Presentation on theme: "Finding a Job Chapter 11. Objectives Prepare documents needed for a job search Compare ways of finding job leads Demonstrate how to complete a job application."— Presentation transcript:
Objectives Prepare documents needed for a job search Compare ways of finding job leads Demonstrate how to complete a job application Propose strategies for a successful job interview Describe how to evaluate a job offer
Organizing a Job Search Prepare a résumé Compile a portfolio Finding Job leads
Preparing a Résumé Most professional jobs require applicants to provide a résumé. Résumé – a written summary of a job seeker’s work experience, education, and skills. It is the first bit of information an employer sees of you. It determines if you get an interview. It is a tool to sell yourself.
Résumé Writing Keep it brief – ideally one page. Include an employment objective that fits the job you’re applying for. When listing work experience and education, start with the most recent experience and work backward. If you’ve never been employed, highlight experiences such as volunteer work, school activities, and neighborhood jobs. Focus on your strengths. Include awards or honors. Above all, make sure everything on your résumé is accurate and honest.
Compile a Portfolio Portfolio – collection of work samples that demonstrate your skills. It is a good idea to have a special folder with the following: Résumé List of references Letters of recommendation Awards
Finding Job Leads Job leads – information about specific job openings Networking School Resources Printed Ads Internet Resources Employment Agencies
Applying for a Job Send a cover letter and résumé Fill out an application
Writing a Cover Letter Brief letter that introduces yourself, explains how to found the job opening and highlights your experience. Usually only three paragraphs long. Paragraph 1 – How did you hear about the job opening Paragraph 2 – Highlight your work/education experience (SELL YOURSELF) Paragraph 3 – Thank them for their time and tell them that you expect to hear from them soon.
Complete an Application An application asks for some personal information. Name, contact information, SSN. Have your résumé handy when completing an application. Most of the information should be on it. Be legible, accurate, honest and complete. If a question does not apply to you, but either a NA or a “–” through the box.
Prepare for the Interview Learn about the company. (internet is your friend) Find common interview questions and practice interviewing with someone. Know where you are going and when! Plan on what you are wearing ahead of time.
WHAT TO WEAR!!!!!!! MALE SLACKS BUTTON UP SHIRT TIE DRESS SHOES SHAVE FEMALE SLACKS OR SKIRT (KNEE LENGTH) DRESS (KNEE LENGTH) BE MODEST, COVER GOODS NYLONS OR TIGHTS CLOSED TOE SHOES LIMIT JEWELERY
What to Wear Continued Avoid extreme styles. Including hair and make-up. Be modest Dress to impress, this is your chance to make a first impression. You can’t redo it!!!!
Making a Positive Impression Arrive on time, or even a little early Be friendly but businesslike Sit up straight Speak clearly; don’t mumble Maintain eye contact Think positively about yourself
Answering and Asking Questions Answering Avoid interrupting Listen carefully Keep your responses brief and focused Be enthusiastic and sincere about the job Asking Bring up questions that you have about the job
Discussing Pay and Benefits Compensation package Leave policies Health plan Retirement plan Other
Evaluating a Job Offer It is usually wise to take 24 four hours in order to think a job offer over. Consider if the job suits your personality Offers you the job skills that you are looking for The compensation package is adequate
Handling Rejection Be polite and courteous. Ask why you were not considered for the job. Most of the time they employers do not make follow up calls, if not look back at the interview and see if you notice what went wrong.