If you are out of work you don’t want to spend more than you have to trying to get a new job. If you have been out of the job market for some time or you are new to using electronic searches to find employment you might feel like you are in over your head when you start looking for how to get started. Signing up with a temp agency or recruiter can be very helpful, but they can charge expensive fees that you just can’t manage right now. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources that you can take advantage of to get help with the job process without having to pay anything.
Don’t Pay to Search for Jobs
Almost all of the top employment sites are free to operate, so don’t feel like you need to pay money to connect with employment opportunities. Major job boards including Monster, CareerBuilder and more are free to browse and do not charge anything to create an account. You can upload your resume and other materials for free to speed up the process of connecting with employers. These sites charge for ads and employers to post so you can get all the benefits of the site without worrying that you are losing money just trying to get your name out there.
Getting Career Advice
There are plenty of pages online dedicated to providing advice for people searching for a job. A quick internet search on any topic from where to search for jobs to what you should be putting in your cover letter will give you dozens of hits and none of these will cost you anything to use. Focus these searches on your career field and stick with advice columns from authoritative sources to ensure that you are getting the best quality advice.
Many websites that offer job listings also provide you with opportunities to learn more about how to get success with applying for jobs. Look through the blog or article sections on these pages to learn more about what you can do to help your resume package stand out in the pile. Some sites will also provide the opportunity to have your resume and materials that you have uploaded to the website reviewed so you can get a feel for whether or not you have put together a professional looking presentation.
If you are having trouble finding an authoritative website where you can have your materials reviewed for free, consider looking into the career advice resources at local colleges. Many of these resources are also open to the public. You can meet with counselors or attend events that are specifically designed to connect people with potential employers. Before you count on this, contact a representative from the university to determine how to proceed. They may be able to recommend supplemental resources at your local library, upcoming career fairs or similar opportunities that are free to locals and will provide you with the boost you need to get your name out with employers in your area.