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Occupational Research Through Nevada Career Information System

Did you know that most people spend more time researching their vacations than their jobs? Yet your occupation directly affects your long-term personal happiness and satisfaction. The more you know about yourself and the world of work, the better equipped you are to make an informed decision about what path to follow.

In order to determine whether a job might be a good fit for you, you need to know a little more about the job itself. Occupational research can help you identify the working conditions, physical demands, skills and abilities, employment outlook and salary of an occupation you are considering.

Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) offers of variety of free research resources and assessments, including:

  • O*NET Interest Profiler is an assessment that matches your personal interests to a variety of occupations organized into six distinct clusters.
  • Reality Check helps you to consider the financial side during occupational research. If you have an idea of the kind of lifestyle you would like to live, this assessment can help you see just how far your future salary can stretch.
  • Work Importance Locator can help identify your work values to determine occupational fields that align with your values.
  • Occupation Sort is designed to let you say what you know about yourself, your likes and dislikes, and creates a list of occupations that match your preferences. It doesn't tell you what you should be. Instead, Occupation Sort locates occupations that match factors you consider important.
  • SKILLS helps you identify occupations that use the skills you like. It also helps you recognize skills that transfer between occupations. You can use SKILLS to select occupations to explore, identify ways to modify your career direction, or prepare for a job interview.
  • Career Cluster Match is designed to help you narrow down your options based on your personal likes and dislikes.

NCIS also maintains a current database of information on hundreds of occupations, allowing you to easily access important information such as:

  • Occupational overview
  • Common work activities
  • Skill and abilities related to the field
  • Current local, statewide, and national average salaries
  • Knowledge and interests most commonly associated with the career
  • Licensing and certification requirements
  • Information about the type of training and/or schooling necessary to work in the field
  • Physical demands of the job
  • Outlook
  • Hiring practices

NCIS Résumé Builder

So you think you've found the right job for you and you're ready to apply? Do not forget the importance of a great résumé. Creating a free account through NCIS gives you access to their résumé builder. It's easy to use. Simply enter your information and select from a variety of résumé format options. The program will compile and save all of your information. Saving your information enables you to update your résumé regularly, too.

As you take on new responsibilities at work or gain new skills, simply add this information into your personal profile. Additionally, the Job Preparation Center at TMCC can help you with all of your résumé needs. Please see Résumé Preparation for more information.

NCIS Keep That Job

Once you have a job, it is equally important to understand how to keep it. Showing up on time and doing your work is only one part of the equation. Keep That Job provides important information on upgrading your skills, interpersonal skills necessary for working effectively with your supervisor and your co-workers, personal growth and development, and how to handle problems on the job.

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