you ever been interested in a company and wanted to know if Career Services has ever had a relationship with the organization? Have you wondered what companies have posted positions with us in the past? You can find the answer to these questions in the Employer Directory. You can access the Employer Directory through the “Employers” tab at the top of the home page once logged into BentleyLink.
Once you are in the Employer Directory, you can do searches for employers using keywords, industry and even by state. Once you have identified a company that you are interested in you can find some great information! Many companies have a small blurb on their organization and what they do. Some companies also provide a contact name that allows you to create personalized cover letters when necessary. There is also a tab that highlights “Available Positions”, which means there are active positions posted for that organization in the “Jobs” tab right now! And, I think the most important tab of “Job Leads”!
The “Job Leads” tab can be so helpful for students who want to take their job search to the next level and use the system more proactively. Through the “Job Leads” tab, you can see all of the positions, full time or internships, that the employer has posted with Career Services since we went live with BentleyLink in 2009. By reviewing an employer’s former postings, you can determine if they have regularly posted for specific types of positions. If they have, and you see they have yet to post for this year, that gives you an opening to reach out to them directly and say something like, “I see you have had a relationship with Bentley in the past, I’m currently looking for summer internships in tax and I was wondering if you would be hiring again for this summer?” This is extremely helpful for students who are studying abroad. What a great way to stay ahead of the game and do some research for opportunities before you even leave the States!
Don’t let this resource go unused! I hope you find it helpful as you continue your full time job and internship searches.