Job Search & Readiness Training

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Companies decide how they are going to decide which job seekers to interview. Some prefer to use applications that are specifically made for their company. Others prefer a generic application like they use at Department of Workforce Services. Many other employers accept résumés instead of applications. It all depends on the company.

A résumé is like a one page advertisement about what a useful person you are. It is a paper that includes all your jobs for the last 10 years, your skills and abilities, your education and special trainings, referral information and a way to contact you.

In this packet, we will help you create your own résumé.


Writing a Résumé is difficult for everyone. Do the best you can and you will find that you can make a good résumé.

Here are some rules to remember when you are making your résumé:

  1. Put Your Name, Address and Phone Number(s) at the Top of the Résumé. If an employer doesn't know how to contact you, you will never be called for an interview, or a job.
  2. Limit the Résumé to One Page. If you have more than one page, many employers will ignore your résumé because it would take too much time to review. Use only the information that will help you get the job, and be as brief and to the point as possible.
  3. Always Turn in a Cover Letter. Even if one is not asked for. This gives you a chance to introduce yourself, say who you are, and why you would be perfect for the job.

  4. Only List References if Specifically Asked. When you choose references, make sure they are individuals who think highly of you, and who will say good things about you. Only list them if the ad specifically requests references. If they are not asked for, then put "References Available Upon Request" at the bottom of the page.
  5. Make Your Résumé Look Professional. Appearance is EVERYTHING! Don't bother turning in a résumé if it has a coffee stain, or is wrinkled or torn - employers will look at a messy résumé as the work of a messy person.
  6. Get Organized Before You Start Typing. There are several worksheets in this packet to help. If you do them and have all your information written prior, you will make it better than if you just sit in front of the computer and try to think of what to say.

Soft Skills Worksheet

Directions – check all that describe you or the way you work. This list was created based on the surveys of several hundred employers who told us the kinds of qualities they want in their employees.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Team Player
  • Avoids Conflict
  • Good at Conflict Resolution
  • Dependable
  • Reliable
  • Honest
  • Polite
  • Loyal
  • Charismatic
  • Outgoing
  • Friendly
  • Good with Coworkers
  • Good with Customers
  • Good with Supervisors


  • Willing to do Whatever is Asked
  • "Can Do" attitude
  • Finds Solutions, Not Excuses
  • Does the Job WITHOUT Complaining
  • Good Work Ethic
  • Willing to Learn
  • Eager to Learn
  • Ambitious
  • "Good" Attitude
  • Positive
  • Flexible
  • Serious about Work
  • Leader
  • Professional
  • Self Starter
  • Enthusiastic
  • Motivated
  • Dedicated
  • Not Afraid to Get Dirty


  • Follow Oral Directions
  • Follow Written Directions
  • Able to Work in Extreme Weather
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Work for_____Hours on Feet
  • Quick learner
  • Able to lift:_____(Highest Weight Able to Lift)
  • Able to Continuously Lift:_____(weight)
  • Work_____Hours Without a Break
  • Able to Supervise
  • Customer Service
  • Able to be Trained
  • Able to Travel
  • Willing & Able to Travel
  • Days/Nights a Week
  • Cut in a Straight Line
  • Map Reading
  • Blueprint Reading

Quality of Work

  • Attention to Detail
  • Little or No Revision Necessary
  • Do Things the Right Way the First Time

Education & Language

  • Read English
  • Write English
  • Speak English
  • Understand English
  • Read other language(s):_____
  • Write other language(s):_____
  • Speak other language(s):_____
  • Understand other language(s):_____
  • Bilingual
  • Translation: Oral/Written
  • Math Skills: Ok/Good/Strong
  • Computer Skills: Ok/Good/Strong
  • Use and Read Measuring Tape
  • High School Diploma
  • GED
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Associate's Degree
  • Certifications:_____
  • Licenses:_____
  • Other Education:_____

Work Habits

  • Work Without Supervision
  • Work with Little Supervision
  • Work Independently
  • Good at Working with Others
  • Can Work Flexible Hours
  • Follow Schedule Meet Deadlines
  • Early to Work Everyday
  • On Time for Work Everyday – Do Not Mark If You Answer 3 or More to
  • The Following Question:
  • How many days have you been late – even 1 minute – in the last year?
  • Don't Miss Work – Do Not Mark If You Answer 4 or More to
  • The Following Questions:
  • How many days have you called in sick in the last year?
  • How many days have you gotten permission in advance to miss in the last year?
  • How many times have you had someone else work your shift for you in the last year?
  • Fast Worker
  • Steady Worker
  • Hard Worker
  • Good Time Management
  • Keep Busy
  • Safe worker


  • No Criminal Record
  • Clean background
  • Clean Driving Record
  • Drug Free

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