Searching for employment can be stressful, and it's hard to know where to begin or what to look for. However, there are many resources to help in your search - get out your resume and prepare for success!
- Before you search for employment, update and refine your resume. If you live near a college or university, check to see if they have resume workshops available to the public. If a workshop is not available, ask a relative or friend to help improve your resume. A well-written resume is vital to your search for employment.
- Register with online employment sites like Snagajob.com, Monster.com, Simplyhired.com and Careerbuilder.com. On these and other employment sites it is possible to search full-time and part-time jobs based on location, field of work, and experience level; adding a resume and completing a site profile allows employers to see your qualifications directly.
- If you are more interested in temporary work, create an account with Manpower, Kelly Services or a local temporary work agency. Temporary assignments usually last only a few weeks and can consist of data entry work, general office work and senior home care among other things. Being with a temporary agency is particularly nice for people who travel a lot, are attending school, or who enjoy frequent changes of scenery.
- Search Craigslist's job section and local online newspaper classifieds for local employment. However, especially on a site like Craigslist that does not require membership, beware of scams! Some scammers post job offers on message boards and simply collect personal information when someone requests further information. A recently popular scam involves depositing a check into your personal bank account and sending some of the money to a third party - however, the check will not clear and the money will simply be taken from your account. Also, be very wary if you are ever asked for your social security number on anything but an official employment application.
- Be willing to work to get noticed. Some jobs, especially entry-level jobs, have hundreds of applicants with wonderful resumes. You need to be able to make yourself stand out; unless a job posting specifically requests otherwise, call the company after a few days to inquire about the status of your application. This demonstrates motivation and drive to a potential employer and also ensures that your application and resume will be moved to the top of the pile.
Best of luck with your search!