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Job Seekers

Now that you've passed your ACRC assessments and are ready to start your job search, below are a few tips to help you get going. 

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Use your credential to job search
  • Explore the list of employers who recognize and support the ACRC (Employer Advocates) 
  • Consider applying to similar companies, though not yet ACRC Employer Advocates
  • Post on social media – Edit your LinkedIn profile to reflect your ACRC and its level
  • Advertise your ACRC achievement and encourage your testing location to post your accomplishment  
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Application tips and interview talking points
  • Highlight your ACRC attainment in cover letters, resumes, applications, and your LinkedIn profile   
  • Use explanations from the Credential Skills Profile (back page of certificate) as key phrases for cover letter, resume, application, and as talking points in interviews  
  • Print out and attach two-sided ACRC to physical cover letters, applications, and resumes when applicable, and place a two-sided copy in your portfolio for interviews  
  • Emphasize the value of your ‘readiness’ having earned an ACRC in
    • 3 applied foundational academic skill areas – list them and earned levels
    • 4 workplace competence/professional skills – list them 
  • Create a profile in Arizona Job Connection (azjobconnection.gov), PipelineAZ (pipelineaz.com), AZ Career Information System (portal.azcis.intocareers.org), or similar career exploration services, and specify an earned ACRC with the level achieved for career pursuits
3
Stay engaged
  • Upgrade your ACRC to a higher level to be more marketable for hire
  • Continue to access the online system to print additional copies of your ACRC, as well as improve your level – your profile remains active indefinitely
4
Search for and use other employment resources where available
  • ARIZONA@WORK operates in every county and the City of Phoenix
  • Community colleges have career guidance centers
  • Non-profit agencies are available that assist job seekers
  • Some libraries have career guidance

Employers

Download an overview of the Arizona Career Readiness Credential and the benefits employers receive from the program's assessment tool.