JOB SEARCH INFORMATION
Need to Look for a Job--Where Do You Start?
Looking for a job can be quite time consuming and even more challenging and stressful when you are unemployed and looking for a job in a tough market. However, the internet has tons of resources to help guide your job seeking process. Here are some simple steps to conducting a job search.
- Conduct a self-assessment. The first step in finding work that is a good match and that you will enjoy is to think about your skills, strengths and passions. Are there gaps in your skills? What are your strengths? What are you most passionate about? Now might be the time to build these skills either through professional development and volunteer opportunities. Career tests can be helpful in thinking about your strengths and skills.
- Assess your ideal work situation. Think about your past job experiences and then think about your ideal work environment. What tasks do you enjoy doing and what do you absolutely dislike doing? Do you mind sitting in front of a computer all day? Do you like working with customers? Do you like being part of a team or would you rather work alone? These are the kinds of questions to consider when thinking about your next position.
- Create a job search plan. A key to conducting an effective job search is to be very organized and targeted. One of the best ways to do this is to develop a job search plan. This means thinking about a wide range of job searching strategies including responding to job advertisements, posting your resume on job sites, setting up informational interviews with companies that interest you, and developing and using your professional network.
- Create a resume. A resume is a snapshot of your skills, education and professional experience. It gives employers a glimpse of what you have done and what you have the skills to do. A solid resume will likely get you an interview. Make sure your resume meets the requirements of the job. Typically, you will have to adjust resumes according to the position you are applying for. It is not unusual to have several versions of your resume. Use a resume builder tool to help you develop, revise or update your resume.
- Prepare for your interview. It is important that you prepare for your interviews well in advance. Make sure that you research the organization, review your resume and go to your interview prepared with questions regarding the position and the organization. You also want to think about why you want to work there and what you can contribute to the organization. Don’t forget to consider how this position can help build your professional portfolio. For more information on interviews, click here.
A Resource for All Job Seekers
CareerOneStop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored website that offers a wide range of career resources and workforce information. Job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals can all find information on this website. This site can help you create a resume, a cover letter, and access several job banks according to where you live. Click here for information specifically targeted to people going through a job transition. You can also identify institutions to help you update your skills.
There are a variety of tools that can help you determine if you are eligible for unemployment, help build your resume and develop career goals.
This quick quiz
can help you determine if you are eligible for unemployment.
This interactive map
provides a snapshot of unemployment benefits across the country.
Resume and Career Builders
This resume builder
can help you to develop a resume in several different formats.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) programs, resources and online tools can help workers in all stages of the job and career development.
Foster Care Alumni of America would like to thank the Freddie Mac Foundation for their generous support in making these resources available. To learn more about Freddie Mac, visit the Freddie Mac Foundation website.
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