Ameri Corps Alums Resume And Interview


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Ameri Corps Alums Resume And Interview

  1. 1. What is Life… After AmeriCorps? AmeriCorps Alums – 2009/2010
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Who are AmeriCorps Alums? </li></ul><ul><li>Local Chapters </li></ul><ul><li>National Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Employment Resources
  4. 4. Career Path <ul><li>Whether you are just starting your AmeriCorps term, are midterm or end of term, you should be asking yourself questions like these: </li></ul><ul><li>“ What are the next steps in my career path?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What resources are available to me that I am not yet taking advantage of?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ How can I reflect this experience on my resume?” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Focused Job Search <ul><li>Focusing your job search does not mean limiting yourself, but applying for positions that you are truly interested in. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Translating Your Experience into Job Speak <ul><li>Identify competencies and skills used in your service </li></ul><ul><li>Give examples of when you learned or successfully applied the skill </li></ul><ul><li>Connect the dots for a potential employer by telling them how you can use that skill to meet the job requirements for the job you want </li></ul>
  7. 7. Marketing Your Service Experience on Your Resume <ul><li>Focus on the skills used, not job title “Volunteer” or “AmeriCorps Member” </li></ul><ul><li>Consider using a functional resume format </li></ul><ul><li>Customize your resume to the job you are seeking and list relevant accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize your skills and accomplishments to show what is most important and what you are best at first </li></ul>
  8. 10. Interviewing <ul><li>NUMBER ONE RULE: </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what your employer wants…and tell them how YOU can help them get it! </li></ul><ul><li>How can you do this??? </li></ul>
  9. 11. Be a PRO! <ul><li>Be Prepared </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress the part and practice beforehand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research company, position, location and salary before the interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan to follow-up before the interview </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be Relevant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions and customize your answers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be Optimistic and Confident </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn negatives into positives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show how you bring value in every answer </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>What is AmeriCorps? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have your elevator speech ready </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know WHY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are your weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you see yourself in five years? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you offer me that another person can't? </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Job Description:   </li></ul><ul><li>The NCCC Alums Technology and Development Coordinator will work to ensure proper online communication development and implementation with regard to the AmeriCorps Alums/NCCC Alumni contract. He/she will also be charged with creating a sound infrastructure for NCCC alumni special projects/events. This position is located in the Washington, DC headquarters of AmeriCorps Alums. He/she will be supervised by the AmeriCorps Alums External Relations Manager and work closely with the AmeriCorps NCCC Alumni and Partnership Coordinator. Duties include:  </li></ul><ul><li>Technology/Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>News and online publication </li></ul><ul><li>Special Projects/Events </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications and Core Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced knowledge of AmeriCorps NCCC (Alum preferred, but not required) </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent organizational skills and precise attention to detail </li></ul><ul><li>Proven skill in writing for online publication </li></ul><ul><li>Proficiency in all MS Office systems and Adobe Photoshop </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of online technology— specifically publishing, social media, CRM systems/databases (HTML knowledge a plus) </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced knowledge and training in design aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>Event and project management expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Strong work ethic, ready to learn and work hard </li></ul><ul><li>Self-starter who is comfortable working alone and with a small team </li></ul>
  12. 14. Networking <ul><li>80 – 85% of jobs are never publicly advertised </li></ul><ul><li>Networking is building relationships over time with a broad range of people. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to family, friends, AmeriCorps peers , community collaborators , project leaders , colleagues in your industry, former bosses, teachers, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay in contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Never stop building your network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start now! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most importantly, create your own system, and be consistent </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Online Job Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 16. Check out ourwebsite!
  15. 17. THERE IS LIFE AFTER AMERICORPS! Resources : AmeriCorps Hotline 1-888.507.5962 What’s Next?
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