Job Search

Assessment, Exploration and Skills Inventory

It's normal to be undecided about career goals, and many CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) students are eager to make major career transitions. Lots of information and resources are available to make it easier.

Helpful ways to make career decisions:

Career Advising

Sometimes it helps to discuss a job search strategy and career goals one-on-one with someone. Or there's a challenge at work and you need an outside perspective. Whether it's in-person, online, or through phone counseling, Career Services provides that individual advising if you need it.

To schedule an appointment with a career advisor, go to CUNY SPS CareerLink.

Self-Directed (SDS) Career Assessment Test

The Self-Directed Search (SDS) is a tool to guide your career search and help to inform your decisions.  The SDS Career Assessment is based on a theory developed by John Holland known as RIASEC theory, that both people and work environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional.  These personality types are known together as RIASEC.  The SDS Career Assessment Test asks questions about an individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, and interests.  It takes only about 20 minutes to complete.  After you complete the assessment, you will have the opportunity to meet with your Career Services advisor to discuss the results and how they might impact your career planning.

To obtain a unique log-in and passkey for a complimentary SDS test, go to CUNY SPS CareerLink and make an appointment. 

Online Resources

Successful job searching involves a multi-faceted effort. One piece of conducting an effective search is exploring job postings. Employers become so overwhelmed by large applicant pools since so many job-seekers use the major boards that they're unable to sift through so many resumes effectively. Because of this, they often look to more industry-specific sites as well as the large sites to target the best audiences for their postings.

 You may find a wealth of viable job listings on these sites.

LinkedIn Resources

Industry Specific

Communications, Media, and Advertising

Human Resources

Non-Profit/Public Service




Higher Education/Academia