Professional Development Guidebook

Professional Development Guidebook

Connecting with Opportunity

Job Boards

When the time comes to begin searching for jobs in earnest, you'll want to get a sense of what opportunities are out there. Many job seekers begin this process by going to online job boards and career websites. These tend to fall into the following broad categories:

  • Individual company/institution websites
  • Professional society job boards (e.g. APS Job Board, Physics Today, AAAS, IEEE)
  • Large-scale, commercial job boards geared towards a broad audience (e.g. Monster, Indeed)
  • Niche sites geared toward smaller audiences with more specialized backgrounds (e.g. USAJobs, Academic Jobs Online)

APS hosts our own Job Board which is an excellent resource for physicists looking for new opportunities. We partner with Physics Today, IEEE Computing, AVS, AAPT and SPS in order to offer a shared database which is searchable from any of the organization websites. So, when you search for a job on the APS Job Board you will see postings from employers on all of the partner sites as well.  And the APS Job Board is completely free for job seekers.

APS Career Center

Advantages and Disadvantages of Job Boards

There are advantages and disadvantages to relying on job boards to connect with new job opportunities. In truth, the most successful method for finding jobs is actually Networking. About 80% of job seekers find employment this way, rather than through an online application process.

However, for that remaining 20%, simply applying through an online site—with a compelling resume and cover letter—will be their ticket to success.

The best way to use online searches is to discover opportunities, which you can then connect to using many of the strategies described in the Informational Interview and Networking sections. This one-two punch is the most effective way to search for and apply to jobs. Success relies doing the following:

  • Understanding what skills are required for a particular job,
  • Actually having those skills or experience in your background,
  • Drawing a very clear, straight line between the skills you have and they skills they seek.

We will cover techniques for step 3 in the next section of the guide.

Using Job Boards
Hear about the process of applying to jobs using job boards.

Job Fairs

When it comes to making connections, nothing beats face to face interaction. This is why job fairs can be a great return on investment for the job seeker. Job Fairs give attendees an opportunity to meet employers in person, and in many cases interview for positions on the spot.

APS hosts a job fair at the annual March Meeting, and also at the Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) Annual Meeting. So if you are planning on attending either meeting you should definitely stop by and check out the job fair! Job Fair registration is always FREE for job seekers. 

Upcoming APS Job Fairs

Connecting with Opportunity
In this webinette, Meghan Anzelc describes all of her strategies for connecting with opportunity: through job boards, career fairs, and networking in her webinar.