“ Lighting the Path  to Career Success” Keathley University Center, Room 328 TELEPHONE: 898-2500 www.mtsu.edu/~career
Our Staff <ul><li>College of Liberal Arts: </li></ul><ul><li>Lucy Billings-Jones </li></ul><ul><li>KUC 328, 898-2500 </li>...
Our Services <ul><li>Career Direction </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Development </li></ul><ul><li>Special Events/Career Fairs <...
Career Planning – Junior/Senior <ul><li>Attend Career Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain a part-time or summer job to gain wor...
Resumes <ul><li>One page preferable </li></ul><ul><li>Use good quality paper  </li></ul><ul><li>Stay conservative – even o...
Parts of a Resume <ul><li>Name & Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul...
Name and Contact Information <ul><li>Include name, complete address, phone number and email address </li></ul><ul><li>Keep...
Facebook/MySpace <ul><li>Don’t let this be you… </li></ul><ul><li>Or at the very least, don’t take a picture and put it on...
Objective <ul><li>One or two sentences about the kind of job you want and what you  can contribute  to the company in retu...
Objectives <ul><li>Be specific! </li></ul><ul><li>GOOD OBJECTIVES: </li></ul><ul><li>Recording Industry candidate with Spa...
Education <ul><li>Near the top </li></ul><ul><li>Omit high school if you have your degree </li></ul><ul><li>Know your degr...
Subjective Skills/Hard Skills <ul><li>Friendly and Helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Team Player </li></ul><ul><li>Hard Worker </l...
Qualifications or Skills <ul><li>Computer skills – list programs </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wri...
Key Word Searches <ul><li>Think about job position and what skills are needed </li></ul><ul><li>List skills which are rele...
Work Experience <ul><li>List experience with either most recent first or most relevant first (functional vs. chronological...
Work Experience <ul><li>Begin each bullet with an action word </li></ul><ul><li>Start each bullet with a different action ...
Honors and Activities <ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clubs or extracurricular activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
References <ul><li>Include three to five references on a separate page  </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your references before commi...
Leave Gracefully <ul><li>Give notice – 2 weeks or more </li></ul><ul><li>Leave on good terms </li></ul><ul><li>Offer to as...
Cover Letter <ul><li>a.k.a. application letter, prospecting letter, networking letter, letter of inquiry </li></ul><ul><li...
Resume  Referral Service <ul><li>Complete Lightning JobSource Authorization Form Online </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out your pr...
Marketing Yourself – Get Involved  Over 300 MTSU Student Organizations <ul><li>Types of Organizations: </li></ul><ul><li>H...
Interviewing – Before You Go <ul><li>Research the employer </li></ul><ul><li>Discretely find out about the job if you have...
Portfolio Tips <ul><li>Quality not Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of different work </li></ul><ul><li>Pages should be ...
Dress for Success <ul><li>WOMEN </li></ul><ul><li>Professional blouse </li></ul><ul><li>Business suit </li></ul><ul><li>Dr...
Dress for Success <ul><li>MEN </li></ul><ul><li>Professional business suit </li></ul><ul><li>White button down dress shirt...
Types of Interviews <ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have the skills, enthusiasm and work-ethic?  </li></u...
Interview Questions <ul><li>Tell me about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>What are your greatest strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>W...
Handling Illegal Questions <ul><li>What is legal and illegal? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How old are you?  </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Closing the Interview <ul><li>You are selling yourself and with any sales call, you  must  close. </li></ul><ul><li>Let th...
Salary Negotiation <ul><li>Don’t give out a number unless they ask you to on an application </li></ul><ul><li>Speak in ter...
