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What resources are available for job searches?
I have been job searching for some time--close to six months. And I'd like to know what type of resources I can use, utilize for job searches.
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First, your network of friends and business acquaintances are a great resource when in job search mode. The public library has information in the Reference section about businesses and government resources. If you live in a college town, they have career centers that offer resource information as well. Networking is still a wonderful tool.
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Use all of your contacts, and view everyone you know and meet as a contact. Consider who you are, what you have to offer the work world in the way of knowledge, skill and ability; and the type of job(s) in which you are interested. Share this information with everyone. Send it in an email to friends and colleagues asking them to let you know of any appropriate openings. Utilize online postings such as Monster.com.
Many employers post openings only online as opposed to print ads. Go to local Chamber of Commerce events. Simply attending these meetings gives you the opportunity to sit and talk with local business people. Have a well written resume with you. Be receptive to work that may lead to your desired job/career. Don’t be picky. Too many job seekers are not willing to ask for an opportunity (please give me a chance to prove myself) because they refuse to accept anything less than perfect. Take the less than desirable job and work your way up by proving yourself once you’re on board. Be professional and upbeat/positive in the interview. Try to volunteer in an industry that interests you. Volunteer work often leads to job offers.
Bettye J. Banks:
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I hate to say it, but some things NEVER change. It's not always what you know, it's WHO you know.
Certainly, go the route of research in local, regional and national newspapers. The Internet is a great resource. Most corporations have websites, and have ways for qualified and interested prospective employees to explore job opportunities with them at the click of an icon.
Make sure you have an updated and attractive resume. Don't use too many words. If you can't convince them in one page, you probably won't get the opportunity to have them look at a second. Make it brief, concise, and to the point. Use bullet points and bold print for emphasis, but use them judiciously.
Sometimes a head-hunter can prove a viable option, but if you use one, negotiate with any prospective employer to cover any fees or costs incurred.
Now, back to my original statement, go with whom you know. Many jobs come through people who know people. Your best resource might just be a friend or relative who knows of a job opening. Let your relationships work for you. Tell friends and family that you are looking for a position.
Prepare to accept change. Some of the most productive careers came through a change of mind about what you can or will accept.
Go through business cards you may have picked up in your previous work life. Some of those contacts could offer you an "in".
If you attended conferences in a previous job, go through those conference materials for a list of participants. You might find someone with whom you made a "conference buddy". That person could be your next employer.
Clean up your credit. Many, if not MOST, prospective employers access credit bureau reports when making hiring decisions on prospective employees. They can and do use credit files to weed out job candidates.
Tony C. Yang CFP®, ChFC®, CRPC®:
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One resource I can think of is networking websites like linkedin.com. It allows
you to search for people you have come in contact with, companies that you may
like to work for (most likely, the human resource personnel of the company is
also a member), and you can also post your past job experiences. Recently,
linkedin.com upgraded its service to include group function that allows you to form
professional groups within linkedin.com.