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Career Choices

  1. 1. Broadening Your Perspective
  2. 2. Evaluate Yourself•What Skills do I have?•What Education do I have?•Do I have a Degree?•Do I need a Degree?•Am I new to the Job market?•What is my work history?•What do I like to do?•What is a good fit for me?•What Careers are in Demand?•Am I willing to change careers?•What are Related occupationswithin my career field?•Am I willing to relocate?
  3. 3. Choices… How To Make Them…Career Research # 1 Tool Career Exploration Websites http://www.onetonline.org/  http://www.onetonline.org/  Abilities  http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/  Interests find/bright  Knowledge  http://www.jobfit.com  Skills  http://www.michigan.gov/careers  Work Activities  https://www.michworks.org/  Work Context  http://www.careerdirectonline.org/  Work Values  http://www.mitalent.org  Skill Search  Tools & Technology  In Demand Jobs
  4. 4. www.Michigan.Gov - Career Resources•Michigan Labor Market Information - Your one-stop source for reliable information on recent employment trends,wages, detailed industries, and jobs in demand. It also is a great source of economic information on Michigan regionsand counties.•Michigan Jobs & Career Portal - A bridge to state and national employment, career, education and training resourcesfor all ages.•Career, Education & Workforce Programs - Features comprehensive information for helping workers gainreemployment.•Michigan Talent Bank - Michigans labor exchange site lists thousands of rèsumès and employment opportunities.•Health Careers in Michigan - Provides comprehensive information about careers in the healthcare field, the skills andeducation needed to pursue various careers, licensing requirements and employment information.•Grab College Prep! - A booklet designed to help high school students and their family successfully prepare for college,both academically and financially.•HigherEdJobs.com - An employment web site that concentrates on open positions in higher education to help jobseekers and job posters in higher education find each other.•Paying for College in Michigan - Michigan Department of Treasury, Student Financial Services Bureaus Web sitecontains information on Michigan scholarships and grants, federal student loans, Michigan Education Trust and MichiganEducation Savings Programs. The site is designed to assist citizens to pursue postsecondary education in Michigan•Career Voyages - Provides vital information on high growth, in-demand occupations along with the skills and educationneeded to attain those jobs. Useful for students, career changers, parents, and career advisers.•BLS Career Information for Kids - Career guidance information written for secondary school-age children.•BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook - The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source ofcareer information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training andeducation needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.•Americas Career InfoNet - Find wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor marketconditions, millions of employer contacts nationwide, and the most extensive career resource library online.•O*NET Online - A Web application for job seekers, employment professionals, and others interested in exploringoccupations through O*NET, the Occupational Information Network.
  5. 5. Build your future with O*NET OnLine. Search "Bright Outlook" occupations in OnLine. Welcome to your tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more! Start the career youve dreamedBrowse groups of similar Focus on occupations Connect to a wealth of about, or find one you never imagined.occupations to explore careers. that use a specific tool or O*NET data. Enter a code orChoose from industry, field of software. Explore title from anotherwork, science area, and more. occupations that need classification to find the your skills. related O*NET-SOC occupation. O*NET OnLine is created for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, by the National Center for O*NET Development.
