Presentation on theme: "Job Fest is made possible through the partnership of the Department of Post-secondary Education, Training and Labour, J.D. Irving Limited and School Districts."— Presentation transcript:
Job Fest is made possible through the partnership of the Department of Post-secondary Education, Training and Labour, J.D. Irving Limited and School Districts 6, 8 and 10. 17 th Annual
WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA Job Fest is a one day event that is held at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre. This is the 17 th year for this event which is made possible through the partnership of the Department of Post-secondary Education, Training and Labour, J.D. Irving Limited and School Districts 6, 8 and 10. Selected grade 11 students will participate in fun and informative career workshops and activities designed to improve job search skills. To attend Job Fest, students will apply to “mock job postings” and be selected to go to the event based on the quality of their resumes. At Job Fest, students will participate in a mock job interview and 3 professional employability skills workshops.
To build a successful career, you need a plan. Whether you are preparing for Job Fest or deciding what you want to do after you graduate from high school, the following 5 steps will help you. Identifying your interests Research careers Choose a Post-secondary destination Employability Skills The Job Search WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
The first step is to understand that your career is YOUR choice. The best way to find the perfect job or career for you is to answer the following questions: What are your interests? What special talents or skills do you possess? What do you do in your spare time? What are your dreams for the future? What makes you happy?
After you have started making a list of your interests, you have to research what types of careers and job opportunities match some of your interests. Job Fest provides you with an opportunity to research and apply to mock job opportunities. You can apply to one of mock job postings that will be displayed in your school Guidance Department or select an actual job posting and use that as part of your application to Job Fest. Sample job postings: www.careersthatwork.cawww.careersthatwork.ca Actual job postings: www.jobbank.gc.cawww.jobbank.gc.ca Researching careers: www.careercruising.comwww.careercruising.com WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
Try to match your ACTUAL skills and experience to the job qualifications. If you don’t have the formal training, try to relate the qualifications to your current skills and explain your educational plan to the interviewer. Select a job posting that matches your actual career interests. Your Guidance Counsellor must receive a cover letter, resume and a copy of the job posting (if you choose your own job ad) no later than March 10 th.
WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA By researching the labour market, you will discover that most jobs require some form of post-secondary education. You will have to decide which of the post- secondary destinations will Help you achieve your career goal. For Job Fest, be prepared to talk about your training choices during the interview. Skilled Trades/Apprenticeship Direct to Work/ Start your Own Business Military Community College Private Training Schools University
What skills do employers look for when hiring employees? What skills do you learn in school that help you to build a successful career? Reading Text Document Use Numeracy Writing Oral Communication Working With Others Thinking Skills Computer Use Continuous Learning WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
To conduct an effective job search you will need the prepare the following items: A cover letter A resume A list of potential employers and contact information A plan for doing cold calls and applying to job postings A list of interview questions to practice By participating in Job Fest, you will gain valuable skills to market yourself professionally. WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
What are three things you can do to prepare for your job search? What are some of the skills you learn in school that employers say are important? How many post-secondary options are available to you when you graduate from high school? What is the name of the website where you can find out more about Job Fest and career planning? What is the first step in deciding what you are going to do after you graduate? POP QUIZ
WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA Your cover letter is your opportunity to make a positive first impression. Try to use the employer’s name if possible. Identify the position to which you are applying, competition number (if applicable) and where you saw the job posting. BRIEFLY outline the skills that demonstrate you are an excellent candidate for the job and refer to your attached resume. Invite the employer to contact you. Your name Address Employer’s name Address Date Re: Job position and/or competition number Dear_________ (body of letter) Sincerely, ______________________ (Print name)
WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA Your name Address Employer’s name Address Date Re: Job position and/or competition number Dear_________ (body of letter) Sincerely, ______________________ (Print name) Every skill you reference in the body of your cover letter MUST be evidenced in your resume. This shows professionalism, attention to detail and builds confidence for the employer. Your cover letter personalizes the application and provides you with an opportunity to address why you want the job. Your cover letter should encourage an employer to read your resume.
