Find a Job

Are you ready? You are going to need an updated resume, a winning 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 step will provide you with information and activities to really make you stand out.

Set up a work area in your home. The most basic needs are a phone, an answering machine and a filing system. If possible, set aside a space where you can keep all your records, research projects and job search materials. This is your ‘office’. Dress for work and start early in the day.

Job Search Activity Goals

  • Contact 5 people in your network
  • Research and call 5 companies
  • Send 5 resumes
  • Contact 5 companies to schedule informational interviews
  • Visit at least 5 job search websites

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 possibilities which have a good chance of working for you- even if they differ from your job target.
Using the Job Search Target (pdf), write down the occupations you are interested and qualified to do, the industries you are interested in, and any employers that you are interested in working for.

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