Presentation on theme: "Skills for Success Workshop"— Presentation transcript:
1 Skills for Success Workshop Are You Ready to Work?Skills for SuccessWorkshopThis presentation contains talking points on improving employability skills.It is designed to move quickly through each topic while covering select key points, yet allow for flexibility in choosing the material covered in each session.Samantha Nord and James DavisVocational Coordinators
3 Job Search IowaJobs.org USAjobs.gov Indeed.com Networking Craig’s List Direct from the employer or employer’s websiteNewspapers? Not so much, these days
4 ResumeYour resume and cover letter are more about the job you want than the jobs you’ve hadPut your best foot forward!Catch the Hiring Authority’s attentionShow that you have the skills to do the jobCheck O*Net (www.onetcenter.org) for job descriptions and labor market trends
5 Cover Letter Show that you understand the job you are applying for Match your experience to the job you are applying forExpress your sincere interestPretend your cover letter is you, meeting the Hiring Authority for the first time and having a conversationBe polite and make a good first impression!
6 Phone MessageMake sure the message on your phone is polite and professionalIf you are having someone else take messages for you, ask them to be polite and professionalYour phone message should include your name, not just the phone numberReturn phone calls and s promptly, even when you choose to decline the job
7 E-Mail Email address should be professional address should avoid numbers that might suggest age (or anything else inappropriate)Check your regularly!
8 Facebook/Social Media Employers look at Facebook. If your FB page is full of party photos, they are not going to be impressed.
9 ReferencesAsk if they will be a reference before referring employers to themAre 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 The Interview What to Wear The Handshake Eye Contact Questions to ExpectQuestions to AskHow to Wrap Things Up
11 General Interview Info Research the company before the interviewShow up 15 minutes earlyCome aloneBring your ID and social security cardBring a black pen and a clean copy of your resumeBring a notepad or folderThey may offer you water, coffee, or something to drink; it is usually best to politely say noYou are on stage the moment you enter the parking lot – so be on your best behaviorRelax! Seriously, what is the worst that can happen?The worst that can happen is, you don’t get the job. You don’t have the job now, so you haven’t lost anything. You are still getting experience with the interview process, and that will make a difference next time.
12 What to Wear 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 inThe goal is to appear ready to workLay your clothes out the night beforeEasy on the perfume/cologne (and avoid cigarettes, too)
13 How to Dress for an Interview MenNice dress shirts/suitDress pants-don’t sagDress shoes with dark socksBeltClean shavenNeat, professional hairstyleLimit the aftershaveLittle or no jewelryTrimmed clean nailsPortfolio /folderWomenNice blouse/suit-no low cut, strapless tops or anything too tight fitting.Conservative shoesLimited jewelryLight makeup and perfumeNeatly manicured clean nailsPortfolio/folder
17 The Handshake Make sure your hands are clean A firm, dry, and confident handshakeShake hands and greet each of the interviewers in turnMake eye contactPractice!
18 Eye ContactMake eye contact with the interviewer (or interviewers), but do not stareIf there is more than 1 interviewer, focus your attention first on the person speaking, and then on all of the people listeningSit up straight and show that you are engaged in the conversationDon’t make odd facial expressions or fidget
19 Make Them Want to Hire You! Show them you would be a nice person to work with, and a team playerShow them you have a good work ethicShow them you are flexible – you are here to meet the needs of the company, not the other way aroundDon’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 ??????????????? Questions to Expect Tell me about yourself Why do you want to work here?What are your strengths? Weaknesses?Tell me about a challenge you’ve facedTell me about a problem or conflict you had on your last jobWhen do you think it’s okay to miss a day?Why did you have this gap between jobs????????????????
21 Basically, any interviewer wants to establish 3 key things: 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 Answering QuestionsIt’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 answerBe sincere and likableSmile when appropriateThe 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 Answering QuestionsDon’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 experienceAlways speak in terms of moving forward and making progressPay attention to your body language
24 Answering Questions 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 situationShow that you are responsible and competent
25 The Felony QuestionIt 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 Felony QuestionThe employer has a need to know about the convictionAppreciate this chance to discuss the matterDon’t go into detail or try to explain itIt 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 othersDon’t show bitterness or anger
27 The Felony QuestionReflection: 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 Reasons people aren’t hired Bad personal appearanceToo aggressiveUnable to express self clearlyPoor interest and enthusiasmNo career planning/goalsOverly nervous/under confidentToo much emphasis on moneyNot willing to start at the bottomImmatureSpeaks bad about former employersNo eye contactMessy application formLate arrival for interviewerAsked no questions about the companyCould not give direct answers when questioned
29 Wrapping up the Interview Ask questions – it shows that you are really interested in the job and motivated to workThank the interviewers for their time, and ask about the next stepIf possible, get business cards from the interviewers: it will make it easier to send thank-you notes later
30 Sample Questions for You to Ask 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 Thank You NoteEmployers 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 jobSend 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? RetentionYou got the job! Now, how do you keep it?
34 Retention Don’t be the clown Don’t gossip Just let trouble pass you by Don’t stealShow up to workIf you absolutely can’t make it to work, CALL IN!Don’t be a complainerDon’t be the one other people complain about