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1 presents Job Search Skills SUPER SATURDAY Saturday, September 27, :00am – 4:00pmSponsored by the Croton Free Library

2 Agenda 10:15 – 11:15Constructing the Modern Resume 11:15 – 12:30Nailing the Interview 12:30 – 1:00Lunch 1:00 – 2:30Networking Online: Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile 2:30 – 3:45Networking Face to Face: How to Work a Room (Full of Strangers) 3:45 – 4:00Wrap Up / Q&A Saturday, September 27, :00am – 4:00pmSponsored by the Croton Free Library

3 Constructing the Modern Resume

4 Reverse Chronological Functional / Functional Hybrid Curriculum Vitae (CV) Industry-Specific (Education, Performance, etc.) Constructing the Modern Resume Types of Resumes

5 Heading Education Professional Profile / Summary Key Skills Relevant Coursework Academic Projects / Thesis Honors and Awards Licenses and Certifications Professional / Work Experience Constructing the Modern Resume Standard Resume Sections

6 Volunteer Experience / Community Service Activities and Leadership Skills Professional Organizations / Associations Professional Development Do Not Include: Objective, References, Interests Constructing the Modern Resume Standard Resume Sections

7 Constructing the Modern Resume Formatting One page (increase as you gain experience) Margins: 0.5” – 1” consistent all around Font size: 10.5pt – 12pt font, Name: 2pts larger No colors, graphics, objects (few exceptions) Minimal use of formatting: bold, underline, italics, caps Use standard bullets Put dates at the end of the line, or float to the right No templates No tables or text boxes

8 Industry and job-specific key words Related / Additional Experience sections Include most relevant content, and prioritize order of sections Constructing the Modern Resume Customizing Your Resume

9 Constructing the Modern Resume Sample Resume

10 Constructing the Modern Resume Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) What they are How they work How to know if your resume will be submitted through an ATS

11 Constructing the Modern Resume Source: 5 Insider Secrets for Beating Applicant Tracking Systems from cio.com

12 Constructing the Modern Resume Include industry keywords in appropriate places and contexts (no lists in white font!) Resume contextualization Keywords and ATS

13 Constructing the Modern Resume At this time, the ATS can only read plain text in the body of a document. The ATS cannot read: TablesText BoxesPDFs Headers & Footers Graphics If the ATS cannot read part or all of your resume, it will either discard it entirely or only scan/display the sections it can read. Formatting for ATS

14 Constructing the Modern Resume Begin each employment listing with an employer name (the ATS looks for company name first) Never begin a line with a date or number Remember that humans still read your resume! Formatting for ATS

15 Constructing the Modern Resume Q&A

16 Nailing the Interview

17 TYPES OF INTERVIEWS  One-on-one  Panel  Phone  Skype  Call Back(s)-Subsequent Sessions  Luncheon  Informational (Informal)  Special sessions expressly to conduct testing may occur as part of the on-site interview process Nailing the Interview Types of Interviews

18 NAILING THE INTERVIEW CONFIRM The Interview / Time / Location / Directions RESEARCH Position / Company / Industry / News PREPARE Exit Statement / Positioning Statement (Elevator Pitch) / Introduction / SOAR / Q&A / Materials (resume copies, portfolio, etc.) Nailing the Interview

19 NAILING THE INTERVIEW Nailing the Interview Executive Assistant Positioning Statement (AKA 30-Second Elevator Pitch) I’m an executive assistant in the biotech field with extensive experience in compliance reporting, international travel and meeting planning and paper reduction. I’m proficient in MS Office Professional, cloud document archiving and web design. For the past two years I’ve served on my company’s United Way committee, and since 2006 have been active in the International Association for Administrative Professionals, where I recently completed my certification in organizational management. I’ve also worked in the legal and financial services fields. I’m interested in a position in healthcare compliance, as that is an area I find exciting and in which I’ve had some experience.

20 Attire Grooming Accessories Personal Expression Nailing the Interview Dress to Impress

21 Nailing the Interview The No Cell-Phone Zone

22 Nailing the Interview The No Gum (Chewing) Zone

23 Nailing the Interview The Make or Break Handshake

24 Nailing the Interview Secret Weapons

25 Nailing the Interview Secret Weapons

26 Nailing the Interview Arrive Early!

27 Nailing the Interview Be Nice to the Receptionist

28 Nailing the Interview Greet the Interviewer

29 NAILING THE INTERVIEW Nailing the Interview

30 Connect With the Interviewer(s)

31 Nailing the Interview Avoid Raising Red Flags

32 1.Can you answer questions directly? What is your communication style? 2.Does your answer match what the interviewer has in mind? 3.Do you bring something new to the table? A pleasant rather than negative surprise. 4.All questions are meant to assess your strengths and weaknesses for the position. Nailing the Interview What’s Behind the Interviewer’s Questions?

