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1-3 JOB APPLICATION SKILLS AND TOOLS Goals: -Discuss strategies to find and apply for jobs in the internet age. -Explain how to prepare a resume and a cover letter. -Describe successful job application and interview strategies.
BELL RINGER Log on to a computer. Go to http://tamiheiser.wikispaces.com/
HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT ABOUT JOB OPENING? Contacts: a person you know such as a relative or friend Networking sites Company websites Online career and employment sites
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE CONTACTS WHEN YOU START LOOKING FOR A JOB? Your contacts are most likely to have information about job openings before they are made public. Already, you can start building your social network – a group of friends and acquaintances who you keep in contact and share information.
WHAT IS A SOCIAL NETWORK SITE? Social networking sites have members who share information about themselves and their lives, discuss topics of interest, and participate in online events. Examples: Twitter, Linkedin, MySpace, and FaceBook
DO AND DON’TS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES Do: Be Courteous and thoughtful Be appreciative when you get good information Follow through and do your best when others recommend you Share information that benefits others Proofread very carefully before posting information Read your postings from others’ points of view Don’t: Criticize or be negative about others Complain about your job, employer, or others Swear, use slang, or poor language Neglect others when they ask for your help Post information that could lead others to think poorly or you Brag or seem arrogant or thoughtless
JOB SHADOWING AND COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE Job Shadowing is spending time observing a worker in a type of job that interests you. Cooperative Work Experience is a program where students attend classes part of the day and then go to a job that provides supervised work. A cooperative work experience helps students prepare for a career and making career choices.
FINDING JOBS ONLINE Many businesses maintain websites that list jov openings. Others list postings on websites such as Jobdango, Cooljobs.com, Yahoo! HotJobs, Monster, CareerBuilder, craiglist, and Resumeblaster.com Can also use a job scout – a type of computer program known as an intelligent agent.
OTHER WAYS TO FIND JOBS Employment Agencies help job seekers find a job for which they are qualified. There are both public and private employment agencies. Headhunter is a type of employment specialist who seeks out highly qualified people to fill upper level positions for an employer. State Employment Office is a government agency that helps people find jobs. Temp Agencies is an employment agency that provides part-time and full-time jobs on a temporary basis.
THE RESUME A resume is a summary of your work experience, education, skills, and interests that qualify you for a job opening. No set rules for preparing a resume. Choose a style that best presents your strengths.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR A RESUME Have a master resume that lists everything. Tailor each resume to best match you skill set to those listed in the job opening. Keep each tailored resume to one page. Keep the resume simple, attractive, and easy to read. Proofread thoroughly. For hard copies, avoid bright colors, odd sizes, and stained or discolored paper.
CONTENTS OF A RESUME Include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. (Do not include personal information such as age of ethnic background). Include a career objective (optional). If used, keep it short, direct, forward-looking, and specific. List your education with the most recent first. Include areas of study, grade point average, and honors. List jobs you have held, both paid and unpaid, the most recent listed first. Describe the work you have done and the names and addresses of the employers. May Include activities, hobbies and organizations. References may be listed on resume or on a separate sheet with “will be provided on request” written on resume. References includes name, title, address, phone number, and email address.
REFERENCES Should be over 18 years of age. Someone you have know for several months. They should know your skills, character, and achievement. Not related to you. Best references are teachers, former and current employers, advisers, counselors, coaches, and adults in business. Ask permission before listing someone as a reference References are important because they reflect your job qualifications and how you have worked with others.
SCANNABLE RESUME A scannable resume is designed for easy reading by a scanner. It contains key words that are targeted for matching skills with job opening words. Use simple standard font, avoiding fancy italics, shading, columns, lines, and graphics.
THE COVER LETTER A cover letter accompanies a resume. Should be short and direct. First paragraph identifies your purpose, what you want. Second paragraph points out key qualifications or skills that makes you unique. Express interest in the company. Final paragraph should wrap up the letter in a friendly but direct manner. Ask for an interview and specify when you are available.
FILLING OUT THE JOB APPLICATION Fill the form out completely being truthful. Have all the information with you. Use a good pen that does not skip or blot. Be sure it is error-free. When you cannot answer a question or it isn’t applicable, use the abbreviation N/A Be truthful and give complete names of references Keep a copy for your records
PREPARING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW Know your resume Rehearse open-ended questions Lean forward, listen carefully, and show the interviewer you interested Arrive on time or be about 10 min. early. Dress appropriately. Always go alone Appear self-confident and relaxed. Be courteous Think before you speak Look directly at your interviewer, make eye contact frequently, smile often. Do company research so you can speak intelligently about the company and ask meaningful questions.
ASSIGNMENT Due tomorrow (Jan. 13):Answer questions 1-19 on pg. 32. Due Tuesday (Jan. 13): Go to www.bls.gov/OCO/ and print information about three careers. On one of those careers write a short report (less than 1 page) on the types of information found (job title, nature of the work, work environment, training and skills required, and job prospects). www.bls.gov/OCO/