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The three best On-line Web Crawlers - simply enter your zip code and perhaps a keyword, adjust to within 5 miles if you don't want Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant jobs - these are sites that constantly "crawl" the internet for job openings that are listed on job boards, classified ads, state employment job banks, recruiter sites, and even company web sites.  Because job openings might be listed in several places, multiple listings of the same jobs might occur.  (Beware of scams - if it sounds to good to be true, be cautious.)

Job Central is used by many workforce development agencies since America's Job Bank shut down - you can also jump straight to Indeed and Simply Hired - this site will open in a separate Browser

Indeed.com often finds the most job openings, but watch for multiple listing - click here and this site will open in a separate Browser

Simplyhired.com is another one to check - click here and this site will open in a separate Browser

Search for Jobs on Social Networking Sites

Moving to, or thinking of staying in, Iowa? Bravo to the people who created this surprisingly useful site: www.consideriowa.org

http://www.simplyhired.com/a/jobs/list/q-LinkedIn/l-iowa - Enter your social network site - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter - and search. As of 01.04.10, this did not find Fairfield jobs, but it found many Iowa jobs.

Most creative use of the internet for finding a job (click to watch one-minute Youtube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FRwCs99DWg&feature=player_embedded

General sites about job clubs and job seeking follow.

Email jreeves@iowatelecom.net if you find others that should be listed here.  Click anywhere on the following links:

Job Club Info

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/JobClub/ - Link to ABC News Good Morning America series on job clubs (okay their facilitator is better than Fairfield's). Opens in new Browser.

Fairfield Job Club too general? Start your own "Success Team" to supplement the Job Club - http://www.examiner.com/x-14933-SF-Job-Search-Examiner~y2009m11d18-How-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-Job-Search-Success-Team Opens in a new Browser.

http://www.quintcareers.com/job_club.html - Good description of Job Club format. Lots of other free resources. Private site with ads but from a smart PhD people who might help for a fee.

Job Seeking Skills

Having recently re-read Richard Bolles' What Color is Your Parachute for the first time in about 25 years - it is still the best.  You can get a feel for the process at http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/ and get a copy of the 2009 edition at any library or bookstore.  Dick Bolles has been many things, including a Priest . . . but 30+ years of writing and teaching this book has helped so many people . . . you owe it to your future self to read this book.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/08/job_search_tools.html - Article on effectiveness of various methods of job seeking. Opens in new Browser.

http://jobstar.org/hidden/jobplan.php#3 - Good description of how to tap the hidden job market. Opens in new Browser.

http://www.job-hunt.org/hiddenjobmarket.shtml - Good information on tapping the hidden job market online. Opens in a new Browser.

Networking/Information Interviewing/Volunteering

Information Interviewing


How to Work A Room: Ask first!: "what do you do?" . . . when asked the same, say: "I am a private citizen interested in this group, I'm looking for ways to get more involved in . . . " tailor your answer to the individual's interest, if possible, and then FOLLOW UP later with information of interest to the contact . . . click here for an article for college students.


Fairfield Volunteer Center

Resumes and Job Interviewing


Job Interviewing

Explaining why you left your last job - especially if you were fired or laid off.

50 of the worst and most common job interview mistakes:

1. Arriving late.
2. Arriving too early.
3. Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.
4. Bad-mouthing your last boss.
5. Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.
6. Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes.
7. Forgetting the name of the person you're interviewing with.
8. Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.
9. Wearing sunglasses.
10. Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.
11. Failing to research the employer in advance.
12. Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.
13. Inquiring about benefits too soon.
14. Talking about salary requirements too soon.
15. Being unable to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question.
16. Failing to make a strong case for why you are the best person for this job.
17. Forgetting to bring a copy of your resume and/or portfolio.
18. Failing to remember what you wrote on your own resume.
19. Asking too many questions.
20. Asking no questions at all.
21. Being unprepared to answer the standard questions.
22. Failing to listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.
23. Talking more than half the time.
24. Interrupting your interviewer.
25. Neglecting to match the communication style of your interviewer.
26. Yawning.
27. Slouching.
28. Bringing along a friend, or your mother.
29. Chewing gum, tobacco, your pen, your hair.
30. Laughing, giggling, whistling, humming, lip-smacking.
31. Saying "you know," "like," "I guess," and "um."
32. Name-dropping or bragging or sounding like a know-it-all.
33. Asking to use the bathroom.
34. Being falsely or exaggeratedly modest.
35. Shaking hands too weakly, or too firmly.
36. Failing to make eye contact (or making continuous eye contact).
37. Taking a seat before your interviewer does.
38. Becoming angry or defensive.
39. Complaining that you were kept waiting.
40. Complaining about anything!
41. Speaking rudely to the receptionist.
42. Letting your nervousness show.
43. Overexplaining why you lost your last job.
44. Being too familiar and jokey.
45. Sounding desperate.
46. Checking the time.
47. Oversharing.
48. Sounding rehearsed.
49. Leaving your cell phone on.
50. Failing to ask for the job.

Karen Burns is the author of the illustrated career advice book The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use, recently released by Running Press. She blogs at www.karenburnsworkinggirl.com.