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Job Seekers - Career Library


Resources

 The Career Library is for new and existing consumers of the Consumer VR program who would like to start exploring their career field. These links will assist you while you are working with a Consumer VR program counselor. Remember, YOU are your own BEST ADVOCATE!

Helpful Links

Here you will find a listing of helpful Internet resources to assist you in your job search. These resources can help you find work as well as other information that you may need to go to work. Make a list of what you find and show it to your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.


Career Exploration

The career exploration area is where you can explore what skills, talents and interests you have. It has some good tools to help you find the type of job that will make you happy. Making a list of your skills and experiences will also help you and your VR counselor get you the best job possible. Things you have done in the past are called experience.

Holland Code Quiz
Each question is an opportunity for you to describe the kinds of things you as a person can do, might like to do or the action that most fits you. When you have selected all of the choices that describe you, click "submit" to determine what career path(s) work best for you.

What Do You Like?
Exploring Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics  

Who Are You?
Find out what careers best match your interests

Interest Assessment
Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of careers you want to explore. This Assessment survey will help identify your strongest work-related interests.

Applying for the Job

The "Applying for the Job" area is where you will learn about three important items you will need when you are ready to apply for your job. They are your cover letter, your resume and your references.

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A cover letter is your introduction letter when you apply for a job.  Here are some important points to remember when creating your cover letter.

  • A cover letter is your introduction letter when you apply for a job.  Here are some important points to remember when creating your cover letter:
  • A cover letter looks like a regular letter
  • It must be neat with no spelling errors. Ask a family member or your VR counselor to help you check it.
  • At the top of the letter, type the date, your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address if you have one.
  • Address it to the person to whom you are sending your cover letter and resume.
  • Include the name and address of the company to which you are applying for a job.
  • In the main part of your cover letter, include:
    • The job you are applying for
    • Where you saw the job listed. Did you see it in the newspaper, on the internet, or were you referred by your VR counselor?
    • Your qualifications for the job
    • A statement that you are enclosing your resume with this cover letter.
    • A request for a job interview
    • A thank you for the opportunity to apply for the job
  • Your cover letter should be printed or typed on a sheet of paper Separate from your resume
  • A sample of a cover letter

What makes a Good Resume?

A resume is an honest, easy to read, impressive summary of your accomplishments, education, training and work history. Your resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win you an interview. It should tell the prospective employer why they should call you in for an interview. It needs to include:

  • What your job objective is
  • Who you are
  • What jobs you've had in the past
  • What your strengths and accomplishments are
  • What skills and abilities you have
  • What education and training you have had

Make a list before you start.

  • Think about the jobs you have had...
    • What were your duties?
    • What did you do?
    • What skills and abilities did you use?
  • List all of your previous work experiences and what you did on the job. Don't take anything for granted. Be specific.
  • Whenever possible, put value into your statements by explaining not only what you did, but how well you did it
  • List your education and training
  • Remember to include if you volunteer and the organizations you belong to

Your VR counselor can be a big help in working with you to create your resume.

  • It should be only one page long
  • Have no spelling errors
  • Be honest about your accomplishments

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What are references?

References are very important when you are looking for a job. A reference is someone who knows who you are, and also knows something about the work you have done and the skills that you have.

  • You should have about three (3) references
  • References should be listed on a separate sheet of paper
  • Bring your sheet of references to your interview
  • Do not send your references with your resume

Some examples of people who make good references are:

  • Your manager or supervisor
  • Your teacher or pastor
  • A co-worker or civic leader
  • Your VR counselor

A few other reference reminders:

  • Ask the person if it is OK to use them as a reference
  • Let your references know the job you are applying for
  • Ask your references if they want to be contacted at home or at office

Interviewing

A job interview a meeting with someone at the company you want to work for. It is when you will tell them about YOU and how good a worker you will be. The "Interviewing" area is where you will learn how to get ready for your job interview. These are things you should know BEFORE you go on your interview.

What I Need to Know

You are all set to go for your job interview.  Before you go, you will need to do some homework. Being prepared for your interview is the most important thing you can do to get the job. Here are some tips that will help you get ready:

  • Know the company you are interviewing with. Know what they do and what they make.  You can find out by asking people who work there, searching the internet and company literature.
  • Make sure you can answer these questions.
    1. "What do your know about our company"?
    2. "Why do you want to work here?"
  • Know what job you are interviewing for and what you will need to do.  You can ask your VR Counselor to help you get a "job description" for the job.
  • Practice interviewing with friends, family members, co-workers or your VR counselor.
  • When you go for your interview
  • Be on time!

How Should I Dress?

Have you ever heard the term "Dress For Success?" Dressing correctly is very important when you go on your interview. Remember, the first impression you make on the employer is the most important one. You need to be neat and clean. Here are some "Do's and Don'ts" to help you look your best during your interview.

For a man:

  • Suit and Tie
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Belt
  • Neatly combed hair
  • Polished shoes
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails

For a woman:

  • Suit
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably.
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Neatly styled hair
  • Light make-up and perfume

Just a few more things to remember:

  • Don't chew gum.
  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Leave your I-pod at home.
  • Don't bring anything to eat or drink.
  • If you have lots of piercing, leave some of your rings at home (earrings only, is a good rule)
  • Cover your tattoos.

The Right Attitude

Your "Attitude" is the way you think, act and feel.

A "First Impression" only happens once. When you go for your interview you want the employer to want to hire you. Having a good attitude and good manners are important both at an interview and on the job.

Having a good attitude can make a big difference in how the employer feels about you.

Here are a few tips to help have a good attitude and good manners:

  • Be excited and eager about the job.
  • Greet the manager with a handshake and say "Hello Mr. or Ms. and then their name.
  • Be polite when talking to them
  • Sit up straight in your chair.
  • Look at the manager's face when they are talking to you not at your shoes or around the room.
  • SMILE! It's easy and it's important.
  • Be on time! Never be late for your interview.


Follow-Up After the Interview

Now that you have had an interview with an employer, you have one more thing to do that is very important. You need to send a follow-up letter to the person with whom you had the interview.

Here are a few things to include in your "thank you" letter:

  • The name of the interviewer and his or her title
  • Thank the interviewer for the opportunity to speak about your interest in working at the company
  • Remind the interviewer about the job for which you interviewed
  • Explain how interested you are in working for the company
  • Tell the interviewer that you are hope to hear from the company
  • Include your address and phone number where you can be reached


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