What do you do?

"Nice to meet you. What do you do?"

For many, this is one of the first conversations we have when meeting someone new. But our jobs are more than simply a topic of conversation -- they are an important part of our lives. They can be an extension of us and a matter of pride.  What we “do” is part of who we are.

So now that we’ve met, I’d like to hear more about your job.

Here’s your chance to tell me, and the world, about your work through the Department of Labor’s Career Video Challenge.

We are asking America to create short videos highlighting 15 in-demand occupations including nursing, medical lab technicians, weatherization, carpentry, steamfitting and more.

Our Employment and Training Administration staff will narrow it down to the top three videos in each field -- but the final choice is up to you. Your votes will determine the $1,000 cash prize winner in each field.

Through June 18, you can submit your entries on the Department of Labor website.

Some of these occupations have been around for ages and others are just emerging. The one thing they all have in common - the potential for growth.

In today’s competitive environment, America’s job seekers face tough choices. For those that are thinking about their first job or those that are changing directions mid-career, it’s important to find a job that’s a good fit. These videos will help provide a firsthand look into all the opportunities available.

So tell your story. Be creative. What’s the best part of your day? How did you get into your career and what keeps you coming back? What skills and experience do you need to succeed?

I can’t wait to see what you come up with. June 18 is right around the corner, so check out the site, review the occupations, read the rules for the contest, and get filming!

Hilda Solis is the Secretary of Labor.

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