Job Search Resources

If you are looking for work, explore these resources to find tools, tips, and guidance to help you make the most of your job search. 

Job Boards

Most employers post current job leads online. Job boards include individual employer websites, a metacrawler that spiders jobs from multiple internet search engines, or social media sites. Below are common places employers post jobs.

CalJOBS – CalJOBS is California sysem for linking employer job listings and job seekers. CalJOBS spiders from major sites, such as Indeed, as well as listings from preferred employers.

Indeed – this site includes job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages. You can change search factors by location, salary, business, industry, and more. You can also set up job alerts that will let you know when new jobs are posted given your search criteria.

Simply Hired – another metacrawler, Simply Hired has several tools like job email alerts and RSS feeds. You can also find out if the kind of jobs you are looking for are growing or getting scarce.

Snag-A-Job – a top source for hourly and part-time jobs, Snag-A-Job also provides a library of job articles and expert job advice.

LinkedIn – the majority of employers post jobs on the professional social network, LinkedIn. With a LinkedIn profile, you can also receive job alerts based on your experience and search by defined criteria.

Self-Assessment

Self-assessment, combined with industry research, is key to choosing a job or career that is right for you. These free self-assessments can help guide you.

My Plan Values – My plan includes a free career values assessment that can help you identify your motivations and what’s important to you in the workplace. Results include possible jobs based on your work values.

MyNextMove – This interest assessment uses the Holland Code to help match what types of careers would most interest you. This tool is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor using O*Net information.

CalJOBS – California’s labor exchange site includes a number of career assessments that can be directly linked to your job search through the site.

Building Your Job Search Tools – Resumes and Cover Letters

Whether you need to create a brand new resume, update your current resume, or write a cover letter, here are some links and resources to learn helpful tips on creating and perfecting your job search tools. Every cover letter and resume should be targeted to the job you are applying for in order to get maximum success.

How to Write a Resume – this site includes steps to write a resume, examples, and tips.

If you are not sure how to format a resume, begin with one of the most common resume types with samples below:

Chronological Resume [NO LINK PROVIDED, INSTEAD NOTE READS "The past website had documents for individuals to download" - CLIENT TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC DOCUMENTS] – chronological resumes focus on the timeline of your employment and are best if you have a strong work history.

  • Functional Resume – functional resumes focus on your skills and abilities and are best if you have little or spotty work history.
  • Combination Resume – this format combines the chronological and functional resume types. This resume starts with skills and abilities and provides more work history detail than a functional resume.
  • Scannable Resume – some applicant systems require scannable resumes.

Cover Letters are your opportunity to make a compelling case for yourself as a candidate. Cover letters are more common among professional and office jobs. They highlight elements of your resume specific to the job, show you understand the job announcement, and that you spent time researching the organization.

Occupational Information – O*Net houses descriptors of every occupation that identifies the knowledge, skills, abilities, interests, work activities, and values for various jobs.

Interviewing

There are many types of interviews. You may have a one-on-one interview, a phone interview, a panel interview, a group interview, or a working interview.

Check out these interview tips to be prepared for your interview.

U.S. Work Authorization

To be able to work, you must have appropriate work authorization documents. Check out California’s acceptable work authorization documents.

Know your rights.