CAREER & JOB EXPLORATION

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High school graduates may decide that they want to find full-time employment and start bringing home a regular paycheck. Certain things should be done before beginning the job hunt.

  1. Discover your interests. Reflect on past part-time jobs, volunteer work, and everyday tasks that were enjoyable.

  2. Explore job options. Find out what types of jobs are available to high school graduates who have little or no further training.

  3. Conduct informational interviews. Sit down and talk to someone who is currently working in a job that might be of interest.

  4. Network. Ask friends, family, and neighbors if they have any connections to help find a job. This may be the best way to find employment, because the majority of jobs are not advertised.

With some of the initial work out of the way, it is time to start getting organized.

  1. Write a resume. Be sure to stress education, part-time and summer jobs, clubs, and awards.

  2. Locate job openings. Use a combination of the following resources:

  • Local newspaper

  • Internet

  • Local library

  • Employment centers

  • Family, friends, and neighbors

  1. Apply for a job. This usually means submitting a cover letter, resume, and job application.

  2. Prepare for the interview. Research the company and job before going on the interview. Also, rehearse some answers to possible interview questions.

  3. Follow-up. Write a thank you note. This helps remind employers who you are and lets them know that you are still interested in the job.

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES FOR CAREER EXPLORATION

www.braintrack.com     University, College & Career Searches

www.careerclues.org    Career clues

http://bls.gov/oco/        Occupational Outlook Handbook

http://thefutureschannel.com Watch videos of real life math & science careers

www.cacareerzone.org                                California careers

http://statecenter.com/industrysectors                 State of California industry sectors

www.careervoyages.com            Great videos – information on national level

www.whodoyouwant2b.com    Job descriptions and pathways to get there

www.pbs.org/wnet/roadtripnation         “Road Trip Nation”

www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov           Career search throughout California

www.mappingyourfuture.org    Career exploration

http://www.job-hunt.org            Career and job market information

www.ed.gov/pubs/GettingReadyCollegeEarly   Handbook for parents and educators

www.thisbelieve.org     Personal value statements by celebrities and others

http://www.insidecareerinfo.com           Career reports from the Real World

http://itcareerpaths.com             One of the leading IT Job resources for the IT/Tech Career Sector