CIS User Guide

Oregon Career Information System: CIS

STEP 1: Go to the CIS Home Page and create your login

STEP 2: Now look at the Checklists in the Portfolio tab. This will help you to keep track of the things you need to do in each year of high school in order to be on track for college applications, financial aid, grades and transcripts, etc. Fill in notes and reminders for each activity.

STEP 3: Next, click on My Portfolio to begin building your portfolio. This is where you will enter information about your college and career goals, interests, accomplishments, activities, and much more. You will be able to build the portfolio as you have new information, and be able to track your college applications, create a resume, and more. 

STEP 4: What are your interests? Take some of the CIS assessments to help connect your interests with colleges and careers. You will find them under the Explorations tab.

    Start with the Interest Profiler. This is a set of 180 questions that will help to prioritize your interests.

    What skills do you have? Click on Skills under the Explorations tab and you will find 4 skills assessments, Take one, or try them all. 

    Still not sure what to pursue as a college major or career goal? Click on the Assessment Link under the Explorations tab, and you will find 10 more interest surveys. Again, try one, a few, or all of them. 

STEP 5: What careers might be suitable for you? There are many factors to consider: field of interest, desired salary, location, amount of education required, etc. Click on the Occupations tab where you will find a variety of tools and surveys to help you narrow your choices. 

    Be sure to take the Reality Check under the Occupations tab. This will help you to determine what salary you will need in order to reach the lifestyle that you desire. Make sure that the salary of your chosen occupation matches the cost of your desired lifestyle. 

STEP 6: Build your resume. Go to the Resume Creator in the My Portfolio tab and start filling in information in the various categories, starting with Education. When you get to Work and Activities, think in terms of what might be of interest to a college, scholarship provider, or future employer. List part-time or summer jobs, school clubs, volunteer and community service activities, unique (outside of school) classes, etc.