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Get to Work! Maximize Your Employability

A guided pathway for students to develop themselves personally and professionally for a successful career.

Learn About Yourself

To prepare for an effective job search, you must understand your skills, strengths, interests, values, family situation, employment preferences, and job target.  Although this sounds basic, it is an important but often a forgotten step.

Knowledge of your skills, strengths, interests, values, family situation, and employment preferences can help you clarify what type of organization, industry or position offers you the most of what you want in a job.  Although no job will be an exact match, the job offers you accept should provide the best opportunity available to match the factors that are most important to you.  Consider the following:

SKILLS:  Indicate work tasks (behaviors) that you can usually successfully perform.  Identifying your skills can help you focus on specific positions that draw on your strengths.

STRENGTHS:  Identify and articulate your top five strengths by using My360 Workbook.

VALUES:  Motivate us to work.  Know what kind of reward is most important to you in a job—money, security creativity, leadership, influence, etc.  Clarifying your values helps you identify potential employers and work settings and confirm your decision to seek employment with a particular organization.

FAMILY SITUATIONS:  Include the desire to live close to family members, the employment opportunity for a spouse, fiancée, or partner, the preferences (or bias) of family members, family employment contracts, or the existence of a family business.

EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCES:  Include the hours of work, travel limitations and the physical demands of the job.  Choose your ideal location—urban, suburban or rural and your ideal work environment—large corporation, small business, government agency or non-profit organization.

SPECIFYING A JOB TARGET:  Helps you to answer the question, “What do I want to do?”

Pay special attention to this first page.  It is the foundation of your job search; without it you will not be able to effectively write cover letters, prepare a resume, or interview.  This job search is an exercise in communication; you will be evaluated on your ability to communicate both orally and in writing.  And you must have something to communicate! 

Self-Discovery Tools

Through the CPD 150 coursework and self-assessment evaluation you will gather information or "inventories" about the way you perceive and interact with world, your interest, and the environments that you feel most comfortable in.

No self-assessment evaluation will express who you are or what career or job would be ideal for you. However, the information or "inventories" generated from the self-assessment tools will help you sort out a path, identify your skills, strengths, interests, values, and motivations. 


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