  6. 6. Occupation Quick Search: Help Find Occupations Advanced Search Crosswalks O*NET Sites Share Quick Search for: Manager Occupations matching "Manager" The search results are listed in a rank order that is calculated on the relevance of the occupational title, alternate titles, description, tasks, and detailed work activities associated with the keyword you entered. Select the Relevance Score to view the specific items matched by your search within the occupation. Occupations 1-20 of 773 shown. Show all occupationsRelevance Score Code Occupation100 --------------- 11-1021.00 General and Operations Managers Bright Outlook Green98 --------------- 11-3051.00 Industrial Production Managers96 --------------- 41-1011.00 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers91 --------------- 11-9141.00 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers87 --------------- 11-9111.00 Medical and Health Services Managers85 --------------- 19-1031.02 Range Managers83 --------------- 11-3071.03 Logistics Managers82 --------------- 11-3011.00 Administrative Services Managers82 --------------- 11-9021.00 Construction Managers82 --------------- 11-3061.00 Purchasing Managers81 --------------- 15-2041.02 Clinical Data Managers80 --------------- 11-3111.00 Compensation and Benefits Managers79 --------------- 11-9199.10 Wind Energy Project Managers
  7. 7. Occupation Quick Search: Help Find Occupations Advanced Search Crosswalks O*NET Sites Share Updated 2011 Summary Report for: 11-1021.00 - General and Operations Managers Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services. Sample of reported job titles: Operations Manager, General Manager (GM), Director of Operations, Plant Manager, Store Manager, Facilities Manager, Plant Superintendent, Vice President of Operations, Warehouse Manager, Chief Operating Officer (COO) View report: Summary Details Custom Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Wages & Employment | Additional Information Tasks•Oversee activities directly related to making products or providing services.•Direct and coordinate activities of businesses or departments concerned with the production, pricing, sales, or distribution of products.•Review financial statements, sales and activity reports, and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievement andto determine areas needing cost reduction and program improvement.•Manage staff, preparing work schedules and assigning specific duties.•Direct and coordinate organizations financial and budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, and increase efficiency.•Establish and implement departmental policies, goals, objectives, and procedures, conferring with board members, organizationofficials, and staff members as necessary.•Determine staffing requirements, and interview, hire and train new employees, or oversee those personnel processes.•Plan and direct activities such as sales promotions, coordinating with other department heads as required.•Determine goods and services to be sold, and set prices and credit terms, based on forecasts of customer demand.•Locate, select, and procure merchandise for resale, representing management in purchase negotiations.
  8. 8. Wages & Employment Trends National Median wages (2010) $45.38 hourly, $94,400 annual Employment (2008) 1,733,000 employees Projected growth (2008-2018) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Projected job openings (2008-2018) 502,200 Manufacturing Top industries (2008) Retail Trade State & National Select a State GoSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 wage data and 2008-2018 employment projections. "Projected growth" represents theestimated change in total employment over the projections period (2008-2018). "Projected job openings" represent openings dueto growth and replacement.
  9. 9. MI-CARMIchigan Career Automated ResearcherPreferences for work environments and outcomes A free, career exploration and planning website developed and operated by the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth. MI-CAR is designed especially for Michigan students; parents, job seekers, educators and counselors also benefit from using MI-CAR for career exploration and planning purposes. http://www.mi-car.org
  10. 10. MI-CAR MIchigan Career Automated Researcher Interest ProfilerDiscover what your interests are, and how they relate tothe world of work. The Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of occupations and jobs you might want to explore based on your interests. ( Approximate completion time: 30 minutes)
  11. 11. MI-CAR MIchigan Career Automated ResearcherRealistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that includepractical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, andreal-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations requireworking outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, andrequire an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching forfacts and figuring out problems mentally.Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs andpatterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following aclear set of rules.Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, andteaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carryingout projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions.Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following setprocedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and detailsmore than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  12. 12. MI-CAR - Interest ProfilerExplanation of ValuesThe scores below are a summary of your interests; they represent how much youenjoy each type of activity. The three highest scoring areas form an interest profilethat can be used to explore occupations. These results should be considered a guidefor your career exploration, not a definitive statement of which occupations youshould or should not pursue. The results do not mean that you will be good at aparticular occupation, only whether you might enjoy the type of activitiesrequired by that occupation.ResultsYour top three interest areas in order of importance are:Artistic - 24Social - 21Conventional - 16Your other interest areas in order of importance are:Enterprising - 9Realistic - 6Investigative - 3
  13. 13. MI-Car Occupational ResultsMulti-Media Artists and Animators Job Zone 4 0.78Occupational Therapist Aides Job Zone 2 0.78Vocational Education Teachers, Middle School Job Zone 4 0.77Self-Enrichment Education Teachers Job Zone 3 0.77Talent Directors Job Zone 4 0.77Mental Health Counselors Job Zone 5 0.77Clergy Job Zone 5 0.76Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Job Zone 5 0.76Anthropologists Job Zone 5 0.75Child, Family, and School Social Workers Job Zone 4 0.75Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary Job Zone 5 0.75Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary Job Zone 4 0.75Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Job Zone 5 0.74Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators Job Zone 4 0.74Public Relations Managers Job Zone 4 0.74Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Job Zone 3 0.73Training and Development Managers Job Zone 4 0.72
  14. 14. Are you looking for a career? Think of JobFit™ as your career manager, a set of tools designed to boost your understanding of your strengths, enhance your ability to market yourself effectively and put YOU in charge. Take the JobFit™ survey View your personalized career report Create or upload your resume Search for jobs
  15. 15. Step 1: Register – Enter your Account Information.• REGISTER & CONTINUE TO JOBFIT SURVEY.Step 2: Take the JobFit™ Survey• When you have completed all 6 sections, click the COMPLETE ASSESSMENT.Step 3: Review your Career Compatibility Passport• Select REVIEW CAREER PASSPORT to see your survey results.Step 4: Upload or Create a Resume (Optional but recommended) you maychoose to create a résumé or upload a résumé you have already created.
