“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
Jennifer Coombs, Career Advisor
Career Services Centre
An interviewer needs 15 minutes to decide on whether or not to take you to the next step in the interview process.
40% of our communication is not actually what comes out of our mouth
People make a first impression in 30 seconds of meeting you
If you make a bad first impression, it can take up to 20 more times of meeting that person to change that image
Approximately 50% of jobs are advertised on online job posting sites and in newspapers.
Relevant Experience includes paid employment only
Each time you apply for a job, your
resume and cover letter will change.
True… with exceptions
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
What is your personal definition of the word
80-85% of people cannot describe their skills.
Understand the employer needs
What are my relevant skills and qualifications?
Think of an example as proof
“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
Why do we research?
Job and career websites & blogs
Volunteer and Work
Outline the problem
Describe the actions you took
State the result – what was the outcome?
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.”
“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.”
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