- When looking for a job it’s best to have a plan before even starting your search. Here are somethings you should think about when creating your plan that will help you find the right job for you.
- Location: How far are you willing to travel to and from your job?
- Transportation: If you don’t own a car, is your job close to public transportation such as the bus or a train?
- Availability: Knowing what time you are available to work is important, especially if you are in high school or going to college.
- Job Type: Thinking about the kind of job you want is important. You don’t want to apply for a job in a field that you’re not going to like. For example, if you know you don’t want to work in the food industry then applying for a job at a fast food restaurant may not be a good idea.
Most places of employment now require you to fill out an application online. Whether you are filling out a paper or online application it’s important to fill it out completely and follow all the directions. Some applications may require you to include your cover letter and resume.
- Many employers run a background check on applicants when they apply for a job. Employers may also give you a conditional job offer which is contingent upon a background check.
- If you have a criminal record you may have an opportunity to explain any past criminal convictions. It is important to always be truthful and answer honestly if you are asked about past criminal convictions. Use the opportunity to talk about positive changes you have made, or how you have learned from past mistakes.
- If you have a passed criminal conviction, you may be eligible for expungement. If a conviction is expunged, you do not need to report it on your job applications. In 2021 NJ passed the Marijuana Decriminalization Law. This required thousands of cases to be expunged. To learn more click on the links below:
Some employers require drug tests. If you do not pass the initial drug test, they will not hire you. Some drugs stay in your system for up to 30 days, so do not apply for a job that requires drug testing if you are not ready.
If you need support, the Children's System of Care offers an array of substance use treatment services. For questions or to access treatment services for children and youth, call the 24-hour, Access Line at: 1-877- 652-7624
There are many job searching websites that are designed to help you find a job whether you are just starting out or you’re looking for something in your field. Below are some of the top job searching websites:
Social media is how we share our life with the world. However, you may not want potential employers to see everything you share online. Review your past posts to make sure you are only sharing things you would want employers to see. For more tips click on the links below:
Your voicemail might be the first encounter a potential employer may have with you. Your voicemail should sound professional. Here’s an example of what your voicemail should be:
- Hello, you’ve reached (your name). I’m currently not available. Please leave your name and number and I’ll be sure to get back to you soon as possible.
You will need the following documents when applying for a job. If you don’t have these documents and need assistance getting them, check out the Important Documents section under the Life Skills Tab.
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- State ID