Beginning Your Job Search In Today’s Climate

by Nancy

When it comes to finding a job, some people can feel overwhelmed. There are plenty of factors that need to go into your job searching. Do you plan on working full time or part-time? Do you want to work from home, in an office? Do you want to travel a lot or stay in your city? Are you looking for a rewarding job or one that pays a lot of money? These are all important questions that you should ask yourself before beginning the job search.

Once you have a better idea of what industry you want to enter and what type of job you are looking for, then you can start selecting job postings that peak your interest. A great way to get an idea of what kind of job you would enjoy is to work with a temp agency. A temp agency (temporary job placement) places you in position that only need a temporary employee. Some jobs can be a few weeks long, others can be a couple months. Regardless, it is in various fields and can offer you a better sense of what you’re looking for if you’re undecided. A few common job types include:

Part-Time/Seasonal Jobs

If you aren’t ready to commit to a full time job, or simply don’t have the capacity to work a full day, then a part-time job might be right for you. Part-time jobs could be a few days a week or every day of the week, with reduced hours during the day. Obviously, a part-time job will pay less than the full time equivalent but there are plenty of well-paying part-time jobs out there if you are interested.

Work From Home Jobs

If you have children to take care of or simply prefer staying at home, then a work from home job will be right up your alley. There are plenty of work from home jobs that you can do all online. Whether it is a sales position or online marketing, you can accomplish a ton of work from the comfort of your own home. Work from home jobs are also great for mothers or fathers who want to be at home with their children, but also have the desire to work, or simply need the money.

Teaching Jobs

Teaching jobs are always in demand because there are always children and adults who want to learn. Most teaching jobs require certain licenses or certifications but there are some teaching jobs that don’t require special certifications and all you need is the knowledge and passion for that topic and you can possibly get hired.

Retail Jobs

Retail jobs are very common because of the amount of retail shops located in each city. If you want to get a retail job, you should be prepared to have a cheery disposition, are able to work well with others and don’t mind being on your feet for long periods of time. Retail jobs can be fun and exciting, especially if there are commission perks.

Human Resources Jobs

Every large company needs a human resources department so if you are interested in a human resources job, you should start identifying companies that you would like to work for. Some companies will require an advanced college degree in particular fields, but there are some entry level human resources jobs that you could enter and grow from there.

Entry Level Jobs

No matter who you are, everyone has to start somewhere and this is where entry-level jobs come into play. Whether you are 15 years old and looking for your first job, or you have just graduated from college and are looking to break into a certain industry, almost everyone needs to get an entry-level job at some point. Entry-level jobs typically don’t pay too much, but they are a great way to get your foot in the door at companies that you are interested to grow in.

Construction Jobs

Because of the constant amount of construction in any given away, construction jobs are usually very common. If you have been working on construction sites for years, then you might hear about jobs via word of mouth. But if you are new to the construction industry, you might want to check job listings online.

Customer Service Jobs

If you are great talking to other people and love being sociable on a daily basis, then a customer service job will be great for you. Almost every company, whether they offer a service or a product, has some sort of customer service department that deals with their clients or consumers. Customer service employees do have to deal with tough problems and talking people down from angry moments, but they also get to deal with a lot of pleasant people as well. If you have an even-keeled temperament then you might want to consider getting a customer service job.

Caregiver Jobs

If you are a kind and patient person, then a caregiver job may be right for you. As a caregiver, you will be assisting those in need and they could be young or old. Sometimes you will be administering medicine and other times you will be helping with everyday tasks like getting dressed or walking around. There is no better feeling at the end of the day then knowing that you are helping improve someone else’s life.

Pharmaceutical Jobs

Pharmaceutical jobs are in high demand and can have very generous salaries. Certain jobs in a pharmacy will require college degrees or further education, while some other jobs have less strict requirements. If you are interested in working in a pharmacy, start researching what you will need to apply for a job in that field.

Administrative Jobs

Administrative jobs are quite common and they are good for someone who is highly organized and efficient. In an administrative job, you should be knowledgeable on basic computer software programs, know how to keep a schedule, keep the office organized and more.