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How do I Best Utilize Job Placement Services?

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  • Written By: Marsha A. Tisdale
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 08 October 2018
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The first step to best utilize job placement services is to learn what services are available. Knowing what the ultimate job goal is and what type of services are needed or wanted is also important. Job placement assistance is offered by government agencies, college and universities, and job training centers such as Goodwill. In addition, there are many international agencies that assist in finding study abroad or work abroad opportunities.

Not only must an individual know what services are available, but one must actively use those services that will best serve to reach the job or career goal he or she has in mind. If, for example, a job seeker wants an immediate job, that individual should check the postings daily and apply for any acceptable and available jobs for which the individual is qualified. It is important to talk to a job specialist and ask questions about what other services are available that could help.

Deciding on what type of placement service is desired is an important decision to make in utilizing job placement services. Governmental employment departments offer their services free of charge, as do placement centers at colleges and universities. Service agencies such as non-profit organizations often have free services or accept donations. Private agencies normally charge a fee for placement and can be as expensive as one or two months of income from the job where the individual is placed.

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In the United States, every state has a department that deals with training and job placement. Each has a website to assist both individuals looking for work and businesses looking for employees. The website offers general state and federal information that affects services such as unemployment insurance, job placement, and job training programs. One way to keep informed on the services available is to check this website regularly.

Government employment offices do more than have a list of area openings or offer job placement services. As their mission is to promote employment and support business, they offer a variety of supportive services. These include such services as dislocated worker training programs, interview techniques and resume update training, and even language translation assistance.

College job placement centers are an excellent source of information on available positions in a specific field and are open to those who have attended school at the college or university offering the service. These offices also offer assistance in resume and job interviewing skills as well as job placement services. In addition, colleges and universities have guidance counselors to help students choose, plan, and prepare for a specific career.

International placement services are available from a variety of agencies that target those individuals who wish to work in other countries. These types of services are designed to meet the needs of those who wish to study or work abroad for the experience of being in a foreign land. Individuals interested range from those who simply want to have a short stay to those who wish to pursue their career on a longer-term basis in another country.

Whatever type of job placement services an individual chooses, it is important to recognize what types of services are available in order to make the best use of those services. Whether the job seeker is looking on a website or visiting an office, he or she should be active in looking at all the options. On a website, an individual should look at the listing of available services to see which ones are needed. In the office, he or she should ask questions about the services available and then sign up for all services offered that are deemed helpful.

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