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  • 1. Your Ticket to Employment
    The Résumé
  • 2. Résumé assignment
    Pick a job from the list
    summer job
    part time job
    entry level job
    Cover Letter
    Résumé
    Follow Up
    LinkedIn Profile and Connections
  • 3. WHO GETS THE JOB
    • not always the one who can do the best job but the one who knows best how to get the job.
    • 4. Each detail of this process should have your meticulous attention since people are often screened out on the basis of a poor letter and résumé.
  • Resume mistakes—A job candidate...
    attached a letter from her mother.
    used pale blue paper with teddy bears printed around the border.
    explained a three-month gap in employment by saying that he was getting over the death of his cat.
  • 5. Resume mistakes—A job candidate...
    specified that his availability to work Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays is limited because the weekends are "drinking time."
    included a picture of herself in a cheerleading uniform.
    drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said the car would be a gift to the hiring manager.
    listed hobbies that included sitting on a levee at night watching alligators.
  • 6. A job candidate...
    mentioned the fact that her sister had once won a strawberry-eating contest.
    stated that he works well in the nude.
    explained an arrest record by stating, "We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig."
  • 7. LinkedIn
    A professional networking site
    Post an online version of resume
    Make connections to others in field of expertise or interests.
    Profile
    Groups
    Answers
  • 8. The Résumé
    • PEOPLE DON’T READ RÉSUMÉS, they skim them.
    • 9. A piece of advertising than a comprehensive data sheet.
    • 10. Use margins and good spacing that make it easily skimmed
    White space draws the eyes in to the actual text
  • 11. The Résumé
    • a summary of your experiences and skills relevant to the field of work you are entering.
    • 12. highlights your accomplishments to show a potential employer that you are qualified for the work you want.
    • 13. not a biography of everything you have done.
    • 14. purpose is to get you an interview.
  • The Résumé
    USE ACTION VERBS.
    Don’t use the verb “to be.”
    “initiated, created, developed, supervised, managed, instructed…” etc.
    EMPHASIZE SKILLS, especially those that transfer from one situation to another.
    Example: The fact you coordinated a student organization leads one to suspect that you could coordinate other things as well.
  • 15. The Résumé
    • DON’T USE NEGATIVE WORDS
    • 16. Don’t apologize for a lack of experience or weaknesses
    • 17. Be positive
    • 18. Capitalize on strengths and leave out the negative or neutral words. If your health is “excellent” don’t say “not bad.”
  • The Résumé
    • ONE OR TWO PAGES, never more
    • 19. Anything longer is an autobiography.
    • 20. Don’t overwhelm your employer with information.
  • The Résumé
    You will need more than one résumé if you’re applying for different types of jobs.
    EXAMPLES:
    If you are applying for a childcare counselor job, devote more space to your experience as a camp counselor.
    If you’re applying for a job as a manager trainee, condense that and emphasize your organizational and supervisory abilities.
  • 21. Developing the Career Objective
    the career objective can be arranged to a person’s unique background or wishes.
    The “Topic Sentence” of the résumé
  • 22. Career Objective (advantages)
    40% of Employers WANT an objective on a resume
    If your previous jobs are different from the type of job that you are now seeking, then an objective communicates your decision to change careers.
    may help sharpen the focus of your resume, especially if your experience is very diverse, or you are switching into a career not supported by the experience listed on your resume
  • 23. ARGUABLE VALUE
    Career Objective (disadvantages)
    If you are applying to the company, but not necessarily for a specific position, then an objective can limit your chances of getting a job with that firm.
    Having both a career objective and a cover letter may be redundant.
    If you choose NOT to do an objective, you will probably want to include a qualifications section
  • 24. Good Objectives(examples)
    Seeking a position in sales where five years of customer service experience will add value to a company
    Position where three years of management experience will contribute
    Seeking a position as a corporate trainer, where a thorough understanding of English will be useful
    To manage people, interface with customers, and work with highly technical software or hardware applications
  • 25. Crappy Objective
    Seeking a position that will be fulfilling while providing opportunity for advancement
  • 26. The Résumé
    EXPOUND ON YOUR RELEVANT EXPERIENCES.
    Condense jobs or experiences that are not directly related.
    Slant your résumé to the typeof job you are seeking.
  • 27. Chronological
    Lists your achievements and employment in reverse chronological order
    Most recent or current job first
    Next most recent
    Third most recent, etc.
