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Title: Job Searching for Professionals


1
Job Searching for Professionals
  • Elizabeth A. Ruff, M.S. Ed.S.
  • Eric A. Weldy, Ed.D.
  • Presented as part of the Division of Student
    Affairs (DSA) Professional Development
    Committees Workshop Series.
  • October 1, 2007

2
Quick Overview
  • Written Communication in Job Hunting
  • Resume Writing
  • Cover Letter
  • How to Present Yourself Interviewing
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Researching Employers
  • QA

3
I.A. Written Communication In Job Hunting Resume
Writing
4
Resources For Resume Writing
  • Videos
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Services
  • Workshops
  • Resume Writing
  • Guides
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Resources
  • Career Guides
  • Resume Preparation
  • Resume Critiques
  • Career Center, UCA 4100
  • M-Th 9-430, F 9-130, 230-430
  • Walk-ins, no apt. necessary!
  • Books
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Resources
  • Career Library
  • Catalog

5
Purpose of the Resume
  • Marketing tool for your job search
  • Pre-screening tool for employers
  • Gain interviews with employers
  • Applying to graduate school

6
Consider Your Target Audience
  • Whos going to be reading your resume?
  • Develop a job target
  • Consider the type of organization you want to
    work for
  • Decide what type of information, and in what
    format, is most appropriate for your target
    audience

7
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8
Categories
  • Identification
  • Career Objective
  • Education/Training
  • Experience
  • Optional Categories
  • References

9
HEATHER ADLER hadler41_at_yahoo.com
  • Present Address
    Permanent Address
  • 220-A Bradford Court

    571 SE 12th Street
  • Tallahassee, FL 32303

    Pompano Beach FL 33060
  • (850) 385-1370

    (305) 943-0029647-1289
  • CAREER OBJECTIVE
  • A financial management position using my
    analytical, communication, and organizational
    skills.
  • EDUCATION
  • Bachelor of Science, Finance, Florida State
    University, Tallahassee, FL, August 2006
  • Minors Computer Science/Spanish
  • GPA 3.2
  • EXPERIENCE
  • First Union Corporation, Tampa, FL
  • Staff Auditor (Internship), Summer 2006
  • Prepared work papers and audit report
    summaries within the Trust Administration.
  • Assisted with detailed examination of
    internal controls to ensure compliance with bank
  • policies and OCC regulations.

10
Sample Action Verbs
  • ADMINISTERED
  • ADVISED
  • BALANCED
  • COMPILED
  • CREATED
  • DEMONSTRATED
  • DESIGNED
  • EXPEDITED
  • ORGANIZED
  • PLANNED
  • PROPOSED
  • SUPERVISED
  • TRAINED
  • UPDATED

11
Action Verb Examples
  • Sales Representative
  • Initiated and completed all services for new
    customers, as well as handled all billing
    problems and service change orders.
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Instructed 110 students in basic speaking
    techniques designed and implemented new lesson
    on effective non-verbal communication skills.

12
Optional Categories
  • Activities
  • Awards
  • Certifications
  • Community Service
  • Computer Skills
  • Hobbies
  • Honors
  • Interests
  • Languages
  • Licenses
  • Memberships
  • Presentations
  • Prof. Activities
  • Publications
  • Scholarships
  • Special Projects
  • Special Skills
  • Travel

13
References
  • AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
  • OR
  • List on Separate Sheet

14
References for Heather Adler
  • Eddy Employer
  • Bureau Chief
  • Florida Department of State
  • Koger Building, Room 122
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • (850) 488-5412
  • Ms. Jane Doe, Vice President for Operations
  • Widgets Designs, Inc.
  • 1150 Busch Blvd., Suite 140
  • Tampa, FL 33412
  • (813) 674-1389
  • Dr. Lyn Smith, Professor
  • FSU College of Human Sciences
  • Room 120 Sandels Bldg.
  • Tallahassee, FL 32306-1059
  • (850) 644-2121
  • lgsmith_at_garnet.acns.fsu.edu

