25. Finding a new job is not an easy thing to do.


man working on a circuit board

 Julio is thinking about quitting his job assembling circuit boards. The pay is pretty good, but he would prefer to work outside. What should he do?



advertise: to make an announcement in a newspaper, on TV, radio, or online.

commute: travel to work or school

entrepreneur: a person who starts a business

hunt: look for

keep one's eyes open: stay alert; be prepared

lined up: ready; obtained

particular: special

post: to make public a written message or announcement

seeker: a person who looks for something





Finding a new job is not an easy thing to do; however, the U.S. economy is getting stronger, so now might be a good time to start looking. If you think you have the skills and abilities that employers need, there are some things you can do to prepare for the job hunt.

First, don't quit your current job until you are sure you have a new one lined up. The best time to look for a job is when you are currently employed. People who are unemployed and desperate for work sometimes make bad decisions in accepting a job offer. Consider job offers carefully. Will the new job be better than the one you have now? What about location? Will the commute to work be easy or difficult?

if a person doesn't have good English skills, it's important to work on fixing that as soon as possible. It takes the average person five years to learn English really well, but for people who have lived in the United States for a few years already, it might take a little less time than that. Many cities offer free English classes through the public schools, or you can learn English online. You can take classes at night or on the weekend. Good English skills usually make it easier to find a job and move up to better positions within a company.

There are many places where a job seeker can go to find out about jobs. There are workforce centers, libraries, employment offices, and schools that regularly post information about jobs that are available. You should also go online to search for new opportunities. These days some companies only advertise online on websites such as Monster.com and Craigslist. Some jobs require special training; however, a person who really wants to work in a particular field might find the time and effort to train to be worth it.

You can also just walk into a company and ask for a job application. Growing companies almost always need more help, and if you apply in person, you might get lucky. Go to the receptionist or find the manager and ask, "May I have a job application, please?" They should give you one, or they'll direct you to an online application.

There's one more thing to consider: become your own boss and go into business for yourself. Many immigrants in the United States start small businesses and are successful entrepreneurs. They have businesses cleaning houses, doing landscaping work, painting, catering, fixing cars, styling hair, and manicuring nails--just to name a few. Start small and over time your business will grow.

As the economy changes, so does the need for skilled workers. Invest in your education and always keep your eyes open for new opportunities.

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