JOB SEEKERS

 
Welcome Job Seekers
Employers that hire young adults (ages 16-24) for entry level positions are looking for job seekers that have some basic understanding of the world of work. They need to know job applicants, especially those with little or no job history, are ready to be successful in their workplace. Connect2Careers prepares young adults with these work-based skills. This helps Connect2Careers employers to have more confidence that Connect2Careers job candidates are ready to fill their entry level jobs and other employment opportunities that can lead you to your career goals.

Connect2Careers is here to help young adults prepare for the world of work so they can find and secure a job. Connect2Careers is also an avenue to learn about other types of training, education and employment opportunities in your community.
  • Complete Work Readiness Training to learn the essential workplace skills employers look for in job applicants
  • Search through hundreds of local job opportunities
  • Learn about other resources to help you create and perfect your resumé, prepare for job interviews, connect with training or education and much more
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Resources
Check out some of these online tools that will help you be ready to get the Connect2Careers job you want.

Application Tools
Reverse Chronological Resumes
This is the most common type of resume and means that you organize your information in a chronological order, newest information to oldest information. There are different ways to categorize your information.

Work History Based Resume
This type of resume is useful if you have work history that is relevant to the job. This format allows you to highlight your previous employment and the relevant job-based skills you have acquired in reverse chronological order.

Education & Experience Based Resume
Primarily useful for the college or training graduate. Write this type of resume in a chronological format to focus on educational achievements, volunteer, or other relevant experience.
Functional Resumes
A functional resume is a skills-based resume that focuses on your skills and abilities rather than work history or professional education. This is a great way for entry level job seekers to highlight their related skills and traits. This resource offers a variety of sample resumes by industry, including several entry level jobs.
Interview Preparation
Employers want to know: Why should we hire you? Be prepared to tell them:
  • Your qualifications for the job
  • Your “fit” with the employer or organization
  • How well you have considered your reasons for applying
  • How clearly you can express how you can help the organization
  • Your skills and traits, like those outlined in the 21st Century Skills Competencies (above)

Career Preparation
Careers NW
Primarily useful for the college or training graduate. Write this type of resume in a chronological format to focused on educational achievements, volunteer, or other relevant experience.
21st Century Skills Competencies
Employers expect a certain level of skills from their new hires. This guide can help you understand the traits employers look for (listed below) and shows these expected traits by education level of the employee, whether it is Secondary Education (high school or less), Post-Secondary Education (college-level), or Professional (fully trained or completed college):
  • Adaptability (Openness to Change)
  • Analysis/Solutions Mindset (Problem Solving)
  • Collaboration (Team Player)
  • Communication
  • Digital Fluency (Good with Technology)
  • Empathy (Sensitive to Others’ Feelings)
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset (Go-Getter)
  • Resilience (Plans for Success & Bounces Back from Failure)
  • Self-Awareness (Self-Understanding)
  • Social Diversity/Awareness (Sensitive to Differences in Backgrounds and Beliefs)
WorkSource Portland Metro
WorkSource Portland Metro helps offers one-on-one staff assistance and workshops for job seekers to make career plans, become more employable, improve job search skills and find work. Here, you can explore careers, attend job search and basic skills workshops, and learn about training and education opportunities available for you.