Plan your own personalized job search with at least some of the following activities and job search advice tips:

Each job search is a unique experience and should include key activities for a successful job search.

  • Identify your strengths and career goals: Before you start your job search, you should have a clear idea of your strengths, skills, and career goals. This will help you identify the type of jobs that are a good fit for you.
  • Update your resume and cover letter: Your resume and cover letter should be updated and tailored to the specific job you are applying for. Highlight your relevant skills and experience, and make sure your resume is easy to read and visually appealing.
  • Use job search websites: There are many job search websites available, such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Indeed, and Monster. Use these websites to search for jobs, and make sure your profile is up to date and professional.
  • Network: Networking is an important part of the job search process. Reach out to your contacts, attend career fairs and events, and join professional organizations. You never know where your next job opportunity may come from.
  • Prepare for interviews: Once you have applied for a job, prepare for the interview by researching the company, practicing common interview questions, and dressing professionally.
  • Follow up: After an interview, follow up with a thank-you note or email. This shows the employer that you are interested in the job and appreciate their time.

Remember, job searching can be a time-consuming process, but with the right approach and persistence, you will find the job that's right for you.

Get help launching your job search

Find and contact your local American Job Center to talk to a counselor and find out what specific resources might be available to help in your search. Attend support groups and job clubs in your area.

  • Attend job search training sessions or related training.
  • Explore various career options
  • Set up informational interviews to learn about different careers.
  • See which other occupations would use your current skills and experience.

Learn about new industries: read blogs and professional journals, and look up professional associations online.

  • Search for available jobs
  • Practice networking, online and in person, to find out about available jobs.

Attend job fairs to meet employers.

Visit CareerOneStop's Job Finder to search job listings across the United States.