Your Next Step Contact your Coordinator College of Mass Communication Nancy Stubblefield Bragg Room 130 904-8154
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  1. 1. “ Lighting the Path to Career Success” Keathley University Center, Room 328 TELEPHONE: 898-2500 www.mtsu.edu/~career
  2. 2. Our Staff <ul><li>College of Liberal Arts: </li></ul><ul><li>Lucy Billings-Jones </li></ul><ul><li>KUC 328, 898-2500 </li></ul><ul><li>College of Business: </li></ul><ul><li>Katy Francisco Riddle BAS S123, 494-8911 </li></ul><ul><li>College of Education and Behavioral Sciences: </li></ul><ul><li>Lewis Gray </li></ul><ul><li>KUC 328, 898-2500 </li></ul><ul><li>College of Basic and Applied Sciences: </li></ul><ul><li>Nicole Green </li></ul><ul><li>JH 309, 494-8797 </li></ul><ul><li>College of Mass Communication: </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Stubblefield </li></ul><ul><li>Bragg 130, 904-8154 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our Services <ul><li>Career Direction </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Development </li></ul><ul><li>Special Events/Career Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Online Employment Searching </li></ul>
  4. 4. Career Planning – Junior/Senior <ul><li>Attend Career Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain a part-time or summer job to gain work experience, develop skills and explore careers </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in extracurricular activities and organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Develop your resume by keeping good records of activities/projects </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resumes <ul><li>One page preferable </li></ul><ul><li>Use good quality paper </li></ul><ul><li>Stay conservative – even on internet </li></ul><ul><li>DO NOT use templates in Word </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your resume will look like everyone else </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to upload on web or to email </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Parts of a Resume <ul><li>Name & Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications/Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Honors </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
  7. 7. Name and Contact Information <ul><li>Include name, complete address, phone number and email address </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it large </li></ul><ul><li>Put local and permanent address if you will be moving elsewhere after graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate email address </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get a free account from Yahoo or Hotmail </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Put your name on all pages </li></ul>
  8. 8. Facebook/MySpace <ul><li>Don’t let this be you… </li></ul><ul><li>Or at the very least, don’t take a picture and put it online for your future employers to see! </li></ul>
  9. 9. 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>
  10. 10. Objectives <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>Accounting candidate with experience in bookkeeping, budget analysis and sales seeks internship in finance. </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Media degreed candidate with experience in television writing, editing and production seeks career in news industry. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Education <ul><li>Near the top </li></ul><ul><li>Omit high school if you have your degree </li></ul><ul><li>Know your degree, and write it out </li></ul><ul><li>B.S. = Bachelor of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Even if you haven’t graduated yet, put expected graduation date (i.e. May 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Include G.P.A. if it is over 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Add relevant classes if you lack experience in a particular area </li></ul>
  12. 12. 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><ul><li>Do these belong on a resume? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Qualifications or Skills <ul><li>Computer skills – list programs </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing news releases? Writing sports articles? AP Style Writing? Telephone presence? Public speaking? Performing? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language </li></ul><ul><li>Quantify skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, QuarkXPress; familiar with Microsoft Access and Adobe Illustrator </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Key Word Searches <ul><li>Think about job position and what skills are needed </li></ul><ul><li>List skills which are relevant to the job or field you are applying for </li></ul><ul><li>Coursework/Professional Training </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditations and Licenses </li></ul>
  15. 15. Work Experience <ul><li>List experience with either most recent first or most relevant first (functional vs. chronological) </li></ul><ul><li>Put all your experience, even if you think it is trivial (ex: Fast food, customer service) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s all in the words! Which sounds better? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ secretary” or “administrative assistant”? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ put together report” or “complied a report”? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Work Experience <ul><li>Begin each bullet with an 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>
  17. 17. Honors and Activities <ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clubs or extracurricular activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership positions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Honors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dean’s list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be specific with what accomplishments you made </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t have any honors and/or activities, leave out the section </li></ul>
