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  1. 1. Career Development Center Nancy Stubblefield, Career Coordinator Bragg Mass Communication, Room 130 New CDC Mission The mission of the Career Development Center is to prepare and engage students in a comprehensive career development process with a focus on lifelong learning. This is accomplished by providing innovative resources and integrated technology, which will assist students to effectively transition from an academic setting into their career field.
  2. 2. Registration with LJS <ul><li>Open an account at: </li></ul><ul><li>Click on red “register now” under LJS logo. </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out the form. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the Use Statement. </li></ul><ul><li>After submitting, the CDC will confirm your academic information and send an email with your username and password. </li></ul><ul><li>Please allow 1-2 business days for this to occur! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tools for Success
  4. 4. Walk-In Hours I work on Wednesday’s from 10 a.m. – Noon No need for an appointment, just drop by KUC 328! Tuesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Thursday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  5. 5. Six Steps to Career Success
  6. 6. 1. Assessing <ul><li>What are my strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>What do I like to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Why am I in this major? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my work interests? </li></ul><ul><li>What is my personality? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my skills? </li></ul>If you don’t know what you’re selling, you can’t expect anyone to buy it! Check out the sample portfolio on Focus 2
  7. 7. 2. Exploring <ul><li>Researching job industries </li></ul><ul><li>Researching job functions </li></ul><ul><li>Majors Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Focus II </li></ul>CDC Internet Resources What can I do with my skills, ability, interests, and major? (If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?)
  8. 8. 3. Building <ul><ul><li>Perfect Interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CDC Resume Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JobChoices Magazine (free copy available in CDC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critique of resumes & cover letters by staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CDC Internet resources list – for detailed list of resources </li></ul></ul>Building your job-search skills – writing resumes /cover letters and interviewing effectively. It is not the best candidate that gets the internship or job, but the best prepared! <ul><li>Career TV selections : </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for Keeping Resume Out of the Trash (1:37) </li></ul><ul><li>Cover Letters-Right Way/Wrong Way (1:44) </li></ul><ul><li>Employer Voice Mail (1:09) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resumes that REACH <ul><li>R eadable </li></ul><ul><li>E mphasize strengths </li></ul><ul><li>A pplicable experience </li></ul><ul><li>C onsistent </li></ul><ul><li>H ire me! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Objective <ul><li>One or two sentences about the kind of job you want and what you can contribute to the company in return </li></ul><ul><li>Get the reader’s attention quickly </li></ul><ul><li>BAD OBJECTIVE : </li></ul><ul><li>“ Desire a position where skills are utilized.” </li></ul><ul><li>How could this objective be improved? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Be specific! </li></ul><ul><li>GOOD OBJECTIVES: </li></ul><ul><li>Recording Industry candidate with Spanish minor and customer service experience seeks career in record promotions. </li></ul><ul><li>Public Relations candidate with experience in event planning, advertising and sales seeks internship with a non-profit agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Media degreed candidate with experience in television writing, editing and production seeks career in news industry. An ideal candidate for position as a Production Assistant. </li></ul>Objectives
  12. 12. Key Word Searches <ul><li>Create a five star resume! </li></ul><ul><li>List relevant skills and key words </li></ul><ul><li>Coursework/Professional Training </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditations and Licenses </li></ul>
  13. 13. Subjective Skills/Hard Skills <ul><li>Friendly and helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Team Player </li></ul><ul><li>Hard Worker </li></ul><ul><li>Dependable </li></ul><ul><li>People Person </li></ul>
  14. 14. Resumes….Creating Depth <ul><li>Begin bullet with action word </li></ul><ul><li>Start each bullet with a different action word to show creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Go the distance……think of situations which show an action and result </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Developed a promotional fund raising campaign which resulted in pledges of over 30K </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted new menu items to customers to improve sales and meet weekly goals </li></ul>
  15. 15. References <ul><li>References available upon request </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio available upon request </li></ul><ul><li>References and portfolio available at </li></ul><ul><li>Create new page with matching header </li></ul><ul><li>Include three to five contacts and their title, organization, address, phone number, and email </li></ul><ul><li>Check with your contacts before using them </li></ul>
  16. 16. Cover Letter <ul><li>a.k.a. application letter, prospecting letter, networking letter, letter of inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Copy your resume header to compliment </li></ul><ul><li>Use proper business letter formatting </li></ul><ul><li>Like an objective, the cover letter should be specific to the position - if known </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional format letter - job openings where you know the contact and are familiar with the company </li></ul><ul><li>Cold lead format – sent to companies in hope of job opportunity </li></ul>
  17. 17. Portfolio – Electronic or Paper? <ul><li>Showcase work, but don’t show too much of one type </li></ul><ul><li>Cover letter/Bio about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic experience </li></ul><ul><li>Demos of recordings </li></ul><ul><li>Jump drives, CD’s or hard copies </li></ul><ul><li>Refer to website using personal web page – be careful not to include address and personal information </li></ul>
