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Cygnet Associates

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Go To Version I: Get the Job You Want

GET THE JOB YOU WANT
Faster and Easier

WELCOME!

Helping people get good jobs is what we are all about. We offer many resources for finding a job now. Or you might want more education and training to get a better job. The choice is yours.

If You are Having Trouble Reading This,
Tell a Staff Person Right Now.

There are many roads to a good job. We will not tell you which one to take. Instead, you are in control. Using the resources here, you may be able to set a career goal and achieve it without help from staff. Or you may need to talk with a staff person sometimes. We are here for you every step of the way.

YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR EXTRA HELP.

Most resources here may be used by anyone. But we get some special money every year to offer extra help to people who may really need it. This can include free job training, child care and transportation help, counseling and other things.

On the next page is a form. If you answer "yes" to any of the statements on this form, tell a staff person right away. You may qualify for extra services. Once you have finished this form, go to the next page, which begins "Start Now to Get the Job You Want."

FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY FOR EXTRA HELP

Finding a job is harder for some people than others so they need more help. We get extra money every year for this purpose. If you qualify, you can get extra help such as:

1. Free education and training at local schools and colleges.

2. Free or low-cost transportation to school or work.

3. Free or low-cost child care.

4. Special classes in getting and keeping good jobs.

Directions

Read each of these statements. Put a checkmark beside any that are true about you. If you answer "yes" to any statement, tell a staff person right away. You may get some extra help.

____ Yes My reading, writing or math skills are not so good.

____ Yes I do not have a high school diploma or GED.

____ Yes I get checks from the government for welfare or other reasons.

____ Yes I have been arrested and fingerprinted at least once.

____ Yes I have a disability of some kind.

____ Yes I do not have a place to call home.

____ Yes I was laid off from my most recent job.

____ Yes I am under 22 years old and a parent or pregnant.

____ Yes I have been out of work at least four months.

____ Yes I am age 55 or older.

____ Yes I am a veteran of the Armed Forces.

If you did not answer "yes" to any of the statements above, you are ready to move onto Step 1, which starts on the next page. If you have questions at any time, ask a staff person.


START NOW TO GET THE JOB YOU WANT

There are four steps to getting the job you want:

1. Setting a career goal.

2. Finding out about the strengths and challenges that you bring to the job search.

3. Putting together an "Action Plan" to help you with your challenges.

4. Using resources here and elsewhere to make your Action Plan succeed.

STEPS 1 AND 2: GOALS AND CHALLENGES

Take steps one and two with the following survey that you complete yourself. It helps you spot the challenges you'll face in 12 categories. Few people have challenges in all categories. But no matter what stands in your way, we can help you succeed.

1. Career Goals and Interests -- What kind of job you might like the best.

2. Career Talents -- Your natural gifts that make it easier to learn skills for a job you will enjoy.

3. Career Skills -- The job skills you have now.

4. Academics -- Reading, writing and math skills.

5. Job-Seeking Skills -- Things like finding job openings, filling out applications, interviewing and writing resumes.

6. Job-Keeping Skills -- What you need to know to get along with others and earn raises and promotions.

7. Basic Life Resources -- Food, clothing, shelter, child care, transportation and easy access to a telephone.

8. Life and Family -- Problems at home that can keep you from getting and keeping a job.

9. My Body's Health -- Any limits you might have on working caused by injuries, disabilities or other problems with the health of your body.

10. Thoughts and Feelings -- Whether you have worries about working or life in general, including mental or emotional disabilities you know about.

11. Substance Abuse -- Drug or alcohol problems that get in the way of working.

12. Legal Issues -- You might not have a driver's license or a license to practice a career. You might also face problems with the police or courts that could keep you from working.

Be honest when you take the survey. It will really help you put together an Action Plan that gets you the job you want as quickly and painlessly as possible. Read these next sections before taking the survey. You will learn how to score it and what to do next.

HOW TO SCORE YOUR CAREER SURVEY

Each section is on a separate page of the survey. In each of the 12 sections you will find a series of statements. You are asked whether you agree with each statement.

Circle "A" if you "strongly agree" with the statement.

Circle "B" if you "somewhat agree" with the statement.

Circle "C" if you "somewhat DISAGREE" with the statement.

Circle "D" if you "strongly DISAGREE" with the statement.>

Any "A" answer reveals a possible barrier to your career goal. A "B" answer means the problem might not be so serious but is still worth looking into. A "C" or "D" answer means this is an area of possible strengths. On the "Action Plan" you will find a list of resources we offer in each of the 12 categories to help you overcome any challenges.

Now you are ready to take the survey. Begin now. If you have questions or problems, talk with a staff person right away.

STEP 3: PUTTING TOGETHER AN ACTION PLAN

Your finished survey points out challenges that might stand in the way of your career goal. It also can show you areas where you've got strengths. Now it's time to make an "Action Plan" to remove the challenges one by one.

Following this page is a section called "Resources." Take a look at it now. You will see there are 12 sheets which match the 12 categories in your Career Survey. On each sheet is a list of resources. Some can be found here. Others are at other local agencies. You will see, too, that the resources are in three categories:

1. Self-help Resources: You use these by yourself. They include information about training and jobs, tests of your job interests and skills, and other materials. If you need help using these resources, a staff person will be glad to assist.

2. Group Resources: Sometimes the best way to overcome a challenge is to work with others. There are several group activities to choose from to help your finds a good job fast, test your skills and abilities, take control at home, or feel better about things in general.

3. One-on-One Help: Sometimes you may just feel lost and not know what to do about a problem.

Look at all the resources, then put a checkmark next to the resources you want to use. Then show your completed Action Plan to a staff person. He or she will go over it with you and help you make the most of the resources here and elsewhere in the community. Why not get started now? If you have questions, any staff person will be glad to help.

STEP 4: PUTTING YOUR ACTION PLAN TO WORK

When your Action Plan is done, you are ready to start using the resources offered through our one-stop center. A resource specialist can get you started. We have information and services of all kinds to help you overcome challenges in any of the 12 categories on your Career Survey. In each category you will find two basic kinds of resources:

1. Information: About job openings, high-demand careers, job-search and other classes, training opportunities and other community resources. It is all arranged so that you can look it up yourself. Ask the resource specialist if you have questions.

2. Activities: Surveys, tests, tip sheets and check sheets to help you overcome any barrier step-by-step. Some of these activities you do yourself and some are offered in groups. For some, you might want to meet one-on-one with a counselor.

We also have a Resource Room. The Resource Room has much of the information and activities that are listed on the Action Plans. The Resource Room is always staffed. If you have any question about using these resources or wish to talk with a career counselor, ask the resource specialist for help. With the right plan, nothing can hold you back! So get started!


MY JOB INTERESTS

The following 10 questions can help you determine whether you need to do career exploration and/or an interest inventory. Complete this sheet to see if you need information on choosing a job or career that's right for you.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. One job is about as good as another.
A B C D 2. I cannot name three jobs that I am interested in doing.
A B C D 3. I do not even know how to start exploring a job I'd like.
A B C D 4. I have not talked to people who are doing the job I want.
A B C D 5. I mostly feel bored with and indifferent to the jobs I have done.
A B C D 6. I don't seem to enjoy a job the way others do.
A B C D 7. I would be reluctant to contact someone I don't know for information about career fields in which I am interested.
A B C D 8. I find that my occupation tends to make me unhappy.
A B C D 9. I believe an experienced employment counselor would have a better idea of what jobs I should apply for than I have.
A B C D 10. I have not found any type of work that I really enjoy.

