Manage Your Career

Change is constant, especially when it comes to your career. You may be a new job seeker or career changer. Or you may be facing getting laid off from your current job. The information and activities provided in this Job Seekers Guide will help explain the process and provide you with online resources
that can help you through the next step in your career.

The Job Seekers Guide is not intended to serve as a replacement for any resources or services provided by your local career programs. The layout and structure of the Job Seekers Guide provides you with a comprehensive listing of local and national online resources that can help you on each step in managing your career.

Managing your career is a process, and it can be different for each person. For the purpose of this guide, this handbook has been separated into five sections that reflect each step in you will have to take. Below are brief descriptions of each step that can help you determine which step to begin with.

Step 1: Assess Yourself
This step helps you discover and organize all of your skills, interests, and values that are necessary to explore the world of work and present yourself to a potential employer. It is a good idea to do this step every year, even if you have a job, since you may have gained new skills, or your interests and values may have changed.

Step 2: Explore Careers
In this step you will learn how to take all the information you learned about yourself in Step 1 and explore occupations that fit the person you are today, without reading through all 900 occupational descriptions. You will learn how to research the educational requirements, tasks, outlook and growth, average salaries, and skills necessary for occupations that interest you.

Step 3: Create a Plan & Set Goals
Now that you have narrowed down the direction you want to go in, setting goals and making a plan will improve your chances of getting there.

Step 4: Expand Skills
In this step you will list the skills you need to learn and where to get them before you start the job search.

Step 5: Find a Job
Are you ready? You are going to need an updated resume, a winning cover letter, and in some situations, a portfolio of samples of work. You will also need to know how to use your contacts to tap into that hidden job market- jobs that are never advertised. This step will provide you with information and activities to really make you stand out.

Manage Your Career Create A Plan & Set GoalsExpand SkillsExplore CareersAssess YourselfFind A Job