Finding A Job

One of the first steps to becoming employed is to find a job. Finding a job can be quick, but often times, it’s a long process, so it may be wise to prepare for a long search. If possible, relocation to a new area may be helpful during the job search. For example, moving from the country to suburbs or a city may help an applicant who wishes to work for a large technology firm. 

Decide what kind of job you want, and focus on applying for those types of jobs and jobs for which you are qualified.  Applying for numerous jobs can increase your odds of obtaining a job; however, make sure that you are also being smart with your time.  If you do not have an engineering background, neither experience nor education, but instead you have an art degree and worked as an art teacher at a summer camp for ill children, you may be better utilizing your time by applying to a job searching for an art therapy assistant than you would a construction project manager.

There are many things to consider when searching for a job.  Here are a few things to consider: 

  • How many hours the position will require.
  • How much money you will earn.
  • Whether the position is full-time or part-time.
  • What your commute will be like. 
  • What shifts or hours you will be required to work. 
  • Whether or not it’s a good fit for you. 
  • If you want to promote, whether or not this opportunity will be available.
  • Whether or not the position comes with benefits.
    • Benefits may include, but are not limited to:
      • Health insurance.
      • Dental insurance.
      • Retirement plans.

           

There are many places to search for jobs.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Online search engines.
  • Job websites such as Indeed.com.
  • Newspaper advertisements.
  • Craigslist.
    • Be cautious when searching for jobs on sites like Craigslist. Make sure it’s a legitimate job and offer to ensure safety.
  • Company websites.
    • Many companies have a careers section on their website that lists current open positions. 
  • LinkedIn.
    • Set up a professional profile, and seek to connect with people with whom you’d like to work with or for (specific industries, companies, hiring managers, etc.).
  • People you know.
  • Attend events like those held by charities, churches, and professional organizations. This can help you make more connections, which can lead to helping you find a job.
  • Alumni from educational institutes you attend or attended.
  • Employment agencies.
  • Temporary employee agency, often referred to as a “temp agency.”
    • This can also be a good way to get your foot in the door at a company and secure permanent employment.
  • Find a friend who is job hunting and do it together.
    • This can be more fun and can allow more jobs to be located.

During the job hunt process, remember to remain professional and focus on developing relationships. When communicating with potential employers, for example, if you email an employee to get more information on where to apply for a job with his or her company, speak in the company’s “voice.”  Some companies may be more “old school” whereas others are more “modern.”  Show them from the start that you’re a good fit by mirroring their company culture.

In addition to speaking in the company’s “voice,” be sure to maintain professionalism and show respect, courtesy, and manners to each employee with whom contact is made. The hiring manager may ask the administrative assistant for his or her opinion, so it’s best to make a good first impression. 

While job searching, keep applying for jobs while waiting to hear back from the hiring managers. Even when contact is made from the hiring manager, continuing to apply for jobs can help increase chances of securing a position.

If you’ve applied for a job and didn’t get it, but then you see it get reposted, it’s okay to apply again! This is another opportunity for you to be considered.

If you haven’t already, you may want to browse some of the other resources, such as Job Application, Cover Letter, and Resume, under the Employment category on our website before you begin searching for jobs. Once you’re ready to start applying for jobs, you may want to consider plugging into these resources to help you successfully apply.

 

 

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