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Find Jobs for the Department of Human Services

Job hunting in the current economy is tough, but possible. Use the tools and resources on ISEEK for a successful job hunt.

The Find a Job section of ISEEK has a lot of great tools and resources for job seekers. The step-by-step guide below will get you started.

Step One: Be Prepared

Explore the job market.
Use these resources to answer questions like: What's the typical wage for the jobs you're interested in? Which employers in Minnesota might need workers with your qualifications? Which jobs have the most openings?

Develop your resume and cover letter.
Learn how to fill in applications, write resumes and cover letters that best market your experience, compile your work samples for interviews, get your references ready, and create an easy to use web-based portfolio.

Form your networks.
Many jobs are never advertised. Networking is often the key to getting a job. Even if you've never officially done networking, follow the simple steps to get started.

Research and join a professional association.
Professional associations are one of the best ways to learn about trends and hidden job markets, and to develop important contacts for your job search. Professional association and business listings can be found online or at your local library, like this 2008 list of professional associations (262KB, .pdf).

Communicate with other professionals on online networking websites, such as LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is a popular online network of professionals that allows you to connect with potential jobs, colleagues, and business opportunities.

Conduct informational interviews.
An informational interview is a meeting between you and another professional. It is a way to find out more about the industry, occupation, or companies where you may want to work. It can also be a way to evaluate how well your skills and interests fit with a particular career or employer.

Step Two: Find Leads and Apply

Use job websites.
Job websites are online exchanges for employers and job seekers. Employers post their job openings and job seekers search for jobs and often apply directly on the website.

Find job leads in your field using professional associations.
Professional association and business listings can be found online or at your local library, like this 2008 list of professional associations (262KB, .pdf).

Schedule interviews.
Learn how to plan and make effective calls to market yourself for interviews.

Explore lists of businesses in industries or employing occupations similar to the Department of Human Services.
Contact these businesses for possible job leads. These results from the Employer Locator are for Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Refine the search to find employers in your region.

Step Three: Interview, Negotiate, and Follow Up

Follow these interview tips.
Interviews are your opportunity to sell your skills and experience. They also give you a chance to find out if the job and company are right for you.

Practice your answers ahead of time.
Use these common interview questions to make sure you ace your interviews.

Follow up after your interviews.
Learn how to write good thank you notes and ways to follow up after the interview.

Negotiate your job offers.
Understand the rules of the game to negotiate salary and benefits.