Career Exploration

We help student understand who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there.

TBCC has developed an online Career Center to help you identify your interests and skills and to explore careers. Visit TillamookCareerCenter.org to learn about:

  • Career Assessments
  • Career Exploration
  • Videos

Another great tool is the Oregon Career Information System created to support students and their families to plan for future careers and the education they need to be prepared for today’s job market.   

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Find Your Career Path Brochure

TBCC offers a variety of educational opportunities that can help prepare you for the workforce or to transfer on to a four-year university. Here is a quick resource guide to help you. Full program details and career research tools are available on this website.

Career Building Resources

Resume-Building 101

This is one of the most important aspects of searching for a job. In many cases, it will be the first thing an employer sees, and therefore their first impression of you will be based on your resume. If you search for “resume writing” in a search engine like Google, Bing or Yahoo, you will find a lot of different resume templates and examples, as well as paid services for writing resumes.

Instead of taking advantage of these paid services, unless you have a resume for a specific field in mind, we would definitely recommend the experience of writing your resume yourself, and having a friend proofread it for you. You can design it to reflect your personal style and format it to best showcase your accomplishments.

There are resources you can utilize in order to ensure that the language you use in your resume is the most effective for a job search. You can take it into our local WorkSource office http://worksourceoregon.org/home/worksourcecenters/252-tillamook, or again do a search on the internet for language or key terms used in resumes.

What career is right for me? (accordion this)

There are many different careers to choose from. What are you interested in? If you have a wide variety of interests, or you are not sure what career you would be best suited to, you can take any number of skills assessments. These can range from free online quizzes to professional evaluations. For instance, the website CareerBuilder.com has a Career Planner Quiz that will recommend a career that suits your interests and style. TBCC has also built a website to help you www.TillamookCareerCenter.org.

The college offers a couple of other skills assessment services that they have subscribed to:

  • Oregon Career Information System  This service provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregon residents learn about different jobs and educational programs.
  • Discover  This website provides guidance and information to help people make important decisions about their jobs and education.

You can obtain the login information for these services from the TBCC Library.

What kind of experience and education is required?

Suppose you know that you are interested in working as a veterinary technician, or a CAD (computer-aided drafting drafter (these are only examples). You can look these professions up in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) and find out particulars of what kind of experience and education is required for these jobs. The OOH will also tell you what it projects as being the future growth for these positions.

What are some guidelines for writing a cover letter? (accordion this)

The cover letter is going to be one of the most important pieces of information that your potential employer will see. Sometimes, your potential employer will ask that specific pieces of information are put in the cover letter – be sure to read all application instructions carefully. There are three major components to the cover letter:

  1. First Paragraph – Why you are writing
  2. Middle Paragraphs – What you have to offer
  3. Concluding Paragraph – How you will follow-up

If you are applying to several similar jobs, it might be easiest to create one cover letter that you can easily adjust to cater to the requirements of each position.

Where do I find jobs?

WorkSource Northwest Oregon is our partner in Tillamook County to help you find local employment. They offer services of all kinds from posting local job opportunities to helping you with resume writing and learning how to interview. http://worksourceoregon.org/job-seekers/additional-resources

Other information that can support you: