Job Search Made Simple!

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When searching for the right career, there are so many options and decisions. has career tests, tools, and resources that will help you to make the right decisions.  There are three steps in achieving career goals and searching for a job.


Step One: Get a Clear Career Goal

The first step in search for a job is setting a career goal

In order to set a career goal, you have to take inventory of yourself to determine what you can offer an employer. 


You need to –

  • Build awareness, knowledge and understanding of our strengths, interests, abilities, and skills
  • List your ambitions, values, education, and experiences
  • Determine your job preferences – job duties, salary, geographic location, and work conditions 


Step Two: Explore Career Options

 In order to identify potential careers, you may use career exploration and social media resources to gather the following occupational information –

  • Labor market
  • Work industries
  • Companies, organizations, or agencies
  • Specific careers

Use online career exploration resources to identify potential careers.


 Step Three: Career Planning

When you are trying to reach a career goal, there will always be obstacles.  You solve career problems by completing the following steps –

  • Identify educational and career planning obstacles
  • Create solutions or courses of action
  • Set achievable goals
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Commit to reach our goals

Problem solving should take into consideration personal interests, skills, values, and financial resources. Big problems are broken down into smaller, more manageable steps. Achievable goals result in the production of new competencies, attitudes, and solutions.

As an individual, you:

  • Set, formulate, prioritize, and rank goals
  • Clearly state our vocational interests, abilities, and values
  • Derive plans or strategies to implement the solutions
  • Make a commitment to complete the plans
  • Understand decision-making processes
  • Evaluate the primary choice
  • Consider a secondary occupational choice, if necessary

Decision-making processes include:

  • Develop a career plan
  • Identify a potential occupations
  • Selecting appropriate educational programs
  • Figuring the costs of educational training
  • Considering the impact of career decisions.


Step Four: Execution

You execute your career plans when you use different strategies –

  • Reality testing
  • Social Media
  • Job Search Strategies – Resume Writing and Interview Preparation

 Reality Testing

While implementing and, you translate vocational interests, abilities, and skills into job opportunities. You do reality testing by implementing the following strategies –

  • Informational interviewing
  • Networking
  • Job shadowing
  • Internships
  • Part-time employment
  • Full-time employment
  • Volunteer work


Social Media and Networking Tools

Networking can help you complete targeted job searches.  You can use a variety of social media tools to learn and connect with professional associations and potential employers. Three major networking social media tools are –

  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • Facebook


Resume Writing and Interviewing Strategies

Resume writing and interview preparation are essential skills needed to land a potential job.


Your resume is your sales tool that lets employers know your strengths, interests, experience, and educational background.

The appearance of your resume is extremely important.  Check the appearance of your resume - your font, spelling, spacing, margins.  In a resume, you will highlight your skills that make you unique and set you apart from others.  Common areas covered in a resume are –

  • Objective (optional)
  • Skills
  • Education
  • Honors/ Awards
  • Experience
  • Volunteer Experience (if relevant to the potential job)

Types of resumes are –

  • Chronological – listing experiences in reverse chronological order
  • Functional – emphasizing specific skills


 There are steps to prepare for a successful interview -

  • Review common interview questions
  • Prepare for behavior or STAR interviews
  • Practice - Practice is essential for a successful interview.
  • Dress for success


Interested in comprehensive career inventories?

Use the Job Search Made Simple course to select the right career assessment.  The steps in the selection process include:

The Job Search Made Simple course is used in conjunction with Holland Codes career tests -

To join the Career Social Media Resource Center, the cost is $10.

Members get access to -

1. Blog
2. Expanded Free Download Library

  • Free Career Assessments, e.g. Know Your Holland Code
  • Free Career Guides
  • Free Presentations
  • Resume Writing Resources
  • Interviewing Tips

3. Low Cost Downloads
4. Forum
5. Member Web Pages
6. Store (Product Discounts)
7. Social Media Resources -

  • Resource One: Blogs - Blogger and Wordpress
  • Resource Two: Facebook
  • Resource Three: Linkedin
  • Resource Four: Pinterest
  • Resource Five: Twitter
  • Resource Six: Evernote - note taking and archiving software
  • Resource Seven: Delicious

  • Resource Eight: Issuu - digital publishing platform
  • Resource Nine: Prezi - cloud-based presentation software
  • Resource Ten: Scribd - web and mobile device online library
  • Resource Eleven: Slideshare - document, PDF, video and webinar
  • Resource Twelve: Infographics - highly visual presentation tool
  • Resource Thirteen: Wordle - word cloud generator software
  • Resource Fourteen: Powerpoint
  • Resource Fifteen: Lino
  • Resource Sixteen: Powtoon

8. Videos

  • 10 Top Tips
  • Test Drive Your Career

9.Digital Course for adults and kids

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