How did you get your job?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-10-2012
How did you get your job?
Tue, 01-22-2013 - 2:20pm

I am getting ready to finish up at a two year college and I am looking for a better job. I have learned new skills, my resume is ready, and I'm ready to try something new but I don't know where to look for jobs. Do I just go hand out resumes to businesses? How did you get your job?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2013
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 3:14pm

I've had several jobs in my time. A couple I got through connections with friends and relatives. One I got from going through a temp agency and the company asked me to stay. One I got through volunteering with a company who then hired me when they had an opening. A couple were from answering help wanted ads. You can look in your local paper, and online at places like or Tell everyone you know what you're looking for. You never know who might know someone else who has a job to fill. Good luck!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2012
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 9:05pm

I have worn many hats over the years and have gotten jobs various ways. Like was said above volunteering got me a job as a Teachers Aide, I was there so much they hired me :D

And some other jobs I got thru temp agencies and they wanted me to stay. Being the mom of many, my husband stayed in the same job for 30+ years but I always moved around a bit.

One of my jobs I have now, came about from doing customer service an another company actually "stole" me.

There are many places to look online, and in the paper and word of mouth, and temp agencies. Just make sure you do NOT pay a fee to find a job, those are most of the time a scam.

Good luck with the job hunt!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-26-2001
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 8:04pm

Have you signed up on linkedin?  I actually get phone calls from being on there.  You list your resume out there and make connections with others that you know.

My current job is from  replying to an ad which was placed on the state's website.

Good luck with your search.

Community Leader
Registered: 01-03-2004
Thu, 01-31-2013 - 9:06pm


My first question to anyone who wants a job, first, better, or different is this one:

"If you got up tomorrow morning and could go to your 'ideal job' what would that be?

The answer to that question will save you a lot of time, energy and internet time because if you're smart you'll go find the employers who are able to use your talents and skills in the job you really want to do. By far the best way to find work is go talk to people who are doing what you want to do. And you don't ask them for a job. You ask them what their job is like, what did they do to get their foot in the door, who would they recommend you also talk to about getting into a particular job and so on.

Both my husband and I have successfully used this method many times over the past 20 years and it's always resulted in good, fulfilling employment. We're both in jobs right now because we did this.

P.S. The other piece of advice I have is to shut your ears to all the naysayers out there who say there aren't any "good jobs." There's lots: you need to go find them, they won't come to you.