Finding the right job requires many steps and many decisions. You don’t just apply and wait for an offer from those who have a place for you. Nor do you hope that you stumble onto an appealing opportunity. It is important to realize that getting a job will depend on the level of effort that you put forth. Most people do want more than “just a job.’’ To ensure a successful career campaign, there are four essential steps to follow: Step I: Self-Assessment Step II: Knowledge of Employment Options Step III: Contacting Employers Step IV: Preparing Job Search Tools
Step I: Self-Assessment To prepare for an effective job search, you must understand your skills, interests, values, family situation, employment preferences, and job target. Although this sounds basic, it is an important but often forgotten step. Knowledge of your skills, interests, values, family situation, and employment preferences can help you clarify what type of organization, industry or position offers you the most of what you want in a job. Although no job will be an exact match, the job offer you accept should provide the best opportunity available to match the factors that are most important to you.
Step II: Knowledge of Employment Options
Now that you’ve completed an assessment of yourself, your next step is to determine what you want to do, where you can do it and who employs people who do what you want to do?
WHAT DO I WANT TO DO? “I want to work with people” or “I’m interested in making a lot of money” or “I want to work for the federal government’’ are all inadequate answers. For example, if you want to work with people, what age group, race or gender do you want to work with; do you want to gather information from people by talking to them as a newspaper reporter does, investigate people through contact with other people as a law enforcement officer does, or influence the attitudes and ideas of others as a salesperson does? Secondly, the federal government has all types of positions from janitors to program directors – what are your interests? To adequately answer this question, you should consider four factors: job families, work settings, occupational titles, and long-term goals. Examples of Job Families include advertising, banking, education, health care, law, human services, telecommunications, and sales. Work Settings can be grouped into six categories: 1. Business/Industry (e.g., banks, insurance companies, manufacturers, and transportation firms) 2. Government (e.g., federal, state, or local) 3. Education (e.g., public, private, trade schools, elementary, secondary, or college) 4. Non-Profit (e.g., social services, health services, or cultural) 5. Professions (e.g., law, medicine, clergy, or dentistry) 6. Private (all forms of individual and private ownership; may overlap with previously mentioned categories)
Step II: Knowledge of Employment Options
WHERE CAN I DO IT? To conduct an effective job search campaign, you need to consider and specify the geographic location where you want to do the work. While jobs exist almost anywhere, it is clear that economic activity is sometimes concentrated in particular regions of the nation, which means more employment opportunities than ordinary are available there. Decide if your job search will include international, national, regional, or local employers. WHO EMPLOYS PEOPLE WHO DO WHAT I WANT TO DO? To increase your awareness of companies who employ people who do what you want to do consider using the following resources: 1. Employer directories (e.g., Corporate Jobs Outlook, Moody’s Manual, Standard & Poor’s Industry Surveys) 2. Periodical articles (e.g., Business Periodicals Index) 3. Company web site and literature 4. Chamber of Commerce directories 5. Trade and professional association web sites and magazines 6. Telephone directories 7. Information interviews 8. Networking Step II: Knowledge of Employment Options The first thing you should realize before launching your job search campaign is that each type of employment has its own unique style of hiring. The hiring methods of advertising agencies differ from those of newspapers. Similarly, the hiring methods of newspapers differ from those of public accounting firms, which differ from those of educational institutions. In addition, large, complex organizations often use different hiring procedures to fill different types of positions. Therefore, savvy job seekers use a variety of methods to contact prospective employers, rather than limiting themselves to one method. Below is a list effective approaches which can be used in your job search. Regardless of your career interest, it is important for you to let as many potential employers as possible know who you are, what you can do, and why you are interested in their organizations. The more specific you can be in discussing why you are interested in them and what you can contribute to their organizations, the more effective your contact will be. Step III: Job Hunting Methods Newspaper/Classified Ads Career Expos/Job Fairs Employment Agencies Public Library Job Hunting Clubs Previous Employers Chamber of Commerce Cold Calling Networking Mail Campaign Volunteering Internships/Co-Ops Internet Job Databases Telephone Books College Career Center Professional Association Journals Web Sites State Employment Office/ One-Stop Career Centers
Step IV: Preparing Job Search Tools After you have completed the self-assessment, researched your employment options, and identified potential employers, your last step is to refine or develop your job search tools, including the resume, cover letter and interviewing skills. It is also very important to set up a record-keeping system to help you keep track of your job search.
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