Maximize Your Search, Minimize Your Paper

Cornelius BookerSearching for a job can be stressful and many times we often overdo our efforts and eventually feel as if we are running in circles. One way job seekers can cut down on stress the most is by identifying how they can maximize their search without wasting time and paper. With this in mind, they can maximize the results while minimizing the efforts. Here are a couple things you can do to make your search less stressful.

1) Minimize your resume printing.
Job seekers often print resumes, attend job fairs, and pass out resumes to every company they speak with. Always attending job fairs and never getting the desired responses can be very frustrating. Fortunately, the internet is the most useful tool that has aided in job search over the past decade. Websites such as,,, and other job search websites can be very helpful. Large job fairs can be difficult to navigate and may hinder your desire to continue job searching. Constantly passing out resumes and hearing nothing is the most difficult part of searching for a job. If we actually interviewed for every job that we applied for, we would be less frustrated. If that were the case, we would actually apply for jobs we really desired instead of applying for every job that we have the minimum qualifications for.

2) Use labor market information.
To reduce the frustration of searching for employment, job seekers can also benefit from using labor market information (LMI) and targeting their job search. LMI provides information about the company’s hiring needs as well as information about the positions for which you are applying. But more importantly, LMI provides current and detailed information on what jobs are in demand for a particular region, and what growth for the position is expected in the next 10-15 years. That information is a useful tool for cutting back on the “leg work” of job searching. Attending hiring events are beneficial for many, but job seekers may benefit more by applying only with companies and positions they qualify for instead of spreading a wide net and hoping to catch the next opportunity.

The ultimate goal is to find employment that is fulfilling. The best way to do that is to take advantage of the technology we have that is designed to make life easier. Using the internet and labor market information that is available is just a couple of ways to ease the stress of job searching. Resumes can be sent electronically which allows us to apply for many positions without having to print and mail them to an employer; which, in essence, is to “Maximize Your Search, and Minimize the Paper.”

Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.

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