6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 1 The Job Search Process
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 2 Action Now you will develop the steps you need to take in order to reach your goal: Investigating sources of additional training and education, if needed Developing a job search strategy Writing your resume
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 3 Action Now you will develop the steps you need to take in order to reach your goal: Composing cover letters Job searching Preparing for job interviews
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 4 The Job Search Tool Kit The first impression you give an employer is the most important one That first impression includes: Email Phone Fax Resume Cover letter
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 5 The Job Search Tool Kit Use an appropriate EMAIL ADDRESS Answering machine or voicemail
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 6 The Job Search Tool Kit:YOUR RESUME One of the most important components of the job search process is having a‘perfect’ resume Anything less than ‘perfect’ isNOT ACCEPTABLE Here is one area over which you have full control You can’t afford not to do your best
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 7 Your Resume Where to get advice Seek advice from many sources but go beyond what they tell you Start with the Internet Read books Read magazines Consult “experts”
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 8 Your Resume Consult experts Investigate if these persons have ever personally effectively used the advice that they are giving How many people have successfully used their advice
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 9 Your Resume Consult experts Find out, if you can,how many people they have ever hired! This is one of the best contexts in which one gets to see a wide variety of bad resumes
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 10 Guidelines for Resume Writing Make sure that you have a clear job search objective prior to writing the resume Beconcise and selective
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 11 Guidelines for Resume Writing Make a goodfirst impression Think of your resume as amarketing tool
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 12 Guidelines for Resume Writing Use a resume to obtain an interview, not a job List all your skills on one page
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 13 Guidelines for Resume Writing What have you achieved? Do not include references on your resume unless they are specifically requested
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 14 The New Work Order Resume 1. NAME 2. ADDRESS 3. PHONE # (Email) 4. SPECIAL SKILLS 5. MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS 6. WORK EXPERIENCE 7. EDUCATION & TRAINING 8. COMMUNITY & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 9. DATE OF BIRTH 10. REFERENCES ON REQUEST
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 15 Cover Letters That Work The cover letter that accompanies your resume is really your self-promotion on the page
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 16 Cover Letters That Work If you are responding to an advertisement, make sure to read the advertisement carefully
As you read, highlight the items that seem to be particularly important
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 17 Cover Letters That Work If you are responding to an advertisement,
that are essential to the employer andthat you, the applicant, possess
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 18 Cover Letters That Work If you are responding to an advertisement,
The cover letter should draw from your resume to respond directly to points raised in the advertisement
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 19 Cover Letters That Work Statements about your experience and long-term career objectives belong in your cover letter
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 20 Cover Letters That Work 3. Get to the point Do not put too much information into your cover letter Your readers have limited time and will not wade through several pages Keep it brief and the tone businesslike
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 21 Cover Letters That Work Usegood Jamaican English Good grammar Your sentence structure, spelling, the adjectives you use to describe yourself, are all vital in the creation of a good cover letter
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 22 Cover Letters That Work The language you use gives insight into your personality and your professional profile Make a habit of reading widely, new words will come into your vocabulary, and these will serve you well in your professional life
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 23 The Job Search Tool Kit:APPROPRIATE ATTIRE Wear a solid color conservative suit with a coordinated shirt or blouse Wear moderate shoes
Wear your size
Make sure your hair is well groomed and neat
6/24/2011 www.jobbank-ja.com 24 APPROPRIATE ATTIRE Don't overdo the perfume, makeup, or aftershave Limit your jewelry Make sure to try on your outfit BEFORE the day of the interview
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 25 Prep for the 10 Most Common Interview Questions by Carole Martin MSN February 2, 2003
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 26 Why Should We Hire You? Summarize your experiences: "With five years' experience working in the Fast Food industry and my proven record of customer service, I could make a big difference in your company I'm confident I would be a great addition to your team”
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 27 Why Do You Want to Work Here? The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you've given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening For example, "I've selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with my values, where I know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high on my list of desirable choices."
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 28 What Are Your Goals? Sometimes it's best to talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future For example "My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented company My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes I hope to eventually grow into a position of responsibility."
