Roland B. Vendeland

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Roland B. Vendeland

Locating Useful Resources For Employment Research

When seeking employment, first develop a job focus. Next analyze employment opportunities. As a job seeker, you need to locate potential jobs, determine their requirements and evaluate how well you match up with the jobs' requirements in education, experience and skills.

Three ways to accomplish this are:

Read about located jobs

In order to read about jobs, locate one or more quality career libraries. They are in public libraries, universities, colleges, outplacement agencies employment support groups and corporations. Start with the Carnegie Library, specifically the main branch in Oakland and the business branch downtown. Your library research should center upon matching available or potentially available jobs which match your employment profile developed as part of your job focus.

This search should include books, periodicals, directories, vertical files and computer search programs. Start with Dun's Regional Business Directory, Pittsburgh Business Times, Allegheny Business News, and The Employment Paper.

Ask about jobs

Locate individuals familiar with the jobs you are pursuing. Look for people who:

Contact him or her to request an informational interview. Keep in mind a person extending an interview is doing so by choice. When someone requests an informational interview with me, I ask myself the following questions:

When I discuss informational interviews in workshops, I see the glint in some eyes that says, "I can use this approach as a back door opener to sneak in and badger someone about a job! My advice: Don't do it!

Instead use the interview to expand your network and acquire information including:

Do the job

The most direct way to find a job is to do the job. Then you wouldn't be looking for a job, right? Finding a full-time job with benefits and security may be your goal. You may have to consider other alternatives, especially if you need experience, in order to reach this goal. Internships and volunteering are options. Part-time or temporary employment are better options. When these positions are offered without benefits or security, they are less appealing to those already employed, thus more readily available to someone outside the company.

There is another type of employment that permits you to observe various different jobs, become aware of job openings or create a new position. Among the best opportunities for such employment are: