questionshow do you look for a job?


Since you had this job right out of college I will assume you do not have a polished resume. The first thing, and the most important thing right now is your resume. While you're sitting at work right now, start thinking of some accomplishments you've had over the years, something major that you know really mirrors the type of employee that you are. Start jotting those ideas down now as they come to you, this will make things much easier when it comes to the bullet points under your career. There are my templates to follow, and basic formats for different job fields, I'm sure someone here can offer some of those sites to you. Your resume is where your employer gets their first impression of you. So the more time you spend on it, the better first impression you will give. Just work on that for now, then once you feel confident with your resume, you can really start the job search.


I haven't had too much job experience, going straight from undergrad to grad school, but I'll give you some tips from my time-off searching(I graduated a semester early)/ internship searching.

Have a good resume. My school has a really good career services rep, so he kicked my resume into awesome shape. Do what you can yourself, and then have some friends/ colleagues give their feedback. A service shouldn't be out of the question.

Apply to EVERYTHING that would interest you. DO NOT use sites like careerbuilder. There's very little of worth posted there, in my experience, and they sell your info regardless of what you set your privacy to. Very bad policy.

Anyhow, apply to everything you can. If you still have access to your school's career site (assuming they have one) use it. I applied to something like 30-50 jobs a day for two weeks straight. I got back less then twenty responses. This is normal. You have to send out a ton of applications just to get one reply.



Starting with those two would be a big help. Knowing people in your industry is amazingly useful as well. Just by asking around, I've had shots at internships with a record label in NY and working in Hollywood. Unfortunately nothing panned out, but the more you reach, the better. There's nothing wrong whatsoever in just asking around if anyone knows a guy.

This is especially useful if you're in a niche area. For instance, I'm interested in Entertainment Law, so those are the internships I've been seeking. The area I'm in has virtually no market for this, so I've been finding friends of friends, happenstance and a very wide geography to see if I cant find something. Even if something I try fails, I've still made a connection. So I'm open to this person forwarding me to someone else they know and I've still made a new connection.

So...three things: good resume, apply to everything you can, and networking.

Hit those, and you'll find something! Good luck!


I agree with @eratan. A very thought out and well put together resumè is a must to begin a job search. The one you used to get the current will not work. I am assumlng you only have education, volunteer and internships on last resumè. Change/update Goals and Summary of Skills to reflect current and past. Add internships to jobs - last/current job goes first Condense education to Uni name, degree, and GPA. Condense volunteer and school clubs to name, year(s), position (last). List skills that are pertinent to the job you are applying for. If you are applying for a truck driver position, they don't generally care if you can type 65 wpm. You can make your resumè on Word or a hundred other places, so don't worry about that. Just choose the best template for the job you are applying to. I.E. if you are applying for an executive job, use an executive resumè template.
I would make different resumès for diferent positions you are applying for. That way you can personalize goals and ...


Do not post your resume on Monster, Career Builder, etc. Your company can see it and it would pretty easy to figure out who you are, even if you don't make your name and contact info visible. You never want your current company to know you're looking for a new job.

Do get on LinkedIn and find discussion groups for your business.

Do contact headhunters in your local area. They will often know of openings before they get posted to the public.

Do not work with any headhunters who ask you for any money at all. The employer pays all the fees.

Do not be afraid to apply for listings you see that you think you may be underqualified for. If you're the type who can make a good impression once you get your foot in the door, then any face time with a potential employer is a good thing since they may have more openings in the future.

And yes, absolutely do get that resume in order. That is the thing that tells employers how great you are and why they'll want to talk to you.


Get that resume written and make it nice and shiny. Then have some impartial people look at it. You need a couple of flavors of resume also. One should be your general resume that is always ready to go if requested. The other should be one you tailor to the specific job to which you apply. Remember that employers get stacks and stacks of resumes and often only glance at the first few lines as they weed out the crap. Your intro/objective is critical, as is the format and overall "look" of your resume. I'm not saying use bright pink paper, but a professional and clean resume that is unique without going overboard.

Also, while you are hunting (newspapers, local magazines, online searches, visiting companies you would like to work for, etc.) start networking. These days it is even more about who you know than what you know. It is a buyers market and employers can afford to be picky. The more people you know that can give you a referral or a name drop the better off you are.


summary accordingly. example.

Once that is taken care of... always add a cover letter when faxing or emailing. Follow up every couple of weeks.

If you get confused or run into trouble with your resumè, go to headhunters and they can help you with the best resumè. Plus, they will help you find a job at the same time.

To find a job, you can go to your Workforce Commision. In Texas, it is called Work Source. They have computers, printers, and fax machimes for you to use, and most are open past regular business hours. They will even mail resums for you at no cost. You can also use local papers, CareerBuilders and other websites, etc For the interview check out this thread and others here for tips.


Somehow this got deleted after the CareerBuilder reference...

..., but I would only use them to find companies you may be interested in working for, then contacting their HR department or looking at their website.


Networking, networking, networking - the resume has been very well covered. Decide where you want to work and be persistent in researching. A great website for all sorts of information on salaries, jobs, interviews, is


As sexy as possible... wait I misunderstood the question. Usually online through job websites like monster.


