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7 "R's" Career Fair Success with Resume & Letter Correspond Workshop

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Transcript of 7 "R's" Career Fair Success with Resume & Letter Correspond Workshop

How to Get from Resume to...You're Hired!
Research
The R's to
Career Fair
Preparation

Resume
Refine
Request
Ashley Gei, Counselor
Bluegrass Community & Technical College
Career Development & Counseling Center

Rehearse
Resume Structure
Resume Writing Guidelines:
The Do's And Don'ts
Cover Letter
Networking Letter
Professional
Resumes &
Correspondence

Three types of Employment Letters
Take time to research employers attending the Career Fair.

Employers attending the Career Fair are listed on CareerLink.

Make a list of the top 5 - 10 employers you want to visit and keep that with you the day of the fair.

Be assertive in striving to
match your skills and interests.

Clarify your goals before the
career fair in order to leave
with meaningful contacts and information.


Have at least 10 copies of your best resume, on high quality white
paper, prepared for representatives at the Employer Showcase.

Ensure that your resume is free of errors and has been critiqued by a Career Counselor in the Career Development & Counseling Center.

Make a separate list of references to add to your resume.

Carry your resume in a leather portfolio or folder with a nice pen and a pad of paper.
You have only 5 seconds to make a first impression!

Practice Your Introduction:
Present yourself as confident, pleasant, and
relaxed.
 Give a smile.
 Make good eye contact.
 Give a firm handshake.
Dress Professionally
Practice introducing yourself ALOUD.

Be prepared to respond to the question: “Tell me a
little bit about yourself.”
 Your major and education level
 Why you chose your major
 What you like best about your chosen field
 What you do best in regard to your major
 What are your strengths and passions
Use person's name when talking to them.

Use your manners and be respectful.

Be a good listener.

Make your own positive impression.

Collect business cards and ask who is
serving as the contact person.

Make notes about your conversation with each representative and use this information
in follow-up letters and phone calls.

Send thank you letters within 24 to 48 hours.

Know when to move on if there are is a long line and come back later.

Do not cruise the booths with friends.

Don't just grab goodies from the companies tables!

Hire Me
No, Hire Me
Request information from the corporate representatives by
asking intelligent questions that demonstrate your knowledge of
the company, your interest, as well as your awareness of your
needs in a career opportunity.

Some good questions:
• What type of training program do you offer new employees?
• Describe the work environment of your company.
• How are employees evaluated and promoted?
• How has working at this company influenced your personal
and professional growth?
• What are the major projects being undertaken now?

Tips to Help You Relax
On Career Fair Day!
• Deep Breathing

• Progressive Muscle Relaxation

• Visualization

• Eating Healthy

• Cognitive Restructuring

• Listening to Music


Remember
Career Link
View job postings from the following sources:
Postings sent to BCTC Career Link
NACELink Network

Utilize Search agents

Get details about the Job Fair
Upload resumes and post in resume books

Get employer contacts from employer database

Apply for on-Campus interviews
https://bluegrass-kctcs-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php
Authenticity is the degree to which one is
true to one's own personality, spirit, or
character, despite external pressures.
Relax
What is Authenticity?
Enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and build your network.

Explore options! You can't tell what a company has to offer by simply looking at their name.

Successful candidates will find a match regardless of what positions
a company currently
advertised.

Don't put all your eggs in on
basket, continue the job
search through all avenues.
Professional Correspondence
Types of Correspondence
Cover Letter
Prospective Letter
Networking Letter
Thank You Letter
Letter of Acceptance, Withdrawal
or Rejection
Email Etiquiette
A Cover Letter is used to accompany a resume in
applying for a posted position.

Use 3-4 paragraph structure

Identify your purpose for the letter –
name the position you are applying for
name your source of information (Wildcat CareerLink, a person etc…)

Paragraphs 2-3 should address your qualifications.
Begin with your strongest qualifications relevant to the position and provide evidence through accomplishments.

Last paragraph summarizes your qualifications.
Request an interview and give contact information.

Thank them for their time and consideration

Cover Letter Structure
Prospective Letter
Sometimes called a “letter of inquiry.” Used to inquire about
opportunities when the your desired position is not posted.
A Networking Letter is used to arrange informational interviews
from networking contacts - NOT job interviews!
Following an interview, promptly (within 2 business days) write the interviewer a letter expressing appreciation and thanks for the interview. The purpose of this letter is to: Show appreciation for the employer's interest in you. Reiterate your interest in the position and in the organization.
Thank You Letter
Have a professional email account (not CutiePatootie@gmail.com)

Don’t need to include the date, physical addresses, or your signature

Put your name and the position title in the subject line

Copy/paste the body of the letter into
the email

Don’t use informal text lingo or
incorrect grammar

Email Etiquette
Acceptance Letter
A Acceptance Letter is used to accept a job offer
and confirm the terms of your employment
Withdrawal Letter
A Withdrawal letter written to withdraw your
application for or acceptance of a job offer
Rejection Letter
A formal letter sent to decline a job offer

For additional assistance with Careerlink, resumes, interviewing, job search strategies, or deciding on a major :

Come to the Career Development & Counseling Center during our hours.

