Next Stop CareerPreparing to enter the workforce is no easy feat. Whether you’re looking for summer employment, a job after high school, or entry into your career after earning your college degree, below are some resources to help you find jobs, apply for them, and nail the interview.



Cover Letter

“The cover letter is one of the most challenging documents you may ever write: you must write about yourself without sounding selfish and self-centered. The solution to this is to explain how your values and goals align with the prospective organization’s and to discuss how your experience will fulfill the job requirements.” – Purdue OWL


“A résumé (also spelled resume) is a brief document that summarizes your education, employment history, and experiences that are relevant to your qualifications for a particular job for which you are applying. The purpose of a résumé (along with your cover letter) is to get an interview. Research has shown that it takes an average of ten (10) interviews to receive one (1) job offer, so your résumé needs to be persuasive and perfect” – Purdue OWL

Job Interview

A job interview is a conversation between a job applicant and a representative, or group of representatives, of an employer which is conducted to assess whether the applicant should be hired.

Job Search

SD Department of Labor Job Search

Black Hills Help Wanted Job Search

Indeed Job Search

Career Exploration

O*Net Online

The O*Net is a tool for career exploration and job analysis. It has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

Career Clusters

“Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps students discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.” – Advance CTE



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