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Finding 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.

Write a Resume
How to write resumes, curriculum vitae and cover letters, including samples and templates.

Compete a Job Application
How to complete an employment application, applying for jobs online, via email and in person. Includes samples, examples and advice on the best way to apply.

Step Two - Find Job Listings


The next step in finding a job is to find employment opportunities to apply to. You will need to search the online job search sites, like America's Job Bank, Monster, Career Builder, and Indeed, and utilize offline resources including networking, which is still the way most people find jobs.

Job Listings
Job listings, job banks, job sites, employment opportunities listed by location and career field, and other resources to help find a job.

Find a Job
How to find job listings, both online and off-line, networking, using a headhunter and more job advice on how and where to look for jobs.

Get Job Search Help
Need help with your job search? Here's how job seekers can find free, or inexpensive, resources in their geographic areas.

Job Banks
Search the online job banks by by keyword, location or career field. This directory includes job search engines where you can search many databases in one step.

Jobs by Career Field
A comprehensive list of job listings sorted by career field including arts, communications, business, education, not-for-profit, legal, science and technology and more.

Local Jobs
Staying or home or relocating? Search the local job sites that focus on the locations where you want to work.

Job Fairs
Attend a job fair in-person or online.

Networking
Networking can sound intimidating and a little bit scary, but, it doesn't have to be and it really does work.

Follow Up
It is important to follow up with the people who have interviewed you. Send a thank you letter within twenty-four hours of your interview. Also contact the employer if you haven't heard whether you got the job, or not, within a week or so of interviewing. Inquire about the status of your candidacy and ask if you can provide any additional information.

Thank You Letters
Sample thank you letters and other job search correspondence.

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