Vince Ricci Resume Interview Slides 2012

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Every year, Vince provides pro bono resume and interview support to graduates of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program who will return to North America after serving as teachers and cross-cultural advisors to local Japanese municipalities and school systems.

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  • Thanks, Matsumoto-san,Patrica, Celine & ___ who organized a great event. Let’s give them a round of applause.
  • Who am I?Why am I here? 8th year. Over 500 resumes / 750 interview sessionsI am a teacher. Much respect for JET and teachers
  • You are here to create your future.what do you want to be next?who offers that opportunity?
  • How can you build upon the past and present?
  • How do you put It all together into one coherent story?
  • Send 20 resumes for every offer. In this economy, maybe double that!
  • How is a resume like bonsai?
  • Bonsai image
  • 7 stepsList everything during and after college Write an objective to help you focusDelete everything that does not meet your objectiveDivide job details: responsibilities vs. achievements Make every responsibility sound like an achievementProofread Solicit feedback from friends, family, and mentors
  • I recently reviewed worst resume in the world.LongIrrelevantUnimpressive
  • Write an objective to help you focusDelete everything that does not meet your objective
  • I suggest you make a new version of your resume for every new job. Write a new objective each time. Use it to focus your content.
  • Delete everything that does not meet your objectiveDivide job details: responsibilities vs. achievements
  • Where can I find you?What can you do for me?Are you smart and well-balanced?What other skills and interests make you a good fit for my team?
  • Send them an update after you move back home.
  • Divide job details: responsibilities vs. achievements Make every responsibility sound like an achievement
  • What you get paid to doSelected to participate as only non-Japanese English teacher at public senior high school as member of one of Japan’s largest cultural exchange programs (JET), run by 3 Japanese government ministries
  • How you add value; Above and beyond, Exceed expectationsBoosted attendance at international events by over 20%; effectively managed staff to increase community presence of International Affairs Section
  • Make every responsibility sound like an achievementProofread
  • (Quantitative)
  • (Qualitative)
  • Analytical Skills - evaluatedCreative Skills - conceived, designedMediating Skills - mentoredSales Skills - negotiated, resolvedMy personal fave – spearheaded! Try to use that one at least once on your resume.
  • What do you do that no one else does?
  • What do you do that no one else does?
  • Youngest leader ever selected to spearhead team of 10 Regional Advisors serving more than 300 schools across Gifu Prefecture (central Japan, population 2M+)
  • What do you do that no one else does?Revitalized English language program as only non-Japanese member on 6-person team“Sole member…”
  • BestAwards, prizes, special recognition
  • Put before “professional experience” if going back to school or pursuing a job in your undergraduate major fieldA note about GPA – resume is only the best info. When in doubt, leave it out.
  • What Makes You Interesting?3 or 4 detailed bullets to show: Specialized knowledge and skills (certifications, languages)Passion, InitiativeOngoing hobbies, especially surprising ones. Not “read books, watch movies, travel"Community activities
  • Record yourself reading every word at full volume
  • Solicit feedback from friends, family, and mentors
  • Follow 7 StepsEmail to clair.crj@gmail.comDeadline: April 2, 2012Vince helps first 10
  • Interview is all about fit
  • Improve wisdom image
  • NOTE – you tell this story in the opposite order of your resume.
  • Demonstrate growth!Why did you chose each position?How do you make decisions?
  • Here is a JET guy with a famous blog (see mine to find it)
  • First an ALT to learn how to Japanese while teaching English
  • Became a CIR in order to organize Int'l Ed resources in local communityhelp local gov't and school system make global outreach effortsContinuedBuilding Japanese skills
  • Became a translator in Tokyo working on famous games like metal gear solidStarted a popular Japanese blog how to japoneseWent back to new Orleans to earn Mfa in creative writing at UNO
  • First an ALT to learn how to teach and organize Int'l Ed resources in local communityBecame a CIR in order to help local gov't and school system make global outreach effortsBuilt Japanese skillsBecame a translator in Tokyo working on famous games like metal gear solidStarted a popular Japanese blog how to japoneseWent back to new Orleans to earn Mfa in creative writing at UNO
  • Tell stories from school, previous jobs, and volunteer positions that speak to your commitment, your ability to solve problems, your ability to deal with difficult customer situations, and your ability to get a job done
  • Value statement, beginning, middle, and end.
  • Show, don’t tellConfirm if they want a specific example or a broad description
  • Read slide
  • HINT – put the result first!Students entered speech contests and gave me the highest evaluation scores
  • Always prepare 3-5 questions to ask.Do not ask questions that are clearly answered elsewhere (on website, or in brochure) Never ask about salary and benefits issues until those subjects are raised by the employer.The best questions are open ended AND add value to your candidacy. Message – I know about this company and want to learn more about how to do more with this opportunity
  • The best questions are short and to-the-point.Ask open-ended questions to get the most thoughtful responses and hopefully start a conversation. (An open-ended question cannot be answered with a "yes" or "no.") OTHER EXAMPLES.What are this company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit in?
  • After Your InterviewDebrief with someone -what didn’t you say that needs to be said?Position yourself on top -best accomplished by a focused thank you letterMaster the art of persistence - but do not annoy them
  • (Try to finish all slides within 40 mins to allow more Q&A)
  • Vince Ricci Resume Interview Slides 2012

