Getting a Job: Stage One - Looking

Getting a job?

Getting a job? Should be easy. You've got your qualification, so now you'll be offered a job - right?  Not quite as easy as that though.

Just because you've got your qualification, don't think that employers are waiting for you outside the graduation hall. That may have been true once, but it isn't anymore.

Is there much competition? What about all those others who graduated with you?  They're wanting the same job that you are.  So how do you make yourself stand out from them?

And where are all the jobs anyway? According to recent statistics, the 10 fastest growing jobs in the US are in just a handful of industries.  So first you've got to find a job to apply for. And that's what this page is all about.

 

If you are serious about getting a job, you need to be serious about finding one

First you have to find a job to apply for - and there might not be many around when you're looking. When you apply for a job, you will find that there are many others who have the same qualification as you. So how do you make yourself stand out from those others?

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The first step is to find jobs that are available.

Don't expect to get your "ideal job" and don't expect to get the first job you apply for. You'll probably have to apply for many jobs so you'll need to find a lot of adverts for vacancies. To do this use multiple strategies. For example:

  • Look at the sort of things you can do with your major. Use web sites such as this "What can I do with this major/degree?" to help you.
  • Use the internet to search for job listings in your area of expertise (e.g., JobSearchUSA.org). Often you can enter your job profile on such sites and they will send you details of jobs that meet your criteria.
  • Search the newspapers and professional magazines for job details. Sometimes these listings are online as well.
  • Make sure that you are on relevant email discussion lists.
  • Use job agencies.

 

If you want to get the job of your dreams, don't just dream about it

Whilst you are looking for a job that you are really interested in, make sure that you are doing something other than staying in bed late. Try to obtain a job part-time, take hourly work, do short term jobs, take short courses, do voluntary work - do anything that you can put on your CV to show that you are resourceful, can keep time, work in a team, engage with peers, know about the demands of the workplace and generally understand what work is all about. 

The discipline required to get up and get to work on time everyday also does something for your mental condition as well - it keeps your brain sharper, working and alert.  This is noticeable in interviews.

 

More information

For more information about getting a job, check the next stages below.  

Check out this job interview system for helping people to find and get great jobs: Job Interview Success

Browse for suitable schools and programs at the foot of the page.

 

The next stages

Stage two - Applying for a job

Stage two of the process is your application for the job you're interested in. More details on how to do this are provided in the page on "Applying for a job".

 

Stage three - Being interviewed

Stage three of the process is the interview itself. More details on how to do this are provided in the page on "Being interviewed".

 

List of schools and programs to enance your qualifications

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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