INVESTMENTS FOR A JOB SEARCH

If you have decided to actively seek a new job, the following items are recommended.

1. Get a phone answering machine. Get one with remote control, so that you can interrogate it from work or while you are on the road. It is now an acceptable practice to leave a message, at least in the U.S.A. The recorded message should be functional and friendly without being flip or overly personal. The key elements are
Let the caller know that you have been reached
Let the caller know that you are not available at the moment but will return the call as soon as possible
Invite a message to be left
Thank the caller

2. Get access (buy, beg, borrow) to a PC with a word processor and a spell checker. Always spell check before sending any letter, resume out.

3. With the PC, get a letter quality printer. I'll stay away from dot matrix printers, their output do not look professional. A sheet-fed ink-jet printer is inexpensive and provide good quality output. If you have more $///DM, then get a laser printer. Also buy some good quality bond paper (25% rag?). Don't skim on the paper, it can make a bad impression. Also no colored paper (certainly not the orange paper in the "Perverse Guide to Getting Hired", A. Meiss, reposted by Ly), stick with white or linen.

4. Get a fax/modem. Buy the fastest you can for your budget, but any speed will do the job. You can get 2400/9600 fax modem for less than $30 now, so no reason not to get one with your PC. It is used more for sending faxes out than for receiving so you will need one of the software that allows you to use the fax-modem as a printer. My experience is that you get better quality output if you do not have to convert to paper. This is important because your resume may be faxed again and a third generation copy through two fax machines is barely legible if it was not good to start out with. You may arrange to scan your signature in by faxing a copy of your signature from a conventional fax to your fax/modem. A fax/modem card, provided you already have a PC, will pay for itself in no time. Fax outlets charge you $1-3 per fax, and you have to run/drive out to the place. If you have to send long distance, you can wait until late in the night to send out your fax and save a lot more $///DM in telephone charge. Remember that faxes work 24 hours a day and you can control when to send a fax, unlike a telephone call that can only be done during business hours. See below for a listing of bulletin board you can access.

5. Probably an unnecessary suggestion since you are already a member of VACET, get a computer account with access to the internet. See listing below for access to job bulletin boards and usenet groups where jobs are posted.

6. If you are not currently employed, have business cards printed with your name and home address, phone number, e-mail address. Again don't try a fancy design (this comment applies to engineers/ engineering managers). In general it pays to be conservative in the context of your job.

7. If you use a laser printer, you may want to buy lots of the large envelopes so that you can mail your letter flat. The ink on laser printed document has a tendency to flake off, so I am told. Besides it is nicer to receive a flat resume than one which is folded up.

The following was submitted by thaomlee@wam.umd.edu and very timely too!

 
         JOB OPENINGS - INFORMATION OVER BBS/TELNET/GOPHER


                                         
 NAME/LOCATION                DIAL BBS/  BAUD   INFORMATION
 -------------                INTERNET   RATE   -----------
                             ----------  ----

 Career Connections        415-903-5815  14400  Worldwide job openings   
 Los Altos, CA             415-903-5840  2400   many areas.  Free.

                Internet: Telnet: career.com                   
       New grads: Telnet: college.career.com


 CapAccess Career Center   202-785-1523  14400   Listing Fed Job 
 Wahington, DC                                   Openings.  Free    

              Internet: Telnet to CAP.GWU.EDU     
              and type "go careers"                   
              Login: guest
              Passwd: Visitor

 Fed Jobs BBS              912-757-3100  9600   Federal Job Openings. 
 Macon, GA                                      Free.
                                      
        Internet: Telnet to FJOB.MAIL.OPM.GOV 


 Texas State Gov't BBS     800-227-8392  9600   This BBS lists jobs in
 Austin, TX          (800 is for TX only)       at Texas. Free.

         Internet: Telnet:  WINDOW.TEXAS.GOV   


 FedWorld                  703-321-8020  9600   FedWorld: National 
 Springfield, VA                                Tech Info Services - 
         Internet: Telnet: fedworld.gov         Fed.Gov't job listings 
                                                worldwide. Free.            
  
         FTP: xserver.oti.disa.mil              DOD Job Openings. Free
           /pub/employ/vacancies

                         
 Texas A&M University  Gopher to GOPHER.TAMU.EDU  Texas A&M 
University's
                       Option 7 -> 1 -> 4         Job Openings. Also,
                                                  Federal Gov't job
                                                  listings, and others
                                                  Free.

 SUPERNET INT'L     Telnet to SUPERNET.ANS.NET  High Perf Computing 
                            or HPCWIRE.ANS.NET  News and Info Serv.
                    Login: HPCWIRE              (HPCWIRE) contains job     
                    Password: [ENTER]           openings nationwide of  
                                                IBM,HP,DEC,INTEL,SUN, 
                                                AT&T, MCI and others.                          
                                                Free.

 Federal Government     (Internet access only)  Federal Job info and 
       Resource: LISTSERV                       Openings.  
       Address: fedjobs@dartcms1.dartmouth.edu  

 To Subscribe:
       To: LISTSERV@dartcms1.dartmouth.edu
     From:  


                         JOBS NEWSGROUPS
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ie.jobs: Job offerings Ads
mi.wanted: Jobs wanted Ads
misc.jobs.misc: Exchange info. on workplaces, careers
misc.jobs.offered: Jobs Employment
misc.jobs.offered.entry: Entry-level Job Openings 
misc.jobs.resumes: Resumes Posted for Jobs
ont.jobs: Job openings in Ontario, Canada.
relcom.commerce.jobs: Job wanted and offered
tor.jobs: Job Openings in Toronto, Canada.
tx.jobs: Job Openings in Texas
uk.jobs: Job Opening Ads
us.jobs.offered.entry: Entry-level Job Openings
ubs.resumes: Resumes Posted for jobs 
ut.jobs: Job openings at U of Texas
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