  16. 16. Strong Job Fit Results in 75% Reduction in Turnover Your JobFit Results There are four sections in your Career Compatibility Report. They are: SECTION 1 - CAREER COMPATIBILITYYour Career Compatibility Report scores have been compared to representative occupations derivedfrom information provided by O*NET. Your list of matched careers includes several brief careerdescriptions to help inform you about the nature of those that may be suitable for you. SECTION 2 - O*NET - WHAT IT IS AND HOW YOU CAN USE IT O*NET is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. You may access it on the Internet at www.onetcenter.org. SECTION 3 - YOUR RESULTS This section provides an overview of your characteristics in each area, as reported by the Career Compatibility Survey.SECTION 4 - SUGGESTIONS FOR GATHERING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CAREERS The basis of good decisions is good information. Your Career Compatibility Report provides unique information relating to you, but you should do additional research to learn more about your career possibilities and opportunities. This section suggests places you can get more information.
  17. 17. Career Compatibility•Your Career Compatibility Passport compares the results of your survey with the requirements for a variety of career fields described by O*NET (Occupational Information Network). • The percentages indicates the degree to which your results match each of the listed occupations. Shown in descending order by percentage match within each group. •You should consider those occupations where you show the highest match because they suggest a good job fit. •Remember, these results reflect suitability only in terms of Thinking Style, Occupational Interests and Behavioral Traits as reported here. • Other important components: educational level, specific skills and experience, should also be taken into account in examining career options. •Your results have been grouped into two categories. Group One indicates those occupations typically requiring education beyond high school; Group Two indicates those occupations not typically requiring education beyond the high school level. Research each occupation online.onetcenter.org,
  18. 18. O*NET Job MatchSOC Code Group One Occupational Title Percentage21-1021.00 Social Worker 94%25-2021.00 Elementary School Teacher 92%21-1023.00 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Worker 92%25-2031.00 Teacher, Secondary 92%13-2052.00 Financial Planner 91%21-1014.00 Mental Health Counselor 91%21-1015.00 Rehabilitation Counselor 90%25-9041.00 Teacher Assistant 90%27-3011.00 Radio & Television Announcers89%13-2072.00 Senior Bank Loan Officer 89%11-1011.01 Public Administrator 88%25-1194.00 Vocational Education Teacher 88%27-3041.00 Book Editor 87%21-1093.00 Case Worker 87%27-3043.02 Creative Writer 87%11-3040.00 Human Resource Manager 87%23-1011.00 Lawyer, Corporate/Business87%11-9141.00 Property Manager 87%27-3031.00 Public Relations Specialist 87%21-1012.00 Employment Counselor 86%27-3043.00 Writer/Author 86%43-1011.00 Business Manager 85%21-2021.00 Church Administrator 85%11-3021.00 Systems Administrator 85%17-1011.00 Architect 84%
  19. 19. O*NET Job MatchSOC Code Group Two Occupational Title Percentage43-1011.01 Help Desk Manager 91%43-6011.00 Administrative Assistant 89%43-4051.00 Client/Customer Service Representative 88%43-6011.00 Executive Secretary 88%43-9011.00 Computer Operator 87%41-2031.00 Inside Sales 87%13-1031.01 Claims Adjuster 86%43-6014.00 Financial Secretary 86%43-6012.00 Legal Secretary 86%43-6014.00 Secretary 86%47-2031.01 Carpenter, Finish 85%43-5033.00 Postal Service Processing Machine Operator 85%43-3031.00 Accounts Payable Clerk 84%43-3031.00 Accounts Receivable Clerk 84%15-1021.00 Computer Programmer 84%13-1121.00 Conference Coordinator 84%13-1071.00 Employment, Recruitment & Placement Specialist 84%43-6013.00 Medical Secretary 84%41-3041.00 Travel Agent 84%13-1031.01 Claims Process Analyst 83%43-4081.00 Hotel Desk Clerk 83%43-4171.00 Receptionist 83%
  20. 20. Michigan Career PathwaysCareer Pathways are broad groupings of careers that share similarcharacteristics and whose employment requirements call for many common interests, strengths and competencies.
