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Career Resources:

Job Applications Online

This site will help you with the online application process at popular businesses.



O*NET Online

O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers,
workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!


Career Outlook in the US

This website allows you to obtain and sort various career data, also known as
Labor Market Information. Knowing WHERE the job openings will be in the future
will help you in determining what career to pursue.


NC Dept of Commerce - Labor Market Information

 Look up information specific to North Carolina in various industries or occupations.
Answers questions such as:

   ~ How much money will I make?
   ~ Will there be jobs when I get out of school?
   ~ What are the largest employers in North Carolina?
WorkKeys Skills Job Search 

Check here to see how you scored on the WorkKeys and how it relates to your career choice.
Just type in the career title or choose a cluster.



WorkKeys Information

This site has sample questions for Seniors to review before they take the WorkKeys assessment.
Please see this site for more information regarding the WorkKeys assessment or the
North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate.




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 ASVAB Information

Visit the website if you have any questions about the ASVAB. There are some sample 
questions, information about careers, and other important career planning information here.



 Community College Information

In the next 10 years, over 50% of the job openings available will need a 2-year degree or less. 
You can get the education you need at a community college.  Visit this website to explore
community colleges in North Carolina.



 NCAA Clearinghouse

Now known as the NCAA Eligibility Center.  All students who want to become a college athlete
must apply with the NCAA for Eligibility. Please see this website for more information or see
your Guidance Counselor.



 High Five Scholarships

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 ACT - College Entrance Exam

As a Junior you should be taking the SAT and ACT.  As a Senior you may want to take these
again to get a better score.

 SAT - College Entrance Exam

As a Junior you should be taking the SAT and ACT.  As a Senior you may want to take these
again to get a better score.


Princeton Review

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College Board



Source: North Carolina’s Career Resource Network, www.ncsoicc.org

A resume is one of the most important tools in your job search.  Its purpose is to
market your experience, skills, and abilities to entice an employer to know more
about you and contact you for an interview.  In other words, it is used to get you
an interview, not to get you a job.  It is usually the first impression you make on
the person making hiring decisions, so make it a good one!

 A good resume presents:
·      Who you are
·      What kind of position you want
·      Your skills, abilities, and accomplishments
·      Listing of education and training
·      Listing of previous work experience

 Always include a cover letter with every resume you send to a potential employer.

 Resume Basics 



Be concise, accurate, positive

Lie or exaggerate

List your most recent job first

Include your salary history, SS#, age, or gender

Stress skills and accomplishments that are most relevant to the job for which you are applying

Use pronouns or abbreviations

Use action verbs

Overdo use of bold and italics

Make your resume attractive to read

Use small type or overcrowd margins

Have someone proofread your resume before sending

Include references

    ·      References are usually left off resumes unless you are instructed to include them for a
           job fair.
    ·      Have references available on another typed sheet of paper for the interview.  List at
           least three people (not relatives) who have recognized your skills, accomplishments,
           or personal qualities.
    ·      “References upon request” is no longer necessary on the bottom of resumes.  It should
            be eliminated, especially if space is needed for pertinent information.

    ·      There are different resume formats.
    ·      No one resume format or style is appropriate for all job seekers.
    ·      Select the style or format that best markets and sells your skills and qualifications to the
           most employers.

Career Objectives
Although some consider career objectives optional, you should begin your resume with your
career objective or summary statement (see below).  It is the first part of your resume a
prospective employer will see, and it can determine whether that person reads further or
discards your resume into the reject pile.

Start by designing a resume (including a career objective) that is flexible, yet can entice
varied employers in a particular industry or career area.  It should give a statement of the
strengths you have to offer, summarize your qualifications, and identify the type of job
you are seeking.  This basic resume and career objective will be useful for job fairs and
other events where you will be marketing your skills and abilities to a variety
of employers.

When seeking a specific job opening, tailor your objective to that particular job.  
This means you need to create multiple resumes – one with a specific objective
for each job sought.  By doing so, you will improve your chances of being selected
for an interview.

Building your Career Objective
Level of position for which you are applying:
   ¨  For high school students, this primarily will be “entry-level positions.”
              Example: Obtain an entry-level position…

Type of business, industry, or career area sought:
   ¨  Keep this generic, such as construction, sales, health and human services, etc.
              Example: Obtain an entry-level position in the hospitality industry…

Statement of the major strengths you have to offer this employer:
   ¨  Include examples of volunteer activities, club activities, or work experiences that
      reflect these strengths in the resume.
   ¨  Examples for high school students:
Obtain an entry-level position in a business or industry using my strengths in clerical procedures
and customer contacts.

Obtain an entry-level position in an industrial or manufacturing environment using my strengths 
in mechanical abilities and warehouse duties.

