RESUME REVIEW TIPS
• Utilize your education as experience
• Identify your internship experience, i.e. GIS Internship
• You don’t have to include the year of graduation
• Do not identify your immigration status
• Make sure you identify your technical and computer skills
• What else should or should not be included?
What is a job interview?
• A job interview is twofold: It offers the employer valuable
insight into your personality and abilities, and it allows you the
chance to discern whether your credentials and career goals
match up with what the company seeks.
• Sell yourself and what you have to offer.
• Figure out the company culture.
• Demonstrate your communication skills.
What you need to know
• You need to know
what you want.
• The interviewer’s
perception of your
personality is helpful.
• Connect with all of the
Developing “work” your story
• Situation: Detail your background.
Provide a context. Where? When?
• Task: Describe the challenge and
expectations. What needed to be done?
• Action: Elaborate your specific action.
What did you do? How? What tools did
• Result: Explain the results:
accomplishments, recognition, etc. 8
Typical Interview Questions
• Motivation – The best answers to motivation questions are honest and
yet should also connect to the job you are going for; your response
should strongly suggest that you would be highly motivated and suited
to the work.
• Competency - Competency is set of skills and knowledge required to
perform a particular job function successfully.
• Strength based - Employers use this approach to elicit your motivation
and values, because the focus is more on what you like doing.
• Hypothetical - Although you won't know for certain what hypothetical
situation they'll ask you about, it will always be about resolving a work
• Technical - To evaluate your level of knowledge or skill in the topic
areas relevant to the position for which you're being considered. 9
Preparing for the Interview
• Research the company - website
• Determine location of interview- or prepare for a phone
• Prepare your attire - Professional vs. business-casual (know the
• Make sure your resume is ready for further inspection
• Develop a story that show evidence of your most marketable
and relevant skills/competencies
• Know your product (a.k.a YOU)
• Review/dissect the job description – know how your
qualifications can benefit the employer & match them to the job
• Prepare questions to ask the interviewer
• Find out the names and job titles of interviewers (google them
or check out LinkedIn profiles)
During the interview
• Be alert, friendly, and
• You must immediately
(handshake, eye contact,
• Act natural and be
• Be honest
• Use specific examples or
stories to illustrate your
After the interview
• Relax, but learn from the experience-reflect on your
performance and learn from mistakes to apply to next interview
• Send a Thank You note
- E-mail is acceptable
- Written note stands out
• Stay in pursuit – follow up.
Opportunity make a final
▪ Women earn less than their male counterparts
▪ People of color, particularly women, earn less than their White male
and female counterparts.
▪ Why are women and people of color less likely to negotiate their
▪ Why are people less likely to ask for a raise?
▪ Does salary negotiation feel to personal or uncomfortable?
▪ I encourage everyone, particularly young people to negotiate their
▪ City To Offer Free Salary Negotiation Workshops For Women In
▪ America Association of University of Women:
▪ Negotiating your salary shows your employer that you are capable,
confident and comfortable with what you have to offer.
▪ Do your homework by finding the average salary in your
field based on your experience.
▪ Websites can be an amazing resource: Glassdoor.com
▪ Frame the question…..WOULD YOU CONSIDER _____????
▪ WAIT FOR THE ANSWER!!!!!
RISKS OF NEGOTIATING
▪ WILL THE AGENCY WITHDRAW THE JOB
OFFER IF YOU NEGOTIATE?
▪ CAN YOU RECOUP THE FINANCIAL
BENEFIT OF NOT NEGOTIATING YOUR
▪ OTHER REASONS?