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Welding/Machine: Job Search, Resumes, and Interviews
Transcript of Welding/Machine: Job Search, Resumes, and Interviews
On the Job
Job Searching, Interviewing & Landing the Job
Searching for a Job
Lots of bad ways
Blindly sending out your resume
monster, craigslist, or careerbuilder
Sitting and hoping a job falls into your lap
Ask someone in your network
Visit employers for whom you want to work
Call employers and ask to meet with a hiring manager
Few Days Before
Research the company
Interviews are about the 3 Rs and the 3 Ps: Research, research, research and Prepare, prepare, prepare.
Get directions to the interview location
If you live nearby, go there a day or two before the interview, just so you know how to get there. If it's a little farther away, give yourself PLENTY of time to get there the day of the interview.
Get your stuff ready
Dress to impress.
Print off extra copies of your resume
Review the job description
Prepare answers to common questions and examples of you performing the required work
Get a good night's sleep. Be showered and clean. Don't smoke in the car on the way there. Arrive 5-10 minutes early.
During the Interview
Leave your phone in the car.
Shake hands with everyone in the room and introduce yourself.
Maintain appropriate eye contact as you answer your questions.
Keep all responses work-related.
Interviewers will usually be looking for examples of your work. When thinking ahead about the interview, write down concrete examples of you performing at a high level.
Common Interview Questions
Questions about you
Tell us about yourself.
What are your strengths & weaknesses?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
How do you handle stress?
Questions about the company
Why do you want to work for us?
What do you think the job entails?
Questions about your work
Talk about a time you made a mistake and how you handled it.
How would your current or previous supervisor describe you?
What has been your greatest professional accomplishment so far?
Have questions prepared and ask them
Thank each person by name and shake their hand
Send a thank you note*, either through email or regular mail
Before you start
Keep learning about the company.
Get on a good sleep schedule.
Drive to the workplace (or take public transportation) during your normal shift time.
Show up early
Bring lunch with you
Dress to work
Ask lots of questions
Listen and take notes
Keep at It
Let us know what you're up to. The best part of our jobs is your success, so keep us informed. Plus, once you're running that company, we'll need you to come back and hire some graduates!
And you thought you'd be done once you got a job. Ha!
Keep learning new skills. Go for new certifications. Never be content with what you know.
Questions for the road ahead?
what not to do,
care of Michael Scott
*A note about thank you notes:
They're not about thanking the person. Use it as an opportunity to restate your qualifications and why you both want and would be good for the job.
A note on these websites:
They can be a good way to find jobs but they are not a good way to apply for jobs.