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Step 3: Explore Your Options


Now that you have your career plan in place, it is time to start exploring your career options. This includes researching the labor market, businesses, occupations and industries. This step also means connecting and talking with people through networking. Step 3 activities should be included as action items in your career plan. 

Resources for Researching Businesses, Industries, and Occupations

Positively Minnesota-Data Center is a division of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development dedicated to providing up-to-date labor market information for the state. Their staff is extremely helpful in assisting job seekers, as well as businesses.

Minnesota’s Career Fields, Clusters & Pathways is a document created in partnership by Minnesota State and Colleges & Universities and the Minnesota Department of Education that may be useful in your research.    

Other resources for businesses, industries, and occupations include:

Career One Stop Occupation offers links to various occupation information. You can select the "Occupation Profile" to search a specific occupation, or look at top occupations by wage and trend or compare wage and trend information. 

Career One Stop Employer Locator is a free business directory that is searchable by geography, industry, or occupation. 

ISEEK allows you to search specific occupations, industries, and businesses. 

O*Net Occupation Search allows you to search a specific occupations, career clusters, industries, as well as other occupation information.

If you are looking for articles about a regional business or industry, the DEED staff suggest these resources:

Networking Sites
Networking is a key part of your job search. Eighty to ninety percent of jobs are not advertised! It is extremely important to make connections and build your job search network. Here are resources to help you build your network online and in person:

LinkedIn is the largest online business networking site.  Widely used by job seekers, businesses, and recruiters.  You can search people, industries, businesses, as well as join and participate in networking groups.  You can do a lot on LinkedIn.  It can be confusing.  Your local workforce center and other local organizations have regular classes for using LinkedIn.

Facebook  is used for job seekers and business in addition to staying in contact with family and friends. You can access business profile pages which can provide useful company information.

Twitter is also useful for job seekers. You can follow people and businesses which can provide useful company information. 

Business and Professional Organizations
Another beneficial element to networking is joining and attending business and professional organizations.

ASAE Gateway to Associations Directory is a good resource for finding business and professional organizations.



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