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Creating a Better Work in Texas Profile

WorkInTexas.com is the largest job-matching database in the state of Texas. Here are some tips on how to create an online profile to help you get a job or find a better one.


Profile

The My Portfolio page consolidates all profile, resumé/application and job matching processes into one page which is easily accessed by you.    The Profile section allows you to access and update all information related to yourself, your personal profile and your logon password.  You can update or change:

  • Personal Information
  • Contact Information
  • Additional Information
  • Logon Password

Creating Your Resume

The Resumé section allows you to build and enhance your resumé.  The Resume Wizard is available to guide you through the process one step at a time or, if you choose, you may update each section individually.  After registration, your resumé is available for employers to view.

Tips for Creating a Resume

There are several sections of your resume that you 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 Preference

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.


Creating Your State of Texas Application

The State of Texas Application section helps you prepare your State of Texas Application for applying to state agency jobs.  Most information collected for the Resume section is populated on the State of Texas Application, but there is additional information required for the State Application which is collected through the State of Texas Application Additional Details page.  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 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.
  • 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.


Job Matching

The Job Matching section allows 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, that information is used to match your skills to jobs, and let employers match their jobs to you. Completing 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: 

  • Which city would you want to work
  • What is your desired salary
  • 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 allows you initiate a job match. When you run a match, you will 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. From this list, you can 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 your match does not provide the results you want or expect, there are ways to can your search results. You can broaden or narrow your match criteria depending on how many matches you get. You may want to consider updating your matching profile by: 

  • Allowing the Job Match Advisor show you how to increase your potential for job matches
  • Adding or removing occupations
  • Adjusting your salary requirements
  • Changing 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.


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WorkInTexas.com is the largest job-matching database in the State of Texas. Here are some tips on how to create an online profile to help you get a job or find a better one.

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