College and Career 1.12 Finding a Job in a Haystack

Looking for a job? We've got some tips. Tip number one: stop looking in that haystack. That's seriously the worst idea we've ever heard.

College and CareerCollege 101
LanguageEnglish Language
SubjectsCollege and Career

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actually be used for more than just er, paper-mache and low-rent doorstops [Newspaper piled up to make a doorstop]

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believe it or not newspapers can also be a part of your job search and just

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look at the classified section and check out the help-wanted ads but like we

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said this is the brave new digital world and with that comes the internet sure [Man using a smartphone to search for jobs]

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it's not uniformly useful for finding jobs you're unlikely to get hired by

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anyone just for watching dozens of cat videos as a high school student your [Student browsing the internet on a laptop for job adverts]

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best bet is to check out generic sites which provide access to pretty much any job

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posting we're talking craigslist, glassdoor, Indeed, Monster etc. all

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those guys and youth site swhich cater specifically the types of entry-level

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jobs that teenagers and college students are qualified for there are also college [Students sitting an exam paper]

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graduate sites and industry specific sites but until you have a college

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degree or experience in a particular industry you'll only be able to use [Man outside a shop window looking at industry specific job postings]

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those sites as window shopping there are also some job finding resources that are

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a bit less reading intensive there are some people out there whose entire job

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it is to help you find work and you can find some of them into career centers it [Man walking into a career center]

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won't help you pick out your interview outfit but they can do things that are

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even more useful at career centers you can get assistance from career [Workers in the middle of a meeting]

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counselors to search for employment write resumes and brush up on your

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interviewing skills they might even give you tips on how to tie your shoelaces [Career advisor tying his shoe laces]

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more efficiently but we're not making any promises you can also make use of

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staffing agencies, they don't just want to help you with the skills required to get

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a job they actually set you up with gigs well that said most of these jobs tend [Staffing agent arranging a meeting between employee and employer]

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to be temporary and most staffing agencies take a cut of your pay if you want your

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job hunt to have a more festive spirit well why not put on a costume [Children dancing in a festival]

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kidding why not check out a job fair at a job fair a bunch of employers all

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congregate at one location and job seekers are invited to connect with [People looking at job postings at a job fair]

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employers learn more about companies that are hiring fill out applications and

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sometimes even receive an invitation for an interview another method for finding [Two women shaking hands]

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work is by networking and no that doesn't mean setting up high-tech

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communications network though that might help you to get jobs somewhere in IT we [Man covered in wires setting up a communications network]

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mean using your network of social and professional connections contacting

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family members, friends, the parents of our friends, extended relatives, teachers

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coaches, 7-eleven cashiers, guys selling knockoff rolex's under trench coats and [All connections in a persons network]

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anyone else we have a friendly relationship with if they know about an

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available job at their place of work and they refer us well that'd be a lot more

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helpful than just showing up announced as the complete stranger but guess what [Man looking at a resume and shutting the office blinds]

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there's also a strategy the boots on the ground method although it's definitely

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not the most efficient one we can always visit different businesses and if [Man walking into a store]

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there's a Help Wanted sign in the store window well that's a good indication

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that there's an opportunity for employment there alright well these [Two men shaking hands]

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methods might not help you find any needles in haystacks but very few

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needles offer competitive salaries and cover dental work so well we think you [Man in a haystack with a needle and sparkling white teeth]

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have a better skill set