Career Planning Workbook

The Minnesota State Career Planning Workbook provides activities to help students focus on their job search.  

How to Use this Workbook

Print activities from the Career Planning Workbook here.  
You can download interactive, accessible versions of individual workbook activities below. 

  1. Assess Yourself
    Understand your skills and interests and learn how to match them to careers.
  2. Career Exploration
    Learn about career fields, clusters, and pathways.
  3. Create a Plan and Set Goals
    Find worksheets to help you plan your search and create a schedule of activities.
  4. Find a Job
    Learn how to write a quality resume, answer interview questions, and fill out a job application. Understand some common job search challenges so that you can better prepare for a job inter-view. Learn the benefits of networking and find ways to connect with employers.  Also, find social media tips.  
  5. Manage Your Career
    Learn how to keep your job once you’ve found it. Find ways to reduce stress, and learn how to leave a job on good terms.
  6. Appendices
    Find career planning resources for:
    • People with Disabilities
    • Military Connected
    • People with a Criminal Conviction 
    • LGBTQ 
    • International Students 

Individual Interactive Worksheets

Download interactive versions of individual worksheets below.  To use the interactive features, you need to download the file and open it using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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In this section, you will focus on the important details of what you really want when looking for a job and how to use a schedule to benefit your job search. By using these tools, you will be able to organize your search into a step-by-step process and manage your time wisely.

Although you might not use all the suggestions offered, you will get an idea of how your search can be more concentrated.

In this section you will learn about how to improve skills that are important for obtaining a job.

Networking

Job Applications

Resume and Cover Letter

Job Interview

About This Publication

This workbook was created in 2020 through a collaboration with:

  • Century College
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Minnesota State Career and Technical Education
  • Minnesota State CAREERwise
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Southeast Service Coop

Some of the content in this workbook was adapted from content created by Goodwill-Easter Seals of Minnesota and is used with their permission.