Presentation on theme: "HELPFUL HINTS FOR JOB SEEKING HOKIES Donna Cassell Ratcliffe Director, VT Career Services Third Evening Career Chats Tuesday, January 18, 2011."— Presentation transcript:
HELPFUL HINTS FOR JOB SEEKING HOKIES Donna Cassell Ratcliffe Director, VT Career Services Third Evening Career Chats Tuesday, January 18, 2011
What is your job situation? Looking for a change Seeking employment Exploring options Moving to new area Getting back into the job market after stepping out Just graduated and looking
Tips for success 1. Select your cheer team 2. Dedicate ample time to this search 3. Know what you are looking for 4. Create a dynamic resume(s) 5. Seek out job opportunities 6. Network your way to a job 7. Follow up 8. Keep a positive attitude
Select your cheer team Who are those who are in your corner? Offer you advice Give you names and leads Encourage you along the way Lift your spirits
Dedicate ample time to this search Finding a job can be a full time job! Set aside time for this important project – you are worth it! Searching (websites, listings), calling, emailing, mailings
Know what you are looking for What types of jobs? What type of company or organization? Location? Preferences? Plan A? Plan B?
Create a dynamic resume(s) A marketing tool for opening the doors of prospective employers A sales presentation of yourself Not a place for modesty Tell them what they need to know to select you for an interview Use phrases to describe your experience; start off with action words
Create a dynamic resume(s) Be honest Be consistent No typos Get several opinions – review Sequence the information from most important to least important Everything should support the job objective Make sure your resume is easy to visually sca n
Seek out job opportunities Internet searches and links www.career.vt.edu Hokies4Hire – job listings and post your resume Job boards Job Fairs Third party companies Temp agencies Don’t rely on mega systems like Monster.com
Network your way to a job The Hidden Job Market #1 way that people find jobs Through those they know or get to know Ask your cheer team Family, friends, professional orgs, VT professors…… Go onto Hokie Nation Network Check Linked-in
Networking….. Contact, refer to the person who sent you Set at time to meet Prepare questions Ask for advice and leads Thank them (note, email, etc.) Then…..
Follow up Follow up Follow through Keep in touch Track your activities
Keep a positive attitude Smile when you are on the phone Be patient Keep your spirits up Call upon your cheer team
QUESTIONS? Career Services Virginia Tech www.career.vt.edu 540-231-6241 http://www.alumni.vt.edu/career/