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Job Seekers Workshop


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How to search for a job, apply for a job and what to do after the interview.

How to search for a job, apply for a job and what to do after the interview.

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  • 1. Job Seekers Workshop How to Search for a Job Apply for a Job and What to Do After the Interview
  • 2. What We’ll Cover
    • How to find job openings
    • Writing a cover letter
    • Creating a resume using Microsoft Word
    • Interviewing tips
    • Etiquette for after the interview
  • 3. Where are the jobs?
    • Print resources
      • Newspaper classifieds
      • Company bulletin boards
      • Industry Journals
    • Books
      • The Houston Job Bank
      • Your 24/7 Online Job Search Guide
      • Job Searching Online for Dummies
  • 4. Searching the Web
    • Local
      • Houston Chronicle
      • JOBS: Houston Employment Magazine and Website
      • Houston Jobs, A division of Online Job Source, Inc.
    • National
      • Career Builder
      • America's Job Bank
      • Federal Government Jobs
  • 5. I Found One…Now What?
    • Read the requirements on the posting thoroughly
    • Note what is being asked for
      • application, cover letter, resume, curriculum vitae, KSA’s, etc…
    • Write cover letter and resume
  • 6. How To Write A Cover Letter
    • Should be brief
      • Name
      • Position applying for
      • Name of company
      • Short description of some unique quality you can bring to the company RELATED TO THE JOB
    • When in doubt look at some examples in the following books
      • Cover Letters That Knock ‘ Em Dead
      • 101 Best Cover Letters
      • How to Write Attention-Grabbing Query & Cover Letters
  • 7. Resumes
    • Two types
      • Chronological
      • Skill-Based
    • Which should I choose?
      • General guideline: The standard chronological format works well if you're staying in the same field and moving up in your career--especially if your work history shows continuous progression, or if you've worked for prestigious companies. A skill-based ("functional") resume may work better if you're making a career change--especially to a different field or to a much higher level of responsibility.
        • From The Damn Good Resume ,
  • 8. How Do I Create A Resume?
    • Pre-formatted Resumes - just plug in your information
      • Select Microsoft Word from the pull-down menu after you log in
      • Once MS Word opens, if you see a box on the screen asking you to type your initials in, just click "ok“
      • Now, click on File, then New
      • Then click on "Other Documents" in the window that opens
      • Then, choose a template, such as Professional Resume or Contemporary Resume
      • Replace the sample resume information with yours …
  • 9. ….Or
    • Use the Resume Wizard
      • Follow Steps 1-4 on the following page
      • Then the Resume Wizard will prompt you for your personal information and formats and displays your resume when done
    • … or type your own from scratch
      • Open a Blank Document in Microsoft Word and Begin Typing
    Don’t Forget A Resume Should Not Exceed 2 Pages
  • 10. Resources on Resumes
    • Check out the following books for more ideas
      • Resumes! Resumes! Resumes!
      • How to Write a Winning Resume
      • 101 Quick Tips for a Dynamite Resume
      • Resumes for Mid-Career Job Changes
    • And check out these web sites
      • 10 Minute Resume
      • JobStar Central
        • (also includes sample cover letters)
  • 11. I Got An Interview… Now What?
  • 12. Dress Appropriately
  • 13. Avoid Heavy Scents
  • 14. Make Eye Contact
  • 15. Smile
  • 16. Be Prepared
    • Research the company to know the basics (CEO’s, mission/vision of company)
    • Keep up with industry trends
    • Bring extra copies of resumes, recommendations, and anything specific you were asked to bring
  • 17. Relax
  • 18. Sample Interview Questions
    • Check out these sites for sample questions for interviews
      • Interview Network
      • Interview Question Database
      • 25 Most Difficult Questions You’ll Be Asked
  • 19. After the Interview
    • Follow up with a Thank You
      • For tips on writing business thank you notes, check out these books…
        • The Random House Book of Contemporary Business Letters
        • Sincerely Yours: How to Write Great Letters
        • Writing Business Letters for Dummies
    • Complete any additional requirements in a timely fashion
  • 20. Good Luck and Happy Hunting! I Got The Job!