These 10 tips should help you find the job that you've been looking for.
Think about your skills, experience, and education. Identify what type of job you would like to have. Create a list of keywords to use when searching online job listings.
Use your network to learn about jobs. Contact people you know from previous jobs, professional associations, volunteer work, alumni associations, friends, and family.
Search for jobs on job listing sites. In the Kansas City area, these sites are a great place to start, but don't forget more targeted job listings available through professional associations, schools, and other sources.
Keep these things in mind as you use online job banks such as the Kansas City Star, Simply Hired, etc.:
Consider working as a temp or volunteer. Many temporary positions can lead to full-time work. While volunteering won't net you a paycheck, you will get your name "out there" and demonstrate that you're reliable, have a positive attitude, and are sincerely interested in a particular organization. Volunteers often receive special benefits, and many organizations draw from their volunteer pool when seeking new paid employees. Visit VolunteerMatch  to identify volunteer opportunities for hundreds of organizations across our area.
Job and career fairs provide the opportunity to meet many potential employers at one time. Ask a staffperson in the Business & Career Center for information about current job fairs in the Kansas City area.
If you're a recent graduate, an internship is a great way to get work experience in your field.
If you have several years of work experience, consider using an executive recruiter. They can notify you about job leads that might not be posted elsewhere.
Whether it's MySpace , Facebook , Twitter , or any other site, you need to get your online presence in professional order. Adjust your privacy settings if needed and think about what a potential employer could see and how that might affect your job application.
As you apply for jobs, stay organized. Keep a list of the potential employers you contact, including when you contacted them, who you contacted, how you contacted them, and any result from the interaction.
For additional information, contact an H&R Block Business & Career Center librarian by phone, 816.701.3717, or by e-mail, email@example.com .