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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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