  21. 21. Arts and Communications Careers in this path are related to thehumanities and performing, visual, literary, and media arts. Theseinclude architecture; graphic, interior, and fashion design; writing;film; fine arts; journalism; languages; media; advertising; and publicrelations.Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology Careersin this path are related to the business environment. Theseinclude entrepreneur, sales, marketing, computer/informationsystems, finance, accounting, personnel, economics, andmanagement.Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial TechnologyCareers in this path are related to technologies necessary todesign, develop, install, and maintain physical systems. Theseinclude engineering, manufacturing, construction, service, andrelated technologies.
  22. 22. Health Services Careers in this path are related to thepromotion of health and treatment of disease. These includeresearch, prevention, treatment, and related healthtechnologiesHuman Services Careers in this path are related toeconomic, political, and social systems. These includeeducation, government, law and law enforcement, leisure andrecreation, military, religion, child care, social services, andpersonal services.Natural Resources and Agriscience Careers in this pathare related to agriculture, the environment, and naturalresources. These include agricultural sciences, earthsciences, environmentalsciences, fisheries, forestry, horticulture, and wildlife.
  23. 23. The delivery and analysis of labor force, employment, unemployment, wage, supplyand demand, occupational, industrial, economic and demographic data for theanalysis of manpower problems for a specifically defined area. http://www.onetonline.org/
  24. 24. Careers with aBright OutlookNew job opportunities are likely in the future. Careers on this page:• will grow rapidly in the next few years,• will have large numbers of openings, or• are new and emerging careers.
  25. 25. Top Job Search Websites
  26. 26. Worlds Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn www.linkedin.com
  27. 27. What is Related Occupations? Occupation Related Occupations Career/Technical Education  Health Educators Teachers, Secondary School  Graduate Teaching Assistants Sample of reported job  Vocational Education titles: Teacher, Family and Teachers, Postsecondary Consumer Sciences Teacher (FACS Teacher), Instructor, Technology  Elementary School Education Teacher, Business Teachers, Except Special Education Teacher, Cosmetology Education Teacher, Agricultural Education  Instructional Coordinators Teacher, Allied Health Teacher, Marketing Education  Teacher Assistants Teacher, Welding Instructor
  28. 28. The resume is:• A brief concise document that summarizes yourbackground.• Is tailored to the purpose for which it is being used.• Can open the door to an interview, but is just the start inan internship or job search .• Also be used in applying for graduate or professionalschool, scholarships, and other purposes.
  29. 29. What Makes an Employer Prefer Your Resume?People have a tendency to write resume objectives from a “what’s in it for me”perspective, which is quite the opposite of what one should do.I see objectives like these every day:•I am seeking a job where I can use my skills that I learned in school to become better skilled.•To obtain a job where I can learn more about my chosen field.•To get a job where I can move up to a better position after learning everything I can.Do you see anything wrong with these objectives? They are definitely focused on “what’s in it”for the job applicant. Employers want to hire people who can benefit them and theircompanies, not the other way around.Here is the cardinal, unbreakable rule of resume writing: The word “I” does not belong anywhere onyour resume. If it is there, take it out. Now. That alone isn’t enough to change the tone of yourresume, but it’s a great start.Now about that objective… try something like this:•To obtain an entry-level position in an office environment that requires strongcomputer, bookkeeping, and organizational skills.•Seeking an entry-level position in the computer technical support field with a stable and growingorganization.•To obtain a management position that requires experience in retail operations, customer service, andstrong organizational skills.Remember, if you want to sell yourself to employers, write about “what’s in it for them!”