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Special Accomplishments Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Saint john Board of Trade 2008 References Available upon request WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA John Smith 123 Main Street, Apt 1 Saint John NB E2L 4Y9 Home: (506) 555-5555 – Work: (506) 555-5545 – firstname.lastname@example.org@hotmail.com Qualification Highlights 5 years of web design experience Certified in.html, JAVA, Flash and web authoring tools Home-based business operator Project management skills Education Your High School present Grade 11 Student Saint John Ambulance 2008 First Aid/CPR Relevant Work Experience Web Feats 2007-present Owner Own a home-based business that provides web page design for clients. I do all the advertising, web-design and updates on a part-time basis around my school work. Identifying information Objective (or Qualification Highlights) Education Relevant Work Experience Accomplishments/Special Achievements References There are six main sections to a resume;
John Smith 123 Main Street, Apt 1 Saint John NB E2L 4Y9 Home: (506) 555-5555 – Work: (506) 555-5545 – email@example.com@hotmail.com ____________________________________________________________________ WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA Identifying information Make your name stand out by making the font size larger than the other text Avoid trendy email addresses (ie: firstname.lastname@example.org)email@example.com Avoid any indicators of marital status, personal attributes, age, religion NEVER put your SIN # on any resumes or applications
Objective A short, specific statement that includes the position to which you are applying and relevant skills Objective To secure employment as a computer programmer in the areas of web design, e- commerce and multimedia applications. Qualification Highlights Bullet points outlining relevant skills sets that match the position to which you are applying Qualification Highlights 5 years of web design experience Certified in.html, JAVA, Flash and web authoring tools Home-based business operator Project management skills OR WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
Education Order can be switched with “Work Experience” depending on preference Include formal education as well as on the job training Add extracurricular training that demonstrates relevant skill sets Education Your High School present Grade 11 Student Saint John Ambulance 2008 First Aid/CPR Certified First Aid/CPR Net Solutions 2006-2008 Certified online computer training in JAVA,.html, Flash WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
Relevant Work Experience Keep a consistent placement of information (job titles, dates) Stress accomplishments and unique contributions. List jobs in reverse chronological order. Relevant Work Experience Web Feats 2007-present Owner Own a home-based business that provides web page design for clients. I do all the advertising, web-design and updates on a part-time basis around my school work and extracurricular activities. Tech Toys Ltd. 2006-2007 Sales Clerk Sold computer equipment and assisted in the repair shop during busy periods and covering off when the technician was sick. WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
Accomplishments/Special Achievements Student council Sports achievements (ie: captain of AAA volleyball team) Organized a recycling initiative in your high school. Accomplishments/Special Achievements AAA Volleyball 2007-present Captain Acted as team captain for two consecutive seasons. Came in 3 rd first season and won provincials the second. This role taught me valuable teamwork, communication and goal- setting skills. Student Council 2006-2007 Treasurer Served one term as student council treasurer. We raised enough money to start a small bursary fund for students pursuing post-secondary training in politics. WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
References If you include references, list three with contact info (email, phone). Make sure you contact your references prior to listing them on your resume. If you decide not to include references on your resume, prepare a list that you can bring to an interview. References Available upon request OR References Jane Doe (506) 555-4444 firstname.lastname@example.org@gnb.ca Technofile Industries CEO Jack Black (506) 555-3333 email@example.com@hotmail.ca Tech Toys Ltd. Store Manager Bob Jones (506) 555 2232 firstname.lastname@example.org@yahoo.ca Your High School Computer Teacher WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
The key to a good interview is PREPARATION. Research the company Research the position to which you are applying Practice the answers to commonly used interview questions RELAX! Ask questions. It is an INTERVIEW not an INTERROGATION! Examples of Good and Bad Interviews WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
Be prepared Turn your cell phone off Dress professionally Express enthusiasm Be on time Be aware of body language Be well mannered and polite Shake the employer’s hand Be confident and calm Ask questions Follow-up If unsuccessful, seek feedback Avoid “like”, “umm” and “you know” Don’t exaggerate your credentials Don’t ramble Never bad-mouth former employers Don’t mention compensation / benefits Don’t provide personal information Interview Tips WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA
Interview Tips List 5 things you should do to have a successful interview. List 5 things that can derail your interview. POP QUIZ
Important Dates to Remember February 4-19 JDI and PETL personnel visit schools March 10 Deadline for students submitting resumes to guidance March 23-26 Letters mailed to homes of selected students April 15 Job Fest at the Trade and Convention Centre WWW.CAREERSTHATWORK.CA