Tips for Narrowing Down Your Career Interests

When you first start working, you may try a number of fields and position types to see what works best for you; when it’s time to start a career track, though, it helps to be certain about your goals and what you want to do.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is estimated that the average baby boomer held 11.7 jobs between the ages of 18-48. Millennials are estimated to hold twice that many in a variety of different career fields throughout their natural working lives.

Settling on a path is hard with so much bouncing around. Here are some tips for narrowing down your career interests and seeking out the best opportunities for your long-term career aspirations:

  • Explore Career Tracks: Created by the Office of Career Services at NYU’s Graduate School of Public Service, the career tracks exercise is an excellent tool for identifying career-paths best suited to your individual interests. While the exercise will take some time to complete, it is guaranteed to help you to narrow down viable career opportunities, which is the first step that you should take.
  • Establish Goals: The first and most important step in narrowing down your career interests is to take a moment and identify your personal and professional goals, then determine what you are willing to sacrifice in order to achieve them. Take the time to write down what is most important to you and focus your energy on seeking out opportunities that will satisfy your needs on a holistic level.
  • Find the Right Work Environment: Investigate companies you may be interested in so that you can determine if they will be a good fit for your personality. Web resources like Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com and Salary.com are free to use and provide users with access to information like salaries, incentive programs, reviews of the management staff and just about anything else someone would need to decide if the environment would be good fit. You can also request an exploratory interview or job shadow.
  • Network: Actively seek out relationships with other professionals. Not only can discussing your goals be helpful in identifying viable career opportunities, but it is also helpful to be notified when job prospects become available. While resources like CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com or Job.com can be helpful in your efforts to search for jobs, having a relationship with an internal employee who is willing to refer you for an opening is invaluable. Strive to grow your professional network, find others who share similar career aspirations and brainstorm creative solutions to achieve your goals.

If you are interested in learning more about identifying viable career opportunities, request a virtual career mentor at GoodProspects®, or visit the career discussion forums.

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3 easy tips for writing a resume

Looking for some easy steps to help you write your resume? Look no further!

  1. Simple easy to read layout. Stick with a font like Times New Roman or Calibri which are easy to read both in print and on a computer screen. Use a simple layout, you can have your name in a larger bolder font, your previous employers and titles.
  2. List your previous employers in reverse chronological order. Keep your most recent job as the first job on your list and then work backwards.
  3. When writing about your previous positions, list things that you did instead of tasks. Example- interacted daily with customers while providing answers to questions. Instead of did customer service.

Our READY program provides free one-on-one job readiness services, as well as employability skills workshops and computer classes. One-on-one staff attention allows READY to help individuals with their job readiness needs. Goodwill has partnered with a number of nonprofits in the community to offer READY services.

Our READY staff serve these agencda6q0997ies through an array of customizable employment readiness workshops. When a person begins READY services an assessment of needs, goals and abilities is completed. Based on that outcome, either the person continues to work on employability skills with READY, or is referred to Business Solutions for placement services.

To get in contact with one of our READY specialists please contact us at (402) 231-1901 or via email at [email protected]

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9 Spring Cleaning Tips

The birds are starting to chirp, the snow is gone, and spring is just around the corner. With warm weather on the way, it’s time to start thinking about organizing your house and doing some spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a topic that many people dread because, let’s face it, no one really likes to clean. Even though cleaning may be a drag, there are definitely ways to make it fun. Here are some tips on how to effectively complete your spring cleaning tasks while still having a good time!

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Turn Up the Music

Before you even think about cleaning, make a motivational cleaning playlist with a lot of upbeat songs. Make the playlist as long as possible so you never have a song repeat. This will help you keep your spirits high and stay motivated to keep going. Plus, if you make the playlist efficiently, you’ll be singing and dancing while you’re cleaning, which will just make it a lot more fun.

Take it one room at a time

You may live in a huge house or a one bedroom apartment; but no matter the size of your home, it seems like all of your stuff piles up. Start in one room of your house and work your way around, one room at a time. When you focus in one room, it’s much easier to remain determined and not get overwhelmed by the amount of items you have piling up.

Work your way down

When in every room, start by getting rid of items you no longer use or need. After these items are out of the room, dust anything that is not on the floor (i.e. frames, ceiling fans, shelves). Work your way down from the ceiling and wipe everything down. Once everything is wiped down, finish up by vacuuming so all of the dust that has fallen will officially be history.

Delete the repeats

Everyone has repeats in their house. Maybe you have three sets of measuring cups or four of the same exact t-shirt. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to really look at everything you own and get rid of any multiples. This will open up your home and open up space for when you start accumulating more items.

One in, one out

When going through your house, follow the Goodwill Golden Rule- one in, one out. Whenever you get a new item, you need to get rid of an item you already own. Did you get new stuff for the holidays? For every new item you’ve gotten in the past six months, remove an item from your house. You will be amazed at how de-cluttered your house feels once you begin following this rule every day.

Everything needs a place

If you’re anything like me, you tend to pile things up so it looks like it’s clean. This is a bad habit because it really doesn’t clean your house and just makes it look cluttered. If you see a pile forming on your desk or night stand, get rid of it. The easiest way to make sure you don’t have piles is to make sure everything has a place that is on a surface and not placed on top of another similar item (i.e. books, movies, boxes). Once everything has a place, make sure to keep it there and get rid of anything that doesn’t.

Love it or lose it

Take a look in your closet and around your house, do you have clothes or décor that you like but don’t love? If there are items in your house that you wouldn’t go to the store and buy today, it’s time to say goodbye and let someone else enjoy them.

Be strong and don’t give in

I am guilty of being one of those people who keeps something around because I think I might end up needing it or wanting to wear/use it in the future even if I haven’t touched it in the past six months. When spring cleaning, you need to be strong and be rational. If it hasn’t been worn in a year or you forgot that you owned it, it’s time to part ways.

Donate it, don’t trash it

Goodwill loves this time of year because everyone is getting rid of items they no longer want in their house. Instead of throwing it to the curb to be taken to the dump, drive it over to your local Goodwill and donate it. Your items will brighten someone’s day and go to good use once they’re donated.Donate Clothes Isolated On White

See, spring cleaning isn’t bad at all! Now that you’ve de-cluttered your house, you can finally feel at ease knowing your house is clean and you didn’t spend weeks on end feeling overwhelmed by the process. Now that you have all your used items boxed up and ready to go, take a drive to your local Goodwill and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

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