Every day, The Agudah’s employment and training divisions, PCS and COPE Institute, receive dozens of calls asking for tips on how to find the right jobs.

Here are eight tips culled from years of experience put together by PCS.

pcs1. Thinking of going into a certain line of work or profession? Speak to people who work in it before embarking on the course of study.

Ask as many people as you can find what the field is like to work in, what the prospects for advancements are, what the ceiling salary seems to be.

2. Getting along with coworkers, supervisors, customers, and clients is just just as important as technical skills for successful job performance and future advancements.

3. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. Be aggressive. Search the want ads. Tell everyone you know you are looking for work.

If you know anyone who is active or influential, give them your resume. Follow up on the resumes you send out. Follow every lead.

4. Unless a job is clearly unsuitable, go for an offered interview. What you view as the least likely possibility may turn out to be the first step in a long career.

The interview process itself will provide you with knowledge of the workplace and different industries.

5. Volunteering is a great idea for job seekers who are looking to fill employment gaps on their resume or for those who are looking to gain experience in a specific field. Not only will you help others, you will also help yourself in the process. Additionally, volunteering may lead to a real job.

6. Be authentic. In any job search being the real you should be your goal. hiding who you are or suppressing your true interests and talents will only hurt you in the long run. If you pursue a field that interests you- not what interests others- you will be more successful and satisfied.

7. Follow up is one of the most important aspects of the job search. Never give up. Hiring managers often state that this is a great way to stand out and get noticed. Many employees have confirmed that the reason they were hired was because they were proactive about their job search and carefully followed through with each lead.

8. Never burn your bridges. It is important to leave a fine impression and show appreciation to those who have helped- or have tried to help- you. You never know when you will need them again.

The Agudah’s employment and training divisions, PCS and COPE Institue, were founded to help members of the community find a respectable parnassa, enabling them to support their families and become  productive members of the community. Together, they sponsor a comprehensive array of employment services including vocational guides, literacy education, classroom training and networking in a culturally-sensitive environment. Major areas of training include computer programming, real estate management, accounting and related fields often culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree, enabling students to sit for the CPA exams. Direct job placement is also provided along with career counseling and preparation for employment.