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Job Search, Resume & Interview Tips

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

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