Hey! I have a treat for those of you who are serious about pursuing a public interest job. This week’s resource comes from Public Service Jobs Directory (“PSJD”), which is a database that lists public service jobs listed all over the United States and even abroad (yes I actually searched for jobs in other countries).  When I first entered the website, I had to familiarize myself with it. In order to do so, I clicked on the tab labeled “About PSJD” and it gave me background information about the site, told me how to use PSJD, and listed the schools that subscribe to PSJD. After reading about PSJD I was ready to search for jobs.

The jobs available on PSJD include internships, postgraduates fellowships, and permanent positions.  While you do not have to register to PSJD to search for job opportunities, I would encourage students to do so.  Student registration is free and in addition to searching the database you can flag and store jobs you are interested in for later viewing, receive email alerts about new job postings and apply to jobs directly through PSJD.

Creating a new account was fairly easy.  All I did was complete a form with my general info like name, email address, graduation date, school and address.  Shortly after creating my account I received an email asking me to confirm my email address.  After confirming my email address, I had immediate access to the website. After logging in as a user, there is an area on the homepage labeled “My Account.” Under “My Account” users can edit their profile, favorite employers, manage email alerts, view current applications and the status of those applications, and upload an unlimited amount of resumes and cover letters.

When searching for jobs, users can search by either a keyword or a location.  Searching for either will give you a list of employers as well as a list of job postings that fit that criteria. For instance, I searched for jobs in Chicago and got a list of 284 employer profiles and 47 job postings.  I found this useful because it allows users to identify potential employer who haven’t posted jobs, yet the user may still wish to contact that employer.

My thoughts on this resource is that it is perfect for those who want to do public interest work.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out there were so many public interest opportunities available.  If you have any questions about this resource please stop by the Career Development Office and speak with Linda Lorenz.  Until next time colleagues, Happy Job Hunting!