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How to Prepare: Six Steps to Employment

These Six Steps to Employment will help you find jobs, prepare for interviews and be a valuable employee.

 

Step 1: Employment Packet Checklist

Print this checklist to assist you as you move through Steps 2 through 6. Download checklist here.

 

Step 2: Follow your checklist to be successful!

 

Job Readiness

Title

Description

Action

Are you Job Ready? Start with this checklist Download
Work Importance Profiler Learn what is most important to you in a job Go to site
Getting Ready to Find a Job Follow the worksheet Download
Advance Time Planning Follow the worksheet Download
20 Hints to Help You Get Hired Use these guidelines for success Download
Employability Skills Identify your work skills Go to site

 

Creating References

Title

Description

Action

Your reference list
Use this worksheet
Reference request
Sample form
High School Staff
Requesting a reference from your schools
References Template
Download a blank template

 

More Information

Title

Description

Action

Guide to Youth Labor Laws Fact Sheet Download
Are you a Working Teen? Guide to rights Download

 

Step 3: Employment Application

Resources for completing a successful job application.

Title

Description

Action

Do's for Applications Checklist Download
Reasons for Leaving Explanations for applications Download
Tips for Success Application worksheet Download
California Career Zone Enter job titles to learn about careers Go to site
Employment Application Open and save to your computer Download
Informational Application Open and save to your computer Download
Internet Site Application Helps you fill our applications online Download
Fax Cover Sheet Use when faxing employers Download

 

Step 4: Job Search

Use these tools to help you search for a job.

Title

Description

Download

Source of Job Leads Where to start your search Download
How to Network Worksheet Download
Looking at yourself in a new way Worksheet Download
Tips for Success Pre-employment worksheet Download
Employment Application Internet sites flier Download
Job Search Log Track your progress Download
Job Links Source for local job listings Go to page

 

Step 5: Interview Tips

The First Impression is made within the first 7 seconds of meeting the employer! Make it count!

Title

Description

Action

Pre Interview Checklist Things to think about Download
Before the Interview Last minute checklist Download
Questions to ask your Employer Prep for interview Download
Thank you letter Sample Download

 

Step 6: Job Offer and Retention

Resources for negotiation and accepting a job.

Title

Description

Action

Job Offer Questions What to ask during the offer Download
Entry Level Workers 10 common problems Download
Positive Work Habits Suggestions for success Download
Negotiating a Job Offer Helpful tips Download
Resignation Letter Sample Download

Congratulations! You have completed the Six Steps to Employment!

 

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Resume Tools

A great resume can get you through the door and into an interview.

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Action

Title

Action

Resume Checklist Download Resume Guide Download
Writing the Objectives Download Recoginizing Skills Download
Personal Power Words Download Power Verbs Download
What Employers Want Download Resume Review Download
Reference Request Form Download Reference List Download
References Template Go to Site My First Resume Go to Site
Resume Template Go to Site Resume Template Download
Sample Resume Download Writing a Cover Letter Download
Fax Cover Sheet Download Use when faxing resume  

 

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Job Links

Complete the "Internet Sites Application Worksheet" before you visit these online job application links.

Title

Description

Action

Boardwalk Allow 30 minutes, must have email address Apply
CCC California Conservation Corps Learn more
Caljobs EDD Employment opportunities statewide Learn more
Career Builder Job search, employment and career info Search now
City of Santa Cruz Current job listings View list
Costco Allow 1 hour, must be 18 Apply
Dollar Tree Store positions Apply
Goodwill Employment search and appliciation Apply
Home Depot Allow 1 hour, must be 18 Apply
Kentucky Fried Chicken Click the "Aply Now" button Apply
K-Mart/Sears Allow 1 hour Apply
Little Caesars Pizza Allow 1 hour for your resume to post Post resume
New Leaf Download application to email Go to Site
Nob Hil/Raley's Allow 1 hour Apply
Safeway Allow 1/2 hour Apply
Whole Foods Allow 1 hour Apply
Starbucks Allow 1 hour Apply
Parks & Rec Santa Cruz, see openings online View list
Taco Bell Search for local job and apply online Apply
Work Force Santa Cruz One stop job assistance Go to Site

 

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Training Resources

These links will take you to apprenticeship and job skills training programs. Explore the links to discover new possibilities for your career future!

Title

Description

Action

Apprenticehip Programs Training Programs in California Go to site
Apprentceship Resource Center Self-Survey about construction careers Go to Site
Career Direction List of vocational training sites Download
Cabrillo College High School concurrent enrollment info Go to Site
California Conservation Corps Training and work experience Go to Site
Center for Employment Training Vocational career training Go to Site
Community Colleges Information about CA community colleges Go to Site
Emergency Training Services EMT career training Go to Site
JobCorps US Dept of Labor job training Go to Site
JobStar Central Job search guide Go to Site
Occupational Information Network Online training resources Go to Site
Regional Occupational Program Career training for high school students Go to Site
Santa Cruz Adult Education Training and skills courses Go to Site
State of California Training Resources Jobs training links Go to Site
Shoreline Occupational Services Job training through Goodwill Go to Site
Vocational and Technical Schools California school listings Go to Site
Watsonville/Aptos Adult Ed Training and skills courses Go to Site
Workforce Santa Cruz Virtual Career Center Go to Site

