The Job Search
Competing effectively in today’s job market requires self-knowledge, persistence, creativity, and a lot of hard work.
Setting the Stage
Your primary goal should be obtaining an interview when performing a job search. In outlining your effective goal, you should be aware of the steps necessary to:
Network, network, network
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Networking is one of the most powerful tools to use during your job search. Family, friends, past employers, instructors and staff from school, church members, social events, job fairs [ Making The Most of a Job Fair PDF ] – these people and events present great networking opportunities. But don’t forget – when you ask for help from others, be prepared to return the favor. And be sure to write a “thank you” note to anyone who lends a helping hand.
Take a Traditional Approach
Don’t forget the value of the written word — always check the “Help Wanted” ads in a daily or weekly newspaper from the area in which you would like to work. Other great sources of information might include employer directories, telephone books, professional journals, newsletters and trade magazines, and professional association membership directories. You now can also access many newspapers online.
“It’s just temporary...”
Don’t rule out temporary agencies!! A lot of temporary agencies deal in temp-to-hire and/or direct hire positions in addition to traditional "temp jobs." Also keep in mind that some companies might want to create a permanent position but must first justify the need by initially bringing an employee on in a temporary status.
Click the plus box below to view links to some of the temporary agencies that serve the central Pennsylvania area:
The Power of the Internet
Utilizing the power of the internet should be a primary part of your job search efforts. Set aside some time everyday to get on the internet and research job opportunities in your field.
Popular Job Search Websites
Government Employment Job Search Websites
Miscellaneous Websites To Assist You
And once you've received an offer, here are some resources to help you with your decision whether or not to accept the position: