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How to Qualify for and Get a Job

How to Qualify for and Get a Job
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Shaking Hands - Copyright © Justin NavarroLeave no road unexplored. Preparation, persistence, and enthusiasm are important to finding a job. Education and training also play a vital role. Remember:

the more you learn, the more you can earn.

If you're still in school, the first step is to complete a good course of study. It should give you the knowledge and skills needed to get started. It should also get you ready for any future education you might pursue.

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How Do I Get Started?

  • If you're in high school, learn about Career Clusters. They might help you determine the best course of study.
  • If you're currently in a community college or four-year college, you will want to know what knowledge, skills, and abilities are in demand with employers. Choose any of our featured industries on the left side of your screen. Then choose an occupation from the list. You can then learn what is required for that occupation as well as the employment and wage trends in most states.
  • Finally, you can find a great selection of jobs at individual state job banks by clicking here.
  • To learn about how additional education can pay in specific high growth industries and in specific sectors of those industries, try the ACRN Education Pays Tool:
ACRN - America's Career Resource Network
How Education Pays Tool
Find out how education and training pay off for high growth careers. For each high growth career cluster and pathway, there are two charts. The first shows how education relates to employment in that area, and the second shows how education relates to earnings.

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I Would Like Some Personal Assistance. Where Can I Go?

There is a lot to consider when job hunting. It's helpful to talk with someone who can help guide you in the right direction. Your local One-Stop Career Center has counselors ready to help you make the right career decisions. Find a local One-Stop Career Center in your area or call our Toll-Free Help Line for help with employment and training questions.

View One-Stop Career Centers in Your Area
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