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2 Real 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.

3 Employers Want Soft skills (work ethic) Come to work every day on time Follow directions Apply good listening skills Concentrate on work Recognize problems & find solutions Manage time effectively Maintain a safe work environment Be honest and dependable Dress properly & practice good grooming Be cooperative Have a positive attitude Be a courteous & considerate team member Be a continuous learner OK Employment Security Commission & Workforce OK

4 Employer’s Wish List Communication Teamwork Problem solving/Decision making Plan/Organize/ Prioritize Critical thinking (#5-6) Technical skills Computer literacy Writing Leadership Nov Forbes article & NACE Survey (**Write these down!)

5 Google Search: “Employer Wish List” US News & World Report Article, Sept Empathy. 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?

6 “Wish List” Continued Self-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.

7 Most needed: Soft Skills -- Work Ethic -- Employer Expectations

8 Texting Poll Join the polling session – Text CHOCTAWCD2015 to All texting charges do apply per your text messaging plan. You may text only ONE answer to each question.


10 The 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.

11 The Stats On 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.

12 The 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.

13 Relevance Skills, qualifications, and accomplishments that match target job Key words (terminology) that tie individual to target job or profession Accomplishment-based; performance & achievements from past jobs or projects Education, certifications, & training Professional experience Professional format Organized and focused on target job Neat and easy to read/skim (standard fonts) Correct grammar, punctuation, & capitalization (no abbreviations) Robot friendly (Applicant Tracking System) Resume Essentials

14 Contact Information Professional addresses Cell phone service with fully paid account Professional 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.) Effective Resume Development

15 Job description or list of requirements for career field Knowledge of company/organization listing job opening Listing of education, training, & certifications/licenses earned with dates & locations Listing of work experience (not more than 10 years) with titles, dates, accomplishments/responsibilities, & locations May be paid or volunteer experience Effective Resume Development Resume Content Contact InformationEducation Skills SummaryWork or Professional Experience AchievementsCertifications / Licensures Leadership Experiences Memberships / Activities Other Relevant Info

16 A resume MAY include the following if it is relevant to the target job and adds value to the resume. Educational courses GPA (if 3.6 or above) Equipment operated Memberships in professional or community organizations Military service Extra-curricular school/community activities (leadership, event organization) Personal – foreign languages, special talents Be truthful!

17 Come from a Job Description and/or Job Requirements Words/phrases that occur multiple times Words/phrases that are similar or relay a common theme Dedicated, 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 section May be copied directly from job description if they are exact fit for applicant’s skill sets May be found by searching job titles & descriptions at O*NET -- Key Words & Phrases

18 Include a Qualifications Summary section Objectives – not recommended Dates – use the year only in the employment history and education sections Length – generally 1 page, more pages may be used if you have extensive relevant experience Font – 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 information Always get a person’s approval before using as a reference Effective Resume Formatting

19 Resume Resources Resume builders: | | Choctaw Career Development website: -- (resume check-list, sample resumes, uploading resumes, resume development webinars) Other helpful sites: | | 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


21 Everyone is welcome! Employers: AEP / PSO Duit Construction PGT Trucking McAlester Army Ammunition Plant SE OK State University Trinity Industries Tyson Foods Dept. of Corrections International Paper CLEET Choctaw Nation HR Hiring Partners Muscogee Creek Nation HR And Many More!

22 Job Search Plan 1. Commitment (time, emotions, resources) 2.Determine what you want (type of job/company) 3.Explore options & research companies 4.Develop a self-enhancement action plan (education, additional experience, new skills, new contacts, etc) 5.Prepare a written job search strategy & stick to it (include written documentation of each step completed) 6.Never stop job hunting & following-up (do all the little things) 7.Adjust the plan as needed Like 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. “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” –Benjamin Franklin

23 Networking Communicating who you are, what you can do, and what you want to do with as many people as possible. Networking Requires: Planning Organizing Research skills Courage NOT – Asking people for a job!

