Counting Down to Graduation: April, Getting a Job

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Question: How can you get that “first” job?

There is a light at the end of the tunnel! With graduation just a few short weeks away, it is time to hit the pavement and get that new job. Whether it is your first job out of high school or a new job after college, finding gainful employment can be a challenge.

The best place to start when finding a new job is with your resume. Resumes are essential in the job seeking process. Although there are many different types, all resumes provide your potential employer with your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments related to a specific job.

Even when a formal resume is not required it is a good idea to provide one. Your resume is like a first impression. It is your best opportunity to sell yourself to an employer in order to land an interview.

Putting together such an important document can be intimidating. What if you don’t know how to organize your resume? What if you aren’t sure what you should include? Don’t stress. AFB CareerConnect has you covered.

With the Job Seeker’s Toolkit, you have access to everything you need to know in order to write a resume. You can check out sample resumes, use the Resume Builder, and freshen up your skills with the latest lesson plans. These tools will help you put together your best resume yet.

After you finish writing your resume, make sure you have someone read over it before sending it out to potential employers. It is crucial to make sure you don’t have any spelling or grammatical errors. As a blind or visually impaired job seeker, it is a good idea to having someone who does not have a visual impairment review your resume for formatting issues. These are often difficult to spot with accessible technology.

Need additional help? Many colleges and universities offer Career Services for students. This is a great resource to help you finalize and perfect your resume. Career Services might even be able to help you find different job openings. Check out your campus to see if there is a Career Services office available.

For more information about writing a resume, check out Module 3- Finding Employment from the Job Seeker’s Toolkit.


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