Today’s Job Search Tools

Looking for work in today’s market is complicated, stressful and full of emotions. If you haven’t looked for work in several years, it is a different process than it used to be.  There are many details you need to consider and tools to use.  Below is a list of some of the tools that you can use for a successful job search.

Remember that you do not need to do this alone.  Come to the One-Stop, join a networking group or Job Club.  Above all, get out and meet people.

Also, we have a slew of Tip Sheets that can help in many of these areas.  Download and print them at home for on-the-spot assistance.

You don’t have to do this job search alone.  Whether you seek out a friend or family member, a networking group, or professional such as our staff at the One-Stop.  There are others going through the same thing.  Plus, you need to get away from the distractions of home, and meeting people.

If you would like to learn some of the skills listed here in a group environment, come to our workshops and Job Club.  Or visit our Tip Sheet page for downloadable PDFs.  We have resources to help on this website as well as links to others. However, we have professional staff whose passion it is to help you find your next career. All you have to do is ask.

Though the One-Stop staff is synthesizes the most up-to-date advice to give you, remember when you ask for help that for every 100 people you ask about job seeking advice, you will get 103 pieces of information.

Your task is to sort it all out and figure out what works for you. That said, here are some of the websites with career advice where we turn to regularly:

Career Sherpa
The Muse
Career Toolbelt
The Balance Careers
Human Workplace
Work It Daily
Career One-Stop

**Career Sherpa (Hannah Morgan) even breaks down her top 50 sites for all phases of your job search:  Top 50 sites

Anytime you change employers, there is an opportunity to assess your situation, your future.  Making a major or career decision involves asking yourself a number of self-reflecting questions. Key and poignant questions can help determine what motivates you, where your skills or potential lay, and what you want out of life. This process is called a career- or self-assessment. The outcomes of these assessments can be quite enlightening and are designed to help you choose a career or major that best suits you as an individual.

There are two options for assessments. You can follow the links below to take some self-assessments online. Or you can have others help you. For help, come by the One-Stop and have them administered and interpreted for you. The results of both are interesting but only work when you combine them with other information such as occupational data. The staff at the One-Stop can work with you to determine career directions and related occupations that meet your skills and interest.

Career One-Stop
The Department of Labor is sponsor and partner in the national network of One-Stop Job Centers, similar to the Tri-Valley One-Stop. Its site has a host of information for your career exploration, including self-assessments. It includes separate assessments for your interests, skills and work values. The second link is to the Career One-Stop video library.  They have videos outlining hundreds of different occupations and industries for you to get a better understanding of what your target job might be like.

O*Net: My Next Move & Interest Profiler
These free, online assessments can help you determine your interests and how they relate to occupational choices. The results can then be used to compare them to a large, national database of occupational descriptions. The One-Stop offers workshops on these and its relation to CalJOBS.

Myers & Briggs Personality Type
Knowing your personality type, as measured through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument, can help you both in your choosing a major or career but also once you’re on the job. By knowing what majors or careers match your personality type, you can choose a direction that you find interesting and makes you happy from the beginning. You can also understand those you work with and help create a collaborative working atmosphere for greater productivity. There is a long and a short version of this test. The Tri-Valley One-Stop can administer the shorter version free of charge to students and clients.

Strong Interest Inventory
Years ago, psychologists determined that people who were happy and productive in certain occupations had common interests. They also discovered that one of the top reasons for career disengagement is a feeling of frustration and dissatisfaction. This can be avoided by choosing a major and career direction that matches your inherent interests. The complete Strong Interest Inventory should be given and interpreted by a career counselor. Contact the One-Stop for an appointment. Alternatively, there is a shorter version for self-interpretation for a small fee.

Self-Directed Search
The Self-Directed Search (SDS) asks questions about your aspirations, activities, competencies, and level of interest in different occupations. From the responses, the SDS generates a code used to help you find your educational and occupational matches. Contact the One-Stop for an appointment. Alternatively, there is a shorter version for self-interpretation for a small fee.

