High Desert Daily
(Victorville) –Need a job? For many, the answer is a resounding “yes”! Job searching can be a pain for most, and when you don’t hear back from an employer, it can weigh on your self-esteem. Never fear, you are not alone. As a former career developer for a local school, I know how tough it can be and the challenges faced in today’s job market, especially in the High Desert. So get ready, because I’m going to give you some tips that can improve your chances in getting that phone call you have been waiting for. In the last entry in the “Need a Job?” series, we covered the resume, now we move on to searching for a job.
Easier said than done, right? Jobs are few and far between these days, but there are positions available: you just need to know where to look. Whether you are looking for your first job, a step up the employment ladder, or looking to get back into the workforce after a hiatus, there are resources out there that can assist you. Listed below are some tips on where to look for work and where to go to get assistance in the community.
Of good will. In case you didn’t know, Goodwill is more than just a thrift store. Goodwill Industries (http://www.goodwill.org/goodwill-for-you/jobs-and-careers/) offers assistance to quite a few specific groups that are seeking work. If you’re a youth, senior, veteran or military family, immigrant, a person with disabilities or with a criminal background, Goodwill has services that can help you gain employment. From creating resumes, searching job postings, practice interviews and more, Goodwill should be a stop on your road to landing a job if you fall in to one of the categories above. The nearest Goodwill Job Service Center is located at 14580 7th Street in Victorville, and they have workers ready to lend a hand.
Use the force. The San Bernardino County Department of Workforce Development (http://www.csb-win.org/) has tools and services to help you find work. But that isn’t all; they help in exploring careers, matching careers via assessments, Labor Market statistics to see what careers are on the rise, as well as community services that may be available for you. Not to mention that they have a job search function that brings up a wide array of jobs in various sectors. You may even qualify for training, visit the local Workforce Development Center at 15555 Main St # G4 in Hesperia to find out what services you can benefit from.
Writings on the wall. The most common places to find job openings are at online job boards and classified ads. In looking for work online, Indeed will be your best friend. In case you haven’t used it yet, Indeed.com is the search engine for job postings. The site, at no charge, searches all the job postings for you, bringing you back listings from many different websites. It is the number 1 job site website in the world for a reason, and it will make searching for a job so much easier. Of course, search Highdesertjobs.com, Carerbuilder.com, and other job boards because you never know when you might overlook the job for you. If you are looking for jobs in education, then you need to visit Ed Join (www.edjoin.org). This is the website California schools post openings on, and is your best bet when it comes to finding an opening in the education system. Now, if you’re looking for some professional work and networking, then try out Linked In (www.linkedin.com), the social networking site for professionals that also has a job search function, as well as a way to get recommendations, recommend colleagues and much more.
Last time, I mentioned that the next part would be the interview, but I did not want to forget the all-important searching of the job. Next will be about the interview: I’ll have some interviewing techniques, as well as mannerisms you might not even know you are doing which could count against you.