Getting Started

Exploring Jobs and Careers

Explore Dream Discover

Learn about your interests, strengths, skills and how they match up to various careers.

Check out the links below to take a career assessment!

CareerOneStop – U.S. Dept of Labor website filled with career exploration tools and information
CareerWise –Job/Career exploration website through MnSCU
MCIS –MN Career Information Systems website

What you Need to Apply

Filling out applications, creating a resume/cover letter, and other things that will help get you to a job interview!

Application Do’s/Don’ts

Creating a Resume
Resume Sample

CareerWise – What to Put in Your Resume

CareerOneStop – Writing Your Resume

Writing a Cover Letter
Cover Letter Samples

Picking the Right References
Who make good references


Got called for a job interview? Awesome! Find out how to prepare for interviews below.

Step 1: Learn as much as you can about the job and research the workplace

Step 2: Figure out what kind of interview it will be

Step 3: Begin to prepare for typical interview questions and figure out what you want to ask about the job/company

Step 4: Dress to impress
Tips for Men
Tips for Women

Step 5: What to do after the interview

On-the-Job Experience

Internships – Are a great way to gain experience, learn about careers in a hands-on way, and meet professionals in a particular field.

Apprenticeships – Another great way to gain experience on the job while attending structured training programs. They are usually paid and can last between 1 and 6 years.



Informational Interviews – Getting the inside scoop about a particular job from someone who is currently doing it.

Keep on Developing Specific Career Skills and Knowledge at Professional Development events

Tips for Job Success

Learn about the essential skills that employers look for when hiring a new employee

Soft Skills -how you communicate and interact with others at work

Social Media – Do’s and Don’ts

Contact Info

Steele County Works (507) 455-1180
1850 Austin Road
Owatonna, MN 55060

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