Tips & Resources

Even with the surplus of jobs, finding the perfect job for you takes dedication and effort. Connecting with the right employer is not an easy task. Career counselors and professors say that finding employment must become your full-time job until you secure that perfect position.

Here you will find a variety of tips and resources to help you in your job search:

Choosing the Right Career

North Dakota industries are overflowing with opportunities for newcomers to the workforce or those looking for a fresh new start. What career interests you? How do you plan on getting there? Our Explore Careers section offers information on exploring careers: by industry, by occupation, by education, military careers, and entrepreneurship. RU Ready has several different profiles and surveys which will help identify your strengths and which jobs may suit you better.

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Resumes

Your resume is the first impression a potential employer can get of you. It may mean the difference between an interview or ending up in the recycling bin. Quintcareers.com lists some general resume dos and don’ts. Resources also exist for resume tips by industry and profession. For example, Monster Career Advice offers specific resume tips for the information technology industry, finance professionals, nurses, and more. North Dakota Job Service offers a resume creation feature which is very beneficial in helping you create a resume from scratch or update a current resume.

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Interview Tips

The following job interview tips come from the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook:

  • Learn everything you can about the company or organization you’re about to interview with. Review the website, read newsletters, annual reports, press releases, and company magazines.
  • Be prepared to ask informed questions about the position, company, or organization when given the opportunity.
  • Prepare answers to broad questions about yourself, review your resume, and practice an interview with someone.
  • Avoid asking questions about salary and benefits unless you receive a job offer.
  • Use proper English, and avoid slang.
  • Answer questions concisely.
  • Thank the interviewer when you leave, and follow up in writing.

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Extras

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Other Resources

Careers in North Dakota is a comprehensive publication that covers nearly everything you ever wanted to know about career opportunities in North Dakota including employment projections, wages, core tasks, work activities, skills, knowledge, and typical education/training requirements. Additionally, we’ve tagged those occupations that are high demand, high wage, and belong to one of five skill clusters. Also, there’s the ability to cross-reference each occupation with a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code, career cluster, or general interest area.

North Dakota Employment Projections is a long-term look at future employment levels by industry and occupation updated every two years

North Dakota Employment & Wages is updated annually and is the most accurate source for detailed industrial employment and wage information for North Dakota, its regions, and counties.

Trained employment counselors can help you explore career options and interests to help you select a field where you are likely to succeed. Contact your local Job Service office for more information.

Career Resource Tool Kit from the Career and Resources Network includes assessments used to help students identify their interest, skills, and learning styles.

Career Planning Checklist For 7-12 and post secondary students who like having a step by step checklist for career management.

ASVAB The ASVAB Career Exploration Program provides tools developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help high school and post-secondary students across the nation learn more about career exploration and planning.

North Dakota Career Outlook Magazine from the ND Career Resource Network: for hundreds of different types of occupations lists training and education needed, national vs. North Dakota earnings, projected growth rates nationally vs. North Dakota, Holland type rating, what workers do on the job, and general working conditions.

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