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4.3 Apply for a Job Goals:  Identify ways to find out about job openings.  Describe the job application process.

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1 4.3 Apply for a Job Goals:  Identify ways to find out about job openings.  Describe the job application process.

2 Apply for a Job Key Terms:  Referral  Temporary Agency  Resume  Cover Letter  Reference

3 6 Ways to Look for Job Openings 1. People you know- referrals 2. Potential Employers- applications on file 3. Newspapers 4. Employment Agencies 5. Temporary Agencies 6. Jobs Online

4 1. Think of ALL the people you know  THIS IS SO IMPORTANT- NETWORK Studies show that 40% of all employees found their first job through a REFERRAL! A referral is the recommendation of a person for a job given to an employer by someone the employer knows.  Referrals from successful employees at the company are especially powerful.

5 2. Potential Employees  Most businesses keep files of applications that they use when they have job openings.  Make sure that businesses that you would like to work for have your application on file.

6 3. Newspapers  Local newspapers can alert you to job openings. Check the help-wanted ads.  Newspapers are likely to have entry-level jobs posted in the want ads.  BE PROACTIVE.

7 4.Employment Agencies & 5. Temporary Agencies  Employment Agencies- government or private organizations that help people find jobs and employers find qualified workers.  Temporary Agency- is a private company that specializes in supplying short-term employees to businesses.  Benefit of Temp Agencies is it allows you to sample many types of jobs and often leads to full time employment.

8 6. Jobs Online  Online job search sites allow you to search for job openings in your field across the country and globally.  You can often post your resume on these sites.  There are relatively few entry-level positions on these commercial web-sites.  Companies often post their job openings on their own web sites!

9 4.3 Goal #2 The Application Process RRemember during the application process you are selling yourself! YYou must convince the employer that you are the best person for the job! EEverything you say or do in the application process will affect your chances of being offered the job! GOOD NOT GOOD

10 The Job Application Process 1. Preparing a Resume 2. Writing a cover letter 3. Completing the application 4. References

11 1. Preparing a Resume  A resume is a brief summary of your job qualifications, including your education and training, job skills and work experience. RResume are designed to help emphasize your strengths to potential employers. 1.Express yourself clearly. 2.Be brief- limit resume to ONE PAGE. 3.Use dynamic words. 4.Always tell the truth. 5.Check your resume carefully. 6.Ask someone who has experience with resumes evaluate your resume.

12 What to include in a Resume MUST HAVES: 1. Your contact information including your name, address and telephone #’s. 2. Your objective in seeking a job. 3. Your education and training. 4. Your employment history. MAY ALSO INCLUDE: Special qualifications, certifications, honors you have received and volunteer experience.

13 2. Writing a Cover Letter  A cover letter is your letter of introduction that is sent along with your resume.  The purpose of a cover letter is to encourage the employer to read your resume and ask you for an interview.  Cover Letter Must Haves: 1.Explain why you are applying for the job 2.Mention strengths that will be most important to the employer 3.How your services will benefit the employer

14 3. Completing the Application  When you apply for a job, you will probably have to complete a written application.  Be prepared with the following information: 1.Your name, address, telephone # and Social Security #. 2.Information about your education & training. 3.List of work experience, including company names & addresses, date of employment, supervisor names and reasons for leaving. 4.The name of the job you are applying for and salary you expect to receive.

15 Completing the Application Helpful Hints 1. Read the entire application before you write anything, then follow the directions exactly. 2. Work slowly, be neat. (If you make a mistake ask for another form) 3. You must use pen. Ask if the application is available online. 4. Answer all the questions that apply to you. 5. Spell your words correctly. If you struggle with spelling bring an electronic speller and check the word before you write it. 6. Check your work when you are finished – Proofread!

16 4. References  Prospective employers usually want you to supply a list of references.  A reference is a person the employer can contact to verify your training, experience or character.  Reference Guidelines: 1.Choose 3-4 people who you know will recommend you. (not family members) 2.Always ask for permission to use someone as a reference before you give their name to an employer. 3.Once you get the job, send your references a thank you letter.

17 Potential References Make a list of good potential references: 1. Previous supervisors 2. Adult family friend 3. Teacher 4. Coach 5. Club Advisor 6. Church Leader

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