Sunday, July 12, 2009

Job tips: how to find a job

One of the most important rules on finding a job is to first have marketable skills or a willingness to learn a new trade. Most people acquire their work skills through specialized training or enrollment in higher education institutions. It's important to have some proof of self-discipline, even if your immediate goal is a 'survival job' strictly for the income. Employers want to see evidence that a potential employee can see a task all the way through- even graduating with a General Education Degree demonstrates a certain level of responsibility. No matter what field you want to enter, the first step to finding a job is getting the proper training or education.

Once you've graduated from a program of study or received a certification from a specialized training facility, you're ready to take on the new challenge of finding work. This is where some people find themselves in a holding pattern. While they were considered students or trainees, their main responsibilities were to their instructors alone. Once they've received their diplomas or certificates, however, the reality of having to actually perform these duties sinks in and a crippling version of self-doubt can result. In order to be ready for the job market, you must first believe in yourself and trust your abilities and training. Your attitude needs to reflect an eagerness to prove your skills in a real life situation. Even if you plan to take some time off after graduation, you need to keep your skills current and your attitude positive.

Finding a job can be as easy as filling out an application at a local retail store or as complicated as proving yourself through grueling interviews on the other side of the country. There is no guaranteed method of gaining employment, no matter what some for-profit job search agencies may claim. Those actively looking for work need to use as many methods and sources as it takes to get the results they want. Job searching is an active process, so expect to spend as much time looking for work as you would expect to put into the job itself.

Here are some tips for finding a good job:

1. Career placement services. Almost every school or training facility offers some form of job placement assistance. Visiting this office can yield job leads you would most likely never discover on your own. Once local employers realize the quality of workers coming out of the training center or school, they will target their job openings accordingly. Instead of placing expensive ads in newspapers or sorting through thousands of applications, companies often reach out directly to schools or training centers.

In addition, career placement offices often act as a clearinghouse for part-time jobs or unpaid internships. It may pay to apply for an entry-level job while in training in order to gain valuable real world experience in that field.

2. Public bulletin boards. Instead of placing ads in local newspapers, some small businesses or services will put up flyers on public bulletin boards. Look in student centers, grocery stores, laundromats, coffee houses and similar public gathering places for these job openings. This is especially useful for musicians or other artists who have difficulty finding jobs through conventional methods.

3. Networking. One of the best ways to find a job is to declare your availability loudly and often. By talking to relatives or church members or instructors, you might learn of employers looking for your particular skills. If nothing else, you may find decent work to support yourself while continuing the career search. Remaining silent about your job needs will rarely lead to job offers. You need to make your skills and intentions clear to those connections who may know the right people. The customer in the next barber's chair might be the human resources director of a local company or the owner of a small business. A fellow church member may also own a business or know others who do.

4. Temporary agencies. One trend in the manufacturing sector is to hire new workers through temporary service contractors. At one point in history, temporary workers were rarely hired full-time because of stiff buy-out policies. But the current thinking is that temporary workers are more akin to interns- they can be trained for permanent assignments while saving the company money in wages and benefits. Working for a temporary agency may not pay as well as a permanent hire, but it's often the only way to get your foot in the door and prove your merit to local employers.

5. Job fairs. Every year local and national companies come together for conventions and job fairs. These job fairs can connect company representatives with potential employees without the usual logistical problems. A good job fair is like one-stop shopping for the diligent job seeker. Gather all of the information you can during the convention, and don't be afraid to ask serious questions whenever you meet a company representative. Find out the process you'll need to follow in order to line up a good interview later.

6. State employment agencies. Look in the local yellow pages for the nearest state-sponsored employment center. These may operate under the same roof as unemployment compensation offices, so make sure you're going to the right building. After filling out an extensive application containing all of your work history, skills and education, you may be interviewed by a job coordinator. Depending on your qualifications, a job may be available within a week. Even if the coordinator doesn't have an immediate job opening to share, you can often look up new jobs on a self-serve computer system.

7. Professional job placement services. This may be an expensive route to take for a new graduate, but a professional employment service may have targeted leads on jobs you'd never discover on your own. Some ask for a fee to keep your name on file, while others collect a portion of your salary until the debt has been settled. These placement services may also offer to create resumes or hold mock interviews in order to hone your skills.

8. In-store employment kiosks. Many supersized retail stores now offer electronic applications at kiosks located near the customer service area. Others may have online connections which lead directly to an application page. It may also pay to research different company websites for contact information.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Find a good job

Getting a job is one of the most stressful situations a man or a woman can go through. The main thing to remember about finding a job is to not let it stress you out.

When looking for a job, make sure that you are confident. If you show that you can do the job, you most likely will. Do not limit yourself to only one field of jobs, but try out for many jobs, and fill out as many applications as you can. Again, do not limit yourself.

Finding the job is the most important part, and we will all come to face this fact eventually. A few things to help you find a job is this: Go through the local newspapers, go through all of the adds, circle the ones that interest

you and then fax in your resume, or give them a call as soon as possible. Do not delay this, for if you do, you may miss out on the chance of a lifetime. A few places to find a job are on the Internet, also known as the world wide web. WWW. Go on the world wide web and type in jobs in any major search engine, or the specific job that you are looking for, and you will come up with many results.

Some jobs are also not right in front of your face either. You will have to do some searching. Also, keep in mind that if you know of a friend who works in a field that you are interested in, talk to them. They can usually help you out in your search, and possibly get you a job, or a career that you will love and enjoy.

Remember to try and choose a job that you will enjoy. If you enjoy the area of work that you work in, you will actually never work a day in your life.

Check out mystery shopping, or other fields like that if you are having trouble finding work, seek unemployment for the times that you can. Check out the money online


If you are going to college, many campuses have a work on site job that you can work while going to the college or campus. Also check out Grants and Student Aid for while

you are attending school.

When you are applying for a job in the paper, or the sign in the window, there are a few simple guidelines to remember.

Keep your resume short and neat, a one page resume is more than enough. If they look too long and gaudy looking, the employers will not give it their full attention. Again, be confident, be confident that you can and will do the job. List as many references that you have, attach them as well to your resume.

Dress for Success. Yes, I know you have heard that before, but it is the truth. Dress nicely and appropriatly for the job. Always smile. At the end of an interview, shake hands firmly.

When seeking for a job remember to follow your interests and do not limit yourself. The job search may take a while, sometimes a few months, if not more, but never stop until

you find that career that suits you. Always be in control of your life.