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You know exactly what kind of career you want. Your resume
is perfect. You've forced your friends to spend hours asking
you practice interview questions. Everything is in order
- except you don't know how to go about finding the job
The first step is to shift your networking skills into high
gear. Start asking friends and family members to ask their
co-workers, friends, hairdressers, optometrists, accountants,
and other acquaintances if they've either heard of any available,
relevant job openings, or if they know of someone to whom
you ought to talk.
Another good way to make connections is to contact your
college alumni office or career services center to see if
either has a list of alumni who have volunteered to serve
as mentors and contacts to young jobseekers.
Also, if you've held internships in the past, get in touch
with your employers and co-workers from those experiences
and ask if they can point you in the right direction. While
there's truth to the adage that the best jobs are never
advertised, that doesn't mean you can't find a good job
outside the networking realm:
- Check out
Internet job listings.
- Go to trade websites for the career
field in which you're interested. Often, occupations have
professional associations with websites that include job
listings. If you don't know the name of the association
or trade organization that unifies your potential colleagues,
do a search or ask someone in the field. Those websites
are also an excellent way to cull contact names.
- Go to job fairs. You can usually
find advertisements for job fairs in your local newspaper.
- Visit the websites of companies for
which you would like to work. See if they have any job
listings posted within the site.
- If you're interested in working for
a medium- or large-sized company, call the human resources
departments of potential employers and ask if they have
any job openings.
- Read the classified section of the
newspaper. If you want to relocate, find out what newspapers
serve the places you'd like to live and then browse those
papers' classified sections on the web.
The most important thing to remember
is that the job search is often like a roller coaster ride.
You might find some great opportunities, only to find that
positions have been filled. And, in turn, you might investigate
something you don't think you're interested in, only to
strike a gold mine. The important thing is to keep you head
up, and keep pushing forward. As long as you're persistent
and patient, you will either find a good job, or you'll
find a job that will serve as a transitional job that will
open doors for you.
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