Looking for Direct Employment?
Use the following tips when looking for direct employment after high school:
- Explore your special abilities, skills and interests with your school counselor.
- Put effort into extracurricular activities. By the time you apply for a job, you should be able to demonstrate depth and leadership in an extracurricular area.
- Collect and study materials about writing resumes and letters of application.
- Talk to teachers about writing letters of recommendation for you. Think about what you would like to include in these and politely ask your teachers if they can help.
- Visit with individuals working in various occupations that may be of interest to you.
- Ask about intern or job shadowing programs at your school.
- Become familiar with major employers in the area where you are interested in working. Attend local and regional job fairs.
- Be knowledgeable about the vocational/technical program offerings available in your high school.
- Find a full-time or part-time job.
What you do outside of school counts, too! Be careful on social media as employers have access to the internet just like you and can research your name and postings. This could make or break their decisions on whether or not you get selected for employment.