YOU NEED A JOB. Somewhere, an employer has the job you want. How do you get that job? By marketing your job talents. By showing employers
you have the skills they need. Do you have job talents? YES! Homemakers, disabled individuals, veterans, students just out of school, people already working--all have skills and experience for many good jobs.

What you need to know is how to market your talents effectively to
find the right jobs. Things that you need to consider as you find a job.:

  • Evaluate your interests and skills.
  • Find job information.
  • Write resumes and application letters.
  • Prepare for job interviews.
  • Plan your time.
  • Take tests.

Planning Your Time
NOW is the best time to start looking for a job. You're as qualified as
other applicants, so start now before someone else gets "your" job.
You've already made a good start by reading this pamphlet!
What's the most important thing to know about your job search?


That means:

In a full time job, you:

  • Have responsibilities (work duties and procedures)
  • " Punch a clock" or be at work "on time"
  • Work hard all day, 40 hours
  • Report to a boss, who makes sure you carry-out your responsibilities

To find a job, you must:

  • Set your own responsibilities (things you must do everyday to get a job)
  • Wake up early at a set time to start looking for work
  • Look hard for a job, all day, week 40 hours a week
  • Be your own boss (or appoint a friend to be your "boss") to make sure you carry-out your job search responsibilities

Tips for Planning an Effective Job Search:

  • Make a "To Do List" every day. Outline daily activities to look for
    a job.
  • Apply for jobs early in the day. This will make a good impression
    and give you time to complete applications, have interviews, take
    tests, etc.
  • Call employers to find out the best times to apply. Some companies
    take applications only on certain days and times during the week.
  • Write down all employers you contact, the date of your contacts,
    people you talk to, and special notes about your contacts.
  • Apply at several companies in the same area when possible. This
    saves time and money.
  • Be prepared. Have a "master application" and resumes, pens, maps
    and job information with you all the time. Who knows when a "hot
    lead" will come your way.
  • Follow up leads immediately. If you find out about a job late in
    the day, call right then! Don't wait until the next day.
  • Network. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for job. Stay
    in touch with friends and contacts. Follow up new leads
  • Read pamphlets and books on how to get a job (see the list of books
    at the back of this brochure). The time you spend reading these
    materials will save you a lot of time in your job search
  • Make automated connections through systems on the Internet, such as
    America's Job Bank and the Talent Bank
Information from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration