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Introduction

Thank you for visiting this page. Here you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge on various fields that fit your interests. You can find resources to help you be successful in life. Use this page well.

Career-building Tools and Job Exploration

In this section, you can look at several research tools in the state of Oregon to see what jobs are opened, as wel as learn about the many different jobs and what you need to qualify for those jobs. The Dictionary of Occupational Titles DOTThis website will provide you with various pieces of information about job titles, tasks, education levels, on-the-job training, and more. The Occupational NetworkIf you are wanting to broaden your specific job, you can do this site to get into further depth on whatever job you are researching. It provides you with national labour market wages as well. Oregon Career Information System OCISThis site requires an account to log in. You can either create one yourself, or use the Oregon Commission for the Blind's information.
User ID: OCB
Password: bread.edge Oregon Labour Market Information System OLMIS These sites will give you information specific to Oregon's labour market, wages, job growth, and future outlook. The CIS website can also help you determine a possible career that may fit your interests. Here is something to take note of. You can use your screen reader's heading navigation to jump to specific parts of the site. On the Oregon Career information system and the Oregon labour market information system, you may have to use a find search to find parts of the sites, since the site lacks any heading navigations. These websites are fairly easy to use. You can use the E key to jump to the next edit box. Likewise, you can use the shift and E to jump back to the previous edit box. Refer to the command list section of this website for more help on website navigation. Career Cruising This is another useful tool to help you find careers. It is pretty accessible, and the headings are easy to navigate.

Resumé-building and Samples

It is important that you know how a resumé must be built. On my website, you can download my resumé as a sample template to help you. Here is the basic outline of how one should look. It is not necessary to include italics, bolds, underlines, bullets, or the like. This is so the screen reader can have a better interaction to read the document.

Resumé outline

Note: Your resumé must be no more than one page in length. If you find that it exceeds one page, you can reduce the font size or take out some unnecessary jobs from your work history. Your spelling and grammar will make a significant difference when an employer reads your resumé. For your objective, you want to state what you are wanting to do, and why you want to do it.
Example: To secure a part-time position as a technology resource assistant, to help people with special needs with their assistive technology. It is important that you never say "I" in your resumé. Still do not know how to build a resumé?This tool found on the American Foundation for the Blind can help you build a resumé. Simply input the data it asks for, and the computer will do the rest.

Job Application and Job Interviews

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Here is a good website to work with. Job Application Employment registration This website does not have many headings, but you can use the n key to skip a block of links, or perform a find search for "Actual company".

What to do if you are given an inaccessible document

Maybe you have a job application that is not accessible with a screen reader. What you can do is perform an optical character recognition using the screen reader to see if you can interact with the document. You can use sites like Free-OCR To read the PDF. Note that there is a captcha that you must solve. For help on solving captchas, you can look on the other resources page. Job Application PDF Make sure you set Adobe Acrobat to read all pages, or the entire document. When filling out a job application online, you need to fill out all required fields. You can practice taking several job applications on this page. Note that if you are filling out a physical job application, you need to write it in a perfect fashion. Your handwriting must be legible and easy to read. Everything must fit within one line for whatever it is that they are asking.

Interviews

It is important, when you go to an interview, to dress what you would wear on the job. When you answer questions, you need to answer them in a way that is right for you. Employers want to see how motivated you are based on how well you answer their questions. Here is a link that you can view fifty frequently asked questions. Fifty frequently asked questions and how to answer them This site is farily simple to use. You can use your heading navigation or do a find search for the first interview question.
It is okay if you are nervous at a job interview, but you just have to be patient. It is important that you do not get distracted during an interview. A lot of the average people do a number of crazy things while they are being interviewed. When you are asked behavior questions, be willing to answer them in the way an employer would want to hear, but you need to make sure you reflect those answers.

College and Scholarship Information

When applying for college, you should know a few things. You should know the differences between a community or two-year college, and a university, or four-year college. Now here is how both are different despite the number of years. Although we think that we can be done in two or four years, it can take longer to get your degree. You can take up to six years in a four-year college. When you apply for a community college, all you need to do is take their placement test to see what kind of classes you would need to take. You can use your two-year associate's degree to enter a four-year college and continue your last two years of education and to get your bachelor's degree. If you want to go straight into the university, you need to pass several requirements. You must have taken two years of a foreign language, the university's minimum cumulative grade point average, usually the minimum is 2.00. You must have taken a certain score on your ACT or SAT test, you must have passed Algebra II, and you must have graduated from High School with a high school diploma. When you think about college, perhaps you might think about how you are going to pay for college. There are several options to choose from.

Financial Federal Student Aid

You can apply for federal student aid at the FAFSA site. When you fill out your FAFSA, you need to have everything ready, including taxing and income information, and anything that you think would be necessary to fill out the FAFSA. The commission can also help you with how much money they think you might need, provided that you have established your individualized plan for employment.

Scholarships

Another way to apply for free money is to look at scholarships. You can visit some nice websites that are screen reader-friendly. NFB's Scholarship program This site allows you to check out some nice full-time scholarships for whatever it is you are applying. You can submit an essay to the NFB to accompany your scholarship information. Oregon Student Access Commission This is another site where you can apply for grants, scholarships and the like in the state of Oregon. Back to top