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JOB SEARCHING TIPS

How Stuff Works: How to Do a Local Job Search

http://money.howstuffworks.com/business/getting-a-job/how-to-do-local-job-search.htm

How Stuff Works.com is a helpful site for a variety of advice, including how to do a local job search.

Monster.com

http://www.monster.com/

This is one of the most popular employment websites in the world.  You can search by location, field, and expertise.  This site has company profiles as well as a section dedicated to job searching advice. There is also a great deal of information concerning resumes, cover letter, and interviewing tips.

Yahoo! HotJobs

http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/

Yahoo! HotJobs and Monster have combined to offer this job hunting site.

CareerBuilder.com

http://www.careerbuilder.com/

This is one of the largest employment websites in the U.S.  Many of the features on this site are similar to Monster.com, including a wealth of resources about all aspects of job searching.

Additional Job Searching Tips:

  • Check the local newspaper (both print and online) in the area in which you would like to work.
  • Beware of scammers when looking for jobs through customized search engines.  You may run across opportunities during your job search that may seem too good to be true – for example, jobs offering a large wage for minimal work.  If these opportunities seem too good to be true, then they probably are.  In addition, you may see other offers that ask you to send money in exchange for a product or that ask you to accept a deposit of money and then wire the money to another source … these offers are ALWAYS – 100% OF THE TIME – a scam.  Avoid them.
  • Take time to research the company to which you are applying.
  • Ask specific questions and be suspicious of vague answers and descriptions.

Privacy Issues:

  • Never provide sensitive information at the very beginning of the application process.
  • Leave personal information, such as your address, Social Security Number, or other sensitive contact information, off of your resume or cover letter if you decide to post these on a public forum (such as Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com).

For more information: http://www.fuzeqna.com/careerbuilder/consumer/kbdetail.asp?kbid=745

Final Helpful Link:

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/getting-started/jobs.aspx

COVER LETTER TIPS

A cover letter is an important part of your job application.  A cover letter provides an employer with a “first impression” of you and can strongly influence the employer’s view of your resume.  It pays to take the time to write a strong cover letter!  This is your opportunity to explain why you would like to work for the company as well as to describe your relevant experience and skills.  Do not exaggerate your skills and abilities, but do not hesitate to confidently express why you believe you are the best candidate for the job.

It can be very helpful to use the job ad itself as a guide when writing a cover letter.  Refer to the job ad when writing your cover letter to directly address important requirements outlined in ad.  For instance, describe the special skills you possess which match the skills required for the job.  Also provide specific information about your relevant education or previous work experience which qualify you to perform the job.  If the job ad requires skills which you do feel you possess yet, then describe your interest in learning something new as well as your ability to take on new challenges.  Lastly, describe general positive qualities which any employer will appreciate, such as your ability to maintain a positive attitude and be self-motivated, your ability to work well independently and as part of a team, and your ability to be punctual and well organized.

eHow

http://www.ehow.com/how-to_4845324_write-cover-letters.html

This site is a great general reference with advice about a wide variety of issues.  Check out the links to “Related Articles” on the left and right sides for additional advice about specific kinds of cover letters.

Virginia Tech Career Services

http://www.career.vt.edu/JobSearchGuide/CoverLetterSamples.html

This Virginia Tech site provides cover letter samples as well as great job search advice.

Purdue OWL

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/549/01/

This site provides more technical tips on writing cover letters.  Click on the “Job Boards” link to view the Purdue Career Wiki which has a large selection of job site links.

Resume Cover Letters.org

http://www.resumecoverletters.org/

This site has a large selection of examples of cover letters.  Click on the “Cover Letter Examples” link on the left side.

RESUME TIPS

Building an effective resume is nothing more than organizing and writing about your qualifications in a way that will show the reader the clear benefits of hiring you!  Some of the following resources will actually “build” your resume for you and may be useful tools to help you get started.  Do not forget the importance of tailoring your resume to each specific position that you apply for to make the best impression on your future employer.  The point of a resume is to catch the reader’s attention right away.  A standard resume may be too plain to catch the reader’s attention.  Take your time in creating the most effective resume for your purposes.  You may find it useful to start by using a good template as a guide and then make additional touches to create a truly unique resume.  One example of a unique touch is to include a “Goal Statement” at the top of your resume.  This statement should be one sentence describing your overall career goal and why you believe that this particular job experience will assist you in reaching that goal.

NOTE:  Your resume should be one page in length.  Employers receive many, many resumes and do not typically have the patience to read a resume that is longer than one page.

How to Write a Resume.net

http://www.howtowritearesume.net/index.aspx

This site claims to be the #1 free resume builder on the Web.  A special feature of the site is a blog that provides constant updates on resume writing.  This site also offers many articles focusing on specific questions about resume writing.

How to Write a Masterpiece of a Resume

http://www.rockportinstitute.com/resumes.html

This site gives a very detailed explanation of how to create great resumes.  The Rockport Institute is well known for helping people find the perfect job.  The site is split into sections so you can hop around to find what is most useful.

