Job Search Services and Tools
While unemployed, you should set yourself to the task of finding available services and tools that will help you in finding a new career. Strategy and planning are essential here so that no option is missed or underutilized. There are various government and private services to look into, such as:
- Your local community Unemployment Office or Job Center
- Employment and Staffing Agencies
- Colleges and Universities in your area
- Your local community library
These offices are set up by the government to assist unemployed people in finding work, create a career strategy, and provide leads to available jobs. Most job centers will have the following services available for no cost:
- Benefit programs and financial assistance to help in your job search
- Career descriptions and information on skills needed, along with training and educational opportunities.
- Assistance in creating your CV and filling out job applications
- Leads to available job openings.
When you define your career strategy you will need to assess your want for temporary or more permanent work placement. Most agencies are free for job seekers while charging a percentage to the employer for each new employee hired. Some of the areas most covered by these agencies are:
- Almost any job category in the healthcare field
- Production work
- Maintenance work
- Administrative and Office work
These agencies can also handle any length of time from day labor up to permanent full time placement although most jobs are either temporary or short term.
Colleges and Universities
While these are mainly geared towards students, college placement offices offer multiple resources to job seekers. If you are expanding your education while unemployed as part of your career strategy, the school you attend can help with the following:
This is an often overlooked area of the job search. Most community libraries have access to a wide range of information to aid in building your career strategy free of charge. Some of the many tools available to patrons include:
- Computer use and Internet access to job boards
- Information on local and regional employers
- Information on skills, training, and various educational resources
- Informal seminars and training classes are often offered to the public.
- Local, regional and national papers and trade directories for research of company profiles.
- Copiers and printers to create needed documents.
These are the four major service providers which can help you create and build your career strategy while unemployed. In developing your career strategy, these four areas can be a great asset in moving from unemployment into your new career with the least amount of time and cost.