What do you want to do?

The US Department of Labor’s online Occupational Outlook handbook updated each year, provides detailed descriptions and information on hundreds of occupations. The New York state Department of labor similarly provides excellent information on careers categorized in clusters such as Arts and Humanities, Business and information Systems and Engineering and technology. Both these sites include information regarding demand for and employment prospects for the occupations they cover Figure lists some other sites to turn to both for occupational information and for information on where to turn to when searching for a job – the subject to which we ourselves now turn.

Te US government’s One stop career centers are another excellent source. In them, job seekers can now apply for unemployment benefits register with the state job service, talk to career counselors use computers to write resumes and access the Internet take tests and use career libraries , which offer books and videos on various employment topics. In some centers job hunters can even make use of free telephones, fax machines and photocopies to facilitate job searches.

Finding the right job

You have identified your occupational orientation, skills and career anchors and have picked out the occupation you want and made plans for a career If necessary you have embarked on the required education and training. Your next step is to find a job that you want in the company and locale in which you want to work.

Job search techniques

Do your own local research

The Internet is generally a better bet, especially if you’re in one city and your ideal job would be in another. Most of the large online job search sites such as monsterIndia.com, nakri.com, and temsjobs.com allow people to search for jobs according to occupation experience and location categories. All national and regional newspaper have their own local job listings in the form of special supplements. Shine Power Jobs of Hindustan Times, Ascent of The Times of India and Opportunities of The Hindu are the popular national job supplements.

In addition to the giant general purpose career Web sites (like Monster) most large companies, industries and crafts have their own specialized sites. For example, the Air Conditioning contractors in America and Financial Executives international make it easy for industry employers and prospective employees to match their needs.

When job hunting you can post your resume on the Web But while many people do so, Web based resumes can cause problem. Once I put my resume on the Internet. I couldn’t do anything to control it said one technical consultant after his boss had stumbled across the fact that several months before he had been job hunting. If you do post your resume on the Web, experts suggest taking precautions. at a minimum, date your resume (in case it lands on your boss’s desk two years from now); insert a disclaimer forbidding unauthorized transmission by headhunters check a head of time to see who has access to the database on which you’re posting your resume and try to cloak your identity by listing your capabilities but not your name or employer – just an anonymous e-mail account to receive inquiries.

Personals contacts

Generally, the most popular way to seek job interviews is to rely on personal contacts such as friends and relatives. So, let as many responsible people as possible know that you are in the market for a job and specially what kind of job you want. (Beware though if you are currently employed and don’t want your job search getting back to your current boss. If that is he case, better just pick out two or three close friends and tell them it is absolutely essential that they be discreet in seeking a job for you).

No matter how close your friends or relatives are to you, by the way, you don’t want to impose too much on them. It is usually best to ask them for the name of someone they think you should talk to in the kind of firms in which you’d like to work and then do the digging yourself.