Job hunting after finishing trade school can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some quick tips to help you find job openings in your trade and be ready to apply for them when you do.

Have a Resume Ready

A resume highlights your skills and qualifications and shows a prospective employer why they should hire you. Many jobs will require a resume to apply. Having one prepared will make the application process much easier. Make sure your resume includes the following:

  • Contact information: your name, email address, and phone number
  • Training, certifications, and/or diplomas you’ve received
  • Any relevant work experience you may already have, including  apprenticeships.
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Correct industry terminology

Read: Creating a Professional Resume & Cover Letter

Check with your Trade School’s Career Office

We partner with different trades schools across the country that offer job placement services. Try getting in touch with your school’s career office to learn more about what kind of services they may provide. If your school does not offer job placement programs, reach out to your past instructors. They may know of companies in your area that hire or work in your industry.

Search for Local Companies

Look up local companies in your field and gather some basic information about their business. Then plan to stop in and ask to speak with a manager. Dress professionally as if you’re expecting an on-the-spot interview and come with your prepared resume. The best case scenario is that someone will be available to speak with you. You can then ask about job openings they may have. If someone is not available, explain your reason for stopping by and ask if you can leave a copy of your resume. Though this is a less common way of finding a job in the age of technology, many hiring managers will be impressed by your initiative.

Job Search Engines

Job search engines can be very helpful during your job hunt. There are many search engines that allow you to easily filter for jobs based on position, experience level, pay, and location. The following are great ones to check out:

If you’re looking to narrow your search even further, there are also trade-specific job boards to help you find a job. Using these boards will guarantee you’re only scrolling through job posts directly related to your field. We’ve provided a list of some trade-specific job boards below, but there are many others out there. You can search for more if you don’t see your trade below.

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Following these tips will help you start your new career quickly and efficiently.