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Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, a Michigan Works! Agency's Tips for Jobseekers Presentation includes information about One-Stop Service Centers in Detroit, recruitment events, job …

Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, a Michigan Works! Agency's Tips for Jobseekers Presentation includes information about One-Stop Service Centers in Detroit, recruitment events, job interviews, online job searching and more.

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  • 1. 1 WELCOME TO Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
  • 2. 2 Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm Thursday: 8:00am – 7:00pm Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm HOURS OF OPERATION
  • 3. 3 FINDING A JOB Our offer includes: • Job placement assistance • Resource Room with Internet accessible computers for your self-directed job search. Are you looking for a job? We will assist you in your job search and help you to prepare for the job you want.
  • 4. 4 We help prepare jobseekers for employment, increasing their marketability through: HELP PREPARING FOR A JOB • Career advisement • Resume and cover letter assistance • Practice to build up interviewing skills
  • 5. 5 RESOURCE ROOM • Internet ready computers for self-directed job search • Software to assist in editing and formatting your resume • Learn about the companies that are hiring and get facts to present during your interview Resource Room hours: - 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri - 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 6. 6 CAREER ADVICE Our Career Advisors can help you identify and assess your skills, abilities, and interests. They can provide you with: • Information on the labor market • Growth opportunity occupations • Career planning assistance
  • 7. 7 INCREASE YOUR SKILL SET! JOIN US FOR A WORKSHOP! • Email & Attachments • eApplications • Resume Maker • Resume Magic • Interviewing Skills • Basic Computer • Keyboarding
  • 8. 8 Pick up our Monthly Workshop Calendar at the Reception Desk in the lobby. Anyone may attend! INTERESTED?
  • 9. 9 FINDING A JOB Are you looking for a job? We will assist you in your job search and help you to prepare for the job you want. Our offer includes: • Personalized career counseling • Advice on how to interview for a specific job • On-site recruitment events to connect you to an employer
  • 10. 10 • Get updates on job opportunities • Find out about recruitment events • Tell your friends! www.facebook.com/DetroitEmploymentSolutions
  • 11. 11 @DES_MI_Works • Get updates on job opportunities • Find out about recruitment events • Tell your friends!
  • 12. 12 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation has morning recruitment events daily, Monday - Friday. During the recruitment events, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of an employer or our Account Manager for specific job matching.
  • 13. 13 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Tip #1: Give the event priority in your daily schedule. Be prepared to spend as much time as it is necessary for an employer or an Account Manager to be ready to meet with you. Be patient and stay focused. Use the wait time to brush up on the career story you will present during your interview.
  • 14. 14 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Tip #2: Dress Professionally. Recruitment Events are in fact job interviews, so make sure your attire is appropriate. You have only one chance to make a good first impression. Wear professional clothes and style your hair conservatively.
  • 15. 15 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation has morning recruitment events daily, Monday - Friday. During the recruitment events, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of an employer or our Account Manager for specific job matching.
  • 16. 16 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Tip #2: Dress Professionally. Ladies should wear minimal makeup and no excess jewelry. If you cannot afford business attire, we can refer you to partners that may provide it free.
  • 17. 17 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Bring a supply of resumes to hand out to representatives you will interview with. Make sure the copies are in pristine condition. Take a portfolio or a briefcase to hold resumes and other interview and job related materials. Tip #3: Bring Resumes.
  • 18. 18 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Tip #4: Prepare a "one minute commercial.” Research the company and position you are interested in before coming to the event. Bring gathered material with you if you can. Think about your relevant skills and strengths, your career goals, and where you would want to go within the specific company.
  • 19. 19 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Tip #4: Prepare a "one minute commercial.” Be ready to talk convincingly about these aspects with your interviewer. Use the wait time to brush up on the “story” you would like to present.
  • 20. 20 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Tip #5: Network. You may learn some helpful hints, as well as hear about opportunities of which you were unaware. Be highly professional and considerate while approaching your event peers – some of them may become your direct co-workers.
  • 21. 21 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Tip #5: Network. The pre-interview wait time may also provide a great opportunity to network. Talk to other candidates if it does not bother you or them focusing on the interviews to come.
  • 22. 22 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Tip #6: Show initiative and enthusiasm. • Shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters. • Be assertive but never pushy. • Listen before you talk. • Ask questions. Use creative real-life examples of your dealing with relevant situations in your previous workplace.
  • 23. 23 RECRUITMENT EVENTS Tip #6: Show initiative and enthusiasm. • Suggest possible solutions whenever an appropriate opportunity and idea come your way. • Employers are looking to bring enthusiasm to the new positions they offer. So, project interest in the company and their job opportunities. • And do smile!
  • 24. 24 Our Monthly Recruitment Calendar You can access our job postings and upcoming Recruitment Events on our website: www.detroitmiworks.com Visit our Resource Room for more fliers and upcoming events.
