How Do I Get Started in a Job Search?

At Self-Reliance Services (LDS Jobs), we'll help you become gainfully employed through education and networking with local companies.

Finding a new job can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if you’re not sure where to start. By using LDS Jobs, you’ll have access to all the best tools for job hunting. To get started with finding new employment, consider the following tips.

Make Your Search a Full-Time Effort

If you really want to find a new job, you need to work hard at it. Finding a new job is a full-time job in and of itself. Make sure to do the following as you spend time looking for employment:

  • Register on LDS Jobs—By registering on LDS Jobs and creating a profile, you’ll have access to a large database of job postings, and employers will be able to see your skills and work experience to determine if you’d be a good fit for their company.
  • Understand Where to Find a Job—You’re more likely to find a job by word-of-mouth referrals and contacting companies than you are from online job boards or newspaper ads. You can read this article for more information about where to find a job.

Learn Job Search Skills

Finding a job is a skill. If you’ve found yourself laid off or fired after a long time with a company, or if you’re looking for your first job, the job market may be unfamiliar. Here are some tips that can help:

  • Career Workshop—At LDS Employment Resource Centers (ERCs), several types of workshops are available. The Career Workshop is a great place to start in your job search. You’ll learn how to set employment goals, present yourself competitively to potential employers, and use your existing resources and network. 
  • Networking—Networking is essentially talking to everyone you can about your job search. This is an integral part of finding employment. Let people know you need a job, and follow up with them regularly to see if they know of any opportunities you’d be a good fit for. You’ll be surprised by how many people want to help you be successful.
  • Job Fairs—Job fairs are a great place to go and meet many employers in a short amount of time. You can network with potential employers and other job-seekers, and you can get your résumé to multiple people quickly. 

Connect with Ward Members

Ward members are often like family, and they can be a huge resource in helping you find employment when you need it. For example, announcing that you’re looking for a job in either priesthood or Relief Society meetings could bring you great networking opportunities, and some ward members may have jobs or know of jobs you can apply for immediately. Also, make sure to:

  • Inform Your Ward Leaders—Letting your bishop and priesthood and Relief Society leaders know you’re hunting for a job is critical. Part of their calling is to watch out for and care for ward members, and they can assist you in finding employment.
  • Choose a Mentor—Mentors are simply people who can help you stay on track, make sure your employment goals are realistic, and help you find a job more quickly; especially if you happen to be in an area where an ERC isn’t close by, having a mentor in your ward can be a huge help in your job search.

Access the Services at an Employment Center

Employment centers and self-reliance centers offer great resources to help you get organized in your job search. They specialize in helping people find a job, gain additional skills, and start a business. Centers specifically focus on the following:

  • Career Goals—When you go to an employment center, you’ll set some careers goals and develop a good plan to help you reach those goals as quickly as possible.
  • Workshops—Aside from the Career Workshop, you can also take part in the Self-Employment Workshop and participate in the Professional Placement Program. These workshops can help you in your efforts to either start your own business or get placed with a company more quickly.
  • Additional Resources—At the ERC, you’ll have access to computers, the Internet, and phones to aid in your job search.

If you make your job search a full-time effort, learn how to find jobs, and go to an ERC, you’ll be well on your way to securing employment. 

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