2What is Career Guidance? Career Guidance is the process of helping people to choose a career that is related to their potentials, interests, needs and ambitions.
3Processes to consider when choosing a career? Levels of wages and salaries expectedHours of workHealth and safety hazards of the jobDistance from place of residence ease of mobilityOpportunities for promotion and advancement
4Application for employment Academic qualificationsValues and attitudesWork experienceRecommendationsImpressions created from the application form and interview
5Importance of choosing a career? It encourages persons to realize their goals through careful consideration of their social and economic circumstances.Individuals will be able to perform to their maximum potential through their own choice.Stress level will be reduced to a minimum.Productivity will be maximized.
6What is a resume?A Resume is a document used by individuals to present their background and skillsets. Resumes can be used for a variety of reasons but most often to secure new employment.
7Why write a cover letter? A cover letter introduces you and your resume to your employer. You should send one with every resume you submit. It gives you the opportunity to draw your readers’ attention to specific qualifications. It provides a sample of your written communication skills. It gives you the opportunity to network.
8Is your resume preventing you from getting a new job? Applying online without receiving one single interview request?Do you think the current state of the economy is bad that’s why you don’t have a job?
9Is your resume preventing you from getting a new job? The truth is companies are still hiring and interviewing its time to check your resume!!!
10Questions to ask yourself? Are you qualified enough?Lack of achievements or highlightsNo datesAbbreviations
11Questions to ask yourself? Irrelevant informationSpelling mistakesCareer objectiveDoes hobbies and interests add value to your resume?
12How can you make your resume stand out? The use of numbers can spice up your resume. If you have experience as an Administrative Assistant include your ability to meet deadlines.If you have recently completed a course show that you can handle projects.
13How can you make your resume stand out? Avoid using the generic language such as “Excellent Communicator” most applicants use similar terms to describe themselves.Step out of the box and show the value you can add or contribute.
14How can you make your resume stand out? For example: Ability to organize and complete pending files to meet deadlines.Capability to type quickly with no errors.
15How can you make your resume stand out? Con’t Using numbers appropriately and evidence to back up your statements will aid your resume application and make your resume shine against your candidates.
16Resume mistakes No cover letter attached Applying for the wrong job Providing little or no detail of work experienceResume is too longTrying to sound “Too Clever”
17Perfecting your resume Your resume should motivate the person reading it to dial the phone number you have put on the resume.Employers prefer a chronological resume.
18What is an interview?A process in which a potential employee is evaluated by an employer for prospective employment in their company, organization or firm. During this process, the employer hopes to determine whether or not the applicant is suitable for the job.
19Preparing for the interview Research:The history of the businessHow old the business isThe types of services the business offersThe hierarchy structureHow many offices/locations the business hasNumber of employersThe business cultureCompetitorsBenefits
20Ice breaking questions Tell me a little about yourself…Were there any problems finding our office today?If there is a major event going on the hiring manager may ask you along the lines of “Have you been following the…”
21Ice breaking questions Would you like some coffee or a glass of water?Are you enjoying the weather?Why have you applied for this role?(Trickier ice breaker)
22Critical questions in an interview Q: “What are your greatest strengths?”A: Don’t say you’ve never thought about it! Go into the interview knowing the three main impressions you want to leave about yourself, such as “I’m hard- working, loyal and efficient.”
23Critical questions in an interview Cont’d Q: “What are your greatest weaknesses?”A: Don’t confess that you’re lazy of have trouble meeting deadlines! Confessing that you tend to be a “workaholic” of “tend to be a perfectionist” will make your perspective employee see a “weakness” that he likes.Name a weakness that your interviewer will perceive as a strength.
24Critical questions in an interview Cont’d Q: “ What are your long-range goals?”A: “ If you’re interviewing with Microsoft, don’t say you want to work for IBM in five years! Say your long-range goals is to be with the company, contributing to its goals and success.
25Critical questions in an interview Cont’d Q: “ What motivates you to do your best work?”A: Don’t get dollar signs in your eyes here! “Meeting deadlines on time is not a bad answer”.
26Critical questions in an interview Cont’d Q: “Why should I hire you?”A: “I’m unemployed and available” is the wrong answer here! Get back to your strengths and say that you believe the organization could benefit by a loyal, hard- working individual like yourself.
27“Do’s for the interview Do wear appropriate clothesDo be well groomedDo give a firm handshakeDo smile and show a sense of humorDo be enthusiasticDo show you are flexible and adaptableDo ask intelligent questions about the employer’s business
28Reasons for not being offered the job Low level of accomplishmentPoor attitude lack of self confidenceLack of goals/objectivesLack of enthusiasmLack of interest in the company’s businessInability to sell or express yourselfUnrealistic salary demandsPoor appearanceLack of maturity, no leadership potentialLack of extracurricular activities
29Reasons for not being offered the job CONT’D Lack of preparation for the interview, no knowledge about the companyObjecting to travelExcessive interest in security and benefitsInappropriate background