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This is a presentation on resume writing, interview tips and how to sell yourself to get the job

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  • HOW TO ACE THE INTERVIEW
  • TechUSA: Scientific Solutions
    • Christopher Frew
    • Scientific Recruiting Manager
    • 3.5 Year in Scientific Staffing
    • >200 scientific placements
    • 15 active client partners with relationships over 2 years
  • About TechUSA: Scientific Solutions
    • Scientific Recruiting and Staffing
      • Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biodefense & clinical research
      • Direct hire recruiting
      • Contract & Temporary Staffing
    • How can we help?
      • Career Agents
        • “ Help me, Help you!”
      • Industry information resource
      • Interview/resume coaching
      • Salary negotiation
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  • Today’s Topics
    • Your Resume
    • The Phone Screen & Interview
    • Selling Skills
    • Working with a Recruiter
    • Job Search techniques
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  • Resume Tips Resume vs. CV? Your CV is a comprehensive list of ALL of your professional experience, education, publications and other accomplishments from college onward. Your Resume is a focused marketing tool that summarizes & PROMOTES your experience and qualifications for the specific job/career you are applying for.
  • Resume Tips
    • Develop a specific Objective
      • Match it to the job that you’re applying for
      • Be Positive & Dynamic
      • “ To obtain a job as a Project Manager in the medical device industry”
      • “ To further my career in a project management role that will allow me to utilize my knowledge and medical device experience in an organization where I can continue to develop and help achieve both the company’s and my team’s goals.
    • Use Bulleted sentences that outline;
      • Specific job duties and work functions
      • Projects or Assignments
      • Accomplishments
      • Technical skills used
      • Match the job – utilize key words that were in the job description
  • Resume Tips
    • Use Action and Power words
    • “ Oversaw undergraduate researchers and lab technicians for a protein characterization study.”
    • “ Managed, mentored and directed four associates while successfully meeting critical research milestones for protein characterization study.”
    • http://www.resume-help.org/resume_action_words.htm
    • Use quantifying facts and figures
      • Emphasize your work in terms of your results
      • Paints the picture of what you accomplished
        • “ Increased yield by 25%”
        • “ Completed project 2 weeks ahead of schedule”
  • Resume Tips
    • Want a Career Change?
    • Highlight your strengths and aspirations that relate to that specific career
    • Focus on transferable skills that are related to your career objectives.
    • Outline the steps you’ve taken to move your career in that direction
    • Emphasize past work experience, academic endeavors, volunteer activities, or even hobbies, clubs, community organizations & associations.
    • Recommendation letters and references
  • Before an Interview
    • Do your homework!!!
    • Know the company
      • Website, press releases, company financials
      • Contact the company for more info and job description
      • Who are their Competitors? …Alliances? …Clients?
      • What are others saying? …industry blogs & news feeds
    • Know the position
      • Request a job description
      • Ask around & get input from friends and colleagues
    • Know your interviewer?
      • Request an interview schedule
      • Google & Linked-In
  • The Phone Interview
    • Preparation & Planning!
    • If the time is inconvenient ask to reschedule when possible
    • Find a quiet & comfortable area. No kids, pets or TV
    • Use a landline whenever possible
    • Keep notes and Resume at hand
    • List your strengths and weaknesses
    • Examples that you want to touch on from your resume
    • Write out any initial, relevant questions you have
    • Practice interviewing (Family, Friends, Recruiter, Recorder)
    • Schedule a prep & debriefing call with your recruiter
  • The Phone Interview
    • How to ace the call
    • Smile and be happy
    • Be yourself
    • Be respectful and use the person’s title, unless they ask you to use their first name
    • Speak slowly and clearly
    • Don’t interrupt!
    • Take your time to collect your thoughts, if needed
    • Answer the question that is asked, with short answers
    • Ask follow up questions and show your interest
  • The Phone Interview
    • What’s your goal?
    • … to get the next interview!
    • You be the closer!
      • Ask if it is possible to meet in person
    • Establish their timeline for the next step
    • Thank them for their time and consideration
  • Interview Time!
    • 10 General Tips
    • Dress professionally & go light on the cologne
    • Arrive 15 min early
    • Smile and be friendly to EVERYONE you meet
    • Use professional eye contact
    • Listen & don’t interrupt
    • Don’t slander
    • Answer the question that was asked
    • Be truthful and straightforward with your answers
    • Get to know your interviewer and be personable
    • Stay (or at least appear) calm & comfortable
  • Interview Time!
    • Selling skills; what to think about before you answer the question
    • Put yourself in their shoes…
      • What kind of person do they want in a new hire?
      • What are their needs that this position will fill?
      • What kind of person will fit with their group?
    • Ask questions????
      • What are their expectations?
      • Answer, then ask… you’re not on the witness stand
      • Remember, your are interviewing them as well
    • How can you present yourself to meet those needs?
  • Interview Time!
    • What are they looking for?
    • 5 Traits That Hiring Managers Look For
      • Ability & Suitability
      • Willingness
      • Manageability & Teamwork
      • Professional Behavior
      • Are you a problem solver?
    • Sell yourself to the job that you are interviewing for!
  • Interview Time!
    • What about the money?
    • Know what the position pays ahead of time
      • www.Salary.com or www.indeed.com/salary
    • Be flexible & negotiable
    • “ That which is equivalent to my career level”
    • My recruiter will be handling those details with HR
    • Is it all about the money?
      • What new skills will you be learning
      • Bonus and benefits?
      • Is this a lateral or vertical move?
      • Is it a new field?
  • Interview Time!
    • Final notes:
    • The best interviews are like conversations!
    • Be Confident, not Arrogant
    • Smile and try to make a friend
    • Show that you are interested
    • Be the closer!
  • Interview Time!
    • Be the Closer!
    • “ Ms. Manager, I’ve enjoyed our past hour together and I think that this is a job that I would enjoy and perform exceptionally well at. Based off of our interview is there any reason that you feel that I would not be a good fit for this position and if so, what questions can I help clarify?”
  • How To Ace The Interview!
    • Questions?
  • How To Ace The Interview!
    • Thank you!!!
    • Chris Frew
    • 410-584-9003
    • [email_address]