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Job Openings

No matter what industry in which you seek employment, acquiring a job always starts in the same place: finding a job opening. This search can occur in a number of ways and involve a number of different sources, so where should you begin?

Newspaper Listings

Despite loss of popularity in recent years due to the ever growing range of the Internet, newspapers are still a reliable source for finding local job listings. Many employers pay newspapers to run printed ads in order to find people to fill the vacant positions in their companies. The drawback of such ads is that they reach a more limited geographic area than a website advertisement might. This is because newspapers are typically only sold in and around the city in which it is printed, and therefore potential candidates living outside the paper's range (i.e. another city) may not come across the listings. On the flip side, newspapers are an excellent  resource for job-hunters looking to work in certain areas because their limited geographic scope does result in a smaller pool of candidates, thereby increasing your chances of being selected for the position.


Job Boards

What is a job board? Job boards are websites where employers can post information about available job positions. Job-hunters are often able to apply directly through the board or the employer may supply a link to their online application. Anyone can use job boards, however some may be targeted toward certain industries or audiences. For example, sites like Indeed or Snagajob may hold more opportunity for teenagers; however, they are not exclusive and anyone is welcome to use them.


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How to get Started on a Job Board

Create an Account

To maximize the impact of the online job board experience, users should begin by creating an account. This will allow you to save jobs you may be interested in applying for so that you can apply later and will also allow you to instantly apply with just a few clicks. After creating an account, create a profile, which will include basic contact information, and you will also need to create or upload your resume (Resumes and Cover Letters). After completing both your profile and resume, you can begin searching for available positions.

Search for Positions

To begin your search, the board will ask you to enter key words pertaining to the type of position you seek as well as a geographic location to search for positions in. After entering your search query, the board will provide a list of all available positions matching your keywords and location. Depending on the board, you may be given options to further refine your search to a smaller geographic radius, certain companies, job types, etc. It is highly recommended to try many different combinations of keywords and filters to ensure you are seeing all available options.

Saving and Applying

When you find something that interests you, select that listing and read all the information provided. If you decide that you may be interested in applying, you can either save the listing or apply for the position. The process of saving and applying will vary depending on the job board; however, the board itself should provide instructions throughout this process.


Company Websites

For job-hunters who know they want to work at a specific company, the company's website will be the best resource to find positions. Most companies' websites will include a page or link to a "Careers" section. The "Careers" section will be the best place to find positions, contact information, and the application for any available positions in the company. It is not a guarantee that a company will have a "Careers" section; however, just because you do not see it immediately does not mean it is not there. You may have to search around the site for the information you seek. If you do not see it, check under any links labeled "About Us" or "More Information." Where the career page is located will always vary by site and company. If you cannot find career information on the site, consider calling or emailing company representatives for more information.


Social connections become an extremely powerful tool in the job search. Do not hesitate to let your family and friends know you are looking for a new job, as you never know who they may know or interact with. Develop acquaintances with people in the field you are interested in. Try asking around to see who is hiring or ask for advice and tips. Just letting someone know you are interested may lead to a referral and/or job offer.



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Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.