Overall Approaches

You worked hard in school (be it high school, college, or grad school) and you finally graduated. Congratulations!

Now what?

In a way, doing well in school is like a child’s game of connect-the-dots. It takes a lot of work, but if you follow the rules, you will end up with a degree. Looking for a job is very different. It’s like being handed a blank piece of paper and a box of crayons and being told “Good luck!”

Looking for a job can be lonely. Having someone to check in with periodically can offer emotional support and accountability. We call this person a “job search buddy.”

Your choice of a career can have life-long implications. This is true whether you are a high school or college student preparing to enter the workforce, or an experienced worker considering switching to a different field.
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You want a job to provide income and satisfaction.  Employers want to fill a specific need in their organization. You will be interviewed, and possibly hired, only when you meet the employer’s needs.  You need to be  the “square peg” that fills the employer’s “square hole.” 

This is the second is a series of articles about online resources, especially free resources, that can help in your job search.

From time to time, we will highlight sources of free online information that can help in your job search. Although these sources are typically for-profit ventures, to interest people in their services they provide some information for free.