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  1. 1. Getting a Job in Your Field and Fast Tracking Into the Job Market Presented by Baker Online Career Services 5/27/2010
  2. 2. Welcome to Career Services Student and Alumni Services Available • Resume, Cover Letter Reviews • Mock Interviews (on campus or virtual) • Job and Internship Search Assistance • Salary Negotiations • Career Advising – is this the career for me? • Networking Tips • Linkedin Student & Alumni Association (join us!) • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) • OGCS Virtual Office in Bb (available to students) • NACElink (available to alumni) • Much more… ~ We offer Lifetime Employment Assistance to Alumni~
  3. 3. Steps to Finding a Job in Your Field • Do An Internship – Gives you experience to put on your resume – Builds your network i.e. meet professionals in and out of your field – It is a major confidence booster – Utilize Baker Career Services • Resume preparation, NACElink, and etc. • Visit our virtual office in Blackboard for more information – Apply Early • Start researching the companies you want to work for • Don’t wait until you graduate to apply for internships and jobs, start now! • Entry level positions are good because they are a foot in the door
  4. 4. Steps to Finding a Job…Continued • Know Your Companies – Why do you want to work for them? – What are their successes? – What is their corporate culture? • Be Confident in Your Field • Study, study, study • Reinforce your knowledge by stating your contributions • Join student organizations & take on leadership roles • Network – Get to know the members of the professional organizations you belong to – Become a member of professional networking sites like LinkedIn
  5. 5. Steps to Finding a Job…Continued • Join LinkedIn – LinkedIn is one of the biggest professional sites right now – It is a great way to connect to professionals in your field all around the country – There are currently 1,323 IT groups located in LinkedIn • Join as many as you like and get involved by adding to conversations or asking questions • Through this process you will be able to network with people who are in the positions you would one day like to have • Make the most of these connections by asking them questions about how the field and how they got where they are
  6. 6. Other Important Tips to Help You Land the Job • Tailor your resume and cover letter – Be sure to include your technical skills i.e. programming languages and platforms – Also include your non-technical skills, such as project management, communication, organization, and etc. • Get certifications to keep your skills sharp – Certifications also look great on a resume – They show the employer that you are still working on your goals • Stay up-to-date on the latest technology – Make an effort to stay current – Read articles about the latest changes and updates in your field
  7. 7. Other Important Tips to Help You Land the Job…Cont. • Use A Staffing Agency – Sign up with a reputable agency – Gain experience through temporary assignments – Temporary often turns into permanent – Get paid while looking for the job you want – For more information on profiles for career, skills, and companies related to the IT field, check out the following site: _A_Job.htm
  8. 8. Fast Track Into the Job Market Information to Help You Get Where You Want To Be
  9. 9. Fast Track Into the Job Market • Internship = Fast Track – The best way to get a job in your field is to do an internship – The right internship makes all the difference – Internships give you the professional experience you need to put you ahead of other candidates in your field – There is no substitute for practical hands-on experience – The National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) states that an astounding 70% of employers require students to have had an internship
  10. 10. Penn State Study Source: Penn State University
  11. 11. How to Look for An Internship • Review our internship offerings in our virtual office in Blackboard • Company websites - check with any large companies located in your area. If there is nothing on the website, call the human resources department to ask if they hire interns • Search positions on technical job boards • Niche job boards: job boards that exist specifically for hiring students and graduates • Consider doing an informational interview to learn about your industry/field of study and possibly gain an internship or position with a company
  12. 12. Informational Interviews • Informational interviews are a great way to make connections with those in your field and learn from a professional what it is like to work in the field • If possible, do the interview with someone who works at the company you would like to work for • These interviews can also be a catalyst to you receiving an internship, and possibly a position, with the organization • Here are some sites to assist you in preparing for an informational interview: – ws.htm – htm – m
