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What to Expect

If you'd like to be ready to move on a job on short notice, a good resume is key. If you're interested in some help, step over to our Resume section to find templates you can use to build and polish yours. Once you're ready to start the process, be prepared to put in the time on your job search. It can take a while to find listings, fill out applications, go to interviews, follow up, etc. — and it can take far longer to hear back about a job. Depending on the economic conditions of your area, your level of experience, and which jobs you're trying to break into, be willing to plug away at it. And finally, if the job search ever does start to get you down, support can be found here.

Using Job Listings

  Online Job Listings: General. Not all of these sites will suit everyone's needs equally well, but they're all a great place to start looking with limited time and hassle. Those listed below have all been verified as of summer 2015 (and you can also find some reviews comparing their effectiveness and ease-of-use here): Biggest One-Click Job Search Sites — Just enter your zipcode and narrow by job type or other factors.

'Registration Required' Sites

    • Beyond — Basic one-click job searching also available, but registration opens up personality profiling and career guidance options.
    • LinkedIn — More of a networking tool than a strict job search site, but it does help you to set up an attractive professional resume based on a simple form you fill out.
    • TweetMyJobs — Tweets or emails you notifications of jobs matching your criteria as they're posted.
Online Job Listings: Specialized. If there's a specific type of job you'd like to go after, you may be able to find a site tailored to helping people find that kind of work. (For example, openings for many librarian jobs across the country are listed at the ALA site.) Of course, there's no guarantee that there's a site out there specifically for what you want to do — but if there is, we're very willing to help you find it. Local Job Listings. If you want to find a job that keeps you in the DeWitt area, there are a couple location-specific sources you can try in addition to the general searches. (The same basic ideas can also be applied to location-specific job searches outside DeWitt.)
  • Newspapers and Their Websites. The Observer (under 'Classifieds —> Emploment'), the QC Times ('Jobs' tab at top), the Clinton Herald, the North Scott Press ('Classifieds') — local newspapers and their online versions are a great place to look for the available job openings in the area. All newspapers listed are ones the library does carry for you to look at, and the 'Bizzzzy Bee' insert found in the Observer and the North Scott Press covers job listings for much of the Eastern Iowa area. Any other local newspapers that cover your town would also be a good resource.
  • City Website(s). Employers can often list new and recurring job openings through official city outlets, such as the DeWitt Chamber of Commerce website. You will usually find *more* job listings using the other methods listed on this page, but there are occasionally jobs listed through the city sites that aren't found elsewhere, so it's always a good way to supplement your search.
  • Regional Databases. Try the Iowa Workforce Development, a no-cost employer-driven site open to Iowa job seekers 24/7.
 

Additional Ways to Job-Hunt

  Ask people you know! Networking can be extremely valuable in helping you get a job, so it may be a good idea to let plenty of people know you're looking. If there are just a few specific places you want to work, it is also acceptable to go in and respectfully express your interest in person from time to time. However, it is not recommended to be overly persistent should they not encourage your first attempt.

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