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Job Hunter's Guide Course
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Step Three: Search for a Job

It's time to find the employers who might hire you. For many people, job hunting means reviewing and answering the want ads. There are several reasons to look beyond ads.

Upon completion of this section you will be able to:

  1. Analyze successful job search Methods.
  2. Connect/network with people.
  3. Track your job search.

Labor Market Realities

Keep the following trends in mind as you search for your next job. They will give you perspective and help you make realistic decisions about your future.

Many of the jobs most in demand will require some postsecondary education.   Jobs in the skilled construction trades, health care, business and financial sector and information technology are expected to grow faster than average.

Job Search Methods

There are different ways to search for a job.   Use them all.

Connecting with People



Ads/Job Listings

Job Search Methods Part II

Job hunting has changed due to the internet. Although employers are most happy with new hires resulting from employee referrals they actually hire more people who access their websites.

Below are the ways companies hire employees.

Sources of Hires:

Information Interviews

Information interviews are about an occupation, not a specific job. You have two goals during an information interview.

  1. Learn about the occupation to see if it might suit you.
  2. Second, establish a connection with the person you're interviewing.


Who to Ask


Questions to Ask


Professional Services

There are plenty of professionals whose business it is to assist job hunters like you.   Below is a list of the professional help available in Texas and free of charge.


Most people get jobs because they "have connections." Getting connections is easy once you know where to look:

Inner Circle







Job hunting can take days, weeks or months, so you need to keep track of all the information and interactions you gain as you search.

Track Everything:

Use a Notebook:

Use a Calendar

Non-Traditional Work

Non-traditional work means working part-time, having temporary jobs or being self-employed.

Temp work

Temping means that you work in a position temporarily--from one day to one year. You actually are employed by an agency that sends you to other companies to work.




Like temping, volunteering is a way to try out a job or type of work before you commit yourself to it "permanently." It also provides a way to make connections outside the employment arena.



Self employment

Free agents are temp workers who skip the "middle man." Instead of going through a temp agency, you approach a company directly and offer to work on a temporary basis.




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