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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
  • Network
  • Interview
  • Follow-Up
  • 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 for employment.

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!  

Job Listings
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.

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