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How to Find a Job in the United States

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Finding a job in the United States depends on your current situation. You may be a citizen who is currently employed and now seeking new employment. Maybe you are currently unemployed and seeking a new job. A third scenario could be a foreigner seeking work in the US. There are several basic steps that need to be taken for the first two scenarios and more detailed steps for someone seeking a work visa in the US. This article will address how to find a job in the United States.

Getting Ready for Your Job Search

Before you begin your job search, you need to take some time to get prepared. You must make sure that your resume is current and up to date. Preparing the proper professional cover letter templates is a second important factor. The third aspect is that you need to have your reference letters already prepared and ready to be forwarded to prospective employers at their request.

  • Revise Your Resume – Your resume is the first “first impression” that your prospective employer will get of you and your professional skills and work experience. If your resume doesn’t meet the appropriate standards, then you will decrease your chance of getting an interview. Check out these how to tips on creating the best resumes for the following types of jobs: entry level, private sector, executive and professional positions.
  • Craft Your Cover Letter Templates – Having the right cover letter may seem to be a time consuming process since it can be difficult to find the right words to describe your career experience and skillset. However, it is a necessary step and you can find more helpful tips at resume-resource.com.  
  • Compile Your Reference Letters – You may not have to send in a reference letter for every job that you apply for, but it is important to have such letters prepared. Maureen Crawford Hentz from QuintCareers.com provides tips on how to obtain and use references and recommendations.

Begin Your Job Search

The second step in this process is to begin your job search. There is a wide variety of job search engines and classified listings online. You may only get a small response rate for the amount of resumes you send out. However, that is why you need to apply to as many jobs that fit your specifications as possible. The listing below details some of the major job search sites.

  • Indeed – Over 685,000 jobs, one search with listings from across the Internet
  • Monster – This job site has been around for many years and is a reliable source
  • Simply Hired– Has over 9 million job positions available on their site
  • Career Builder – This is another familiar job search site which is dependable
  • USA Jobs- This is the US Federal Government’s official job listing site
  • Craigslist – This site is a major classifieds listing, but beware of some scams

If you are interested in receiving assistance in your job search, you can work with the following professional staffing services. However, many of these jobs are temporary positions.

You can also work with recruitment agencies or individual recruiting specialists to assist in a specified job search. The following is a list of head hunter directories and listings of such agencies.

Attend the Interview and Employer Follow Up

Once you receive a positive response from a prospective employer, it is important to be professional in your behavior during the interview and then properly follow up with the employer. Alison Doyle is a job searching expert who has given some advice in her article on 7 Interview Tips That Will Help You Get the Job. Some of her advice is to practice and do your research before arriving for your job interview. She also provides tips on the proper follow up techniques with prospective employers.  

Getting a Work Visa for the US

The US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has information on the proper steps that temporary, permanent and student exchange workers need to take in order to obtain work visas in the US. For more information, you can visit the USCIS website.

As described in this article, there is a wide variety of resources available to those individuals who are seeking to find a job in the US. The first step is to revise your resume and work on your cover letter templates and reference letters. Once you have an interview as a result of your job searching, remember to maintain a professional appearance and learn how to ace the interview. Following up with the prospective employer can be one of the key factors in receiving the job offer.

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