33 COMMON QUESTIONS 1.Tell me about yourself. (Positioning Statement) 2.Why are you interested in this company / position? (Positioning Statement / Research) 3.Where do you see yourself in five years? (Expand on your Positioning Statement) 4.What is your greatest strength? Weakness? (Research / Self-Assessment) 5.How would your boss / coworkers / direct reports / clients describe you? Nailing the Interview Standard Questions

34 COMMON QUESTIONS 1.Tell me about a situation in which you had to persuade a group to follow your suggestion or plan. 2.Have you ever had a negative interaction with a superior or coworker? If so, how did you handle it? 3.Describe a time that you were unsuccessful at something and how you handled it. Nailing the Interview Behavioral / Situational Questions (SOAR Stories)

35 MOST COMMON QUESTIONS How many hot dog stands are there in Manhattan? (The interviewer is interested in your thought process to arrive at an answer, rather than the answer itself.) Nailing the Interview Analytical Questions

36 MOST COMMON QUESTIONS Why should we hire you? Nailing the Interview Sticky, Tricky Questions

37 MOST COMMON QUESTIONS Why did you leave your last job? Nailing the Interview Sticky, Tricky Questions

38 MOST COMMON QUESTIONS My company recently merged with the XYZ Corporation, and as a result several hundred positions were eliminated; mine was one of them. Therefore, I'm taking advantage of this break to explore opportunities in which I can: apply my extensive experience in (state area of experience) re-launch my career in (field / industry / major). I’m very interested in (state type of work, position, company or industry). Nailing the Interview Your Exit Statement (Downsized)

39 MOST COMMON QUESTIONS I’m very happy at my current company, but feel that I’ve reached a point where opportunities for growth and advancement are minimal. It’s important that I continue to grow professionally in my job, and I’ve been thinking that now is the time to investigate the other opportunities. Optional Addition to Statement: The (name of industry, company or position) is very appealing to me and I believe I could make an important contribution based on my experience, skills and keen interest. Nailing the Interview Your Exit Statement (Non-Layoff)

40 INTERVIEW FOLLOW-UP It can be a deal breaker if you don’t ask any questions! Ask questions: Based on your research of the company, position & industry. To ascertain the culture, structure, etc. to determine if the job is a good fit. Avoid questions: About salary, vacation and other benefits. Nailing the Interview Your Questions

41 INTERVIEW FOLLOW-UP THE WRITTEN THANK YOU FOLLOW-UP CALL THE WAITING GAME Nailing the Interview After the Interview

42 Team Player Communication Skills Decision Maker – Problem Solver Organizational (Ability to Prioritize) Ability to Obtain And Process Information Nailing the Interview Top Qualities Employers Want

43 Arriving late Failing to look at the interviewer Not displaying passion or interest Not providing straight answers Failing to connect with the job description Not asking any questions Being inauthentic Failing to follow up (No thank-you /letter, phone call to express interest) Nailing the Interview The Deal Breakers

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45 Nailing the Interview Mock Interview Exercise

46 Nailing the Interview Skills to Practice  Posture  Maintain Positive Attitude  Be Courteous and Friendly to Everyone  Shake Hands/Smile/Eye Contact  Stand/Introduce Yourself  Answer Questions Directly  Stay on Point  Engage Interviewer/Connect  Ask Good Questions/Listen / Respond  Avoid Filler Words (um, er)  Ask for Interviewer’s Business Card  Express Interest in Position  Ask Re: Decision Timeframe  Thank Interviewer

47 Job Search Skills Super Saturday 12:30 – 1:00pm

48 Job Search Skills SUPER SATURDAY Networking Online: Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile

49 Job Search Skills SUPER SATURDAY Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile Using Your Network A large majority of jobs are attained through networking and direct recruiting. 94% of employers say they recruit and vet candidates on LinkedIn.* 36% of job seekers are active on LinkedIn.* * Jobvite.com 2014 survey

50 Job Search Skills SUPER SATURDAY Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile How Employers Use LinkedIn 1.Active recruiting with paid accounts and keyword searches 2.Vetting candidates through searching or direct links

51 Networking Face to Face: How to Work a Room (Full of Strangers)

52  Practice Good Posture  Join a Group  Shake Hands – Smile – Make Eye Contact  Introduce Oneself & Others  Hold Drinks & Partake of Hors d’oeuvres  Interact with Wait Staff  Join / Start a Conversation  Make a Connection  Exchange Business Cards  Take Leave of Person / Group  Repeat Networking Face to Face Skills and Techniques to Practice

53 Wrap-Up Saturday, September 27, :00am – 4:00pmSponsored by the Croton Free Library


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