  • 25. 25 GO ONLINE TO FIND… • Upcoming recruitment events • Locations and hours • Training opportunities • And much more! www.detroitmiworks.com
  • 26. 26 THE INTERVIEW CHECKLIST Be prepared Bring extra pens Dress to impress Be early Show the right body language Sell yourself Ask questions Say thank you
  • 27. 27 HONE YOUR SKILLS… Attend our free Interviewing Skills workshop! Call us at 313.962.9675 or inquire at the Front Desk if you are interested.
  • 28. 28 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ TRUE OR FALSE? Wearing a formal suit is always the safest “dress for success” attire. While there have been many companies and industries that have become known for their informality, a suit is a safe bet. TRUE
  • 29. 29 DRESS TO IMPRESS Women's “Dress to Impress” Interview Attire: • Solid color, conservative suit, coordinated blouse, tan or light hosiery, moderate shoes • Limited jewelry • Neat, professional hairstyle, little make-up and no perfume, manicured nails • Portfolio or briefcase Men's “Dress to Impress” Interview Attire: • Solid color, conservative suit, white long sleeve shirt, conservative tie, dark socks, professional shoes • Very limited jewelry • Neat, professional hairstyle, very gentle or no aftershave, neatly trimmed nails • Portfolio or briefcase
  • 30. 30 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ TRUE OR FALSE? Being the most qualified candidate for the position guarantees you will get the job. FALSE
  • 31. 31 • The interview is undoubtedly the most important part of your job search. Your network and resume may help you get your foot in the door, but you've got to ace the interview to get the job. • Preparing for your interview, improving your skill set, increasing your education, knowledge of the labor market, an employment plan with short-term and long-term goals, all help you to get the position you want. Being the most qualified gets you an interview.
  • 32. 32 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ TRUE OR FALSE? You should always arrive to an interview early. Early is on-time. On-time is LATE. Late is unacceptable!
  • 33. 33 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ TRUE OR FALSE? Greeting the receptionist when you arrive and treating him or her with respect is an important key to your success. TRUE
  • 34. 34 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ Your interview begins when you enter the prospective employer’s door, and all employees at the workplace should be treated with respect. Your attitude and behavior are immediately on display.
  • 35. 35 Remember that any part of the interview, particularly the most stressful, is a test for you. • Remain calm and confident. • Compose your body language • Watch what you say. Try to figure out your interviewer and adjust the way you address discussed issues accordingly. • When asked a question that stumps you temporarily, try to turn things around by asking for more information or explanation. Be honest if you really can't answer. • Give a strong positive close at the end of the interview.
  • 36. 36 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ Which part of the interview is the most important? A. first minute B. answers to the "toughest" questions C. final minute D. the entire interview Answer: D
  • 37. 37 Employers rate enthusiasm for the job, the company and the industry, your maintaining eye contact , as well as clearly expressing your abilities and related work history among the key factors to a successful interview.
  • 38. 38 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ When the interviewer asks you the question, “Tell me about yourself,” how do you respond? A. Provide a 10-minute detailed story of your life, from birth to present. B. Provide a short narrative of your personal and professional background and goals and how they relate to the job at hand. C. Provide a short narrative of your personal life. D. Provide a long-winded account of your last vacation. Answer: B
  • 39. 39 Employers rate past performance as the best indicator of future behavior. Match your past experiences to the current position. Prepare concrete examples of achievements and goals. Prepare commonly asked questions. SELL YOURSELF! Join us for a mock interview at the Interviewing Skills Workshop!
  • 40. 40 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ TRUE OR FALSE? You should ALWAYS ask a question when the interviewer asks if you have any questions about the job or the company. TRUE Employers believe that an employment candidate who does not have any questions is an employment candidate who is not interested in working at that specific position for that specific employer.
  • 41. 41 SAMPLE QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK 1. What is the overall structure of the company and how does your department fit in it? 2. What are the career paths in this department? 3. What have been the department's successes in the last couple of years? 4. Are there opportunities to work overtime? 5. What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months? 6. Do you have formal training for new employees?
  • 42. 42 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ Answer: FALSE TRUE OR FALSE? You should use only examples from your actual work experience to answer the questions during a job interview. Ideally, most of your answers will relate to experiences you had on the job, but do not hesitate to also leverage valuable lessons you have learned about work- related issues.
  • 43. 43 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ Answer: C How should you respond to the question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?" A. "I just want to be at a place in my life when I'm happy with who I am” B. "I could see myself starting my own business.” C. "I would hope I am still with this organization in a position of increased responsibility, making a vital contribution to its success.” D. "I just want to have a steady income that I am satisfied with."
  • 44. 44 Applicants forget that while honesty is important in an interview, you do not need to discuss all the truth -- even if you really do see yourself running your own business in five years. Join us at the Interviewing Skills Workshop to learn more!
