- When looking for a job, the first thing you need is a way to tell employers what you can do. They will need to know where you've worked, what you did, and when. Include any special training, skills or accomplishments.
- If you've never had a resume, click here to see what information you need to build one.
- For a template (a pattern you can use to build your resume in Microsoft Word), click here.
- If you need to build or update a resume, click here for advice.
- If you're not sure what shape your resume is in, click here.
A Cover Letter
- If you need to know about cover letter structure, click here. (courtesy of scholastic.com)
- If you need to improve your cover letter, click here for advice.
An E-mail Address
- Nearly every employer uses an online application system, and you'll need a working e-mail address to apply for jobs. Many people choose to create an e-mail address especially for their job search.
- If you've never had an e-mail account, cannot access your e-mail account, or would like to create one just for your job search, click here for a list of suggested e-mail providers.
- If you need to know how to prepare for an interview, click here for advice.
- If you need to study possible interview questions, click here.
A Search Strategy
- Use jobs sites like Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Monster to find out who is hiring.
- Look at your skills and experience. What types of work do they qualify you to do? Which of these most interest you? If you're not sure, you can take career assessments like the ones found here.
- Check the Occupational Outlook Handbook to find out more about different types of jobs, including pay, educational requirements, and the expected need in the job market.
- Make a list of positions that interest you and the companies who are offering them. Read the requirements carefully and make sure you meet or exceed them.
- Use a search engine, like Google, to find each company's homepage, and look near the bottom for a "Jobs" or "Careers" link. Applying with the company directly can help you to avoid the massive amount of emails that many job sites and their backers send out.
- Keep careful records to help you see where your efforts are most successful. When you submit an application, record the name of the position, the company, the date, and if/when they contact or interview you.
A Person to Help Me
- Book a Librarian
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These services can be accessed for free with your library card. Book a Librarian for a quick, one-on-one tutorial.
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These are examples of sites with job listings for national or regional employers.
Job Searching Sites
These are examples of websites that provide free e-mail accounts.