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a Job Interest Action Plan


MY JOB TALENTS AND ABILITIES

This self-test can help you determine if you could be helped by taking an assessment of aptitude. An aptitude assessment can tell you whether or not you have a strong ability to learn how to do a specific job task.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. I don't know what I am really good at.
A B C D 2. I have always done the same things and that's all I think I can do.
A B C D 3. I have always wanted to do other jobs but I am not sure I can.
A B C D 4. I do not have any background or experience in the field in which I want to be trained.
A B C D 5. I cannot remember taking any type of test that showed me what areas I'd be really good at.
A B C D 6. Sometimes it seems to me that others learn how to do things much more easily than I do.
A B C D 7. I think I have the ability to do anything.
A B C D 8. Learning how to do certain tasks is a real struggle for me.
A B C D 9. Sometimes I feel like the things I'm interested in doing aren't the things I'm good at.
A B C D 10. I would be interested in taking a test that would tell me what things I'm best at.

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a My Job and Talents Action Plan.


COMMUNICATION AND ACADEMICS

Answering these questions will help determine if you need academic services including a diploma, financial aid information, or where to go to school.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. I have attended school/training before that did not help me.
A B C D 2. I had to leave high school before completing.
A B C D 3. I need a certificate, license, or diploma to get the job I want.
A B C D 4. I often do not understand what I read.
A B C D 5. I have trouble reading or understanding the daily newspaper.
A B C D 6. I would like to go back to school but would like some help on enrolling.
A B C D 7. I would like to get into a GED program, community college, college, or master's program.
A B C D 8. I would like to go to school but would need information on ways to pay for it.
A B C D 9. I'd like to continue my education but am not sure what is even available.
A B C D 10. I want to go to school and pretty much know where I want to go and what I want to study.

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a Communication and Academics Action Plan

 


JOB SKILLS

The following eleven questions can help assess your need for occupational skill training.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. I don't know what skills I need to get the job I want.
A B C D 2. I don't have the skills I need to get the job I want.
A B C D 3. I don't have the experience to get the job I went to school for.
A B C D 4. My job skills are obsolete.
A B C D 5. I have to improve my skills to stay up with the latest changes in my field.
A B C D 6. I'd like to go to a vocational/technical school to learn skills I can use on the job.
A B C D 7. I have an employer who will hire me if I can just get the tools, equipment, and/or uniform I need.
A B C D 8. The only way to learn what I need to learn is actually doing the job
A B C D 9. There are job skills I don't have that I need to learn to be better able to get a job.
A B C D 10. I have an employer who will hire me if I get training.
A B C D 11. I would like to go to school to learn a trade or skill but don't have the money.

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete an Job Skills Action Plan.


JOB SEEKING FACTORS

This self-assessment gives you information about how to look for a job.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. I have sent out resumes recently but did not get an interview.
A B C D 2. I struggle with what to say when an employer asks me about something negative in my background.
A B C D 3. My resume needs work.
A B C D 4. I won't apply for a job at a business unless I know they are hiring
A B C D 5. I don't think I am very good at job interviewing.
A B C D 6. I think I have been turned down for jobs because of my age.
A B C D 7. I would hesitate to ask questions during a job interview.
A B C D 8. I would feel uncomfortable asking friends for job leads
A B C D 9. I have gone on several job interviews recently but did not get the job.
A B C D 10. I do not normally contact the people I use for recommendations before I use their name.

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a Job Seeking Skills Action Plan


JOB KEEPING SKILLS

Think about a job you've held. If you have not held a job, think about what you might do if you were working at a job. Answering these questions will help determine if you need information about moving up in a job, getting raises, and sticking with a job.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. I cannot use my past employers as a reference.
A B C D 2. Asking for help on the job is a sign of being weak
A B C D 3. I think it's okay to take off time from work for personal reasons.
A B C D 4. I have been fired from a job or have quit without giving notice.
A B C D 5. I have held a couple jobs for less than three months.
A B C D 6. If my child was sick, I would not go to work.
A B C D 7. I'd rather quit a job than do something I don't think I should have to do.
A B C D 8. When someone makes me angry, I get even.
A B C D 9. I find it difficult to take criticism without feeling hurt.
A B C D 10. I seem to be late more than I am on time for things.

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a Job Keeping Skills Action Plan


BASIC LIFE RESOURCES

The following statements describe life situations you may be in. Answering these questions can show which, if any, services you may need to help you out during your job search or while working on a job.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. I need help getting food for my family and me.
A B C D 2. I worry how I will get the money to survive the rest of the month.
A B C D 3. Getting from place to place can be a real problem for me.
A B C D 4. I hope I am still living in the same place in a month.
A B C D 5. I do not have reliable daycare with which I am comfortable.
A B C D 6. I do not have easy access to a telephone
A B C D 7. If I don't get a job soon, I may have to declare bankruptcy.
A B C D 8. I worry about whether I'll have the money to keep my utilities turned on.
A B C D 9. I do not own an alarm clock.
A B C D 10. I don't have the money to buy gasoline.
A B C D 11. I am delinquent on student loan payments
A B C D 12. My family and I are better off on public assistance than if I worked

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a Basic Life Resources Service Sheet.


LIFE AND FAMILY MANAGEMENT

Answering these self-assessment questions honestly can help you get matched to services or information that can make your life easier to manage.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. There are many times I'd like to leave home.
A B C D 2. I wish my family didn't fight and argue so much.
A B C D 3. My friends or family tries to talk me out of getting a job or training.
A B C D 4. Caring for a family can be almost too much to bear.
A B C D 5. I am responsible for the care of an elderly relative.
A B C D 6. If my partner did not want me to work or go to school I would probably quit.
A B C D 7. I cannot count on my family to give me a ride, watch my child, or loan me money if I need it to stay in school.
A B C D 8. Managing time is not my strong point.
A B C D 9. 911 has been called to break up a family argument.
A B C D 10. I plan to stay home during my pregnancy or when my child is born

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a Life and Family Management Action Plan.


MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS

Rate the following statements based on how you feel or what you believe.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. I don't really have any important goals I can think of.
A B C D 2. I cannot think of anything I have done that makes me feel really proud.
A B C D 3. I am not feeling too good about myself right now.
A B C D 4. I often sleep too much or too little.
A B C D 5. Things often seem so hopeless.
A B C D 6. Sometimes I feel out of touch with reality.
A B C D 7. I would like to talk to a counselor about some personal issues.
A B C D 8. I set goals but I give them up if they get too hard
A B C D 9. I frequently get excited about doing something but lose interest easily.
A B C D 10. I am having a hard time handling change in my life

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a My Thoughts and Feelings Action Plan.


MY BODY'S HEALTH

These 10 questions will help determine whether you might want to use our resources to assist you with a physical or health issue.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. My health gives me a lot of problems.
A B C D 2. There are some jobs I cannot do because of my health or physical problems.
A B C D 3. I have had or need surgery soon.
A B C D 4. My children seem to be sick a lot.
A B C D 5. I have a child/family member who has a physical disability and/or illness that requires much care.
A B C D 6. My medication could affect my job performance.
A B C D 7. I will need special accommodations to do certain jobs.
A B C D 8. My doctors' appointments will hinder my school or jobs.
A B C D 9. My disability prevents me from doing things that I need to do in my job.
A B C D 10. I have had to quit a job because of a health-related problem.
A B C D 11. Future health insurance may be affected by a pre-existing condition.

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a My Body's Health Action Plan.


SUBSTANCE USE

This inventory is designed to help you determine whether alcohol or drug use may be a problem for you. Answer each question honestly.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. Sometimes I'll use drugs or alcohol to alter my mood.
A B C D 2. I have thought about cutting back on drinking or getting high.
A B C D 3. There is nothing wrong with drinking or getting high by yourself.
A B C D 4. My family or friends complain about my drinking or getting high.
A B C D 5. I try to limit myself to a certain number of drinks per week.
A B C D 6. My driving record includes a conviction for DUI.
A B C D 7. I have gotten in trouble at work because of drugs or alcohol.
A B C D 8. I have awakened in the morning and could not remember what happened the night before.
A B C D 9. It's hard for me to quit drinking or getting high because most of my friends do.
A B C D 10. I've noticed that I can drink more than I used to without feeling its effects.

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a Substance Use Action Plan.


