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Organize Yourself

When exploring career choices, it's important think about:
  • what training you will need to get the job you want
  • whether the job is a good match for your personal interests
  • whether there are jobs like that around

After thinking that over, every job search begins by organizing. Below are tips to help you prepare your personal information and work history to share with employers.

Create a Job Seeker's Portfolio

A portfolio is a place to keep information that you will need as you type a resume. Use your portfolio as you look for a job. Refer to the following information as you fill out job applications, and interview for jobs.

Personal Information: Use the Personal Information Worksheet.

Work Experience:
  • Names and addresses of past and present employers
  • Awards for your work
  • Your job titles, descriptions, and skills
  • Names and contact information for work references
School Information:
  • High school
  • Schools you attended after high school
  • Dates attended
  • Major subjects studied
  • Certificates, licenses, or degrees awarded
  • A copy of your transcripts
Yourself:
  • Your interests and hobbies
  • Volunteer experience and awards
  • Your educational or work goals and plans for achieving them

Organize your Job Search

Create a folder for each job search and include the following items:
  • Advertisement for the job opening
  • Where you found the advertisement
  • Job description
  • Copy of your cover letter, resume and application
  • Employer information including address and contact information
  • Research you did about the organization (what they do, how large the organization is, their mission and vision)
  • Name, title, and contact information for the person doing your interview
  • Dates and times of phone calls, when you sent your resume and application, when you had interviews and when you sent follow-up letters

Keep track of job searches. Use the Job Search Record Link opens in a new window and keep it with your Personal Portfolio along with copies of resumes and job applications.

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