Look for job opportunities

The first step in a job search is to get your resume ready. Once you are done, it is time to look for jobs! Learn where to look for jobs and how to apply. Read about how to understand a job description.

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Look for career and job opportunities

There are many ways to look for jobs. Choose one or all of these ways to look.

Look at businesses in your neighborhood

You can walk around your neighborhood and look in the windows of the businesses near you for signs that say “Help Wanted.” This means the business is looking for employees.

Sign up at an employment office

All cities have employment offices that help you search for work. Your resettlement agency also will help you look for your first job. If they already helped you find your first job, you can tell them you are looking for a new job. They may be able to help you again.

Search online

Today, most jobs are posted online. The advantage of looking online for work is that you can be specific with your job search. You can look for the exact kind of jobs an careers opportunities you want. Research the work, location, and hours that are best for you. If you don’t have a computer, you can use the computer at the public library for free to look for jobs.

Looking online for work can be difficult for people new to using computers. Remember that no one is born knowing how to use a computer. Everyone had to learn. You can learn, too. With practice, it will become more familiar to you. Libraries, schools and employment centers in many communities have evening classes to teach people how to use computers in their job search. Search the RCO’s database FindHello app for classes in your town or city. 

Here are some websites you can use to search for jobs online.

All of these job search websites have the option for you to sign up for job alerts. If you enter your email address, you will receive updates when jobs become available in your area of interest.

Indeed is a good website to search for job postings in your city. Enter your city to search for new jobs in your area.

Idealist is a website has lots of nonprofit jobs. Refugees can sometimes find jobs working to help other refugees, especially if you speak more than one language.

Monster lets you sign up for email updates listing new jobs. If you are looking for a job, it is a good idea to become a member of a website like Monster.

LinkedIn can be used on a computer or on your phone to apply for jobs. Search for the title you want and apply for any position that matches your qualifications.

Learn how to make a LinkedIn profile that will help you with your job search

CareerBuilder lets you create an account to access job postings and share your resume. You can get advice on your job search and professional development.

Glassdoor lets you find the most recent job opportunities in your field of interest. You can also find information about salaries as well as reviews of potential employers.

USjobs  is a website where you can look for state government jobs. Be sure to check every posting before applying to see if the job requires citizenship.

USAjobs is for those who have US citizenship. This is a good resource for federal (US government) jobs. You can access and apply for job postings from all federal agencies.

ZipRecruiter is another resource you can use on a computer or on your phone. You will have to complete a profile, which includes your professional background and interests. You can choose to receive updates when jobs become available. This way, career opportunities come directly to you. 

Understanding a job description

As you look at jobs online, you will need to understand the job descriptions.

To know if you are a good fit for the job, you will want to find the qualifications for the job.

Look for keywords, such as minimum, must be, must have, must be able to, needed, necessary, required, requirements, and at least. This will help you find what skills, experience and education are needed to get the job.

It is very important that you have a good understanding of the qualifications for the job. You should make sure you have the qualifications before applying for the job you want. If you can show that you understand and have the qualifications for the position, you will have a good chance to get an interview and get the job.

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