Fort Drum Employment Readiness Program Career Fair Preparation


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  • Introduce yourself Introduce Employment Readiness Program – ERP offers a wide variety of resources to Family members. The program is designed to assist military Families in gaining knowledge on employment opportunities in the Fort Drum area to include referrals, current job announcements, resume consultations and various employment related workshops. Other workshops conducted by ERP are: Interviewing skills, Federal Employment, Job Search Skills and Teen Employment. ERP also offers one on one consults with clients. Introduce Workshop – Resume and Cover Letter Writing How many people have a current resume? How many people have ever written and Cover Letter? What are you hoping to learn from today's workshop? What do you think the most important part of a Resume is?
  • 10 tip for a terrific resume Always make sure your final resume looks good, you want it to be attractive to the eye and easy to read. You also want to make sure it is professional looking. Target your resume for each job you are applying for, you will want to focus on your skills that best match the job opening, read the position information and make sure your resume shows you are able to do the job!! Highlight accomplishments, no your not bragging, you are showing a potential employer you CAN do the job and have had accomplishments in the past they want to know that they are hiring someone who is willing to work hard and go above and beyond! Put as many key words into your resume as you can, be creative! Again read over the job posting and gear your resume that job, it may take time but it will be worth it when you land your dream job! If the employer ask the resume to be faxed, mailed, e-mail do so! Make sure you follow up to insure they received your paperwork. Proofread, you can never proofread it to many times, also ask others to read it over for you, better safe then sorry!! Remember this is representing you, you want it to look the best it can! Do not lie on you resume, make sure you are truthful, the truth will come out at some point! Make it your own, the bottom line is this is YOUR resume, you have to love it and be happy of it, but keep it professional! Use this workshop and ERP as guidance, if more assistance is need please feel free to make a one on one apt with myself or Amberlee, we will be happy to read over your resume once you have completed it!
  • Fort Drum Employment Readiness Program Career Fair Preparation

    1. 1. Fort Drum Employment Readiness Program Career Fair Preparation
    2. 2. Workshop Objects <ul><li>Prepare and market yourself for a career fair </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing to meet with employers </li></ul><ul><li>Personal experiences / realities </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is a Career Fair? <ul><li>For companies who want to attract applicants, collect information, and talk to a large number of job seekers </li></ul><ul><li>GREAT for Job Seekers! Where else is there a large number of employers in one place? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Preparing… Before the Event <ul><li>Whenever possible pre-register with the career fair and obtain the list of organizations attending the event </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on the organizations you are most interested in and conduct research on each </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gather information about the company: size, organization, locations, top management, their products, and standing in their industry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identify which jobs are currently open </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember not all job vacancies will be posted on their bulletin board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailor your resume and cover letter accordingly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan of attack for the career fair </li></ul>
    5. 5. Preparing… Non-verbal Communication <ul><li>Project Confidence: </li></ul><ul><li>Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Firmly shake hands </li></ul><ul><li>Sit up and lean slightly forward </li></ul><ul><li>Use hands to gesture </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your hands away from your face </li></ul><ul><li>Breath normally </li></ul><ul><li>Nod occasionally </li></ul><ul><li>Make eye contact, but don’t stare </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t cross your arms across your chest </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your hand out of your pockets </li></ul><ul><li>Try not to ‘fidget’ </li></ul>
    6. 6. Preparing… 10 Tips for a Terrific Resume <ul><li>Make it professional and attractive </li></ul><ul><li>Target your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Weave “Key Words” throughout </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on employer’s needs </li></ul><ul><li>Follow exact instructions for submission </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread & Proofread again! </li></ul><ul><li>Be truthful </li></ul><ul><li>Make it your own </li></ul><ul><li>Use ACS workshops for assistance </li></ul>
    7. 7. Preparing… List of References <ul><li>Have a list of 4-6 references whom can speak about you work performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure to ask each person before using them as a reference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you have their up-to-date contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If asked for references, hand out your list on a separate page and include your resume </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Preparing… Business Card <ul><li>Business Cards make a GREAT networking tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your business card: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accurately reflects who you are and the services that you provide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides all the necessary information so you can contacted after networking events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You will be remembered by your business card! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Affordable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What do I include on my Business Card? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phone Number </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail address </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mailing address </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web site (if you have one) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cell phone number </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Resume Highlights - Highlight your most valuable skill or qualifications—using bullets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summarize your accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the back of your card give a mini resume </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Preparing… Dress For Success <ul><li>Relax, but remember you do not have a second chance to make a first impression </li></ul><ul><li>Dress as if you are going to your first day of work </li></ul><ul><li>What are you going to wear? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Preparing… Have Questions to Ask! <ul><li>Now is the time to ask questions about the company and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Write the questions down </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the job culture like? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does a typical day as a (position) look like? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In your opinion, what are the 3 benefits to working with (company name)? </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. At the Fair… What to Expect <ul><li>Expect it to be noisy, crowded, and always hectic! </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiters will be handing out information about their company </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiters will be talking to Job Seekers </li></ul><ul><li>You may even see ‘on-the-spot’ short interviews </li></ul>
    12. 12. Preparing… An Interview at a Career Fair <ul><li>What’s so good about interviewing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You get to talk about a subject matter you are familiar with – YOU ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify your strengths, weaknesses, knowledge, skills and abilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discover some great organizations and people </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Preparing… Possible Interview Questions <ul><li>Tell Me About Yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you consider your most significant accomplishment in your last job? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your strength/weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you believe you are qualified for this position? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you want to work for us? </li></ul>
    14. 14. At the Fair… 30 Second Commercial <ul><li>Is a short commercial that advertises you! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unique skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive characteristics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type of positions you are looking for </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. At the Fair… Do’s and Don’ts <ul><li>DO </li></ul><ul><li>Establish rapport with each recruiter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember to smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm (but not death-grip) handshake. Use your 30 second commercial </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in the company </li></ul><ul><li>Be direct and to the point when answering questions </li></ul><ul><li>Be attentive and take notes when asked questions </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for a business card and thank the employer for his/her time </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T </li></ul><ul><li>Leave out companies you do not have info on, they may have your dream job! </li></ul><ul><li>Overstay your welcome </li></ul>
    16. 16. After… What to Do Now? <ul><li>Review notes, businesses cards, and materials you collected from employers </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with the representatives you met at the job fair </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preferably by mail if they do not have their address on their business card follow up with an e-mail. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call the contact person if given a name and number, be sure to mention the person who referred you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make connections with people- not just the recruiters but fellow jobseekers and career professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The more people in your network, the stronger it becomes! </li></ul>
    17. 17. 6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job <ul><li>by Steve Berman </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look the part </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be aggressively friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do your homework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get the 411 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finally, follow up! </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. My Job Fair Experience
    19. 19. Further Assistance <ul><li>Mandy Thompson, ERP Manager </li></ul><ul><li>315-772-9611 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Angela Charles, ERP Educator </li></ul><ul><li>315-772-2737 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Readiness Program (ERP) </li></ul><ul><li>Army Community Service </li></ul><ul><li>4330 Conway Road </li></ul><ul><li>Fort Drum, NY 13602 </li></ul>