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Resumes and Career Assessments

Click the buttons below to use a resume template and craft your first resume.
Click the buttons below to use FREE website and craft your first resume.
Thoroughly fill out and send one of the below Worksheets to me, Ms. Angela, to get a simple first resume sent back to you, please include as much detail as possible: Send to [email protected]
Use this cover letter worksheet to create your first cover letter: (When you're applying for a job, a cover letter lets you show a personal side and demonstrate why hiring you is a smart decision. Cover letters should be around three paragraphs long and include specific examples from your past experience that make you qualified for the position.)Enter your text here...
Use this general job application to apply for a job:

A career portfolio goes beyond a resume and a cover letter to show a prospective employer your work experience, skills, accomplishments, and more.

Portfolios include information about who you are and examples of your work and achievements. A traditional resume is included in a career portfolio along with written and/or visual information that highlights what you have to offer.

So, what types of things go in a portfolio? The following list of the types of things you should consider including in a career portfolio:

  1. Career Summary and Goals: A description of what you stand for (such as work ethic, organizational interests, management philosophy, etc.) and where you see yourself in two-to-five years.

  2. Professional Philosophy/Mission Statement: A short description of the guiding principles that drive you and give you purpose.

  3. Resume: A summary of your education, achievements, and work experience, using a chronological or functional format.

  4. Skills, Abilities and Marketable Qualities: A detailed explanation of your skills and experience. This section should include the name of the skill area; the performance or behavior, knowledge, or personal traits that contribute to your success in that skill area; and your background and specific experiences that demonstrate your application of the skill.

  5. List of Accomplishments: A detailed listing that highlights the major accomplishments in your career to date.  Accomplishments are one of the most important elements of any good job search.

  6. Samples of Your Work: A sampling of your best work, including reports, papers, projects, presentations, etc. Do you have a high scored essay that you are proud of? Include it in your portfolio!

  7. Testimonials and Letters of Recommendations: A collection of any kudos you have received — from customers, past employers, teachers, coaches, etc. 

  8. Awards, Honors, and Certifications: A collection of certificates of awards, honors, and scholarships you have earned. Remember to Download/Print your Everfy certificates!

  9. Conference and Workshops: A list of conferences, seminars, and workshops you’ve participated in and/or attended. List some of the relevant Guest Speaker presentations you've participated in and what you learned!

  10. Volunteering/Community Service: A description of any community service activities, volunteer work you have completed, especially as it relates to your desired career.

  11. References List: A list of three to five people (including full names, titles, addresses, and phone/e-mail) who are willing to speak about your strengths, abilities, and experience. [DO NOT use family members.]

A career portfolio will set you apart.

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Take a career-interest assessment to get an idea of what careers you could do with your interests, skills, and abilities.
California Colleges

The California College Guidance Initiative manages CaliforniaColleges.edu, the state of California’s official college and career planning platform, which is free to all California educators, students, and families.

The Initiative is a nonprofit, funded in part by the state of California, that partners with school districts across the state to advance local college and career readiness goals. Click here to learn more about the Initiative’s mission, goals, and approach.


No sign-in required:

You must sign in to CaliforniaColleges.edu as a high school student in order to take the below assessments. If you don’t have an account, create one for free:
The ASVAB is an opportunity for students to get an assessment of their academic ability and how that translates into real life occupations. The ASVAB is the assessment that the military utilizes to determine eligibility for the armed forces HOWEVER it is not only a military assessment. All seniors wishing to enlist in military service should see Miss.Angela in the Career Center and get signed up for the ASVAB test. (Other students who aren't enlisting can also take the ASVAB to find careers that would be a good match for them, too!) Testing usually takes about 3 hours.

The ASVAB will be administered at OHS each quarter, be sure to check ParentSquare, Instagram, and weekly announcements so that you don't miss it! You can also take the ASVAB (Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery) at MEPS in San Diego with a military recruiter or via a recruiter-sanctioned testing event. Contact Ms. Angela if you have further questions.

Use these free online databases to look up the nature and requirements of any career you are considering.
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