  18. 18. References <ul><li>Include three to five references on a separate page </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your references before committing them to your contact list </li></ul><ul><li>Include the person’s name, title, company, address and phone number </li></ul>
  19. 19. Leave Gracefully <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>
  20. 20. 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>Blind job lead format – newspaper ads which give little detail </li></ul>
  21. 21. Resume Referral Service <ul><li>Complete Lightning JobSource Authorization Form Online </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out your profile </li></ul><ul><li>Upload and publish your resume </li></ul><ul><li>We receive about 200 jobs per month </li></ul><ul><li>We send out about 1800 resumes per month to employers! </li></ul><ul><li>IS YOUR RESUME BEING REFERRED? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Marketing Yourself – Get Involved Over 300 MTSU Student Organizations <ul><li>Types of Organizations: </li></ul><ul><li>Honor Societies </li></ul><ul><li>Fraternities/Sororities </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Organizations (Ad Club,, PRSSA, ARMS, Journalism Club, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Sports Clubs/Teams </li></ul><ul><li>KUC 326, </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>898-5812 </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of involvement </li></ul><ul><li>include: </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, personal, and interpersonal skills </li></ul>
  23. 23. Interviewing – Before You Go <ul><li>Research the employer </li></ul><ul><li>Discretely find out about the job if you have an inside track </li></ul><ul><li>Find out who the key players in the company are and what they do </li></ul><ul><li>Finalize items to bring in portfolio </li></ul>
  24. 24. Portfolio Tips <ul><li>Quality not Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of different work </li></ul><ul><li>Pages should be neat and in order </li></ul><ul><li>Show creativity (especially graphic design) </li></ul><ul><li>Create a web site if you have electronic items to profile </li></ul>
  25. 25. Dress for Success <ul><li>WOMEN </li></ul><ul><li>Professional blouse </li></ul><ul><li>Business suit </li></ul><ul><li>Dress slacks </li></ul><ul><li>Skirt, approx. knee length, with hose </li></ul><ul><li>Dress, approx. knee length, with hose </li></ul><ul><li>Close-toed dress shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative jewelry </li></ul><ul><li>Subtle perfume or none at all </li></ul><ul><li>No body piercings (except ear lobes) and no tattoos in open view </li></ul><ul><li>Trimmed, tidy fingernails </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative hairstyle </li></ul>
  26. 26. Dress for Success <ul><li>MEN </li></ul><ul><li>Professional business suit </li></ul><ul><li>White button down dress shirt (or other muted colors) </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative tie </li></ul><ul><li>Dark slacks </li></ul><ul><li>Black dress shoes/dark shoes </li></ul><ul><li>No facial/ear piercings </li></ul><ul><li>No tattoos in open view </li></ul><ul><li>Trimmed, tidy fingernails </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative hairstyle </li></ul>
  27. 27. Types of Interviews <ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have the skills, enthusiasm and work-ethic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you be a team player and fit into the company? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Behavioral </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Past performance indicates future performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Tell me a specific example about a time you had to handle multiple projects at once” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Situational </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives specific situations you may encounter on the job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Consider a situation where you and a co-worker are jointly working on a project. You divided up work in a manner you both agreed to. However, your co-worker fails to do his or her share of the work. What would you do?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Telephone, Group and Panel </li></ul>
  28. 28. Interview Questions <ul><li>Tell me about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>What are your greatest strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you feel are your weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you see yourself in 5 years? </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior Based: Describe a situation where you had difficulty relating to another person in a group. What was the result? </li></ul>
  29. 29. 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>
  30. 30. Closing the Interview <ul><li>You are selling yourself and with any sales call, you must close. </li></ul><ul><li>Let the employer know that you are the perfect candidate for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Tell them that you hope you conveyed to them that you are the person for the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember names or ask for business cards for thank you letters later </li></ul>
  31. 31. Salary Negotiation <ul><li>Don’t give out a number unless they ask you to on an application </li></ul><ul><li>Speak in terms of salary ranges </li></ul><ul><li>Know the process. What is your value? </li></ul><ul><li>Research the data before the interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NACE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber of Commerce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Your Next Step Contact your Coordinator College of Mass Communication Nancy Stubblefield Bragg Room 130 904-8154

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