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Job Seekers Workshop

Job Seekers Workshop



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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    Job Seekers Workshop Job Seekers Workshop Presentation Transcript

    • Job Seekers Workshop How to Search for a Job Apply for a Job and What to Do After the Interview
    • 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
    • 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
    • Searching the Web
      • Local
        • Houston Chronicle
          • http://www.chron.com/class/jobs/index.html
        • JOBS: Houston Employment Magazine and Website
          • http://www.jobshouston.com/ 
        • Houston Jobs, A division of Online Job Source, Inc.
          • http://www.houstonjobs.com/
      • National
        • Monster.com
          • http://www.monster.com
        • Career Builder
          • http://www.careerbuilder.com
        • America's Job Bank
          • http://www.ajb.dni.us/ 
        • Federal Government Jobs
          • http://www.usajobs.opm.gov
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 , http://www.damngood.com/catalog/problems.html#anchor274858
    • 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 …
    • ….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
    • 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
          • http://www.10minuteresume.com/
        • JobStar Central
          • http://jobsmart.org/tools/resume/index.cfm (also includes sample cover letters)
    • I Got An Interview… Now What?
    • Dress Appropriately
    • Avoid Heavy Scents
    • Make Eye Contact
    • Smile
    • 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
    • Relax
    • Sample Interview Questions
      • Check out these sites for sample questions for interviews
        • Interview Network
          • http://www.pse-net.com/interview/Bank/QuestionBankIndex.htm
        • Interview Question Database
          • http://www.quintcareers.com/interview_question_database/
        • 25 Most Difficult Questions You’ll Be Asked
          • http://www.datsi.fi.upm.es/~frosal/docs/25mdq.html
    • 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
    • Good Luck and Happy Hunting! I Got The Job!