Beginning Your Job Search

starting-your-job-searchYou want a job but where do you start? Well, the first thing you should do is to take a deep breath and relax. Make sure you are relaxed and ready to embark on the adventure of job searching in Buffalo.

The second thing you should do is find out what job you will enjoy. Whether you are in college, recently graduated, or have many years of experience under your belt, it’s never too late to evaluate your values, skills, and needs. The One-Stop Centers, Department of Labor, and the Buffalo Employment & Training Center have workshops that utilize tools such as the Meyers Briggs to help you figure out what your interests, skills, and values are and which jobs fit well with them. In addition, read books like How to Find the Work You Love by Laurence Boldt and What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles. These books are great tools to learn about your self so you can make the right choice when choosing a career.

If you are searching for your first job or are unemployed, you should never start off your job search by writing your resume. The resume is a living document that should be tailored to each position you are apply. It works better when it is done gradually. Writing your resume over a period of time makes it stronger, more detailed, and gives you a better shot at landing that desired job.

Furthermore, most jobs are found in the “hidden job market,” which is discussed more in-depth at that post, but in short, the following steps are what you should do:

  • Be clear minded and relaxed
  • Read some books on job searching (such as the ones listed at the top)
  • Know what you want to do
  • Have a chat with people in fields and jobs you’re interested in (informational interviews)
  • Start to tailor your resume to that type of job
  • Professionalize your online reputation
  • Network, network, network

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