Now that you have completed the regular program and are getting ready to move from Junction City, you need a job. Even if you have decided to attend school full time, these skills are important for you to practice so that you are best equipped to find employment when you are ready.
· Regardless of whether you have a job waiting for you, or whether you have to begin searching from scratch, it is important to remember those areas your employer finds important.
o Got to the next area (marked Employment Issues), and review the 18 areas of being a good employee.
o Be prepared to pick out the 5 most important areas and write a definition for the term used.
The Program Manager is directly responsible for Community Employment relations and opportunities. He is your best source of current information on job prospects and expectations for job searching. The most immediate employment related areas that both you and the Program Manager will review (And Check-off) are as follows:
· Do you have a valid Oregon State ID: (See: DMV Requirements)
· Do you have a Social Security Card: (See: Social Security Administration Requirements)
· Do you have a Current Resume’ (Updated to include program employment and volunteer opportunities)
· Appropriate Dress: (This is your first impression, and may never be made again)
· Appropriate Greeting: (Practice what you are going to say before job searching (See: Next Section)
Everyone experiences some level of anxiety when it comes to looking for employment. Even the most experienced professionals are not excited about the prospects of going out, business to business, filling out applications and speaking to potential new employers. This is why it is so important to practice before you begin your search.
· If it has been more than 30 days since you have practiced doing a ‘mock interview’, set up an appointment with the progam manager to refresh yourself with these skills
· Where the same clothing that you expect to wear during the search. Don’t forget to be early for your appointment.
· Practice over and over again until you feel comfortable demonstrating the areas listed
You are now ready to start your Job Search!
It is very important to be as prepared as possible prior to your search. Know your community and employment opportunities.
Like Junction City, smaller communities tend to be more conservative in nature. This means that your dress and manners (ie. No sun glasses, facial jewelry, headphones, skateboards etc.) will play a bigger role in your ability to land that interview. Remember, you will never know what is said behind your back after you leave. If you are having problems getting interviews, ask for feedback as to your appearance and mannerisims. More information:
· A Small Community: This should be taken into consideration when you consider the impression you are making on a person you have never met. In a small community it is very likely that the Lady or Gentelmen that you act rudely toward in Safeway, could be the hiring manager of the place of business you will go to later that day. This has an upside, however. When you do a good job for one person, it is likely that by ‘word-of-mouth’ alone, you find additional employment opportunities.
· Conservative Nature: This usually means that the community in general values a more traditional approach to job searching and ethics. While it may be appropriate to wear a nose ring and sport a mowhawk in Eugene (although I would not recommend it), this would likely eliminate you from the job market entirely in Junction City. Remember to be polite, look the person to whom you are speaking in the eyes, and use a firm hand-shake when introducing yourself and again when thanking them for their time.
Your transition job search will involve a ‘JOB SEARCH WORKSHEET’. This is a work sheet with potential community employers and will serve two purposes. The first is to keep track of the potential job prospects in your transition area, and the second is to allow the program to review and award skill building credit during this phase of your program.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the working world will tell you “It’s not what you know, It’s who you know”! This of course refers to the fact that a recommendation from the right person is more valuable then anything that you can put on an application or resume’.
Each job you do (whether an hour, week or several years) will become part of your Work History. This is true for paid jobs as well as volunteer opportunities. In some way, a future may actually give additional consideration to someone who has done volunteer work. It demonstrates a work ethic well above someone who works an hour for an hours pay.
This History, good or bad, will likely affect your next employment opportunity. The saying, “any job worth doing, is worth doing well” makes this point. If you have a job cleaning toilets in a public restroom and do it well, it tell a story about your work ethic. This ethic will always carry you into bigger and better job opportunites, and should not be taken lightly.
Remember, one of the most important recommendation that you can receive is that of the Program Manager. You have spent the last 90 – 180 days demonstrating your work ethic, and this positive recommendation will carry through the program and likely assist you in finding employment in your transition area following graduation.
1. Where is the area that you intend to focus your transition job search? ______________________
2. What is important to remember about future employers? __________________________________
3. What do you consider to be the 5 most important areas (from the list of Employment Issues)?
4. Who is your best (program) source for employment information? ___________________________
5. What is the first thing you make, and can never be made again? ____________________________
6. How can you best deal with the anxiety from job searching? _______________________________
7. What should you practice (at least every 30 days)? _______________________________________