Job Skills

Skills to Get a Job  

  • O*NET Online ( enhances businesses’ hiring and retention efforts and supports workers and students to identify and develop workplace skills and enhance career planning with key data on occupational characteristics.
  • mySkills myFuture ( enables job seekers and intermediaries to match a worker’s occupational skills and experiences with the skills needed in other occupations, in order to facilitate career mobility and economic prospects.  For any occupation, users can get a list of job listings in their city, state, or ZIP code and click directly through to the hiring company’s website. mySkills myFuture can be used by individuals  or with the assistance of expert advisers.
  • My Next Move ( gives individuals three main ways to explore careers, including an online O*NET interest assessment, and then provides an easy-to-read, one-page profile of each occupation highlighting important knowledge, skills, abilities, technologies used, simplified salary and outlook information, and links to find specific training and employment opportunities. View a demonstration at
  • Healthcare Virtual Career Network ( provides career exploration and training tools to help job seekers prepare for careers in healthcare. Job seekers can explore healthcare careers, identify education and training programs, access online courses, get credit for prior learning, and search for local healthcare jobs. View a demonstration at
  • America’s Service Locator ( connects people to local offices providing employment and training services. It provides maps and driving directions to the nearest American Job Center, and unemployment insurance filing assistance.  America’s Service Locator has information on more than 20,000 local resources and offices.
  • CareerOneStop ( includes tools to help job seekers explore careers, investigate salary and benefit information, research education and training opportunities, plan a job search and browse job sites, write and improve resumes and cover letters, prepare for a job interview, and search for jobs.  In addition, the CareerOneStop Web site provides links to workforce and labor market information Web sites that contain local information resources and tools.
  • CareeroneStop’s Credentials Center ( helps individuals plan, locate, and pay for education, training, and other credentials to help them start, change, or advance their career. The site features several integrated tools allowing users to explore credentialing options, related labor market information, and job postings.  

Resumes & Interviewing

How To Interview for your First Job Videos:

*Learn something about the company
*Have specific job or jobs in mind
*Practice using sample resume examples
*Review, in your mind, your qualifications for the job (or jobs).
*Br prepared to answer broad questions about yourself.


*Be well groomed.
*Dress appropriately
*Apply make-up tastefully


*Be Prompt.
*Answer questions directly and truthfully.
*Be well mannered.
*Use proper grammar and good diction.
*Be enthusiastic and cooperative.
*Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Creating a Professional Resume 

Please follow these instructions and check box as you complete instructions:

  • Open up a free email account. You can do this through gmail, yahoo, or hotmail.
  • Type your information in Microsoft Word. If you use a resume wizard or template, you may be unable to make any changes to your resume.
  • Use a 1” border around your resume. Go to FILE and click on PAGE SET-UP)
  • Use one font size only. You may bold headings. Pay attention when using lines, underlines or italics. Be consistent with format (There are examples of resume formats in this packet.)
  • Save resume and cover letter to a “flash or jump drive” as your name: Sarah Jones or Tim Johnson and/or have it saved in your email account.
  • Try to use an email name that is close to your own name and be sure you have voicemail set up on you’re the phone number you provide on your resume. You are also discouraged from having a message with music or a voice mail message that is longer than 30 seconds.

Do you know how to make a positive first impression at a job interview? What do employers look for in a job applicant? Study the following six categories, and use this list to help prepare you for your next job interview.

First Impressions Interview Checklist


  • Wear clothing that is clean, pressed, and well-fitting
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, i.e, dress one step above the job you are applying for
  • Make sure your hair is clean and combed, hands are clean, and fingernails re clean and trimmed
  • Wear conservative makeup, accessories, and jewelry.
  • Brush your teeth and freshen your breath (no gum, however!)
  • Wear subtle perfume/cologne(if any).
  • If you have belt loops, wear a belt
  • Wear matching socks/hosiery (no runs!)
  • Miscellaneous- What should you do about...shaving? tattoos? body piercings? sunglasses? hats?
Body Language
  • Smile
  • Shake hands firmly
  • Sit when you are offered a seat
  • Use good posture
  • Show that you are listening by nodding, taking notes, etc.
  • Make eye contact
  • Avoid sending negative messages (yawning, looking at your watch, etc.)
  • Show composure (no fidgeting, playing with hair, biting nails, etc.)
  • Be on time
  • Use employer's title and last name
  • Know the job you're applying for
  • Show enthusiasm
  • Speak clearly, using proper grammar
  • Avoid slang, swearing, and suggestive language
  • Answer questions clearly, completely, and honestly
  • Focus on your strengths!
  • Show respect
  • Be positive and enthusiastic
  • Know about the company
  • Have paperwork completed

  • Ask questions that show your interest in the company
  • Make sure your resume is typed on clean, plain-colored paper 1-2 pages in length, not folded or wrinkled.
  • When completing your application, fill in all blanks, print neatly, and answer all questions honestly.
Closing the Interview
  • Stand and shake hands
  • Thank the interviewer for his/her time
  • Emphasize your interest in the job
  • Ask when a decision will be made

Types of Interviews
  • Telephone: Usually a first interview where there are many applicants.
  • Single Interviewer: One on one in an office or room.
  • Panel Interview: More than three people asking you questions.
  • Hostile Interview: The purpose is to see how you handle yourself.