  18. 18. Handling Illegal Questions <ul><li>What is legal and illegal? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How old are you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you over the age of 18? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you ever been convicted of a crime? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you ever been arrested? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you willing to travel occasionally or relocate if necessary? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you plan to have a family? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much do you weigh? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you able to lift 50 lbs. and carry 100 yards? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List any professional organizations or trade groups which you consider relevant in your ability to perform this job. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What clubs/social organizations do you belong to? </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Answering Illegal Questions <ul><li>Three Options </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Answer it legally </li></ul><ul><li>Refuse to answer </li></ul>
  20. 20. Interviews <ul><li>Traditional Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to test knowledge, skills, accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Situational Questions </li></ul><ul><li>You are given a hypothetical situation and asked how you would respond </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on actual instances from your past experiences </li></ul>
  21. 21. How Should I Respond? <ul><li>S ituation </li></ul><ul><li>T ask </li></ul><ul><li>A ction </li></ul><ul><li>R esult </li></ul>Interview Answer Structuring Employers are looking for these skills in your answers M aturity M ental Ability M otivation
  22. 22. 4. Experimenting <ul><li>After developing or building job search skills, it is important to get practical information and experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Lightning JobSource </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative Education Program </li></ul><ul><li>University Internship Program </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Internship Programs </li></ul><ul><li>EXL Program </li></ul><ul><li>Service Learning Program </li></ul><ul><li>Student Employment Program </li></ul><ul><li>Career Fairs – Internship, Summer Jobs, Fall, Spring, etc. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Networking - Online <ul><li>Alumni Informational Interviews – </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor Module will soon be active </li></ul><ul><li>MTSU Alumni Events – Join Linked In and Alumni Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Both have RI Specific Groups </li></ul>YOU Parents Friends Boss Coach Professor Neighbor
  24. 24. I’m sure Mom’s proud. . . Social Networking video on CTV (1:47)
  25. 25. Eight Recording Industry Student Organizations <ul><li>Recording Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Arms/Grammy U </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Engineering Society </li></ul><ul><li>The Digital Millennium Copyright Society </li></ul><ul><li>The Nashville Songwriters Association International </li></ul><ul><li>Omega Delta Psi </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Music Student Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Society for Electronic Music </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Music Society (?) </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of involvement: </li></ul><ul><li>Development of leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting new people with similar interests </li></ul><ul><li>Eases the transition into college </li></ul><ul><li>Employers look for extracurricular activities </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthens professional and interpersonal skills </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>GET INVOLVED!
  26. 26. Internship Real World <ul><li>Scenario #1– Mike is excited about his new internship. His first day of work ends up being very boring. He realizes the company does not have time for him and they really just want him to get coffee and run errands. </li></ul><ul><li>Scenario #2 – Judy has been working about a week at her new internship. Today, her employer has asked her to answer the front office phones. One of the callers asks a question she does not know the answer to. She responds, “I don’t think we do that here.” </li></ul>
  27. 27. 5. Implementing <ul><li>Implementing Your Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search or Graduate/Professional School </li></ul><ul><li>Update your Lightning JobSource account </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize Campus Recruiting Program </li></ul><ul><li>Attend MTSU Fall & Spring Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Watch Networking (see CTV video; 2:44) </li></ul><ul><li>See Faculty & Academic Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Join Professional and Student Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Join MTSU Alumni Association </li></ul>CTV : Job Hunting-Hitting the Streets (:29)
  28. 28. 6. Practicing <ul><li>Life-long Career Management </li></ul><ul><li>How many jobs will the average person have between the ages of 18 and 42? </li></ul><ul><li>Your first job out of college is the first of many experiences you will have. </li></ul><ul><li>In a recent longitudinal study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals held an average of 10.8 jobs from ages 18 to 42, with the majority of the jobs being held before age 27. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Practicing Tip <ul><li>Leave Gracefully </li></ul><ul><li>Give notice – 2 weeks or more </li></ul><ul><li>Leave on good terms </li></ul><ul><li>Offer to assist with transition period </li></ul><ul><li>Build your last employer up! </li></ul>
  30. 30. What is Your U.S. Market? <ul><li>You are in top 28%! </li></ul><ul><li>(72% don’t have a post H.S. Degree) </li></ul><ul><li>Workers 18 and over with a Bachelors degree earn average of $51,206 a year, while those with a high school diploma earn $27,915. </li></ul><ul><li>Workers with an advanced degree make an average of $74,602, and those without a high school diploma average $18,734. </li></ul>* &quot;High school graduate&quot; includes people with the G.E.D. and similar equivalents. Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) .
  31. 31. Negotiating Job Offers <ul><li>Salary Scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>When I completed my application, I noticed there was a blank for previous salary information. I completed with my last three jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>In my interview I was asked if I was willing to relocate? I said no. </li></ul><ul><li>The first question I was asked during my interview was what my salary requirements were. I responded at least $10/hr. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Questions?