Dos and Don'ts of Looking for a Job
- Look for jobs doing what you like to do.
- Look for jobs that pay you enough to meet your bills.
- Look for jobs that where you can use your strongest personal and professional skills.
- Consider starter or entry level jobs that could lead to a better job.
- Consider volunteering as a way to build your resume and/or be known to an employer.
- Ask for help from everyone - your state vocational rehabilitation agency, the Disability Navigator at your local One-Stop Career Center, Social Security, your local Community Action Program, your local Center for independent Living, local churches, etc.
- Consider starting your own small business or non-profit.
- Prepare a plan and follow it.
- Set goals that are reasonable for you.
- Do not give up.
- Consider jobs that you have no interest in.
- Explore industries that are losing jobs.
- Consider a job that you do not have the skills for unless you are willing to spend time and money to acquire the skills.
- Put off looking for a job (Looking for a job is a full-time job).
- Become discouraged if your plan isn't working; change it and move forward.
- Try to do everything yourself.
- Set goals that no one no matter how skilled could reach.