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How Do I Get There?. 4.00 – Understand job search techniques. 4.02 – Understand how to apply, interview, and make a plan for employment. Employment Documents. Job Application Resume Cover Letter Thank you letter. Job Application Why is it important?.

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how do i get there

How Do I Get There?

4.00 – Understand job search techniques.

4.02 – Understand how to apply, interview, and make a plan for employment.

employment documents
Employment Documents
  • Job Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Thank you letter

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

job application why is it important
Job Application Why is it important?

A Job Application is more than just a piece of paper. It provides employers with the first impression of a potential employee. An application that is sloppy or contains inaccurate information will always end up in the trash.

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

job application what is the purpose
Job Application What is the purpose?

Provides personal data, education, and work history

Demonstrates ability to read and follow simple directions

Demonstrates ability to write neatly, spell, and provide clear and concise descriptions of work history and education

To verify honesty

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

job application guidelines for completing
Job Application Guidelines for Completing

Read entire form first

Application Tool Box:

Pen with blue or black ink, preferably blue

Social security number

Work history including dates, addresses, phone numbers

References

Answer all questions completely and honestly

Write “NA” (not applicable) if an item does not apply to you

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

job application components
Job Application Components

Personal information – name, social security number, address, phone number(s)

Position applied for – list the specific job applying for

Education – schools and colleges attended, degrees and certifications earned, dates

Work experience – job titles and descriptions, employers, hours, and wages

Criminal history – applicants arrest record, if any

Signature – Full name, not nickname. Signature implies that information on application is true and complete

References – former employers, teachers, and advisors

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

reference guidelines
Reference Guidelines

Use references who:

Know your character, experience, skills and work ethics

Will give you a positive recommendation

Always ask permission before using someone as a reference

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

r sum what is the purpose
Résumé – What is the purpose?

Summarizes applicant’s qualifications

Provides personal data, education, work history, and reference information

Stimulates interest of employer

Determines if applicant is worth interviewing

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

r sum guidelines for keying
Résumé Guidelines for Keying

Limit it to one page, if possible

Showcase skills and qualifications, but be honest

Use reverse chronological order for education and work experience

Use “action verbs” such as created, designed

Use present tense in describing a current job and past tense for others

Get permission to use names as references

Key and proofread carefully

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

r sum components
Résumé Components

Personal Data – Name, address, phone number, e-mail

Objective – Position applied for

Education – Schools attended or currently attending, specialized subjects or programs, graduation dates (or expected graduation date)

Work experience/volunteer work – Employment history, volunteer positions, apprenticeships

Skills and abilities – Job-related skills and abilities

Honors and Activities – Honors, awards, activities that indicate leadership and teamwork ability or relate to position

References – May include statement indicating that references are available upon request

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

cover letter what is the purpose
Cover Letter What is the purpose?

To introduce the applicant to the potential employer

To explain reason for applying

To describe qualifications

To request an interview

To complement the résumé

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

cover letter guidelines for keying
Cover LetterGuidelines for Keying

Must be keyed in 11 or 12 pt font

Must be error-free

Address to a specific person, avoid Dear Sir

Content should be clear and concise

Letter should be brief

Use personal business letter format

Use high quality paper

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

cover letter components
Cover LetterComponents

Paragraph 1 – What position you are applying for and how you found out about the job

Paragraph 2 – Why you should be hired. Information about your qualifications and experience.

Paragraph 3 – Request an interview and provide contact information

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

the interview what is the purpose
The Interview What is the purpose?
  • Most important step in the employment process
  • Applicant’s opportunity to
    • Showcase self and qualifications
    • Learn about opportunities for advancement
    • Learn about the employer’s management style
    • Learn about the expectations of the job
  • Employer’s opportunity to:
    • Assess the applicant’s personality, motivation, knowledge, and work ethic
    • Determine if the applicant is a “right fit” for the company

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

types of interviews
Types of Interviews
  • Formal – Face-to-face (F2F) meeting of applicant and employer
  • Group - Sometimes called a panel or “tag team” interview
    • Conducted by an employer and one or more staff members
    • Applicant is asked questions by all team members
    • Measures how applicant interacts with different people
    • Tests how applicant handles stress
  • Informational - Initiated by the jobseeker
    • Get advice/information from employer people in career field
    • Network for job leads and referrals
    • Make first impression with employer
  • Telephone – Often used to screen applicants and determine which applicants warrant a F2F interview

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

before the interview
Before the interview…
  • Research the company and industry
  • Plan and practice:
    • an introduction of yourself
    • what to say about your skills, knowledge, abilities, experience and goals
    • a list of questions to ask
  • Select appropriate attire
  • Prepare a résumé (if needed)
  • Make a list of references (with permission)
  • Plan to go alone
  • Print directions (if needed)

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

during the interview
Duringtheinterview…
  • Arrive on time – not too early or late
  • Exhibit confidence and positive attitude
  • Speak clearly
  • Give firm handshake
  • Display appropriate body language
    • eye contact
    • hand gestures
    • active listening
  • Sell yourself and qualifications
  • Be truthful
  • Answer and ask questions
  • Thank the interviewer for the interview

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.

after the interview
Aftertheinterview
  • Follow up with a thank you letter
    • Shows employer that you are interested in the job
    • Opportunity to clarify something you said or forgot to say during the interview
  • Guidelines
    • Keep it short and error free
    • Thank interviewer for taking time to talk with you
    • Restate your interest in the job and why you’d be an asset to the company
    • Use personal business letter format
    • Send no later than two days after the interview
  • Be persistent, but not a pest

4.02 Understand how to apply, interview, and make a career plan for the future.