  30. 30. Content and sections of your resumeSequence | Heading | ObjectiveEducation | degree/major | option, concentration, minor| institution |study abroad | optional items | coursework | class projects | publications |things not to includeExperience | related experience | other experienceActivities | Honors | LeadershipSkillsCertifications / LicensureSecurity clearanceWork authorizationAvailabilityReferencesInterests | other items
  31. 31. Most frequent resume mistakes Please, be original. Dont make these common mistakes.Mistake: Inaccurate name for your own university (Hello!) Common ERRORS: MI Statue University Michigan University Spellcheck wont help you if you enter "statue" instead of "state."Correct: Full name: Michigan State University Official shortened name: MSU You can use the full name followed by the shorter name in parentheses.
  32. 32. Most Frequent Resume MistakesMistake: Typos You have one chance to make a first impression. In many cases, your resume, or your resume plus a cover letter, are the only things an employer has to base an impression of you. The resume is a critical document for presenting yourself. The view is that if you would make a mistake on your resume, youll probably make a lot more mistakes on the job. Relying on spellcheck alone will get you into trouble. Common errors include misuse of there, their, and theyre; state and statue; perspective and prospective; manager and manger, and the like.
  33. 33. Most Frequent Resume MistakesMistake: Using really small fonts.Mistake: Resume with a few lines spilling onto a second page.Mistake: Very wide margins with content squeezed in the middle;document falling onto a second page.Mistake: Very crowded content with no blank lines between any sectionsor entries.Mistake: Long wordy descriptions in your objective and elsewhere.Mistake: Looking at one sample or example and copying it, withoutexploring options that best match your career goals and background.Mistake: Using too complicated a format; getting too creative.
  34. 34. Most Frequent Resume Mistakes…Mistake: Giving a lot of detail where not necessary.Lacking detail where it would be helpful.Examples: Long description of your work in non-career-related experience such asexplaining how you ran the cash register in a retail job.Long description of one-day volunteer service with limited responsibility.Lack of description of a student leadership or committee rolewhere you devoted considerable time and effort and developed skills.Fix: DO list the retail job. Employers like people with work experience and workethic (who are not too precious to do non-glamorous jobs!) Just dont explain theobvious. We know you folded shirts if you worked at the Gap. Tell if you got a salesaward or trained other employees or were promoted to manager.Fix: DO list the one-day volunteer work. Just dont mislead anyone that it was morethan it was.Fix: DO give more detail on leadership, volunteer work and projects that took a lot ofyour time and effort and represent responsibility on your part. Those are sources ofgreat transferrable skills, and they distinguish you from other students.
  35. 35. Write an effective cover letter to capture the employers interestMust be specific to that employer not a generic “To Whom It May Concern” letter. Elements of a quality cover letter: 1. Sent to a specific person 2. Response to a specific need that based on research 3. Informs the employer about how you can help 4. Invites the employer to contact you 5. Suggests to the employer that you would like a follow – up.
  36. 36. Online Via the InternetNewspapersIn-PersonSocial NetworksReferrals
  37. 37. Interviewing•Preparation•The Interview•Follow Up• The Importance ofa Thank You!
  38. 38. Last-Minute Interview PreparationConduct Basic Interview Research prior to the interview.Learn About The Company Online.Think of Some Stories - Be Prepared to Answer.Pick Your Outfit out and Go To Bed Early.Taking into account the time of your interview and traffic, goearly to find parking and make sure that you have money forparking meters.Be early. If the interviewers are ahead of schedule, theyllappreciate the opportunity to get an early start.
  39. 39. Make a Great First ImpressionWhats an interview about? It sure feels like its about you, but its really not.An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and futureemployer succeed. Its about finding out what their requirements and hopes areand matching up your background and experience with what they need.Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is all too easy. Theres so muchelse going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget tolook at the interview from the interviewers point of view. And thats ashame, because, after all, you need the interviewer to walk away from theinterview thoroughly impressed.
