Your Job Search

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So, you are ready to start working. But before you do, it's best for you to have a plan in place for your job search. And you can start by considering and writing down your career goals. I'm going to give you some examples of things for you to consider when writing down your career goals. What things are you passionate about? You want to make a note of those things. What types of things would you like to do? Would you like to work in sales? This is another thing that you would want to write down as one of your career goals. Maybe you can picture yourself owning and operating a small business. Again, write this down as your career goal. Maybe you see yourself working in a small company or whatever it is that you can picture yourself doing, it is important to write down your career goals. Maybe you have an idea of a certain place you would like to live, or you know how much income you would like to earn. These are elements of your career goals as well. The whole idea of having career goals is to help you create a vision of where you are going, which can then guide your job search and can help you on your journey find the types of jobs that match the goals that you have established. If you are not sure what type of job you would like to do and you are unsure what types of skills you have, there are helpful ways for you to figure those things out. There are assessments that you can utilize to help you understand what skills and abilities you have and the types of jobs that you might be good at. These assessments can help you figure out what types of jobs you would enjoy and also be good at. You can find these assessments in a number of different places: perhaps at your school or at a One-Stop Career Center. Similarly, these assessments will be available at your Vocational Rehabilitation Center or Voc Rehab. All of these places will have assessments that you can take advantage of. In addition, PEPNet has a special assessment tool that's called iTransition. This assessment is available to you online and can help you assess your skills as well as the jobs that you would be good at. Now that you have taken some of the assessments, you need to know where are good places to look for jobs, and there are a number of different places where you can. You can look online for job postings, in the newspaper at want ads, and a number of people these days tend to think that the Internet is the best place, or only place, to look for a job. And while there are many job postings online, it's not necessarily the best place to find a job. The best way to find a job is through networking. And networking refers to people that you know: family members, friends, or relationships you've created on the job or in church or in other social settings. You can utilize your network then to let people know that you are looking for a job, and if they work at a place that happens to be hiring, they can pass along your information to the potential employer. And the reason why networking works so well is that when the people in your network pass along your information, they can also put in a good word for you, let the employer know what a good job you would do if hired. In addition, there are a number of other places in which you can look for a job. If you know you'd like to work for a particular company, you can look on their website for the job postings they have listed there. You can use the newspaper or the One-Stop Career Centers. You can also get in touch with employment agencies and see what job listings they have. Your career counselor at your school could also be helpful in finding jobs. Before applying for jobs, it is helpful for you to collect a number of different job search related documents and to compile those in a Job Search Portfolio. There are a number of documents that should be included in this portfolio, such as job applications, cover letters, resumes, list of job references or interview checklist. These are all documents that should be collected and compiled in your Job Search Portfolio. And maybe you're unfamiliar with these terms: cover letter or resume, we do have videos that will go into more depth and help you understand what these documents are, but they should be included in your portfolio. And not all employers who you interview with will require all of these documents, but it is good for you to have them ready so that the employers who do request them will be able to receive them from you easily. These documents will help you be prepared along your job search. You may have them saved in your portfolio as paper copies and you may also have electronic copies of these documents saved. And this can be helpful because some employers may not want you to submit paper documents, but will require for you to submit electronic documents, such as your resume, which you'll have saved and can easily submit to them or you have your paper documents ready to submit as well. Electronic documents can be easily customized to match the requirements of each particular employer. We have a number of other videos that will go into the types of documents that you should collect in your Job Search Portfolio as you begin to apply for jobs. You see, an important first step in your job search is planning. And without a plan, you may be wasting your time, uncertain of where you are going. So, take the opportunity now to begin considering what your goals are and to talk them over with family members and friends, and from these conversations, to begin compiling the documents that will assist you as you begin to apply for jobs. I would encourage you to set up a schedule, and as you look for jobs and consider where you are going as well as create a plan for your goals, you need to create time in your schedule that will allow all of these things to happen. If you fail to set a schedule, you'll delay the process of getting a job because you won't know where you are going. So start now by creating a plan for your job search.


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In this segment, viewers learn the importance of having a plan in place when searching for a job. The first step in the plan is to write down career goals. These goals help create a vision and guide an individual's job search. Part of the "Getting a Job" series.

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