  13. 13. Where to Look? Great IT Job Sites • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
  14. 14. References • field.html • • • s/u/Find_A_Job.htm •
  15. 15. How to Tailor your Resume Career Services
  16. 16. Develop a Tailored Objective Statement • A tailored objective statement includes the position you are applying for and 1-3 key skills from the posting or other transferrable skill that make you the best candidate for the position
  17. 17. Highlight Key Qualifications Sample Job Posting Important Buzz Words to include in •COMPANY NAME XYZ COMPANY resume and cover letter ... •Contact: Joe Smoe •Web Support Specialist Intern • Job Duties: Help update and maintain My eLibrary web pages •Update and maintain web pages on Bb. May involve designing, scripting and database creation. •Designing • Scripting Required Skills: •Database Creation •HTML programming and scripting •Proficiency with Macromedia programs •HTML Programming •Working knowledge of JavaScript, strong communication •Macromedia Programs skills, PERL and PHP •JavaScript •Communication skills Preferred Skills: •PERL •Strong skills in JavaScript, PERL and PHP •Intuitive web design capabilities •PHP •Web Design Working Hours: 8am-5pm Days of the Week: Mon-Thurs (15-20 hours per week ) Method of Contact:   Fax  Mail  Phone  E-Mail  Apply Directly *Make sure to pay close attention to  Apply Online how the employer wants you to apply. Employer are looking to see that applicants have attention to detail.
  18. 18. Resume Example No Related Work Experience… Perfect Candidate 1234 W. Bristol Rd. Flint, MI 48503 • Objective: To secure the Web Support Specialist Internship at XYZ company where my creativity, communication and education will add value to the Marketing department. •Market your relevant course work that Education: Baker College Online you have taken if you have little or no Associate of Applied Science Web Development Anticipated Graduation fall 2010 work experience Relevant Courses: Java Web Development Perl Visual Basic SQL HTML • Focus on your transferrable skills Computer Skills: Proficient in Word, Excel, and web applications Working knowledge of JavaScript, strong communication skills, PERL and PHP Knowledge of Macromedia programs Work Experience: 2008-Present Burger King Flint, MI Crew Member Provide quality customer service to internal and external customers Strong multi-tasking ability Processed orders and maintained drawer
  19. 19. Resume Example Relevant Work Experience… Perfect Candidate 1234 W. Bristol Rd. Flint, MI 48503 Objective: To secure the Web Support Specialist Internship at XYZ company where my creativity, communication and education will add value to the Marketing department. • Utilize industry specific job duties Education: Baker College Online Anticipated Graduation fall 2010 Associate of Applied Science •Focus on your transferrable skills Web Development Work Experience: 2009-Present Google Flint, MI Computer Support Technician HTML programming and scripting Provide trouble shooting to customers Problem solving computer issues Strong multi-tasking ability Computer Skills: Proficient in Word, Excel, and web applications Working knowledge of JavaScript, strong communication skills, PERL and PHP Knowledge of Macromedia programs Certificates: Employee of the month 2005, 2007, and 2009
  20. 20. Cover Letter Examples Cover Letter Guidelines Cover Letter Sample Your Name Jon Smith Your Street Address 000 Hire Me Your City, State, Zip Flint, MI 48507 Phone Number (000) 111-1111 Email September 8, 2001 June 28, 2008 (4 Spaces) Mr. Jon P. Employer, Personnel Manager Joe Some, Library Director ABC Accounting Company XYZ Company 101 Baker Dr. 1050 W. Bristol Rd Flint, MI 48507 Flint, MI 40807 (1 Space) Dear Mr. Some: Dear Mr. Employer, (1 Space) While researching internship opportunities at XYZ Company I was excited to find the position as Web Support Specialist Internship working with the Library Department. First Paragraph: In your initial paragraph, state the reason for the letter, the specific position or type of work for which you are applying and indicate from which resource (Career Services, news media, friend, employment service) you learned of the opening. In the winter of 2010, I will achieve my Associates Degree in Web Design and need to gain 120 hours of related work experience to meet the requirements of my degree. I have targeted your (1 Space) company because I feel that it will provide great hands on experience. I have through knowledge and skill in HTML