Seven Ways to Launch a New Career

These days there are lots of tools to choose from when considering a new career.

New this year, the Healthcare Virtual Career Network provides career exploration and training tools to help job seekers prepare for careers in healthcare. Job seekers can explore healthcare careers, identify education and training programs, access online courses, get credit for prior learning, and search for local healthcare jobs.

Idaho’s Career Information System (click on Guests for the free version) has added or improved several new information files including About Programs of Study, About Schools (also available in Spanish) and Financial Aid Sort. All of these pages contain Idaho-specific information and are designed to help students make wiser choices about what schools can help them reach their career goals.  Life After High School is a tool designed to help younger students learn that training beyond high school is appropriate, sensible and affordable. Workshops on how to use this system are held throughout the state each fall and are for anyone who works with or helps students or clients develop career plans. Click here to find the workshop closest to your area.

The Worker Reemployment Portal is designed to assist impacted workers following job loss and to connect them to resources for training, reemployment, career planning, financial and emotional help during the process of job transition. The site also now includes a job search by location feature.

CareerOneStop helps job seekers explore careers, investigate salary and benefit information, research education and training opportunities, plan a job search, browse job sites, write and improve resumes and cover letters, prepare for a job interview and search for jobs. The site’s new Certification Finder  houses information on thousands of certifications and allows users to search for certifications by industry, occupation, or keyword. A new feature includes icons that highlight certifications that have been recognized, endorsed, or accredited by third-party organizations.

mySkillsmyFuture helps job seekers match occupational skills and experiences with skills needed in other occupations. Users can get a list of job listings in their local area (i.e. state or zip code) for any occupation and link directly through to the hiring company’s Web site. mySkills myFuture is designed for use as either a self-help tool or with the assistance of expert advisers.

My Next Move features three ways to explore careers, including an online interest assessment and provides an easy-to- read, one-page profile of each occupation highlighting important knowledge, skills, abilities, technologies, simplified salary and outlook information, and links to specific training and employment opportunities.

My Next Move for Veterans is designed for veterans making the transition to civilian careers and provides tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers through keyword search, by browsing industries that employ different types of workers, or by entering their military occupation code or title. A new tool now makes it easy for veterans to discover which careers are eligible for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP–http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm). The VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans between the ages of 35 and 60. The program is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor. My Next Move for Veterans allows users to search for VRAP eligible careers here: http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/find/vrap.

The Veterans Reemployment Portal is designed to help veterans with employment, training, career planning, financial and emotional help after military service. The site links veterans to local resources as well as provides a military-to-civilian job search based on military job title or military occupation code. New features include a Military-to-Civilian Job Search that allows veterans to find current civilian job openings where they can put their military skills and experience to work. Simply enter the name or code of a job in any branch of the service and the Web site matches that military job to related civilian opportunities, along with a list of job openings in any city, state, or zip code. Once a user enters a military experience, the Job Search Results page shows the current civilian job postings in a local area that may require similar skills and work experience. From there, a user can click a job title to learn more or to apply, sort and filter jobs by type, location, or date posted, and access more tips and resources just for veterans.

2 thoughts on “Seven Ways to Launch a New Career

  1. EasyWayResume

    Great information here on help! Remember it’s persistence that shows you really want the job. I am a hiring manager and resume, cover letter writer and I create LinkedIn profiles. I would rather have someone that really wants the job that is trainable than someone that has experience and barely cares. Let the employer know that you want that job and keep following up. Eventually it will hit!

  2. James

    Thanks for the advice. I agree with the comment above, its persistence, perseverance, whatever you want to call it that in the end counts and gets you that job!

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