Mondays -Fridays
8AM-4:30PM

Our Locations:
Cooper Campus Leestown Campus Newtown Campus
AT Building Room 102 A Building Room 240 Classroom Building Room 103

Call to Schedule an appointment at (859)-246-6550

Don’t Forget to create an account on CareerLink to view all the services and connections to employers for internships and jobs, and MUCH MORE!

Go to: https://bluegrass-kctcs-csm.symplicity.com/


Thank you!
Use a positive tone in your writing

Use action words and power statements

Use 1 inch margins on all sides

Use an easy to read font such as Lucinda Sans Unicode or Verdana.

1 page length recommended for entry level

Use resume paper and envelope for traditional mailing.

Always accompanied with a Cover Letter

Always use spell check

Take your resume to a resume expert before sending

What to do
No Personal Information (i.e., age, marital status, number
of children, religion, and pictures, etc.)

NO typos or grammatical errors

Don’t abbreviate in most cases. (G.P.A. is O.K.)

Never use a font size smaller than 10.

Never staple resume to the Cover Letter

Never, ever lie on your Resume!!
What Not TO Do
Contact Information
Education
Education Additions
Related Job Skills and Abilities
Transferable Skills and Abilities
Volunteer and Community Work
Work History

Contact Information
Name
Current Address
Permanent Address
Area code and phone number (Avoid an unpleasant
or offensive voicemail message)
Email address (Avoid an offensive email address)
No personal information on resume
No pictures on resume

Colleges or Universities: list all starting with current or
most recent
City, State
Degree, Major and Date
G.P.A. – 3.0 or above
Relevant Coursework
Relevant Projects
Internships
Honors and Distinctions
Certifications
Licenses
Professional Workshops

Education
Relevant Skills : to the position to which you are applying

Transferable Workplace Skills: such as
customer service or budgeting

Computer and Software Programs

Foreign Language Skills: Both fluent and conversational

Additional Skills: grant writing, event planning, sign language, etc.

Skills and Abilities
Internships paid or unpaid related to job to which you are applying.

Paid employment related to major or job to which you are applying.

Volunteer work related to major or job

Company name, City, State and your job title

Starting and ending employment dates

Brief job descriptions

On the job accomplishments especially those that can be quantified in $ or % increases.
Related Work Experience
List Relevant Activities that show engagement with others:

Fraternities/Sororities
Campus Organizations
Sports
Positions and Participation
Skills Acquired and Used
Accomplishments
Activities
List:
Who
When
Where
What
How many hours volunteered
Description of participation

Community or
Volunteer Services
Resumes
Why Do We Use Resumes?
Gives an Overview of your Education, Background, Skills and Qualifications

Markets your abilities and reflects your
personality when you are not present

Accompanies your job application and cover
letter, including your graduate school
application.

Serves as a Pre-screening vehicle for employers

Convinces an employer to interview you

Send or deliver a Resume with a Cover Letter that is specific to each job to which you are applying

Attach resumes to Online Applications

Hand out resumes at Career Fairs

Take to Interviews

Take to Networking Meetings

Always keep your resume updated!

How Do I Use A Resume
Types of Resumes
Functional Resume:

Lists skills and experiences by function using functional headings rather than a work history list only

Chronological Resume:

lists Work History by most recent dates


Combination Resume:

Uses both functional and chronological elements

Targeted Resume:
A targeted resume is a resume that is customized so that it specifically highlights the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
rESOURCES
1. Career fairs. (2012). James W. Stuckert Career Center. University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY. http://www.uky.edu/careercenter/students/career-fairs

2. Doyle, A. (2014). Resume types: Chronological, functional, combination or targeted. About Careers. http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumes/p/resumetypes.htm

3. How to write a resume. (2013). James W. Stuckert Career Center. University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY.

4. Preparing for the career fair. (2013). James W. Stuckert Career Center. University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY. http://www.uky.edu/careercenter/presentations

5. Professional correspondence. (2013). James W. Stuckert Career Center. University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY.

6. 10 Steps to career fair success. (2012). James W. Stuckert Career Center. University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY.

Doyle, A. (2014). Resume types: Chronological, functional, combination or targeted. About Careers. http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumes/p/resumetypes.htm
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