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“It is not the most qualified people who get the best jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.” - Richard Bolles. Job Search & Interview. Jennifer Coombs, Career Advisor Career Services Centre. True or False ?.

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“It is not the most qualified people who get the best jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

- Richard Bolles

Job Search & Interview

Jennifer Coombs, Career Advisor

Career Services Centre


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True or False ? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

An interviewer needs 15 minutes to decide on whether or not to take you to the next step in the interview process.

False


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True or False ? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

40% of our communication is not actually what comes out of our mouth

False


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True or False ? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

People make a first impression in 30 seconds of meeting you

False


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True or False ? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

If you make a bad first impression, it can take up to 20 more times of meeting that person to change that image

True


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True or False ? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

Approximately 50% of jobs are advertised on online job posting sites and in newspapers.

False


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True or False ? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

Relevant Experience includes paid employment only

False


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True or False ? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

Each time you apply for a job, your

resume and cover letter will change.

True… with exceptions


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Job Search jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”


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What you will learn jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

  • Understanding employers

  • 6 steps to a successful job search


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Where are the jobs? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”


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Visible Job Market jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

  • My Jobs

  • Job Search websites (i.e. Career Beacon)

  • Posters and help wanted signs

  • Newspaper ads (i.e. The Coast or Chronicle Herald)

  • Job Placement Agencies


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Rethinking Job Search jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

  • Being in the know

  • How can I contribute?

  • 2 way conversation

  • Letting people know you exist

  • Great attitude


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In the employer’s shoes jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

  • What can you do for me?

  • Prove your fit - link experiences to employer needs

  • Accomplishments

  • Make it easy to screen you in


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Step 1: jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”Set a Goal

Step 1: Set a Goal

Step 2: Identify Your Skills

Step 3: Research

Step 4: Prepare a Plan

Step 5: Start Connecting

Step 6: Succeed


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Step 1: jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.” Set a Goal

  • What is my goal?

  • When do I want to reach my goal?

  • How much time a week can I devote to my job search?


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Step 2: jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”Identifying Your Skills

What is your personal definition of the word

“skill”?


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What are skills? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

  • Acquired or developed through training or experience

  • Not only paid employment

    • Volunteer

    • Extra-curricular

    • In the classroom

    • Internships/Co-ops

    • Life

  • Duties vs. Skills

  • 80-85% of people cannot describe their skills.


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    What are skills? jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • My skills:

    • Sensitivity

    • Problem solving

    • Communication

    • Programming a computer

    • Ability to plan ahead

    • Good attendance

    • Using the internet

    • Enthusiasm

    • Following instructions

    • Soft Skills

      • Self-Management

      • Transferable

    • Hard Skills

      • Job-related


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    Proving your “fit” jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    Understand the employer needs

    Step 1

    What are my relevant skills and qualifications?

    Step 2

    Step 3

    Think of an example as proof


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    Proving your “fit” jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • Senior Project Coordinator

    • Qualifications:

    • Strong teamwork skills

    • Creativity and innovation in creating promotional materials

    • Strong organizational and coordination skills – must be able to effectively oversee a project from initial stages of implementation to completion

    • Experience and proven results with designing and implementing various projects

    • Bachelors degree

    “I was a member of the varsity basketball team for 3 years”

    “In my co-op I coordinated Volunteer Fair from start to finish”

    Bachelor of Arts


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    Prove your “fit” technique jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”


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    Proving your “fit” jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • On your résumé

    • Answering interview questions

    • In your Job Search


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    Step 3: jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.” Research

    Why do we research?

    • Learn more about people in your sector

    • Learn about targeted organizations

    • Find sector information


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    Where to research jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    Industry magazines

    Media

    Job and career websites & blogs

    Where

    to research

    Professional associations

    People

    Business directories

    Career Fairs

    Volunteer and Work

    jobfutures.ca


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    Informational Interviewing jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • Gather information

    • 20 minutes

    • Prepare list of questions

    • Avoid asking for a job

    • Request 2 other contacts

    • Follow-up


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    Step 1: Set a Goal jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    Success Stories

    • Academic article and informational interview

    • Newspaper article on government grants

    • Events through professional association


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    Step 4 jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”: Prepare and Plan

    • To do:

    • Prepare job search tools

    • List of network

    • List of potential employers

    • List of industry events

    • Calendar of events and career tools

    • Appointment with Career Advisor


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    Networking jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    Connecting

    • 80% of jobs

    • Gather information

    • Seek advice

    • Primary contact list

    • Expand your network

    • Start early and be on going!

