Getting prepared for a career requires you to establish a professional presence, identify career/job opportunities, and network with associates and professionals in your field. This page provides you with several tips, links and other information that you can use to land the career opportunity you are seeking.
Are Jobs Currently Available?
Many SWFT students are preparing for careers that fall in the "essential workers" category. There may be multiple job opportunities available to you during this time. Be prepared to interview or function remotely. Those pursuing careers that are not in the essential workers category will still find career opportunities available, and should get/remain prepared to take advantage of those opportunities. The SWFT Advising page has a list of some of the employers actively hiring today.
Listed below are resume assistance resources that can help you craft resumes from scratch, identify areas where you can edit your current resume, and view resume samples for your industry.
- Monster.com (Resume Samples - Sorted by Industry & Job Type)
- BalanceCareers.com (Resume Samples & Templates - Sorted by Type & Purpose)
- Resume.com (Resume Templates & Resume Builder Wizard)
- Zety.com (Resume Samples, Tips, & Templates - Sorted by Industry & Job Type)
- Linkedin.com (Resume Writing Tips & Tutorial Videos) - Free by Logging in to Parkland Account
It is now common to see companies use staffing agencies to bring on employees up through probationary periods, which means it is important to maintain awareness of their current job opportunities.
- Express Personnel (Focus: Industrial/Manufacturing & Office/Administrative Positions)
- Adecco (Focus: Industrial/Manufacturing & Technical Positions)
- Spherion (Focus: Office/Administrative & Industrial Positions)
- Kelly Services (Focus: Industrial/Manufacturing, Office/Administrative, & Technical Positions)
Job Search Strategies
While there are many approaches that can successfully manifest in a career opportunity, these 10 strategies/tips can be effective in assisting you with finding and obtaining the career opportunity you desire.
- Construct a resume (you will also need to construct cover letters for many positions)
- Use search engines to locate jobs found (search engines can find jobs by type and location)
- Create an account with job search sites and post your resume with each site
- Do not rely on job search engines/sites to find every opportunity available to you
- Continue to identify organizations and companies who employ people in your desired career field
- Visit company and organization websites (locate links with titles such as: Jobs, Employment, Careers)
- Apply directly to the companies and organizations you have interest in working for
- Network by leveraging connections with friends and professional associates to uncover job opportunities
- Join professional organizations or associations in your industry when possible
- Participate in job fairs and attend relevant events held by employment and training centers
Job Search Engines
Job search engines enable you to identify active job opportunities, read job summaries and desired qualifications, apply for job openings, and learn valuable information about the employers.
Career-Ready Video Links
The following section contains links to videos that can assist you in understanding job search strategies, provide new ideas to help you connect with employers, and assist you in the job search process. These videos are free to you when you log in to your Parkland account (my.parkland.edu). Each link contains multiple videos. Additional video resources can be seen here.
Connecting With Employers
The following section contains links to articles that can assist you with getting connected with employers that are looking for employees with your skills, and includes other articles containing strategies for landing the job.
Career Center Connection
Parkland's Career Centeralso has resources that can assist you with becoming a better job candidate. Take a look at their Job Postings section here.