Tips & Resources for Your Job Search Activities

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Job Search Activities

In addition to posting your resume to WorkSourceWA.com, there are a number of other resources you can use to support your job search.   

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Job Boards

Job boards are useful and usually free resource for job seekers.

According to Workable.com, “A job board is a website used by employers to advertise their job vacancies to job seekers. Job seekers can use job boards to search for new job opportunities in their area and profession.” Some well-known job board sites are Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, CareerBuilder and Careerjet.” Some job board include jobs in any industry while others are more focused on specific industries or occupations. 

Most job boards are user-friendly, allowing job seekers to complete the process quickly, answering questions and uploading resumes.

WorkSourceWA.com has a list of job boards to get you started- click the button below.

WorkSource Job Boards

Click here to get started viewing national and specialty job boards at WorkSource.

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Job Related Social Networking Sites

Networking has always been one the most common ways people learn about and get hired for jobs. The only difference is that today, a lot of that networking takes place online.  According to Monster.com, 80% of employers are using social media as a recruitment tool.

There are a number of tools you can use to build your job-related social network.

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LinkedIn

with nearly 660 million users, is designed to build networks that support careers and help people find work. LinkedIn can be searched for job postings based on interests. Job seekers can find a list of people in their network who might be able refer them to job openings. LinkedIn also provides access to on-line training resources to help job seekers become more competitive.

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Additional Sites

Many employers post job openings on Facebook – type “Jobs on Facebook” into the search function. The greatest value of Facebook and other social media sites may be the ability to ask for job search help from personal contacts. Sites like Instagram and YouTube can help a job seeker learn about a company they are interested in working for, or provide a way to showcase talent and work products.

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Helpful Resources for Your Online Job Search- That Also Meet Job Search Requirements

Regardless of whether you are someone who is looking for their first job or someone who has become unemployed, WorkSource offers a lot of virtual activities and services to help you with your job search. Many of these activities also count toward job search requirements for Unemployment Insurance claimants.  

At the end of this section, you will also find tutorials on taking screenshots and sharing information online to document your job search. 

The following list of job search activities also counts toward the requirement for those Unemployment Insurance claimants who are required to conduct 3 job search activities per week.

The table below lists these options and provides information on how access and document them. More information about job search requirements can be found at https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/job-search-requirements

Approved ActivityHow You Can Document These ActivitiesHow to Access These Activities
Application, informational interview, job interview, follow-up conversation or email*Job title or reference number, employer or business name, information on how you made the contact (in-person, online, phone, email, or other) employer or business contact informationhttps://www.worksourcewa.com/ Find Work Friday: see the “Finding Your Next Job Online” section in this orientation or on Facebook Hot Jobs: https://pacmtn.org/job-listings/ or WorkSource Facebook sites Classified ads, networking or other means.

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Approved ActivityHow You Can Document These ActivitiesHow to Access These Activities
Set WorkSourceWA.com accountScreenshot of your account pagehttps://www.worksourcewa.com/ Tutorials on how to “Create a SAW Account” and “Creating Your WorkSourceWA.com Account” are available in this orientation
Upload your resume at WorkSourceWA.com and make it searchable for employersScreenshot or copy of your resumehttps://www.worksourcewa.com/ Workshops are available at WorkSourceWA.com How to videos available at “Job Seeker Resume Video Series” section of this orientation
Participate in an in-person or virtual workshop sponsored by WorkSourceame of the workshop, date, time, and locationWorkshops available at WorkSourceWA.com – those marked with an asterisk count for UI job search Information on how access workshops is in the “Attend Online Job Seeker Preparation Workshops” section of this orientation.
Participate in an in-person or virtual job fair or hiring event sponsored by WorkSource and contact at least one employerName of the event, date and information about where or how you attended, name of employerInformation about Find Work Fridays is in the “Finding Your Next Job Online” section of this orientation.
NOTE: Find Work Fridays are an excellent opportunity to meet with 3 or more employers in one event
Participate in a job club sponsored by WorkSourceName of the club, date, and how or where you attendedInformation about local job clubs is available in the “Finding Your Next Job Online” section of this orientation
Participate in a Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) initial or follow-up appointmentName of activity, date, and where or how completedThis service is not currently available. The RESEA program will reach out UI claimants when it becomes available again.
Meet with a WorkSource specialist for job search assistanceName of activity, date, and where or how completedContact your local WorkSource office for this service. See the “When to Call Your Local WorkSource Center” section of this orientation of contact information.
Conduct an in-person or virtual mock interview with a WorkSource career coachName of activity, date, and where or how completedContact your local WorkSource office for this service. See the “When to Call Your Local WorkSource Center” section of this orientation of contact information.
Meet with a WorkSource staff person to learn about Title I services - also known as specialized services for adults and youthName of activity, date, and where or how completedSee the “Specialized Services for Adults Age 18 and Over” and “Specialized Services for Youth Age 14-24” sections of this orientation. You can complete the on-line application forms located there, or contact your local WorkSource office to see if you are eligible.
See the “When to Call Your Local WorkSource Center” section of this orientation of contact information.
Enroll in WIOA Title I services and develop an Individual Employment PlanName of activity, date, and where or how completedIf you are eligible for Title I services, a WorkSource staff member will help access these services.
See the “Specialized Services for Adults Age 18 and Over” and “Specialized Services for Youth Age 14-24” sections of this orientation for an application
Participate in WIOA Title I customized worker trainingName of activity, date, and where or how completedIf you are eligible for Title I services, a WorkSource staff member will help access these services.
See the “Specialized Services for Adults Age 18 and Over” and “Specialized Services for Youth Age 14-24” sections of this orientation for an application
Participate in WIOA Title I paid or unpaid work experience or internshipName of activity, date, and where or how completedIf you are eligible for Title I services, a WorkSource staff member will help access these services. See the “Specialized Services for Adults Age 18 and Over” and “Specialized Services for Youth Age 14-24” sections of this orientation for an application
PLEASE NOTE: paid work experiences or internships reduce the total amount of UI payment for which an individual is eligible.

