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Finding a career that is appealing to you will make your work more enjoyable and motivate you to advance along a career path. Complete the O*Net Mini Interest Profiler to measure your level of interest in different tasks and occupations.
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Determining a career path requires considering your interests, experience, goals, values, and personality. Use Sokanu, a more comprehensive tool to help identify your interests, activities, and personality, to determine who you are and what career would be a good fit.
Understanding your possibilities is key to creating a lifestyle that you can be passionate about. Match your interests, values and personality to begin a new career by exploring the following resources.
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Find out if you have the skills needed to stand out from other applicants. If not, explore how you can build your skill set to grab an employer’s attention.
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See how your skills and abilities from your work experience can be applied to other careers.
Develop a competitive edge by increasing your value through upskilling.
Capture the attention of an employer by making sure that you are job ready. Create career marketing tools and strategies that will promote your personal brand
Promote your skills and experience to differentiate you from other professionals. Follow these best practices to help you create your personal statement (1-2 sentences):
Market your strengths, show how your skills and experience align to the job, and get a job interview.
Leverage your personal statement to create a 30-second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do, and why you would be the perfect candidate for the position. Remember practice makes perfect so try using an interview tool to polish your presentation.
After you have created your resume and polished your interview skills, learn how to market yourself so that you get noticed by employers.
Connect with friends, family, neighbors and community organizations to build your personal network. These connections may refer you to a job that interests you or, if nothing else, provide you with support during your job search.
Having a professional, eye-catching LinkedIn profile will help you stand apart from other applicants. Best practices to follow:
Connect with the right opportunity by leveraging your marketing tools, networks, LinkedIn profile.