Yes, different resumes for different jobs. And cover letters.
You are selling a service- have friendly critics look these over.
Almost all my jobs came from referrals. Friends, friends of friends, people I was working with/ around, etc. I was being socially directed to positions that I seemed to fit. Better jobs for me!
Don't ever say your work sucks. Say you're looking for a change, hopefully a job with more upwards mobility. Almost all people that complain about their work will almost always complain about their work- your possible employers don't like these people.
Don't be afraid to change directions. Be flexible. Don't get stale, stagnant or stuck. Employers like people that can do work, not just jobs.
Don't get discouraged. It's really a matter of odds and luck right now. The more you try, the luckier you'll be.
Practice your resume and info job qualifications the day before. I forgot the names dates of some info during one interview, which doesn't ever look good.


Don't get discouraged.
Many jobs will be pre filled when you apply for them. I've gotten some of these.
Many agencies don't really have jobs, they have databases. IF someone calls them AND you're on their good side THEN you might get a call. If they haven't come thru in a few months- reapply, update something. Stay current.
Use industry buzzwords in your resume and cover letter. It's like SEO, you want your name to keep popping up to the top.

And when you get a new job, stay current on your friends and buddies. Your employer/ fellow employees may want someone, and you want to send them someone good. NOT your girlfriend's snot nosed derpy cousin! Get someone at least as good as you. You will always be judged, and be judged by the company you keep. If you talk about yet another weekend drunken druggie bash, your church charity event, the family picnic, the fight at the club or your home makeover project, it will get around. Always. You can create what you want them to see.


I have always been headhunted whenever I changed jobs.. so I only applied/interviewed for my first internship ~15 years ago.

You could probably submit your resume to some headhunter local agency's and see if that works out. BEWARE of headhunters that want money. Every agency that has placed me has been free to me (the hiring company pays the fees)


Thank you all for the great advice so far. I've kept my resume up to date, for the most part, as I advanced through this company. After agreeing with how important the resume is, I've decided to completely overhaul it.

Cover letter wise, I'm sure I could just Google it, but your information has already been far more helpful than Google. What do you put into a cover letter? Is it a short bio of yourself?


@bogie21: Funny, except for one or two people, everyone here is for sure younger than me, and yet they are all saying that word "resume" as though it was a magic bullet. Now, mind you, I'm not saying that a resume is not important, but if you are in a professional or technical field, the most important thing you can do is to hit Linked In. I note that someone else has already suggested it, but let me insist on it. You should be on there, filling out your profile, and making connections.

Do NOT make random connections with people you don't know. It will count against you with people who might be looking at your profile if you seem to be there just for the sake of collecting connections (and there are those on LinkedIn).

Take your current resume, and use it to start your profile. Consider this a first pass. Once you're through, start looking at similar profiles, and use them to finesse what you already have.



@bogie21: I've found a couple of jobs through headhunters, but that was years ago. That field is an anachronism. With various resume collectors, and technically proficient internal staffing people, if you are just a bit visible, they'll find you. One of the things the LI has is a "Jobs you may be interested in" (or something like that), and you can find a lot of example there.

Use whatever tools you like to create a professional resume, but make sure that it's just text. No pictures, no clever fonts (bold and italic are fine, for headings and such, of course), and NO personal information. No hobbies, no religious organizations.

You should also do a google search or two on your name. Potential employers certainly will. Clean up your facebook and other social network accounts. Don't delete them; replace information with new stuff, wait a week, and replace them with other different new stuff. Win the war with Google's cache.

I'll come back later, with cover letter suggestions.



Cover letters - I would add only pertinent stuff to the job you are applying for. Something like:

I appreciate you taking the time to review my resumè. While considering submitting my resumè to you, I have found that I am qualified [or meet/exceed] all quaifications for __ position according to the description you have posted on website/paper/etc. I have __ years of experience in/as (position). Throughout this time I have [been/done/managed/blah blah]...Give a vague description. It should be short, but hit a couple of their qualifications that you excel at. This is simply to get them interested in reading your resumè)
Thank you again for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you [at your convenience/to schedule an interview] or both.


It doesn't have to be just like this. In fact, there are millions of examples on the internet. But you do want to personalize it for that specific job and company.


@shrdlu: LinkedIn is good. So are industry specific boards, especially in technical/industrial fields. I also use Plaxo for networking contacts.


@bogie21: While I'm thinking about this, I just saw some idiot advice on one of the Yahoo articles, and wanted to point it out, and explain why it's bad.

The suggestion was made that you should make the effort to find people in the company and give them a call about the position. Please note that I'm paraphrasing, and condensing, but what their advice amounted to was precisely that. Cold calling hiring managers just NEVER works out. I also recommend against calling someone who interviewed you unless you have genuine questions, and you think the interviews went well, and they told you tl "call if you have any questions." Not everyone will say this; don't call someone if they didn't.

Sometimes an interviewer is just one of many in a sieve meant to detect technical skills, and was only there to provide input in the interview process. Many times that was my function, and phone calls (in that case) never made me happy.



@bogie21: Here is my number one favorite (and totally obscure) place for how to write a cover letter.

You should read through everything there, and then read it again. It covers everything.

A final bit of advice; if you're hitting Deals from work, and you almost certainly are, if anyone, at all, cares, they'll have 90% (or even 100%) of everything that's been posted here. In addition, so will anyone you might interview with. It's a smaller world than it used to be. People habitually choose the same login (username, screen name, whatever you want to call it) over and over.

Just saying.

[While I'm thinking about it, which industry are we talking about here? Just curious, since it might alter my advice or suggestions.]