General Job Search Help
- CareerOneStop — Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site contains detailed information about occupations, self-assessments, salaries, career transition tools, job search tips, training and scholarship information and more.
- Job-Hunt — Articles and tips on a host of timely topics to help the job seeker in the 21st century job market.
- AARP — AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization primarily helps people 50 and older improve their lives. They do have some excellent articles about job searching useful for anyone looking for a job.
Recommended Job Posting Sites
- Indeed — Indeed aggregates other job search websites for easy searching.
- Craigslist — Postings by individuals and companies for all kinds of work.
- Westword Classifieds — Denver’s independent newspaper job ads, especially good for finding work with small businesses and individuals.
- LinkedIn — Business-oriented social networking service that has a good job search section, especially for professionals looking for salaried or contract work. Create a profile and then click the Jobs tab.
- Connecting Colorado — A job search website for jobs in Colorado.
- Jobing.com — Bigger companies, corporations and resorts in Colorado.
- Denvergov.org — City and County of Denver listings.
- USAJOBS — Federal government’s job listings and employment information.
Company websites are another good place to look for open positions. To do this, visit the company’s website and look for a link called “jobs,” “careers,” “employment” or “join our team.” These links often live along the top or bottom menus of the page.
SEARCH TIP: use synonyms when searching for a job. There are usually several words that describe one type of work, so be sure to search for them all. E.g.: administrative assistant, secretary, clerk, clerical assistant, etc.
Denver Public Library offers Job Search classes.
You need an email address in order to apply for any jobs online. If you don’t have one, make one now or attend a class on how to make and use an email address. Your email address should be professional (usually something that includes your name). Make sure to remember the password for your email address, as employers will likely contact you via email.
Each site you apply to will require you to create a username and password unique to that site. Consider writing down the username and password you create, as you might need it to get into your application in the future.
- If you’re nervous about the online application process, consider filling out a practice application to get the hang of it.
- Denver Public Library offers free Computer Basics classes, if you need to learn more about how to use the computer before you can successfully apply online.
Though not all jobs require you to submit a resume, handing one in will significantly improve your chances of being noticed.
A resume is usually a one-page document that is a clear, concise summary of all your relevant experience. Resumes work best when they are tailored to the specific position you are applying for.
- See example resumes to get ideas about what yours could look like.
- GCFLearnFree.org has good explanations of what a resume is, why you need one and how to create one.
- Guide to How to Attach a Resume to an Email.
- Denver Public Library offers free resume classes.
A cover letter is not always required, but it may help you land an interview. It can add a personal touch to a resume and it can also highlight your most pertinent qualifications
Typically, cover letters are one page long and allow you to introduce yourself (and your communication skills) to the hiring committee. This is also your chance to explain anything about your resume that you’re worried about- extended periods of no work or switching careers, for instance. Each cover letter should be tailored to the specific position you’re applying for.
Prepare for your interview by finding out as much as you can about the organization. Explore their website (including the About section), their presence on social media, and visit the place if you can.
Bring any documentation they have asked for. This could be three professional references, your Driver’s License, or an interview assignment.
Prepare yourself by thinking of why you are the best candidate, and how you can verbalize that to your interviewers. Also, have a few questions you’d like to ask them, if it comes up.
- Emphasize your good qualities and avoid your weaknesses.
- Dress professionally and be neat and clean for the interview.
- Practice your answers to the most commonly asked interview questions.
- Afterwards, follow up with a Thank You (card or email, usually).
- Guía Para Búsqueda de Empleo (DPL Job Guide in Spanish)