Other Options WorkSource Can Help You Access

Approved ActivityHow You Can Document These ActivitiesHow to Access These Activities
Watch the Labor Market Info Introduction video or do labor market researchLink to or a screen shot of the informationhttps://esd.wa.gov/labormarketinfo
Watch a YouTube video on a job search topic (how to write a cover letter, resume writing or interview skills)Link to the video or a screen shot of the video launch pageA list of recommended videos is available in the Job Seeker Prep Video Series section of this orientation
Prepare a 30-second “elevator speech” to use at job fairs or during an interviewScreenshot of documentThe “Art of Effective Job Search” workshop available at WorkSourceWA.com has tips to develop an effective elevator speech.
PLEASE NOTE: if you develop and save your speech as a Microsoft Word document, you can cut and paste it into employer chat rooms at Find Work Fridays.
Set up a new account or update the one you have on job search sites (Indeed, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, CareerBuilder, Monster, Google Careers, or other) and search for job openingsLink to or a screen shot of your profile and job openingsIf you need help contact your local WorkSource office. Contact information is available in the “When to Call Your Local WorkSource Center” section of this orientation.
Information about on-line job search sites is available in the “Finding Your Next Job Online” section of this orientation.
Establish an account and post your resume and cover letter with online job search job applications (Job Scan, Bright Move, Hiring Solved, or other)Link to or screen shot of page showing successful account creation and specific job openingIf you need help contact your local WorkSource office. A list of local offices and contact information is available in the “When to Call Your Local WorkSource Center” section of this orientation.
Sign up with a private career coach or serviceLink to or screen shot of the agreementWorkSource does not offer assistance with this activity.
Register with a permanent placement agency, recruiter or headhunter serviceScreen shot the page documenting your registrationContact your local staffing agencies.
Participate in job search related webinars or course sponsored by placement agenciesLink to or screen shot of page documenting completionContact your local staffing agencies.

Other Options

*These also count for extended benefits

Approved ActivityHow You Can Document
Attend an in-person or virtual job fair or hiring event and make contact with at least one employer*Registration letter or email from job fair representative; Employer or business name, information on how you made the contact (in-person, online, phone, email, or other) employer or business contact information
Participate in virtual or remote job shadowing*Letter or email from the club leader or sponsor
Participate in a private or community job clubLetter or email from the club leader or sponsor
Complete an online interest inventory (e.g., Strong, My Next Move, Myers/Briggs)Complete an online interest inventory (e.g., Strong, My Next Move, Myers/Briggs)
Complete ACT WorkKeys assessmentLink to or screenshot of your results
Obtain a National Work Readiness CredentialScreen shot or scanned copy of certificate
Participate in an occupational skills or computer courseScreenshot or copy of your registration receipt
Take a computer literacy course or classScreenshot or copy of your registration receipt
Participate in English as a Second Language (ESL) course or className, date and location, screen shot or scan of registration receipt
Participate in LinkedIn Learning certified coursesLink to or screen shot of the course completion page
Participate in private sector paid or unpaid work experience or internshipLetter or email from employer

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Screenshots & Sharing Information Online

Whether you are sharing information with WorkSource staff so in order to get help with your job search, posting information as part of a job application or uploading information to document job search activities required for your Unemployment Insurance claim, you will need to be able to take, save and upload screen shots. A screenshot is an image of the information displayed on the screen of your computer or mobile device. Screenshots let you capture exactly what you're seeing on your screen to share with others or to reference later. 

Taking, saving, and sharing screenshots is an important tool for virtual job searching.

Instructions for taking a screenshot vary depending on the type of device you are using to take it.   The following tutorials will walk you through the process.  Feel free to revisit this section of the orientation anytime you need a refresher on how to take, save and/or upload a screenshot.

Detailed Instructions for a Variety of Devices

Screenshots can be taken on newer Android devices by pressing Volume Down+Power, and are saved in the "Screenshot" folder in the gallery after a short sound and visual effect. Older versions of Android devices may use one of the following combinations:

  • Press and hold the Home+Power
  • Press and hold Back+Power

Android Phone

Screenshots can be taken on newer Android devices by pressing Volume Down+Power, and are saved in the "Screenshot" folder in the gallery after a short sound and visual effect. Older versions of Android devices may use one of the following combinations:

  • Press and hold the Home+Power
  • Press and hold Back+Power

iPhone

If you have a Chromebook or similar devices with the Chrome OS keyboard layout, pressing Ctrl+F5 on a standard keyboard will capture the entire screen. 

 

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On a Mac, a user can take a screenshot of an entire screen by pressing ⌘ Cmd+⇧ Shift+3, or of a chosen area of the screen by ⌘ Cmd+⇧ Shift+4. This screenshot is saved to the user's desktop.

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On Windows, pressing the PrtScr key on the keyboard captures a screenshot of the entire desktop, while Alt+PrtScr[21] captures only the active window. 

Windows places these captured screenshots in the clipboard – you may need to retrieve the document from the clipboard an post it into another program – like MS Word in order to share it. 

Starting with Windows 8.0, however, simultaneously pressing the ⊞ Win+PrtScr or ⊞ Win+Volume up  saves a screenshot to the "Screenshots" folder in "Pictures" library. Note: On some Windows notebooks you have to hold Fn and then press PrtScr instead.

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