LEGAL ISSUES

Completing these items will identify whether you might need information or services concerning a legal issue.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Somewhat Disagree
D = Strongly Disagree

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A B C D 1. I have been arrested or convicted of a crime other than traffic violations.
A B C D 2. I will soon go to court or sentencing.
A B C D 3. I owe back child support.
A B C D 4. I have unpaid court fines or restitution to pay.
A B C D 5. I have to do community service hours as part of a court sentence.
A B C D 6. I am going to court soon on a family matter.
A B C D 7. I am involved in civil litigation.
A B C D 8. I am driving a car without mandatory insurance and/or an expired license.
A B C D 9. I am on probation or parole.
A B C D 10. I need to find an attorney to discuss a legal matter I am concerned with.
A B C D 11. I need to get my driver's license.
A B C D 12. I would like to become a United States' Citizen.
A B C D 13. I need a copy of my social security card, birth certificate or other record and don't know how to get it.

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Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. ______________
If you have one or more, complete a Legal Issues Action Plan.


MY JOB INTEREST ACTION PLAN

Here are some materials and resources that are available at the center that I can use on my own:

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MY JOB TALENTS AND ABILITIES ACTION PLAN

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COMMUNICATIONS AND ACADEMICS ACTION PLAN

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JOB SKILLS ACTION PLAN

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JOB SEEKING FACTORS ACTION PLAN


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JOB KEEPING SKILLS ACTION PLAN

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BASIC LIFE RESOURCES ACTION PLAN

Here are some materials and resources that are available at the center that I can use on my own:

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LIFE AND FAMILY MANAGEMENT ACTION PLAN


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MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ACTION PLAN

Here are some materials and resources that are available at the center that I can use on my own:

btnblack.gif (217 bytes) Setting Goals: If we can make our goals seem "real" we are more likely to reach them. These exercises will help you examine the short, mid and long-term goals you have for your life. Career, education, and personal relationship goals should become clearer to you.

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MY BODY'S HEALTH ACTION PLAN

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SUBSTANCE USE ACTION PLAN

Here are some materials and resources that are available at the center that I can use on my own:

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LEGAL ISSUES ACTION PLAN


Here are some materials and resources that are available at the center that I can use on my own:

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btnblack.gif (217 bytes) Becoming a United States Citizen: Naturalization is the process by which persons born in other countries become citizens of the United States. A citizen of the United States has many freedoms but have many responsibilities as well. Citizens should vote in elections, must pay their taxes, and can be asked to defend the country. This unit provides a step-by-step process for applying to become a US Citizen.

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POTENTIAL PASSPORT UNITS

1. Getting Enrolled

2. Arranging Child Care

3. Arranging Transportation

4. Driver's License Checkup

5. Career Exploration

6. Upgrading Academic Skills

7. Completing the History Section of the GED

8. Completing the Social Studies Section of the GED

9. Completing the Science Section of the GED

10. Completing the Language Section of the GED

11. Completing the Math Section of the GED

12. Preparing For, Taking, and Passing the GED examination

13. Learning About Job Interviews

14. Using Successful Job Search Techniques

15. Developing Your Resume

16. Retaining Your Job

Additionally, vocational curriculum could easily be broken down into various units that could be added to the passport system.


MY SUCCESS GOALS
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YOUR TIME COMMITMENT


Attending training will require many hours of your time. The majority of our training requires you to be in class 20 hours per week. Those 20 hours are only the beginning. You will need to get ready for school. You may have to get children ready for their day, and get yourself to and from the training site. You may also have to do homework. Before you decide to join job training, you may want to think about how big a time commitment you will be making. To help you picture what you are getting yourself into, please complete the following worksheet.

Date Completed
___________ 1. Attached are two schedule sheets. First fill one out so that it shows what your typical day is like now. Fill in when you sleep, clean, eat, watch TV, run errands, get out of bed, go to bed, socialize, prepare meals, etc.
___________ 2. Using the second schedule sheet, fill out a schedule which shows what your life would be like if you were in training. Use the following instructions:
Assume training begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
_______ A) Working backwards from 8:00 a.m., log the total time it will take you to drive or take a bus to the training. If you do not know, use hour.
_______ B) Working backwards from item A, log the total time it will take you to drive or transport your children to daycare. (You should now see what time you need to leave the house each morning.)
_______ C) Still working backwards fill in the schedule with the time it will take you to get dressed, get your children dressed, pack a lunch, pack your children's lunch. (Your schedule should now show what time you'll need to wake up.)
_______ D) Assuming you need to sleep between 6.5-8.5 hours each night, use the log to calculate what time you'll need to go to bed.
_______ E) Starting with 4:00 p.m., log the amount of time it will take you to get home. If you don't know, use hour. If you have children, include travel time to and from daycare.
_______ F) Log the time it will take you to prepare dinner, eat, and clean up.
_______ G) Log an hour of homework and/or studies.
_______ H) Log the average amount of time you'll need to help your children with their schoolwork, bathe the children, and prepare them for bed.
_______ I) Log the time you need to shop, run errands, clean, do laundry, and other chores.
_______ J) Log time you need for leisure activities such as watching TV, reading, calling friends, exercising, etc.
_______ K) Log any additional responsibilities you have that will require time.
_______ L) If you need to work a part-time job, log the hours you'll have available to work.

3. Compare your current schedule to your "in-training" schedule. What are some of the trade-offs and sacrifices you'll have to make to do well in training?





4. After reviewing your schedule, do you have any concerns about being able to manage everything that will need to be done?

YES ______ NO ______

5. How long do you believe you would be able to maintain this schedule without paid?

____________ days or ____________ months or ____________ years


SAMPLE 24-HOUR DAY TRAINING SCHEDULE



SAMPLE SCHEDULE

5:30 a.m.

5:45 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m. TRAINING

6:00 p.m.

6:15 p.m. coffee

12 midnight Sleep

12:15 a.m.

6:00 a.m. get up

6:15 a.m. get kids up

12 noon

12:15 p.m. TRAINING

6:30 p.m. clean up kitchen

6:45 p.m.

12:30 a.m.

12:45 a.m.

6:30 a.m. shower

6:45 a.m. dress

12:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m. TRAINING

7:00 p.m. help kids with

7:15 p.m. homework

1:00 a.m.

1:15 a.m.

7:00 a.m. pack lunches

7:15 a.m. eat

1:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m. TRAINING

7:30 p.m.

7:45 P.m.

1:30 a.m.

1:45 a.m.

7:30 a.m. drive to training

7:45 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:45 p.m. TRAINING

8:00 p.m. give kids bath

8:15 p.m.

2:00 a.m.

2:15 a.m.

8:00 a.m. TRAINING

8:15 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

2:15 p.m. TRAINING

8:30 p.m. do my

8:45 p.m. homework

2:30 a.m.

2:45 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m. TRAINING

3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m. TRAINING

9:00 p.m.

9:15 p.m.

3:00 a.m.

3:15 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m. TRAINING

3:30 p.m.

3:45 p.m. TRAINING

9:30 p.m. relax with

9:45 p.m. boyfriend/TV

3:30 a.m.

3:45 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m. TRAINING

4:00 p.m. leave training

4:15 p.m. drive home

10:00 p.m. get ready

10:15 p.m. for bed

4:00 a.m.

4:15 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m TRAINING

4:30 p.m. talk to kids

4:45 p.m. unwind

10:30 p.m. sleep

10:45 p.m.

4:30 a.m.

4:45 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. TRAINING

5:00 p.m. prepare food

5:15 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

11:15 p.m.

5:00 a.m.

5:15 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m. TRAINING

5:30 p.m. eat

5:45 p.m.

11:30 p.m.

11:45 p.m.


YOUR CURRENT 24-HOUR DAY SCHEDULE



SCHEDULE

5:30 a.m.

5:45 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

12 midnight

12:15 a.m.

6:00 a.m.

6:15 a.m.

12 noon

12:15 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

6:45 p.m.

12:30 a.m.

12:45 a.m.

6:30 a.m.

6:45 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

1:00 a.m.

