Find a Job

Are you ready? You are going to need an updated resume, a compelling cover letter, and in some situations a portfolio of samples of work. You will also need to know how to use your contacts to tap into that hidden job market. This section will provide you with information and activities to really make you stand out as well as be organized in your job search.

You’ll learn:

  • About the hiring process.
  • How to market yourself.
  • About connecting with people online and building your network. 
  • How to research employers and find job openings.
  • How to fill out job applications.
  • How to write resumes and cover letters.
  • How to prepare for an interview.
  • How to negotiate job offers.

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to set up a “work area” in your home. The most basic necessities are a phone with voice mail and a filing system. Set aside a space where you can keep all your records, research projects, and job search materials. This is your new “‘office.” Dress for work each day and maintain a structured daily schedule such as modeling a 9-5 workday.

Examples of Weekly Job Search Activity Goals

  • Contact 8-10 people in your network
  • Research and call 15-20 companies
  • Send 10-12 resumes
  • Conduct 10-12 follow-up phone calls to contacts and companies
  • Schedule 3-5 informational interviews
  • Visit a networking club
  • Volunteer
  • Visit a couple of Internet sites

Keep in mind that finding and getting a job is based on your ability to capture an employer’s attention. Employers expect you to know job search strategies and how to present yourself. To be successful you need to be clear about what you want to do, know and be able to articulate what your skills are, and be an expert on your own job search target.

Job Search Target

If you don’t know what you are looking for, how can you find it? You may have several job targets. Flexibility is the key to finding work. If you know who you are, what you have to offer and are clear about your priorities, it is easier to see the possibilities that have a good chance of working for you.

You can use the Job Search Target (pdf) to write down the occupations you are interested and qualified to do, the industries you would like to explore, and any employers that you would like to work for.

Use the Job Search Checklist (pdf) to keep track of each step. 

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