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Step 1: Work-ready checklist

Need help with basic needs before you start your job search?

Visit Find State Resources below for help with any of the following issues. The finder tool will open in a separate window. Select your state and you will see a list of resources. See below for suggestions on which resources can help with specific questions or problems.

Need help getting started on your job search? Job searching can be a full-time job. A great way to get started is to learn how to set goals. Below is a list of other tips to follow.

Locate your nearest American Job Center, which offers free computer use for searching for jobs or writing your resume, free job search workshops, and job clubs. Many public libraries also offer computer access and job search resources. Find yours by clicking on "Find Your Local Library" in the Resources box below.
Get a watch, cell phone, or other way to keep on time. Practice being on time to appointments, interviews, and other meetings. It also helps to set a daily schedule for yourself. Include enough time for sleeping, meals, chores and other obligations, and job search activities. Visit short-term goals for examples of job search activities to add to your schedule.

Now you're ready to gather your personal records, write a resume, get personal references, and fill out job applications.

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