Put your education to work
The great thing about attending a community college is that from day one, the focus is on teaching you a specific skill set. When you graduate, you should have all the tools you need to land a job in your field.
Make Full Use of the Services Available
Most colleges will even help you find a job after you've completed your training. Some offer job search classes and the assistance of a career counselor, while others provide actual placement opportunities.
Job placement services through your school are a great way to get matched with a career that suits you perfectly. Your school will take the time to get to know your needs, assessing factors such as location, interests, schedule and availability, as well as your own goals. Offering as much information to the coordinators as possible is the best way to help them find the right fit for you.
Finding a Job
Your school can help you find a job, but they can't do all the work for you. You may need to hunt for potential employers yourself. Here are a few tips that can help you land a job:
- Check job listings. Look for job listings in your local newspaper, at your school's human resources development office (sometimes called a job bank) and also online. In some areas you can subscribe to job-seeker magazines, which will send you weekly updates on the local job scene. You can also keep an eye on the places you're interested in working at - they'll often post job notices right in the window or in their own newsletters or publications. Last but not least, ask everyone you know if they know of any openings in your field.
- Register with a temporary agency or headhunter. These are people whose job it is to find other people jobs. An agency may only be able to find temporary positions for you, but they could ultimately lead to a permanent position if the company you're working for is pleased with you. A headhunter hooks up with local businesses so that they receive news whenever someone is looking for help. They can match you with a suitable position because they take the time to get to know you and what you're looking for before they send you out for interviews.
- Hit the streets. These days, with all the technology available, people forget about the old fashioned way of getting a job - personally going to local establishments to fill out an application and drop off a resume. Just because a company isn't advertising that they are hiring doesn't mean that they won't consider hiring you. Go in and introduce yourself, and let them know what an asset you would be for their company. Take the opportunity to shine - a good first impression could be the launching pad to your new career.