As you begin your job search, you will want to determine what factors will help as well as hinder you as you look for work. Becoming aware of these factors will help you use the positive resources as well as eliminate or at least minimize the negative ones.

Take a sheet of paper, draw a line down the center and identify personal traits, skills, and friends or resources that you can call upon during your job search on the left side of the paper. For example, you could describe the following qualities as helpful: family support, high motivation to find a job, and others.

After you have identified these, on the right side of the paper, identify what you will do with each of these areas. For example, you may want to discuss with your family what kinds of work you will be looking for. Regarding your high motivation levels, you may want to think about how you can keep your motivation high, without burning out.

Next, make a list on a sheet of paper of factors that may hinder you looking for work. For example, indicate that you tend to procrastinate, or that its going to be hard for you to initiate contacts with strangers. Then, on the other side of the piece of paper, identify how you can effectively deal with these potential shortcomings.

As you look for employment, it will probably be helpful for you either to be in school full-time or to be working in some kind of an interim job. If you are looking for a job full-time, without working, it may be more difficult to manage your time, and your financial resources might run out. You will also not be under as much stress to take the first job that is offered to you if you aren’t interested in it.

Another important point as you look for work is to remember that there are very few entry level job openings that appear in the newspaper. Overall, 75-80% of the jobs that exist at any one time in any area are not going to be advertised in the newspaper. Therefore, you will not want to rely on this as a primary method of looking for work.

Finally, as you look for work, try and integrate the various approaches and job search strategies into your life style so that you wont get burned out early in the job search.

Updated: 01/06/2011