Here are some easy steps to help you find a job.
Now that you have arrived in America--“The Land of
Opportunity”--it is time to take advantage of the limitless avenues for
success this country offers its residents. The following contains
information on politely and professionally pursuing employment.
Step 1—Know Yourself
first step to getting a job in the United States is discovering who you
are what and what you can offer to employers. Ask yourself these things.
- What are my strengths and weaknesses?
- What skills do I have that set me apart from other people?
- Why do I want a job?
- What kind of job do I want?
- Use your answers to begin to create a profile of yourself.
You should be prepared to answer any of these questions, as they may be asked in an interview.
Step 2—Write a Resume
it’s time to write your resume. This is perhaps the most important step
of the process. You want to make sure that you represent yourself
accurately by effectively highlighting your best skills for the
Include this information on your resume:
- your name and contact information
- your skills pertinent to the job (ex. computer skills, multilingual)
- any previous job experience
*Resume templates are available online and within Microsoft Word.
Resumes for jobs in the United States are different than the resume you
might have used in your home country. Extra information can potentially
harm your chances of getting the job.
Do NOT include this information on your resume:
- salary requirements
- age and names of children
- your height/weight
- reasons for leaving previous jobs
your employer needs to know any of this information he or she will ask
you for it during the interview, but you do not need to put it on your
Be brief but thorough. Your
employer is not going to want to read through numerous pages of
information. Include all of the details you need but try to keep it to
about one page.
not lie about yourself on your resume! Do not make up previous jobs or
accomplishments. Employers will research your background before they
hire you and will ask you about specific parts of your resume in the
interview. Even if you have no previous work experience, it’s okay!
Employers would much rather you tell them about your inexperience than
have you lie to them. Employers will not want to hire a dishonest
person. Always tell the truth.
Step 3—Search for a job
jobs are listed in multiple outlets. You can find available jobs
through newspapers, the Internet, employment centers, job banks,
networking, or through job fairs.
Here are some useful job websites on the Internet:
is the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s website for job-hunting. It is a
great resource for local employment opportunities and easy to use.
is the Georgia Department of Labor’s website for job seekers. It
provides multiple job search engines and other career resources which
may help you narrow down your search. The Georgia Department of Labor
also operates local career centers. The career center located closest
to Clarkston is the Dekalb County Career Center. At this location you
can make an appointment to go in and talk with a career specialist who,
free of charge, will advise you and help get you started on the right
track towards your new career.
Step 4—Set up an interview
that you have researched several job opportunities you want to pursue,
you need to contact the employer and set up an interview. Typically,
employers will want to see your resume before they interview you and
may ask that you submit it either via email, fax, or standard mail. If
your resume interests them they may contact you to set up either an
interview either over the phone or in person. It is best to rearrange
your schedule to fit the interview times suitable for the employer as
it will demonstrate your dedication as a job seeker.
Always thank the person you have spoken with.
Step 5—The Interview
American society, first impressions are very important. Your appearance
conveys your level of professionalism and seriousness; therefore you
must dress appropriately. Even if the job you are pursuing is one in
construction or another industry where everyday dress is casual, it
never hurts to appear more dressy than necessary. Your employer will
see that you are a responsible individual who cares about the way he or
she presents himself in public.
- For men, a nice button-down dress
shirt and tie with dress khakis (with jacket)
- For women, a nice dress or blouse and skirt
What NOT to Wear:
- dirty or damaged clothing
- tennis shoes or flip-flops
be on time. American society is strictly structured according to the
timetable. Being prompt not only shows that you are responsible but
also that you are serious about wanting the job. Never walk into an
interview cold! Always have a small speech prepared and know the name
of the person you will be speaking with. It also is a good idea to do
some background research about the job or company beforehand. You want
to appear to your employer as someone who cares about his or her
company and truly wants the job you are seeking.
off with a nice, firm handshake. In American society, this is the
formal way of greeting someone you do not know regardless of gender. Be
sure to always look the person you are speaking with in the eye. This
also shows the person that you are an attentive listener and engaged
speaker. If you do not look in their eyes or look down continuously
during the interview, they may think that you are not trustworthy.
the interview with someone familiar beforehand such as a family member
or friend so that you will not be nervous when it comes time for the
real thing. Think of possible questions your interviewer might ask and
think how you would answer these questions.
are also several cultural taboos in American culture that relate to the
interview process. During an interview, never ask about your salary.
The employer will most likely give you this information and inquiring
about it projects a sense of arrogance towards your employer. You
should be competitive but at the same time respectfully acknowledge
yourself as the jobseeker.
interview is over, you may thank the interviewer and once again go for
the handshake. The employer will contact you usually within the next
week if he or she wants you to come in for a second interview or even
better, wants you for the job.