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Set your job search up for success by following these tips for staying organized and in control throughout the process.
It’s a good idea to set up an email account specifically for work search.
When using the internet for your work search, take precautions against potential risks.
Every job requires certain work-specific skills. The better you know and can describe your skills, the better your chances of landing the job you want.
Employers look for a wide range of skills. Some skills relate to specific types of work. Others are core skills that you need for every job. If you know your core skills, you can use them to impress potential employers. This will help you land the job you want.
Your accomplishments are what you achieve when you use your skills. Employers will be even more impressed by your skills if you describe the positive results you have achieved.
What have you done that makes you proud? This exercise will help you identify your own accomplishments.
Volunteering can give you a chance to build your experience and skills and demonstrate your employability.
To find work that’s the best fit for you, you’ll need to understand your work preferences. These preferences will reflect your most important skills, interests, and values.
If you’re not sure what jobs you want to do or which occupations are a good fit for you, a little research can uncover new or promising prospects. This way you can focus your work search on what really interests you.
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How to Identify Your Accomplishments

What have you done that makes you proud? This exercise will help you identify your own accomplishments. 

Work-related successes can be hard to recognize, especially when they seem like just part of your job.

Sometimes you might not even know when you do something that other people think is important. Ask your family and friends to describe your accomplishments—you might be surprised by some of the things they come up with.

  1. Read through the following questions. They are grouped into:
    • Employment accomplishments
    • Personal accomplishments in the workplace
    • Education and training accomplishments
    • Volunteer or community accomplishments
  2. Think about how a question relates to your own experience. As a starting point, think about your accomplishments during the last 5 or 10 years.
    • If a question reminds you of something you’ve accomplished, write a short note describing the accomplishment.
    • If a question does not relate to your experience, go on to the next one.
    • Note down quantifiable or proven facts to make your accomplishment stronger.
  3. When you’ve finished working through the questions, read over your notes.
    • Do you have several notes that are about the same accomplishment? Combine these notes into 1 accomplishment that paints a detailed picture of what you did.
  4. Put a checkmark on 3 to 10 of your most significant accomplishments. 
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