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Staying on Top of Your Job Search with CareerQuest Search Alerts

Rhoda Smackum
By Rhoda Smackum

Whether you are actively or passively job searching online, setting up an automated search alert will help you find the best job listings for you. CareerQuest takes the guesswork out of finding the right position without needing to log in everyday and search for the open position. You can customize an automated search alert in a number of different ways based on the type of job you're looking for and CareerQuest will do the rest!

Get Started

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Log into CareerQuest, select the “Open Positions” tab at the top and apply the search terms and filters you would like to use to find relevant career opportunities.

CareerQuest allows you to search for jobs by type—part-time, full-time, temporary, quick gig/project, and internship—and by location, industry, job category, and other related criteria. You can also filter by major, degree, experience level, and key words to narrow down your search.

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When your customized search results appear, click “Set Search Alerts.” Then fill in the field to name the search and choose whether you’d like to receive daily, weekly, or monthly alerts. You can receive these search alert notifications via email or desktop notifications. You’ll automatically receive notifications when new job postings match your saved search criteria.

In addition, you can set alerts for a mentor. When new mentors who match your career preferences join Community Connect, CareerQuest's online community for networking and mentorship, you'll be notified. All of these tools are exclusively for UMGC students and alumni through the CareerQuest portal. Don’t have a CareerQuest account? Visit to create one today!

Connect with Career Services

As always, keep in mind that UMGC Career Services is available to help you plan and achieve career success. Set up an appointment with a UMGC Career Advising Specialist for additional support in your career journey.

Rhoda Smackum is a manager in Career Services at University of Maryland Global Campus. She is highly experienced in the field of career development. Ms. Smackum enjoys working collaboratively, in partnership with students and alumni to identify career issues, match values with career choices and obtain meaningful work. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Bowie State University and a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Maryland College Park. She is a Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS) and an Associate Certified Career Coach.