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What is it and why? What? A summary of your previous work experience Why? The purpose of a resume is not to get you a job, but to get you an interview
A Great Resume is… Concise Powerful Persuasive Well-written
Step 1: Contact Information JESSICA SMITH 5540 Clark Drive Vancouver, BC V5R 4J2 604-458-6421 email@example.com
Step 2: Job Objective What positions are you applying for? Why are you going to submit this resume? Example: To obtain a full-time position as a Supervisor at Superstore.
Step 3: Skills and Abilities What type of skills and abilities are you bringing to this job? Write the skills you have that match the job you are applying for Do not forget to tell the employer how your skills can benefit the company
Step 4: Education Please specify everything including: Your program The year you graduated or expected graduation date The courses you studied that are relevant to the job you are applying
Step 5: Relevant Work Experience Only include previous work experience that is relevant to the job you are applying Do not list your duties randomly List the work experiences starting from the most recent one at the top and the rest in reverse chronological order Watch for your action verbs!
Guidelines to Writing a Good Resume Action Verbs and Key Words Action Verbs = Verbs that match the position Key Words = Important words and statements from the job posting
Guidelines to Writing a Good Resume (contd) Sell your job accomplishments and achievements DO NOT just list your duties Action Verb + Task = Result
Step 6: Hobbies and Interests ONLY if your interests are related to the job It is optional. If you want to keep your resume concise and less distracting, do not include it
Step 7: References Do not provide your references, simply write References available upon request on the bottom Only give it to the employer if they specifically ask for it during interview Ask at least 2-3 people you have worked or volunteered for to be your references
Designing and Formatting Traditional yet Innovative Need to grab the employers attention Stand out from the competition Be original and comply to the rules of resume writing
What is a Cover Letter? A document that details your relevant experience and skills, in the form of a letter It goes more in depth than a resume Shows the employer your interest in the position
Steps Towards a Successful Cover Letter Attention Interest Desire Action
Step 1: Attention Name and contact information should be at the top of the cover letter Business letter style Address it to someone by name
Formatting Clear layout Standard font No more than 3-4 paragraphs No spelling mistakes and no grammar mistakes! Sign letter with blue or black ink Step 1: Attention (contd)
Step 2: Interest Show the employer how much you want this job DO YOUR RESEARCH! Try adding an interesting fact you have learned about the company Be clear as to what position you are applying for
Sell your merits What are some VERY relevant work experiences? What did you learn and what skills did you gain? Mention your accomplishments Awards, scholarships Any major highlights in your career Step 2: Interest (contd)
Step 3: Desire Show the employer that you are willing to learn DO YOUR RESEARCH! Always know a few facts about the company You are trying to find the right fit for yourself too! Let them know you want to grow with the company
Step 4: Action In the last paragraph: BE PROACTIVE! Let the employer know when YOU are going to call them to set up an interview Close the letter with: Sincerely, Best regards, Warmest regards,
Additional Tips! DO NOT regurgitate your resume! Always have a cover letter template ready Then, tailor your cover letter to the company Watch out for grammar and spelling mistakes Use formal language Use matching stationary Make sure you follow through with your ACTION!
High Opportunity Occupations in BC 0911 Manufacturing Managers 6261 Police Officers (Except Commissioned) 0013 Senior Managers–Financial, Communications Carriers and Other Business Services 2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants 2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers 0713 Transportation Managers 7242 Industrial Electricians 0015 Senior Managers–Trade, Broadcasting and Other Services 0314 Managers In Social, Community and Correctional Services 2122 Forestry Professionals 3131 Pharmacists 7217 Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews 4163 Economic Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants 2173 Software Engineers 0311 Managers In Health Care 7351 Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators 1212 Supervisors, Finance and Insurance Clerks 6462 Correctional Service Officers 3152 Registered Nurses 7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades 1441 Administrative Clerks 2147 Computer Engineers
Skills Connect The Skills Connect for Immigrants program is an individualized employment bridging program that helps skilled immigrants connect to jobs in BC that build on their pre-arrival skills, training, knowledge, and experience. This is achieved through providing services and supports to: effectively assess recent immigrants skills, qualifications and experiences; provide career counselling and planning; skill upgrading and other enhancements, including workplace language support to meet BC labour standards; Individual client services are delivered for a period of up to one year (two years for health sector occupations). www.skillsconnect.ca
Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is a free service to help immigrants with information and referrals they need to find a job in their field of education and experience. Staff will help you identify: Information on obtaining employment in your field Agencies and organizations that can assist in your job search Relevant professional associations and other organizations in your field Employers and employer organizations in your field Located on Level 4 in the Central branch of Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia Street and is open during regular Central library hours.
