Effective job preparation and job search strategies include determining your employability, assessing your skills and interests, finding local jobs in demand, handling applications and preparing a solid resume, improving your interview skills and selling yourself as a job candidate, identifying and honing your soft skills (team player, polished presentation, work ethic, attitude, communication, etc.), and developing the best job search strategies that will quickly lead to employment. The information and weblinks below are provided for these purposes.
AGENCIES, PROGRAMS, AND GLOBAL RESOURCES that assist with job preparation and search:
JobsCenterUSA.gov Also, you can also create an account at www.usajobs.gov and use the “Saved Searches” feature to receive emails daily, weekly or monthly on jobs that meet your search criteria? Search criteria includes Location, Occupational Series and Salary.
1. Global Resources
Career Info Net (Job Search/Preparation Strategies)
2. Determine Your Skills, Interests, and Strengths
3. Develop Your Soft Skills (communication, work ethics, positive attitude, etc.)
Seven signs you have terrible people skills (Salary.com)
4. Overcome Employment Barriers
Get better job references even when you have a difficult background (exoffenderreentry.com)
Be aware of recent rules and guidance that protect you from job applicant discrimination based on your criminal record from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (April 2012).
Tips for More Effective Job Interviews at Ex Offender Reentry.com
Also, here's another great set of web sources for ex-offender job interviewing and job readiness through the Kansas Department of Corrections (includes a great document on handling the "felony" question).
Search Tips and Info (Career DFW.com)
Focused Job Seeking (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Spring 2011) is an excellent 10 page manual on executing a more effective job search strategy and process.
Texas Workforce Commission - Job Search Portal (statewide)
JOB SEARCH ENGINES AND PORTALS (Comprehensive and by Categories)
Jobview 2nd Chance (Texas)
Dice.com (IT and Technology)
The CareerOneStop.org resume guide is also one of the premiere one-stop webportals for discovering and building a winning resume.
OptimalResume.com (free resume help)
Applications and resumes tips and tools from the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Use this blank application here as a tool to gather and have ready all the important background information needed to fill out a paper or online application. Examples include education, prior jobs, previous training, prior experiences, references, etc.