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Employment and job search skills


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Employment and job search skills

  1. 1. Employment and Job Search Skills William Tan
  2. 2. What is a Good Resume? Marketing tool About Job hunter Prioritizes skills the job hunter enjoys using Focuses on future Focuses on achievements
  3. 3. A Positive Accomplishments Statements Improvement performance Increase efficiency Provide better controls Improve working conditions Solve problems Expand customer base Streamline operations Improve reliability Boost sales Reduce costs Reduce time Cut waste
  4. 4. Cover Letters Guidelines  Address someone in authority  Show that you’ve done your homework  Convey your enthusiasm and commitment  Balance warmth and professionalism  Present something unique about you  Be appropriate, yet stand OUT  Be specific about why you’re writing  Take the initiative on the next step  Remain brief and focused
  5. 5. Cover Letter Paragraphs Paragraph 1 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 4 • Why you want to work with them? • Introduction Why you are writing Paragraph 3 • What you offer them? • What happens next? The cover letter is the one opportunity they have to talk to me clear clean concise customized
  6. 6. Interview Methods Situational approach •Provides a set of circumstances and ask you to describe how you would handle the situation Open-ended questions •To determine how well you think on your feet and how quickly you can focus on the topic at hand •Why are you interested in this position? • Why should we hire you? •What would your previous employer say about you? •Take this opportunity to take more control over the interview and relate your strengths Behaviourdescription interview •To predict your future behaviour •How did you…? •What was…? •What did you say…? Stress approach •Intentionally tries to upset you to see how well you will react under pressure •Some techniques include constant interruptions, criticism, and long silences •Do not fall into the trap of getting angry or upset •Keep your cool at all times knowing the purpose
  7. 7. Interview Evaluation Checklist Firm handshake Dressed & groomed properly Well prepared Pass resume copy Polite and courteous at all times Appeared relaxed Good attending behaviors, eye contact, gesture Paying attention to questions and statements Answer questions well Ask questions to get information Make positive statement about qualifications Answer questions with complete statements Speak clearly Avoid using slang expressions Do not interrupt Understand the nature of the position applied Know that the interview was over Say thank you for taking the time for interview On time Introduce first and last name Make good first impression Talk too much, too little, just enough
  8. 8. Job Hunting Steps 1. Conducting an occupational self-assessment 2. Setting employment goals (targets) 3. Building a personal support team 4. Building a professional support team 5. Researching targets – identifying your employment value 6. Communicating your value – shining your light 7. Following up – setting the hook 8. Interviewing – closing the deal 9. Accepting/rejecting an offer 10. Evaluating your job search strategy
  9. 9. Job Sources Newspapers Yellow Pages Bulletin Boards Company websites Association Websites Government Websites (Job Bank) Electronic Job Boards (Job Shark) Cold Calls Networking Information Interviews
  10. 10. 3 Steps for Effective Research Step 1 Step 2 Deconstruct the job description Contemplate the company •Make a list of the employer’s desired skills and qualifications •Who is the targeted candidate •Get the inside scoop about the firm’s search •Look for resumes of other professionals in the field •Standard info to include or formatting preferences •Ares of strength of the company •Stated goals and mission •Corporate culture •How stable is the company •Who are its competitors Step 3 Investigate the industry •Latest developments in the field or industry •How current economy affecting the field •What trends are being forecast?
  11. 11. 9 Traits of Successful Job Seekers  Recognized the changes in the job market  Don’t rely much on friends, headhunters, or people who promise to call back  Have strong motivations  Focus on their efforts  Recognize a dead end when they see one  Persistent but charming  Communicate well
  12. 12. Evaluating Your Job Search Strategy  Fully understand personality style – occupational interests, skills/aptitudes, values/needs, and behavioural traits  Clearly identified what my employment value is at the locations where I like to work  Able to interview effectively and convince interviewers that the employment values is appropriate for their needs  Identified an occupational direction that is in line with personality style  Researched the geographical area to identify all possible target employers  Assembled a personal support team to help conduct a job search Professionally followed up all applications for employment and interviews  Strong, positive, consistent and ongoing in dedication to job search  Used all electronic resources to help identify more employment opportunities   Registered with several executive recruiters as a means of expanding job search effort
  13. 13. Checklists on Job Search Strategies Understand Personality Styles Identify Occupational Directions Research geographical target employers Assemble personal support team Register with recruiters Identify own employment values Interview effective to convince Follow up professionally Positive, consistent, ongoing effort Use all electronic resources to identify opportunities
  14. 14. Tips for Effective Networking  Networking starts at home  All contacts are important  Try to have your contact introduce to the person you want to meet  Prepare for each meeting  Join a professional or community organization Volunteering can help you acquire both experience and job-related skills  Leave a resume only if you’re asked  Collect business cards  Don’t automatically accept everything you hear  Show your appreciation  There is no script to follow Keep careful notes    Got to social and business events and mingle