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Job Guide


How to find a job!

The First Step

The first step in finding a job is to write a resume or prepare to complete a job application. 

Depending on the type of job you are searching for, you will need a resume, CV (curriculum vitae), and a cover letter or you will need to complete an application for employment.


In most cases, you will need a resume to apply for full-time, professional job opportunities.

If you are seeking a part-time job or work in a career field like hospitality or retail, for example, you will complete an application for employment. Talk to your Career Mentor about completing the first step and continue scrolling.

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Utilize Job Search Engines

Use the job search engines to search the top job banks, company sites, and online newspapers. There are a variety of job search engine sites that will search all the online job sites to capture new job postings.

Online job search resources, including job search sites, job search engines, networking sites, online job search tools, and tips to ensure that you are using all the Internet job search resources available.

If you're in the market for a new job, you'll want to check out my list of the top job search engines out there. All of these job search engines offer unique features and can streamline your job search efforts. Click to explore some great and widely used search engines:

1. Monster - Job Search Engine with Lots of Extras 
Monster is one of the best job search engines out there. You can narrow your search by location, keywords, and employer; plus, Monster has plenty of job search extras: networking boards, job search alerts, and online resume posting.

2. Indeed - A Meta Search Job Engine is a very solid job search engine. Unlike Monster, you cannot submit your resume from, but the job search engine more than makes up for that by being a meta-search engine of many of the major job search engines and job search boards out there. Indeed uncovers a lot of jobs that you wouldn't normally find on most job search sites, and they do a good job of making their job search features as easy to use as possible.

3. CareerBuilder - One of the Largest Job Search Engines
CareerBuilder offers job searchers the ability to find a job, post a resume, create job alerts, get job advice and job resources, look up job fairs, and much more. This is a truly massive job search engine that offers a lot of good resources to the job searcher.

4. CareerOneStop - A Mammoth Job Search Engine
CareerOneStop provides data from a variety of federal and state sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) at the U.S. Department of Labor; the U.S. Department of Education; the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce; the Bureau of the Census at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and other Federal, State, and private institutions.

5. LinkedIn - A Social Networking Job Search Engine combines the best of two worlds: the ability to scour the Internet for jobs with its job search engine, and the opportunity to network with like-minded friends and individuals to deepen our job search. From the site: "With LinkedIn, you find the people, jobs, and services you need through the people you know and trust, while you strengthen and extend your existing network." Finding a job all too often is about who you know, and does a great job of addressing this.

6. Jobing
Search local jobs, find local employers, connect with local people, and discover local job resources in your  "jobing" community. 

7. CalJobs

Complete set of employment tools for job seekers in California. Job seekers and employers access jobs, résumés, education, training, and labor market information

Follow up, Follow up, Follow up!

Applicants who follow up after an interview show the employer that they are interested in the position, and show dedication and motivation.  


In some cases, following up can mean the difference between being offered a job or not.  Even if you don't get the job you want the first time, following up can help you stand out, and lead to another job offer in the future!

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