The purpose of the My Portfolio page is to consolidate all profile, resumé/application and job matching processes into one page which is easily accessed by you.
The purpose of the Profile section is to give you a place to access and update all information related to yourself, your personal profile and your logon password. The links in this section take you to the appropriate sections of WorkInTexas.com where you can update or change:
- Personal Information
- Contact Information
- Additional Information
- Logon Password
The purpose of the Resumé & State of Texas Application section is to help you enhance your resumé and/or prepare your State of Texas Application for applying to state agency jobs. A Resume Wizard and State of Texas Application Wizard are available to help you through the process one step at a time or, if you choose, you may update each section individually. Most information collected through the Resume is displayed on the State of Texas Application but there is additional information required for the State Application collected through the State of Texas Application Additional Details page. After registration your resumé is available for employers to view. You must complete the Additional Details page and select for your State of Texas Application to be made available to employers before state agency and university employers may view it.
Tips for Creating A Resume
Your resumé is made up of several sections that can display to employers. The more information you provide, the better your chances are of matching jobs. Some of these items will be found in the Profile and Job Matching sections of the My Portfolio page.
- Contact Information - Make sure your contact information is always up to date. Provide working phone numbers and/or an email address. If you do not have an email account you can apply for a free email account through WorkInTexas.com.
- Career Objective - Provide a concise career objective. Your career objective is a personal statement that defines the type of employment opportunity you are seeking.
- Work History - Provide as much information as possible, including company name, address, dates of employment, full job descriptions, special equipment, tools, or machinery used, and related industry buzzwords.
- References - Use people such as supervisors, co-workers, teachers, or others who know about your work habits and experiences. Usually two or three references are enough.
- Education - List any education from 1st Grade through a Doctoral degree. Also provide the dates you attended school, areas of special study, your GPA, and graduation status if applicable.
- Training - List all training received. Employers will often consider someone without work experience if they have had training in a particular field.
- Occupation License/Certification - Such as a PE, LVN, Nurses Aide, Cosmetologist, CPR, Forklift, etc.
- Summary of Qualifications - Enter information that you want to stand out on your resumé such as fields of specialization, associations, memberships, special skills, etc.
- Other Skills - Such as typing speed, specific software, driver’s license, languages, etc.
Viewing Your Resume and Setting Resume Preferences
When viewing/printing your resumé, you can select what fields display. You can also designate what information to display when employers view it although some are required items. Select View/Print Resume or Application to view and/or print your resumé and Resume Preferences to edit information displayed to employers.
Tips for Creating a State of Texas Application
A State of Texas Application can be created in WorkInTexas.com by combining information collected for the resumé and the State of Texas Application Additional Details page.
- Answer as many questions as possible on the State of Texas Application Additional Details page.
- Be sure to carefully review the terms of the State Application. Once you have reviewed the terms, check the box labeled “I have read the following statements carefully. I understand and accept the terms indicated in the statements. I want to make my application available to all State of Texas and university employers” in order to ensure your application is available to State of Texas and university employers.
- You can update your State of Texas Application online at any time in WorkInTexas.com
- The Social Security Number (SSN) captured on the State of Texas Application Additional Details page will not display to employers who are not State Agencies, and it will not allow changes/updates to the SSN that you did (or did not) enter during registration.
Viewing your State of Texas Application
Your application will display in the standard State of Texas Application format. In most cases you do not need to print, sign, and mail a copy to the employer because they can print a copy and have you sign it at the time of the interview. Select View/Print Resume or Application to view and/or print your State of Texas Application.
The purpose of the Job Matching section is to allow you to identify the different types of work and work situations that you are interested in. Once you have identified the work in which you are interested, you can use that information to match your skills to jobs, and let employers match their jobs to you. Entering information for all items in this section will give you a complete matching profile and the best chance to match your skills with available jobs.
The information used for matching (and which makes up your matching profile) includes:
- Where you want to work (cities)
- How much you want to make (pay)
- What shifts you are willing to work
- How many hours per week you want to work
- What types of jobs/occupations you can or will perform
- Matching keywords
Running a Match
The Match Jobs section is where you initiate a job match. When a match is run, you will immediately get a list of jobs that match your skills, experience, and education background, as well as your pay preference and job location requirements, with available jobs. The list of jobs will allow you to find out more about each job, obtain contact information if you are interested in applying for a job, as well as a way to remove a job from the list if you are not interested in a particular job.
Improving Your Match Results
If you run a match and do not get the results you want or expect, there are some things you can do to improve your results. There are options to broaden or narrow your match criteria depending on how many matches you get. You may want to consider changing or updating your matching profile by:
- Letting the Job Match Advisor show you how to increase your potential for job matches
- Adding or removing occupations
- Raising or lowering your salary requirements
- Increasing or decreasing the size of the geographic area in which you willing to work
- Adding keywords
You may want to research the occupations you have selected to ensure that they truly are what you want. This research can be done from your personal Job Match Summary page or Career Tools page in WorkInTexas.com. On the Job Match Summary page, you can read about the occupation, find out the average pay for jobs in that field, and learn about other related occupations in which you also may be interested.