Presentation on theme: "WORKING TO INDEPENDENCE THE DO’S & DON’T’S FOR GETTING THE JOB YOU WANT Margaret McAlister, PHR 10/8/2014."— Presentation transcript:
WORKING TO INDEPENDENCE THE DO’S & DON’T’S FOR GETTING THE JOB YOU WANT Margaret McAlister, PHR 10/8/2014
Learn how to write an attention-grabbing resume.Learn how to write an attention-grabbing resume. 1 Learn how to ace an interview.Learn how to ace an interview. 2 Learn about good resources for continued support in your job hunting.Learn about good resources for continued support in your job hunting. 3 Today’s Objectives
TRANSITION TO INDEPENDENCE PROCESS MODEL: “TRANSITION OF YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WITH EMOTIONAL OR BEHAVIORAL DIFFICULTIES” by H. B. CLARK and D.K. UNRUH (2009) EMPLOYMENT & CAREER LIVING SITUATION Working Toward Independence EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
YOUR RESUME STRENGTHS-FOCUSED LEGIBLE SELLS YOU
jOSEPH SMITH 720 I Street SE, Washington, DC Cell: Objective To obtain a server position Work Experience TGIF Restaurant, Washington, DCMay 2012-current Server Wait on customers and serve them what they order Education Potomac Job Corps Center GED Interests Computers, going to clubs, running, dateing REFERENCES FURNISHED UPON REQUEST
10 seconds is the answer…… What’s the question?? The time a recruiter typically takes to scan a resume.
PROFESSIONAL FONTS ARIAL CALIBRI GARAMOND GEORGIA TIMES NEW ROMAN TREBUCHET MS VERDANA According to the Business News Daily website
“NOOOOOOOO” Phone number too small Bad, terrible address No colors please Mismatched fonts Non-illuminating Irrelevant interests Spellcheck?? No picture please
JOSEPH SMITH 720 I Street SE, Washington, DC Cell: Objective To apply the knowledge and experience acquired through 2+ years as a Server to a position in a fine dining establishment. Strengths Able to handle fast-paced environment Able to handle/resolve problems Team-oriented Well groomed Works well under pressure Handles cash accurately Reliable, punctual and committed to customer service Sensitive to cultural diversity Willing to work under pressure Respectful of and compliant with policies and procedures Accomplishments Awarded Server of the Month on 2 separate occasions Trainer of new employees Work Experience TGIF Restaurant, Washington, DCMay 2012-current Server Won Server of the Month on 2 occasions. Responsible for daily set-up of 5 stations. Maintain knowledge of current menu items. Suggest additional items to customers, when appropriate, to increase restaurant sales. Deliver exceptional dining experiences, maintaining professional manner at all times, including during peak rush hours. Receive frequent customer compliments for going above and beyond normal duties. Education Potomac Job Corps Center GED and Culinary Arts Certification August 2014
POINTS TO REMEMBER Professional font in legible size Objective-clear statement matching the job opening Strengths- sell your good attitude Accomplishments- list all relevant ones Experience- action words References- don’t put on resume, but have them ready
References for Joseph Smith Mr. Terry Jones My supervisor at Momma Mia’s Restaurant, known for 3 years. Ms. Jane Johnson My English teacher at Job Corps, known for 1 year. Rev. Maria Sanchez My minister, known for 10 years.
WHERE DID THEY GO WRONG? NOT ENTHUSIASTIC CELL PHONE WASN’T WILLING TO BE WHAT THE COMPANY NEEDED COULDN’T ANSWER WHY THEY WANTED THE JOB COULDN’T NAME STRENGTHS AS RELATED TO THE JOB INAPPROPRIATE HUMOR UNPROFESSIONAL CELL PHONE
BEST PRACTICES INTERVIEWING LEARN ABOUT THE COMPANY & THE JOB YOU’RE INTERVIEWING FOR BE 15 MINUTES EARLY KNOW AHEAD OF TIME EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE GOING DRESS THE PART; DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT NO COLOGNE/PERFUME OR VERY VERY LIGHT AMOUNT COVER UP TATTOOS & DON’T REVEAL ALL PIERCINGS COME ALONE-NO FAMILY, NO FRIENDS SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONE & KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT SHAKE HANDS ENTHUSIASTICALLY, SMILE & MAKE EYE CONTACT LET THE INTERVIEWER(S) SET THE PACE; DON’T TALK OVER HIM/HER STAY ON TOPIC JOB OR COMPANY RELATED QUESTIONS ONLY (NOT BENEFITS OR PAY) AT THE CLOSE, STATE CLEARLY THAT YOU WANT THE JOB, THAT YOU ARE A FIT FOR THE JOB, AND ASK WHEN YOU WILL NEXT HEAR FROM THEM FOLLOW UP WITH AN THANKING THEM FOR THEIR TIME, AND RESTATING YOUR INTEREST IN THE JOB
ACE THE 3 MOST DIFFICULT QUESTIONS 1. “TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF” 2. “WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS?” 3. “WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?” BE PREPARED. BE HONEST.
SOURCES FOR SUPPORT YOUR THERAPIST/COACH/COUNSELOR YOUR TEACHER ME- Margaret