Getting Ready To Work Governor Pat Quinn . Introduction: IDES Re-Entry Employment Service Program. What is RESP? 4 Steps Towards a Job Getting Ready to Work. What is the Re-Entry Employment Service Program (RESP)?.
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Getting Ready To Work Governor Pat Quinn
Introduction: IDES Re-Entry Employment Service Program What is RESP? 4 Steps Towards a Job Getting Ready to Work
What is the Re-Entry Employment Service Program (RESP)? • RESP is a program dedicated to the employment of the formerly incarcerated
4-Step Process: • Visit your local IDES office; request the Re-entry Liaison • Complete Job-Ready Checklist • Search for work; Re-entry Liaison will assist • The Rest is Up to You…
1. Visit Your Local IDES Office: • Ask for the Re-Entry Liaison • He/She will assist you in identifying and overcoming employment hurdles
2. The Re-entry Liaison Will: • Determine your job readiness • Register you in Illinois Skills Match (ISM) • Refer you to an agency (agencies) to overcome job readiness hurdles (housing, education, etc.) • When you are ready for work, will assist you in making a job match
3. The Job Search: • Re-entry Liaison will: • Help you develop a job search strategy • Assist in matching you to prospective employers • Maintain contact with you about your job search
4. The Rest Is Up To YOU!!!!!!! • Your responsibilities: • Make sure you have a good attitude • Work with us to become ready for work • Be a good employee
Getting Ready To Work: • Get to Know Yourself • Cover Letters / Resume Writing • Job Search • Completing an Application • Telephone Etiquette • Getting Ready for an Interview • Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts • What’s Expected on the Job
Get To Know Yourself • Do you know what type of job you want? • Do you know what you have to offer an employer?
Cover Letter: • Guidelines : • Always provide a cover letter with your resume • Always type your cover letter • Begin your cover letter with an opening paragraph that tells what position you are applying for and where you saw or how you heard about the position
Cover Letter Guidelines continued: • Include in your cover letter a paragraph or two summarizing the skills you have: • how do your skills relate to the position for which you are applying? • why do you want to work for the company? • why should they hire you? • End with a statement of appreciation and, if desired, when you will call to follow up
Preparing A Resume • List all jobs, job titles and start/leave dates for the jobs you have held. • Did you work while incarcerated? • Have you done volunteer work? • For all jobs listed, write down your job duties
Preparing A Resume continued: • Write down your educational history starting with highest grade completed • List any special skills you have or any licenses or certificates you may have
The Job Search • Illinois Skills Match • Newspaper Ads • Internet • Personal Networking • Other strategies?
Completing A Job Application: • Use your resume as a guideline when filling out an application • Remember: Tell the TRUTH • Review and Clean up your Illinois Rap Sheet • Know what you should disclose about your convictions • How do you list your convictions • Never write / Instead write • Take references with you
Answering Application Questions: • Have you ever been arrested? If so, explain. • Have you ever been charged with a crime? If so, explain • Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If so, explain. • Have you been convicted of a crime in the last 7 years? If so, explain.
Answering The Tough Questions: • Be honest • Be brief • Only answer the questions asked • Turn your negatives into positives
How Do I List My Convictions? Arrest DateDisposition DateConvictionSentence 1/19/94 5/19/94 10 Ill. Comp Sentence Stat. 305/10-12 not indicated in case
Telephone Etiquette • It’s more than being polite • Phone etiquette can get you to the next step in the hiring process
Preparing For An Interview: • Interview Checklist • Identify and Overcome Employment Hurdles • Dressing for a Job Interview • Answering the Tough Questions • Questions to Ask in an Interview
Interviewing: • Using the SAR Communication Method • Interview Assessment Form
Situation, Action, Results (SAR): • Describe a SITUATION you were in at work • Tell what ACTION you took to resolve the issue • Explain the RESULTS of those actions
Interviewing: Reasons People Don’t Get Hired • Poor appearance / Grooming • Poor communication skills • Lack of confidence, enthusiasm • Lack of maturity / Negative attitude • Incomplete or sloppy application, mistakes on resume • Hides past mistakes • Not curious about job and company, does not ask questions
Interviewing: Avoid Common Interviewing Mistakes: • Prepare for your interviews • Present skills that match the job • Use two-way communication • Focus on what you can do for the company • Don’t place blame on or be negative about past employers / experiences • When / If asked about convictions be honest and positive (rehabilitated) • Follow up after each interview • Remember to send “Thank you” letter
Telephone Interview Panel Interview Informal Interview Layered-Questions Interview Performance Interview Assessment Instruments (Tests) Types Of Interviews:
What’s Expected On The Job: • Your Attitude and YOU • Ask yourself: Am I a good employee? How can I keep this job? • The rest is up to you…!