Obtain an entry-level position in a health or human services facility using my strengths with 
individual care and personal attention to the needs of others.

Summary Statements
Another way to get an employer’s attention when reviewing your resume is to include a summary
A summary statement follows or may replace the career objective, and it can be used with any
resume format.  
It is an overview of what you have to offer, consisting of three to four sentences, and is strongly

 A summary statement could contain:
    ·      Years of experience (can also include education/training experience)
    ·      Types of environments worked in
    ·      Areas of specialty (education or training can be substituted for lack of experience)
    ·      Brief description of your most relevant business characteristics

 Sample summary statements include:
    ·      Two years experience in a clerical support and data entry with customer service
           division of a midsize employer.
    ·      Dependable and conscientious with the ability to get the job done with
           minimal supervision.
    ·      Committed to cooperative teamwork.
    ·      Experience working with the public.

 A different format would be to simply list your qualifications:
    ·      Enjoy detailed work and exhibit initiative, creativity and resourcefulness.
    ·      Able to utilize organizational and problem solving skills.
    ·      Reliable, efficient and capable of completing a variety of tasks.
    ·      Good team-player, work well with all kinds of people.

When designing your resume, choose your words carefully.  Use words employers like
to hear (read).  
This includes keywords and action verbs.

Keywords are nouns that are common to a particular occupation or industry.  
They relate to tasks, skills, and abilities required for a specific job.  Using
them in your cover letter and resume indicates to the reader that you are
“in the know” regarding the job for which you are applying.  They are
necessary for electronic resumes, which are scanned by computer before
a person ever sees them.  However, you should incorporate them into any
resume to convey that you “speak the language” of the job you are seeking.  
For example, someone seeking employment as an accountant might
include keywords such as accounts payable, accounts receivable,
tax preparation, or CPA (depending on the specific job requirements).
Search keywords using www.onetonline.org

Action verbs convey a sense of energy, which employers seek in their
employees.  Always begin each statement of work experience with an
appropriate action verb.  

Sample Resume 1
Sample Resume 2
Sample Resume 3
Sample Resume 4
Sample Resume 5

Click here for writing strategies from Randolph Community College.



Below are certifications students can earn via Career Technical Education (CTE)
classes at Southwestern Randolph High School.  These can lead to employment
directly after finishing high school, provide a competitive edge while seeking employment, and/or be used to promote your application to a college or university.

Animal Science Business Food & Restaurant Health Science Horticulture Trade & Industry

Under All CTE Areas:
National Career Readiness Certificates via ACT WorkKeys


  National Career Readiness Certificate
  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold

  •  Platinum

  About WorkKeys:


ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers
select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce.
This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers
specialized assessments to target institutional needs.


Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied
Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information
can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate
(ACT NCRC) (www.act.org).

  How to Qualify:


All Career Technical Education students that complete a pathway
in a career cluster will take the WorkKeys test their senior year.  To be
recognized as a completer of a pathway in one of the 16 career clusters
a student must  have

  •  two main CTE or CCP classes within a Career & Technical Pathway

  • one enhancement CTE or CCP class within a Career & Technical Pathway

  • one  level two class within a Career & Technical Pathway

  Learn More about NCRC:


Click here.

Animal Science:

Animal Waste Certification



Animal Waste Operator Certification

  About Waste Management:


The North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation in 1995 and 1996
requiring certification of operators of animal waste management systems.

The Type A systems primarily rely on an anaerobic lagoon and soil/plant
systems for the treatment of animal waste. These systems are generally
used to treat animal waste generated by animals that produce a low-fiber
waste, such as swine and poultry. These systems generally include the
following components: anaerobic lagoon; pumps; pipes and other
structures that carry waste from the point of generation to the final
treatment/disposal site; flushing systems; solids separation equipment;
irrigation equipment; and land application site and crops.

Type B systems primarily rely on soil/plant systems for the treatment of
animal waste. These systems are generally used to treat animal waste
generated by animals that produce a high-fiber waste, such as cattle,
horses, and sheep.
These systems generally include the following components: dry stacks;
solids and slurry collection equipment; storage ponds for the collection
of solids and runoff; pumps, pipes and other structures that carry waste
from the point of generation to the final treatment/disposal site;
flushing systems; solids separation equipment; irrigation
equipment; and land application site and crops.

  How to Qualify:


To become certified to operate a Type A or Type B animal waste management system,
you must first successfully complete Animal Science II. Second, you must submit
an application to the Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification
Commission with the appropriate fee attached. Third, you must pass an
examination administered by the
Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission.