    Education secondary to employment
    Most recent education first
  • 28. Chronological
    Use when the employer would be most concerned with your work history
    Part-time, menial labor job
    Job where your education is secondary to work ethic
  • 29. From www.jobstar.org
  • 30. Functional
    This is the resume you use when applying for a job that is in your field of expertise
    highlight areas of skill and accomplishment
    Specific education, training or skills relevant to the job FIRST
    Job history and/or other education next
  • 31. Functional
    match up skills and accomplishments that might not be obvious to the employer in a traditional chronological format.
    new graduate or entering the workforce. You must show how the skills you have used in the past (in volunteer or coursework) apply to the job you are seeking.
  • 32. From www.jobstar.org
  • 33. Cover Letter
    typically provides detailed information on why are you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences.
  • 34. Cover Letter
    Clean, neat laser or ink jet copy, yet not mass generated
    Best possible paper and ink
    Match it to your résumé
    To a specific person at a specific company
    Title, Male or Female?
    Use full name or omit salutation
    DON’T use “To Whom It May Concern”
  • 35. Cover Letter
    No humor, graphics or cartoons
    “Squeaky Wheel”theory—provide a specific step that you will be taking.
    Include a date by which YOU will contact THEM if you don’t hear from them.
  • 36. EXPECT A PHONE CALL
    Most employers call to set up an interview. Seldom will they write.
    Make sure they have your phone number.
    Email is becoming moreimportant
    Conservative sounding address
  • 37. fluffykitty@hotmail.com
  • 38. Follow Up Letter
    Writing a thank you letter, or thank you email, after an employment interview is a must.
    Some employers think less of those interviewees who fail to follow-up promptly.
    Send out as soon as possible (preferably within 24 hours) after interview
  • 39. Follow Up Letter
    If possible, each interviewer should get an individualized “Thank You” letter.
    Do NOT simply change the name at the top of the letter.
    OK to send the thank you by email
    Use proper letter format.
    NOT AN ATTACHMENT
    Proper business English—NO SLANG
  • 40. Follow Up Letter
    If possible, add additional information
    Info you left out in interview
    Info you want to remind them of
  • 41. Top 10 WORST Interview Mistakes 2007
    Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation.
    Candidate told the interviewer he wouldn't be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died -- and his uncle wasn't "looking too good."
    Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.
    Candidate smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.
    Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was "classified."
  • 42. Top 10 WORST Interview Mistakes 2007
    Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss.
    When applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn't want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.
    A candidate for an accounting position said she was a "people person" not a "numbers person."
    Candidate flushed the toilet while talking to interviewer during phone interview.
    Candidate took out a hair brush and brushed her hair.
  • 43. Tips for Men AND Women
    Dress one step up from what you would be wearing on a day-to-day basis for the job
    Conservative two-piece business suit
    Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse
    Clean, polished conservative shoes
    Well-groomed hairstyle
    Clean, trimmed fingernails
    Minimal cologne or perfume
    Empty pockets--no bulges or tinkling coins
    No gum, candy or cigarettes
  • 44. Interview Tips for Men
    necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern dark shoes
    dark socks (black is best)
    get a haircut; short hair always fares best in interviews
    no beards (unless you are interviewing for a job as a lumberjack)
    mustaches are a possible negative, but if you must, make sure it is neat and trimmed
    no rings other than wedding ring or college ring No earrings (if you normally wear one, take it out)
  • 45. Interview Tips for Women
    Always wear a suit with a jacket; no dresses No high heels
    Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)
    No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead
    Nail polish (not required), use clear or a conservative color
    Minimal makeup (it should not be too noticeable)
    No more than one ring on each hand
    One set of earrings only
  • 46. Tips for Men AND Women
    I’m here for the three o’clock interview.
    No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.)
    Wear a watch
    Light briefcase or portfolio case
    a pen that writes-more than one is best
    Names & addresses of references
    a notebook or pocket calendar
    Do NOT keep hands in pockets while waiting
    Turn off cell phone or put on silence
  • 47. Be Prepared to Answer Such Questions As...
    Tell me about yourself?
    Tell me about your background, accomplishments?
    What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
    How would you describe your most recent job performance?
    What interests you about our company?
    How do you stay professionally current?
    What outside activities are most significant to your personal development?
  • 48. And, be prepared to ASK questions, such as...
    What would I be expected to accomplish in this position?
    What are the greatest challenges in this position?
    How do you think I fit the position?
    Remember a lack of questions may be mistaken as a lack of interest.
  • 49. Top 10 WORST Interview Mistakes 2007
    Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation.
    Candidate told the interviewer he wouldn't be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died -- and his uncle wasn't "looking too good."
    Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.
    Candidate smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.
    Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was "classified."
  • 50. Top 10 WORST Interview Mistakes 2007
    Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss.
    When applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn't want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.
    A candidate for an accounting position said she was a "people person" not a "numbers person."
    Candidate flushed the toilet while talking to interviewer during phone interview.
    Candidate took out a hair brush and brushed her hair.