programming and scripting, proficiency with Second Paragraph: Indicate why you are interested in the position, the company, and/or it's Macromedia programs and working knowledge of JavaScript, PERL and PHP. I am eager to product or services. If you had some practical work experience, point out the specific apply my education to assist with, update, and maintain My eLibrary web pages on Bb. achievements or unique qualifications. Try not to repeat the same information the reader will find in your resume. Enclosed, please accept my resume formal application for the Web Support Specialist (1 Space) Internship. I hope to meet with you to further discuss my interest with XYZ company. Please feel free to contact me, I look forward to meeting with you. I will email you next week to Final Paragraph: Refer the reader to the enclosed resume or application which summarizes your follow up with my application. qualifications, training, experience, and education. Indicate your desire for a personal interview and your flexibility as to the time and place. Repeat your phone number in the letter and offer any Sincerely, assistance to help in a speedy response. Finally, thank the reader for their consideration. (1 Space) Sincerely, (3-4 Spaces) Jon Smith Ted E. Grad (1 Space) Enclosure Enclosures
  21. 21. Transferable Skills • Are skills gathered through various jobs, volunteer work, hobbies, sports, or other life experiences that can be used in your next job or new career Examples: – Communication: Speaking effectively, Writing concisely, Listening attentively, Expressing ideas, Facilitating group discussion – Human Relations: Developing rapport, Listening, Conveying feelings, Providing support for others, Motivating
  22. 22. Action Verbs • Action verbs should be used abundantly throughout your resume and cover letters to promote your achievements. They help make a strong impression.
  23. 23. Action Verbs Cont… Management Action Verbs Communication Action Verbs achieved inspired addressed moderated administered launched arbitrated motivated analyzed led assigned managed arranged negotiated attained motivated authored persuaded chaired organized communicated promoted conceived outlined corresponded publicized contracted oversaw consolidated planned counseled reconciled coordinated prioritized developed reunited decided produced defined renegotiated delegated recommended directed reported developed reevaluated directed rejected drafted researched encouraged reported edited summarized evaluated reviewed enlisted spoke executed scheduled formulated translated handled strengthened implemented supervised influenced wrote improved united interpreted incorporated lectured increased mediated For more action verbs visit:
  24. 24. RESUME TIPS •Tailor your resume •No template resume, avoid a cookie-cutter approach •Focus on your transferrable skills •Do not list your high school •Use a font size of 11-12 •Utilize action verbs •List education, work experience and volunteer information most recent to past
  25. 25. How to Make a Career Change Career Services
  26. 26. 10 Steps to a Career Change • Step 1: Assessment of Likes and Dislikes • Step 2: Researching New Careers • Step 3: Transferable Skills • Step 4: Training and Education • Step 5: Networking
  27. 27. 10 Steps to a Career Change Continued… • Step 6: Gaining Experience • Step 7: Find a Mentor • Step 8: Changing In or Out • Step 9: Job-Hunting Basics • Step 10: Be Flexible
  28. 28. Real Life Examples of Transferable Skills Computer-Lab Assistant Seeking a Position in Consulting My work-study position as a computer-lab assistant involved solid knowledge of the technology within the labs, the ability to teach that technology to fellow students, and the skills to assist those who had problems with the software and hardware. To me, that's what consulting is all about — possessing the knowledge to teach and assist clients and the interpersonal skills to do so successfully.
  29. 29. Real Life Examples of Transferable Skills Cont… College Student Seeking Software Engineer Position I have a strong background in computer science, with both a degree and extensive training in the field. An accomplished team player, I've worked with a database management group at Baker College Online, created an online multimedia store and used CGI scripts written in C+++ to track customer satisfaction.
  30. 30. Career Services Contacts Amanda Banks Tammy Mattison Career Advisor Career Advisor (Students L-Z) (Students A-K) (810) 766-8754 (810) 766-4246 Niki Perkins Director of Career Services (810) 766-2090
  31. 31. Questions? Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your meeting. We are happy to assist you any time! Sincerely, Baker Online Career Services Niki, Tammy and Amanda