Conducting Your Job Search

Self Assessment
 Strengths
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and weaknesses  Skills and abilities
What are your primary skills? What qualities do you bring to the table-in any project or work experience?

 Interests

and values

What motivates you to do a good job?

 Goals

and aspirations

Developing a Resume

Parts of a Resume
Location Information (Heading)  Job or Career Objective  Education  Related Coursework  Skills/Abilities  Experience  Professional affiliations  Honors and Awards  Activities

Resume Writing Tips
The resume sells your product….YOU sReverse chronological order sOmit the word “I” sPut information in order of interest to the reader sPay careful attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar and style

Resume Writing Tips (cont’d)
Proofread carefully and have several other people proofread as well s Organize information in a logical manner sKeep descriptions clear and to the point sConfine resume to one page sUse a simple, easy-to-read font sUse good quality white or off-white bond paper

Resume Writing Tips (cont’d)

as much experience as possible even if it doesn’t appear to relate to the job you’re seeking or if it was voluntary sFocus on accomplishments sUse action words (created, motivated, promoted, developed) sUse (Mr.) or (Ms.) if you have a generic first name

Resume Quotes

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I have lurnt Word Perfect 6.0 computor and spreadsheet progroms. Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year. Its best for employers that I not work with people. I am loyal to my employer at all costs ...Please feel free to respond to my resume on my office voice mail. I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing.

Resume Quotes (cont’d)
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The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers. References: None. I've left a path of destruction behind me. Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 a.m. every morning. Could not work under those conditions. I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant.

Cover Letters

First Paragraph
 State

the reason for the letter  Name the specific position or type of work for which you are applying  Indicate from which resource (placement center, news media, friend, employment service) you learned of the opening.

Second Paragraph

Indicate why you are interested in the position, the company, its products or services. Indicate what you can do for the employer. If you are a recent graduate, explain how your academic background makes you a qualified candidate for the position. Point out your specific achievements or unique qualifications. Don’t repeat the same information the reader will find in the resume.

Third Paragraph
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Refer reader to the enclosed resume Indicate your desire for a personal interview and your flexibility as to the time and place. Repeat your phone number in the letter Finally, close your letter with a statement or question which will encourage a response.


Do You Have What It Takes?

 Communication

skills (verbal and

written)  Honesty/Integrity  Teamwork skills  Interpersonal skills  Motivation/initiative

Advanced Planning is Important!

 Shows

you’re taking your job search seriously  Helps you be more comfortable and confident  Helps you stand out from other applicants

Behavior Based Interviews
Used by approximately 70% of organizations  Real-life incidents and how you react to them  Based upon your past (past behavior indicates future success)  Helps interviewer see how you would react in different situations  No “easy” way to prepare  Self-assessment can help you anticipate and be ready

Typical Behavioral Type Questions
 Tell

me about a time when you were involved in a team project. What was your role? What did you contribute?  Describe a time when you had to work under pressure. What was your role? How did you react? How did you contribute to the situation?

Preparing for Behavioral Interviews

 Analyze

your background  List jobs, internships, volunteer experiences

Preparing for Behavioral Interviews

Choose 3-5 projects to analyze in detail
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What was your role? What did you offer? How did you contribute? What skills did you develop/use? What did you learn about yourself? How did you react when problems arose? How did you interact with others? What are you most proud of? What would you do different next time?

Interview Tips
 Demonstrate

interest and enthusiasm about company  Dress professionally  Be positive  Don’t criticize previous employer(s)

Before the Interview
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Anticipate how long it will take to reach your destination Research company (local library, newspapers, Internet) – more knowledgeable – ask better questions Prepare questions to ask Practice interview Bring extra copies of your resume

During the Interview
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Make eye contact Be well-groomed. Make sure clothes are pressed and shoes polished Good, firm handshake Listen and respond to questions directly Answer question without providing more information than is requested Be aware of body language ASK QUESTIONS!

After the Interview

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Make sure you know the name (and correct spelling) of the person who interviewed you and anyone else who participated. (Ask for business card) Send a brief thank you note Assess your performance and make plans for improvement Determine if the job is for you

Thank You Letters
Send up to 48 hours after interview  Express thanks.  Reemphasize your interest in the position.  Point out items discussed in the interview  Offer to provide additional information.