Job Search Tips & Resources 1. Go to www.wilkescc.edu/jobplacement. Official site for WCC Job Placement Services with links for writing effective resumes and cover letters, interview tips, and online resources. Click on the CollegeCentral logo/link to search job listings, manage resumes, create career portfolios, and job readiness information. 2. Go to www.collegecentral.com/wilkescc for access to job listings. You will have to “register” first which involves creating your own password/ID and providing contact information. Once registered, you may search for jobs posted by our school or search the Jobs Central national job board at any time. Job listings include detailed job descriptions and requirements as well as employer information, contact information, and application instructions. Be sure to check this site on a regular basis since jobs are updated frequently. Click on the “Manage My Resume” link to create a professional resume or upload your own resume file. You may also create a digital portfolio, listen to short videos from Human Resources professionals, and access a variety of career advice documents. 3. Job Listing Websites: www.indeed.com - Enables you to look for jobs via zip code and receive job email alerts. www.simplyhired.com - Search millions of job listings from across the web. Find local jobs, salary comparisons, employment trends, and receive email alerts. www.careerinfonet.org - Job listings, salary comparisons, excellent occupation and industry information by state, resume/interview information, career tools and videos. www.Monster.com - Look for jobs, post your resume, create a personalized homepage, and use new career management tools. www.careerbuilder.com - Job listings posted daily. Have jobs emailed to you. Explore career opportunities. Search and apply online. www.linkedin.com - Develop a professional online presence, search for jobs, network, join “groups” of people with similar career interests, and participate in professional on-line discussions. www.ncesc.com - North Carolina Employment Security Commission. Find jobs by county or region. Click on “Individual Services” then “Find a Job, and click on “Find Jobs with NC Job Connector.” This is an automated system that matches job orders and job seekers based on job requirements and job seeker's experience. Located in Mid-Town Plaza in North Wilkesboro by the Lowe’s Foods store. 4. Jobs in specific fields (such as health, computers, etc.) or at specific companies may be found by searching the internet. Example: Type “Medical Assisting jobs in NC.” Many companies have their own website where you may apply online and learn more about the employer. Look for the Careers, Jobs, or Employment links which may be listed at the top or bottom of the company’s website. Continued on Back
5. Read the Classifieds Search the classifieds in local newspapers. Check the Sunday classifieds in larger city newspapers. 6. Network A majority of jobs are found via networking. Activate your network of family, friends, and former coworkers/supervisors. Let them all know that you are looking for a job. You may learn of jobs through their friends and contacts. Create a LinkedIn account to expand your network (see #3). 7. Drive and Search Need a job in a particular area? Drive around and search for businesses that appeal to you. If you see a business where you may want to work, stop and ask to speak to the manager. Dress appropriately and take copies of your resume to attach to the application or give to an employer for future reference in case they are not taking applications at that time. You may want to go in as a customer first to observe the work environment. 8. Use the Yellow Pages (hard copy or online: www.yellowpages.com) The Yellow Pages provides information regarding all types of potential employers. Find contact information for a variety of businesses in your area. 9. Create a Resume Resumes help you stand out in a professional manner from other applicants-even if applying for a part-time position. Resumes can contain important information that is not included on the application and should be attached to job application. Need help writing a resume? Contact Job Placement Services or go to: www.wilkescc.edu/jobplacement and click on “writing effective resumes and cover letters.” This link contains resume examples, tips, as well as cover letter and reference information. Create a resume the easy way at www.collegecentral.com/wilkescc (see # 2). Once registered and signed in click on “Manage My Resume.” You may also download your own resume file. Once you create or download a resume you may forward it to employers, save it to your USB/Pin drive or computer, and print copies as needed. 10. Create a Digital Career Portfolio Online career portfolios are powerful marketing tools for applicants. Portfolios may include: Resumes, diplomas, certificates, honors, awards, letters of recommendation, photos and videos, internships and co-op experiences, workshops and seminars you’ve attended, volunteer and community service, organizations, performances and presentations, projects, etc. Digital portfolios allow you to exhibit your capabilities by neatly bundling digital work samples, audio and video clips, awards, and personal experience into one easily accessible package for employers. You may create digital portfolios at your convenience and send to employers once completed. Log on to: www.collegecentral.com/wilkescc for the “Create a Career Portfolio” link. 11. Meet with a Job Placement Counselor in Student Services (Alumni Hall) Call 838-6545 or email email@example.com to set up an appointment for resume, interview, and job search assistance.