Successful Job Searching
Finding a Job
It is very important to cover all the bases when
you begin a job search. Here is a quick list of what you will
need to do:
- Write a resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
- Complete job applications
- Write cover letters
- Explore career options
- Find job opportunities
- Research potential employers
- Get hired!
Finding a Job: The First Step
The first step in finding a job is to write a resume or prepare
to complete a job application. Depending on the type of job you
are searching for, you will need a resume, CV (curriculum vitae)
and a cover letter or you will need to complete an application
In most cases, you will need a resume to apply
for full-time, professional job opportunities. If you are
seeking a part-time job or work in a career field like
hospitality or retail, for example, you will complete an
application for employment.
Write a Resume
How to write resumes, curriculum vitae
and cover letters, including samples and templates.
Compete a Job Application
Job Application Forms
In some cases, even if you do submit a resume,
you will also be asked to complete an application. This way the
employer will have consistent data on file for all prospective
applicants. Also, your signature on the application acknowledges
that the information is accurate.
Job Application Rules
The most important rule to remember when
applying for jobs is to follow the directions.
If the employer tells you to apply in person,
don't call. If the job posting says to mail your resume, do not
send it via email. When the job listings says apply via a form
on the company web site, don't email your application directly
to Human Resources. There is not much more annoying to hiring
managers than job seekers who don't follow the rules!
The next step in finding a job is to find employment
opportunities to apply to. You will need to search the online
job search sites, like America's Job Bank, Monster, HotJobs and
Career Builder, and utilize offline resources including
networking, which is still the way most people find jobs.