Wiki-How: How to Make a Resume

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Resume

This Wiki-How site provides an article with straightforward steps to building a resume.

10 Tips to Bullet Proof Your Resume

http://www.free-resume-tips.com/10tips.html

This site offers 10 tips to make your resume really shine.  One great feature of the site is “before and after” examples of quality sentences.

INTERVIEW TIPS

The secret to succeeding in an interview is to prepare yourself!  By taking the time to prepare for an interview, you will feel more confident and be more relaxed – both of which will make it easier to create a great first impression on your potential employer.  You can start preparing by looking over sample interview questions and practicing your answers.  The most effective way to do this is to act out an interview with another person.  By role playing with someone else, you will have the opportunity to hear what your practice answers sound like when you speak out loud.  In addition, this will be an opportunity to gain useful feedback about your answers from another person.  It is also important to plan how you will present yourself in the interview, including dressing professionally.

From Monster.com

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/interview-preparation/boost-your-interview-iq/article.aspx

A great list of “10 Tips to Boost your Interview Skills.”

How Stuff Works.com: How to Prepare for a Job Interview

http://money.howstuffworks.com/business/getting-a-job/how-to-prepare-for-job-interview2.htm

This site includes job preparation tips and helpful interview advice.

Job Interview Questions.org

http://www.jobinterviewquestions.org/

This site has many examples of different types of job interview questions, including behavioral and open-ended questions as well as questions to “watch out” for because they may be illegal.

Career Builder.com

http://msn.careerbuilder.com/msn/category.aspx?categoryid=IV

This site is a great resource on many topics related to interview questions and scenarios.

Department of Labor

http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco20045.htm

This site provides interview tips from the U.S. Department of Labor.

About.com

http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/jobinterviewtip.htm

About.com site on job interview tips.

eHow

http://www.ehow.com/topic_8425_dressing-job-interview_-women.html

Some tips on how to dress for a job interview.

QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKED IN AN INTERVIEW

(Source: http://www.careercc.com)

These questions are presented only as guidelines.  They are meant to help you prepare for the interview.  Some questions may or may not be appropriate for your interviewing situation.  By practicing your responses to some of these questions, then hopefully you will not be taken off guard if asked one of them.  Most importantly, relax and go with the flow!

  • Tell me about yourself. (Try to keep your response to 2 minutes)
  • What are your strong points?
  • What are your weak points?
  • How did you do in school?
  • Have you kept up in your field with additional training?
  • How would your co-workers describe you?
  • How would your boss describe you?
  • Can you work well under deadlines or pressure?
  • What are your career goals?
  • What do you look for in a job?
  • Why are you looking for a new career?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • What skills and qualifications are essential for success in the position of ______?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What can you do for us that someone else cannot?
  • If you took this job, what would you accomplish in the first year?
  • What were the five most significant accomplishments in your last job?
  • What were the five most significant accomplishments in your career so far?
  • What was wrong with your current or last position?
  • How does this job fit into your overall career plan?
  • What position do you expect to have in 2 to 5 years?
  • Describe your management style.
  • What do you believe is the most difficult part of being a supervisor of people?
  • What do you think of your present or past boss?
  • What kind of hours are you used to working or would you like to work?
  • Can you explain your salary history?
  • How much pay do you expect if we offer you this position?
  • What other positions are you considering?

QUESTIONS YOU MAY WANT TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER

  • Why is this position open?
  • How often has this job been filled in the past five years? What were the main reasons?
  • What would you like done differently by the next person who fills this position?
  • What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
  • What is most pressing? What would you like to have done in the next 3 months?
  • What are some of the long-term objectives you would like to see accomplished?
  • What are some of the more difficult problems one would have to face in this position?
  • How do you think these problems could best be handled?
  • What type of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances, etc?
  • What freedom would I have in determining my own work objectives, deadlines, etc.?
  • What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful in this position, and within what time frame?
  • In what ways has this organization been most successful over the years?
  • What significant changes do you foresee in the near future?
  • What accounts for success within this company?
  • How is one evaluated in this position?

ADDITIONAL TIPS

Before the Interview…

Plan Ahead: Do a little homework!  Research the company and the position, and, if possible, the people you will meet during the interview.  Also, review your own work experiences.  Be ready to explain your past career accomplishments as well as challenges.

Role Play: Once you have finished studying, begin role playing (rehearsing) the interview.  Use the general questions provided above.  Write down your answers if that helps to make your presentation more concise.

During the Interview…

Be Positive: Show interest in the company and the job and maintain a positive attitude.  In particular, avoid negative comments about past employers or co-workers.

Eye Contact: Maintain eye contact with your interviewer.
Adapt: Listen and adapt.  Be sensitive to the style of the interviewer.

Relate: Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and the company.  Focus on explaining your achievements that are relevant to t