Manage Your Career

Change is constant, especially when it comes to your career. You may be a new job seeker, career changer or you may be facing a lay-off from your current job. The information and activities provided in the Job Seekers Guide will help explain the process and provide you with online resources that can help you through this next step in your career.

The Job Seekers Guide is not intended to serve as a replacement for any resources or services provided by your local IAJVS affiliate Career Center. The layout and structure of the Job Seekers Guide provides you with a comprehensive listing of local and national online resources relevant to each step in managing your career.

As an affiliate of IAJVS, JCS Baltimore provides a wide spectrum of services to residents of the Baltimore Metropolitan area including Career Services. Our Career Center is at the cutting edge of how to help you find the best possible job matches in a very crowded field. JCS can teach you to market yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the competition. We are dedicated to helping all individuals, including teens and persons with special needs, find and maintain employment. We can help you in your chosen field, or assist you in finding a new career.

Our experienced, professional staff helps people find jobs in a variety of industries from entry-level to executive positions. Our services, which are provided in a one-to-one setting and as workshops, include Career Coaching, Career Assessments, Resume and Cover Letter Services, Interview Preparation, Negotiation Strategies and Vocational Rehabilitation. You will have access to our state of the art Training and Resource Centers which include computers with the latest software, tutorials and internet access, office equipment, job search publications and career reference materials.

Managing your career is a process, and it can be different for each person. For this Job Seekers Guide to work for everybody, this handbook has been separated into five sections that reflect each step in managing your career. Below are brief descriptions of each step that can help you determine which step to begin with:

Step 1: Assess Yourself
How do you know where to go if you don’t know where you are? This step helps you discover and organize all of your skills, interests, and values that are necessary to explore the world of work and present yourself to a potential employer. It is a good idea to do this step every year, even if you have a job, since you may have gained new skills, or your interests and values may have changed.

Step 2: Explore Careers
Can you name all 900 occupations that exist in the world of work? Neither can we. In this step you will learn how to take all the information you learned about yourself in Step 1 and explore occupations that fit the person you are today, without reading through all 900 occupational descriptions. You will learn how to research the educational requirements, tasks, outlook and growth, average salaries, and skills necessary for occupations that interest you.

Step 3: Create a Plan & Set Goals
So, you want to be an underwater welder do you? Now that you have narrowed down the direction you want to go in, setting goals and making a plan will improve your chances of getting there.

Step 4: Expand Skills
Do I need to know how to swim to get scuba certified? Yes. In this step you will list the skills you need to learn and where to get them before you start the job search.

Step 5: Find a Job
Are you ready? You are going to need an updated resume, a winning cover letter, and in some situations a portfolio of samples of work. You will also need to know how to use your contacts to tap into that hidden job market. This step will provide you with information and activities to really make you stand out.

Don’t forget that we are always here to help you in your process. JCS Baltimore 

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