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Youth Services


Partnering Agencies

Some of the partners of Iowa Workforce Development Specialize in working with youth.

Job Corps:  The nation's largest and most comprehensive  residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Job Corps is a public-private partnership,  administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.  For more information call (515) 281-9693.

BEC:  The Business and Education Center, or BEC, is a partnership of education, government and private sector organizations who believe that preparing the future workforce is more about the synergy of a good partnership than it is about individual success.


Teachers/Counselors

Iowa Workforce Development has the following Educational Training Resources available to assist with career education and instruction. We would be glad to come into your classroom to do a presentation or invite you to visit the local Workforce Center.

  • The Successful Job Search

  • Mock Interviewing

  • Resumes/Cover Letters

  • Networking/Job Fairs

  • Workforce Center Tours/Visits

  • Website Demonstrations

We have numerous on-line resources and publications available.


Student Career Hints

Career Exploration
Whether you are a traditional or non-traditional student or just thinking of a career change, deciding on a career can be difficult.  You are not alone.  There are many tools and resources that can help you make an informed choice.  While we have provided some tools below, you may also want to visit with a school counselor or visit your school or local library.

What do I like to do?  What can I learn easily? Can I use the skills I have?
Interest, aptitude and other assessments can help measure your interest, ability and other traits that may affect your success in certain activities and careers.

Where are the jobs?  What will I earn?
Nothing is more frustrating than selecting a career and then not being able to find employment in your field.  A little research before starting using Labor Market Information for cities, counties and regions of Iowa will maximize your chance of selecting a career with increasing job opportunities.  It is also important to consider where you want to live when conducting this research as job outlook, earnings, and cost-of-living varies by location.


Applications
There are many reasons why you may be asked to complete an application.  It is important to remember that a résumé does not replace an application.  Here are some things to keep in mind when completing job applications.

  • Follow directions.  This is one of the main reasons you will be asked to complete an application, to see if you can follow directions.

  • Be neat.  Your qualifications won't count if they can't be read.  In addition, your handwriting may be important on the job.

  • Be complete.  Your résumé does not (and should not) include all of the information you will be asked for on an application.  Your résumé style affects the content and presentation of your work history as well.

  • Keep a portfolio.  Over the years it becomes increasingly difficult to remember details required for a complete application.  Dates, wages, and supervisor's names are just a few of the items you will need.  Also include any training and accomplishments on the job to include on future applications and résumés.

  • Attach a résumé.  No matter what your experience level, you should attach a résumé to all applications.  This provides you the opportunity to highlight your most impressive qualifications.

  • America's CareerInfoNet - Links to various job search aids on the Internet. 


Résumés
There are many styles of résumés.  The style you use depends on your work history and qualifications for the job.  Two of the most common styles are Chronological and Functional.  A chronological  résumé outlines your work history starting with the most recent and working backward.  This is the most common résumé style.  A functional résumé outlines your work history based on the function you performed.  This works especially well if you have a lot of similar experience with several different companies.

  • ResumeMaker - View a sample résumé  or type a résumé.  ResumeMaker software is available through all Region 11 Workforce Development Partnership offices.

  • America's CareerInfoNet - Links to various job search aids on the Internet.


Interviews
It is not always the most qualified person that gets the job but the one that interviews the best.  Interviewers are looking at more than just your qualifications during an interview.  They have a number of "unasked" questions.

  • I wonder if this is an industrious person?

  • Does this person have initiative?

  • Does this person have the capacity to learn?

  • Does this person have common sense?

  • How will this person fit in with our current employees?

  • Is this person enthusiastic?

  • Will this person be a good team worker?

Your verbal and nonverbal communication during the interview often provide the answers to these questions.  Remember, first impressions count.  Here are a few other tips for a positive interview experience.

  • Research the company.  This indicates initiative and enthusiasm and will help you determine which qualifications to highlight.

  • Review your answers.  While you cannot predict every question, there are many common questions.  Determine your answers for these questions and it will be easier to deal with the other questions you will be asked.

  • Dress appropriately.  Remember, if hired, you represent the company to everyone you meet.  If needed, drive by the business just before or after closing to determine appropriate dress.  You should dress one step above what you would wear on the job.

  • America's CareerInfoNet - Links to various job search aids on the Internet.

 

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