Manage Your Career

Any transition in work life can be very stressful. The information and activities provided in the Job Seekers Guide can help you through this stressful transition. The purpose of the Job Seekers Guide is to provide you with a step-by-step process that can be started at any time in your transition.

Managing your career is a process, and it can be different for each person. For the purpose of this guide to work for you this handbook has been separated into five sections that reflect each step in the Manage Your Career wheel. Below are brief descriptions of the five sections that reflect each phase of the career management process.

Step 1: Assess Yourself
How do you know where to go if you don’t know where you are? This step helps you discover and organize all of your skills, interests, and values that are necessary to explore the world of work and present yourself to a potential employer. It is a good idea to do this step every year, even if you have a job, since you may have gained new skills, or your interests and values may have changed.

Step 2: Explore Careers
Learn how to take all of the information you have learned about yourself and explore occupations that fit the person you are today. Find out how to research the educational requirements, tasks, outlook and growth, average salaries, and skills necessary for occupations that interest you.

Step 3: Create a Plan & Set Goals
Now that you have narrowed down the direction you want to go in, setting goals and making a plan will improve your chances of getting there. Setting goals helps you focus on your career path instead of just looking for jobs. People tend to be more successful when they set short- and long-term goals. They think about what they can do now to achieve their goals in the future.

Step 4: Expand Skills
List the skills you need to learn and determine where to get them before you start the job search. Learn about resources for going back to school and options for financial aid.

Step 5: Find a Job
Are you ready? Finding a job involves many components. You are going to need an updated resume, a winning cover letter, and know how to present yourself during interviews. In some situations a portfolio of samples of work may be required. You will also need to know how to use your contacts to tap into that hidden job market. This step will provide you with information and activities to really make you stand out.

Don’t forget that we are always here to help you. To find a JEVS Human Service program to fit your needs:

Phone: 215.854.1800
1845 Walnut Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
 

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