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 employers. Volunteer experience and internships provide an excellent way to acquire job skills. Utilize resources available at public and career libraries to identify which career opportunities to target in your job search. Access job listings by searching job search banks, government and corporate web sites, and newspaper advertisements.
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 summarizes 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. Learn how to target and develop your resume by attending a Resume workshop conducted in the Career Center throughout Fall, Spring, and Winter semesters. Develop effective interview skills to convince the employer of your qualifications for the position. Familiarize yourself with the latest interviewing techniques by attending an Interview workshop. Ask Program staff for suggestions about additional resume writing and interview-preparedness resources available in the Career Center.
- Improve or strengthen your network system by initiating personal or professional contacts. The GCC Job Placement Center provides current job listings and acts as a liaison between job seekers and employers.
- 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.
- 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 and allow us to give you guidance, support and encouragement in your job search.
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.
EUREKA database provides detailed, step-by-step information on starting a small business. It covers issues dealing with market analysis, developing a business plan, financing your business, operating procedures, etc.
The best source of business ownership information may be found on the U.S. Small Business Administration web site at www.sba.gov.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR has several links designed to assist small businesses in complying with rules, regulations, and laws.
Consider and review GCC DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES in order to develop business skills and knowledge about opportunities for future business ventures.