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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.

1. What you need to know is how to market your talents effectively to find the right job. This book will help you to:

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.

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 week
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, 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 immediately.

Read pamphlets and books on how to get a job. 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.

Determining Your Job Skills
Another tip for finding the right job is to make a list of your background and experience.If you think you don't have any experience -- THINK AGAIN! You may not have specific job experience, but you do have work experience. You have "worked" as a homemaker, a student, a volunteer, in a hobby or some other personal activity. The skills you use for these "jobs" can be applied to other jobs.

A background and experience list may help you to:
Fill out job applications
Provide information for job interviews
Prepare resumes (if you're applying for professional or office jobs)

Tips for Making a Background and Experience List:
Interests and Aptitudes
List your hobbies, clubs you belong to, sports you're involved in, church and school activities, and things that interest you. List things you are good at or have special ability for. Your list may look like it has nothing to do with job skills or experience. That's O.K. the purpose of this list is to make you think about your interests and things you do in everyday life. Look at the first item on your list.

Think about the skills or talents it takes to do that item. Really think about it! All hobbies, activities, etc., take a lot of skills, knowledge and abilities. Write them all down.

Work History
If you've worked before, list your jobs. Include volunteer, part-time, summer, and self-employment. Next, write down work duties for the jobs you listed. Now, think about the skills or talents it took to do each work duty. Write them down.

List the schools you attended, dates, major studies or courses completed. Include military and vocational education and on-the-job training.
List degrees, certificates, awards and honors.
Ask yourself what classes or training you liked. Why did you like them?

Physical Condition
Do you have any disabilities limiting the kind of work you can do? Companies will often make special accommodations to employ disabled persons (in fact, some accommodations are legally required). If you have strong or special physical capabilities, list these too.

Career Goals
What kind of work do you want to be doing 5 or 10 years from now?
What kind of job could you get now to help you reach this goal?
Matching Your Background and Experience To Jobs
Look at the abilities (talents) identified on your background and experience list. You have talents that you use everyday.

Now find out what JOBS can use your talents.
Start at your local State Employment Service Office ("Job Service"). This office has free information about many jobs. You may be given an appointment with a career counselor who can help you decide what kind of work is best suited to your abilities and interests.

While you're at Job Service, ask to see the Guide for Occupational Exploration and the Occupational Outlook Handbook (you can also get these books at most public libraries). These easy to read books, published by the Department of Labor, describe -- work duties for many different occupations -- skills and abilities needed for different types of jobs -- how to enter occupations -- where jobs are located -- training and qualifications needed -- earnings, working conditions, and future opportunities.

Match the skills and abilities in your list to the skills and abilities of different jobs. Don't limit yourself. The important thing is not the job title, but the skills and abilities of the job. You may find that your skills and abilities match with an occupation that you have never thought about.

Where To Get Job Information
If you know what job skills you have, you are ready to look for a job. You can look for job openings at these sources:

Networking. Tell everyone you know you're looking for a job. Ask about openings where your friends work.

Private employers. Contact employers directly to market your job talents. Talk to the person who would supervise you even if there are no jobs currently open.

State Employment Service Offices provide help on finding jobs and other services, such as career counseling. See the back of this brochure for the Employment Service Office in your state.

America's Job Bank. A nation-wide pool of job opportunities which will extend your search to other states and can be viewed in your local Employment Service offices. Federal, state and local government personnel offices list a wide range of job opportunities. Check the Government listings in your phone book.

Local public libraries have books on occupations and often post local job announcements. Many state libraries are also providing free access to Internet through PCs.

Newspaper ads list various job openings.

Local phone book. Look for career counseling centers in your area (some may require fees).

Private employment and temporary centers offer placement (employer or job hunter may pay a fee).

Community colleges and trade schools usually offer counseling and job information to students and the general public.

Proprietary schools. Private training centers offer instruction in specific trades (tuition is
usually required). Check with your office of state education for credible schools.

Community organizations such as clubs, associations, women and minority centers, and
youth organizations.

Churches frequently operate employment services or provide job search help.

Veterans' placement centers operate through state employment offices. Veterans' social
and help organizations often have job listings for members.

And lastly, make sure you have a winning resume. Pay a few bucks to have your resume professionally done, if you are not certain or if you do it yourself, have someone else proofread it for you.

Gook Luck!!