Presentation on theme: "Real Skills – Real Jobs Real Careers! Choctawcareers.com."— Presentation transcript:
1Real Skills – Real JobsReal Careers!Choctawcareers.com
2Real Careers – Job Search Workshop What do employers want?How do I make my resume stand out?Job Search Networking – why & how.Why can’t I get an interview?Our Goal: To help you acquire the skills needed to land your first JOB, and advance into a fulfilling & self-sustaining CAREER.
3Employers Want Soft skills (work ethic) Come to work every day on time Follow directionsApply good listening skillsConcentrate on workRecognize problems & find solutionsManage time effectivelyMaintain a safe work environmentBe honest and dependableDress properly & practice good groomingBe cooperativeHave a positive attitudeBe a courteous & considerate team memberBe a continuous learnerEmployers want the same things that instructors/teachers want!OK Employment Security Commission & Workforce OK
4Employer’s Wish List Communication Teamwork Problem solving/Decision makingPlan/Organize/ PrioritizeCritical thinking (#5-6)Technical skillsComputer literacyWritingLeadershipNov Forbes article & NACE survey(**Write these down!)Nov Forbes article & NACE Survey
5Google Search: “Employer Wish List” US News & World Report Article, Sept. 2013Empathy. Employers not only want you to do the job, but to care about it and the people with whom you will interact.Tell me about a time when you went out of your way to help someone at work.Mentoring inclination and ability. Interviewers want to predict your interest in reaching out to mentor others, and how you will go about elevating their knowledge and skills.Tell me about an experience you had with a mentor or coach who helped you. What did he or she do that you found to be most helpful, and how did you respond?Interpersonal skills. Employers want to hire people who can play well with others in the "corporate sandbox." Interviewers will be interested to learn how you deal with personality conflicts and your own role in them.Tell about a time when you have worked with people who have had difficulty getting along with each other. How did you handle the situation?These questions have no single "right" answer, but they do allow an interviewer to see the way your mind works. Moreover, your answers reveal your ability to be introspective, maintain self-control and deal with difficult situations.
6“Wish List” ContinuedSelf-direction and initiative. Employers seek people who will take upon themselves more than what is actually expected or required. To find out if you have that kind of drive they might ask:Tell about a time when you proposed a new and better way of doing things to your manager. What prompted you to think about the problem to begin with?Flexibility and adaptability. In many companies, change is often the only constant. Policies, priorities and procedures need to anticipate and respond to internal and external conditions. Employers seek people who can adjust quickly. To find out your ability to adapt, you might be asked:Tell me about a time when you were required to change the way you have been doing something for several years, when you know that what you've been doing "works" for you. How did you respond? What were the results?Take the time to understand the human qualities employers seek and which are intrinsic to your character. Then you will be able to draw stories from the well of your experience that demonstrate these qualities in your interview, and advance your chances of being hired.
10The Trick!No matter what you have studied in school, you will have had to an opportunity to learn these valued skills sets. The trick is to demonstrate that you have those skills through your cover letter, résumé and interview. -- Think about class projects where you have been a team member or leader and jobs where you have had to plan and prioritize. Describe those skills specifically in your résumé and cover letter and in your job interview.The survey makes clear that employers want universal skills you can learn across academic disciplines and in any job where you are working with others. The trick is to communicate clearly that you have those skills.
11The StatsOn average 144 people apply for each entry- level position posted.It costs a company $3479 to hire a new employee.An ATS is able to screen-out approximately 75% of applicants, making the hiring process more efficient for employers.
12The ResuméThe Resume is a marketing document that appropriately positions a person for the job he/she is seeking.The resume highlights and summarizes the skills, achievements, education, training, experiences, etc. that qualify a person for a particular job.The resume contains key words that are directly related to the requirements of the desired job.The resume is a continually-changing document that must be edited to show a candidate’s best qualifications for each particular job.
13Resume Essentials Relevance Professional format Skills, qualifications, and accomplishments that match target jobKey words (terminology) that tie individual to target job or professionAccomplishment-based; performance & achievements from past jobs or projectsEducation, certifications, & trainingProfessional experienceProfessional formatOrganized and focused on target jobNeat and easy to read/skim (standard fonts)Correct grammar, punctuation, & capitalization (no abbreviations)Robot friendly (Applicant Tracking System)
14Effective Resume Development Contact InformationProfessional addressesCell phone service with fully paid accountProfessional voice mail greeting(Hello this is John Smith. I am sorry that I can’t take your call at this time. Please leave your name and number and a brief message and I will return your call as soon as possible.)