1:15 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

7:15 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

7:45 P.m.

1:30 a.m.

1:45 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

7:45 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:45 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

2:00 a.m.

2:15 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:15 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

8:45 p.m.

2:30 a.m.

2:45 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

9:15 p.m.

3:00 a.m.

3:15 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m.

3:30 p.m.

3:45 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

9:45 p.m.

3:30 a.m.

3:45 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m.

4:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

10:00 p.m.

10:15 p.m.

4:00 a.m.

4:15 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m.

10:30 p.m.

10:45 p.m.

4:30 a.m.

4:45 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

5:15 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

11:15 p.m.

5:00 a.m.

5:15 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

5:30 p.m.

5:45 p.m.

11:30 p.m.

11:45 p.m.


24-HOUR DAY TRAINING SCHEDULE



SCHEDULE

5:30 a.m.

5:45 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

12 midnight

12:15 a.m.

6:00 a.m.

6:15 a.m.

12 noon

12:15 p.m. TRAINING

6:30 p.m.

6:45 p.m.

12:30 a.m.

12:45 a.m.

6:30 a.m.

6:45 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m. TRAINING

7:00 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

1:00 a.m.

1:15 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

7:15 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m. TRAINING

7:30 p.m.

7:45 P.m.

1:30 a.m.

1:45 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

7:45 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:45 p.m. TRAINING

8:00 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

2:00 a.m.

2:15 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:15 a.m. TRAINING

2:00 p.m.

2:15 p.m. TRAINING

8:30 p.m.

8:45 p.m.

2:30 a.m.

2:45 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m. TRAINING

3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m. TRAINING

9:00 p.m.

9:15 p.m.

3:00 a.m.

3:15 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m. TRAINING

3:30 p.m.

3:45 p.m. TRAINING

9:30 p.m.

9:45 p.m.

3:30 a.m.

3:45 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m. TRAINING

4:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

10:00 p.m.

10:15 p.m.

4:00 a.m.

4:15 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m. TRAINING

4:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m.

10:30 p.m.

10:45 p.m.

4:30 a.m.

4:45 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. TRAINING

5:00 p.m.

5:15 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

11:15 p.m.

5:00 a.m.

5:15 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m. TRAINING

5:30 p.m.

5:45 p.m.

11:30 p.m.

11:45 p.m.


CHILD CARE FACILITY INFORMATION SHEET
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CHILD CARE

Part of your decision to join our job training program may depend on finding daycare with which you are comfortable. As you explore the daycare in the area, you may find a variety of options. To help you determine which is the best daycare option for you, we have prepared the following worksheet. Completing it will help you decide whether or not you are ready for job training.

 

Date Completed Decision Item
______________ 1. Ask relatives and friends whether they would be willing to watch your child(ren) while you are at school or work. Let them know that you may be at school up to eight hours a day. Name two people you asked: __________________ and __________________. [NOTE: Even if a family member or friend agrees to watch your child, you must complete all remaining items.]
______________ 2. If a friend or relative agrees to watch your child(ren), then get a written statement from them saying that he or she agrees to watch the child(ren) during school or work hours. The reason for getting a written commitment is so that you can tell whether the person is serious about helping you. If he or she won't sign a paper, you may want to rethink relying on this person. You must bring in this written statement.
______________ 3. Contact Headstart to get information. Get on their waiting list if possible. Name of person you spoke with: ____________________ Phone # _______________.
[If your child is 5 years or older, write N/A next to item 3.]
______________ 4. Call Child Care Resource and Referral at xxx-xxxx. Name of person you spoke with: ________________________________.
______________ 5. Gather information on two daycare facilities in the area, other than family friends. Complete the attached Child Care Facility Information Sheet on each facility. Call only licensed daycare facilities.
______________ 6. Estimate the weekly cost of meeting your child care needs. The child care provider must be at least 18 years old and not your parents to be considered for payment. Estimated cost: _______________.
______________ 7. Based on the information you have obtained, determine which type of child care you desire:

____Friend/relative/unlicensed daycare

____Licensed daycare facility

____Headstart

____Pre-school

____Latchkey

____Other _____________________________________________

______________ 8. If enrolled, who would you choose as your primary child care provider?
_______________________________________________________
______________ 9. What is your alternate plan in case the primary plan does not work out?
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______________ 10. What is your emergency plan for when the child(ren) is ill and cannot go to daycare?
_______________________________________________________
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______________ 11. What is your plan for getting your child(ren) to the daycare facility?
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_____________ 12. Are you ready and willing to leave your child(ren) with your primary provider?

____Yes
____No
____Not sure
_____________ 13. Are you ready and willing to leave your child(ren) with your alternate or emergency provider?

____Yes
____No
____Not sure


TRANSPORTATION

You will need to think about how you will get to your training site each and every day. You may own a car, plan to ride public transportation, walk or make other arrangements. You will want to consider time, distance, and costs.

 

Date Completed Decision Item
______________ 1. What type of transportation will you primarily use to get you to training?

____ Own car or motorcycle
____ Public transportation (bus)
____ Hitchhike
____ Friends/Parents will drive
____ Bicycle/Walk
____ Car pool
____ Other ________________________________________________

2. If you went to training, you would have to use this transportation 3 to 5 days per week, twice per day.
If you plan to use your own car:
a.  On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being "very reliable," how reliable is your car? __________ What is the make/year of your car? _______________ How many miles are on your car? __________
b. What repairs would it need to be "very reliable?"
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c. If you had to be in training for 6 months to 2 years, what additional repairs do you think your car would need?
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d. Do you have a current and valid driver's license? ____________
e. Do you have violations or unpaid traffic tickets on your record?

__________ How much do you owe? __________ What type of violations:
____________________________________________________
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f. Do you have insurance? ____________
______________ 3. If you plan to use public transportation:
a. Pick up bus schedules for your transportation needs from home to your child care facility and to the training campus or work site. Bring a schedule in.
b. Figure out how many transfers you would have to make. __________ Also, how close does the bus go to your intended destination? __________
c. How much will the bus cost per day? __________
d. How much time will riding the bus take? __________
e. Complete this statement: The bus stops __________ block(s) from my child's daycare facility. It will take me __________ minutes to walk from the bus stop to the daycare center. It will take me __________ minutes to get my child(ren) settled down at the daycare center. It will take me __________ minutes to walk back to the bus stop. I have exactly __________ minutes to accomplish this between buses.
f. Do you regularly ride public transportation?
Yes ________ No ________
______________ 4. If you are planning to rely on family or friends:
a. Get a written statement of commitment from the family member or friend. The reason for getting the written statement is so that you can tell whether or not the person is serious about driving you. If he/she won't sign a paper, you may want to rethink relying on this person. You must bring in the written statement.
b. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 very "very reliable," how reliable is the person you will be riding with? __________
c. Using the same scale, how reliable is his/her transportation? __________ What make/year is the car? ___________________ How many miles is on the car? ____________
d. What is your relationship with this person? ____________________
e. Will this person be making a special trip just to take you? ________
Is this person willing to pick you up as early as 8:00 a.m.?
Yes ________ No ________
f. Will you have to pay this person to give you a ride?
Yes ________ No ________
5. Since often the primary transportation plan does not work out, what would be a good back-up plan for you?
______________________________________________________
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_____________ 6. Often, training is not provided in the local community; therefore you will need to decide how many minutes you are willing to travel for training or to go to work. Which towns/areas would you be willing and able to commute to?
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_____________ 7. If you have determined that you have transportation problems, what would need to be done to solve these problems?
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HOW WILL YOU SURVIVE?

Since the training we offer may last several months to several years, you need to consider how you would live financially during that time. Your financial needs may help you decide whether you should go to a shorter or longer training program. Use this worksheet to decide whether you can afford to be in training.

Date Completed Decision Item
____________

1.

Add together your sources of income.

 

PRESENT FINANCIAL
ASSISTANCE

CURRENT
PER MONTH

1. Income from present job  
2. Income from odd jobs  
3. Gifts/loans from others  
4. Welfare assistance  
5. Food stamps  
6. Other  

 

NO COST SERVICES

$ PER MONTH

1. Medical assistance  
2. Child care  
3. Housing assistance  
4. Free lunch program  

TOTAL INCOME: ____________


Date Completed Decision Item
____________

2.

Make a list of your expenses.

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COST OF LIVING

CURRENT
$ PER MONTH

RENT  
ELECTRIC  
GAS  
WATER  
SEWAGE/GARBAGE  
TELEPHONE  
FOOD  
CLOTHING  
TRANSPORTATION (BUS)  
LAUNDRY  
MEDICAL/DENTAL  
CABLE TV  
NEWSPAPER  
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS  
AUTO INSURANCE  
OTHER INSURANCE  
CHILD CARE/CHILD SUPPORT  
GASOLINE  
MISCELLANEOUS  

TOTAL EXPENSES: ____________


Date Completed Decision Item
______________ 3. Do you have other financial resources (a working spouse, parental assistance, a savings account, a friend)?
Yes ________ No ________
______________ 4. Are your bills more than your income?
Yes ________ No ________
______________ 5. If your bills are more than your income, how will you make ends meet while in training?
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____________________________________________________
______________ 6. How much money are you short per month, if any? _______________
______________ 7. Based on your calculations, would you need to work part time while in school?
Yes ________ No ________
How many hours a week would you need to work? ________
______________ 8. Will your income remain the same during the entire time you are in the program? For example, will your unemployment be exhausted?
Yes ________ No ________
Explain:____________________________________________
___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________
______________ 9. If any person will be supporting you while you are in training, bring in a written statement from that person saying they will support you. The statement needs to include: 1) nature and length of relationship; 2) what the person is willing to contribute (money, room, board, rides, etc.); 3) how long they are willing to provide the support.
______________ 10. Based on all these calculations, are you financially able to survive until you complete training?
Yes ________ No ________

GETTING A DRIVER'S LICENSE

To most people, a driver's license represents freedom. A driver is able to go wherever he or she wants, and doesn't have to rely on unpredictable public transportation. In today's world, a driver's license is essential, especially when job-hunting. The following exercises will help you obtain the freedom and privileges that a driver's license gives.

Date Completed Decision Item
_____________ 1. Visit the local Department of Public Safety (DPS) or licensing center for testing information booklets. Since you can't drive, plan how you will get there.
___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________
_____________ 2. When you go to pick up information, write down the center's operating hours and test times.
Hours:______________
Testing Hours:_________________________________
_____________ 3. Study the driving manual and proper driving procedures. Choose two dates to take your permit test at DPS or licensing center.
_____________ 4. Call center about permit fee. How much money will it cost to apply for a permit? $___________.
_____________ 5. If applicable, schedule an appointment with a doctor for a physical exam. (A physical is often required before taking the permit test).
_____________ 6. Ask a friend or relative to quiz you on information you've studied in the manual.
_____________ 7. Go take the test to get a driving permit.
_____________ 8. Once you have passed your permit test, ask a friend or relative to help you practice driving. Name two people you asked. ________________ and ________________
_____________ 9. Make up a schedule for practice driving times with your friend or relative.
_____________ 10. Practice driving until you feel comfortable enough to take your test.
_____________ 11. Ask your friend or relative to evaluate your driving and help you in areas you are weak.
_____________ 12. You will need to use a car for your driving test. Ask your friend or relative if you could use his/her car.
_____________ 13. Choose a date to take your driving test. _______________
_____________ 14. Before your driving test, gather together all the information you will need to take with you to the center.
_____________ 15. Arrive at the center prior to your test to fill out necessary paperwork.
_____________ 16. Take driver's test. If you pass, when will you receive your official license? __________ If you fail, ask someone at the center when you may be able to take the test again.

CHOOSING A TECHNICAL SCHOOL

There are many factors that will influence your choice of schools or training programs. Please choose the best school/program you feel best suits your needs.

Date Completed Decision Item
_____________ 1. Make a written list of jobs careers that interest you.
_____________ 2. Which jobs/careers are you interested in enough to explore?
_________________________________________________
_________________________________________________
_________________________________________________
_____________ 3. What do these jobs/careers require in terms of education, experience, and skills?
  Job 1 Job 2 Job 3
Education      
Experience      
Skills Needed      
       
       
       
       
_____________ 4. Ask friends or family members who have these jobs about schools/training programs available.
_____________ 5. Ask one friend or family member in each field about their job.
What do they do?
What skills do you need?
Is on the job training available?
How much education is needed?
What type of education is needed?
_____________ 6. Contact a guidance or career counselor for more job/school/training programs information.
_____________ 7. Select 3-5 schools or training programs you are interested in attending.
_____________ 8. Send a postcard or call each school/training program to request information about your area of interest.
_____________ 9. Make an appointment with the school/training program to schedule a visit.
_____________ 10. Make arrangements to meet with teachers, students, and the person who reviews applications, also visit the financial aid office.
_____________ 11. Prepare a list of questions to ask about the school/training program before you visit.
_____________ 12. If you cannot visit, call and ask for this information:
Catalog/course requirements
Pamphlets
Brochures
Financial aid
Admissions requirements
_____________ 13. Review all of the information you have. Evaluate each school/training program:
Faculty
Course related to your interest
Overall costs
Location
On the job training or experienced based
Employment opportunities
_____________ 14. If needed, go to the local library or employment agency to find more information about these schools/training programs.
_____________ 15. Contact selected school/training programs for application materials.

CHOOSING A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

Many factors influence our choice of which college or university we attend. It is important to consider these choices very carefully. There are also many books in you local that can help you make these choices wisely. The following are basic guidelines that can help you make these decisions.

Date Completed Decision Item
_____________ 1. Complete Factor Survey (Exercise #1). What were your results?
A.  Type: _______
B.  Size: ________
C.  Setting: _______
D.  Location: _______
_____________ 2. Compile a list of schools that interest you. Go to your local or school library to research schools that interest you. Books to use:
A.  Baron's profiles of American Colleges
B.  Peterson's Guide to Four Year Colleges
C.  Consult card catalog or reference section for more.
_____________ 3. Set aside a desk drawer, a corner, file folders or a box that can be used as a collection space for your information.
_____________ 4. Contact a guidance counselor or career counselor to ask about upcoming college fairs.
Date: _____________ ______________
Time: _____________ ______________
Location: _____________ ______________
_____________ 5. Begin to identify colleges that interest you, based upon the characteristics most important to you. Choose no less than three and no more than 20.
_____________ 6. Break this list down to eight schools you wish to apply to.
____________ 7. With this list, place schools into one of three categories:

Reach Schools: These are "dream schools," based upon academic record, test scores, and other application materials; you and your counselor feel there may be a remote chance of getting into.
Probables: Reasonable and realistic choices; better than average chance.
Safeties:
Safe bets; typically though, not your first choice. These schools can be relied on if others fall through.

____________ 8. Contact each school for information and application materials. Ask for view books, catalogs, brochures, extracurricular activities list, and financial aid information.
____________ 9. Narrow this list. Choose schools you would like to visit. Call the admissions office to schedule tour dates and times.
____________ 10. Gather list of questions to ask of those you may meet on your tour. Plan to meet with professors, students and financial aid office.
____________ 11. Evaluate each school based upon all the information you've gathered. Choose schools you will apply to.
____________ 12. Consult library or guidance counselor for application advice.

