Get Started and Get Help

Sometimes people look at the job ads in newspapers. They look at the wages and think “I could do that!” However, businesses hire people who have the right skills and experience. And they hire people who can show they are good workers. Use the Succeed in the Workplace tips to help you be a good employee.

Know your skills and interests.
There are many ways to use your skills and interests in your work. If you don’t know your skills and interests, go to the Assess Yourself section.

Target your job search.
Most people can do several types of jobs. Employers want to know why you would be a good worker for their job. Spend some time learning about the skills needed for the types of jobs you can do. Keep track using the Job Search Target (pdf) worksheet.
If you don’t know what occupations you want to do, look at the Explore Careers section. Also, your library or career coach will have information about occupations. 

Get Job Search Help

If you are in college, go to your college career center.

Every state has services to help job seekers. You can access these services at your local One-Stop Career Center. Services can include:

  • Free job search classes
  • Individual employment coaching
  • Free or low-cost work training programs
  • Job leads and employer connections
  • Veterans services
  • Free use of computers, Internet, and phones
  • Unemployment benefits assistance
  • GED exam preparation

More resources

  • Your library may also have ways to help you look for a job. Find a public library near you.
  • Job search can be stressful. Find resources in the Take Care of Yourself section.

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