  Learn More Waste Management:


Click here.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)



Beef Quality Assurance Certification

  About Beef Quality Assurance:


According to the BQA website, “Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally
coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic
information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how
common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with
accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum
management and environmental conditions.

  How to Qualify:


Students enrolled in Animal Science I who wish to be tested for certification
must pay a $15.00 certification fee in advance of testing.  Once testing is
complete the teacher will grade each student’s test and return a list of 
students who answer 70% of the exam questions correctly to the
North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association at the above address.  
Teachers will include the name and complete mailing address for
each student who passes the test.  Students will be mailed their
certification through the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association.   
In addition each student will receive one year of student membership
in the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association and receive a monthly

  Learn More about BQA:


Click here.

Pork Quality Assurance (PQA)



Pork Quality Assurance Youth Plus Certification

  About Pork Quality Assurance:


Revised in 2013, Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) provides a framework
for significant, relevant food safety standards and improved animal well-being.
Due to pork producers’ commitment to continuous improvement, PQA Plus is
regularly revised to increase its effectiveness, incorporate new research
information, and ensure the program’s validity.  Maintaining its food
safety tradition to ensure U.S. pork products continue to be
recognized domestically and internationally as the highest quality and
safest available, PQA Plus also provides information to ensure producers
can measure, track and continuously improve animal well-being (www.pork.org).

  How to Qualify:


Students enrolled in Animal Science I  who are ages 12-14 may take the
Youth PQA Plus Exam (Intermediate). 
Students age 15-19 may take the Youth PQA Plus Exam (Advanced).

  Learn More about PQA:


Click here.

North Carolina Hunter Education Certificate

To see information on this topic please click here to go to Horticulture

Business Education:
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 
via Certiport



Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

  • Access 2013

  • Excel 2013

  • PowerPoint 2013

  • Word 2013

  About MOS:


Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to get the most out of
Office by earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification in a
specific Office program. Holding a MOS certification can earn an
entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual
salary than uncertified peers. (www.microsoft.com) 

  How to Qualify:


Students enrolled in BM10 Microsoft Word & PowerPoint will have an
opportunity to certify in Word & PowerPoint.  Students enrolled in
BM20 Microsoft Excel & Access will have an opportunity to certify in
Excel & Access.

  Learn More about MOS:


Click here.

Food & Restaurant:
ServSafe Food Protection Managers Certification



ServSafe Food Protection Managers Certification

About ServSafe:


The ServSafe Food Safety Training Program leads the way in providing
current and comprehensive educational materials to the restaurant industry.
More than 4 million foodservice professionals have been certified through
the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam, which is
accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Conference
for Food Protection (CFP). ServSafe training and certification
is recognized by more federal, state and local jurisdictions
than any other food safety
certification (
www.servsafe.com) .

How to Qualify:


Students enrolled in ProStart I & ProStart II will have an opportunity to
complete the requirements to obtain ServSafe Certification.

Learn More about ServSafe:


Click here.

Health Science:
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 



Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

About CPR:


About 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital,
but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival (www.heart.com).

How to Qualify:


Students who complete the required sections in Health Science II
and receive a passing grade on  certification testing
will recive Certification in CPR .

Learn More about CPR:


Click here (CPR)

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)



Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

About CNA:


Nursing Fundamentals a two credit course is an enhanced adoption of the
North Carolina Division of health Services Regulation
(DHSR) Nurse Aide I curriculum and helps prepare students
for the National Nurse Aide Assessment (NNAAP). 
On completion of this course students will be
eligible to take the NNAAP (www.ncpublicschools.org).

How to Qualify:


Students who pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment will be listed on the
NC NAI Registry.

Learn More about CNA:


Click here  

Pharmacy Assistant 



Pharmacy Technician Certification 

About Pharmacy Assistant:


This course has self-paced, on-line instruction designed to prepare
high school seniors for a pharmacy technician career. Topics included
in this course are federal law, medication used in major body systems, calculations, and pharmacy operations. Mathematics is reinforced in
this course.  This course is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Pharmacy Education (APCE). 

How to Qualify:


Upon successful completion of the
Parmacy Technician course, and after graduation,
the student is eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician
Certification Board (PTCB) exam.

Learn More about Pharmacy Assistant:


Click here

North Carolina Hunter Education Certificate 
(also available in
Animal Science)



North Carolina Hunter Education Certificate

About Hunters Education Certificate:


It becomes the roles of every hunter to be responsible and accountable
while hunting. Our actions directly affect the environment.  Tie our
responsibilities as a hunter to the responsibility and accountability that
each of us face in our everyday life (

How to Qualify:


Students enrolled in the Agriscience Applications course have the opportunity
to  complete the work needed to participate in Hunter Safety workshops.