    1. 1. Vince Ricci Resumes & InterviewsCLAIR CRJ Conference March 5, 2012
    2. 2. Vince RicciCounselor and Coach since 2002 Think • Created 500+ resumes • Conducted 750+ interview sessions • Adjunct Professor, University of Tokyo Create Present
    3. 3. The Resume
    4. 4. Resume = Bonsai
    5. 5. 7 Steps
    6. 6. Step One① List everything you have done during and after college
    7. 7. Step Two② Write an objective to help you focus
    8. 8. OBJECTIVEExperienced international educatorseeks project management positionat leading global university
    9. 9. Step Three③ Delete everything that does not help you realize your objective
    10. 10. Four Sections1. Contact Info2. Professional3. Education4. Additional
    11. 11. contact infoKeep it simple
    12. 12. professional section
    13. 13. Step Four④ Divide job details into responsibilities and achievements
    14. 14. ResponsibilitiesSelected to participateas only non-Japanese English teacherat public senior high schoolas member of one of Japan’s largestcultural exchange programs (JET),run by 3 Japanese government ministries
    15. 15. AchievementsBoosted attendanceat international events by over 20%;effectively managed staff toincrease community presenceof International Affairs Section
    16. 16. Step Five⑤ Make every responsibility sound like an achievement
    17. 17. Demonstrate ResultsTired Hired Helped  Coached 1st place student students in Osaka improve Prefecture’s High School their skills English Speech Contest
    18. 18. Show ImpactNo detail More detail Encouraged  Initiated 80- cross-cultural student penpal communication exchange with other program with countries school in Mexico
    19. 19. Use Action VerbsSKILL VERBAnalytical evaluatedCreative conceived, designedManaging mentored, facilitatedSales negotiated, resolved
    20. 20. Add Qualifiers First Youngest Only Best
    21. 21. First Created knowledge sharing system
    22. 22. Youngest Youngest leader ever selected to spearhead team of 10 Regional Advisors serving more than 300 schools across Gifu Prefecture (central Japan, population 2M+)
    23. 23. Only Revitalized English language program as only non-Japanese member on 6-person team
    24. 24. Best Awards, prizes, special recognition
    25. 25. education section
    26. 26. additional section
    27. 27. Step Six⑥ Proofread Record yourself reading every word at full volume
    28. 28. Step Seven⑦ Solicit feedback from friends, family, and mentors
    29. 29. Vince Feedback① Follow 7 Steps② Email to③ Deadline: April 2, 2012④ Vince helps first 10
    30. 30. The Interview
    31. 31. 5 Tips
    32. 32. Tip One① Interpret your résumé
    33. 33. “Walk Me Through Your resume.”
    34. 34. What you chose Why? 1st position Skill 1 2nd position Skill 2Current position Synthesis
    35. 35. What you chose What you learned 1st position Skill 1 2nd position Skill 2Current position Synthesis
    36. 36. Chose LearnedALT Japanese
    37. 37. Chose Learned CIR Organizing
    38. 38. Chose LearnedTranslator Lead teams
    39. 39. Chose Learned ALT Japanese CIR OrganizingTranslator Lead teams
    40. 40. 2 nd Now1 st
    41. 41. Tip Two② Tell stories that demonstrate  commitment  problem solving ability  relationship building  drive & results
    42. 42. Structure your stories“I am …” Problem Action Results“I love…”
    43. 43. “I am …” Problem Action Results“I love…” I am someone who loves to make the most of what I am given. I love to innovate.
    44. 44. “I am …” Problem Action Results“I love…” Students were not motivated to learn English
    45. 45. “I am …” Problem Action Results“I love…” Implemented outdoor language-lab
    46. 46. “I am …” Problem Action Results“I love…” Students entered speech contests and gave me the highest evaluation scores
    47. 47. Tip Three③ Ask questions, especially when interviewers ask if you have any questions
    48. 48. Ask Open-ended Questions Closed-ended: "Are first-year staff able to make important decisions?” vs. Open-ended: "In what ways can new hires get involved in decision- making?”
    49. 49. Tips Four & Five④ Show gratitude⑤ Follow through
    50. 50. Resources Blog → JETResumes.blogspot.com Videos → bit.ly/Vids_4JETs Links → bit.ly/4JETs Updates → VincePrep.com

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