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  • 1. 6/24/2011
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    The Job Search Process
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    The Job Search Tool Kit
    Use an appropriate EMAIL ADDRESS
    Answering machine or voicemail
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    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
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    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”
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    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
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    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
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    Guidelines for Resume Writing
    Make sure that you have a clear job search objective prior to writing the resume
    Beconcise and selective
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    Guidelines for Resume Writing
    Make a goodfirst impression
    Think of your resume as amarketing tool
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    Guidelines for Resume Writing
    Use a resume to obtain an interview, not a job
    List all your skills on one page
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    Guidelines for Resume Writing
    What have you achieved?
    Do not include references on your resume unless they are specifically requested
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    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
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    Cover Letters That Work
    The cover letter that accompanies your resume is really your self-promotion on the page
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    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
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    Cover Letters That Work
    If you are responding to an advertisement,
    • Try to identify the
    • 17. Skills
    • 18. Abilities
    • 19. Training
    • 20. that are essential to the employer andthat you, the applicant, possess
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    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
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    Cover Letters That Work
    Statements about your experience and long-term career objectives belong in your cover letter
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Prep for the 10 Most Common Interview Questions
    by Carole Martin
    MSN February 2, 2003
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    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”
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    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."
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    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."
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    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.“
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    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."
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    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."
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    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.”
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    " 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?
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    "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?
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    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
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    "What does your company do?”
    • Ask questions that show you're well informed and eager to work at the company,
    • 38. not those to which you should already know the answers
    • 39. or that can be easily gleaned from the company's website or annual report
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    2. “My salary requirements are very flexible”
    • Compensation is often the touchiest subject in an interview
    • 40. When push comes to shove, you should be willing at least to give a range, even if you have to be broad
    • 41. But don't pretend to be flexible when you aren't
    • 42. Don't sell yourself short, but ask yourself how much you honestly think you're worth
    • 43. Do research about what similar jobs pay and what salaries are like
    • 44. If a company comes back with too low an offer, you can always try and negotiate up
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    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
    • 45. Using slang is a serious turnoff for interviewers
    • 46. You may be articulate, intelligent, and confident, but like, you sure won't sound that way
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    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
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    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?
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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