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Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips
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  • 1. Resumes & Interviewing The view from HR
  • 2. Getting Yourself Out There
    • Network
      • Write an article on a subject you are familiar with
      • Blog
      • Join a user group and help with issues/questions; become known as the go-to person
    • Join sites like Linkedin
    • Take a class in your field
  • 3. Getting Yourself Out There
    • Start searching the Internet
      • Career sites
      • Articles
      • Networking events
      • People
      • Opportunities
      • Researching sites
  • 4. Linked In
    • Supports passive sourcing by providing search information that helps match candidates to open positions
      • Mutual Connections
      • Check References/ View recommendations
      • User Groups
      • Job Postings/ User Group Blogs
      • Free for users
      • Paid subscriptions for Recruiters to help locate passive candidates
      • Can be used for research
  • 5. Linkedin User Groups
  • 6. Where to Apply?
    • Research companies of interest
    • Know something about the job you are applying for
    • Make sure you meet all minimum qualifications
    • Don’t just network for openings; network for research sites and information
  • 7. Resume Writing 101
    • Format appropriate
      • Entry-level
      • Mid-career
      • Executive
    • State accomplishments – don’t just list things you’ve done
      • Be proud of what you have done
      • Highlight the favorite things you’ve done
      • Show diversity of experience and willingness to do what the job requires through accomplishments
  • 8. Resume Writing 101
    • Make sure dates are clearly indicated
      • Recruiters aren’t going to guess and they have more than enough options to go through to take time out to call you and find out
    • Minimize liabilities
      • Job hopping
      • Gaps in experience
      • Lack of experience in a certain area
      • Big Title but looking to pay mortgage
      • Explain jobs of short duration when appropriate
    • Don’t lie
  • 9. How to Apply?
    • Update your resume
      • Take a look at postings and what they are asking for. If you have the skill, make sure it is on your resume
    • Have different versions available to send based on the company and position
      • Make it easy for the viewer to see transferable skills
      • Have a version for different industries
      • Have a version for different job titles/responsibilities
    • Make sure common acronyms for the industry to which you are applying are on your resume
      • Key word searches won’t even bring your resume up if the verbiage isn’t there
    • Follow the Company’s traditional application process
      • You don’t want your networking to go to waste if the company cannot process your application
  • 10. How to Apply?
    • Follow directions for the application process
    • Apply early
      • Because of Federal & State regulations, many employers use a first in, first reviewed strategy
      • Set up search agents to alert you of new openings
    • Remember spam
      • Filters may keep you from being seen if you have something funny attached
    • Follow up with the appropriate person
      • Per directions
      • For the step you are at in the process
      • Person of access if that is only contact
  • 11. Checking Status
    • Don’t just call; offer something
    • Pay attention to preferred form of contact
    • Give the process some time to work
      • Realize that some recruitment processes drag on and the Recruiter cannot always move things along faster.
      • If they have asked you to give it two weeks; don’t call back in 3 days for an update
  • 12. Checking Status
    • Remember the Recruiter has a job to do
      • Prescreen & Prequalify
      • Minimize Hiring Manager distractions
    • Find out (linkedin, networks, etc.) what the person does at the company or about a common interest (good taste)
      • Send an article of interest relating to his/her current assignment/project
      • Value their time
      • You want them to want to help, not screen your calls
  • 13. Before The Interview
    • Research, research, research
      • Know more about the Company
        • Have some questions ready
      • Find out what you can about the interviewer
        • If someone in your network knows the interviewer or works at the company, ask them to help you out with this
      • Know how to get there and be 15 minutes early
      • Be patient for interview to start. You may be early but that won’t mean they will be ready early
      • Dress appropriately
  • 14. Interview Skills
    • Practice- especially if you haven’t done this in a while
    • Know what Behavioral Interviewing is
    • Remember the interview starts while you are still in the parking lot
    • Everyone you meet is an interviewer
    • Check the God complex at the door but be proud of accomplishments
    • Be excited about the opportunity – even if you don’t think you are after the opening question
      • You want the offer; that doesn’t mean you have to take it
  • 15. Odds & Ends
    • Bring resumes to the interview
      • Make sure they are professional and are the same version you sent in with your application
    • Get a business card, or at least a name and email for everyone that you meet
    • Ask what the next steps are
      • Shows your interest in the process and the position
      • Helps you understand the steps and timeframe in case you need to make a decision on something else or for proper follow up
    • Send personalized thank you letters to everyone
      • DO NOT restate your resume, reflect the interview
      • Send any pertinent follow up information the interviewer might like to have
      • Value their time
  • 16. Do’s
    • Get to the point and Make sure every word has a purpose
    • Make all letters and your resume easy to read
    • Know something about the company you are applying to
    • Make sure you meet all the minimum qualifications for the position
    • Be present for every step of the interview
    • Take the necessary steps to ensure you have the proper virus protection on your documents and communications
  • 17. Do’s
    • Be appreciative of anything someone can do to help you even if they cannot help you right when you ask
    • Remember employment situations change – give back
    • Ask for help
    • Have your mother, spouse or 9 th Grade English Teacher, etc. review your resume
      • Have someone who knows nothing about what you do review your resume
      • Have someone in your field review your resume
      • Make updates and improvements based on the feedback from both
  • 18. Don’ts
    • Post your references
    • Share personal information or association information that identifies you with a non-work related group
    • Bad mouth a previous employer or coworkers
    • Throw your resume out there everywhere just to see where it sticks
    • Play the, “money isn’t important” game
  • 19. Don’ts
    • Chew gum, clip nails, play games, etc. at any point in the interview
    • Have an advertisement attached as a signature to all email correspondence
    • Have a wacky email address or voice mail message
      • [email_address] is not appropriate!
    • Forget that Blogs, personal web pages, etc. are all public
    • Blame yourself
  • 20. Contact Information
    • Cheri Wargo
    • [email_address]
    • http://