Identify High-Potential Occupations

Learning about self is only half the job of choosing an occupation. One also has to identify those occupations that are right. considering occupational orientations, skills, career anchors, and occupational preferences as well as those that will be in high demand in the years to come.

Not surprisingly, the most efficient way to learn about and compare and contrast occupations is through the Internet.

In US, US government’s One-Stop Career Centers are an 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 photocopiers to facilitate job searchers.

Finding the Right Job:

Once an individual has identified his occupational orientation, skills, and career anchors and have picked out the occupation he wants can make a plan for his career. If necessary, the individual has to embark on the required education and training. The next step is to find a job in a suitable company and locale where the individual wants to work.

Job Search Techniques:

Do your Own Local Research

Perhaps the most direct way of unearthing the job one wants is the place where he wants it and pick out the geographic area in which he wants to work and he can also find out about the companies in that area that appeal to him, and the people he has to contact in those companies to get the job he wants. Sometimes this research is decidedly low tech.

Other general reference materials can also be used by the aspirant individual including Who’s Who in Commerce and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, and Poor’s Register. Using these guides one can find the person in each organization, who is ultimately responsible for hiring people in the position one seeks.

But the Internet is generally a better bet, especially if the candidate is in one city and the ideal job would be in another. Most of the large online job search sites such as and those who have local-area search capabilities, for instance. And, most big city newspapers have their (or links to) online local job listings.

In addition to the giant general-purpose career Web sites (like Monster), most large companies, industries and crafts have own specialized sites. It is easy for industry employers and prospective employees to match their needs through these websites.

When job hunting, one can post his resume on the Web. But while people do so, Web based resumes can cause problems. Once a technical consultant has put his resume on the Internet and couldn’t do anything to control it. His boss had stumbled across the fact that several months before he had been job hunting. If one posts his resume on the Web, it is suggested to take some precautions. At a minimum, date your resume (in case it lands on ones boss’s desk two years from now); insert a disclaimer forbidding unauthorized transmission by headhunters; check ahead of time to see who has access to the database on which the resume is posted and try to cloak ones identity by listing capabilities without name or employer – just an anonymous e-mail account to receive inquiries.