  40. 40. Following an interview, promptly (within 2 business days) write theinterviewer a letter expressing appreciation and thanks for the interview.The purpose of this letter is to:1. Show appreciation for the employers interest in you.2. Reiterate your interest in the position and in the organization.3. Review or remind the employer about your qualifications for the position. If you thought of something you forgot to mention in the interview, mention it in your follow-up / thank-you letter.4. Demonstrate that you have good manners and know to write a thank- you letter.5. Follow up with any information the employer may have asked you to provide after the interview.
  41. 41. Follow UP Letter: Hard copy, handwritten or e-mail?Thank-you letters can be hard copy typed, handwritten or e-mailed.Hard copy not-handwritten are most formal and are appropriate after aninterview.Handwritten are more personal, and can be appropriate for brief notes to avariety of individuals you may have met during an on-site interview.E-mail is appropriate, particularly as a supplement (i.e. do both e-mail andhard copy) when that has been your means of contact with the person you want tothank, or if your contact has expressed a preference for e-mail, or you know yourcontact is travelling and will not have access to hard copy mail in a timely fashion.
  42. 42. 400C Hunter Ridge Blacksburg, VA 24060 (540) 555-1111 boles@vt.edu October 26, 2010 Ms. Glenna Wright Human Resources Manager Fashion Department Store 2000 Line Drive Fairfax, VA 22030Sample: Dear Ms. Wright: Thank you so much for your time and the privilege of having an interview with youFollow Up yesterday, October 25, during your recruiting visit to Virginia Tech. The management trainee program you outlined sounds both challenging and rewarding and I look forward toThank You your decision concerning an on-site visit. As mentioned during the interview, I will be graduating in December with a B.S. in FashionLetter #1 Merchandising. Through my education and experience I’ve gained many skills, as well as an understanding of retailing concepts and dealing with the general public. I have worked seven years in the retail industry in various positions from sales associate to assistant department manager. I think my education and work experience would complement Fashion’s management trainee program. I have enclosed a copy of my college transcript and a list of references that you requested. Thank you again for the opportunity to be considered by Fashion Department Store. The interview served to reinforce my strong interest in becoming a part of your management team. I can be reached at (540) 555-1111 or by e-mail at boles@vt.edu should you need additional information. Sincerely, Marianne Boles Enclosures
  43. 43. 170 Roanoke Street Blacksburg, VA 24060 (540) 555-6241 JRichardson@vt.edu March 3, 2011 Ms. Patricia SmithSample: Personnel ManagerFollow Up Sheldon E-Solutions 1212 Lark LaneThank You Richmond, VA 23230Letter #2 Dear Ms. Smith: Thank you for the opportunity to visit with you and see your facilities last Wednesday. Both the interview and the tour made for an exciting and complete day. I was so very impressed with your warehousing procedures. Mr. Allen was so thorough in explaining your process to me, and I will be corresponding directly with him to express my appreciation. Incidentally, the process you use is quite similar to one I have been researching through an independent study this term. Perhaps I can share my final report with you and Mr. Allen. The expense report you requested is enclosed. Again, thank you for your hospitality during my time in Richmond and for all your efforts to arrange my visit. Having seen your operation, I am all the more enthused about the career opportunity that Sheldon E-Solutions offers. I look forward to your decision. Sincerely, Jan Richardson Enclosure
  44. 44. What to do if you dont hear from the employerBefore your interview ended, your interviewer should have informed you of theorganizations follow-up procedures — from whom (same person who interviewedyou, someone else), by what means (phone, e-mail, etc.), and when you wouldhear again from the organization. If the interviewer did not tell you, and you did notask, use your follow-up / thank-you letter to ask.If more than a week has passed beyond the date when you were told you wouldhear something from the employer (and barring some major event in the news likea merger or acquisition or other event that would be taking employees attention),call or e-mail to politely inquire about the status of the organizations decision-making process. Someone (or something) or an unexpected circumstance may beholding up the process. A polite inquiry shows that you are still interested in theorganization and may prompt the employer to get on schedule with a response. Inyour inquiry, mention the following: name of the person who interviewed you, timeand place of the interview, position for which you are applying (if known), and askthe status of your application. http://www.career.vt.edu/Interviewing/AfterThanksFollowUp.html#PURPOSE

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