Learn More about Hunters Certificate:


Click here.

Pesticide Certification 



Private Pesticide Applicators Certificaiton

About Pesticide Certification:


Pesticide Applicator Certification & Licensing (PDF)

How to Qualify:


Students enrolled in Horticulture II-Landscaping will be eligible to sit for the state exam. 

Learn More about Pesticide Certification:


Click here  

Energy Saving Landscape Certified 



Energy Saving Landscape Certification (ESL)

About Landscape Certification:


Energy Saving Landscaping is based on understanding the direction of
the sun and prevailing winds in relation to your house and using plants
to reduce their impact. Trees and shrubs can reduce direct summer sunlight
and cold winter winds. Even groundcover plants and turfgrass can reduce
heat radiation and cool the air around your home in summer. 
Well placed deciduous trees will loose their leaves in the fall
and allow  sunlight to warm your house in the winter. 
Fall is an excellent time of year to plant trees and shrubs.
ESL certified landscapers are trained in using the
right plants with a design that will maximize their
energy savings (NCNLA).

How to Qualify:


Students who successful complete Horticulture II - Landscaping will be eligible to iet for the exam.

Learn More about Landscape Certification:


Click here  

Certified Plant Professional (CPP)



North Carolina Certified Plant Professional (CPP)

About Plant Professional:


The North Carolina Certified Plant Professional certification is a written and
plant identification test that seeks to recognize proficiency in the
nursery workforce, upgrade the status of the nursery professional,
and provide the public with a means of identifying qualified
nursery professionals. To become a Certified Plant Professional, the
applicant must pass the written test, the plant identification test,
as well as document of 12 months of experience in plant production
or sales.

The certification exam is composed of two sections: a written test and a
plant identification test.  The applicant must score 70% correct on each
test to receive certification. If one section of the exam is failed, it may be
retaken within a three year window (NCNLA).

How to Qualify:


Any student who has completed the Horticulture I program is eligible to take
the test.

Learn More about Plant Professional:


Click here  

Trade & Industry:
National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)



NCCER Core Modules:  Detailed Core Module Description (PDF)

NCCER Modules:          Detailed Masonry Module Description (PDF)
                                  Detailed Carpentry Module Description (PDF)

About Core Modules:


Core Curriculum The NCCER Core Curriculum is a prerequisite to all other
Level 1 craft curriculum. Its modules cover topics such as Basic
Safety, Communication Skills and Introduction to Construction
Drawings. Completing this curriculum gives the trainee the basic
skills needed to continue education in any craft area he or she
chooses (
www.nccer.org) .

How to Qualify:


Students enrolled in Carpentry or Masonry at Southwestern Randolph
High School will have the opportunity to take the certification.

Learn More about NCCER:


Click here.



CTE Internships allow for additional development of career and technical competencies within
a general career field. Internships allow students to observe and participate in daily operations,
develop  direct contact with job personnel, ask questions about particular careers, and perform
certain job tasks. This activity is exploratory and allows the student to get hands-on experience
in a number of related activities. The teacher, student, and the business community jointly
plan the organization, implementation, and evaluation of an internship, regardless of whether
it is an unpaid or paid internship.

Click here to download student internship application and related forms.

CTE Internship Guidelines:
- To be eligible for a CTE Internship, students should have completed a
   minimum of three CTE courses in their career cluster, one of which
is a second-level (capstone) course.

- Student interns must complete at least 135 hours of work to receive credit
  for the internship course.

- Student interns are expected to conduct themselves as professionals
including: appropriate dress, punctuality, conduct, and willingness to learn.

- Student interns are required to submit a monthly time sheet signed by the
  site supervisor. Time sheets are due on the first Friday of each month for
the previous month's attendance.

- Student interns may be compensated for their work at the community
  sponsor's discretion. 
However, interns (paid or unpaid) may not displace regular employees
as a source of labor.

- Child Labor Laws must be observed with respect to acceptable work
   and hours.

- The school's internship coordinator will make at least two visits to the job
   site during the internship to observe the student in his/her internship role.
   These visits are usually unannounced and may occur at any time that the
   intern is scheduled to work. Please contact the internship coordinator if 
   you prefer to schedule visits.

- The site supervisor is required to complete two evaluations for the intern
(midterm and final evaluation) and one for the internship program. These
forms are included in this packet and should be returned at the time
designated on each form.

- All questions and concerns regarding student interns or the internship
program should be directed to the internship coordinator.

Internship Coordinator Contact Information:
Jessica Cutler
Career Development Coordinator
Southwestern Randolph High School
1641 Hopewell Friends Rd.
Asheboro, NC 27205
(336) 381-7747
(336) 381-7743 fax