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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

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

  • Getting back into the job market after stepping out

  • Just graduated and looking


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

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

  • 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

  • What types of jobs?

  • What type of company or organization?

  • Location?

  • Preferences?

  • Plan A?

  • Plan B?


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(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

  • 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

  • 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…..

  • 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 through

  • Keep in touch

  • Track your activities


Keep a positive attitude

  • Smile when you are on the phone

  • Be patient

  • Keep your spirits up

  • Call upon your cheer team


QUESTIONS?

Career Services

Virginia Tech

www.career.vt.edu

540-231-6241

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


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