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Finding a Job

Job hunting is all about promoting yourself and your talent Know how your skills and experience can benefit employers. In order to do that, you must first identify and understand your interests, skills, values, needs, and work habits. If you know your personality you can more easily determine the right work and employer for you.  What type of position do you want?  What kind of job activities would you enjoy?

Finding a job is a job, it takes time. You need to put a lot of effort into your job search. Treat it like a full-time job. There are many different ways to look for employment and pros and cons to each, which is why you should never rely on just one method of job search.

Ask (cold calling)
Research potential employers and identify those you think might be a good fit. If you know a business you would really like to work at, go in and ask for an application regardless if they have a help wanted sign or advertised an opening.
Pros: You may discover positions not posted yet and you are able to focus on the type of job that you want.
Cons:  It can be hit and miss. You may target employers that aren't hiring.

Advertised Job Listing
I.e. want ads, company websites, Cal JOBS, online job announcements, etc…
Pros: They represent actual jobs and they are easily accessible.
Cons: Only 20% of available jobs are advertised, you may not see a job in the field you want and you will be competing with all the other people that saw the ad too.

Employment Agencies
Utilize an employment agency for temporary and possible permanent positions.
Pros: The agencies research job leads for you.
Cons: They may charge fees, they may not have a job that is a good match for you and sometimes the jobs they have available are temporary jobs with no chance of becoming a permanent employee.

70-80% of the jobs available aren’t advertised. Networking is a fantastic way to tap into the “hidden” job market. Talk to your friends, family, club/church organization members & other acquaintances and ask them if they know about a business that is hiring. 
Pros: You may hear about jobs that aren't posted yet, the person referring you may have the ability to recommend you for the job and research shows it is the most effective way of job searching.
Cons: It requires initiative and assertiveness on your part to develop a professional network and you are relying on other people to inform you about job leads.

Job Fairs
A great way find out about various job openings. 
Pros: You can meet with many employers in a short amount of time.
Cons: You're competing for the employer’s attention along with many other applicants; they may not be job openings you are interested in.

Normally positions that you volunteer for are unpaid. However, it allows you to gain experience and establish a work history.
Pros: Allows you to develop skills and gain experience, volunteerism looks great on a resume and you are meeting and getting to know people that may know about other job opportunities.
Cons:  Volunteer positions are not paid.

Don’t give up!
You will not get every job you apply for, but don’t get discouraged. Stay positive and don’t quit until you succeed!