How to Communicate Your Gifts to Potential Employers<br />Ute Perkovic<br />Employment Specialist<br />The Works – <br />Job and Career Services<br />TE 1220<br />403.320.3287<br />
What are “GIFTS” ?<br /><ul><li>Gifts are things you give
They refer to the skills, abilities, values, qualities, experiences, talents, education, etc. that you have that an employer needs from you to be able to do the job you are seeking.
They are gifts you give to an employer!</li></li></ul><li>First, identify the gifts needed<br />How?<br />Research the employer (what gifts do they offer?)<br />Research the job ad or the profile of the type of job you are looking for (what gifts do they hope to receive?)<br />Take inventory of your personal facts (your gifts) that match or fit what you found out about the employer and the job<br />
How to do the Research<br />Examine job ads<br />Consult Occupational Profiles (ALIS website) <br />Review Graduate Summaries<br />Contact the company by phone or in person<br />View trade publications<br />Study company websites<br />Pay attention to advertisements<br />Network with others with information<br />Interpret annual reports<br />
What you should look for…<br />Do you want to work for them?<br />What gifts do they offer?<br />What kinds of qualifications are they most interested in?<br />Gifts they are seeking<br />What image should you project? <br />The wrapping!<br />Impress them with what you know<br />Present them with the gift of knowledge!<br />
What you should look for…<br />Note the key skills they require or would be assets (look for verbs)<br />Note personal characteristics or values<br />Note business details<br />Note amount or level of experience<br />If you have questions about the job ad or the type of work you are looking for, call the prospective employer to ask!<br />
Second, gather your personal facts<br />IDENTIFY which of your personal facts are RELEVANT to the job you are applying for or looking to get into:<br /><ul><li>Education/Training details
Provide examples that demonstrate how you have the gifts that you say you have
Use S.T.A.R. stories to illustrate these examples.
Situation, Task, Action, Result</li></li></ul><li>The STAR Method<br />When thinking of examples that demonstrate your gifts, include the following:<br />S ituation What happened? When did it happen? Who were you with?<br />T ask What was the task, problem or opportunity you were presented with?<br />A ctionWhat did you do?<br />R esultWhat was the outcome of your actions? What did you learn?<br />
The gifts of creativity and problem solving…<br />“I was a retail sales clerk at Frontier Outfitters. A shipment of the latest men’s hunting clothes came in and my boss asked me to set up a display to market the clothes. The problem was, we didn’t have any male mannequins to dress and I thought just hanging the clothes in the window was sort of boring,so I came up with a more interesting idea. Since we were an outdoor sporting and recreation goods store, we had a number of taxidermy animals, two of them bears standing on their hind legs. After asking my boss if he was okay with it, I dressed up the two animals. The display was a hit, with customers coming in to comment on the display. We sold a lot of the line that arrived that fall, and had more customers come in than past years. Sales were up by 35%.<br />
THANK YOU!<br />Ute Perkovic<br />Employment Specialist<br />The Works – Job and Career Services<br />Room TE 1220<br />403-320-3287<br />