An effective job search requires effort, patience, and a focused approach for favorable results. After deciding what career field to target, research employment opportunities and identify employers who meet your needs and expectations and whose specific job requirements for the role you could satisfy. It’s important to develop practical self-marketing and networking strategies by analyzing your talents, past work experience, accomplishments, and applicable skills. Before you apply for a job, collect facts about the company and the position you are seeking, including a job description outlining duties and qualifications. Consider other related employment issues such as the salary range, benefits, advancement potential, location, work hours, and work environment. A compatible work environment is directly related to job satisfaction and should be regarded by an individual as one of the primary contributing factors into one’s sense of purpose and accomplishment. Evaluate whether you would need additional education or training to increase your employability and value in the eyes of the employer. Note that volunteer experience and especially internships provide an excellent way to acquire job skills, gain experience, develop a professional network, build your resume, and to get hired permanently. Finally, use all available resources to identify which career opportunities to target in your job search, including online job banks, government and corporate websites, as well as professional associations.
Maximize your efforts by applying the following job search tools:
- Prepare a resume that promotes your talents, abilities, experience, and education. Identify qualifications you possess and communicate your strengths to an employer. Convey any activities you participated in that exhibit your ability to work well on team projects and juggle multiple responsibilities competently. Offer concrete evidence of your position-related accomplishments. Your resume serves as a summary of your training and qualifications. It should be concise and accompanied by a cover letter, introducing you to the potential employer and expressing your interest in a specific position.
- Develop effective interview skills to convince the employer of your qualifications for the position. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the latest interviewing techniques. Send a follow up letter after each interview. Thank the interviewer for the time and consideration and reiterate your interest in the position and in the employer.
- Expand and strengthen your network by initiating personal and professional contacts. Ask Program staff for suggestions. The GCC Job Placement Center provides current job listings and acts as a liaison between job seekers and employers.
- Stay organized and disciplined, keep accurate records, maintain a positive attitude - success can be achieved.
The Career Center is dedicated to assisting you in all your career development and job search needs. Take advantage of the services offered. Attend Career Center workshops conducted by career counselors throughout the academic year and learn how to create a professional resume, write a compelling cover letter, prepare yourself for a job interview, secure an internship, and much more: https://www.glendale.edu/students/student-services/career-center/classes-workshops/-fsiteid-1
Before investing time, energy, and money into your education -- plan ahead by researching available labor market information (LMI), including employment projections, wages, and future economic trends related to your career path.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook would be a great starting point. Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, it describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects for a variety of occupations.
The best source of business ownership information may be found on the U.S. Small Business Administration website at www.sba.gov. It provides detailed, step-by-step advice and guidance on how to start your own small business and covers issues dealing with market analysis, developing a business plan, financing your business, and operating procedures to name a few.
The U.S. Department of Labor is another great resource that offers several tools designed to assist small businesses in complying with government rules, regulations, and laws.
TIP: Review GCC Degrees and Certificates and consider taking classes that can help you develop business skills and enhance your knowledge about opportunities for future business ventures.