Job Search Guide: Resources for Your Next Career Move

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Take control of your job search with these tips, strategies, and resources for each stage of your career move.

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Congratulations! If you've made it here you're ready to make a change in your career. To make it easier to take the next step, we've broken down the job search process into key tasks with a wealth of free resources to make your move easier. Bookmark this page to refer to throughout your job search—we'll be adding new resources regularly.

Choosing a career path

Whether you’re entering the job market for the first time or considering a switch into a new role or industry, you’ve got options. Explore in-demand, high-paying jobs based on your desired lifestyle, degree, or target industry.

Jobs to fit your lifestyle and personality

We spend a third of our lives at work on average. As you think about what type of job or career path to pursue, it’s worth considering those jobs that both bring you satisfaction and that empower you to enjoy the lifestyle you want. 

In-demand career paths

In these career fields, job candidates with the right skills are often in demand and paid well for their expertise. Start here to learn more about some of these lucrative industries: 

Find a career that works for you

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Leverage your degree

If you already have a degree—or are in the process of earning one—consider these jobs that might align with your degree level or area of study:

Getting your first job

A first job represents an opportunity to gain work experience and build skills you can take with you in your future career. 

Making a career change

We change careers for a variety of reasons, the desire for a new challenge, more advancement opportunities, a bigger paycheck, or better work-life balance among them. Regardless of when or why you choose to change careers, it’s a shift that calls for thoughtful planning.

Building job skills

When it comes to developing new job skills, a small investment in time and energy can lead to big opportunities in the job market. Small steps add up over time. Most active Coursera learners spend an average of three hours per week building skills that help them pursue their goals. What skill will you build next?:

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Writing a resume or cover letter

Your resume and cover letter often serve as the first impression potential employers have of you. An effective resume clearly communicates both who you are as a professional and the value you would bring to a company or organization. Make your cover letter or resume shine with these tips:

Providing references

Sometimes, an employer will ask for a list of references—former colleagues or managers, professors, clients, or personal connections—who can speak to your skills, accomplishments, and character. Learn more about who to request as a reference (and how to ask them):

Creating a portfolio

In some industries, data analytics, development, and user experience (UX) design, for example, you may be asked to provide a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio is your chance to show off your best work and validate your ability to get the job done.

Interviewing

Congratulations! You’ve landed a job interview. This is a big accomplishment that brings you one step closer to that new job title. Interviews can be both exciting and nerve racking. With a little preparation, you can walk into your next interview with confidence.

General interview tips 

Prepare for each step of your next interview with key skills, practice questions, and interview best practices:

Industry-specific interview tips

Practice some common interview questions for your target industry so that you’ll know what to expect on the big day:

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