There are three steps in achieving career goals and searching for a job.
Step One: Get a Clear Career Goal
The first step in search for a job is setting a career goal.
In order to set a career goal, you have to take inventory of yourself to determine what you can offer an employer.
You need to –
- Build awareness, knowledge and understanding of our strengths, interests, abilities, and skills
- List your ambitions, values, education, and experiences
- Determine your job preferences –job duties, salary, geographic location, and work conditions
Step Two: Explore Career Options
- Labor market
- Work industries
- Companies, organizations, or agencies
- Specific careers
Use online career exploration resources to identify potential careers.
Step Three: Overcome Career Roadblocks
When you are trying to reach a career goal, there will always be obstacles. You solve career problems by completing the following steps –
- Identify educational and career planning obstacles
- Create solutions or courses of action
- Set achievable goals
- Resolve conflicts
- Commit to reach our goals
Problem solving should take into consideration personal interests, skills, values, and financial resources. Big problems are broken down into smaller, more manageable steps. Achievable goals result in the production of new competencies, attitudes, and solutions.
As an individual, you:
- Set, formulate, prioritize, and rank goals
- Clearly state our vocational interests, abilities, and values
- Derive plans or strategies to implement the solutions
- Make a commitment to complete the plans
- Understand decision-making processes
- Evaluate the primary choice
- Consider a secondary occupational choice, if necessary
Decision-making processes include:
- Develop a career plan
- Identify a potential occupations
- Selecting appropriate educational programs
- Figuring the costs of educational training
- Considering the impact of career decisions.
Step Four: Execution
You execute your career plans when you use different strategies –
- Reality testing
- Social Media
- Job Search Strategies – Resume Writing and Interview Preparation
While implementing and, you translate vocational interests, abilities, and skills into job opportunities. You do reality testing by implementing the following strategies –
- Job shadowing
- Part-time employment
- Full-time employment
- Volunteer work
Social Media and Networking Tools
Networking can help you complete targeted job searches. You can use a variety of social media tools to learn and connect with professional associations and potential employers. Three major networking social media tools are –
Resume Writing and Interviewing Strategies
Resume writing and interview preparation are essential skills needed to land a potential job.
Your resume is your sales tool that lets employers know your strengths, interests, experience, and educational background.
The appearance of your resume is extremely important. Check the appearance of your resume – your font, spelling, spacing, margins. In a resume, you will highlight your skills that make you unique and set you apart from others. Common areas covered in a resume are –
- Objective (optional)
- Honors/ Awards
- Volunteer Experience (if relevant to the potential job)
Types of resumes are –
- Chronological – listing experiences in reverse chronological order
- Functional – emphasizing specific skills
There are steps to prepare for a successful interview –
- Review common interview questions
- Prepare for behavior or STAR interviews
- Practice – Practice is essential for a successful interview.
- Dress for success
Interested in more comprehensive career inventories. The Job Search Made Simple course is used in conjunction with Holland Codes career tests –
- Self – Directed Search
- Picture Interest Career Survey
- RIASEC Inventory
- My Career Profile
- Strong Interest Inventory
- Strong Interest Explorer
- Career Interest Inventory
- iStart Strong (Middle School Inventory)
Use the following tools to select the right career assessment. The selection process includes:
- Introduction to Career Planning
- Steps to Self Awareness
- Tools To Assess Self Awareness
- Selection of a Career Assessment or Test
- Career Test Checklist
- Features Of Career Self Assessments Tests
To access the course, join the Holland Codes Resource Center network.