FINDING A JOB
THE JOB INTERVIEW
APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT
Planning for college should begin once you enter high school. Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Most people spend half or more of their waking hours five days a week at their jobs. While selecting a career can be a difficult process, the following tips can make this process easier for you.
1. Extensive reading about potential careers is vital. You will discover details about careers that you were not aware of. It’s important to collect vital information such as career descriptions, career outlooks, employment trends, educational requirements, and potential earnings. Two excellent web sites are: The Occupational Outlook Handbook, and America’s Career Infonet.
2. Interviewing people in the field is an excellent way to learn about the various aspects of a career. Doing this may also provide good networking opportunities. Informational interviews often change a person’s perspective about an occupation. You can find interview candidates by asking friends, teachers, members of an alumni association, and neighbors. You can also contact relevant professional associations and societies, and visit appropriate social and professional networking site online.
3. Internships provide excellent opportunities for acquiring a realistic, clear picture about the daily duties and job satisfaction of a particular occupation. Also, internships provide valuable networking opportunities that may lead to a job. Further, companies often hire interns that perform well. Volunteering also provides many of the advantages of an internship.
4. Look for lists of “hot jobs” on the Internet and in magazines. Do this frequently since these lists keep changing. A “hot job” today may not be “hot” next year or the year after. When evaluating these lists keep in mind your interests, skills, and job satisfaction requirements.
5. Many community colleges have career centers that provide free individual and group career counseling. Career counselors can provide assistance with the self-evaluation process, choosing a career, and the job search process. Ashland Community and Technical College has a career center which provides individualized career assessments, research, and a step-by-step approach to choosing a career field. High school students, college students, and community adults have access to free one-on-one guidance in the career search process. Interested persons may contact the Center by calling, 606-326-2199.
6. Take into consideration the amount of job opportunities in your area for each career you are considering. This is vital if you intend to stay in your current location.
7. The skills required for a career are an essential factor for an individual’s potential for success in that career. Write a list of the skills needed for a particular field. Place a check next to each skill you possess. The more checks you make, the more likely this field is right for you.
8. Your aptitudes should be a vital factor in your career selection process. A gratifying career is often built upon a match with what you are naturally good at. Natural strengths allow an individual to work with ease and to acquire expertise faster.
9. Explore the advancement opportunities of each potential occupation. Does advancement require additional education? Will additional education and certification provide you with a significant advantage over the competition? Are supervisory and management opportunities available?
10. Understand the payoff for success in school. Examine the relationship between levels of educational attainment and income earned during one’s working life. The difference between graduating from high school and dropping out is over $300,000. A Bachelor’s degree is worth $700,000 more than a high school diploma.
Education is the best investment you can make for yourself. The higher your level of attainment, the more income you’ll be likely to earn and the better your life will probably be. Make the effort to get the most education you can, and start planning for your future now.
Sources: how-to-study, eHow, ACTC Career Center
Your Resume’ needs to grab the attention of the Reviewer! It’ your opportunity to advertise those skills, abilities and accomplishments that have made you the kind of successful person the employer wants to hire.
TYPES OF RESUMES’
Chronological – Items are listed in reverse chronological order, with your recent schooling or job first. Names, dates, and places of employment are listed, and education and work experience are grouped separately. This type of Resume’ is good to use when you have no large gaps in your work history, and if your previous jobs relate to your current job objective.
Functional – This type focuses on the skills and talents you have developed and de-emphasizes job titles, employer names, and dates. Good to use when you qualifications might look weak on a chronological Resume’ or in the midst of a career change.
Chrono-functional – Can be a powerful and flexible tool for the job seeker with a solid employment background and special skills he/she wants to emphasize. Like the chronological Resume’, it chronologically lists job history and education, while allowing the job seeker to highlight what makes his/her qualifications especially marketable.
Developing Your Resume’
There is no single correct method of putting a Resume’ together…no single format or style. The Resume’ is a portrait of YOU! A personal billboard!
Begin developing your Resume’ by deciding what you like, what you want to do, and what is appropriate for your education, skill level, and work experience. Put all your personal history in a workbook (booklet), a working document that you continually add to as you progress through a career. From this workbook, you build a Resume’.
It’s advisable to do several drafts of your Resume’ before making a final product. Have the drafts reviewed by others, to include personnel in your school’s Career Resource and Job Placement Center. Use a word-processor for typing, and a laser printer for printing the final product. Again, your school’s Career Center can assist you.
Finally, use Action Words to stress your abilities, skills, and accomplishments! Be positive!
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