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Job search


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Job search

  1. 1. Professional Development Job Search Interviewing
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>State the key steps in conducting a job search </li></ul><ul><li>Identify interview process activities: pre-interview, during the interview, post-interview </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate the proper way to respond in an interview situation </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ Winning is accomplished in the preparation phase, not the execution phase.” </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymous </li></ul>
  4. 4. Job Leads <ul><li>Job leads can be found by any of several means: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Directly from target company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Message boards and job-search sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper advertisements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current employees of target industry/company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Posted job positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your professional network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sending an unsolicited cover letter and resume </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Targeting a Desired Position <ul><li>Carefully review job announcement </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, secure a copy of the job description </li></ul><ul><li>Identify key job skills, and highlight company needs </li></ul><ul><li>Include your key qualifications for the position in both your cover letter and your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Your cover letter and resume must include a daytime telephone number </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that your telephone voice mail and/or message machine is professional </li></ul>
  6. 6. Preparing for the Interview <ul><li>Company Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out with whom you will be interviewing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out how much time is allotted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research the company via company-produced brochures/literature, industry journals or the internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews with current employees and leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice selling your skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure to adapt your speech to relate your skills to each company's specific needs </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Preparing for the Interview <ul><li>Practice day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drive to the interview location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Park car, walk to interview location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not go into the specific office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note nearest public restroom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure your interview attire is clean and professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase thank-you notes </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Preparing for the Interview <ul><li>Your interview portfolio should contain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notepad and pen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copies of pertinent documents </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Day of the Interview <ul><li>Look in the mirror </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure professional appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Practice handshake and introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive no later than15 minutes early </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the restroom and freshen up </li></ul><ul><li>Enter meeting location no later than 5 minutes early </li></ul>
  10. 10. During the Interview <ul><li>Practice good verbal communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak clearly, slowly and with confidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen carefully to the interviewer’s name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen carefully and ensure that you fully comprehend the question before you formulate an answer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your answers should relate back to the job qualifications and/or job duties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The goal is to convey to interviewer how your knowledge, skills, and abilities will assist the company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your answers brief, but complete </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. During the Interview <ul><li>Practice good non-verbal communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stand, smile and extend your hand for a firm handshake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be aware of your own body language, as well as the interviewer’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sit up straight, sit back in chair, and relax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make eye contact, but don’t stare down the interviewer </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Topics to Avoid <ul><li>Avoid making comments referring to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marital status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other area of protected rights </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If asked illegal or discriminatory questions, do not directly answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Instead, redirect the conversation to the job and how your skills pertain </li></ul>
  13. 13. Answering Difficult Questions <ul><li>Questions about negative, work-related experiences can be potentially devastating if not handled properly </li></ul><ul><li>Don't disclose negative experiences unless you are asked, unless your current/former boss has potential to provide a negative reference </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest and factual </li></ul><ul><li>If applicable, tell the interviewer that you have matured and realized that you did not handle the situation appropriately </li></ul><ul><li>Do not speak poorly of current/previous employer </li></ul><ul><li>Do not place blame on who was right or wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that every experience is a learning experience </li></ul>
  14. 14. Closing the Interview <ul><li>At close of interview, you may be asked if you have any questions </li></ul><ul><li>Have a few questions prepared, but avoid looking as if you did not research the company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about current events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about the interview process and when to expect the next step </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do not ask selfish questions regarding salary, benefits, vacations </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for the job by restating your skills and why you feel you are qualified </li></ul>