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Job Search Made Simple!

JobSearchCycle2Overview

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

In order to identify potential careers, you may use career exploration and social media resources to gather the following occupational information –

  • 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

Reality Testing

While implementing and, you translate vocational interests, abilities, and skills into job opportunities. You do reality testing by implementing the following strategies –

Informational interviewing

  • Networking
  • Job shadowing
  • Internships
  • 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 –

  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • Facebook

Resume Writing and Interviewing Strategies

Resume writing and interview preparation are essential skills needed to land a potential job.

Resumes

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)
  • Skills
  • Education
  • Honors/ Awards
  • Experience
  • Volunteer Experience (if relevant to the potential job)

Types of resumes are –

  • Chronological – listing experiences in reverse chronological order
  • Functional – emphasizing specific skills

Interviewing

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 –

 Use the following tools to select the right career assessment.  The selection process includes:

To access the course, join the Holland Codes Resource Center network.

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Career Clusters – Excellent Career Cluster Tool

Kuder Resume Builder

resume builder

The Kuder Resume Builder is one of the Kuder Job Search Tools.

The Kuder Job Search Tools provides information on resumes, cover letters, of reference list, and custom-made e-Portfolio.

The Resume Builder provides you with a template to enter the following information –

  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Interests
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Travel
  • Foreign language ability
  • Military service
  • Memberships
  • Community service
  • Skills

The Resume Builder has the following sections –

  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Activities/Affiliations
  • Awards/Honors
  • Skills
  • References

The Resume Builder has the following fields:

  • Résumé Title
  • Objective
  • Status – Private or Public
  • Résumé FormatChronological or Functional
  • Résumé Stylebasic, contemporary, elegant, and professional styles

You can send a link to your résumé via e-mail to prospective employers or others wishing to view the résumé.

The Kuder Resume Builder removes the guesswork!!  The Kuder Resume Builder is Easy to use!!

Read more about the Kuder Resume Builder

Kuder Online Portfolios

Kuder  My Portfolio

The Kuder Online Career Portfolio provides a gateway to lifelong career planning that allows individuals to store personal and academic information; search and save educational and occupational data; build resumés; and access test progress and results 24 hours a day.

Kuder  e-Portfolio

The System features include:

  • Education Planner – for planning coursework and tracking educational progress
  • Planning Timeline – for guiding education and career planning with a suggested sequence of events
  • Note Taker – for documenting the career development process
  • Occupation Search and Career Comparison – for career exploration by cluster, title, or Holland Code
  • College Major and Instructional Program Search – for learning more about a major as well as the postsecondary options within your state.
  • College Search and Comparison – for researching approximately 7,000 post-secondary colleges, universities, education training centers, and other institutions.
  • Financial Aid Information and Scholarship Search – for understanding your college financing options.
  • Resumé Builder – for creating and managing multiple resumés.

To read more about the Kuder Survey, click here(more…)

Kuder Survey Career Tests

Kuder  Assessment

The Kuder Test Survey has three career tests –

  • Career Search with Person Match
  • Skills Test
  • Super’s Work Values Inventory-Revised

You can –

  • Begin an test
  • Stop the test
  • Save the results
  • Complete the test at a later time

The Kuder Career Test –

  • Is completed in 30 minutes or less
  • Is scored automatically
  • Generates an easy-to-read report is within 20-30 seconds after the final page is submitted
  • Is available in either English or Spanish

Kuder Career Search with Person Match

Kuder Career Search with Person Match

The Kuder Career Search with Person Match is the Kuder General Interest Survey consisting of 60 questions.

The Kuder General Interest Survey report displays information on career clusters. There are three lists of Career Clusters – Kuder Career Clusters, Federal 16 Career Clusters, or state-specific cluster/pathway system. The ranking of the Career Clusters is matched to your interests. There are descriptions of the cluster.

The report also includes the unique Person Match feature which compares test results to a career profile database.

Kuder  skills inventory

Kuder Skills Test

The Kuder Skills Test is a self-estimate of one’s abilities to perform work-related tasks. Kuder Skills Test consists of 90 multiple choice questions.

Kuder Skills Test Results are presented in rank order of career cluster preference. The results of the Kuder Skills Test match the interests, skills, and career clusters.

Super’s  Work Values Inventory

Super’s Work Values Inventory-Revised

The Super’s Work Values Inventory-Revised identifies which work characteristics are most important to the test taker. The inventory consists of 72 multiple choice questions.

Super’s Work Values Inventory-Revised Report displays 12 work-related characteristics in rank order of preference. The inventory assesses 12 work-related values. The 12 work values are presented in rank order. There are definitions of each work value.

Kuder  Composite Scores

Career Test Reports

All reports provide suggestions for continued career exploration. Links from the tests are used to explore occupational listings by education level within each of the clusters. Each occupation is cross-walked with and linked directly to additional information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, O*Net and related military occupations to allow further exploration.

Combining Results from Kuder Career Tests

  • Kuder Test Survey Interests and Skills Composite Report – Once an individual completes both the interest and skills tests, a composite report compares the scores of the interests and skills tests. There are suggestions for further education and career exploration and planning. To view the composite report, click on the words Kuder Test Survey Interests and Skills Composite Report below the Kuder Test Results table.
  • One-Page Summary Report –This report contains an outline of the most recent results for tests that have been completed. Access this report by clicking on the title below the Kuder Test Results table.

To read more about the Kuder Survey, click here

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