FACTOR SURVEY
(Exercise #1)
Mark all that apply

A. Type:
_____ community

_____ one-race

_____ liberal arts _____ one-sex
_____ state _____ religious affiliation
_____ university _____ ivy league
_____ private _____ technical
B. Size:

_____ small (500-1500)

_____ medium (2000-5000)
_____ large (5000 +)
C. Setting:
_____ rural _____ small town
_____ urban _____ large city
_____ suburbs _____ medium
D. Location
_____ northeast _____ southwest
_____ southeast _____ north-central
_____ mid-central _____ south central
_____ northwest _____ out of U.S. mainland states


SETTING GOALS

If we can make our goals seem "real," we are more likely to accomplish them. These exercises will help you examine the short, mid and long-term goals you have for your life. Career, education, and personal relationship goals should become clearer to you.
Date Completed Decision Item
_____________ 1. Make a written list of everything you want to do or accomplish in your life. These are your long-term goals. Long-term goals: major targets in your life. Career? Education? Travel? Personal Relationships?
_____________ 2. Review your list. Select three goals that are most important to you.

Goal #1_____________________
Goal #2____________________
Goal #3_____________________

_____________ 3. Read aloud the three you have chosen. Choose one long-term goal to focus on. ______________________________
_____________ 4. Make a written list of goals you may accomplish in two to five years. Mid-term goals: these are goals like completing a course of education or achieving a career level.
____________ 5. Review your mid-term goals. Select three.

Goal #1_____________________
Goal #2_____________________
Goal #3_____________________

____________ 6. In five minutes make a written list of short-term goals. Write down everything that comes to mind.  Short-term goals: specific goals you can accomplish in one year or less, such as completing specific education courses.
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________ 7. Look over this list. Which ones are you willing to accomplish? Which ones can you achieve? Choose three.

Goal #1_____________________
Goal #2_____________________
Goal #3_____________________

____________ 8. Look at all of the goals you've chosen. How can your short-term goals help you to accomplish your mid and long-term goals?
____________ 9. Work with a staff person to create an action plan to achieve these goals. Write dates beside each goal and work toward reaching it.
____________ 10. Record your progress by keeping a "goal journal."
____________ 11. Review your goals in three months and evaluate yourself. What have you accomplished? Have you achieved any goals that weren't on your original list?

CREATING A HEALTHIER YOU!
Developing a personal wellness plan

Our mental and physical health is important for our daily survival. Therefore, we should try to keep our bodies healthy at all times. Developing our own personal Welles plan can keep us healthy . . . and out of the doctor's office!

Date Completed Decision Item
______________ 1. Buy a notebook or notebook paper you can use as a "Wellness Journal."
______________ 2. Begin your journal by brainstorming a written list of the positives of your life - your reasons for living. (Ex. family, friends, etc.)
______________ 3. Make a written list of those things you would like to improve about yourself.
______________ 4. Keep this list. Narrow it down to what you feel are the three most important to improve.
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________ 5. What kinds of barriers could prevent you from obtaining these?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
How can they be overcome?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________ 6. What are the positive outcomes of overcoming these barriers?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________ 7. Support from friends and family is important. What kind of help could you get from others to help you achieve these goals.
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
_____________ 8. Which friends or family members could be "wellness sponsors?
Name two you've asked:

__________________ and ___________________.

Are they willing to help you accomplish your goals? If yes, can they meet with you at scheduled times to track progress?
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) What steps will you take to accomplish these goals?
Goal#1:_____________________ ________________________
Goal#2:_____________________ ________________________
Goal#3:_____________________ ________________________
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Set up a time to meet with your "wellness sponsor" weekly to check on your progress.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) After you've started your plan, set realistic (reasonable) benchmarks to measure achievements.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Look at your original list. How are you doing? Have you noticed (seen) any improvements?

Yes_____ No_____

btnblack.gif (918 bytes) If yes, how have you improved yourself?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) If no, what can you do to improve?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
Every achievement, even ones you consider small, deserve rewards. Treat yourself with a new outfit, a book, movie, etc. Keep up the work! You're on your way to a healthier you!

STRESS MANAGEMENT

Everyone at one pont or another, has felt stress in their life. Being unemployed, facing school dead lines, working long hours and facing difficult family situations can be great causes of stress. Unless we can manage the stress in our lives, we are setting ourselves up for serious health problems such as high blood press, hypertension, and greater risks for a heart attack or stroke. Try the following exercises and start reducing your stress now!
Date Completed Decision Item
______________ 1. Place an "X" by any of these stress symptoms that apply to you:
___ irritability (grouchiness)
___ increased use of tobacco, alcohol or caffeine
___ headaches, neck aches, backaches, tense muscles
___ overeating
___ sleep loss
___ anger, bitterness
___ confusion, a sense of being overloaded
___ depression
___ forgetting things
___ less patient with others
___ tired throughout the day
2. If you checked five or more, you have a problem with stress.
There are three types of stress:
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Physical: from hunching over a desk for hours, clenching teeth as you sleep, etc.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Mental: caused by boredom, concentrating too long
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Emotional: caused by depression, anxiety, etc.
______________ What type of stress do you have?
3. What in your life, is making you feel stressed? List here.
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
______________ 4. When do you feel "stressed-out" the most? During school? Work? At home with the family?
______________ 5. There are many steps you can take to keep your stress levels down. The steps you take can make your life easier and make you a healthier person. Look at the "stress exercises" list. Which 3 are easiest for you to do?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
(Note: any of these exercise can be done at any time)
______________ 6. Make a commitment to yourself to do these exercises thirty minutes every day for one week. Complete this sentence:
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) I began my stress exercises on _______________.
7. Set aside a special time and place during each day to do these exercises.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) The time(s) and place(s) I chose each day were:

Day #1 time:_______ place:__________

Day #2 time:_______ place:__________

Day #3 time:_______ place:__________

Day #4 time:_______ place:__________

Day #5 time:_______ place:__________

Day #6 time:_______ place:__________

Day #7 time:_______ place:__________

btnblack.gif (918 bytes) At the end of one week, have these exercises helped?
Yes____ No____
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) If yes, which worked the best? ________________________
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) If no, try three different exercises for one more week. If you still feel stress, speak with a doctor or counselor.

STRESS EXERCISES

A. Drink water, at least eight glasses per day, to keep your body hydrated and improve its ability to cope
B. Sit still.
C. Stretch, especially if you've been at your desk for hours.
D. Walk, the all-time simplest and best exercise, around the block or simply down the hall.
E. Improve your posture. Your mother was right, sit up straight and you'll feel better.
F. Contemplate pleasant thoughts.
G. Buy a hand gripper and squeeze! This can be a highly effective way to release stress.
H. Build slack into your schedule. Everyone needs it, especially you.
I. Help others. Nothing else works as fast when you want to forget about your own problems.
J. Pray. It never hurts to ask for help.
K. Scream into a pillow.
L. Get a massage.
M. Join a gym.
N. Listen to relaxing music and meditate.
O. Go shopping.

PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW

 

Being called for an interview is a great accomplishment; your resume caught a potential employer's attention. Now it's time to prepare, mentally and physically. These are a few steps to help you get ready for what could be your first and last interview before landing a job!
Date Completed Decision Item
______________ 1. Read "Dressing for Success - Do's and Don'ts of First Impressions." Follow these guidelines to select an outfit that is professional looking.
______________ 2. Decide how you will get to the interview? _______________________
If not driving yourself, ask a friend or family member to take you. Name them:____________________________. If using public transportation, plan the route you will take and the cost. Plan to arrive at the interview 10 - 15 minutes early. If relying on family or a friend, what's your backup plan in case they don't show?____________________________
______________ 3. Where possible to research the potential employer:
A.  Speak with current or former employees of the organization.
B.  Read brochures, pamphlets or other literature about the organization.
C.  Talk with family, friends, co-workers, career counselor, etc.
______________ 4. Make a written list of questions to ask the interviewer about the organization, the position, etc. Write at least 6 questions.
______________ 5. Review your resume. Remember schools and dates attended; previous jobs held and reasons for leaving; your skills, accomplishments and activities.
______________ 6. Read over "Questions Interviewers Ask." Select 10-15 and practice answering them. Rehearse your answers with a friend, family member or career counselor; in front of a mirror, video camera or by speaking into a tape recorder. Remember to answer questions positively.
______________ 7. Schedule a "mock" or practice interview with your school or career counselor.
______________ 8. Gather resumes, work samples, etc. that you may need to take to your interview. Make copies of these in case you need to leave them with the interviewer.
______________ 9. Read other resources of interview preparation found in the Career Resource Center.
______________ 10. Go to your local school or library for other resources. Books to check out:
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Your First Interview,

Ron Fry. Book-mart Press

btnblack.gif (918 bytes) What Color is Your Parachute?

