For big picture information, try www.bls.gov (the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov (California Labor Market Information). For career exploration and job analysis, www.onetonline.org (O’NET).
Job Search Strategy
Develop a system for noting where you applied, the date and job title. Keep an active file with copies of job postings, resumes, cover letters and calendar for follow-up dates.
Consider successful strategies in the past? How did you land your last job? Were you referred by a friend, did you work with a recruiter?
Ideally, structure a regular time every day for job search.
Balance your job search with other activities. A good measurement is “The 60/30/10 Rule” (Richard Bolles, “What Color is Your Parachute”):
- 30% Online
- 10% Preparing Resume, Applications and other documentation
- 60% Face-Face/Voice-To-Voice Communication
Build a Plan
Use Research to narrow your search and find that spot where your skills, interests and values intersect with the job market.
- Job titles vary from business to business. How many ways can you think of to describe your work?
- Pick two or three industries or organizations to explore interest and work culture fit.
- Look to match your transferable skills, technical expertise and/or interests.
- Search Industry Information: Historic trends, recent activity, products, services, job postings, company culture.
- Corporate websites, glassdoor, linkedIn, google search
- Background on job descriptions
- Search professional groups and research executive bios
- O’Net for basic description: www.ONetOnline.org