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Job Search  Preparation


Social Media for Job Searching

Social media, if used properly, can be the most effective job searching tool. The usage, information, and recommendations regarding the use of social media for job searching is vast.  Below are some recent resources to get you going in the right direction.

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A resume is an honest, easy to read, impressive summary of your "occupational self". It serves as the “sales” tool to help you market yourself to potential employers. It tells a potential employers:

  • who you are as an employee
  • what your employment history has been
  • what your strengths and accomplishments are
  • what skills and abilities you have
  • why the prospective employer should call you in for an interview

Resume Review Appointments

Currently enrolled Mesa College students may schedule an appointment to have their resume reviewed by a career counselor.  To make an appointment a student must first submit a rough draft of their resume to Career Center in room I4-306, or email their resume to

If you don't have a resume the Career Center hosts two resume workshops a month plus below are various handouts and other resources to assist you in putting together your first rough draft. 

Resume Handouts

Sample Resumes

Cover Letters

The Cover Letter (or cover email) is an essential part of the job search process and should be included with every resume and/or job application that you send out, even when it is not requested. It is a self-marketing tool that serves as your introduction to a prospective employer. It provides you the opportunity to expand upon the material included in your resume.

Samples Cover Letters

Job Searching

Cal Jobs - Jobs throughout all of California.

San Diego North Chamber of Commerce  - Jobs from over 800 local employers

Industry Specific Job Search Sites

Industry specific sites offer narrow search parameters that can produce better job searches and results. It is not recommended that you PAY for any type of job searching assistance, as there is a wealth free resource available.


Selected Job Sites

There are thousands of job search sites and students can spend hours searching and searching without results. The sites below offer particular services that are unique and therefore more useful than generic or mega job sites.

Social Media for Job Search



The vast majority of job openings are never advertised; they're filled by word of mouth. That's why networking is the best way to find a job. Unfortunately, many job seekers are hesitant to take advantage of networking because they're afraid of being seen as pushy, annoying, or self-serving. But networking isn't about using other people or aggressively promoting yourself—it's about building relationships.

Networking may sound intimidating or difficult—especially when it comes to finding a job or asking for help—but it doesn't have to be. Networking can be rewarding and fun, even if you're shy or you feel like you don't know many people. And it's much easier than you think!

Informal Networking

Informal job networking refers to the idea of telling everyone you know that you are looking for a job. These people should include your family, your friends (at school and at home), your family's friends, your professors, past employers, alumni, community, and church members. Through casual conversations you can indicate that you are exploring careers or seeking employment. Use your online social networking sites to let everyone know you what you are looking for.

Formal Networking

Business and association meetings, conferences and events are a good way to build a professional network.



There a numerous methods to apply for a job. Be sure to carefully review the job posting and follow the directions for applying. Typically applicants apply by submitting their resume (and don't forget the cover letter!), through an online application system and/or completing an job application form.

Job Applications

When you apply for a job you are typically asked to complete an employment application. You may be asked to complete a job application even if you have already submitted a resume and cover letter. That way, the employer has a record of your personal and employment history, verified and signed by the applicant.




Preparing for a job interview can be very stressful. With the proper research, and practicing ahead of time, you can be ready for any interview. Entering into any interview can sometimes be scary, but remember to relax and to just be yourself. Your positive attributes would be a great addition to the company.

Follow Up

Following up after the interview separates the amateurs from the pros. View the follow-up as an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and expertise and set yourself apart from the other candidates!

How to Follow up

Send a Thank You note or email.

  • By sending a thank-you note, you show your interviewer common courtesy and respect.
  • So few job applicants send thank-you notes that you automatically stand out if you do.
  • A thank-you note gives you an opportunity to reiterate points you made during your interview.
  • A thank-you note lets you make points you forgot to make in your interview.
  • A thank-you note demonstrates your written communication skills


Salary Surfer , developed and designed by the California Community College's Chancellor's Office, provides individuals with comprehensive salary information for 24 different fields.




Do you need medical assistance while unemployed and looking for work? Medi-Cal might be the answer for you. It is free to apply. Visit the  Medi-Cal website  for more information.


Career Collection in the LRC

The LRC Career Collection provides a wealth of books, ebooks, articles, publications, databases and DVD on almost every career topic.

Just use the  Super Search Tool  on the Library's home page to access the entire collection.