How Do I Find a Job?
Finding a job can be tricky, especially if it is your first job or you are changing careers. There are tremendous resources that can help you succeed. Are you searching in all of the conventional places without success and wondering where all the jobs are? Job-searching strategies evolve along with technology and trends. Learn what you can do to be more successful at finding a job.
The following are common concerns and suggestions for those in the job-search process:
Make your job search a full-time effort. Looking for a job requires a lot of work. Be prepared to set aside time to perform your job search. The more time you spend on your job search, the quicker you will find a job.
Understand where people get jobs. Stop spending time looking for jobs in ineffective ways. Recognize where the greatest potential for work opportunities lies by reading job search planning: how people find jobs.
Learn the principles of finding a job. Knowing and applying the principles of effectively finding a job can save you a lot of time in your job search. Employment Resource Services and Self-Reliance Centers offer free workshops that can help you learn the basic principles of effective job searching.
- The Career Workshop helps you prepare for job searching, interviewing, and follow-ups.
- The Professional Placement Program, offered at Employment Centers, helps professionals, managers, and executives find or improve their employment. At Self-Reliance Centers, you can participate in Planning For Success to help you find employment.
Start networking. Talk to everyone about your job search because it is how you can learn about work opportunities you would not otherwise hear about. Effective networking can take practice but it is worth it. Work with a mentor or job coach to practice your networking skills. Plan with your mentor how you will organize your networking efforts.
Learn from others. Ask your networking contacts about the types of job opportunities for which you are searching. As you conduct informational interviews, find out if your contacts know of anyone else with whom you can talk. Also, ask them for advice and learn from their experience.
Encourage your contacts to keep you informed. Be sure to give your networking contacts your networking profile. Follow up with them occasionally to see if they have heard of any job opportunities. By asking and following up with your contacts about job opportunities, you may learn of jobs that the company has not yet posted for the public. Learn about the life span of a job opening.
Attend Career Fairs. If you are looking for work, take every opportunity you can to meet new people and talk to them about your job search. Attend job-seeking events such as career fairs. Make sure you network with other job seekers as well as with the companies who are looking for employees. Learn how you can make the most of career fairs.
Request God’s assistance. As you search for your job, remember that God wants to be involved in your life. He wants you to succeed and He can help you find a job that is well suited for you.
Utilize quorum and Relief Society leaders. Under the direction of the bishop in your ward, both the elders quorum and the Relief Society can help you look for a job.
Use the ward employment specialist or self-reliance specialist. In addition to your elders quorum and Relief Society leaders, the bishop can assign a ward member to act as the ward employment specialist or self-reliance specialist to help you through the process of finding a job.
Choose a mentor. Find someone who can help you through the process of getting a job. Work with your mentor or job coach to find work opportunities and prepare for upcoming interviews. As you move through the process of finding a job, request his or her feedback. Incorporate his or her suggestions into your job-seeking approach.