Students: Our Workforce Coordinator is Missy Koch.



Exploring Jobs and Careers
What you need to apply
     Creating a Resume
     Writing a cover Letter
     Picking the right references
     Interview Preparations
On-the-job experience
     Informational Interviews
     Professional Development
Tips for Job Success
     Soft skills
     Social media

Exploring Jobs and Careers

CareerOneStop – U.S. Dept of Labor website filled with career exploration tools and information

CAREERwise – Job/Career exploration website through Minnesota State

MCIS – MN Career Information Systems website


What you Need to Apply


Filling out applications, creating a resume/cover letter, and other things that will help get you to a job interview!


Application Do’s/Don’ts

Creating a Resume
Resume Sample
What to Put in Your Resume
Resume Writing Tips

Writing a Cover Letter
Cover Letter Samples
What to Put in Your Cover Letter

Picking the Right References
Who makes good references?


Got called for a job interview? Awesome! Find out how to prepare for interviews below:

Step 1: Learn as much as you can about the job and research the workplace

Step 2: Figure out what kind of interview it will be

Step 3: Begin to prepare for typical interview questions and figure out what you want to ask about the job/company

Step 4: Dress to impress
VIDEO: Tips for Men
VIDEO: Tips for Women

Step 5: What to do after the interview

On-the-Job Experience

 Internships – Are a great way to gain experience, learn about careers in a hands-on way, and meet professionals in a particular field.

 Apprenticeships – Another great way to gain experience on the job while attending structured training programs. They are usually paid and can last between 1 and 6 years.



 Informational Interviews – Getting the inside scoop about a particular job from someone who is currently doing it.

 Keep on Developing Specific Career Skills and Knowledge at Professional Development events


Tips for Job Success

Learn about the essential skills that employers look for when hiring a new employee


 Soft Skills - How you communicate and interact with others at work is vital to job success!

 Social Media - Do’s and Don’ts


SteeleCoWorks launched as a collaborative partnership between United Way of Steele County, Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development, Inc & the Owatonna Public Schools.