Missouri GED Transition
Finding A Job
If you need a job now, you can search for one in the newspaper, online, or at a Missouri Career Center. You can also walk into a place you want to work and ask if they are hiring. Some jobs just require an application; others require that you submit a resume.
Online Job Search
The most comprehensive site for help finding a job belongs to the state of Missouri, MissouriCareerSource, formerly known as Great Hires. There, you can find out about thousands of jobs around the state and get many other types of job and career readiness help. Missouri Career Source is related to the Missouri Career Centers, which are offices with career advisors who can help you find a job. For a map and list of locations, click here.
A quick solution to finding work can be a temporary agency, a company that specializes in placing workers in companies that need temporary help. Good temporary workers often become employees. You can find many local temp agencies by searching for 'temp agency' and 'your city name' in Google or Yahoo search on the Internet.
Applications and Resumes
To apply for a job, you will need to fill out an application. Usually you get an application by mail or in person, but some are available online. Fill it out carefully. Sometimes it is a good idea to make a photocopy and fill that out first, then write your information on the real application after practicing. Besides your name, address, and phone number, you will need to know your social security number. If you do not have a social security number, you can get one through the U.S. Social Security Administration.
If you take an application to the work site in person, be sure to dress for an interview, because some employers will interview right then. Most career advisors suggest dressing one step better than you would have to dress on the job.
For some jobs, you will also need to send a resume and cover letter. A resume tells about you: your career goals, education, previous jobs, and/or job skills. A cover letter "covers" your resume in the envelope in which you mail them; it introduces you and expresses your interest in the job and qualifications for it without repeating what your resume says.
For help creating a resume and writing a cover letter, try this site: CareerOneStop