Getting Your First Job

Are you looking for your first job? Get started with these tips.

  1. Create a professional email address. 
  2. Make sure you have an appropriate voicemail message on your phone. 
  3. Clean up social media accounts or make them private.  
  4. Watch our First Impressions Video

Determine what type of job you want by taking a career quiz.

Try: MCC Career Services Assessment and CareerOneStop Self-Assessment

  1. No job experience? Don’t worry! Include your education, volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, and relevant skills and awards.  
  2. Watch our Work Experience Video
  3. Review resume samples.
  4. Free Career Specific Resume Samples on Indeed (account not required)
  5. NO typos or spelling mistakes! → Ask a family member, friend, or librarian to proofread your resume  
  6. Free Resume Templates on Indeed (account not required)
  7. Free Resume Review at CAPL (formatting, spelling, and grammar only) 
  8. Free Workshops through McHenry County Workforce Network 

  1. Gather needed information like your driver’s license number, social security number, employment history, volunteer history, education, skills, references, and availability. You’re going to be filling this out…a lot!

  1. Review interview questions
  2. Dress professionally and have good hygiene. If you’re not sure what to wear, consider what other employees are wearing. Khakis and polos? Suits and ties? Slacks and blazers? Jeans and blouses? 
  3. Affordable Career Clothing is available at Willow Creek Care Center 
  4. Arrive 5 minutes early 
  5. Have questions prepared
  6. Research the company 
  7. Follow-up with a thank you note 
  8. Practice, practice, practice!  
  9. Schedule a Mock Interview at McHenry County Workforce Network 
  10. Watch our Common Interview Mistakes Video
  11. Watch our Interview Do’s and Don'ts Video
  12. Review interview tips on Udemy 

Congratulations on getting your first job! 

  1. Familiarize yourself with common forms you will be asked to complete for your employer’s human resources department.
  2. What is an I-9?
  3. What is a W-2?
  4. Do I need a work permit
  5. On the job, be positive, punctual, attentive, dependable, professional, and consistent! This is the time to start building your reputation as a good employee for future opportunities. 
  6. If you decide to leave your job, give your employer two weeks notice. It is the professional, responsible, and respectful way to leave a job and will end things on a good note. It will also reflect well when you need a reference for another job, internship, or college application.