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Finding Your First Job

You may want to get a job but aren’t sure how or where to begin. There are a lot of resources you can use.

Job Searching Methods

There are many methods used in job searching. The more methods you use, the better your chances of finding a job you’ll like.

Searching methods include:

  • Network—Tell everyone you know you’re looking for a job
  • School’s Career Center or Work Experience Office
  • Company Websites
  • Online Job Boards
  • In Person
  • Help Wanted Ads
  • Job/Career Fairs
  • America’s Job Centers of California
  • Volunteer
  • Call Companies (numbers on their websites and/or professional associations)

Succeed by…

  • Organizing your job search! (Use Find and Get the Right Job [PDF])
  • Applying for lots of jobs
  • Starting your job hunt close to home
  • Checking out companies that hire young people
  • Checking out the state’s work permit rules
  • Looking for jobs that can accommodate your class schedule