California Career Café
The Career Café is a robust website hosted by the California Community College Chancellor’s office. It is a virtual career center with tools and insights to help you succeed. It can help you identify your strengths, talents, interest; discover career paths; and explore career opportunities. There are over 50 online lessons for you to discover your path and career direction. You can even take it “on-the-go” with the Career Café app available in the iTunes and Google Play stores.


Today’s job search starts online.  Online job boards, researching companies, endless advice.  It can such you in.  That said, the internet can be a powerful place for job searches.

If you haven’t reached online, or applied online, it can be intimidating.  We have a workshop specifically to help those of you who have trouble getting around today’s online environment. Check out the next scheduled time on our Calendar, where you can register right there.

Or visit our Tip Sheet page to for all of our downloadable PDF’s or find the resources-specific one at the link below.

It is no longer acceptable to have one resume to send with each job application.  In order to get through the online application systems and to grab the attention of the hiring manager, your resume needs to be tailored to each and every job for which you are applying.  Add key words that are important to the occupation, the industry and the hiring manager.  The same goes for your cover letter.

We teach these skills in our Dynamic Resume workshop.  Check out the next scheduled time on our Calendar, where you can register right there.

Or visit our Tip Sheet page for all of our downloadable PDF’s or find the resume-specific ones at the links below.

75% of employers are now using some sort of software for the initial filtering of applications. You need to have two resumes ready – one to hand out or mail and one for the online applicant tracking systems (ATS).   The information is similar but the formatting is different.

We teach this skill in our Beat the ATS workshop.  Check out the next scheduled time on our Calendar, where you can register right there.

Or visit our Tip Sheet page to for all of our downloadable PDF’s or find the online application-specific one at the link below.

The #1 way to find a job in today’s market is through networking. These days, it’s BOTH what you know and who you know that can help you land a job. While hiring managers are receiving hundreds of applications per opening, the names and people he/she knows, or have been recommended, will rise to the top. Additionally, a good majority of job openings are never advertised; they’re filled by word of mouth.  You need to build your network of professional contacts in order to know that hidden job market.

We teach this skill in our Networking and Hidden Job Market workshops.  Check out the next scheduled time on our Calendar, where you can register right there.

Or visit our Tip Sheet page to for all of our downloadable PDF’s or find the networking-specific ones at the links below.

If the #1 way to find a job is networking, the #1 networking tip is find an internal connection to your target company. Employee referrals are easily the best way to get noticed by the hiring manager. Smart companies understand that their good employees hang out with other potential good employees. Some companies even have referral bonuses and programs with incentives.  Find these companies, then find an employee with some sort of connection or affiliation to help walk your resume over to the “powers that be”.

If you are looking for any type of job, other than in the trade professions, you need to have a presence on LinkedIn. Seventy-five percent of recruiters are looking on LinkedIn to find candidates. Fifty percent ONLY use LinkedIn in their recruitment searches.  There is a lot of information online about how to optimize your profile so hiring managers can find you, how to network and how to use the platform for your job search.

We teach this skill in our LinkedIn workshop.  Check out the next scheduled time on our Calendar, where you can register right there.

Hard skills are those skills that you have learned, specific to your job.  Soft skills are those that everyone needs to be a good employee. You can’t quantify them but you know when they are not present. They include communication skills; conflict management skills; teamwork skills; and the like. In essence, your hard skills get you the job, your soft skills help you keep the job.

However, today’s hiring wants to know before hiring you that you have the soft skills to succeed. We teach about these skills and how to include them in your resume and interviews in our Soft Skills workshop.  Check out the next scheduled time on our Calendar, where you can register right there.

Or visit our Tip Sheet page to for all of our downloadable PDF’s or find the soft skill-specific one at the link below.

Your networking, resume and application have earned you an interview.  Now is your chance to shine, and to show the recruiters and hiring manager you are right for the job.  Remember there are no second chances for a first impression, so you need to get this right.  There is a lot to think about when it comes to interviewing.  The trick is preparation.  Preparation and practice….then send a thank you note afterward.