Credential Recognition This is the process of verifying that the education, training, and job experience you obtained in another country are equivalent to the standards established for Canadian workers. Takes time and money Its not always guaranteed, so please do your research! For more information: http://www.credentials.gc.ca/ http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca/
Credential Evaluation The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) operates the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) They will assess foreign secondary and post- secondary certificates for employment For more information: 604-432-8800 www.bcit.ca/ices
www.workingincanada.gc.ca www.workbc.ca Want more information?
The Hidden Job Market How do I find the jobs that are NOT advertised? Networking The Internet Employer Visits Cold Calling Newspapers and Other Classifieds
The active pursuit of finding jobs 80 % of available jobs are NOT advertised You can ask: Family Friends Neighbours Other employers Networking
There are great websites where you can plan your career and find job postings www.jobbank.gc.ca www.workingincanada.gc.ca www.monster.ca www.craigslist.org The Internet
What are employer visits? When you go store to store, fill in an application, and give your resume/cover letter What should do? Plan where you are going to apply Bring tailored resumes and cover letters Dress professionally Ask for the hiring manager and give a firm handshake! Employer Visits
Cold Calling Make a list of the employers you want to call Contact the hiring manager of the interested company Prepare questions about the position Let them know when you will drop off your resume
Newspapers and Other Classifieds Very few job postings Not many employers are paying for the advertising space Many shady employers! Not very successful job search method for youth
Educate Yourself! Often employers will ask: Why do you want to work here? What can you tell me about this company? Be prepared! Go to the companys website and learn more about the company Mission statement Company goals
Dress to Impress! It is important to look presentable for an interview Always dress one-up for the job you are seeking Your outfit could make the difference in whether or not you get the position
Stages of the Interview 1.Opening 2.Questions about credentials, skills, and knowledge 3.Situational and behavioural questions 4.Closing
Opening Introduce yourself, stand up and greet your interviewer Hi, Im Jessica. Nice to meet you! Firm handshake Clasp, pump, pump, break Dont be afraid to initiate the handshake A good handshake also helps with the employers impression of you Dont forget to smile!
Credentials, Skills, and Knowledge On your resume, you listed the transferable skills you gain from past work experience The employer will now ask you to elaborate on your resume Make sure to prepare for this!
How to Handle Questions C.O.R.E C = Clarify the Question O = Organize the Answer R = Respond to the Question E = Examples
General Questions Tell me about yourself. Describe your personality. What are some of your hobbies and interests? Which three words describe you the best?
How to Answer General Questions P.A.W.S P = Personal A = Academic W = Work Experience S = Skills
Work Experience/Skills Related Questions Tell me about your last job. What did you like the most/least about your last job? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Dont give deal-breakers!
How to Answer Work Experience/Skills Related Questions Dont talk about your last job in a negative way Think of the transferable skills you learned from your last position Be ready with 3 strengths Give examples of when and how you use them Stay away from saying youre reliable and responsible Tell the truth about your weakness Let them know how you are improving on it
Situational & Behavioural Questions Give an example of a time you took meaningful action to solve a problem. How do you tackle comprehensive projects? Describe an episode of exceptional customer service. How do you function in a high pressure situation?
How to Handle Behavioural & Situational Questions? S.T.A.R.R S = Situation T = Task A = Action R = Result R = Relevance
Thank You Letter Once you get home from the interview… Write a thank you note, e-mail or card to the person that interviewed you Ensure that you address the person by name Let them know that you appreciate that they took the time to meet with you Reaffirm your interest in the position!
Thank You Note Sample Dear Mr. Rogers, Thank you very much for taking the time out of your schedule to meet with me. I am still very interested in the Sales Associate position because I have a passion for customer service and I believe that my communication skills will be an asset to your company. If any additional opportunities arise, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 604-658- 3521. Best regards, Jessica Smith
Follow Up If a week has passed since the interview… Take the initiative to call the person that interviewed you Ask them if they have made a decision on your candidacy for the position If you did not get the job, ask the employer how you could have improved