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Helpful Hints for Job Seeking Hokies. Donna Cassell Ratcliffe Director, VT Career Services Third Evening Career Chats Tuesday, January 18, 2011. What is your job situation?. Looking for a change Seeking employment Exploring options Moving to new area

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Helpful hints for job seeking hokies

Helpful Hints for Job Seeking Hokies

Donna Cassell Ratcliffe

Director, VT Career Services

Third Evening Career Chats

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


What is your job situation

What is your job situation?

  • Looking for a change

  • Seeking employment

  • Exploring options

  • Moving to new area

  • Getting back into the job market after stepping out

  • Just graduated and looking


Tips for success

Tips for success

  • Select your cheer team

  • Dedicate ample time to this search

  • Know what you are looking for

  • Create a dynamic resume(s)

  • Seek out job opportunities

  • Network your way to a job

  • Follow up

  • Keep a positive attitude


Select your cheer team

Select your cheer team

Who are those who are in your corner?

  • Offer you advice

  • Give you names and leads

  • Encourage you along the way

  • Lift your spirits


Dedicate ample time to this search

Dedicate ample time to this search

  • Finding a job can be a full time job!

  • Set aside time for this important project – you are worth it!

  • Searching (websites, listings), calling, emailing, mailings


Know what you are looking for

Know what you are looking for

  • What types of jobs?

  • What type of company or organization?

  • Location?

  • Preferences?

  • Plan A?

  • Plan B?


Create a dynamic resume s

Create a dynamic resume(s)

  • A marketing tool for opening the doors of prospective employers

  • A sales presentation of yourself

    • Not a place for modesty

    • Tell them what they need to know to select you for an interview

    • Use phrases to describe your experience; start off with action words


Create a dynamic resume s1

Create a dynamic resume(s)

  • Be honest

  • Be consistent

  • No typos

  • Get several opinions – review

  • Sequence the information from most important to least important

  • Everything should support the job objective

  • Make sure your resume is easy to visually scan


Seek out job opportunities

Seek out job opportunities

  • Internet searches and links

    www.career.vt.edu

  • Hokies4Hire – job listings and post your resume

  • Job boards

  • Job Fairs

  • Third party companies

  • Temp agencies

  • Don’t rely on mega systems like Monster.com


Network your way to a job

Network your way to a job

  • The Hidden Job Market

  • #1 way that people find jobs

  • Through those they know or get to know

  • Ask your cheer team

  • Family, friends, professional orgs, VT professors……

  • Go onto Hokie Nation Network

  • Check Linked-in


Networking

Networking…..

  • Contact, refer to the person who sent you

  • Set at time to meet

  • Prepare questions

  • Ask for advice and leads

  • Thank them (note, email, etc.)

  • Then…..


Follow up

Follow up

  • Follow up

  • Follow through

  • Keep in touch

  • Track your activities


Keep a positive attitude

Keep a positive attitude

  • Smile when you are on the phone

  • Be patient

  • Keep your spirits up

  • Call upon your cheer team


Questions

QUESTIONS?

Career Services

Virginia Tech

www.career.vt.edu

540-231-6241

http://www.alumni.vt.edu/career/


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