 

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Career Exploration

Career Interest Inventories and Assessments

Title

Description

Action

California Career Zone Begin by printing career worksheet Download
California Career Zone Guide Follow the steps in this guide Download
California Career Zone Assessment Answer questions to narrow your interests Go to Site
Target Your Interests Focus on career options Go to Site
Occupations and Industries Learn about carerrs that match your interests Go to Site
Career Cluster Survey Select from 16 clusters to find a career! (2.2 mb) Download

Links to explore more career options:

Title

Description

Action

Apprenticeship Program Training programs in California Go to Site
Bay Area Career Guid Career options and college choices Go to Site
Career Directions Vocational training resources Download
Center for Employmet Training Vocational career training Go to Site
Career Information Information about a variety of careers Go to Site
Career Voyages The ultimate road trip to career success Go to Site
Alternative Energy Sector Careers Colleges providing new energy careers Download
Occupational Guides Choose "Santa Cruz County" to begin search Go to Site
WyoTech Career Program Training in a variety of technical careers Go to Site
Today's Military ASVAB Career Exploration Program Go to Site
Practice the ASVAB Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test Go to Site
Setting Goals Helpful planning worksheet Download

 

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Preparing for College

Choosing and planning for college

Title

Description

Action

Bay Area Career Guide Community and Technical Colleges Go to Site
College Board College planning made easy Go to Site
Community Colleges List of California community colleges Go to Site
Disabled Students Local programs and services Download
Education Planner One stop career and college planning site! Go to Site
Vocational and Tech Colleges Overview of vocational programs Go to Site
Web resources Financial aid, test and scholarship info Download
California Student Aid Resources for financial aid Go to Site
FAFSA Federal student aid Go to Site
Ed Fund Building futures Go to Site
10 Tips How to survive college Go to Site

 

Personal Statement and Essay Guide

Title

Description

Action

Your Essay is your Personal Statement Essay writing tips Download
How to Write an Autobiography Guided tips Download
The Personal Statement UC Berkeley guide Go to Site

 

Letter of Recommendation Guide

Title

Description

Action

Letter of Recommendation Request How to ask for a recommendation Download
Letter of Recommendation Outline Guide to recommendations Download
PowerVerbs Add punch to your writing Download


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Money Management

 

5 Reasons to Plan a Budget

  1. To make things happen.
  2. To provide a framework for acting on decisions.
  3. To reduce crises.
  4. To grow in confidence and increase self-esteem.
  5. To achieve a goal.

Title

Description

Action

Reality Check Start here to learn how much you need to earn Go to Site
Banking and Credit Info Terms and definitions Download
Wage and Hour Projection Figure your net pay Download
Budget Worksheet Plan your finances Download
Budget Template Download a template to get started on a budget Go to Site

 

 

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Transportation Tips

Once you have a job, you're going to need reliable transportation in order to be a reliable employee!

Title

Description

Action

California Dept of Motor Vehicles General info about licences, registration Go to Site
Santa Cruz County DMV Local office for licences, registration, etc. Go to Site
DMV Tutorial Prep for your driving test Go to Site
Identification Card Information CA ID card Download
Metro Santa Cruz Bus schedules Go to Site
Buying a Used Car Helpful information Download

 

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Resource Agencies

Additional resources, services and agencies to support you in successful employment.

Title

Description

Action

Access Guide Santa Cruz How to get around for special needs Go to Site
Balance 4 Kids Kid Quest and Club Quest info Go to Site
California Dept of Education Search for resources Go to Site
C.C. Ctr for Independent Living Info for people with disabilities Go to Site
Dept of Motor Vehicles Useful information about licensing and owning Go to Site
Driving Knowldege Tutorial Online tutorial Go to Site
Dept of Rehabilitation Training and jobs for people with disabilities Go to Site
Health Services Santa Cruz County resources Go to Site
Hope Services for people with disabilities Go to Site
Mental Health Alliance Santa Cruz County resources Go to Site
Nat'l Info for Children & Youth Info about disabilities and services Go to Site
Parents Helping Parents Info, referral, health and education services Go to Site
Post ITT Transitioning from high school to college Go to Site
Rehab Specialists Repair of medical equipment, wheelchairs Go to Site
San Andreas Regional Center Individualized support for accessing services Go to Site
Santa Cruz Metro Bus Schedules Go to Site
Selective Service Register for the selective services Go to Site
Silicon Valley Indep. Living Ctr Assisting SV disabled people with living needs Go to Site
Social Security Administration Benefits for seniors, disabled and survivors Go to Site
Social Vocational Services Social, vocational and recreational training Go to Site
Special Parents Info Network Resources for parents Go to Site
Trans Access Accessibility Creating opportunities for employment Go to Site
US Dept of Labor Search by Topic Go to Site
Workability for Special Education Trainsition resources Go to Site

 

 

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