28 AmeriCorps AmeriCorps is a national service program in which individuals help communitieswiththeireducation,publicsafety,andenvironmental needs. After a year of service, students receive an education award of approximately $5,800. For additional information, go to www. nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps. Use these tips to find a good job u Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job. Most businesses would rather hire someone recommended by a person they know than go through the process of sorting through applications and hiring a stranger. Networking is the best way to find a job! u Put together a professional looking resume and attach a copy to each ap- plication you complete. On the following page is a resume you can use as a guide. Examples of resumes are also available online. u Look in the classified section of your newspaper for job openings. u Think about where you’d like to work, go there, and ask if they are accept- ing applications. Keep a record of where you go, who you talk to, and the response you receive. u Periodically contact the businesses and companies you’ve applied to. Let them know that you’re still interested in a position. Ask them to keep you in mind should there be an opening. u Be prepared when you go for an interview. Know something about the business or company, dress neatly, be on time, look and act in a profes- sional manner, and be confident. You should also be ready to discuss your previous employment, your career plans, and your reasons for wanting the job you are interviewing for. Make a five-year plan If you choose to get a job after you graduate from high school, make a five-year plan. This will help ensure that you don’t get stuck in a dead-end job. You should, of course, remember that you can always go back to school, even if it’s just to take one course.