1. Decide what kind of job or jobs you will be looking for. You may need to change course after you get a feel for the job market and what employers in your area look for. Your local State Job Service Office can help you to determine what is happening in your local job market, and can offer guidance and advice if you do not have a specific goal in mind.
2. If you are going to try work in a new field, you will want to create a new resume. Focus your resume on the skills, qualifications and experience that are most directly related to the job you are applying for. Be sure to give special treatment to your most valuable skills – from an employer’s point of view. You may want to write several versions of your resume if you are applying for very different jobs. The job application will be asking you for the history of the jobs you’ve held, so you can be more creative in your resume. There are many free, online resume formats available for your use, and you can use these as samples if you are not comfortable with your own format.
3. Create a network of friends, family members, and former co-workers. Ask for their contacts in the job market, and contact these people to stay in touch with new opportunities. The best job opportunity may come from someone you know! Consider searching in your neighborhood at places you frequent, for example, where you shop, eat, bank, or do other business.
4. Search for jobs any way you can think of – be creative! Some examples are; the Internet, local Job Service (public employment office), the newspaper classified ads, the telephone yellow pages, Organizations for the Disabled, Job Fairs, etc. Always have several copies of your resume with you – you never know when you might be in a situation or with someone who can provide you with a lead.
5. Call local employers to ask about openings that fit your own skills and experience. Ask about the kinds of positions in the company, and the qualifications needed to get those jobs. This information can only help you to learn more and be more prepared in interviews. Tell them about your own background and ask if there is a position available that would utilize your skills and abilities. If nothing is available now, do they expect any openings in the near future? Get the company address so you can send your resume (and be sure there are no typing or spelling errors!). Ask if they know of any other employers in the area that may be looking for someone with your experience (they usually know what is going on with the local competition!).