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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
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
NIOSHYouth@work Safety training Go to site
NIOSHYouth@work Safety training worksheets 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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Resumé Tools

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

Title

Action

Title

Action

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

 

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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
     
Costco Allow 1 hour, must be 18 Apply
Dollar Tree Store positions Apply
Goodwill Employment search and appliciation Apply
     
Kohl's Department Store     
 
Click the "Start Process" button
 
Apply
K-Mart/Sears Allow 1 hour Apply
New Leaf Download application to email Go to Site
Nob Hill/Raley's Allow 1 hour Apply
Safeway Allow 1/2 hour Apply
Whole Foods Allow 1 hour Apply
Starbucks Allow 1 hour Apply
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

Apprentceship Resource Center Self-Survey about construction careers Go to Site
Cabrillo College High School concurrent enrollment info Go to Site
California Conservation Corps Training and work experience 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
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

    Bay Area Career Guid Career options and college choices Go to Site
    Career Information Information about a variety of careers Go to Site
    Alternative Energy Sector Careers Colleges providing new energy careers Download
    O'net
     
    All you need to know about a career
     
    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

    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 licenses, registration Go to Site
    Santa Cruz County DMV Local office for licenses, 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
    Balance4Kids 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
    NIOSHYouth@workcalifornia Safety training for youth Go to site
    Parents Helping Parents Info, referral, health and education services 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 Transition resources Go to Site