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Having trouble trying to decide where to start? This Five-Step Tool Kit will help you to keep things simple, organized, and focused.


Step 1: Set a Specific Job Goal

The benefit of setting a goal far outweighs the detriment of not having one. It only takes a few moments to write down what you hope to accomplish in your job search. You can’t afford
not to do it.

Step 2: Get Organized

You’ve heard the saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place”.  When job searching, you need to be as organized as possible.  Having an organized job search will save you time and energy.   

Step 3: Create a Target List of Companies

Once you’ve decided on a career goal, it’s time to research companies that may offer you the best chance for employment in your desired field. 

Step 4: Update or Create Your Cover Letter and Resume

Your resume is your very own advertisement. It is the document that showcases your work accomplishments, both past and present. It should be written in a way that describes your best self to get the best possible results. 

Step 5: Create a Network

One of the most effective ways of finding a job is by talking to and meeting people. Today, with the Internet, there are new ways of creating a network. We’ll show you how to get started.

Address Common Concerns

When you are job searching, you sometimes feel like you are the only one who is struggling.  You aren't.  Read more about the common concerns older job seekers have and some strategies for feeling more confident and prepared.