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You know exactly what kind of career you want. Your resume
is perfect. You've forced your friends to spend hours asking
you practice interview questions. Everything is in order -
except you don't know how to go about finding the job openings.
The first step is to shift your networking skills into high
gear. Start asking friends and family members to ask their
co-workers, friends, hairdressers, optometrists, accountants,
and other acquaintances if they've either heard of any available,
relevant job openings, or if they know of someone to whom
you ought to talk.
Another good way to make connections is to contact your college
alumni office or career services center to see if either has
a list of alumni who have volunteered to serve as mentors
and contacts to young jobseekers.
Also, if you've held internships in the past, get in touch
with your employers and co-workers from those experiences
and ask if they can point you in the right direction.
While there's truth to the adage that the best jobs are never
advertised, that doesn't mean you can't find a good job outside
the networking realm:
Check out Internet job listings.
Go to trade websites for the career field in which you're
interested. Often, occupations have professional associations
with websites that include job listings. If you don't know
the name of the association or trade organization that unifies
your potential colleagues, do a search or ask someone in the
field. Those websites are also an excellent way to cull contact
Go to job fairs. You can usually find advertisements for job
fairs in your local newspaper.
Visit the websites of companies for which you would like to
work. See if they have any job listings posted within the
If you're interested in working for a medium- or large-sized
company, call the human resources departments of potential
employers and ask if they have any job openings.
Read the classified section of the newspaper. If you want
to relocate, find out what newspapers serve the places you'd
like to live and then browse those papers' classified sections
on the web.
The most important thing to remember is that the job search
is often like a roller coaster ride. You might find some great
opportunities, only to find that positions have been filled.
And, in turn, you might investigate something you don't think
you're interested in, only to strike a gold mine. The important
thing is to keep you head up, and keep pushing forward. As
long as you're persistent and patient, you will either find
a good job, or you'll find a job that will serve as a transitional
job that will open doors for you.