The Minnesota State Career Planning Workbook provides activities to help students focus on their job search.
How to Use this Workbook
Print activities from the Career Planning Workbook here.
To find fillable PDF, accessible versions of individual workbook activities, scroll down.
- Assess Yourself
Understand your skills and interests and learn how to match them to careers.
- Career Exploration
Learn about career fields, clusters, and pathways.
- Create a Plan and Set Goals
Find worksheets to help you plan your search and create a schedule of activities.
- Find a Job
Learn how to write a quality resume, answer interview questions, and fill out a job application. Understand some common job search challenges so that you can better prepare for a job interview. Learn the benefits of networking and find ways to connect with employers. Also, find social media tips.
- Manage Your Career
Learn how to keep your job once you’ve found it. Find ways to reduce stress, and learn how to leave a job on good terms.
Find career planning resources for:
- People with Disabilities
- Military Connected
- People with a Criminal Conviction
- International Students
Individual Interactive Worksheets (Fillable PDFs)
Download interactive versions of individual worksheets below. To use the interactive features, you need to download the file and open it using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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People are more successful and satisfied when their interests and skills are a good fit with the job they have.
In this section, you will learn more about your personal skills, interests, strengths, and values so you can choose a job that is a good match for you. Knowing what is important to you will help you find and keep a satisfying job.
In this section, you will focus on the important details of what you really want when looking for a job and how to use a schedule to benefit your job search. By using these tools, you will be able to organize your search into a step-by-step process and manage your time wisely.
Although you might not use all the suggestions offered, you will get an idea of how your search can be more concentrated.
In this section you will learn about how to improve skills that are important for obtaining a job.
Resume and Cover Letter
- Resume and Cover Letter Tips (pdf)
- Sample Resumes and Resume Templates (pdf)
CareerOneStop Sample Resumes
Creative Job Search Sample Resumes
You can download these resume templates as Microsoft Word Documents to edit. Alternatively, if you have a Google account, you can Sign In to open this file with Google Docs. In Google Docs you will need to create a copy of the file that can be edited.
Functional Resume Template
Chronological Resume Template
Combination Resume Template
- References (pdf)
About This Publication
This workbook was created in 2020 through a collaboration with:
- Century College
- Inver Hills Community College
- Minnesota State Career and Technical Education
- Minnesota State CAREERwise
- North Hennepin Community College
- Rochester Community and Technical College
- St. Cloud State University
- Southeast Service Coop
Some of the content in this workbook was adapted from content created by Goodwill-Easter Seals of Minnesota and is used with their permission.
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- My Career Plan for English Language Learners
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