A PROJECT OF THE County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

I Need a Job

Getting a job and working are essential life skills. Let's face it, you've got to have a steady income. Here are some tips to finiding a job.

Q. I saw a "Help Wanted " sign, what do I do now?
A. Well there are a lot of things you can do...

  • Be prepared for when you see a help wanted sign, so that you can go in and ask to speak to the manager. Dress like you are going to see someone you respect. This person (potential employer) may pay you money.
  • First Impressions are very important. Smile! Ask if the manager is in and if you can speak to him/her. If they are not in ask for an application; ask for the managers name and their card. If the manager is in, tell them you saw their help wanted sign and that you are interested in the job. Follow the managers lead if they want to talk with you right then and there or if he/she would prefer you complete an application and return at a later time.
  • Always say, "Thank you for your time" when you leave, not matter what the outcome of the interaction was.

Q. I did not see any "Help Wanted "Signs, what do I do now?
A. Well there are a lot of things you can do...

  • Go to a career center, counseling center or community college and look on their job boards.
  • Check out on line job sites... be weary of jobs that sound too good to be true.
  • Ask your ILS worker or friends if they know about any job openings.

Almonst everyone wants to apply on line for jobs and some employers insist that you do, or at a kiosk in thier store. Applying on line is one way to go, but statistically, most people get employed by knowing someone who works at a company or by applying in person and following up. Many people are job searching. Be pleasant and be persistent. It will pay off.

Be proactive. Print the generic job application and fill it out really well with your best writing. Make copies of it and have them with you. If the place you want to apply at does not have any applications, then you will stand out as someone who is thinking ahead. You may have to compete one of the companies applicaitons later, but it will be worth it.

Most important of all. Just keep trying. Everyone has to start somewhere. A part time job can be a good way to get your foot in the door. Do the job you have until you find the one of your dreams. Paying your bills with money you have earned yourself is an awesome feeling.

  • Generic Employment Application (PDF)
  • Enroll in the EXCEL Work Readiness Program (PDF)
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership Career Centers http://www.sandiegoatwork.com/generate/html/Job_Seekers/js_cac.html
  • California Career Zone http://www.cacareerzone.org/graphic/index.html
  • Career Jet http://www.careerjet.com/