Job Applications
Résumé
Cover Letter
Interview Types
Interview Process
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This is more than just a piece of paper. It provides employers with the first impression of a potential employee.
What is a job application?
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Summarizes applicant’s qualifications Provides personal data, education, work history, and reference information Stimulates interest of employer Determines if applicant is worth interviewing
What is a résumé?
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To introduce the applicant to the potential employer To explain reason for applying To describe qualifications To request an interview To complement the résumé
What is a cover letter?
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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
What is an interview?
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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
What is the interview process?
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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
What is the purpose of a job application?
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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 Type and proofread carefully
What are some guidelines for a résumé?
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Must be typed 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
What are some guidelines to a cover letter?
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Face-to-face (F2F) meeting of applicant and employer
What is a formal interview?
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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)
What should you do before the interview?
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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
What are some guidelines for following the job application?
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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
What are components to a résumé?
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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
What are the components to a cover letter?
300
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
What is a group interview?
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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
What should happen during the interview?
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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
What are some components of a job application?
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So that it is neat and presentable and an employer is able to read it.
Why should you type your résumé?
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You should turn this in with your résumé when applying for a specific job.
What is a cover letter?
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- Initiated by the jobseeker Get advice/information from employer people in career field Network for job leads and referrals Make first impression with employer
What is an informational interview?
400
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
What should you do after the interview?
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Someone who knows your character, experience, skills and work ethics Will give you a positive recommendation
What is a reference?
500
Something you can include with your résumé?
What is a cover letter?
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This goes hand and hand with the résumé
What is a cover letter?
500
Often used to screen applicants and determine which applicants warrant a F2F interview
What is a telephone interview?
500
This shows that you are considerate of the interviewer's time.
Why is it important to thank your interviewer?
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