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  • 1. BUS 305 Career Communications
  • 2. Job Hunting • All about communicatin g • Forms of communicatio n during the job search
  • 3. Attitude is key! • Positive • Optimistic • Able to deal with rejection • Avoid desperation • Don’t appear frustrated or fearful!
  • 4. Job search communications • Cover letter/application letter/statement of interest • Resume • Interviews • Thank you letters • Salary negotiation/history letter • Acceptance letter • ABC always be communicating when job hunting
  • 5. Resumes • Chronological • Functional • Must be flawless! • Ideally customized • Optimized for search
  • 6. Cover letter • OABC • Chance to reinforce the resume • Demonstrate communications skills • Demonstrate professionalism • Never more than a page! • Create a nice letterhead in word
  • 7. The Interview • Go in with talking points about your qualifications • Understand the company and industry • ‘Expect’ certain kinds of questions
  • 8. Thank you letters • For practical reasons almost always via email and SHORT • When interviewing get email addresses! • Brief, to the point while summarizing main qualifications and introducing one additional thing that makes you attractive as a candidate
  • 9. Salary history • Some employers might request a salary history or salary requirements • Do not panic! • Check out Bureau of Labor Statistic ( if you don’t have a salary history (adjust for cost of living in LA) • Ask mentors (people like me!) for someone you know who works in the field •
  • 10. Acceptance letters • Again, brief and to the point • Reiterate terms (title, start date, salary, period of probation, review schedule) • Express gratitude • No mistakes! Want to make a good impression
  • 11. Building a Functional Resume • Functional resumes are ideal for when you have limited or no work experience • List skills you’ve acquired include everything from research to time management to analytical thinking! • Have an objective that is employer focused (not all about you) • Include a summary of your background
  • 12. Writing Assignment #2 • A thank you email post interview • A salary history letter • A job offer acceptance letter • Each should be no more than a paragraph or two…