15Effective Resume Development Job description or list of requirements for career fieldKnowledge of company/organization listing job openingListing of education, training, & certifications/licenses earned with dates & locationsListing of work experience (not more than 10 years) with titles, dates, accomplishments/responsibilities, & locationsMay be paid or volunteer experienceResume ContentContact Information EducationSkills Summary Work or Professional ExperienceAchievements Certifications / LicensuresLeadership Experiences Memberships / ActivitiesOther Relevant Info
16Effective Resume Development A resume MAY include the following if it is relevant to the target job and adds value to the resume.Educational coursesGPA (if 3.6 or above)Equipment operatedMemberships in professional or community organizationsMilitary serviceExtra-curricular school/community activities (leadership, event organization)Personal – foreign languages, special talentsBe truthful!
17Key Words & PhrasesCome from a Job Description and/or Job RequirementsWords/phrases that occur multiple timesWords/phrases that are similar or relay a common themeDedicated, professional, motivated, team player, relationship builder, organized, etc.Other words that describe a particular skill set that is essential within a particular job (i.e. sales, relationship builder, strong presentation skills, meet or exceed monthly sales quotas)Industry jargon may also be included in the skills sectionMay be copied directly from job description if they are exact fit for applicant’s skill setsMay be found by searching job titles & descriptions at O*NET --
18Effective Resume Formatting Include a Qualifications Summary sectionObjectives – not recommendedDates – use the year only in the employment history and education sectionsLength – generally 1 page, more pages may be used if you have extensive relevant experienceFont – use fonts that commonly available on most computers and that have high readability (Arial, Lucida, Verdana, Times New Roman, Tahoma, Garamond)References – separate reference page; 3-5 professional references, accurate contact informationAlways get a person’s approval before using as a reference
19Free Job Search webinar Feb. 18 – 11:30-12:30 Resume ResourcesResume builders: | |Choctaw Career Development website: -- (resume check-list, sample resumes, uploading resumes, resume development webinars)Other helpful sites: | help.org/free_resume_examples.htm |WRITE This Down: –TIP-- Don’t pay for online job search resources – There are Tons of FREE resources!Free Job Search webinar Feb. 18 – 11:30-12:30
21Everyone is welcome! Employers: AEP / PSO Duit Construction PGT TruckingMcAlester Army Ammunition PlantSE OK State UniversityTrinity IndustriesTyson FoodsDept. of CorrectionsInternational PaperCLEETChoctaw Nation HRHiring PartnersMuscogee Creek Nation HRAnd Many More!
22“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” –Benjamin Franklin Job Search Plan“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” –Benjamin FranklinCommitment (time, emotions, resources)Determine what you want (type of job/company)Explore options & research companiesDevelop a self-enhancement action plan (education, additional experience, new skills, new contacts, etc)Prepare a written job search strategy & stick to it (include written documentation of each step completed)Never stop job hunting & following-up (do all the little things)Adjust the plan as neededLike many things in life, the more time, effort, and energy you put into planning and executing your job-search, the faster and better your results should be. By developing a comprehensive job-search plan, you should have a strong foundation for a successful job-search.
23NetworkingCommunicating who you are, what you can do, and what you want to do with as many people as possible.Networking Requires:PlanningOrganizingResearch skillsCourageNOT – Asking people for a job!Someone name a place where you can network today – throw dice to participants who answer.
24Networking to Enhance your Career In-Person NetworkingFormal – Community/school organizations, job fairs, volunteer jobs, internshipsInformal – Social or sports events, through friends or acquaintancesOnline Networking / Social MediaEmployers want to interview candidates where there is some previous connection; through another employee of the company, or now more than ever, via social media and your online identity.Linked In – Twitter – Facebook – etc.Job BoardsBlogs
25Side Doors & the Hidden Job Market Side Door – A short cut to the people with the power to hire.Side doors are more like a “recipe” for success than a “prescription” – Elisabeth Sanders-ParkSpontaneous Contact: paper, online, phone, in-person, credible referenceIntroduction by Acquaintance: social setting, workplaceShow Then Tell: volunteer, internship, or temp workSamples of Your WorkCustomer ContactSide Doors – 80%+ of good employment opportunities are never advertisedUse the glacier visual concept that Elisabeth used in her presentation… with the boats full of job seekers floating at the small part that is above the water line and the few scubba-diving job seekers hacking away at the larger space below the water. Use page 9 of Elisabeth’s hand-out from OACEP for talking points.
2680% of job opportunities never get advertised Front DoorSide Door80% of job opportunities never get advertised
27Attitude for Success Don’t Say: Say: I’m unemployed | I’m looking for work | I could start immediately | Can I send my resume or fill out an applicationSay:I’m looking for a company where I can invest skills, I am exploring a career in…, I’d like to discuss how my skills can make you money.Think like the employer and use phrases with compelling reasons to request your resume or talk with you further:Attitude: Resource Person vs. Job BeggarJob Beggar attitudes imply the want of a pay check more than the want to contribute to a company.Be sure to show this attitude in both your personal and online job searches.
