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How to get the Job

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Lisa Acevedo

on 6 April 2013

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Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews and Thank You's Step 2: Use the Job Description to determine what experience or categories you will focus/emphasize on your resume Education Step 3: Formatting some basic rules of thumb Step 5: Critique, Edit, and Print After you've pieced together your resume, it's important to have someone else look it over before printing it on expensive resume paper. before we move on? [What should go on one?]
Your contact information
Current and past jobs
Relevant Experiences
Volunteer work (If Relevant)
Skills (technology, language, etc.)
Certifications & Honors [Purpose of a resume] Demonstrates how your skills, knowledge, and abilities are a fit for a particular position (Shows what you have to offer)
Your Resume is your marketing tool, an advertisement of YOU
Gives a snap shot of your achievements
Makes your first Impression
Used to help employers develop interview questions
MOST IMPORTANT: Used to get you an interview BE A COMPETITIVE INTERVIEWER What's the point of an interview? Step 1: Find a Job Description This is the time for you to convey why you are the perfect fit for the job.
Interviewing is a skill, and like any skill, you get better with practice.
Interviewing is a two-way street. Before Your Interview: 3 Keys to Successful Interviewing 1. Know yourself: How well do you fit the job description? What are the skills, abilities, and qualities you have that can benefit the organization? Why are you the solution to their problem? Have examples prepared 3. Dress the part: Do you look professional? Are you conveying a first impression that is polished, positive, credible, and confident? 2. Do the research: What do you know about the job and organization? what are the organization's main services or products, primary values, culture? Related Experience Work Experience Licenses and Certifications Volunteer Service Honors Professional Affiliations Technical Competencies/Computer Skills [Note: you might not need every category] Use a professional looking font Ladies: Which outfit is good for an interview? Margins are to be set between 0.5" and 1.0" on all sides You should shoot for 1 page for every 10 years of experience All resumes should be printed on resume paper....but let's be honest, most resumes are uploaded or emailed these days, so formatting is KEY What you should wear: A two piece business suit (pants or knee length skirt) in black, gray, or navy blue.
Undershirt that compliments suit color. Avoid anything low cut.
If you want, a scarf in a complimentary color is acceptable.
Neutral colored hose.
A pair of dark colored pumps or flats. It should be closed toe and heel, and heel should be no higher than two inches. Your Appearance: Your hair should be neat and conservatively styled. It's fine to wear your hair down as long as its not in your face and you don't play with it.
Make up should be natural looking.
No more than 7 pieces of jewelry (glasses count in this number). Only one earring in each ear and remove all visible piercings. Cover up tattoos.
Fingernails should be trimmed and painted a neutral color. Smell clean and don't overuse perfume. Step 4: The Fine Details When looking at the job description ,
what are some key things that stood out to you? At the interview: Arrive 15 minutes early.
Firm Handshake to everyone
Introduce yourself to everyone: Full Name
Get business cards from everyone you talk to
Bring a professional portfolio with notepad and pen to write notes
Bring 2-3 Copies of your Cover Letter, Resume, and Reference Sheet
Answer questions thoroughly, but don't take too long
Avoid "ums," "uhhs," and cliches
Be Positive, Don't be negative
Watch your body language! Headings Body Language Basics Good eye contact
Sit up straight, no slouching
“Mirror” your interviewer
Lean slightly forward to convey interest
No fidgeting, playing with pen/hair/nails
Watch crossed arms, crossed legs, conveys “closed mindedness.” A heading is just your contact information. What's important is that it's up-to-date information and your name stands out. Lisa Acevedo 1975 Kean St.
Union, NJ 19750
(555) 555 - 5555
lisa.Acevedo@lambdalady.org name current address phone number professional email Traditional Interview Questions Towards the Top OR Bottom of Resume

List Your highest level of education first.

