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My Next Job Final

  1. 1. My Next Job Presented by Human Resources Programs - CSUCI
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Your Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Skills Inventory </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>The On-Line Application </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Your Experiences <ul><li>Job seeking </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Resumes </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Number One Purpose of a Resume <ul><li>The resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win an interview. </li></ul><ul><li>A great resume doesn't just tell them what you have done. </li></ul><ul><li>It presents you in the best light. It convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this new position or career. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Number One Purpose of a Resume <ul><li>It is so pleasing to the eye that the reader is enticed to pick it up and read it. </li></ul><ul><li>It &quot;whets the appetite,&quot; stimulates interest in meeting you and learning more about you. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Focus on the Employer’s Needs, Not Yours <ul><li>Imagine that you are the person doing the hiring. </li></ul><ul><li>You are person who makes the hiring decision for a project or group you hope to join. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a person who cares deeply how well the job will be done. You need to write your resume to appeal directly to them. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Plan First <ul><li>Focus your writing efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>Get clear what the employer is looking for and what you have to offer before you begin your resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Write your answers to the above mentioned question, &quot;What would make someone the perfect candidate?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize the sheets of paper, based on which qualities or abilities you think would be most important to the person doing the hiring. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Plan First <ul><li>Take the first skill/knowledge, fill the page, or as much of it as you can, with brainstorming about why you are the person who best fulfills the employer's needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Write down everything you have ever done that demonstrates that you fit perfectly with what is wanted and needed by the prospective employer. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Brainstorming Sessions <ul><li>Priority </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Coordinator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for overseeing office responsibilities for academic department with approximately twenty faculty members. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational skills </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Objective <ul><li>Targeting your resume requires that you be absolutely clear about your career direction--or at least that you appear to be clear. </li></ul><ul><li>Even if you are a little vague about what you are looking for, you cannot let your uncertainty show. </li></ul><ul><li>With a nonexistent, vague or overly broad objective, the first statement you make to a prospective employer says you are not sure this is the job for you. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Objective <ul><li>The way to demonstrate your clarity of direction or apparent clarity is to have the first major topic of your resume be your OBJECTIVE. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;OBJECTIVE - A Senior Administrative Anaylist position in an organization seeking an extraordinary record of organizational skills, planning, researching and preparing reports and handling matters independently.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Writing an Objective <ul><li>OBJECTIVE: An xxx position in an organization where yyy and zzz would be needed (or, in an organization seeking yyy and zzz). </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Summary <ul><li>The &quot;Summary&quot; or &quot;Summary of Qualifications&quot; consists of several concise statements that focus the reader's attention on the most important qualities. </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements and abilities you have to offer. </li></ul><ul><li>Those qualities should be the most compelling demonstrations of why they should hire you instead of the other candidates. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Elements of a Summary <ul><li>A short phrase describing your profession </li></ul><ul><li>Followed by a statement of broad or specialized expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Followed by two or three additional statements related to any of the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>breadth or depth of skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>unique mix of skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>range of environments in which you have experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a special or well-documented accomplishment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a history of awards, promotions, or superior performance commendations </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Sample Summary <ul><li>Over 10 years as an organizational catalyst/training design consultant with a track record of producing extraordinary results for more than 20 national and community based organizations. A commitment to human development and community service. Energetic self-starter with excellent analytical, organizational, and creative skills. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Skills and Accomplishments <ul><li>In this final part of the assertions section of your resume, you go into more detail. You are still writing to sell yourself to the reader, not to inform them. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Skills & Accomplishments <ul><li>Now you tell the rest of the best of your story. </li></ul><ul><li>Let them know what results you produced, what happened as a result of your efforts, what you are especially gifted or experienced at doing. </li></ul><ul><li>Flesh out the most important highlights in your summary. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Selected Skills & Accomplishments <ul><ul><li>Point person for the establishment of new division procedures for a public university </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conducted research including demographic data used for student recruitment and WASC accreditation purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinated Board of Directors and Community Advisory Board of new university. Later commended as &quot;the best thing that ever happened to that job.&quot; </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. WHAT NOT TO PUT ON A RESUME <ul><ul><li>The word &quot;Resume&quot; at the top of the resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fluffy rambling &quot;objective&quot; statements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salary information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full addresses of former employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reasons for leaving jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A &quot;Personal&quot; section, or personal statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Names of supervisors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific reference information </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. On Line Application <ul><li>Review the description carefully </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What skills and knowledge come first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assess your own skills – Brainstorm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What skills do you have outside of CSUCI? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Private Sector </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other transferable skills </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. The Application <ul><li>Which questions are being asked first? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These are the most important to the area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Again, assess their needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write responses that indicate the full breadth of your knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Next Steps <ul><li>Assess Your Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Assess Your Accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Review Posting Carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare Specific resumes </li></ul><ul><li>Complete applications with emphasis on what department is looking with those skills and knowledge that parallel your background </li></ul>
  23. 23. Next Steps <ul><li>Write a cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Two to three short paragraphs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two to three bullets with accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prepare a list of questions they might ask </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare responses to questions </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions of the interviewer when appropriate without asking too many </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with thank you note or e-mail </li></ul>
  24. 24. Questions

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