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1 Skills for Success Workshop

2 Job Search Resume & Cover Letters Interviews Retention

3     Networking  Craig’s List  Direct from the employer or employer’s website  Newspapers? Not so much, these days

4  Your resume and cover letter are more about the job you want than the jobs you’ve had  Put your best foot forward!  Catch the Hiring Authority’s attention  Show that you have the skills to do the job  Check O*Net ( for job descriptions and labor market trends

5  Show that you understand the job you are applying for  Match your experience to the job you are applying for  Express your sincere interest  Pretend your cover letter is you, meeting the Hiring Authority for the first time and having a conversation  Be polite and make a good first impression!

6  Make sure the message on your phone is polite and professional  If you are having someone else take messages for you, ask them to be polite and professional  Your phone message should include your name, not just the phone number  Return phone calls and emails promptly, even when you choose to decline the job

7  Email address should be professional  Email address should avoid numbers that might suggest age (or anything else inappropriate)  Check your email regularly!

8  Employers look at Facebook. If your FB page is full of party photos, they are not going to be impressed.

9  Ask if they will be a reference before referring employers to them  Are you sure they will say good things about you and your work?  Work references spanning several years or jobs are best; but even personal references should come from professionals, not friends (e.g., clergy, teachers, people who work for the same company/industry and would vouch for you)

10 What to Wear The Handshake Eye Contact Questions to Expect Questions to Ask How to Wrap Things Up

11  Research the company before the interview  Show up 15 minutes early  Come alone  Bring your ID and social security card  Bring a black pen and a clean copy of your resume  Bring a notepad or folder  They may offer you water, coffee, or something to drink; it is usually best to politely say no  You are on stage the moment you enter the parking lot – so be on your best behavior  Relax! Seriously, what is the worst that can happen?

12  Dress a step above the job you are applying for  If you want to stand out, stand out on your merits; your clothes should blend in  The goal is to appear ready to work  Lay your clothes out the night before  Easy on the perfume/cologne (and avoid cigarettes, too)

13   Men  Nice dress shirts/suit  Dress pants-don’t sag  Dress shoes with dark socks  Belt  Clean shaven  Neat, professional hairstyle  Limit the aftershave  Little or no jewelry  Trimmed clean nails  Portfolio /folder  Women  Nice blouse/suit-no low cut, strapless tops or anything too tight fitting.  Conservative shoes  Limited jewelry  Light makeup and perfume  Neatly manicured clean nails  Portfolio/folder




17  Make sure your hands are clean  A firm, dry, and confident handshake  Shake hands and greet each of the interviewers in turn  Make eye contact  Practice!

18  Make eye contact with the interviewer (or interviewers), but do not stare  If there is more than 1 interviewer, focus your attention first on the person speaking, and then on all of the people listening  Sit up straight and show that you are engaged in the conversation  Don’t make odd facial expressions or fidget

19  Show them you would be a nice person to work with, and a team player  Show them you have a good work ethic  Show them you are flexible – you are here to meet the needs of the company, not the other way around  Don’t try to make them feel sorry for you, or tell them how much you ‘need’ this job – it will have the completely opposite effect

20  Tell me about yourself  Why do you want to work here?  What are your strengths? Weaknesses?  Tell me about a challenge you’ve faced  Tell me about a problem or conflict you had on your last job  When do you think it’s okay to miss a day?  Why did you have this gap between jobs? ???????????????

21  Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?  Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?  Will you fit into the team, culture and company? Bernard Marr. (2014). Job Interview: Why Only 3 Questions Really Matter

22  It’s not a race – you can take some time and think about what you want to say, before you answer  “That’s a good question,” and taking a moment to answer is much better than, “I don’t know.”  Look at each interviewer as you answer  Be sincere and likable  Smile when appropriate  The interviewers understand you are nervous - they’ve been in that chair, just like you. They had to go through interviews to get their jobs, too!

23  Don’t over-share. Keep answers brief and to the point. Hit the highlights, not the low- lights!  Be positive. Don’t say negative things about former employers or coworkers.  Speak of everything in the past in terms of being a learning experience  Always speak in terms of moving forward and making progress  Pay attention to your body language

24  Relate your answers to the job you want  What do you value? What is important to you? Now, how does that relate to this job?  Don’t blame others (or ‘the Economy’) for your situation  Show that you are responsible and competent

25 It doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker… But if the employer doesn’t believe you have put it behind you, you will not get the job.

26  The employer has a need to know about the conviction  Appreciate this chance to discuss the matter  Don’t go into detail or try to explain it  It happened, but it’s in the past. Have you learned from the experience and moved forward?  Own up to it and accept responsibility: don’t blame others  Don’t show bitterness or anger

27  Reflection: You may have had a chance to look at what happened, realized the effect it had on you, and allowed yourself to focus on the future and better decision making.  Education: You may have done some work toward your education that you may not have done otherwise.  Employability: You may have developed employment skills through work or schoolwork while incarcerated.  Interpersonal Skills: You may have learned to get along better with people who have different personalities and backgrounds.  Stress Management: You may have learned self-discipline and respect for yourself and others, and mastered emotional, psychological, and social techniques to deal with stress.

28  Bad personal appearance  Too aggressive  Unable to express self clearly  Poor interest and enthusiasm  No career planning/goals  Overly nervous/under confident  Too much emphasis on money  Not willing to start at the bottom  Immature  Speaks bad about former employers  No eye contact  Messy application form  Late arrival for interviewer  Asked no questions about the company  Could not give direct answers when questioned

29  Ask questions – it shows that you are really interested in the job and motivated to work  Thank the interviewers for their time, and ask about the next step  If possible, get business cards from the interviewers: it will make it easier to send thank-you notes later

30  What type of training would I receive?  What did the previous person in the position go on to do?  What would I need to focus on differently than the previous person in this position?  Who does this position report to? If I am offered the position, can I meet him/her?  What is the typical work day/week like? Is overtime common?  What do you like about working here?

31 IMMEDIATELY after every important meeting, lecture, or contact take just 30 seconds to jot down a few notes that cover the key ideas or points you want to remember. -Greg McKeown, The 30 Second Habit with a Lifelong Impact

32  Employers LOVE to get a thank you note after an interview. It will score you points, and it’s one more chance to pitch yourself for the job  Send within a day or two of the interview or contact  “I enjoyed meeting with you and I look forward to taking the next step in the process.” It’s easy!

33 You got the job! Now, how do you keep it?

34  Don’t be the clown  Don’t gossip  Just let trouble pass you by  Don’t steal  Show up to work  If you absolutely can’t make it to work, CALL IN!  Don’t be a complainer  Don’t be the one other people complain about


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