Other things to consider putting in your education section:
GPA (only if above 3.5)
Dean's list
Related Courses
Academic Achievements or Leadership Roles if Relevant to the position Tell me about yourself.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What do you know about our company?
Why should we hire you? Education Section Behavior Based Interview Questions Tell me about a time where you worked in a group? What was the outcome?
Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a coworker or supervisor. How did you resolve it?
Tell me about a time you failed and what was the outcome? How to answer behavior questions: S ituation: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. T A R ask: What goal were you working towards? esult: Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behavior. ction: Describe the actions you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on YOU. What specific steps did you take and what was your particular contribution? Education The University of Texas, Austin, Texas May 2016 Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education Concentration: Language Arts
Minor: Journalism
GPA: 3.75/4.00 (overall)
Dean's List (7)
Praxis: 187 Note: Your degree should be emphasized. Your Time: Your Questions { Prepare 5-7 questions for your interviewer before the interview
Don't ask questions about things you should've learned through research
Don't ask about salary or benefits Examples: Smaller details should be bulleted or tabed. How is the training structured?
How would you describe the ideal candidate?
What are the biggest challenges about this job?
What are the development opportunities for someone in this role?
Where would you like to see this new hire at 6mths, 1 yr? After Your Interview: Get a business card from each interviewer.
Withing 24 hours, send each person a thank you email. number of times Paragraph/Sentence 1: include a thank you for your interview and convey your enthusiasm for the job opportunity.
Paragraph/Sentence 2: Reiterate your qualifications to show you are a good fit for this job and organization.
Paragraph/Sentence 3: Thank the interviewer again, include a next step, and a professional closing. Questions? Yes No Experience and Other Sections EMPHASIZE MEASURABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Avoid Passive or Vague Verbs Experience XYZ Marketing, Austin, Texas May 2000 - Present Market Coordinator Reduced marketing spend $35K by learning social media techniques instrumental in promoting company services. Where What When Why Technical Skills Microsoft Office Suite ( Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher), Macintosh OS, Prezi, Windows Movie Maker (etc.) Relevant Coursework* Family Dynamics & Communication
Integrated Expressive Arts in
Early Childhood
Educational Psychology Introduction to Exceptionalities
Educational Technology *Early Childhood Education Questions... * Any Food For Thought when reviewing your resume Common mistakes found on resumes:
Spelling & Grammar
False information (not up-to-date)
Putting pertinent information last
Misused Abbreviations (Ass.)
Job Descriptions [What hiring managers and recruiters are looking for]
Relevant Skills
Functional Experience
Employment History
Measurable Accomplishments
Experience beyond the classroom is a top hiring criteria followed by coursework and GPA - 2012 Career Builder Survey How to Get the Job How Long does it take for an Employer to Look at a Resume? Ask yourself these questions…
Is my resume neat and well organized
Do I have correct punctuation…spelling…gammar ;-)oops
Are my bullets brief and concise
Do my qualifications match the positions requirements
Take the Extra Time to customize your resume for EACH application
Research the Employer, find out what they want for THAT position
Shows you care enough to do the WORK Things to Remember When Developing Bullets / Describing Experience Describe more than just your duties
Start Bullets with Action Verbs Instead of saying “Helped Stock Inventory”
You could say “ Reorganized store products while creating a system to ensure our numbers were accurate” Cover Letters Why, Why, Why? The purpose is.... to EMPHASIZE the SKILLS and EXPERIENCE you have that is RELEVANT to the position.... set you APART.......GENERATES INTEREST Your cover letter needs to answer these questions....
Why you are a MATCH
Why should the Employer be interested in you?
Why the Employer should review your resume/contact you? It's a Business Letter! Intro:
Who you are and how you connect to the company
How your experience and skill set meet the 3-5 critical requirements of the position
Close with a brief statement, thanking the individual for his time and noting that you look forward to hearing from them Match Formatting to Resume
Address to a specific person...not "to whom it may concern"
Follow standard business letter rules
Spell, punctuate, and paragraph correctly
Be careful not to repeat resume
List your customized LinkedIn URL References Available Upon Request Which means you should already have references ready and prepared References Must have a min. of 3
Must be UNrelated and Professional
Must ask in advance
Hum, Who do I ask?
Complete a Separate Reference Page.....
that matches the format of your Resume Get Ready to be Contacted for an Interview! but wait....... You email is unprofessional?
You have an inappropriate song on your voice mail?
No voice mail?
Wrong Number?
Number Disconnected? 4 Phases of the Interview Intro...
1st Impressions
Personal Intros / Sales Pitch Background...
Questions are asked
Information is Exchanged Your Turn...
Your Chance to Ask Questions
Be Prepared Closing...
Ask about Next Steps
Fidget or look at your watch...
Make negative comments about anyone
Divulge too much personal information
Act desperate
slouch...chew gum, smell like....hum, anything
Be late
Take a cell phone with you
PLEASE DON'T TAKE YOUR MOMMA Do NOT.... 73% employers say attire has a strong influence
Initial DECISIONS are made within 5 minutes
Don't under dress....or OVER dress
Dressing well shows respect to the interviewer Interview Attire....
77%....answering a call or texting
75% ...appear disinterested
72%....dressing inappropriately
72%....appearing arrogant
67%.....talking negatively about current or previous employer
63%....chewing gum Most Common Mistakes... TIPS Skills Section A Summary of Skills you have Ex) Proficient in Spanish
Microsoft Office
Adobe Reality Check Success = Your Time and Effort Make it Easy to Read Match your Skills to the Job Requirements
A list of people who can verify and vouch for your professional experience to a potential employer Managers should be able to see each portion at the first glance Resume should be Clean and Effective Designed and implemented a preventative maintenance program that reduced equipment downtime by 20% and significantly increased order processing. Action Measurable Outcome Example:
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