Using Your Job Seekers Guide

Your Job Seekers Guide is a step-by-step process.  It will help you to take charge of your career.  

The center of this process is Manage Your Career
Start here to make sure that you have the basics in place.  Then, there are five steps to follow.  Each section will have worksheets and tips. 

Step 1: Assess Yourself
Step 2: Explore Careers
Step 3: Create a Plan & Set Goals
Step 4: Expand Skills
Step 5: Find a Job

New to career planning?  Follow the steps in order the first time. 

  • If you need to, you can revisit the steps in any order.
  • You can work on more than one step at the same time.
  • Make career and personal goals. Look over and update your goals every few years. Also review your goals when big changes happen to you.

How to use this guide to manage your career:

Most people change careers — not just jobs — multiple times in their lifetime. In fact, baby boomers born between 1957 and 1964 held an average of 11 jobs from ages 18 to 44, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most of these jobs were held from ages 18 to 27. Experts say that people who take charge of their work find benefits. They tend to find it easier to change jobs. They also tend to be happier in their work and personal lives.

The need for career planning is ongoing.
You'll need to act on your career plan repeatedly. Your exact actions depend on your own situation. This Job Seekers Guide shows you how to take charge of your career. You can use it throughout your work life.

Hints for using this guide.
The Job Seekers Guide is adaptable to your needs. It doesn’t matter what background or experience you have. If you are new to the world of work or have been out of the work force for more than two years you may want to start at the beginning and work through each section at your own speed. This guide may be used as a self-study manual. It also can be used as part of a training or counseling program.

Some users may want to follow the Fast Track. Look at the list below. It will help you decide which sections you want to work on and which sections you may want to skip:

  • If you already have a budget, know about the world of work, and are successfully coping with change, skip Manage Your Career: Build a Foundation
  • If you already know what your job skills are, skip Assess Yourself
  • If you already know what occupation you are looking for, skip Explore Careers
  • If you already have clear goals, skip Create a Plan & Set Goals
  • If you don’t need more training or education, skip Expand Skills