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What to do when finding a job?

What should I do if I want to find a job? How should I look for my resources when it comes to finding jobs? WHy is finding and researching these resources good for my knowledge? When will these resources help me?

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Ann’s Answer

I would recommend first researching the skills and qualifications for the jobs you are interested in. This gives you insight into whether you currently have all the skills and knowledge needed and what areas you need to study or gain more knowledge and experience.

Researching companies who are hiring is always a good idea. Interview questions often involve information found on a company website. Knowing the company culture, mission and values helps you know if they might be a good fit. Knowing the company structure, products and services they provide, size of the company, etc. is all information that helps with a smoother interview and shows leadership that you value the interview they've granted and put the effort into learning about the position you are applying for.

Ann recommends the following next steps:

Decide what jobs you want to apply for
Research job sites online
Determine what skills or knowledge you have and what is lacking
Go to company websites for any positions you decide to apply for and read about the company
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Elizabeth (Betsy)’s Answer

Hi Jayla,

It can be overwhelming to start a process. Ann provided great advice in her response. I would add the following suggestions to her guidance:

1. Speak with friends and family members who have jobs they like. Ask they why they selected their jobs, and why they like those jobs. This will provide you perspective on how other people made their job choices.

2. If possible, visit a guidance counselor to ask if they have skill assessments that can help you understand which careers may align with your skill strengths.

3. If possible, consider an introduction to college course at a community college or a junior college. Sometimes these courses give young people a lot of good advice and suggestions on how to pursue their interests.

Good luck.
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