Job Seeking Classes: Should You Take One?
Looking for a job is a full-time job. Sending out resumes and playing the waiting game can be more grueling and frustrating than a tough day at work. There are professionals who offer classes on job hunting, which, believe it or not, can be a huge help. The art of making a resume shine, how to set yourself apart by illuminating your strong points, standing out to headhunters — these are all skills that are learned, not granted to us by natural intuition.
Is it worth taking a class on how to get a job? Follow this guide to decide if a class is right for you.
Tip: Job hunting isn’t easy. Arm yourself with the knowledge to lead the pack.
Save Your Money
You’re out of work. Save your money — you’re definitely going to need it. Knowledge is power, but you can’t eat power, so if you can, get the knowledge for free. In the case of job classes, the good news is, you shouldn’t have to count the class as another expenditure.
The best place to look for a free class on how to land a job is at the original and — still best — bastion of free knowledge in the country: your local public library. Depending on where you are, your library likely has, or can point you to, a free job-hunting class. If not, check out the libraries in the surrounding areas, and if they have a spot, tell them your situation; they’ll probably lend you a hand.
College or High School Alumni Association
If you went to a college or university, it’s almost certain they have a career center that alumni can use for life. If you didn’t, check with your old high school. Even if you didn’t graduate, the guidance department deals almost exclusively with careers and can help you get started.
Tip: You don’t need to spend a lot — or anything at all — to get a good education on how to find a job.
The thing most associated with Goodwill is vintage clothing at discount prices, but they also have a pretty stellar jobs program. They offer classes, newsletters, articles, tips, tricks, mock interviews, and appropriate attire.
Getting a job isn’t easy, especially in tough economic times. A smart job seeker will take any edge he or she can get. You might think you know all the tricks, but if that’s the case, you might not be out of work. You can take a good class for free — why not?
Do you think you could benefit from a job seeking class?