Improve Your Job Search by Going Local
By Heidi Sawyer
It can be overwhelming for even an experienced job seeker to keep up with the ever changing trends of the job world. If you simply "Google" the phrase "Best Way To Land a Job," you will be bombarded by millions of results. So with all the varying opinions, what's a job seeker to do?
My recommendation: go local! Use your local resources to their fullest capacity.
State Career Services: That's Why They're There
Every state benefits from a state career center where job seekers can work with professionals that are up to date on local trends, schooling options and job search skills. You will find opportunities through networking, workshops and even, in some cases, mock interviews. Your local career center should be your first stop when looking for a new career.
The Local Library: It's Not Just For Books Anymore
The Library is a fantastic local resource. Not only will you have the ability to find great books on how to approach your job search, often you will find that they host educational workshops. Ask the staff if they have any workshops on job searches and/or resume building, and if they don't, ask if they can point you in another direction.
Your Local Adult Education Program: Learn Something New
Want to learn something new? Look no further than your local adult education program, from crafting, to computer skills, to job hunting you can always find a wide array of classes to increase your skill base.
Association Groups: Go Industry Specific
Are you looking for work in a specific field? Check online to see if your industry has an active association. If they do, contact the association to find out if there are any resources available to assist in your job search. You may find that there are workshops, career fairs or networking opportunities for you to participate in that are close to home.
Colleges and University Alumni Programs: Take Advantage
Are you an alumnus of a local college or university? Most have a wide array of programs to support their current and former students. From continuing education credits to networking events, they can help steer you in the right direction.
Always remember that there is help right around the corner and all you need to do is ask. In the meantime, be sure to check out our article archive for other helpful job search tips.