Get Your First Job
With so many Resources for You/All Resources available to help people find jobs, it can be confusing and overwhelming on where to start. Here are some suggestions on how to start your search.
Where can you look for a job?
Tips for Finding a Job
Where to start
Finding a job can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some suggestion on how to start your search. Where to start
Networking is an important part of the job search. Networking means talking to friends, family and other people you know to find information about businesses and job openings. Networking
Informational Interviews & Volunteering
An informational interview involves talking with people who are currently working in the type of job in which you are interested. While volunteering lets you find out about a specific job or business. Learn more about Informational Interviews and Volunteering
Where to Start
American Job Centers
At American Job Centers you can look for a job by yourself or you can get help looking for jobs. Staff can help you find job openings that are listed in the newspaper or on the internet. Staff can also assist in finding jobs before they are listed. If you are unsure about what type of job you want, they have tools that can assist you.
American Job Centers have information on jobs to help answer some questions you may have, such as:
Your local library is another place where you can get job seeking information and use their computers. Libraries have local and larger city newspapers as well.
Newspapers have employment sections every day, and most have a larger section on Saturday or Sunday. Most newspapers have job listings online as well. The jobs listed online are typically updated daily. The business sections have information about new businesses or expansions in your local area.
The internet offers many sites where you can look for jobs. It is best to use more than one site. If you know that you want to look for a job in a specific field, there are sites that focus on specific locations or types of jobs. You should also look at sites that are local to your city or state. If you need help in finding local sites, your American Job Center should be able to help you. If you are interested in a specific company, look at its website for job openings.
Job Search Websites
Job sites allow you to apply directly online and post your résumé. Some sites will send you an email with new job listings that meet your needs. Many sites also offer career resources, such as résumé and interviewing tips, salary information and information about specific jobs.
Some popular job search sites include:
Sites that are specific to individuals with disabilities include:
You may be asked to provide a scannable résumé. This is a résumé that you could send to someone as an email or put on a job search site. A scannable résumé has the same information that a traditional résumé has but uses simple formatting without bullets, graphics, shading, etc.
Networking is an important part of the job search. Networking means talking to friends, family and other people you know to find information about businesses and job openings. Networking can:
Who should be apart of your network?
How should you start networking?
The people you contact might also be a good resource for informational interviews or volunteer opportunities.
Informational Interviews and Volunteering
Conduct informational interviews with people you know to discover the realities of the jobs that interest you. An informational interview involves talking with people who are currently working in the type of job in which you are interested. Asking questions helps you to gain a better understanding of a particular job.
When you go to interview the person:
Volunteering is another way to find out about a specific job or business. Volunteering allows you to find out your likes and dislikes are and what you are looking for in a job. When volunteering, remember to be professional, honor the time you committed to volunteering and thank those with whom you volunteered for the opportunity.