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""Looking for a new job can be overwhelming, but you’re off to a great start — you’ve chosen a career path and written a winning resume.

The second post in the Job Search Resources blog series will cover strategies to help you find a job that’s right for you.

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) and the Department of Career Services (DCS) have lots of resources to help you in your job search. Looking for in-person advice? The state’s One-Stop Career Centers offer coaching on job search skills, workshops on job search strategies, and access to online job listings.

Search for Jobs Online

One of the most common and convenient ways to find jobs is to search online listings. LWD has several online job boards, which you can access at your local career center:

Build Your Network

Applying to jobs online should be a key part of your job search strategy, but another great job search tool is networking. Networking simply means talking to others about your job search and career goals. It can help you make contacts in your chosen field and find jobs that aren’t advertised. There are different ways to build your referral network:

  • Ask People You Know — Start with your family and friends, but don’t stop there. Neighbors, old co-workers, business contacts, and classmates may know about job openings or can put you in touch with someone who can offer you advice.
  • Use Social Media — Many people use social media for fun, but it also can be a powerful tool as you look for a new job. A growing number of employers use social media to recruit, and it’s a great way to connect with people who work at companies you’re interested in. Many employers check social media when making hiring decisions, so use caution as you set up online profiles.
  • Attend Networking Groups and Job Fairs — Nothing beats talking face to face with potential employers. State career centers host job fairs, and you also can search JobQuest for events in your region. Check your local career center for networking groups, where you can find practical advice and support from other job seekers.

Job Search Resources for Veterans

The transition from military to civilian life can be challenging, but state career centers are here to help, with specific programs that connect veterans with jobs:

  • Veterans’ Specialists — Each career center has a Veterans’ Employment Representative (VER) to help veterans plan their job search, write a resume, and develop job leads. JobQuest also has a microsite dedicated to jobs for veterans.
  • Veterans with Disabilities — Veterans with disabilities can also take advantage of the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP), which provides training and job search help. Specialists in career centers work with employers, veterans’ groups, and community groups to link veterans with disabilities with training and job opportunities.
  • Workshops — The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is a five-day course to help those leaving the military make the shift to civilian life. It is offered at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Fort Devens in Devens, and the Coast Guard Base in Boston. In addition to job search skills, the workshops offer information on training opportunities, financial management, and more.

Looking for a new job is hard work, and it’s important to stay motivated during your search. It can be frustrating to send out lots of resumes and receive no response, but remember — you’re not in this alone.  Just be organized and stay positive. A great job is out there just waiting for you!

Stay tuned for the next post in this series for tips on applying for a job, including writing a cover letter and how to ace an interview. Do you have questions about online job searches and networking? Ask us! Comment below or tweet @MassGov.

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