15
Personal Data
  • Marital Status
  • Birthdate
  • Health
  • Photo
  • Height/Weight
  • Willing to Travel/Relocate
  • (Optional--Generally Not Included)

16
I.B. Written Communication In Job Hunting Cover
Letter
17
Resources For Cover Letters
  • Videos
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Services
  • Workshops
  • Resume Writing
  • Guides
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Resources
  • Career Guides
  • Cover/Job Search Letters
  • Cover Letter Critiques
  • Career Center, UCA 4100
  • M-Th 9-430, F 9-130, 230-430
  • Walk-ins, no apt. necessary!
  • Books
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Resources
  • Career Library
  • Catalog

18
Cover Letter
  • Standard Business Letter Format
  • Personalize/Slant to the Employer or Job
  • Highlight Relevant Qualifications
  • Proof Carefully for Grammar Typos
  • Avoid Overuse of I
  • Use Quality Paper

19
Cover Letter Format
  • 1ST Paragraph - OPENING
  • Reason for writing
  • Name of position, career area
  • How you heard of opening
  • 2nd Paragraph - BODY
  • Highlight related experience/qualifications
  • Slant to employers point of view
  • Why interested in organization, work, location
  • Refer reader to any enclosed materials

20
Cover Letter Format (continued)
  • 3rd Paragraph - CLOSING
  • Best means to reach you if they need
    additional information
  • Indicate whether you will follow-up by phone
  • Thank reader for considering your application
  • Sincerely,
  • Sign your name
  • Type Full Name

21
II. How to Present Yourself Interviewing
22
Resources For Interviewing
  • Videos
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Services
  • Workshops
  • Inteviewing
  • Guides
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Resources
  • Career Guides
  • Check each section
  • Meet w/ a Career Advisor
  • Career Center, UCA 4100
  • M-Th 9-430, F 9-130, 230-430
  • Walk-ins, no apt. necessary!
  • Books
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Resources
  • Career Library
  • Catalog

23
Purpose of the Interview
  • Point where hiring decisions are made
  • Screening for future interviews
  • Information exchange for the candidate and
    employer
  • Convince employers that youre the right one for
    their organization

24
Types of Interviews
  • Face-to-Face
  • Individual
  • Group
  • Panel
  • Phone/Teleconference
  • Video/Conference

25
Video Conference Resources
  • Custom Videoconferencing Solutions Inc. (CVS)
  • CVS charges 150 per hour.  There is an
    additional charge if they need to initiate the
    network connection.  CVS does videoconferencing
    interviews for individuals and large groups.
  • Signal House Communications (SHC)
  • SHC also does videoconferencing interviews for
    individuals and large groups in the general
    public.  Rates unavailable. If a customer has
    the proper connections at his/her home or office,
    SHC will provide the equipment and technical
    support at the offsite location.
  • FSUs Office of Telecommunications (OTC)
  • OTC offers videoconferencing services to
    departments, faculty, staff and students.  OTC
    charges 175 per hour, and a 75 network charge
    if they initiate the network connection. 
    (information may vary from website)

26
Preparation
  • Know yourself
  • Know the employer

27
Know Yourself
  • Academic Work history
  • Experience - related, unrelated, transferable
  • Special skills - languages, computers
  • Resume Know whats on it!!!
  • Career goals/objective

28
Transferable Skills
  • Budget management
  • Coping with deadline pressure
  • Interviewing
  • Negotiating
  • Organizing/Managing
  • Public relations
  • Speaking
  • Supervising
  • Teaching/Instructing
  • Writing

29
Know the Employer--Researching Employers
  • Enables you to ask well-informed questions.
  • Allows you to see how you could fit in the
    organization.
  • It is expected by interviewers.

