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Job Search Tips

Whether you're conducting a job search from home or with the help of Kentucky Career Center staff, it's important to have a plan and to go about your job search in an organized way. Today's successful job seekers use a variety of strategies to land their next job. The information below is intended to provide general job-search tips to start your effort toward a productive job search.

General Job Search Tips

Be prepared. Have an up-to-date resume and a list of references. Customize your resume to the job opening. Use a professional sounding email address on your contact information.

Use your network. Many job openings aren't advertised. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Network with previous co-workers, managers and peers who may be knowledgeable about job openings. Don't forget to also talk with friends, relatives and neighbors about possible job openings. Ask if they can help.

Attend job fairs. Connect to area employers and see what opportunities are out there. This allows you to meet face-to-face with multiple employers. Make sure you take a supply of professional, error-free resumes.

Maximize your interview. Research the company and practice interview questions in advance. Be on time for the interview. Dress appropriately and follow-up with a thank-you note after the interview.

Find meaningful work. Explore your passion, identify a direction and then match your interests with high-demand careers. Find salary and projected job-growth trends for occupations in the Greater Louisville area on the Kentuckiana Occupational Outlook page.

Stay positive. Job searching is never easy, and it's even harder when the job market is difficult. Treat it like a full-time job, but also take time to rest, exercise and take care of your health.

Online Job Search

In today's job market, it's essential that you use the Internet to search for jobs and to post your resume online so that prospective employers can find you. In our current economy, many companies rely on online job-search sites to fill positions. Also, visit the websites of specific companies and organizations you are interested in to look for online postings of their current vacancies.

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Build Your Skills Resources

A Job Hunter's Guide to Success

For the past three years, Third District Congressman John Yarmuth has been hosting "Build Your Skills: A Job Hunter's Guide to Success" workshops for unemployed and underemployed Louisville residents who want to polish their career skills. Click here to access the resources from the 2012 event that were offered to help you get a leg up on the competition. Find out how to "Hit Your Target" to find the right employer in your job search and get tips in using social media and technology to enhance your job search from two online presentations, as well as read comments from attendees.

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