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Job Hunters - Recent College Graduates and Entry Level Job Seekers. Being well prepared is key to a successful job search!

Job Hunters - Recent College Graduates and Entry Level Job Seekers. Being well prepared is key to a successful job search!



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  • Professional Voice – not being fake, it’s being professionalFirst Impression – CriticalWhat was different about the two calls?
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  • *References available upon request – typically at application stage----- Meeting Notes (11/11/11 07:49) -----resume analysis/critique - MCHRLA!

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  • RESUME AND INTERVIEW READINESSPresented by M.L. Cannon Tips and tools for empowering yourself during your job searchfor LAULYP 11/11/11
  • Resume BasicsA resume is a snapshot of yourwork experience, skills, andaccomplishments  Should highlight your skills  Should be visually appealing  Should be detailed
  • What a good résumé can do Pique an employer’s interest Get you a phone screening/interview Work as “advertisement” of you as an employee
  • 5 Key Elements of a Good RésuméREMEMBER TO  Clean & crisp layout*make sure your  Brief (ideally 1 page) contact info is accurate!  Factual and accurate *utilize online resources to  Tailored to the positionhelp build your resume  Error-free
  • SNAPSHOT A SNAPSHOT BJane Doe Jane Doe(323) 999-9876 (323)999-9876 | XYZ CompanyXYZ Company Receptionist 8/10-PresentReceptionist 8/10-Present -Greet callers, answer general questions, and-answer phones handle high volume calls for fast paced-file paperwork shipping office-open and sort mail -Maintain accuracy and organization of in- house filing system -Receive, prioritize, and deliver mail daily to 100 employeesSNAPSHOTS - RECEPTIONISTWhich snapshot stands out more to you?
  • What About a Cover Letter?If the job posting requests acover letter, you shouldsend one. Step by Step Guide Important: In addition to spell checking your cover  letter, print it and ask a friend or two to read it to Opportunity to add ensure it is error free. information not on resume Know your value! Present yourself in a positive light.
  • Before the InterviewThe Phone Call/Screening Be Alert  Get a name Important: Keep a JOB NOTEBOOK (or spreadsheet) Be Attentive tracking where you’ve  Don’t take a call in the drive applied, who you’ve spoken thru of McDonalds with and when.  Use Voice Mail (return calls/e-mails within 24 hours) Keep a pen and paper Be Interested handy (at home or in the car) for taking notes.  Your smile can be heard through the phone  End call with a thank you
  • PHONE SCREENING SNAPSHOT Snapshot 1  Snapshot 2 Which candidate are you more interested in meeting?
  • Interview Readiness: 5 Key Elements  Approach  Eye contact, firm handshake, bright smile  Know your Goal  To determine if job is a good fit for you  Know your Skills  Inventory your strengths and weaknesses and be able to articulate them  Listen actively and respond honestly  Take cues from interviewer  Have questions for the interviewer  When do you expect to have a decision?
  • When You’re Applying to Jobs Be mindful of the  Don’t invest your logistics of the job time applying to/interviewing for a you are applying job you have no for intention of taking  Location  Utilize your personal  Salary network & online  Hours resources
  • WHERE TO LOOK FOR WORKGeneral Specialty – HourlyYour personal network – Industry Specific Sites ExecutivesAlumni Career Center HCareers.comWork Source Centers