Manage Your Career

Any transition in work life can be very stressful. The information and activities provided in the Job Seekers Guide can help you through this stressful transition. The purpose of the Job Seekers Guide is to provide you with a step-by-step process that can be started at any time in your transition.
Managing your career is a process, and it can be different for each person. For the purpose of this guide to work for everybody this website has been separated into five sections that reflect each step in the Manage Your Career wheel. Below are brief descriptions of each step that can help you determine which step to begin with.

Step 1: Assess Yourself
How do you know where to go if you don’t know where you are? This step helps you discover and organize all of your skills, interests, and values that are necessary to explore the world of work and present yourself to a potential employer. It is a good idea to do this step every year, even if you have a job, since you may have gained new skills, or your interests and values may have changed.

Step 2: Explore Careers
Can you name all 900 occupations that exist in the world of work? Neither can we. In this step you will learn how to take all the information you learned about yourself in Step 1 and explore occupations that fit the person you are today, without reading through all 900 occupational descriptions. You will learn how to research the educational requirements, tasks, outlook and growth, average salaries, and skills necessary for occupations that interest you.

Step 3: Create a Plan & Set Goals
So, you want to be an underwater welder do you? Now that you have narrowed down the direction you want to go in, setting goals and making a plan will improve your chances of getting there.

Step 4: Expand Skills
Do I need to know how to swim to get scuba certified? Yes. In this step you will list the skills you need to learn and where to get them before you start the job search.

Step 5: Find a Job
Are you ready? You are going to need an updated resume, a winning cover letter, and in some situations a portfolio of samples of work. You will also need to know how to use your contacts to tap into that hidden job market. This step will provide you with information and activities to really make you stand out.

Don’t forget that we are always here to help you in your process. Shalom Denver  or  Jewish Family Service of Colorado

What is Career Management?

This section shows you what you need to think about before you start to job search. It gives you strategies on how to manage your career.

Career management is more than just what you do to find a job- it is about how you approach your work and your life.

How do you manage your career? 

Having these qualities will help you manage your career and find success in what you choose to do.

Why should you manage your career?

The job market is not the same as it used to be. Today's economy is global and this impacts what employers want from workers. The types of work and training that were available to you in the past may have changed as well.

The New World of Work shows what job seekers and employees face today.

New World of Work

Sometimes people expect that they will get one job and stay there for their entire work life. Or they expect their employers to take care of them. Be prepared for the new world of work

The Job Market

  1. More jobs call for a degree or training past high school.
  2. Everyone needs to keep his or her job search skills sharp.
  3. Job seekers compete for jobs with people all over the world. Employers can move to another country. More workers can live away from their work. 

Relationship Between Employers and Employees

  1. Employees tend to change jobs every few years. Each move offers more skills and opportunities.
  2. Layoffs are more common. Workers see employers as customers. Full time employees act as contractors. Part-time positions are more common.
  3. Employees take their retirement plans with them when they change jobs. Workers are in charge of their own retirement plans.

Employment Realities

  1. Workers have many jobs in many occupations throughout their lifetime.
  2. Workers create their own career paths with one or many employers. They have more say in their own pay raises or change in duties.
  3. Job duties change more often or match projects. Employers want workers who think for themselves.
  4. More jobs are in the service or knowledge industries. Workers need to be creative. They need to provide good customer service. They also need technical skills.
  5. Employees might work full time or part time. They might be short-term or contract workers. They may work for more than one company at once.
  6. Employees need to work hard and take charge of their own career goals. They get pay and training from many employers.

Deal with Changes

Transitions in life can be stressful for anyone. The information here can help you with work changes to lower the stress.

Job security is not certain in this new world of work. You may lose your job through no fault of your own, or with little or no warning. Other life events like losing a loved one, a growing family, or having to move to a new city can cause a lot of stress and affect your career.

You may have things in your life that you are not sure how to handle. Support services can help you with child care, health care, transportation, and other needs. It's a good thing that you do not have to face these changes alone. There are many resources available to help you.

Your librarian or career coach may be able to help you find these services.

More resources to deal with changes

Job Search Support Services
Family Safety Net Employment Support
Local One-Stop Career Center
Ability Connection Colorado
Denver Office of Economic Development
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Team EEI
Colorado Workforce Center
Work Options for Women (WOW)
Denver Works
Dress for Success Denver

Manage Your Finances

Do you know how to make good choices with your money? Do you have the skills needed to save or make a budget?

No matter how much money you have, you should keep track of how much money you have coming in and where you spend your money. It is also important to know how much you need to save for the future.

Tips for staying financially healthy while looking for work:

Go to How to Create a Personal Budget.

 Budgeting Tips & Resources

How to Create a Personal Budget

Make plans for your money that fit your needs today and in the future. If you are not working, make a budget anyway. 

Make copies of  the Personal Budget (pdf) worksheet. You can create a budget to use now, then make others that show how much money you might earn and spend in a few years. See how your money plans change when you add or cut expenses. You can also change your income to make a different budget.

Look at your current budget.
If you have a partner or children, plan your money together.

  • Do you have enough for savings and the things you need?
  • Can you spend less on the things that are “nice to have” but not needed?
  • Where can you cut costs?

Sometimes people eat out less or buy fewer supplies. Sometimes people learn to live without cable TV or use a cheaper cell phone plan. If you have long-term goals, think about how to budget for them.  

Local Supportive Services

Other Resources
Denver General Information on Services: Call 2-1-1
Legal Assistance, including Legal Documents
Colorado Collaborative ID Project
Metro CareRing
El Centro Humanitario
Lutheran Family Services
The Legal Center
Tax Prep: Denver Asset Building Coalition
Refugee and Immigration Services
African Community Center of Denver
Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services (Refugees Only)
Low Income and Assistance Programs
Focus Points Family Resource Center
Mi Casa Resource Center
PEAK Online Application for Multiple Services
Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning
Housing Assistance
HUD for Disabled Persons
Mercy Housing
Utilities Assistance
Denver Urban Ministries
Energy Assistance
Metro CareRing
  • Call 2-1-1 when you need to find additional resources.
  • Other resources to help you deal with changes.