to find a job?
You went to school, studied hard, and received your certification.
What do you do next?
Here is some advice I can give you on your next step to finding the
The following adaptation from Richard Bolles's "What Color Is
Your Parachute?" demonstrates what has changed -- and what hasn't
changed -- in the art and science of looking for a job that suits
your interests and skills.
The Five Best Ways to Find a Job
1. Ask for job leads from family members, friends, people in the community,
and staff at career centers. Ask them this one simple question: Do
you know of any jobs in my field? That method has a 33% success rate.
2. Knock on the doors of any employers, factories, or offices that
interest you, whether or not they have vacancies. That method has
a 47% success rate.
3. Use the Yellow Pages to identify areas that interest you in or
near the town or city where you live and then call the employers in
that field to find out whether they are hiring for the position that
you can do -- and do well. That method has a 69% success rate.
4. In a group with other job hunters, implement method #3 (above).
That method has an 84% success rate.
5. Do thorough homework on yourself. Know your best skills, in order
of priority. Know the fields in which you want to use those skills.
Talk to people who have those kinds of jobs. Find out whether they're
happy, and how they found their jobs. Then choose the places where
you want to work, rather than just those places that have advertised
job openings. Thoroughly research these organizations before approaching
them. Seek out the person who actually has the power to hire you for
the job that you want. Demonstrate to that person how you can help
the company with its problems. Cut no corners; take no shortcuts.
That method has an 86% success rate.
The Five Worst Ways to Find a Job
1. Randomly mail out resumes to employers. That method has a 7% success
rate. (One study revealed that there is one job offer for every 1,470
resumes floating around out there. Another study puts the figure even
higher -- one job offer for every 1,700 resumes.)
2. Answer ads in professional or trade journals appropriate to your
field. That method also has only a 7% success rate.
3. Answer ads in newspapers in other parts of the state or country.
That method has a 10% success rate.
4. Answer ads in local newspapers. That method has a 5% to 24% success
rate. (The higher the salary, the smaller the chance of finding a
job using that method.)
5. Go to private employment agencies for help. This method also has
a 5% to 24% success rate; again, depending on the salary you want.
(In a recent study, 27.8% of female job hunters found jobs within
two months by going to private employment agencies.)
First, jobs today are temporary. You don't know how long your job
is going to last. Thirty years ago, before the onslaught of downsizing
and such, you could count on spending your working life at the same
job. Second, jobs today are really seminars. Change is happening so
rapidly that you've got to pay close attention and learn. Third, today's
jobs are essentially adventures. You never know what's going to happen
next. And fourth, you must find job satisfaction in the work itself.
Your self-esteem must come from doing the work rather than from some
hoped-for promotion, pay raise, or other reward -- which may never
materialize. Fortunately, that dim outlook is not universally true:
Some organizations appreciate, praise, and celebrate their employees,
but not as many as there once were -- especially not when an organization
has more than 50 employees.
Also, forget about what people say about the economy. If the economy
is bad and you have a job, then technically the economy is good for
you. If the economy is good but you don't have a job then the economy
Remember the only economy that matters is your economy.
I hope this section helps and good
luck with your job search.