R.N. Boles. Berkely, CA: Ten Speed Press

btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being  Interviewed

A. Medley. Belmont, CA: Lifetime Learning Publications.


Questions Interviewers Ask

How do you plan to achieve your goals?
What the most important rewards you expect in your career?
Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
What do you consider your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
How would you describe yourself?
How might a friend or professor who knows you describe you?
What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
Why should I hire you?
What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be successful in this position?
In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to this organization?
What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
Describe your most rewarding college experience?
What led you to choose your field of major study?
What are your short and long-term career goals?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How would you describe yourself?
How can you contribute to this organization?
What achievement has given you the most satisfaction? Why?
Do you work well under pressure?
Do you work well with others?
Why did you leave your last job?
Please tell me a little about yourself.
Do you have any plans to further your education?
What supervisor did you like the best? Why did you like him or her?
What do you do in your spare time?
Are you an organized person?
Do you manage your time well?
Describe your ideal boss.
Why are you interested in this position?

 

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Dressing for Success
The Do's and Don'ts of First Impressions

Someone once said, "First impressions are lasting impressions." An interview is your one chance to go in and give the interviewer's your best shot. What you wear is as important as what you say. The time you take in preparing your outfit will reflect on you as a potential employee. Depending on your budget, you can also find some rarely-worn clothing at thrift stores.
Men: Professional or Office Job
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Invest in navy blue wool or wool-blended suit, three piece or single-breasted two piece
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Dress conservatively
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear long-sleeved, button-down shirt
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Iron all shirts, slacks
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Choose ties with matching, subdued colors
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear a conservative watch model with a stretch or leather band; it needn't be expensive
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear a black or navy socks that cover your entire calf
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Polish your shoes-black loafers or lace-ups with low heels
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Cut hair and trim or shave any facial hair
Men: Don't...
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear brightly colored blazers or suit jackets
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear blue jeans, even if they are your "best pair"
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Go to the interview with wrinkles in your shirt, slacks
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear plastic watches
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear tennis shoes, sandals, etc.
Women: Professional or Office Job
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Choose dresses or suits in muted colors in non-shiny materials
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Make sure hemlines are below the knee
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear simple jewelry - small earrings
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Select close-toed shoes, polished
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Carry small purses
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear low heeled shoes
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Style hair with minimal hair spray
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Pull long hair into a braid or bun
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear natural looking nail polish
Woman: Don't...
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Dress provocatively - no v-necks, short hemlines
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear big pieces of jewelry
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Paint nails with bright colors
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Wear high heels
Unisex
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Don't go too heavily scented. Avoid wearing too much perfume or cologne.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Bring along slim, leather folder to carry copies of resume and small notebook.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Fingernails should be clean and trimmed.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Avoid spicy foods, smoking, "bad breath" causing agents

Post-Baccalaureate Education...
Applying for Graduate Schools

Gathering information on graduate schools and programs offered should be done as early as possible. The application process should be started at least a year and a half before an expected starting date. Application deadlines vary form school to school, so be aware of what each school requires.
Date Completed Decision Item
_____________ 1. Research areas of interest, institutions and programs. Contact college or career placement office, library, or academic advisor.
_____________ 2. Talk to advisors, professors about your interest and application requirements.
_____________ 3. Register and prepare for the appropriate required admission's test.
_____________ 4. Call schools to request catalogs, brochures, and other application materials.
_____________ 5. Look into the possibility of internships, scholarships and other forms of financial aid.
_____________ 6. Schedule campus visits. Arrange to speak with department faculty, graduate students, and financial aid office.
_____________ 7. Begin application process. Brainstorm essay ideas, write rough drafts.
_____________ 8. Ask the admissions office about deadlines.
_____________ 9. Ask professors, advisors for letters of recommendations.
_____________ 10. Take admission tests.
_____________ 11. Send in all completed application materials; your test scores will be sent to the schools of your choice.
_____________ 12. Confirm that your file is complete with each school you've applied to.
_____________ 13. Visit schools that accept you, inquire about internships.
_____________ 14. Send in deposits to school of your choice. Contact other institutions and tell them of your decision.
_____________ 15. Write thank you letters to those who have assisted you in your process.
_____________ 16. Confirm last minute details with institution in regards to class schedules, living arrangements, etc.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Naturalization is the process by which persons born in other countries became citizens of the United States. A citizen of the United States has many freedoms, but have many responsibilities such as paying taxes and privileges like choosing men and women who run our government. Most important, your rights as a citizen will be protected.
Date Completed Decision Item
__________ 1. Complete "Requirements for Citizenship Survey" (exercise #1). Do you meet these requirements?____________
__________ 2. Ask a friend or relative who is already a citizen of the U.S., if they would be willing to help you through this process. Name two people you asked: __________________________________________.
__________ 3. Read "Responsibilities of a U.S. Citizen," (exercise #2).
Do you still want to become a citizen? ____________
__________ 4. Now that you are ready to become a citizen, you must get a copy of these forms:
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Application to file Petition for Naturalization (Form N-400)

btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Biographic information form

btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Fingerprint card

Contact your local Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) office. If there is no local INS, please contact the office nearest to you.
___________ 5. Contact the INS and ask about fees
___________ 6. Practice on the sample forms before completing the official forms you will receive in the mail. Have a friend or relative read over your practice samples for mistakes. Correct all mistakes.
___________ 7. All forms need to be typed or handwritten. Practice your handwriting or ask someone to type them for you.
___________ 8. Review all forms before they are signed and sent.
___________ 9. Make copies of all of these forms. Send originals to the INS office.
___________ 10. Once completed, reviewed for mistakes and signed, they are ready to be sent.
Form N-400 Date sent:___________
Fingerprint card Date sent:___________
Information form Date sent:___________
__________ 11. Contact INS for testing information and hearing dates.
__________ 12. Go to a local library to check out books about the naturalization process, hearings and test preparation.
__________ 13. Schedule the test.
__________ 14. Take the test.
__________ 15. Schedule a hearing.
__________ 16. Attend the hearing.

Requirements for Citizenship

A.
  • Are you at least 18 year's old?________________________________________________
B.
  • Were you lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence here?_________
C. Have you lived here continuously for at least five years? (This means that you have had an address in the United States for five years.)_____________________________________
D. Have you been physically presented in the United States for at least half of that time? (This means that you have been here, in person, for at least two and one half years, or 30 months.)_________________________________________________________________
E. Have you lived in the state where you reside now for at least six months?______________
F. Do you plan to live in the Unites States permanently?_____________________________
G. Are you of good moral character?_____________________________________________

DIAGNOSING ALCOHOLISM
AND
SEEKING TREATMENT

Alcoholism is a disease that can be preventable and treatable. If you or someone you know is having a problem with alcohol, it is important to get help. The following steps will help diagnose and offer solutions to solve the problem of alcohol.
Date Completed Decision Item
___________ 1. Read the following definitions of alcoholism, alcoholic and alcohol abuse.
Alcoholism (n.) A diseased condition resulting from the excessive or persistent use of alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic (n.) One who suffers from alcoholism.
Alcohol abuse
(n.) Misuse or overuse of alcoholic beverages.
___________ 2. Read "Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism."
___________ 3. Take Self-Diagnosis test.
___________ 4. What were your results?
Number of "yes" answers to:
Questions 1-8: ____
Questions 9-21: ____
Questions 22-26: ____
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says that any "yes" answer indicates symptoms of alcoholism.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) If you answered yes to questions 1-8, you are in the early stages of alcoholism, which could last between 10-15 years.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Questions 9-21 with yes answers, are an indication of middle-stage alcoholism, which lasts two to five years.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Any yes answers to questions 22-26, indicated the final stage of alcoholism.
___________ 5. Review your answers. Which stage of alcoholism (beginning, middle or final) do you believe yourself to be in? _______________
Alcoholism is a disease that can be treated. The first step of treatment is to admit you have a problem.
___________ 6. Look in your local phone book for the listing for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The number I found: ______________________________