We teach about these skills and how to include them in your resume and interviews in our Ace the Interview workshop.  Check out the next scheduled time on our Calendar, where you can register right there. We also offer our enrolled clients Mock Interviews – a chance to practice for your upcoming interview in a similar situation to the one you might face.

Or visit our Tip Sheet page to for all of our downloadable PDF’s or find the interview-specific ones at the links below.


Job Clubs are small groups of job seeekers who meet to share job search skills, successes and failures. The good ones are part support group, part networking group. They are also facilitated by someone who can monitor the discussion, bring in guest speakers and help the attendees network with, and learn from, each other.  Job Clubs are a way to:

  • Get out of the house and away from distractions
  • Network with others (#1 way to find a job)
  • Learn from others in the same situations
  • Get past the fear and disappointment that a job search can bring
  • Perfect your job search skills

Our Job Club, which is “one of the good ones”, meets once a week, on Thursday mornings for 90 minutes.  Job seekers share their ups and downs, their contacts and their tricks.  And we celebrate when someone lands a job.  No registration is necessary. Just come join us on Thursday mornings at 10a.m.

There are other Job Clubs in the area as well, which are listed below.  We suggest attending one or two to widen your network and to learn from others.

SING, Danville (St. Isidore Church: 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. (925) 837-2122, Non-denominational support provides a no-cost referral network and educational programs. Meets weekly on Monday nights.
JobLinks Support Group, Dublin (St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Avenue, Dublin. (925) 828-2460,
A 20-year old, faith-based community formed to assist each other to find meaningful work.
Employment Connections, Pleasanton (St. Elizabeth Church: 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. (925) 462-8579): Supports and encourages job seekers by providing a no-cost referral networking programs.
Experience Unlimited (39155 Liberty St., Suite B-200, Fremont. (510) 794-3681, or 4071 Port Chicago Hwy, #250, Concord. (925) 602-0166, Offers a variety of workshops on job search techniques, résumé writing, and interviewing techniques. Numerous networking activities. Most EU members have a professional working background.

The internet can be a powerful thing when it comes to job searches. It’s a necessary tool for finding job openings, researching companies, networking with others, even organizing your job search (see Tip Sheet link below).

However, the internet and social media can also get you in trouble.  According to The Muse, “one in three employers have rejected candidates based on something they found out about them online.”

It is important to spend time to clean up your social media precence so that your are not rejected out of hand.  There are a lot of tips online for cleaning up Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Some are below.  Then, going forward, be sure that what is said online by you, or about you, is appropriate for your job search.

Top 10 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Profile for a Job Hunt
How to Perform a Social Media Cleanup Before a Job Search
How to “clean up” your social media presence before a job search
6 Things You Should Never Mention On Social Media

In today’s job market, it is likely that you will send in multiple resumes and applications over time. Since it can sometime take weeks for a company to get back to you, it can be hard to remember what you sent them. Organization of your resumes, networking efforts, and other activities will help you succeed at crunch time.

There are several websites and apps that can help.  The back side of our Job Search Resources Tip Sheet has listed many of them. We also have a great Tip Sheet on organizing your job search.  Find them and others on our Tip Sheet page or click on the direct links below.

Staffing agencies and contract-to-hire is a reality of today’s job search. They can be excellent resources in your job search. If you shied away from agencies in the past, they are worth considering again. Staffing agencies work in at least two ways for job seekers. In both cases, the candidate is an employee of the staffig agency:

  • The traditional way where short-term assignments have the candidate move from one employer to another
  • The recent trend where the candidate works for a longer time at a company with the intention of becoming a employee of the company within a designated time frame.

Many companies are using staffing agencies to bring staff on-board without the incumberances of bringing on a new employee. This gives both the employer and the new employee a chance to “try each other out”.

Don’t worry about this practice. If you are brought on by a staffing agency, you are still getting paid and you are still getting the experience.

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