Job Search Resources

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Are you recently unemployed or returning to work after an absence? Or are you changing careers? There are many resources available to help you plan a successful job search.

Managing Job Transition

The loss of a job can make you feel powerless. You may have been laid off or had your hours reduced. Or you may have had to leave your job because of child care or other caretaking responsibilities that were unexpected and did not fit with your old job. Remember, many people are in the same situation you are.

Try these coping strategies:

  • Stay positive.
  • Create a plan.
  • In addition to doing what you have to do to get a new job, do things you like – things that make you happy.
  • Join a club or organization that gives you a sense of purpose.
  • Manage your stress.

What Jobs are Available Where You Live?

Before you start looking for a new job, it is helpful to understand which jobs have many openings. Learn about the types of jobs that are available where you live.

It is a good idea to create a written plan of the activities you will do to find your next job. This way, you can make sure that you are making the most of your time. Use this job search schedule to help you create your plan.

Have you ever shared a job lead with a friend or family member? Or received career advice from a coworker? Then you have networked. Networking is connecting with people to talk about your job search or career goals. These connections are critical to a successful job search. Learn how to network to make connections for your career.

Use the resources below to help you as you search and apply for a job:

Help us Understand Your Job-Seeking Experiences. Take a Short Survey.

Minnesota State is seeking volunteers to respond to a survey, which may include providing private information under state and Federal law. Your responses are confidential, and the goal of the survey is to understand your job-seeking experiences, challenges, and unmet needs for supports. The survey is being conducted by an independent research team at UW-Whitewater and has been reviewed and approved by the UWW Institutional Review Board (IRB-FY2021-2022-23). 

*By filling out this form you are providing information which may be private data under Minnesota law. Minnesota State will use the information you provide in this form to contact you about your inquiries regarding the Minnesota Skill Up project only, and for internal business purposes as allowed by law, and not for any other purpose unless required by law or Board policy.