Get Started and Get Help

Sometimes people look at the job ads in newspapers. They look at the wages and think “I could do that!” However, employers hire people who have the right skills and experience. And they hire people who can show they are good workers. Refer to Manage Your Career and locate Succeed in the Workplace section for tips and ideas to help you be a good employee.

Know your skills and interests.
There are many ways to use your skills and interests in your work. If you don’t know your skills and interests, look at Step 1: Assess Yourself

Target your job search.
Most people can do several types of jobs. Employers want to know why you would be a good worker for their job. Spend some time learning about the skills needed for the types of jobs you can do. Print out and keep track using the Job Search Target worksheet (pdf).

If you don’t know what occupations you want to do, look at Step 2: Explore Careers section. Also, your library will have information about occupations.

Get Job Search Help

  • Every state has services to help job seekers. You can access these services at your local One-Stop Career Center. They usually have job leads. They offer free job search classes and coaching. You may be able to get work training.
  • If you are in college, go to your college career center.
  • Your library may also have ways to help you look for a job.

More resources

  • Find a public library near you.
  • Job search can be stressful. Find resources in the Manage Your Career in the Take Care of Yourself section.

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