30
The Interview First Things First
  • Checklist of items to cover before the interview!

31
Checklist
  • Identify your transferable job skills
  • Become aware of your strengths
  • Determine what youre looking for in a job
  • Use written sources and people sources to
    research the organization
  • Conduct information interviews

32
Dress for Success
  • Career.fsu.edu
  • Our Services
  • Workshops
  • Dress for Success
  • Our Resources
  • Career Guides
  • Proper Attire

33
Dealing with Anxiety
  • Prepare thoroughly
  • Practice! Practice! Practice!
  • Take deep breaths
  • Get involved in the interview
  • Realize interviewers are human too
  • Be aware of your problem areas
  • Think about what has worked for you in the past

34
Interview Behavior
35
Do....
  • Arrive early
  • Shake hands firmly
  • Make direct eye contact
  • Sit up straight
  • Listen carefully
  • Speak clearly distinctly
  • Smile
  • Address interviewer by title

36
Do Not...
  • Chew gum, candy
  • Bad mouth previous employers, supervisors
  • Play cool
  • Stare down the interviewer
  • Interrupt
  • Slouch

37
Structure of a Typical Interview
  • Greeting
  • Small talk
  • Opening questions
  • Probing specifics
  • Interviewees questions
  • Close

38
Questions?????
  • Educational background
  • Experience
  • Career goals
  • Personal qualities
  • Behavioral
  • Sensitive questions

39
Response
  • Situation
  • Communication in a group broke down
  • Task
  • You organized informal meetings at lunch and
    other times
  • Action
  • Members discussed issues related to the situation
  • Results
  • Communication improved and productivity increased

40
Your Questions for the Employer
  • Result of thorough research
  • Reflect sincere interest awareness of needs
  • Were not answered by other sources of information

41
Address Organizations...
  • Hiring criteria
  • Job duties
  • Performance evaluation
  • Training program
  • Career paths

42
Questions to Avoid in the Initial Interview
  • Salary
  • Benefits
  • Vacation/Leave time
  • Perks

43
After the Interview
  • Thank-you letter
  • Evaluation

44
Thank-You Letters
  • Reaffirm interest
  • Improve/Update answers
  • Mention points overlooked in interview

45
Evaluate
  • What would you do differently?
  • Where can you improve?
  • What were your impressions?
  • What can you expect next?

46
III. Job Search Strategies
  • Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Job Search Resources General Examples
  • Job Search Resources Higher Education/Student
    Affairs

47
Questions To Ask Yourself
  • What do I want to do?
  • Where do I want to go?

48
Job Search Resources
  • Internet i.e., specialty cites, online job
    fairs
  • Career Center
  • University/Public Library
  • Professional Associations and Journals
  • Publications i.e., newspapers, journals
  • Employment Agencies
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Networking i.e., professionals in field,
    colleagues, faculty, staff, friends,
    acquaintances, listserv groups

49
Job Search Resources Higher Education/Student
Affairs
  • HigherEdJobs.com http//www.higheredjobs.com
  • Academic 360 http//www.academic360.com
  • Academic Keys for Administration
    http//administration.academickeys.com
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    http//chronicle.com/
  • NASPA http//www.naspa.org/
  • ACPA http//www.myacpa.org/

50
IV. Researching Employers
  • Why Research Employers
  • What You Will Want To Know
  • Sources of Information

51
Why Research Employers
  • Discover more about specific industries,
    geographic regions, positions, organizations or
    institutions
  • Identify employers that best match your skills,
    interests and values
  • Determine how you could fit into a specific
    organization and help achieve its goals
  • Prepare and ask well-informed interview questions
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm to interviewers
  • Make well-informed decisions about employment
    offers

52
What You Will Want To Know
  • Size and scope of organization
  • Organizational structure
  • Location, facilities, employees, etc.
  • Complete line of products, programs or services
  • Senior Leadership or Management
  • Budget/Funding

53
Sources of Information
  • Employer Literature
  • World Wide Web (www) Homepages
  • University/Public Library
  • Career Center
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Professional Associations
  • Publications i.e., newspapers, magazines,
    annual reports, current periodicals

54
V. Questions Answers
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