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 29 Why Did You Leave (Are You Leaving) Your Job? If you're unemployed, state your reason for leaving in a positive context: "I managed to survive two rounds of downsizing, but the third round was a 20% reduction in the workforce, which included me." If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: "After 2 years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience.“
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 30 When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job? The interviewer wants to know what motivates you If you can relate an example of a job or project when you were excited, the interviewer will get an idea of your preferences "I was very satisfied in my last job, because I worked directly with the customers and their problems; that is an important part of the job for me."
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 31 What Can You Do for Us That Other Candidates Can't? What makes you unique? This will take an assessment of your experiences, skills and traits Summarize concisely: "I have a unique combination of strong technical skills, and the ability to build strong customer relationships. This allows me to use my knowledge and break down information to be more user-friendly."
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 32 What Are 3 Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You? It's time to pull out your old performance appraisals and boss's quotes This is a great way to brag about yourself through someone else's words: "My boss has told me that I am the best employee he has ever had. He knows he can rely on me, and he likes my sense of humour.”
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 33 " What Salary Are You Seeking?” It is to your advantage if the employer tells you the range first Prepare by knowing the going rate in your area, and your bottom line or walk-away point One possible answer would be: "I am sure when the time comes, we can agree on a reasonable amount. In what range do you typically pay someone with my background?
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 34 "If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?” Interviewers use this type of psychological question to see if you can think quickly If you answer "a bunny," you will make a soft, passive impression If you answer "a lion," you will be seen as aggressive What type of personality would it take to get the job done? What impression do you want to make?
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 35 9 Things You Should Never Say in an Interview Avoid the following interview pitfalls as part of a strategy that sells your strengths and assets By Jennifer Rae Atkins, WetFeet CareerBuilders .com
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 36 "What does your company do?”
Ask questions that show you're well informed and eager to work at the company,
not those to which you should already know the answers
or that can be easily gleaned from the company's website or annual report
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 37 2. “My salary requirements are very flexible”
Compensation is often the touchiest subject in an interview
When push comes to shove, you should be willing at least to give a range, even if you have to be broad
But don't pretend to be flexible when you aren't
Don't sell yourself short, but ask yourself how much you honestly think you're worth
Do research about what similar jobs pay and what salaries are like
If a company comes back with too low an offer, you can always try and negotiate up
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 38 3. "It would be hella cool to get jiggy with this job”
Maybe that is how all of your friends talk (and it's become a habit with you), but it's not the way you should speak during a job interview
Using slang is a serious turnoff for interviewers
You may be articulate, intelligent, and confident, but like, you sure won't sound that way
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 39 4. "Butch Stewart himself offered me a $100,000 bonus” Don't lie! You'll be found out, and you'll regret it Someday when you least expect it, someone somewhere will discover that you didn't really increase sales by 999% in 6 months Interviewers know you'll probably exaggerate a little to sell yourself; but don't cross the line between exaggeration and out-and-out lying
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 40 5. "In 5 years, I see myself in my own business” When interviewers ask you about long-term goals, they want an answer that relates to the company Even if you don't plan to stick around long, say something that reflects a commitment to the position and the company This may seem to contradict the previous exhortation about lying, but try to think of it as a rhetorical question You might still be at the same company in five years, right?
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 41 6. "Sorry, I don't know how to do that” Rather than admitting that you don't have a specific skill, stress that you're a fast learner and are excited about the possibility of acquiring new skills Most companies would rather hire an enthusiastic, smart person who needs to be trained than someone who already has the required skills but isn't as eager to learn
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 42 7. "You see, I just went through a painful divorce. . . .” Even if an interviewer starts getting personal, don't follow suit You may think you're being open and honest, but you're really just coming across as unprofessional, unfocused, and disrespectful Keep it businesslike and polite
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 43 8. "What can your company do for me?” Interviewers hate arrogance and selfishness Stress the contributions you can make Tell them about how your efforts helped previous employers Remember, you're the one being interviewed, and while you should use the opportunity to get your questions answered, you shouldn't make it seem as if you'll be doing them a favor if they hire you
6/24/2011 www.LTSemaj.com 44 9. "I left my last job because my boss was a real jerk” Bad-mouthing your previous employer is possibly the dumbest thing you can do during an interview Even if your last company was a chaotic hellhole, your boss was a monster, your coworkers were Martians, and you got paid in tin cans say that you left to look for more responsibility you wanted greater opportunity for advancement or you were just ready for a change.