Career Tips: Finding A Good Job

Learn how to find jobs! Resources you may not have thought of to help you find the position you're searching for.

So you want to find a job or change jobs, but you don't know where to start? Looking for a job can be a very long and discouraging task. Here are a few resources you want to consider in your search for employment.

The first resource, and one that is often overlooked, is your friends, family members and acquaintances. Listen carefully to what people say. You'll be surprised at how often someone you know is talking about someone they know that just got a new job. Is it something you're interested in? Maybe, maybe not. But keep your ears open. Also ask these same people if they know of any openings where they work, or anywhere else for that matter. Sometimes people are embarrassed to let others know they are looking for work. Don't be. Letting other people know you are looking will invite them to search with you. Sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know.

The next resource is a fairly obvious one, the newspaper. In general, Sunday's paper should have the most local listings in your area. You can browse through them fairly quickly and find the ones you are interested in. Then you can follow the directions in contacting the company at your leisure.

Another good idea is to check the local branch of Work Force Services. This is a state run organization that not only has a job board you can look over, but you can also register with them and have them send you information on jobs that meet your criteria.

Of course, as with almost everything now days, the internet is another great way to find a job. There are several companies on the web to help you find a job. Most of these site will let you place a resume on the site for potential employers to see, browse their job boards, and even send you emails about positions they think will interest you. There are several such websites, including,, and many more. If you don't like any of those, try punching in "employment" or something similar into a search engine and you'll have plenty of different websites to check out.

You can also look for job specific websites. Whatever it is that you do, or want to do, find websites about that field. Often, there would be employment resources and internet links at these websites as well.

A final idea is to check with the local universities and community colleges. These school usually have job boards where they post jobs for students and alumni. Some schools charge you to register with them to use their resources such as the job boards, but this is rare. And no one ever asks when you apply for these jobs if you were sent by the school, they just want the position filled.

Looking for a new job can be difficult, but it can also be rewarding. If you don't get frustrated and use all of the available resources, you are bound to find what you're looking for.

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