Congratulations on earning your GED! After such an accomplishment, many new career options are available to you now. Whether you’re searching for a brand-new career or staying put in your current one, you now have the choice to decide which works best for you. With that being said, I want to give you some tips on how to find a job, advance in your current one, or get a better job after earning your GED.
Update Your Resume
A resume is a marketing tool you can use to capture an employer’s attention to your skills, experience, and education. Now that you have a GED, it is a must that you update the education section of your resume. Employers have certain educational requirements for available positions, and most likely is at least to have a high school diploma or GED. Fortunately, now that you have met this educational requirement there are more job options available to you. Also, if you’re hoping to advance within your current career, inform your employer of your accomplishment and send an updated resume as well.
Create a free Work in Texas profile and use the resume builder feature.
Polish Your Interviewing Skills
If the goal of earning your GED is to get a better job, I recommended polishing your interviewing skills. An interview is a scheduled meeting that gives employers a chance to learn more about the job seeker’s skills and abilities. Interviews are of course the most important component to landing a job. During an interview, employers will determine if you are a good fit for the position. Since the COVID 19 pandemic virtual interviews have become the new normal. A virtual interview takes place remotely and includes the use of video conferencing software such as Zoom, Microsoft TEAMS, or WebEx.
Workforce Solutions YouTube channel provides great resources for polishing your interviewing skills.
Explore New Career Paths
Now that you have updated your resume and polished your interviewing skills it’s time to find a new career that you are passionate about. Earning a GED will bring new opportunities for you, including new possible career paths which can be exciting. However, there are a few different things you want to consider when exploring new careers such as salary, benefits, work schedule, and work values. I recommend taking an assessment (questionnaire) to determine what careers fit your interest and work values best.
Resources for Exploring New Career Paths:
Personality Assessment: My Next Move
A rewarding career with less than 2 years of training: Up Skill Houston
Careers in Construction: Steel Toe Pro
Earning a GED is the first step in having a new career or advancing in your current one. I hope these resources, all available to you at no cost, will help you determine a career path that is best for you. For more resources, please visit Workforce Solutions
Zenoria Abdalla is a Career Navigator with the Workforce Solutions Regional Team for the Gulf Coast Region. Prior to joining the Regional Team, she worked at a Workforce Solutions Career Office as an Employment Counselor providing career counseling. In her current role, she focuses on the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) population by facilitating career development workshops and navigating AEL students to beneficial resources. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from Texas Southern University.