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  • - Going too far back in you work history exposes you to age discrimination
  • Determine the hiring manager's name and title. You may need to call the physician's office to get this information. This is an important step because letters addressed to actual people are taken more seriously than those addressed to "To Whom it May Concern." This shows that you are willing to go above and beyond the minimum requirements. Insert the contact person's name, title, medical office name, and address a few lines below the date.
  • Practice Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy. Prepare Prepare a response so you are ready for the question "What do you know about our company. Know the interviewer's name and use it during the job interview. If you're not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.
  • Professional Job Hunting Power Point

    1. 1. Professional Job Hunting & MPC Webinar By: Misty Guyer and Phillip Kindschi
    2. 2. The Golden Rule of Job Hunting <ul><li>Employers are only concerned about themselves - specifically, how they can succeed and prosper as a business. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Understanding the Realities of the Professional Job Hunting Process <ul><li>Get into the right frame of mind </li></ul><ul><li>Know your employment value before you begin your search </li></ul><ul><li>Set goals/Make a plan </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient/Have support team </li></ul><ul><li>Make good decisions </li></ul><ul><li>According to April 2008 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the length of the typical job search is 16.9 weeks. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Job Hunting Objectives <ul><li>Where do you want to work (geographically)? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of job do you want to peruse? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of employer do you want to work for? </li></ul><ul><li>How are you going to search for jobs? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Job Search Methods <ul><li>My Professional Center </li></ul><ul><li>Online Job Searches </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Newspapers (classified/want ads) </li></ul><ul><li>Temp services/Staffing Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Job fairs </li></ul><ul><li>School placement services </li></ul>
    6. 6. Poll Question <ul><li>Do you currently have a resume and if so how comfortable do you feel about it? </li></ul><ul><li>A) I have never created a resume </li></ul><ul><li>B) I have a strong and up to date resume </li></ul><ul><li>C) I have a resume, but it is out of date or I don’t feel very comfortable with it </li></ul><ul><li>D) I have started a resume but have not </li></ul><ul><li>finished it </li></ul>
    7. 7. Building Your Resume <ul><li>MPC Resume Builder </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the resume style that is best for you </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific about your accomplishments and try to include quantitative information </li></ul><ul><li>One page or two? </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Customize your resume to the specific employer </li></ul><ul><li>Structure the content of your resume around your objective </li></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself, your resume is a marketing tool </li></ul>
    8. 8. Resume Appearance <ul><li>Because your resume will make an impression in 30 seconds or less, it is important to follow a few basic tips to make your document easy to read: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be concise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Break up paragraphs into readable chunks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance white space and text to achieve a polished look </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Center the resume on the page, headlines may be left aligned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use bullets to highlight information within a section </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use bold, italics and capitalization minimally and consistently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a font style that is crisp and easy to read – avoid scripts </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Types of Resumes: Chronological <ul><li> Example </li></ul><ul><li>Information is listed in time order, typically from most recent to least recent </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to follow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives the employer what they are looking for </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recommended if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The position is an a field in which you have consistent work experience and progress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The strongest part of your work experience is your current/last job </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not Recommended if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your last position is not relevant to the one in which you are applying for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You have little or no work experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You change jobs frequently </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Types of Resumes: Functional <ul><li>Example </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on skill sets. Organizes information from employment, volunteer work, internships and practicums, by separating them into section headings </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables you to draw special attention to skills and qualifications the employer is looking for </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers often view with suspicion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recommended if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You are an entry level job seeker with little or no significant work experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are entering the work field after a prolonged leave of absence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your qualifications presented in a chronological order would not make you appear to be a strong candidate. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Types of Resumes: Combination <ul><li> Example </li></ul><ul><li>A combination resume lists your skills and experience first and then your employment history </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives you flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes it easier to tailor to a specific position </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recommended if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are changing careers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have a variety of work experience in unrelated fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have done the same kind of basic work for a number of employers </li></ul></ul>
    12. 13. Resume Mistakes <ul><li>Typos </li></ul><ul><li>Using a small font </li></ul><ul><li>Getting personal </li></ul><ul><li>Having important skills buried </li></ul><ul><li>Using paper or ink in unusual colors </li></ul><ul><li>Fluff </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighting Duties Instead of Accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Misrepresentation </li></ul><ul><li>Going too far back in your work history </li></ul><ul><li>Not understanding the needs or interests of the intended reader </li></ul><ul><li>Using an unprofessional email address </li></ul>
    13. 14. Cover Letter <ul><li>Keep a similar format as your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Cover letter is typically only three paragraphs, keep it brief </li></ul><ul><li>Find out the hiring managers name and title </li></ul><ul><li>Tell what position you are applying for and how you heard about it </li></ul><ul><li>Show them you have done some research about the company </li></ul><ul><li>Express enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Explain why you are qualified for the position, give specific examples </li></ul><ul><li>Tell them how you plan to follow up. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the reader for their time! </li></ul>
    14. 15. Before Your Job Interview <ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for typical interview questions </li></ul><ul><li>Research the company </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare your own questions to ask </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare documents: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple copies of your resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference list and/or letters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper and pen to take notes </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. &quot;There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.&quot; - Norman Vincent Peale
    16. 17. During the Job Interview <ul><li>BE EARLY!! </li></ul><ul><li>Dress professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a professional image </li></ul><ul><li>Listen carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t chew gum or smell like smoke </li></ul><ul><li>Make the interviewer feel at ease </li></ul><ul><li>Be sincere </li></ul>
    17. 18. After the Job Interview <ul><li>Make notes so you don’t forget important details </li></ul><ul><li>Send a thank you letter to the interviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t call the employer immediately </li></ul>
    18. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>Take job searching seriously </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in touch even if you don’t get the job </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up for MPC </li></ul><ul><li>If you are taking this for CE credit, remember to take the online exam </li></ul>