Job Seekers Workshop


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Job Seekers Workshop

  1. 1. Job Seekers Workshop How to Search for a Job Apply for a Job and What to Do After the Interview
  2. 2. What We’ll Cover <ul><li>How to find job openings </li></ul><ul><li>Writing a cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a resume using Microsoft Word </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing tips </li></ul><ul><li>Etiquette for after the interview </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where are the jobs? <ul><li>Print resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper classifieds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company bulletin boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Houston Job Bank </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your 24/7 Online Job Search Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Searching Online for Dummies </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Searching the Web <ul><li>Local </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Houston Chronicle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JOBS: Houston Employment Magazine and Website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Houston Jobs, A division of Online Job Source, Inc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>National </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Builder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>America's Job Bank </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Government Jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. I Found One…Now What? <ul><li>Read the requirements on the posting thoroughly </li></ul><ul><li>Note what is being asked for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>application, cover letter, resume, curriculum vitae, KSA’s, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Write cover letter and resume </li></ul>
  6. 6. How To Write A Cover Letter <ul><li>Should be brief </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Position applying for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name of company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short description of some unique quality you can bring to the company RELATED TO THE JOB </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When in doubt look at some examples in the following books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover Letters That Knock ‘ Em Dead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>101 Best Cover Letters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to Write Attention-Grabbing Query & Cover Letters </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Resumes <ul><li>Two types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronological </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skill-Based </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Which should I choose? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General guideline: The standard chronological format works well if you're staying in the same field and moving up in your career--especially if your work history shows continuous progression, or if you've worked for prestigious companies. A skill-based (&quot;functional&quot;) resume may work better if you're making a career change--especially to a different field or to a much higher level of responsibility. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>From The Damn Good Resume , </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How Do I Create A Resume? <ul><li>Pre-formatted Resumes - just plug in your information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select Microsoft Word from the pull-down menu after you log in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Once MS Word opens, if you see a box on the screen asking you to type your initials in, just click &quot;ok“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now, click on File, then New </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then click on &quot;Other Documents&quot; in the window that opens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then, choose a template, such as Professional Resume or Contemporary Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace the sample resume information with yours … </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. ….Or <ul><li>Use the Resume Wizard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow Steps 1-4 on the following page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then the Resume Wizard will prompt you for your personal information and formats and displays your resume when done </li></ul></ul><ul><li>… or type your own from scratch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open a Blank Document in Microsoft Word and Begin Typing </li></ul></ul>Don’t Forget A Resume Should Not Exceed 2 Pages
  10. 10. Resources on Resumes <ul><li>Check out the following books for more ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resumes! Resumes! Resumes! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to Write a Winning Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>101 Quick Tips for a Dynamite Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resumes for Mid-Career Job Changes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And check out these web sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10 Minute Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JobStar Central </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> (also includes sample cover letters) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. I Got An Interview… Now What?
  12. 12. Dress Appropriately
  13. 13. Avoid Heavy Scents
  14. 14. Make Eye Contact
  15. 15. Smile
  16. 16. Be Prepared <ul><li>Research the company to know the basics (CEO’s, mission/vision of company) </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up with industry trends </li></ul><ul><li>Bring extra copies of resumes, recommendations, and anything specific you were asked to bring </li></ul>
  17. 17. Relax
  18. 18. Sample Interview Questions <ul><li>Check out these sites for sample questions for interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview Question Database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25 Most Difficult Questions You’ll Be Asked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. After the Interview <ul><li>Follow up with a Thank You </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For tips on writing business thank you notes, check out these books… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Random House Book of Contemporary Business Letters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sincerely Yours: How to Write Great Letters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Business Letters for Dummies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Complete any additional requirements in a timely fashion </li></ul>
  20. 20. Good Luck and Happy Hunting! I Got The Job!