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Finding a Job

The following strategies will help you reach your main goal: employment.

Determine the Job 

To experience an effective job search it is important to know what type of job you are seeking. If you really have no idea, career assessment tools can help. The Career Center offers FOCUS-2 and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI)  

Use Résumé Keywords 

Keywords are used by recruiters to search their databases of résumés. These words are simply the qualifications and skills required by the employer. Including these keywords in your résumé may increase the chances of your résumé coming up in a search result. For additional assistance with developing your résumé, check out the Résumé Tutorial 

Network 

Networking is the most effective method of finding job leads. Join a professional organization and attend local chapter meetings. Talk to friends, neighbors and former supervisors to discover job leads. Utilize LinkedIn to network and search for jobs. Attend events hosted by the Career Center.

Volunteer 

Volunteering is a great way to update your skills, lift your spirits, and network while conducting a job search. Contact the Community Service Coordinator in the Career Center to find volunteer opportunities. Attend the annual Community Service Fair to meet with representatives of non-profit organizations in the area. Try a volunteer match website such as VolunteerFrederick.org to identify opportunities.

Attend Career Fairs 

Career fairs are excellent opportunities to meet hiring managers and recruiters in person. The Career Center sponsors and promotes area career fairs. Check out upcoming events and how to prepare for a career fair .

Research Employers 

Find out the major employers in your area and check out their websites for opportunities. Economic Development Offices and Chambers of Commerce are excellent resources for this information.

Contact Employer Agencies 

Utilizing temporary or permanent employment agencies can be helpful with connecting you to job opportunities.

Consider Federal Jobs 

Visit USAJobs.gov and search for opportunities related to your interests.

Conduct a Search Online 

Use job links and professional organization sites that are specific to your career field of interest. Visit the Career Center’s Career Resources page to find job search sites specific to your major. Try the Career Center’s Linked-2-Work to identify opportunities.