Excellent online sites for exploring career paths:
www.bls.gov/ooh – especially the tabs “How to Become One” and “More Info”
Career video sites:
Practical realities sites:
Check out the Reality Check for your state to determine the salary you need to have the lifestyle you want. Here are the ones for Texas and California:
Free Interest Profiler:
The free Interest Profiler is found at My Next Move and only takes about 5-10 minutes. www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip
Free Planning Pages:
I love Day Designer planners, and they also offer an array of free planning pages – check them out here.
Tulsa, OK, Free Resources:
Here are some good free local resources for job search assistance, testing, training, and placement:
1) Goodwill Industries (918) 743-6756 http://www.goodwilltulsa.org/gwt/Jobs_and_Training.asp
2) Workforce Oklahoma (918) 796-1200 http://www.workforcetulsa.com
3) Tulsa Community WorkAdvance (918) 442-2200 http://www.madisonstrategies.org/ and https://www.workadvance.org
4) Vocational Rehabilitation Services (918) 836-5556 http://www.okrehab.org
For encouragement and help with resumes, interviewing, networking, and so much more, I highly recommend the Overcoming Job Transition group.
OJT offers all kinds of practical help and encouragement for free. There are several different opportunities with them, but I definitely encourage you to check out the weekly meeting on Thursdays at First Methodist downtown from 11:30am – 1:00pm. http://ojttulsa.org.
Overcoming Job Transition Weekly Meeting
A brown bag lunch meeting for the unemployed and underemployed
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 1119 S. Boulder, downtown Tulsa
PARKING & DOOR? Park in the church lot on the west side of Boulder, walk across the crosswalk, into the church and follow signs (we’re usually down the stairs to your right).
WHO CAN COME: This event is free and open to anyone.
WHEN: Every Thursday, from 11:30-1pm
Focused Brainstorming: To start we have candidates sign up to take “the hot seat” where they will be able to tell their story and receive specific feedback from constructive criticism to specific contacts. This is an offering unlike anything else and a fantastic opportunity to supercharge your job search. Come check it out, offer your input to someone else, then sign up! You will be blessed. (For candidates on the hot seat, we recommend you dress like this is an interview, bring at least 40 copies of your resume, and practice your 2-minute drill in advance.)
Program: At Noon we usually have a speaker but can also be breakout sessions all designed to provide helpful input about your job search.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- First timers will be asked to stand up and introduce themselves and take about 30 seconds to tell their story about what they do and what they are searching for.
- Expect to meet other job seekers, volunteers and people who care about your well-being and success. You will be blessed!
- Most people dress business casual, but you should seek to make a good impression. (Keep the interview suit in the closet unless you’re on the hot seat or have an interview at another time during the day.)
- Bring a few copies of your resume, something to write with, etc.
- We have had 60-70 people attend for the past several weeks.
- Bring your lunch or eat before/after – whatever you prefer.
- If you come after 11:30am, you may feel like you are interrupting something. Don’t worry about it, just come on in and find a seat!