How To Find Quick, Free, Job Search Resurces

There are many free job search resources available in any community, large or small. These resources are available to the aspiring CEO as well as to the person who wants to make sandwiches. Some job seekers are not aware of what helpful places and people there are, especially for FREE. The resources are:

1. The nearest WorkSource office. (It used to be called the "unemployment office"). These agencies are in small towns and big cities and federally funded. Most WorkSource offices have access to the Internet; job search workshops; resume writing help; posted job announcements and access to employment specialists who are there to help. Help from this agency works best, if the job seeker asks about available resources and how that will help him or her. Asking is the key.

2. Local community colleges often have career centers, which have job announcements, counselors ready to assist the job seeker and interest and aptitude assessment tests. (These are usually set at a modest fee). Ask for help.

3. The local public library is a gold mine of free information. They have access too, to the Internet; local business directories for use; job search books and pamphlets as well as access to inter-library loan services. Reference librarians are there to help. Asking does it.

4. Private employment agencies may offer their own assessment tests before the job seeker signs on with them. It doesn't cost much, except gas, to go have a look.

5. The local phone book may have job clubs or support groups listed. Private counselors may help with a free, first session if job seeking problems are taking an emotional toll.

6. Talking to everyone you meet helps immensely. Find out what people do and talk to them about their jobs. Introduce yourself as a "support person" and tell these others what you want to do. Get names, addresses, phone numbers & email addresses too. Offer your help. (For the anxious job seeker, thinking about someone else, helps chase anxiety away)

7. Use all of these free ways to connect with a job. Invent some of your own & keep looking!

Marilyn J. Tellez, M.A.
Certified Job & Career Transition Coach
Phone: (509) 469-3514

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