Resources to help children with first jobs
Your young person may be searching for his or her first job directly out of high school, after attending college or a training program, or after discharge from the military. Where your child is in his or her career will affect the job search process. No matter the situation, connecting to the numerous resources that are available for job search advice, job openings, resume posting, and other support will help in finding a right job.
Oregon Career Resources
Oregon Career Information System (CIS) is a comprehensive career resource to schools, colleges, public agencies, and businesses that brings together the kinds of information and tools needed by career decision-makers of all ages. All Employment Department offices and most One-Stops in Oregon have CIS available to their customers. Career assessment tools, occupational information, and job search advice can help your young person transition to work. Ask the One-Stop center staff about how to access it. (CIS is a password protected site.)
Oregon labor market information (OLMIS) is available online from the Oregon Employment Department.
The iMatchSkills system is also a service of the Oregon Employment Department. Its purpose is to match employers with qualified job seekers and qualified job seekers with job listings that are a good fit based on the job seeker's skills.
WorkSource Oregon is a network of public and private partners working together for businesses and workers. One of their missions is to provide resources to help Oregon's unemployed and underemployed get connected with the employers that are right for them, find the jobs they're looking for, and get trained for jobs they want.
Oregon Newspaper Web Sites
Oregon Live, the Oregonian's online presence, provides classified ads listing job openings around the state with special emphasis on the Portland Metropolitan Area.
The Register-Guard lists help wanted ads and articles from this newspaper in Eugene, Oregon.
East Oregonian provides a list of job opportunities from its classified ads.
Mail Tribune lists employment opportunities from the classified ads from this newspaper in Medford, Oregon.
National Career Resources
CareerOneStop is sponsored by the
US Department of Labor and provides national, state, and local career
information and labor market data.
USNLX National Labor Exchange is a public-private partnerhsip of DirectEmployers and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA). Businesses post
job listings, create customized job orders, and search resumes. Job seekers
post resumes and search for jobs that fit their career goals.
Wall Street Journal Career Guides offers advice on job hunting and
succeeding on the job. It also includes information on salaries.
The myPerfectresume offers job resources, career-planning services, and tips on
preparing resumes. This site is one of the best and has detailed user search
instructions for the beginner.
JobHuntersBible.com provides a guide to aid job hunters and
career changers who want to use the Internet as part of their job search. It's
based on the
book, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" by Richard Bolles. This site
has up-to-date information and guidance with links to and ratings of other
Some experienced resume authors offer their services for a fee. Their Web sites
are also filled with suggestions for job search and links to other resources.
Job Web Sites
There are numerous private companies that provide job posting services to employers and job listings and resume posting services to job seekers. Many provide the services to job seekers for free. However, your student should read the privacy policies carefully, especially if he or she is asked to supply personal information. Below is an alphabetical listing of some of these Web sites. Some professions also have special job information sites. Temporary and temp-to-hire staffing organizations also provide alternative avenues into the job market.
The Careers Organization
International Work Resources
O-Hayo Sensei lists teaching (and other English language-related) jobs in schools and companies in Japan.
US State Department provides information on becoming a Foreign Service officer, Foreign Service specialist, or civil service employee for the State Department.
This site provides information on opportunities with the Peace Corps.
Written for young people just entering the job market, VISA has designed this section of their Practical Money Skills for Life site to help with important money management skills.