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November 18, 2012 12:47 PM Subscribe
How can I hit the ground running looking for a job?
posted by signondiego to Work & Money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In a few months I'm finally making the big cross-country move to Los Angeles; sans job, friendships, or place to live. I'm not concerned about finding an apartment, that will happen relatively quickly. And while I have great savings to live on, I want to find a job ASAP and as soon as I land I want to be on that job hunt.
How can I do this right? First, I won't have a local address, but I will within a week or two. Filling out job apps with an out-of-town address is a big no-no, right? Should I get a PO box or something? Or should I just wait until I get situated to start applying?
My work experience: I have very little of it, although I do have a well-written resume. I used to work in a garden center doing everything, including cashiering, but the bulk of my working (and presently) has been a produce clerk for a super reputable and well-known regional grocery chain.
That would be my ideal job to start out. But I'm going to be looking for any job, really I need full-time but I understand if I have to start out somewhere at 25-30 hours.
If I'm applying to fast food restaurants, I suppose it would make things easier if I got a California food handling certificate before I head out there?
I know I don't have much experience, but what are some good ways to think outside the box here? There has to be some jobs that don't require experience, but aren't your typical food service jobs. I'm thinking warehouse work, jobs for the city/county, and other odd jobs. I don't drive, so no driving jobs.
What about temp agencies? Would it be worth looking into them? I'm just trying to think outside the box here, as I know there are jobs that I qualify for, but just aren't what people think to look for. Which career websites would you recommend to look for these jobs?
I also plan to keep my eye out for hiring signs that I see throughout LA, but anything else I am not thinking of here? Or thoughts on getting those not-so-advertised jobs I mentioned above.