You just moved to Virginia. The company you worked for closed. You want another job. Whatever the reason, you are out there … on the job hunt.
Where to begin
Ask yourself what kind of a job you want. Do you want a job like what you’ve done in the past? Or do you want to do something different? Make a list.
If you’re not sure, fill out the interest worksheet at http://www.sunraye.com/job_net/ws3.htm. This helps you identify things you like to do AND shows you what job areas relate to your interests.
What skills do you have? Do you know how to use any special equipment or tools? Have you ever supervised one or more people? Are you a good writer or artist? Are you organized? Think about all the jobs you’ve had – paid or unpaid – and what you did while working.
To find a list of skills, go to http://www.sunraye.com/job_net/ws5.htm. The chart lists different skills needed in the workplace. Go through the list and check off the skills you have and how well you think you perform that task. Be sure to write down the job where you gained that skill. This will help you right your resume and answer questions at a job interview.
Finding available jobs
Now that you know what kind of a job you want and what your skills are, it’s time to start looking for a job. Here are some ideas of where to look:
“Help Wanted” section in the classifieds in your local newspaper. Cut out any that sound interesting.
On the Internet: The Internet is a great resource for finding available jobs and for researching companies you are applying to.
At Virginia Workforce Centers: These centers across Virginia offer a wide variety of career services, including skills assessment and help with filling out applications and writing resumes. Computers are available at the centers for you to use in searching for jobs online.
Networking: Networking is a way of looking for jobs by enlisting the help of family, friends, neighbors, and other people you know.
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Last Updated On Wednesday February 19, 2003 8:03 AM