    • Be prepared

    • Leave and take a business card

    • Be open-minded and listen

    • Ask for referrals

    • Give as well as receive

    • Say thank you!


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    Step 5 jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”: Start Connecting

    • Apply to jobs posted through “My Jobs” and other venues

    • Company websites

    • Connect with network

    • Social networking sites & informational interviews

    • Attend Career Fairs & employer info sessions

    • Volunteer


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    Idea jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • Attend community meetings

    • Know what companies hire in your field

    • Be proactive


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    Step 6 jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”: Succeed

    • Weighing your options

    • First week

    • Develop skills

    • Make contacts


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    Interviews jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”


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    What you will learn jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • What is an interview?

    • 3 Stages

    • Interview techniques

    • Practice


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    Interview 101 jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • Purpose of an interview

    • Soft skills are important

    • You are the expert

    • Both parties are being interviewed

    • First impressions


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    Three Stages jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • Preparation

    • Interview

    • Follow-up


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    Before jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”an Interview – 50%

    • Review info. in student handbook

    • Review your resume

    • Prepare to support experience/skills with examples – PAR

    • Be positive

    • Research the company

    • Mock interview

    • Dress for success


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    NOT jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    What to Wear

    Un-tucked

    shirt

    Loud jewelry

    Cleavage

    Casual pants

    Crazy hair

    Winter hat

    Casual sweater

    No tie

    Bright suit

    Bulky jacket


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    What to Wear jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    Tie

    Styled hair

    Crisp, ironed,

    collared shirt

    Appropriate colour

    Professional jacket

    Good length

    Nice shoes


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    During jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.” an Interview – 40%

    • Create great first impressions

    • Body language

    • Answer and ask questions

    • Bring appropriate documents

    • Enthusiasm!!

    • Scent free

    • What NOT to bring


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    After jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.” an Interview – 10%

    • Reflect

    • Send a thank-you letter

    • Following-up


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    The Questions… jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • The questions are about you

    • Each question is designed to obtain certain information

    • Prepare a few questions of your own


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    The Questions… jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • Tell me about a time when you used your communication skills to solve a problem.

    • Tell me about a time when you had to communicate under difficult circumstances.

    • Give me an example of when you explained something to someone, but they did not understand you. What did you do? (communication)


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    Answering the questions… jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”


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    P-A-R jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    Problem

    Outline the problem

    or situation

    Action

    Describe the actions you took

    State the result – what was the outcome?

    Result


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    P-A-R jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    Tell me about a time when you showed initiative.

    “…consulted with a few staff members to get some input and consulted with other Office Managers in other divisions to get their feedback. I combined these ideas with a few of my own and came up with a proposal. I suggested that we use a little humour in our approach and used a weather advisory as a template and called each change notification a “change advisory”. I created a cartoon character to use as a symbol of change and had a contest among the staff to name it. I also included the reasons for the changes in notifications.”

    Problem

    “I was working as an Office Manager for ABC Company where they had recently adjusted their internal procedures to meet new guidelines. I noticed that the staff was slow to adjust and paperwork and correspondence was not being done correctly. I approached my manager and suggested that we try to develop a creative approach to catch the attention of the staff. So after getting the go ahead, I…”

    “My manager loved the idea and had it implemented immediately and even agreed to donate a prize for the winner of the name contest. The best part was that I got to facilitate a lot of the coaching, which was great experience. The unit had a lot of fun with the idea and the staff were less reluctant to change. Two months later there was a 75% decrease in errors.”

    Action

    Result


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    Career Services Centre jobs, it is most skilled at job finding.”

    • Drop in

    • Book an appointment

    • Peer Coach

    • Online Tools

    • Job Board

    • Career Calendar

    4th Floor, SUB Building

    494 – 3537 ● www.dal.ca/csc


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