Address:________________________________________

___________ 7. Call the AA office. (Volunteers, who are recovering alcoholics, work in these offices.) Ask the following questions:
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) What times do they meet? __________________
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) What day or days do they meet? _____________
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Where do meetings take place? ______________
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Do you have meetings for beginners? ____________
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) If yes, when and where? ____________
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Is the meeting open/closed? __________________
__________ 8. The only requirement for membership in AA is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees. Most AA meetings are open to the general public, but some are open only to the problem drinker. If you decide to attend an "open" meeting, you may want to ask a friend or relative to go with you for support. Name the person you asked: _____________________
__________ 9. Check your local yellow pages under "Alcohol Abuse" for counseling services and treatment options. Plan to call two or three and get information.

a. Agency name:_________________________
Phone number:__________________________

b. Agency name:_________________________
Phone number:__________________________

c. Agency name:_________________________
Phone number:__________________________

___________ 10. Call each agency and ask the following questions:
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Do you offer free evaluations?
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Do you offer any other free services?
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Do you have in-patient and out-patient programs?
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Is family counseling available?
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Do I need to make an appointment?
___________ 11. Review the information you've collected. Choose an agency you would feel most comfortable with. Call and make an appointment.
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) The agency I chose:____________________
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) My appointment is:_____________________
___________ 12. Begin a "Recovery Journal." Write down your thoughts, feelings etc. about your recovery.

Self-Diagnosis: Do I have an alcohol problem?

This test, provided by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, will help you to decide if you have a problem with alcohol. Answer as honestly as you can.
YES NO 1. Do you occasionally drink heavily after a disappointment, quarrel or when you have a bad day at work?
YES NO 2. When you have trouble or feel under pressure, do you always drink more heavily than ususal?
YES NO 3. Have you noticed that you are able to handle more liquor than you did when you were first drinking?
YES NO 4. Did you ever wake up in the morning and discover that you could not remember part of the evening before, even though your friends tell you that you did not pass out?
YES NO 5. When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others will not know it?
YES NO 6. Are there certain occasions when you feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?
YES NO 7. Have you recently noticed that when you begin drinking you are in more of a hurry to get the first drink than you used to be?
YES NO 8. Do you sometimes feel guilty about your drinking?
YES NO 9. Are you secretly irritated when your family or friends discuss your drinking?
YES NO 10. Have you recently noticed an increase in the number of your memory "blackouts'?
YES NO 11. Do you often find that you wish to continue drinking after your friends say they have had enough?
YES NO 12. Do you usually have a reason for the occasions when you drink heavily?
YES NO 13. When sober, do you often regret things you have done or said while drinking?
YES NO 14. Have you tried switching brands or following different plans for controlling your drinking?
YES NO 15. Have you often failed to keep the promises you have made yourself about controlling or cutting down on your drinking?
YES NO 16. Have you ever tried to control your drinking by making a change of jobs, or moving to a new location?
YES NO 17. Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking?
YES NO 18. Are you having an increasing number of financial and work problems?
YES NO 19. Do more people seem to be treating you unfairly without good reason?
YES NO 20. Do you eat very little or irregularly when you are drinking?
YES NO 21. Do you sometimes have the shakes in the morning and find that it helps to have a little drink?
YES NO 22. Have you recently noticed that you cannot drink as much as you once did?
YES NO 23. Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time?
YES NO 24. Do you sometimes feel very depressed and wonder if life is worth living?
YES NO 25. Do you sometimes, after periods of drinking, see or hear things that aren't there?
YES NO 26. Do you get terribly frightened after you have been drinking heavily?
(Taken from the book, Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp, Dell Publishing, 1996).

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ALCOHOLISM
(Adapted from Whitefield, 1982)

1. The following have the highest likelihood of indicating alcoholism:
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Significant increase or decrease of tolerance
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2. 75 percent probability of alcoholism:
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btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Client is evasive, is angry, or talks glibly during taking of drinking history
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btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Client who shows signs of alcoholism states that he or she is able to stop drinking at any time and that drinkin g is not a problem
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Attempts at self-treatment of alcohol abuse, including cutting down, switching beverages, or going on the wagon
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Odor of alcohol at time of interview
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Edematous (puffy) face
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Tremulous at intake
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Blood alcohol level about 200 mg percent (.20 percent)
btnblack.gif (918 bytes)Blood alcohol level of 150 mg percent (.15 percent) without evidence of intoxication
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3. 50 percent likelihood of alcoholism:
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Family violence
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Child abuse
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) More than one arrest for drunk driving
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Drinking heavily is an important part of the person's lifestyle
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btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Cigarette stains on fingers
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4. 25 percent likelihood of alcoholism:
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btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Sexual dysfunction
btnblack.gif (918 bytes) Deteriorating job or social function
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5. Possible alcoholism:
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FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION

Finding a way to pay for your education can be stressful. But if you plan and learn as much as you can about you options, the process of applying for financial aid can be less confusing. The following steps can help make this process stress-free.
Date Completed Decision Item
___________ 1. Call the institution you want to attend. Ask for the financial aid office phone number.
___________ 2. Contact the financial aid office at the school(s) you are applying to. Ask for information on scholarships, loans and student employment that they can provide for you.
___________ 3. Also, ask if they only require the FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) or also the Profile (a form some school's use in awarding their own funds) you will need to complete. I will need to complete the ________________.
___________ 4. Go to your school or local library for more information on applying for financial aid. Ask the reference librarian to direct you to the appropriate section of your library.
___________ 5. Gather all of your financial records form the previous year. You will need these to complete these forms. For example, tax records, and paycheck stubs.
___________ 6. If the school you're applying to only requires the FAFSA, the form must be completed after January 1, but before any deadlines set by the school. Complete this form and send.

Date Completed:_____________ Date Sent:____________

___________ 7. An SAR (Student Aid Report) will be sent back to you. It will contain your expected family contribution. Make any corrections to this SAR and return.
___________ 8. Make copies of your or your parent's tax return for the previous year. You may need to send these to the schools(s) you've applied to. These forms are used to verify information given to them.
___________ 9. If the school requires both the FAFSA and the Profile, complete Profile Registration first. Get this form from a guidance counselor or financial aid office.
___________ 10. Within 3-4 weeks, you will receive the Financial Aid Profile. Complete all forms and send in by the deadline.

Deadline:______________ Date Sent:_________________

___________ 11. Call financial aid office two or three weeks after sending back all forms to check on the progress and status of your financial aid.
___________ 12. Once all forms have been reviewed, you will be sent an "award letter" from each school. This letter includes estimated expenses, expected family contribution, and amount and types of aid you've been awarded. Review these forms. If you have any questions, call the financial aid office. Decide whether you want to accept or reject the award package.
___________ 13. If you do not receive any aid, contact the financial aid office. Investigate other scholarships, student employment and loans.
___________ 14. Arrange a payment plan with the school.

FINANCIAL AID LINGO

Applying for financial aid for the first time can be confusing if you don't know what certain terms mean. Use this sheet as a reference when completing forms and speaking with the financial aid office at you school.

Scholarships (and grants): Gift money that does not need to be repaid.

Loans: Borrowed money that must be repaid, usually after graduation.

Student employment: A job arranged for you during the school year.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): A standard form for applying for federal aid.

Profile: Ask additional questions that some colleges and awarding agencies use in awarding their own funds.

SAR Student Aid Report: A form that summarizes the information you reported.

EFC (Expected Family Contribution): The amount your family is expected to contribute toward your financial aid.

Profile Registration: A one-page form asking demographic information about your family.