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First StepsAssess your skills.
Explore careers that interest you.
Research industries, occupations and companies.
Think about how you want to live (salary, benefits, hours worked, where you will live).
No, Don't Start Looking at Ads84% of people who research and plan their career objectives report they found better jobs and were more pleased with their employment options.
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Assess Your SkillsEvery person has many skills. Employers are interested in our "transferable skills," those talents which can help in various work situations.
A good site to explore these skills is:
ResearchResearch industries and careers -- is the field that interests you viable (i.e., typewriter repair v. computer programming)?
Research companies: What do they do? What are their products or services. Most importantly, why does it interest you?
When you click on this next site, find Career Research and select Company Profiles:
Finding a Specific CompanyOne source of information is the company's own web site. First go to a search engine and type in the company name and see what the site has to offer.
Here are a set of direct company links. Scroll down past the opening article on this page:
Work for the Government?Every year the Federal Government hires 300,000 people. State governments also are a major source for employment
for Federal Jobs:
For State Jobs:
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A good resume is a marketing document targeted to the needs of potential employers.
A good resume will show how you are different, what you have accomplished and achieved.
Sometimes an objective viewpoint is helpful. There are experts that can help you in your local area.
The following Web Sites will help you better define and display accomplishments and achievements:
It is very important that you speak to the requirements listed in the job posting. Copy any words/phrases that fit your skills word for word from the ad.
To convert a resume, choose "save as" and pick the "text only" or "plain text" option.
To cut and paste: select "control A", select "control C", go to the target document, click on the document or field to activate the insertion point, select "control V"
Keep all lines to 65 characters or less and font 10+.
Put title of position sought in the subjet of the message.
Follow the company's directions for submission.
- Use CAPS in place of Bold/Italics.
- Use extra lines and white spaces.
- Use asterisks in place of bullets
- Name/Title of the contact person.
- Format of the resume attached
- Position and why you are interested in it.
- Why you are qualified.
- Request an interview.
- Thank you -- signature (type name & phone number).
Despite what is promised by some Web Sites, posting a resume doesn't guarantee that employers will beat down your door.
Posting is a passive technique that gives your resume more exposure. But maintaining an active search still gives you a better chance for success.
- One that will allow you to prevent companies you choose from viewing your resume.
- One that gets your permission before sending that resume to an employer.
Test various sites and find which one best suits your needs.