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Work Search Basics Companion: Step 1

Looking for work? The first step is to prepare for your work search. Track your progress through Step 1 with this handy guide.

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This is a companion guide to the Work Search Basics article.

The article explains the reason for each step. We recommend that you read the article first. Then, use this guide to track your progress during your work search.

Use these links to go to the other guides in the Work Search Basics Companion series:

Step 1: Prepare for your work search
Step 2: Find job opportunities
Step 3: Create your work search tools
Step 4: Apply for work
Step 5: Ace your interviews
Step 6: Stay positive while you look for work
Step 7: Wrap up your work search

Work Search Basics Companion: Step 1
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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.
Wherever you go online—using email, instant messaging, your website, your blog or your social networking website—you leave a footprint. 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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