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1 6.02 PowerPoint 6.02 Understand procedures for gaining employment.

2 The procedures to follow when looking for a job include: Complete a résumé Write a cover letter (or Letter of Application) Complete a job application Interview with the potential employer Send a thank-you letter

3 The Résumé

4 Purposes of a Résumé Provide a summary of the applicant’s qualifications Stimulate interest of an employer Save time in the interview process

5 Guidelines for Writing a Résumé One page, if possible Be honest Reverse chronological order Use “action verbs” (created, designed)

6 Use present tense and past tense Get permission to use names as references Key and proofread carefully – no errors! Guidelines for Writing a Résumé

7 Personal data- Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address Job Objective- state the job you are applying for Education background- schools you have attended or are currently attending and any subjects or programs in which you are specialized. Work experience/volunteer work- list your work experience beginning with your most recent job. Also, include volunteer work. Contents of a Résumé

8 Special skills and abilities- list any job-related skills and abilities. –NOT: for a web designer – “can function without additional oxygen at 24,000 feet”. Honors and Activities- List any honors or awards you have received that relate to the job References available upon request- people who will recommend you to an employer. –Should not be family members. –Teachers, club leaders, neighbors, and anyone you’ve worked for before make good references. Contents of a Résumé


10 The Cover Letter

11 Purposes of a Cover Letter Sent in addition to your résumé. A MUST when responding to want ads

12 Guidelines for Writing a Cover Letter Neatly type Address to a specific person Keep it brief & concise 1 page Personal business letter format

13 1.First paragraph tells the position you are interested in and where you found out about the position 2.Middle or second paragraph stimulates interest in your qualifications and refers to your résumé 3.Last paragraph should cause the reader to contact the applicant to arrange for an interview Contents of a Cover Letter


15 The Job Application

16 Purposes of a Job Application Indicates an applicant’s abilities Determines how well you can understand and follow directions Indicates neatness, thoroughness, spelling, and writing abilities

17 Guidelines for Completing a Job Application Bring with you: –pen –social security number –Résumé –names and addresses of former employers –references Read entire form FIRST Complete all blanks –write “NA” if an item does not apply to you Provide honest, complete and accurate information.

18 Be neat; ask for another form if necessary Use black or blue ink ONLY –Key an application if possible. Sign properly Review form completely Guidelines for Completing a Job Application

19 The Interview

20 Interview Techniques Preparation Interview Etiquette Following the Interview

21 Interview Preparation Research the Company Practice Dress the Part Take Résumé and References

22 Be on time No gum Go alone Show self-confidence Give Introduction and handshake Maintain good posture Use appropriate body language (Including eye contact, gestures, etc,) Speak clearly Be a good listener Sell yourself and your qualifications Show interest in advancement Tell the truth Show a positive attitude and enthusiasm Be prepared to answer questions Do not criticize other employees Thank the interviewer for their time Proper Interview Etiquette

23 Chew gum Smoke beforehand Rely on your résumé to sell you Tell jokes during the interview Act desperate Say anything negative about former colleagues Answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no” Discuss personal issues Answer cell phone calls Ask about salary Interview Don’ts

24 Following the Interview Send a thank- you letter Be Persistent

25 The Thank-you Letter

26 Purposes of a Thank-you Letter Shows that you are still interested Allows you to clarify something said in the interview or mention something that may have occurred to you later

27 Guidelines for Writing a Thank-you Letter Thank the interviewer Let the employer know that you want the job Be brief and polite Send no later than two days following the interview Proof the letter to make sure there are no mistakes

28 Other Methods of Follow-up Telephone call E-mail

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