24 In-Person Networking Formal – Community/school organizations, job fairs, volunteer jobs, internships Informal – Social or sports events, through friends or acquaintances Online Networking / Social Media Employers 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 Boards Blogs

25 Side 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-Park Spontaneous Contact: paper, online, phone, in-person, credible reference Introduction by Acquaintance: social setting, workplace Show Then Tell: volunteer, internship, or temp work Samples of Your Work Customer Contact Side Doors – 80%+ of good employment opportunities are never advertised

26 Front Door Side Door 80% of job opportunities never get advertised

27 Attitude for Success Don’t Say: I’m unemployed | I’m looking for work | I could start immediately | Can I send my resume or fill out an application Say: 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 Beggar Job 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.

28 Networking Elevator Speech/Pitch I am _______________________________ I want to _________________________­­­­_____________________ Ican ______________________________________________________ IDEA – you may print this info on your networking/business card

29 Online Networking Of 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 Media Linked In: The “professional” social media site Learn to use Linked In for your Job Search -- Twitter: Connect with many people based on common interests FaceBook: Primarily for social networking with friends or family, but can be used effectively in job searching


31 What does the Employer want or need? Soft Skills – dependability, attitude, personality, customer service, appearance, etc. Technical Skills How & where do they find it? Advertising Word-of-mouth (80%) How can you help? Investigate – learn all you can about the company Meet the Need or reduce the Concern!

32 #1 Goal of the Job Seeker Reduce 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 perspective Why 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.

33 Know a person who works at the company Company website Be a customer Chamber of Commerce Better Business Bureau Analyze job description (s) Personal visit Get to know the Employer

34 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?

35 Six Reasons People Do & Don’t Get the Job PADMANPADMAN Presentation & Image Does the way you look, sound, & act positively represent the company? Attitude & Personality Do I want to work with you and do you fit into my company culture? Dependability & Trust Can I depend on you to work in my company’s best interest? Motivation & Loyalty Do your actions and goals promote my company and its goals? Ability & Aptitude Can you do the job, or learn it quickly? Network & Contacts Do the people you know and attract benefit my company? Credit: Elisabeth Sanders-Park – A crash-course in Thinking Like an Employer!

36 Employers hire for ABILITY – They fire for FIT! Avoid being screened-out Get into the Employers head: “Think Like the Employer” Evaluate your skills, abilities, and challenges Compare your assets to the needs of the employer Learn to communicate how you meet the employer’s needs – why you are the right candidate Show that you FIT the company’s culture and personality; Demonstrate how your values align with the company’s values and goals

37 Many of your soft-skills can be demonstrated within your job search! Use your customer service skills while networking Show your attention to detail on your job application and your resume Display your initiative by sharing a helpful article on Linked-In Show your caring/positive attitude by working at a community event Use your technical skills to help with a church or community project TIP -- 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.

38 Get Ready! Veterans Resource Center Continuing Education Opportunities: OSU-IT Southeastern OK State Univ. Eastern OK State College Murray State College Grayson College 4C Welding School Central Tech Truck Driving And many more… Employment Resource Center Motivational Speaker LIFE Career Exploration MFG Careers Exhibit


40 Professional 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 prepared Positive attitude

41 Pre-Register Today! Simple and quick Save time – don’t stand in line at the Expo!

42 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

43 Elisabeth Sanders-Park, WorkNet Solutions – Reviving Work Ethic – – US Dept. of Labor, Employment & Training -- Also, see Personal Effectiveness Competency (What Employers Want) at: Forbes / NACE: most-want-in-2015-graduates/ most-want-in-2015-graduates/ – Competency Model: see the document at: search-resource search-resource Workshop Sources:

44 We hope these strategies will help you reach your career goals! Bryan Martin– Leflore, Latimer, & Haskell counties Jane Buffington -Atoka, Coal, Pittsburg, Hughes counties ** Deidre Inselman – Bryan county and Texas ** Stacy Hallmark – Choctaw, Pushmataha, & McCurtain counties Rhonda Mize – Oklahoma, Logan, Payne, Pawnee, Creek, Tulsa, Rogers, & Lincoln counties ** ** These specialists also work with clients in OK counties outside of Choctaw Nation boundaries. Choctaw Nation Career Development |

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