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How to get started looking for a job

There are many ways to find a job and to get started with one. I have some areas and things to consider when looking for a job. Please take these things into consideration and know that I am no expert, but I do know a few things about getting a job.

General Notes · Have a set time of day and duration that you will go over your options. Have this time for yourself to do what really needs to get done. You do not want to get overwhelmed with this huge task · Have a notebook handy to make any notes that you may need to reference latter · Determine when the most ideal date and the last date that you need to be working o If you are not working by this date, will you need any financial help or job search help? Have someone in mind that you can go to and ask for help. Let this person know that you will be paying them back at your earliest convenience. Potentially provide them information with the amount and time that you are going to pay them back. Have full disclosure Do your research · Find out what is out there and what you want to be doing for work. Really define what it is that you want to be doing, clearly know what you do not want to be doing as well. Jut focus on what is out there that you want to be doing · If there is any certification or education that you need for your most ideal position, are you willing to ‘foot the bill’ and put in the hard work to get it the certification? · Go to placement agencies, local libraries, networking events, workshops, employment services to help see what the job market is like · Go on company websites and check out their career tab o Some companies do not use 3rd party websites to post jobs o Some companies exclusively use placement agencies to source new employees · Some prompts to help find what you want may be: o What type of position do I want? o Which websites have I checked out? o What networking events are coming up in my area? o Is there a workshop I can attend in the next few days? o How is my website and cover letter looking? o Who can I be networking with today or in the next few days? o Is there someone I know who I can do a mock interview with? o Are there positions available out there that I want to be doing? · Manufacturing, labour and factory positions o There are many manufacturing, labour and factory positions in and around your area. You will want to be certain that you have a consistent way of getting to and from work as these types of positions have different hours. For example, some of the shifts could be morning, afternoon or night or have an early morning start. Many of them also require you to lift and/or carry any where from 5lbs to 15lbs worth of product. · Product stocker and product marketer o Many of these positions operate during the night or early morning. You will want to make sure that you have a consistent way of getting to and from work. Many of them also require you to lift and/or carry any where from 5lbs to 15lbs worth of product. Polish your cover letter and resume

· Come up with a few different ones · Do not be afraid to get help with this · Find key words that will help set you apart · When applying to positions try to incorporate key words that they are using in the advertisement in your cover letter · Don’t’ ever be afraid to continuously update your resume and cover letter as things in life to change

Network and Market yourself

· Have business card

· Create a professional online presence

· Go to events

o Find the events that are out there and schedule that ones that most speak to you and plan to attend them, schedule it in your calendar with an alarm to help remind you. Ask a friend or family member to go with you

o Set a reminder for yourself to follow up on your contacts regularly

· Talk with family and friends

· Work on your own personal ‘sales pitch’ or ‘brand’ (some call it an elevator speech)

· Set up appointments with placement agencies

· Sign up and attend some networking events

· If there are workshops that you can attend, then do so

· If it suits what you are wanting to do, get something printed to go/handed out like a mailer, flyer, brochure, post card ad or a business card

Prepare for interviews

· Research the company

· Ask them questions

· Be will groomed

· Do a mock interview

· Have specific job-related examples prepared

· Have a ‘sales pitch’ for yourself prepared

· If there is someone you can do a mock interview with, take the time to do that

o Give them a job description or advertisement of the type of positions that you are wanting

o Give them some interview questions that you think you might be asked or you have trouble answering

o Have them critique you on:

§ Your dress

§ Mannerisms

§ General over all appearance

§ Generally, how you represented your self

§ Good answers to questions? Need more job specific answers?

Placement Agencies

· Have the agencies work for you:

o Message them either by phone or email to remind them that you are still looking for work

§ Put an alarm in your calendar to remind yourself to do this every week

o Each time you apply to a position that they are advertising:

§ Apply the way that they ask on the advertisement, then email or call your contact saying that you have applied to this specific position quoting the advertisement saying that you would like to be considered for that position


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