Job Search: Making the Process Work for You


"I need a job, any job.  Right away!  I just need to pay my bills."


If the above statement reflects where you are in your job search process, you are in dire need of career development assistance. Take into consideration the ideas of the following section.



  • Listening to and believing politicians and the media who are exaggerating and sensationalizing challenges in the current job market
  • Getting career advice from family, friends, teachers, and other people who are not professional career development facilitators
  • A pessimistic perspective about finding satisfying employment
  • Viewing work is a distasteful chore and believing enjoyment is only for life outside the job
  • Holding onto negative emotions about past experiences
  • Assuming one is not able to compete for a great job because they are too old, lack experience, lack certain qualities, etc.
  • Applying for jobs they aren’t qualified for and/or don’t really want
  • Assuming just a resume or previous job search skills are enough
  • Trying to fit oneself to a job opening rather than seeking opportunities that fit 

Most of us rely on our jobs for income to meet our needs.  However, employers are not in the business of providing us with an income.  They are providing a product or service and expect their employees and job candidates to

• Have knowledge about and an interest in what the business does
• Know how their skills and experiences fit posted opportunities and/or can benefit the company
• Be ready to learn new skills and open to new ways of doing things
• Demonstrate a positive attitude about their work and their employer


  • Practices keeping and projecting a hopeful and optimistic outlook
  • Keeps looking, learning, trying and trying again
  • Is able to find job postings and create opportunities in their field
  • Consults with career development professionals for assistance
  • Uses modern resources and techniques to market themselves
  • Has a list of their skills and abilities and can apply them to new jobs
  • Has confidence in their ability to do well in their chosen profession
  • Knows what they want to do and are excited about the prospect of doing it


  • Get That Job Learning Modules in the CAT Lab to develop job search and self-marketing skills
  • Individual consultations through our Walk-In Clinics
  • Customized strategies
  • Career Interest Assessments (part of Get That Job Learning Module 1) 
  • Resources for further training and education
  • Coaching and cheerleading
  • Referrals to appropriate community resources
  • A new perspective on careers and the world of work

Career Services are available to students, faculty, staff and community members at no charge.



SFCC Career Services highly recommends Unlock the Hidden Job Market (FT Press, 2010) by Duncan Mathison and Santa Fe local Martha I. Finney.  This book is an excellent eye-opener for job seekers that is specifically directed to today's job market.  These aren't the old job search ideas you're used to using -- and which probably aren't working anyway.  Shake up your job search process and find the job you want, not just the one you have to settle for.  This book is an excellent compliment to SFCC's Get That Job Seminars and gets high marks from both SFCC Career Services and our clients who have read it.

Copies are also available in the SFCC Library and the Santa Fe Public Library.



Front CoverMartha Finney's 2009 book Rebound A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss is full of the same practical, sensible and do-able advice as in Unlock the Hidden Job Market.  Clients who have been laid off, forced to quit or even fired enthusiastically say "This book is great!  It's all about ME!". This book is an excellent complement to SFCC's Get That Job Seminars and gets high marks from both SFCC Career Services and our clients who have read it.


Copies are also available in the SFCC Library and the Santa Fe Public Library.




Another great job search resource is Cynthia Shapiro's What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get A Job Around Here? 44 Insider Secrets That Will Get You Hired (St. Martin's Griffen, 2008).  Shaprio has been a Human Resources executive in highly competitive Los Angeles.  She relays what really goes on in Human Resources offices and how they think.  She also points out common mistakes people make in interviews and how to answer questions in a better way.  This is also a great resource for salary and benefits negotiations with an exact script on what to say and when to say it.  This book is available at the Santa Fe Public Library and can also be purchased used online.




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Internships are an excellent way to "try on" a career.  Many programs at SFCC incorporate paid and unpaid internships into their certificate and degree plans.  Internships can also be customized and created to match your interests.  Click on the the Internships/Cooperative Education link in the left margin.



CAREER OR JOB FAIRS are an excellent place to get ideas and find out what's out there, besides just diving in to a new opportunity.  It is important to be serious about a job fair and take care to dress your best, bring copies of your resume or work history and be ready to make a great first impression.  Santa Fe Community College sponsors the Fantastic Futures Career Fair in the Spring that is free and open to students, graduates and community members. 

Check the Events & Resources page in the margin for SFCC and other local job fair events. 



get that jobGET THAT JOB SEMINARS are now self-study learning modules available in the CAT Lab at the Center for Academic Transitions, room 131. These learning modules are designed to supplement individual work with the Career Services Coordinator. Stop by the office and find out more. Click here for a brochure.





BRING YOUR JOB SEARCH INTO THE 21ST CENTURY!  A free online networking tool, called LinkedIn is a professional way to use Internet networking to find opportunities, as opposed to using the social networks of Facebook, MySpace and the like.  This tool is only as useful as how you use it.  You only upload ONE picture, a professional portrait, and you focus on the experience that you want to emphasize. 

LinkedIn is more than an online resume.  You can get your references to write reccomendations that will be seen before you are called to the interview, when you put your LinkedIn URL under your e-mail address on your regular resume or even in your e-mail signature.  And you can attach links to your own web page and that of previous employers and businesses to show interested parties more in-depth information about your experience.

While you can search for job postings and research companies that might be employers in the search box, LinkedIn's best set of tools are the groups you can join to network as a current professional or a job seeker.  You can find contacts in distant cities -- or countries, former colleagues or alumni from your alma mater who might have ideas and offer support in helping you find opportunties.  Meet with SFCC's Career Services staff at a Walk-In Clinic or seminar to discuss how you might use LinkedIn to enhance and expand your job search. 

 **NEW** More and more employers are using LinkedIn to advertise and apply for job openings.  Go to LinkedIn's Learning Center, Jobs for instructions on to post a position or apply. 


IS A FELONY CONVICTION OR CRIMINAL RECORD CREATING HIRING PROBLEMS?  FREE BONDING INSURANCE HELPS REASSURE EMPLOYERS TO TAKE THE CHANCE TO HIRE YOU.  In 1966, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) created the Federal Bonding Program (FBP) as an employer job-hire incentive that guaranteed the job honesty of at-risk job seekers. Federal financing of Fidelity Bond insurance, issued free-of-charge to employers, enabled the delivery of bonding services as a unique job placement tool to assist ex-offenders, and other at-risk/hard-to-place job applicants (e.g., recovering substance abusers, welfare recipients, poor credits, etc.)

The bonds issued by the FBP serve as a job placement tool by guaranteeing to the employer the job honesty of at-risk job seekers. Employers receive the bonds free-of-charge as an incentive to hire hard-to-place job applicants as wage earners. The FBP bond insurance was designed to reimburse the employer for any loss due to employee theft of money or property with no deductible amount to become the employer’s liability (i.e., 100% bond insurance coverage).

Fidelity Bonding service delivery has been streamlined to take only a few minutes time, and efficiently serve the operational needs of local staffs who are already burdened by other paperwork and processing delays. Click here for more information.  Contact the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solution's Federal Bond Program at 505-841-8501.

For more information, please contact Patty Armstrong, GCDF, Career Services Coordinator, 505-428-1406 (Fax: 505-428-1657),

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