Presentation on theme: "According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers are looking for candidates with ● Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside."— Presentation transcript:
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers are looking for candidates with ● Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization ● Ability to work as part of a team ● Ability to make decisions and problem solve ● Ability to obtain and process information Bottom line – Your resume should reflect activities (jobs and involvement) that reflect a variety of skills and abilities)
No specific search strategy will work for every applicant! Be flexible Be persistent Allow extra time to conduct your job search 3 key steps – Self-Assessment, Research and Implementation
Keep records of daily job search activities Set aside a space at a desk or table for all supplies you might need Be sure to keep track of all correspondence sent and received including: application forms, cover letters and resumes, and employer and organization information
Identify your skills, abilities, and interests with a career assessment Schedule a career counseling appointment ◦ What do you want to do? – what do you find enjoyable? Helps to narrow audience ◦ Informational interviews – talk to friends, family, faculty members. Identify likes/dislikes ◦ Ask yourself questions - ex. What was your favorite class? To gain insight
Employers expect it Displays your seriousness, thoroughness and attention to detail Helps to personalize cover letters and resumes, and answer questions appropriately Helps determine your “fit” with the organization
Description of job responsibilities Personnel information (NAME, policies, relevant information of executives) Organizational culture, goals, and strategies. Size, age, location, history, ownership Products or services, major competitors, recent development, expected growth
Develop your resume and cover letter ● Walk-in Resume Review ● – Gather a list of professional/educational references Schedule a resume review and cover letter review appointment Practice your interviewing skills Be sure to maintain a careful record of all job announcements, interviews, thank-you notes sent and follow up correspondence
Network Visit employers Search Employers ◦ Internet ◦ LinkedIn LinkedIn ◦ Brave Opportunities Brave Opportunities ◦ Career Shift Career Shift ◦ Attend Career Expo- Wed. February 25, 2015
Schedule a Mock Interview Dress in professional attire Bring cover letter, resume, and references Arrive early Be aware of nonverbal communication during the interview Ask questions- Be sure to know basic company information
Send a thank-you note/ If you were interviewed by more than one person, send each interviewer a thank-you note/ Follow-up with the employer Be persistent, but always remain professional
If you’ve searched for 6 months, you may need to redirect your search or gain experience Clarify goals and redefine options – broaden or narrow them Have your resume reviewed Evaluate your online/social media presence Consider geographic restrictions Do your skills match with the needs of the company?
1. Relying on one strategy 2. Lack of focus/career objective 3. Failure to identify and use your network 4. Targeting only large employers 5. Failure to follow–up 6. Unprofessional materials/appearance 7. Impersonal approach 8. Underestimate time needed to search
Don’t take rejection personally… Maintain a balance between internship search and everyday routine Remind yourself of your skills and accomplishments Use your resources Be persistent - you will find an internship!
You can use InterviewStream to practice interviewing and conduct a mock interview from your own computer. After submission it will be reviewed by a Career Counselor InterviewStream