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Job Search Tips

Whether you're conducting a job search from home or with the help of Kentucky Youth 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. Learn how to write a resume.

Use your network. Many job openings aren't advertised. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work.

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. Learn about how to conduct yourself during an 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.

Find in-demand jobs. Become more aware of your career possibilities in the growing local industry sectors and the education levels/job skills needed to attain those careers by using the Career Pathways charts developed by KentuckianaWorks. The charts provide current, local data about careers and the status of the regional labor market and list how many jobs were available in the region during the past three months..

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. 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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