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    Your qualifications Resume Guide (Job Search )
    ...in each category Basic career assets Employment history. Positions you've held or projects you've worked on, including volunteer or recreational activities. Education, continuing education. Degrees or diplomas you've earned, and any additional courses or training you've received. Technical skills. Computer or other technical skills you're proficient in and would like to use in your next position. Other information. Professional associations, service awards, publications or presentations, relevant hobbies or volunteer activities. Unique assets you offer Your strongest skills. Things that you’re good at and particularly enjoy doing. Pay special attention to transferable skills. Your accomplishments. Achievements you’re proud of, whether they’re from jobs, volunteer work, or recreational activities. Your values. Things that are important to you, such...

    Job Search Checklist l (Job Search )
    ...your job search Find and contact your local American Job Center to talk to a counselor and find out what specific resources might be available to help in your search. Attend support groups and job clubs in your area. Attend job search training sessions or related training. Explore various career options Set up informational interviews to learn about different careers. See which other occupations would use your current skills and experience . Learn about new industries read blogs and professional journals, look up professional associations online. Search for available jobs Practice networking , online and in person, to find out about available jobs. Attend job fairs to meet employers. Visit 's Job Finder to search job listings across the United States

    Get more resume help Resume Guide (Job Search )
    ...and can assist you with resume writing, skills assessment, job search strategies, and more. Find an American Job Center near you . Your public library is also a great resource for resume and job search books many offer free resume-writing and job search workshops. Locate your local public library . Most colleges and universities have career centers. Current students and graduates are generally eligible for free career counseling and resume-writing help. Some centers offer the same services to the public for a small fee. A professional resume writer may be able to help, but check to confirm the writer's credentials before hiring them. To learn what to look for and find local resources, visit the National Resume Writers Association

    Research Salaries l (Job Search )
    ...will pay for meeting your basic needs If you are applying or interviewing for jobs, you will learn What the typical pay is for entry level to experienced workers in your field What an appropriate job offer would be for your skills and experience How to answer questions about your salary requirements Use 's Salary Finder to find salary information for more than 900 different occupations. Also compare wages for your field for different regions, states or view typical wages nationwide. Other ways to learn about salaries include Your networking contacts Informational interviews Professional associations When considering a salary offer, don't forget to think about benefits . Their value can make up almost a third of your total pay package

    Online Resources l (Job Search )
    ...resume online . Online periodicals are an easy way to access newspapers, magazines, and trade journals. Trade journals have articles by industry experts, information on networking events, industry blogs, and job banks. To find a trade journal, try typing “trade journal directory” into a search engine. Your public library can also help you access databases of trade journals and professional associations. Association websites have information on trends, volunteer or professional development opportunities, best practices, industry news, and a job board. Almost every industry has an association. You may need to be a member access to their content. Most charge annual fees. Some may have six-month memberships to give you time to see how useful the site is for your...

    Post your resume wisely Resume Guide (Job Search )
    ...and post resumes to their sites. Better yet, contact these employers directly. Consider regional job boards. To find these boards, type your state and the words “job board” into Google e.g., Minnesota job board or try your local library’s website. Try “aggregator” sites like Indeed.com,. These sites combine search results from job boards, company websites, professional associations, and other sources. Try professional association websites. Professional associations often post jobs for their members. View the Professional Association Finder to explore options. Check out the Job Finder , which includes four job bank sources, including your state job bank. But since experience shows it's not the best way to get noticed, it's helpful to use a few different methods...

    Employer needs Resume Guide (Job Search )
    ...Job boards and job ads. Study postings on job boards and ads in newspapers and journals. These tell you what skills, education, and other qualifications employers are looking for. Employer websites. Company websites can be a rich source of information. Along with job postings and other career information, you'll find information on a company's history, mission, and more. Professional association websites . These websites and related publications are a great way to track trends in your field, learn what skills are in demand, and even view job postings. Reference tools. The U.S. Department of Labor publishes two resources that are excellent sources of information for your resume the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O NET Online . Social networking sites. Tools...

    Your Online Image l (Job Search )
    ...of everything you put online as public information. Remove any swear words, gripes about old employers, or discriminatory comments. Create a professional online identity. Join LinkedIn and other online professional groups that are related to your career or industry. Ask someone to “recommend” you on LinkedIn. Create an online portfolio using work samples to market yourself. Blog about your professional interests. Be choosy about who you “friend”. Your profile may be squeaky clean, but make sure you don’t suffer from guilt by association. Check your grammar, spelling, and writing. Many employers reject job applicants because they show poor communication skills. Consider your online presence as part of your portfolio. Read through any of your postings to catch errors

    Establish an online presence Resume Guide (Job Search )
    ...on your own behalf. Here are ways to start building an online presence Create a profile in a social networking tool such as LinkedIn , Facebook, and Twitter. You can also use these tools to research jobs. Create a website or blog. A well-written blog can help you communicate your knowledge in a particular area. It can even establish you as an authority. Maintain an online portfolio. With a portfolio, you can expand beyond your resume to include work samples, testimonials, and other materials. Participate in online forums. For example, if you belong to a professional association, you can participate in discussions online. Learn about managing your online image , and how to use the top three social networking sites

    Research Employers l (Job Search )
    ...trends are affecting the company Employer websites. These often describe the company unit s that may be hiring in your field. They also provide details on the types of products or programs they offer. Regional or state publications Chamber of Commerce directories Manufacturers' directories by state National publications . Most libraries have copies in their business sections. National Trade Professional Associations Standard and Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors Executives The Macmillan Directory of Leading Private Companies Ward's Business Directory of Major U.S. Private Companies The titles above are just a few examples. Almost every type of field or industry has its own trade association. How many employees does the employer have What jobs does the company typically hire for...

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