It has been said that the hardest job you'll ever have is looking for a job. Finding a job requires a little knowledge, a little luck, and lots of perseverance.
If you know what kind of work you want and think you have the skills to do it, we can help you at your local workforce center or you can accomplish a lot online.
Texas Job Hunter's Guide is a comprehensive online guide to assist you in every phase of your job search.
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If you don't know what kind of work you want to do, there are short skill assessments available online that can help you find out what you might be good at, what kinds of work you might like, and what kind of jobs and tasks are important to you. Check this out on our Explore Careers page.
Training Resources might help you if you know what you want to do but don't have the skills to get the job.
CareerOneStop is your online source for employment information and inspiration. Go there if you are looking for information about:
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Texas Workforce Commission has also listed a number of Tips on Work Search, Interviews and Resumes
Internet Job Search Hints
The internet is a powerful tool to find information about job and career services. The number of job-related sites has greatly increased the last several years and it isn't always easy to decide which one to use. There are mega-sites that offer a little bit of everything to niche websites that target a specific industry or field. None of these sites has it all so it pays to look around. Aggregator sites can be fantastic resources. They pull in jobs from many different job search sites and employer job boards. Great if you are looking at the job market in a specific area at a specific time.
While all job search websites have jobs in common, what sets them apart from one another is the focus of their site, the services they provide, and how they provide them. Some offer the basic job board while others use a matching system to connect employers and job seekers. Some provide resume creation and storage. Career advice and counseling, interview preparation, networking, and training resources are some of the other services provided by some of the sites.
As a note, although research shows that more job offers are attributed to the use of the Internet than any other job search method (newspapers, networking, other) it's not a good idea to use it exclusively. Job search specialists actually suggest limiting your Internet job searching to less than 25% of your entire effort. Therefore, you should spend the majority of your time calling employers, scanning the newspaper, and networking with other job seekers. Your combined effort could result in employment much faster than if you did nothing but surf the net.
Find two or three job search websites that work for you, support your interests, and provide the support you need. Use the Internet as a resource to make you a smarter job seeker. Learn more about a company, a specific position, qualifications for the position, current trends in the workplace, etc. After you've done your research and/or applied for some positions online step away from your computer. Get out there and walk from business-to-business looking for a job. Look through print ads. Pick up the phone and talk to an employer you're interested in working for. Ask about future possibilities. Find out about education and training programs in your area. Your hard work will pay off!