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When searching for a career, we recommend that you use a number of career exploration tools to find a career that is a good fit for you.  Once you have determined a career path, a strong resume and good interview skills will help to secure a job of interest to you.  The following websites offer interest inventories, job search tools, resume writing tips and interview skill suggestions to help the job search be a positive and rewarding experience for you.   Please also consider these Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Job.

Interest Inventory and Job Search Tools

Career Cruising offers assessments and databases that will guide you toward informed decisions as you plan your education and career, regardless of your age or grade level.  A few of the tools offered include interest inventories to help you explore your interests as well as occupation databases, which provide career information including core tasks, workplace, earnings, education/training and attributes/abilities for thousands of jobs.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook allows you to search occupations by occupation type, pay rate, education level, training, number of new jobs and growth rate.  It also features occupations to help you learn about other career opportunities. 

The Job Center of Wisconsin offers tools to complete interest surveys, search for jobs, and build resumes and job applications.  It also offers career planning tools and labor market information to keep you up-to-date with the latest trends and information in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s WORKnet provides you with a number of tools including occupation searches, wage comparisons and information on non-traditional and apprenticeship jobs. 

Writing a Resume

Monster provides over 100 articles on resume writing and tips as well as providing over 100 different samples of resumes to help guide you in your own resume writing process. 

Boston College provides sample resumes, resume action words and suggestions to ensure that your resume is noticed by employers. 

Purdue University offers resume writing tips, a sample resume, design suggestions and advice to pass the “20 second test” of employers.   

Interview Skills

Monster provides articles on interview preparation, questions, appearance and following up after an interview.