Entering the job market can be a very challenging experience. Whether debuting as a first-time professional, considering a change in careers or a graduation is around the corner, searching for the right job and all the preparation to land an initial interview may be a daunting task for some. In today’s fast moving business climate, every advantage counts when applying for a job.
This section is designed to provide information to take the job applicant through the job search process and provide an overview of the level of professionalism expected on the job.
An applicant searching for a job could be asked about their interests or skill sets. Being able to provide definitive answers about your experience, interests and skills will help others know how to direct your interest for a new job. Vague answers like you would “do anything” or you “really like to work with people” are ineffective and show a lack of focus and understanding. This would not provide enough information for potential jobs and would lead the person being asked to feel there is lack of focus and understanding on the part of the applicant.
Taking time to determine possible career fields for consideration is an important exercise. College students can make an appointment with a counselor at the school’s Career Center. There are online assessments and other useful information there.
For people out of work or wanting to transition to a different field, there are One-Stop Career Centers in each Maryland county with counselors assisting job seekers in gaining clarity.
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Fortunately, there are many excellent resources available. For college students, there is often a campus career center or office that can provide coaching and assistance. For students and young alumni, it is smart to make visiting that center the first stop. When you want to change jobs or are currently unemployed, each county in Maryland has a Workforce Center to help establish your job search.
In the past, a newspaper’s classified ads were the most common way to look for a job. Today, classified ads account for a smaller portion of what is available.
Consider consulting these places to determine which jobs are available in your area:
Check out the resources below to help you with each step of your search: