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.)
http://oregoncis.uoregon.edu

Oregon labor market information (OLMIS) is available online from the Oregon Employment Department.
http://www.qualityinfo.org

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.
http://www.imatchskills.org

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.
http://www.worksourceoregon.org

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.
http://www.oregonlive.com/jobs

The Register-Guard lists help wanted ads and articles from this newspaper in Eugene, Oregon.
http://www.registerguard.com

East Oregonian provides a list of job opportunities from its classified ads.
http://www.eastoregonian.info

Mail Tribune lists employment opportunities from the classified ads from this newspaper in Medford, Oregon.
http://www.mailtribune.com

Use this resource for additional newspaper Web sites in the state.
http://newslink.org/ornews.html

National Career Resources

America's Career InfoNet is sponsored by the US Department of Labor and provides national, state, and local career information and labor market data.
http://www.CareerInfoNet.org

JOBCentral National Labor Exchange is a service of DirectEmployers Association, a nonprofit consortium of leading U.S. corporations, in alliance with 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.
http://www.jobcentral.com/

Career Journal from the Wall Street Journal offers advice on job hunting and succeeding on the job. It also includes information on salaries.
http://www.careerjournal.com

The Riley Guide 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.
http://www.rileyguide.com

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 helpful sites.
http://www.JobHuntersBible.com

Two 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.
http://www.1st-writer.com
http://www.1stresumes.com

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.

CareerBuilder
http://www.careerbuilder.com

Contract Employment Weekly
http://www.ceweekly.com

Cool Works
http://www.coolworks.com

Employment Guide's Career Web
http://www.employmentguide.com

Monster.com
http://www.monster.com

MonsterTrak
http://www.monstertrak.monster.com

The Careers Organization
http://www.careers.org

International Work Resources

O-Hayo Sensei lists teaching (and other English language-related) jobs in schools and companies in Japan.
http://www.ohayosensei.com

US State Department provides information on becoming a Foreign Service officer, Foreign Service specialist, or civil service employee for the State Department.
http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/hr/

This site provides information on opportunities with the Peace Corps.
http://www.peacecorps.gov

Miscellaneous Topics

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.
http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/resources