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August 26th, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler  Posted in Job Search, Most Popular

istock_000009131941xsmallYou’re out of a job, and you’re not even sure where to start! You may not realize that you don’t have to go it alone. There are many resources available to guide you. Here are a few you should contact for help.

Your Alma Mater

Many colleges offer lifetime career services for graduates. Some may only have limited services or charge a small fee. They may offer resume review services, give you instruction on interviewing techniques, and provide advice for job search strategies. You may also be put in touch with alumni who have volunteered to give career advice in your area. Or they may have private job listings just for alumni.

Professional Association for Your Field

See if they have a branch in your area and find out how you can join. If you don’t meet the requirements, ask if someone there would be willing to speak with you and offer you advice. Often, people are excited to “mentor” someone who wants to work in their field. If you schedule a meeting, be sure to provide your resume, so they can offer advice specific to your situation and are aware of your experience if they hear of an opening.

Your Local Library

Sometimes they offer free workshops, clubs, or classes. They may also have resources that you can read for advice and tips, as well as free internet you can use for submitting online applications and searching job sites.

The Local Chamber of Commerce

They can tell you about job fairs where you can network and learn about job openings. Additionally, they may have region-specific information on available positions as well as the general outlook for your career. To find contact information, search the Chamber of Commerce’s Directory.

Your State’s Department of Labor

Different states offer different services, but you may find everything from access to copiers for resumes and unemployment information to job listings and referrals for apprenticeships. Sometimes free classes or training may even be made available.

If you still haven’t found the help you need, you may want to consider paying for the one-on-one assistance of a career counselor. The personalized attention may be what you need. Remember, this is an investment in your future. Career counselors can help you to find the right career for your skill set, personality, and the current economy, and they can help you to create the best plan to achieve your goals. Visit the Career Development Association to see if this is the right choice for you and get advice on locating a professional.
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