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Resumes, Job Applications, and Interviewing


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2018 SLI Urban Teachers's Resumes, Job Applications, and Interviewing workshop

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Resumes, Job Applications, and Interviewing

  1. 1. Resumes, Job Applications, and Interviewing Urban Teachers Presented by: Mr. Cameron Lewis Mid-Atlantic Recruitment and Selections Specialist For The 2018 Bonner Summer Leadership Institute
  2. 2. • Resume Reviews and Tips • Job Searches and Applications • Interviewing Skills Session Topics
  3. 3. Resume Review What makes a bad resume? • Odd fonts or including pictures • Too wordy • Too long • Grammatical Errors • Missing contact information • Lengthy Summary • Lack of details on work experience • Not clearly labeled or sectioned • Informational that is not true or verifiable!
  4. 4. Resume Review
  5. 5. Resume Review: The Bonner Resume
  6. 6. How Might This Person Revise Their Resume?
  7. 7. Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae (CV) Example of a Curriculum Vitae: CVs are typical of professionals who work in academia/higher education. The purpose of a CV is to provide a very thorough, detailed review of an individual’s professional and academic career. A resume’ is intended to provide snapshots of the most important aspects.
  8. 8. Resume Review General Resume Tips • Keep a master resume with all of your work / volunteer / education experience and TAILOR to specific jobs • Spell check, spell check, spell check! • Have multiple people review and give feedback • Be concise but specific in your job duties • What, How, Outcome for each task
  9. 9. Resume Review Common Questions • Can my resume be more than 2 pages? • Should I include “x” volunteer experience? • Do I put my GPA? • Where do I capture athletic experience? • How do I handle gaps in employment? • Where can I put my awards, scholarships etc.? • I’ve moved jobs a lot, how should I handle that? (Multiple positions for same employer) • Should I include my high school job?
  10. 10. Resume Review Questions?
  11. 11. Job Searches and Applications
  12. 12. Job Searches and Applications Applications • Yes, you have to fill in all of the information (and yes we know that’s annoying) • Make sure to include a cover letter when given the option • Explain who you are • What your qualifications are • Why you want this specific job • Make sure everything is accurate, especially contact information Application Tips • Only apply for jobs you actually want BUT apply to a lot of jobs • Keep a spreadsheet of each job you apply to so you can keep track • Write down what you like / dislike about each job you apply to. This will help narrow down what job will be a good fit
  13. 13. Job Searches and Applications Where can you find those jobs to apply to? • best “catch-all” site • best for non-profit specific work • can research the company but also find job postings • LinkedIn-Has a pretty substantial job board. Make sure your profile is up to date as you can also let others know you’re looking! • comprehensive list of state jobs and direct employer postings • with flexible work schedules or telecommuting options • comprehensive additional non-profit jobs • Your University’s career services / job board (Handshake, Symplicity,etc…) • Your University alumni connections • Specific company or organization sites • for jobs in the education sector • specific to Americorps service members
  14. 14. Job Searches and Applications How to Search Well • Use keywords and specific ”buzz” words for jobs you want-Be specific! • Search by skill or experience you’re looking for • Narrow your searches • By location • By salary • By posted date
  15. 15. Job Searches and Applications The Power of Networking • 85% of jobs are filled via networking* • Tap your network via Linkedin, Facebook, clubs, alumni connectors, athletics, etc…Let the world know what you’re looking for! • Join professional societies • Attend networking events • Schedule informational interviews with people who work in jobs or industries that interest you • Be gracious with your network and pass along the help you receive! *
  16. 16. Interviewing
  17. 17. Interviewing Acing an Interview • Show up early (10 minutes) • It’s better to overdress than underdress • Have a good reason why you want THIS job • Be yourself and answer honestly but don’t overshare • Do your research • On the company • On the job • On the person interviewing you (if possible)
  18. 18. Interviewing Insider Tips • Practice makes perfect: do mock interviews and ask others to interview you. The more you do the more comfortable you’ll be! • Take a bottle of water with you to an interview and sip it to keep yourself calm • Send “thank you” cards. • It’s okay to take a few moments to think about an answer. • Watch your posture and non-verbal communication. • No gum chewing or playing with anything in your hands.
  19. 19. Interviewing Virtual Interviews • Treat these the same as regular interviews • Dress professionally • Show up early • Make sure you have good wifi connection (or go where you do) • Watch your background (i.e. liquor bottles are not a good look!) • Find somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed • Download the software ahead of time (i.e. Skype, Zoom, Hirevue) • Do your research and be prepared
  20. 20. Interviewing Practice With a partner, one of you will be the interviewer, the other the interviewee: • Interviewee: Give an overview of who you are, your experience, what kind of job you’re looking for, and what you bring to the table (also known as an elevator pitch) • Answer the following interview questions • Describe a situation in which you didn’t meet a goal, how did you handle it? • Describe a situation in which you took the initiative to change a process or system and made it better. How did you identify the problem? How did you go about instituting change? • Switch partners, repeat, then give feedback Share with the Group: What did you learn or notice?
  21. 21. Stay In Touch Questions? Contact me at: Check out our website: