Finding a Job
Successful job hunting refers not only to finding a job, but also to finding the best job possible and having a successful interview. When employment is plentiful this may not present a problem; but when jobs are scarce, you may have to think creatively and investigate many sources. Listed below are suggested resources:
- Relatives, friends, and neighbors
- Counselors and teachers
- College/Career Resource Centers
- Help wanted ads and bulletin boards
- Virginia Employment Commission
- Civil service, county, state, and federal agencies
- Private employment agencies
- Walk-in inquiries
- Job fairs
- Trade journals and directories (available in the library)
- Fellow employees
- Contacts made through volunteer activities
- Online job bulletin boards
How to Compete Successfully
- Develop a list of businesses that usually hire people with your skills and ask for an interview.
- Do not wait for businesses to advertise. Be assertive.
- Do not underestimate smaller businesses. Most of the workforce is employed by small companies.
- Find out what new businesses are opening in your area and when they will begin hiring.
- Target jobs in rapidly expanding fields.
- Develop a resume
A resume is a brief description of your previous education, work experience, and additional relevant information. The purpose of a resume is:
- To introduce you to an employer
- To serve as an example of how you think and express yourself
- To catalog skills, experience, training and achievements
- To pursue an interview
- Prepare for the interview