  • 45. 45 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ If you have gaps in your employment history and are asked about what you were doing during that time, you should: A. talk about volunteering or consulting work you completed B. mention that being a parent takes top priority in your life C. discuss the long mourning period over the loss of a loved one D. state that you tend to need breaks between jobs
  • 46. 46 Believe it or not, lots of people end up having employment gaps on their resumes. Your goal is to put the best spin on the gap. Join us at a resume writing workshop to learn how to best present your work history!
  • 47. 47 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ TRUE OR FALSE? If you're asked to discuss your current boss, whom you dislike, you should tell the truth about him. FALSE It is never a good idea to badmouth a current or former boss or company. Always speak positively about your current and former employers.
  • 48. 48 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ •Closing strongly, state your interest in the position and your hope to continue being considered. • •Verbally thank the interviewer for her time and for the opportunity. • •Request a business card and write your interviewer a thank you note specifically referencing the interview and the company.
  • 49. 49 JOB INTERVIEW QUIZ TRUE OR FALSE? At the end of the interview, you should always ask about the next step in the process. TRUE You might say something such as, “I feel very positive about the fit between your employment needs and my abilities to do the job, and I would like to take the next step...
  • 50. 50 POPULAR ONLINE JOB SEARCH SITES Monster.com is one of the best job search engines out there. You can narrow your search by location, keywords, and employer. Monster has plenty of job search extras: networking boards, job search alerts, and online resume posting. Internet-ready computers for self-directed job search are available in our Resource Room : 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 51. 51 POPULAR ONLINE JOB SEARCH SITES Just find your city, look under Jobs, then look under your job category. Non-profit, systems, government, writing, etc. jobs are all represented here on Craigslist.org Internet-ready computers for self-directed job search are available in our Resource Room : 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 52. 52 POPULAR ONLINE JOB SEARCH SITES CareerBuilder.com offers job searchers the ability to find a job, post a resume, create job alerts, get job advice and job resources, look up job fairs, and much more. Internet-ready computers for self-directed job search are available in our Resource Room : 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 53. 53 POPULAR ONLINE JOB SEARCH SITES LinkedIn.com combines the best of two worlds: the ability to find jobs on the internet with its job search engine, and the opportunity to network with individuals to deepen your job search. Internet-ready computers for self-directed job search are available in our Resource Room : 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 54. 54 POPULAR ONLINE JOB SEARCH SITES Users can "train" the job search engine by rating jobs they are interested in. SimplyHired.com gives you the ability to research salaries, add jobs to a job map, and view pretty detailed profiles of various companies. Internet-ready computers for self-directed job search are available in our Resource Room : 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 55. 55 POPULAR ONLINE JOB SEARCH SITES LinkUp.com is a job search engine that searches for jobs within company websites. Internet-ready computers for self-directed job search are available in our Resource Room : 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 56. 56 POPULAR ONLINE JOB SEARCH SITES Dice.com is a job search engine dedicated to only finding technology jobs. It offers a targeted niche space for finding exactly the technology position you might be looking for. Internet-ready computers for self-directed job search are available in our Resource Room : 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 57. 57 POPULAR ONLINE JOB SEARCH SITES USA.gov is your gateway into the huge world of US government jobs. Click on the Jobs and Education section, then Government Jobs. You'll find the resources here to help you find jobs working for Uncle Sam. Internet-ready computers for self-directed job search are available in our Resource Room : 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 58. 58 POPULAR ONLINE JOB SEARCH SITES Indeed.com uncovers a lot of jobs that you wouldn't normally find on most job search sites, and they do a good job of making their job search features easy to use. Internet-ready computers for self-directed job search are available in our Resource Room : 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon – Wed & Fri 8:00am to 6:30pm Thursdays
  • 59. 59 BULLET-PROOF YOUR RESUME A resume is a tool that opens up a door to an interview. Your resume must stand out of the dozens that an employer reads everyday. HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL HINTS TO HELP YOU GET YOUR RESUME NOTICED…
  • 60. 60 BULLET-PROOF YOUR RESUME You need to make sure that your resume hooks an employer's attention within a 5- second glance. The format of your resume must highlight the most important information about your work experience, skills and education. Use job titles or skill headings that match the jobs you target and accurately portray your related work experience.
  • 61. 61 BULLET-PROOF YOUR RESUME In addition to the skills or needs listed in the ad, an employer will have many “hidden” needs you should identify and address in the resume and cover letter. Most resumes provide a list of duties that each applicant has been responsible for--without explaining the benefit of those skills to employers. Use statements that claim how an employer can benefit from those skills.
  • 62. 62 BULLET-PROOF YOUR RESUME The descriptions you include of your skills and abilities determine how many interviews you generate, as well as the level of salary offers you receive. Prioritize your statements by importance, impressiveness and relevance to the job you want. Be sure to create an image that presents you at the appropriate level in relation to the position and salary you want.
  • 63. 63 BULLET-PROOF YOUR RESUME A jobseeker may have more than one resume. You will be more successful if you tweak your resume so that it addresses the specific skills each employer requests. Identify and use specific key words employers provide in job descriptions. Tip # 4 Tweak and Target Your Resumes and Cover Letters