28IDEA – you may print this info on your networking/business card S – SmileE – Eye ContactN – NameT – TouchElevator Speech/PitchI am _______________________________I want to ______________________________________________Ican ______________________________________________________IDEA – you may print this info on your networking/business card
29Online NetworkingOf 100 employers surveyed, 77% use search engines to learn more about candidates, 35% have screened-out based on online information.News reports predict that a growing number of employers prefer using Social Media over Resumes in their hiring process.Social MediaLinked In: The “professional” social media siteLearn to use Linked In for your Job Search --Twitter: Connect with many people based on common interestsFaceBook: Primarily for social networking with friends or family, but can be used effectively in job searching
31Why Can’t I Get An Interview? What does the Employer want or need?Soft Skills – dependability, attitude, personality, customer service, appearance, etc.Technical SkillsHow & where do they find it?AdvertisingWord-of-mouth (80%)How can you help?Investigate – learn all you can about the companyMeet the Need or reduce the Concern!# of applicants – Expense of hiring
32“Reduce the Concern & Meet the Need” #1 Goal of the Job SeekerReduce the Employer’s concern and meet their needs.“Reduce the Concern & Meet the Need”Think like the Employer – Look at the situation from the Employer’s perspectiveWhy should an employer hire you?What do you bring to the company that can benefit the company and increase their profits?---It takes about 9 months for an employer to make up the money spent for hiring an employee.
33Get to know the Employer Know a person who works at the companyCompany websiteBe a customerChamber of CommerceBetter Business BureauAnalyze job description (s)Personal visit
34Am I doing it right?Am I effectively communicating the skills and abilities that I offer the employer?Am I treating my job search like a job?Am I demonstrating my skills, abilities, and strengths within my job search?Am I considering the employer’s needs and concerns?Do my goals and values align with the company’s? Is this company right for me?
35Six Reasons People Do & Don’t Get the Job Presentation & ImageDoes the way you look, sound, & act positively represent the company?Attitude & PersonalityDo I want to work with you and do you fit into my company culture?Dependability & TrustCan I depend on you to work in my company’s best interest?Motivation & LoyaltyDo your actions and goals promote my company and its goals?Ability & AptitudeCan you do the job, or learn it quickly?Network & ContactsDo the people you know and attract benefit my company?PADMNA crash-course in Thinking Like an Employer!Credit: Elisabeth Sanders-Park –
36Do I Fit in? Employers hire for ABILITY – They fire for FIT! Avoid being screened-outGet into the Employers head:“Think Like the Employer”Evaluate your skills, abilities, and challengesCompare your assets to the needs of the employerLearn to communicate how you meet the employer’s needs – why you are the right candidateShow that you FIT the company’s culture and personality;Demonstrate how your values align with the company’s values and goals
37Demonstrate Your Soft Skills Many of your soft-skills can be demonstrated within your job search!Use your customer service skills while networkingShow your attention to detail on your job application and your resumeDisplay your initiative by sharing a helpful article on Linked-InShow your caring/positive attitude by working at a community eventUse your technical skills to help with a church or community projectTIP -- Companies report that fewer than 10% of interviewees send thank-you notes.This presents a great opportunity for candidates to position themselves positively versus the competition.
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40Professional Appearance Clean, neat, well-fitting(correct size, no holes, not wrinkled, conservative)Attention to details(hair, nails, shoes, etc.)Appropriate for your career field(no flip-flops, ball caps, t-shirts, holey jeans)Organized, resumes & documents preparedPositive attitude
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42Additional Information Need help with your Resume, your Job Search, or Networking?Find webinars and tons of helpful job search information at:Workshop hand-outs and Job Search Webinars are available at:Click on Employment Services then Find A Job
43Workshop Sources:Elisabeth Sanders-Park, WorkNet Solutions –Reviving Work Ethic –CareerOneStop.org – US Dept. of Labor, Employment & Training --Also, see Personal Effectiveness Competency (What Employers Want) at:Forbes / NACE: most-want-in-2015-graduates/CareerOneStop.org – Competency Model: see the document at: search-resource
44We hope these strategies will help you reach your career goals! Thank you / QuestionsWe hope these strategies will help you reach your career goals!Bryan Martin– Leflore, Latimer, & Haskell countiesJane Buffington -Atoka, Coal, Pittsburg, Hughes counties **Deidre Inselman – Bryan county and Texas **Stacy Hallmark – Choctaw, Pushmataha, & McCurtain countiesRhonda Mize – Oklahoma, Logan, Payne, Pawnee, Creek, Tulsa, Rogers, & Lincoln counties **** These specialists also work with clients in OK counties outsideof Choctaw Nation boundaries.Choctaw Nation Career Development|