Job Search Tips

Job leads can come from many sources, including talking to people, checking out personnel services, answering newspaper ads, searching the Internet and inquiring about local professional associations and hotlines in specific industries. Here are some useful tips:

  • Networking - Virtually and In Person

The ability to network is considered as important in finding a job as combing through classified ads. To network, job seekers should contact everyone they know in their professional life. Job seekers should be prepared to explain quickly about their skills and recent experience. Commonly referred to as the "15-second elevator speech," being prepared with this speech can make a big difference. To learn more, visit 15secondpitch.com, where you can discover ways to focus your thinking on what is most important.

Another useful online tool that has become essential to networkers and job seekers is to join LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com), an online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. By staying linked in with your professional network, you're always connected to people who may know of open positions or know of a contact at a company you might be interested in approaching. It's about being more effective in your daily work and opening doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have.

Susan Musich, Managing Director of PassportCareer.com has written an insightful article on Effective Networking Around the Globe. The article gives quick tips and rules of effective networking, which is also available on her website. For your convenience, you can click here for a copy of the article.

Today many resources are online, please go to the section "Job search online resources" for some suggested websites that are worth checking, in our next section.

  • Personnel Placement Services

Throughout the Houston region, particularly in active business districts, you will find many personnel placement agencies. They typically place employees in full or part-time assignments that can last for a short time or much longer. Typically, employment placement agencies make their money by charging the company that is looking for someone, or they may take a percentage of your wage. Be sure to ask each agency how it operates before you decide about going forward. You should never have to pay any agency in advance. You're usually paid each week by the agency and not the company where you perform the work.

If you're interested in working with an agency, do preliminary research online to determine if the agency specialized in a specific industry, such as oil and gas. It it's not immediately clear from the agency's website, call and find out, as the more targeted you are in your search, the better chance of finding a good position, which could lead to a full-time position. There is no penalty to apply with many different agencies at the same time and by doing so, you'll have more resources helping you find a job. It's also a good idea to stay in phone contact with the agencies to find out what jobs are coming up or might be available.

You can always find an updated list of Houston Employment and Temp Agencies in our sub menu Employment Agencies.