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Getting any job is an achievement; getting the right job is a triumph. Of course, most people have a series of jobs throughout their careers, but your chances of having a sustained and satisfying work experience go way up if you can find a job that matches your interests and skills. So before you look for a job, take a good look at yourself:

  • List topics and ideas that interest you in school.
  • List things you like to do with your free time.
  • List things you do well, including everyday things in school and around the house.
  • List things that you do not like to do.
  • List areas in which you can handle tasks and take responsibility.
  • Think through the extent of your mobility and independence.
  • List any potentially job-related activities that you have experience in.

Using this self-evaluation, talk with your family, teachers, friends and an employment specialist or someone who helps people find jobs about opportunities that may be available and well-suited for you. This group might even meet to brainstorm about options and resources you should explore.

Consider what supports, equipment, or services you may need to get a job. If you will need accommodations or support to be successful, think about how to meet those needs. The Rehabilitation Services Administration may be able to assist you with accommodations related to your disability.

A resume is a list of your experiences and education that is sent to an employer. Model resumes are easy to find on the Internet. Develop your resume and ask others to help you improve and polish it.

Most job applications ask for the same details. Gather this information and take a copy with you whenever you go to apply for a job to help you fill out the application.

Many questions are also common to job interviews. The following questions, many others, and suggestions for handling them are given at this web site. Get someone to help you practice answering such questions as:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What experience do you have in this field?
  • Do you consider yourself successful?
  • What do you know about this organization?
  • What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
  • Are you applying for other jobs?
  • Why do you want to work for this organization?
  • Do you know anyone who works for us?
  • What kind of salary do you need?
  • Are you a team player?
  • How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
  • Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
  • Tell me about a suggestion you have made.
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • Tell me about your dream job.
  • Why do you think you would do well at this job?
  • What are you looking for in a job?
  • What is more important to you: the money or the work?
  • Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
  • What motivates you to do your best on the job?
  • Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
  • How would you know you were successful on this job?
  • How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
  • Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Networking with others may lead you to job opportunities. Let everyone know that you are looking for employment.

Be patient! Finding employment takes time. Stay focused on looking for the job that is right for you.

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