Section 5: Employment Resources

Resume Building and What is Important to Employers

American Job Center and Employment Agencies

The American Job Center hosts the Career One Stop Resource Center with resources on finding jobs, building personal networks, finding re-employment resources if you've lost a job, career exploration, required education, and training for certain careers.

Explore their information. You can even type in your zip code to find a job center in your area.

One of the best things about having access to the internet is the wealth of tools you have available to help you find a job. There are sites on how to create a resume, how to choose your references, how to locate jobs that match your skill set, and how to find temporary jobs that could turn into full-time work.

From your Word Processing program (most have a resume template you can use) to Google's Applied Digital Skills software (free!), there are so many places where you can see what a successful resume looks like. You can also search online to find out what employers are looking for—what's important to them in a cover letter (the letter you include that introduces your resume and expands a bit on your skills), an interview, and a successful job applicant.

Vocational Assessment

Do you like to work with your hands? Do you prefer to have a variety of tasks and change activities regularly? Do you want to do something that helps your community? What about your ability to concentrate? There are tools available online that will help you assess what your strengths are as a potential employee. It can really help you in your job search to know what types of jobs your skills and values will match.

There are countless vocational assessment tools online, also free. These questionnaires can also help you determine which skills you want to work on improving.