The Job Search &
Beyond
How to Get & Keep the Job You
Love
Career Counseling & Placement Services…
How Can We Help?
 SCS Symplicity Online Registration &
Referral System
 Résumé/C...
Building a Better Résumé
 A bad résumé may keep you from getting a job, but a good
résumé will NOT get you a job
 There ...
Building a Better Cover Letter
 Use the same look as your résumé
 Write in block, business letter format
 Never address...
Networking
 How connected are you?
 Networking (50%)
 Direct mail campaigns (25%)
 On & off campus recruiting (20%)
 ...
Networking Tips
 Keep contact information up-to-date online
 Go to them, be prepared
 Build connected relationships
 R...
Where to Look –
Be Positive & Proactive
 Networking will probably prove to be one of the most
important resources
 Facul...
Job Search Tips
 Planning and preparation are crucial every step of the way…taking
extra time at the beginning to prepare...
Dress for Success
 Wear a suit
 Details are important too
 Shoes/socks, accessories and ties
 Hair, make-up, nails
 A...
So, What is Business Casual?
 Men
 Charcoal pants, a white oxford button down shirt, a quality
pair of casual shoes
 A ...
Just How Important is the Interview?
 A recent study showed that: The better a
student interviews, the more positively he...
Interview Advice from Employers
 Be prepared to ‘sell’ yourself & demonstrate ‘fit’
 Know yourself, know what you want &...
Time for the Interview
(The Basics)
 Research the employer & know yourself
 Well-groomed, well-prepared (copy of résumé)...
Time for the Interview
(Intermediate)
 Know how to “control” the interview…just a
conversation
 Answer the question bein...
Time for the Interview
(Advanced)
 Communication Styles…match the employer
 Paraphrase
 Mimic style…results-oriented vs...
Don’t Forget the Follow-Up
 Review the interview
 Send a thank you note!!!
 Call regarding the status of the process
 ...
Site Visits
 Preparation
 Set a date
 Practice and organize
 Get plenty of rest!
 Travel
 Reimbursement & receipts
...
Site Visits
 Schedule of the Day
 Typically, arrive night before & leave at end of
day (at least 6-7 hours ‘on’)
 Hosts...
So, You Think You Have What it
Takes?
 Job searching is a full-time job
 Remember the 4 ‘Ps’
 Preparation
 Practice
 ...
THE FIRST YEAR
ON THE JOB…
Top Employer Complaints
 Lack of motivation & poor work ethic
 Not showing up on time
 No management ability or leaders...
What Do They WANTWANT from Me?
Unfortunately, the skills you learned to be successful in school and the behaviors for
whic...
The Ten Steps
 Adopt the right attitudes
 Humility, ability to learn, adaptability, open mind, flexibility, work
ethic, ...
The Ten Steps
 Understand the organization's culture and politics
 Develop organizational savvy
 Understand your new-hi...
Transitions…
Remember that it is your responsibility to
make your transition to work a success, not
your employer’s.
The g...
Career Counseling & Placement
Services
School of Chemical Sciences
105 Noyes Lab
217-333-1050
http://careers.scs.illinois....
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  • The study should be encouraging to students who do not have sterling GPAs, experiences, and backgrounds. By improving their verbal and nonverbal skills and thoroughly researching organizations where they apply, they can significantly increase their chances of success. On the other hand, those who are strong on paper may get interviews more easily, but their chances will be diminished if they are unprepared and have weak interviewing skills.
  • Vocal variance & articulation – just because you like to talk doesn’t mean you communicate well! Also, remember to listen
    Listen & read between the lines…pick up clues from what the interviewer says as to what is important to them and what they are looking for and answer accordingly (maintain your integrity, though!)
    Actually write out the answers to sample questions (even the hard ones…don’t skip any…the question you aren’t prepared for will be the second one they ask!!)
  • Vocal variance & articulation – just because you like to talk doesn’t mean you communicate well! Also, remember to listen
    Listen & read between the lines…pick up clues from what the interviewer says as to what is important to them and what they are looking for and answer accordingly (maintain your integrity, though!)
    Actually write out the answers to sample questions (even the hard ones…don’t skip any…the question you aren’t prepared for will be the second one they ask!!)
  • Vocal variance & articulation – just because you like to talk doesn’t mean you communicate well! Also, remember to listen
    Listen & read between the lines…pick up clues from what the interviewer says as to what is important to them and what they are looking for and answer accordingly (maintain your integrity, though!)
    Actually write out the answers to sample questions (even the hard ones…don’t skip any…the question you aren’t prepared for will be the second one they ask!!)
  • SCS Recruiting Wkshp

    1. 1. The Job Search & Beyond How to Get & Keep the Job You Love
    2. 2. Career Counseling & Placement Services… How Can We Help?  SCS Symplicity Online Registration & Referral System  Résumé/CV & Cover Letter Critiques  Mock Interview Program  Individualized Employment Advising  Offer Evaluation & Negotiation
    3. 3. Building a Better Résumé  A bad résumé may keep you from getting a job, but a good résumé will NOT get you a job  There is no perfect format: Make sure it sells you and fits the job  Do…  Be brief and relevant  Proofread!  Make it professional  Ensure consistency!  Use action verbs in list format  Don’t…  Use photographs  Put in a binder/folder/fold/staple/paperclip  Include salary info, supervisor’s names, reasons for leaving jobs, personal opinions, or any personal information  Use abbreviations or clichés  EVER send without a cover letter
    4. 4. Building a Better Cover Letter  Use the same look as your résumé  Write in block, business letter format  Never address a Cover Letter “To Whom it May Concern”  The dreaded Personnel Department…  It is crucial to have someone else look it over  Keep it short & sweet…to the point, 3-4 paragraphs only  Do personalize your letter…
    5. 5. Networking  How connected are you?  Networking (50%)  Direct mail campaigns (25%)  On & off campus recruiting (20%)  Classifieds & employment agencies (less than 7%)  Contact everyone you know & talk with them and ask them to let anyone who knows anyone know you’re searching  Participate in online networking!  Join - & get involved in - professional organizations
    6. 6. Networking Tips  Keep contact information up-to-date online  Go to them, be prepared  Build connected relationships  Remember reciprocity  Follow-through on leads  Stay in touch before & during job search
    7. 7. Where to Look – Be Positive & Proactive  Networking will probably prove to be one of the most important resources  Faculty Members  Alumni/ae (LinkedIn: School of Chemical Sciences Networking)  Contacts made through professional associations  Periodicals & professional journals  Contact organizations directly…If you have a particular organization in mind you think would be great to work for, check out their web site to see if they list openings online. If not, contact the organization to learn more about the hiring process, including where one might find out about openings  Web Resources…ACS Career Services is great!  www.chemistry.org
    8. 8. Job Search Tips  Planning and preparation are crucial every step of the way…taking extra time at the beginning to prepare and to establish career goals will bring your job search process to an end more quickly.  If you do not currently have one, be sure you get an answering machine or a voice mail system – and make the message a professional-sounding one.  Have a verbal summary of your background, achievements, and career interests prepared to facilitate your networking and interviewing.  For each step of the process, learn what will happen next before it does. Be prepared for each step to show initiative and foresight.  Others that have worked for you?
    9. 9. Dress for Success  Wear a suit  Details are important too  Shoes/socks, accessories and ties  Hair, make-up, nails  Apparel perils  Party clothes are not work clothes  Leave the ‘flash’ for the weekend  Business casual is not as casual as you think!
