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Job Preparation

  1. 1. Career Documents and Interviewing
  2. 2. Cover Letter Résumé References Thank You Letter/Note
  3. 3.  Purpose: To sell YOURSELF to the prospective employer and to connect your experience and skills to the prospective job.  Let your personality shine!  Print on résumé-quality paper. (same paper as résumé)
  4. 4.  RESEARCH: Take the time to find out to whom you should address the cover letter to. Make sure spelling, titles, etc. are correct.  Make sure to SIGN IT!  Look for quality examples online.
  5. 5.  DO NOT staple or paper clip it to your résumé. Place it in front of your résumé and put both items in a large envelope (don’t fold documents).  DO NOT make any errors! (spelling, grammar, spacing, etc.)  Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!!!
  6. 6.  Purpose: To secure an interview by interesting a prospective employer in your abilities.  Summary of your experiences – both in college and on the job.  Mold your résumé for different jobs.  Keep it short, efficient, and effective!
  7. 7.  ONE to two pages in length.  Do not staple pages together.  Presentation is vital.  Organized – not cluttered  White space – do not scrunch information  Emphasize by capitalizing, underlining, bolding, italicizing, etc.
  8. 8.  Honesty and Truthfulness  Work Experience (dates, titles, responsibilities)  Education (GPA)  Organizations (level of involvement) “Tell the truth, but make the truth fascinating” ~ David Ogilvy ~  Living document: Keep it up-to-date  Contact info., experience, organizations, etc.
  9. 9.  Contact Information – Keep up-to-date  Name  Address  Email ▪ PROFESSIONAL!!!  Phone Number ▪ Make sure your voicemail is also professional  Summary of Qualifications  Keywords, short descriptions, action verbs, software proficiency ▪ Needs to be relevant to the position your are seeking
  10. 10.  Education  Most recent degrees first ▪ DO NOT include high school  State when you intend to graduate  GPA is optional – If it is good, list it   Work Experience  Most recent first  Consistent lists  Action Verbs ▪ Past job = past tense ▪ Current job = present tense
  11. 11.  Other Sections:  Activities  Honors and Awards  Interests  Internships  Certifications  Organizations  Memberships  Career Objectives  Selected Coursework
  12. 12.  Type at the bottom of your résumé:  “References available upon request.”  3-5 References  References come from three areas:  Professional  Educational  Personal
  13. 13.  Never use a relative or an individual under 21 years of age as a reference.  Use careful judgment on who you ask to be a reference – you don’t want a bad reference.  Ask permission from your references.  Keep them updated and informed  Make sure contact information is CORRECT.  Use business hour contact information
  14. 14. Example: Ms. Angela Wright Instructor of Business Administration Southwest Baptist University 1600 University Avenue Bolivar, Missouri 65613 (417) 274-0063
  15. 15.  Send the day of the interview or the next day.  Two Options:  Handwritten note on appropriate stationary ▪ Must have good penmanship  Typed letter on same paper/format as cover letter  Comment on topics discussed in the interview and thank them for their time and the opportunity. Make sure it is ERROR free!
  16. 16.  Carefully follow the application’s directions.  Fill in the application completely.  Use N/A if it is not applicable  Salary? – write negotiable or provide a range  Write neatly and clearly – Professional.  Try not to use whiteout  Make sure to include what is required:  Résumé (and cover letter) and References
  17. 17.  Send as a PDF file.  Unless stated otherwise  This ensures that the information and/or formatting does not change  ONE page is the best option.  Remember to include a cover letter.  Email document can serve as CL in proper form
  18. 18.  Remember: You get to choose the company; they don’t just choose you!  Your résumé gets you the interview – your interview gets you the job.  It’s NOT all about you – they want to know how you are going to help the organization.  Practice makes perfect. Try to avoid using ums, likes, etc.
  19. 19.  Research the organization, industry, competition, position, and who you are interviewing with.  If you know the requirements of the job, write down how you meet them.  Prepare a one-minute statement that answers, “Tell me about yourself.”
  20. 20.  Develop at least 3 questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview.  Research salary information and know how much you need to cover your expenses.  Identify at least 3 of your strengths and 3 of your weaknesses (interviewers are usually looking for examples).
  21. 21.  Decide what you are going to wear.  Professional, appropriate, and comfortable  Create an Interview “Cheat Sheet”  Personal/Contact Information ▪ DOB, SSN, DLN, Phone #s, E-mail, etc.  Work History  Behavioral Questions  Strengths/Weaknesses  Company Information  Salary Requirements
  22. 22.  Make several copies of your career documents on professional paper and put in portfolio.  Bring two black pens.  Get directions to the place of the interview, and make sure you know exactly where it is.  Go over your interview “cheat sheet” the day before the interview.
  23. 23.  Bring a professional portfolio that can hold your career documents, cheat sheet, etc.  Leave everything in the car except your portfolio and car key (put in pocket)  Remember: Your interview begins the moment you get into your car.  Arrive 10 minutes early and check in with the administrative assistant.
  24. 24.  Handshake – firm, dry, and warm.  Posture – stand and sit correctly, no slouching.  Eye Contact – appear confident, honest, and attentive.  Do Not Fidget – be aware of hand gestures, playing with hair, tapping foot, etc.
  25. 25.  Examples:  “Tell me about a time when you...”  “Give me an example of...”  Use the STAR method:  Situation or Task  Action  Result  Include behavioral questions on your “cheat sheet.”
  26. 26.  Examples:  “If you were a tree what tree would you be?”  “If you could be an animal what would you choose?” ▪ And why???  Don’t panic!  Think of qualities you have that they want and simply place them into a type of tree, animal, or whatever!
  27. 27.  Thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity.  Evaluate how you did, good and bad, and write it down for future reference.  Send a THANK YOU!
  28. 28.  Keep it clean.  If you wouldn’t let your grandma or teacher see it, then it probably shouldn't be posted on the internet.  Employers are looking - and not hiring.
  29. 29. Career Documents and Interviewing