Job Hunting 101

Nobody likes the idea of searching for a new job.  Fortunately, there are many resources available to individuals on the job hunt.  If you could use help in your job search, Rochester Works is a great resource.  They offer a range of services including resume reviews, mock interviews, and several classes to help you learn how to be more effective in your job search.  The best part?  All of their services are free of charge.

When you first go in, it’s a good idea to speak with one of the counselors on staff.  They can suggest which services are likely to benefit you the most, based on your situation.

In my past experience with Rochester Works, their resume workshops are very helpful.  They are a great way to get constructive criticism on your resume and learn what it is employers are looking for in a new hire.  After spending some time working on revising my resume, I received many more responses to my applications.

Looking to find a way to brush up on your interviewing skills?  Then mock interview workshops are where you should focus.  They’ll give you tips on how to present your qualifications effectively and help you identify interview pitfalls.  These mock interviews helped me recognize where I had made mistakes in past interviews and gave me insight on how to do better in the future.

In addition to their resume workshops and interview workshops, Rochester Works offers classes in job search management, improving your LinkedIn profile, how to get training grants, negotiating job offers, cover letter writing, and even cyber security.

Looking for a job can be a daunting and demoralizing experience, don’t be afraid to seek out help, and the sooner the better. One of the unadvertised benefits of going to the workshops is getting to talk to other job seekers and seeing that you aren’t the only one going through the rough experience.

Want to learn more? Rochester Works also has several helpful pages on their site. There’s a “Hot Jobs” section where employers list job openings they are looking to fill immediately; you can also find out where local job fairs are taking place. Check it out!