    10. 10. So, What is Business Casual?  Men  Charcoal pants, a white oxford button down shirt, a quality pair of casual shoes  A banded-collar shirt with blazers and vests  Women  Casual dresses/skirts or nice dress slacks with blouses  Avoid t-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, sunglasses on your head, sneakers, and flip-flops
    11. 11. Just How Important is the Interview?  A recent study showed that: The better a student interviews, the more positively he or she will be perceived by the recruiter, even after considering the quality of the resume.  Interviewing skills first…background and experience gave minimal advantage
    12. 12. Interview Advice from Employers  Be prepared to ‘sell’ yourself & demonstrate ‘fit’  Know yourself, know what you want & why  Show enthusiasm & genuine interest  Research the organization, department, & position!  Be rested  Come prepared with questions  Be professional  Visit the organization prior to the interview  Practice, role play, do mock interviews  Go over sample questions  Watch nonverbals
    13. 13. Time for the Interview (The Basics)  Research the employer & know yourself  Well-groomed, well-prepared (copy of résumé)  Be punctual  Be POSITIVE  Practice your handshake  Nonverbals: Controlled energy, eye contact, smile, posture, vocal variance & articulation  Be genuinely interested…First impressions!  No cell phones, gum, food/drink
    14. 14. Time for the Interview (Intermediate)  Know how to “control” the interview…just a conversation  Answer the question being asked; ask for clarification if you need it…use specific examples to answer questions  Review sample interview questions  Have questions prepared to ask them (but don’t ask about salary, or benefits, or any ‘what’s in this for me’ questions)
    15. 15. Time for the Interview (Advanced)  Communication Styles…match the employer  Paraphrase  Mimic style…results-oriented vs. analytical vs. detailed  Behavioral Interviewing  On-Site Interviews  Illegal Questions  Closing
    16. 16. Don’t Forget the Follow-Up  Review the interview  Send a thank you note!!!  Call regarding the status of the process  Always maintain positive relations  Practice, review, practice, review
    17. 17. Site Visits  Preparation  Set a date  Practice and organize  Get plenty of rest!  Travel  Reimbursement & receipts  Be prepared for the worst  Obtain off-hours contact info./number prior to trip  Follow-up  Keep notes (contacts, info., facilities, benefits, overall)
    18. 18. Site Visits  Schedule of the Day  Typically, arrive night before & leave at end of day (at least 6-7 hours ‘on’)  Hosts take to various meetings  Presenting research  Eating  Plant tours (attire)  Human Resources
    19. 19. So, You Think You Have What it Takes?  Job searching is a full-time job  Remember the 4 ‘Ps’  Preparation  Practice  Patience (on average, at LEAST 6 months of ACTIVE searching)  Perseverance
    20. 20. THE FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB…
    21. 21. Top Employer Complaints  Lack of motivation & poor work ethic  Not showing up on time  No management ability or leadership skills  Poor communication skills  Not honest or consistent with words/actions (integrity)  Poor organizational skills  Low problem solving abilities  Lack of teamwork/team attitude  Low creativity and initiative  Poor technical skills
    22. 22. What Do They WANTWANT from Me? Unfortunately, the skills you learned to be successful in school and the behaviors for which you were rewarded are rarely the ones you’ll need to be successful at work!  1st impressions are vital to your success  Future salary $$$, advancement, personal job satisfaction  Employers know you have the talent & ability (they hired you!), but  You actually need to prove you have the…  Willingness and ability to learn new things  Ability to fit in to the culture  Knowledge of organizational & departmental politics (& ability to play the game)  Relationship building skills  Your goals for the first year must include more than just productivity; they should include gaining acceptance, respect, and credibility.
    23. 23. The Ten Steps  Adopt the right attitudes  Humility, ability to learn, adaptability, open mind, flexibility, work ethic, optimism, goal setting  Adjust your expectations…the first year is always hard  Master breaking-in skills (again, NETWORKING) more than job description skills  Build effective relationships…1st impressions  Become a good follower  Make your boss look good…information, consistency, availability  Know your boss (and his/her agenda) and help promote it
    24. 24. The Ten Steps  Understand the organization's culture and politics  Develop organizational savvy  Understand your new-hire role (pay your dues & don’t take it personally)  Develop work ethics & abilities  After all that, THEN master the tasks in your job description  Acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities for advancement
    25. 25. Transitions… Remember that it is your responsibility to make your transition to work a success, not your employer’s. The good ones will help you, but it’s your career.
    26. 26. Career Counseling & Placement Services School of Chemical Sciences 105 Noyes Lab 217-333-1050 http://careers.scs.illinois.edu/ plblum@illinois.edu Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-12:00PM & 1:00PM-5:00PM

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