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Job Search Guide

 
Finding a good job may be a daunting task, but by using this job search guide you are on the way to landing the job of your dreams.
 
Resumes
A good resume is a one page advertisement about you. When applying for a job in person, you should always altach a resume to the application. If your resume is too wordy or not easy to read, most em­ployers will discard it. Make your resume dazzle and stand out. Begin your statements with strong action words and highlight skills with strong descriptive words. Make an employer want to interview you. Make sure you customize your resume for each job; never use one standard resume. Research the di ITerent type and styles of resumes and use it to fit the job in which you arc applying. If you do not have any or have little employ­ment experience, make sure you pump up your resume with school achievements such as academic awards, athletic skills, or membership in clubs or activities; however, never lie on 11 resume. Volunteer experience can be included on a resume if needed to offset the lack of employment experience. Make sure you include skills you learned in your program area at TCTC. After high school graduation, impress an employer with your state certificate earned in your TCTC program area. Always check your resume for mistakes. Always keep your resume up-to-date. 
 
Electronic Resumes 
In today's world, many job applicants need to submit their resumes electronically. You will need to decide if you need to use Plain Text (a plain resume that most computers recognize and can be emailed), Rich Text (provides more options for a more visually pleasing resume, but it is not supported by emails or many computers) and Hyper­text (You can publish your resume directly to the worldwide web, but you need all the software and hardware to be able to do this). M11ny websites offer resume builders that can be emailed and that can be worked into online job sites. 
 
Job Applications
Print the application in ink. Neatness is important. Try to answer all questions, and if a question does not apply, write "not appli­cable". Check spelling, addresses, and telephone numbers. Bring a handy fact sheet of all the information needed to complete an application when applying in person. Always dress professionally if you are dropping off an application. Employers can use this as a way to weed out appli­cants. Make a good first impression.
 
References
Make sure you have at least three or four references to use on a job application. These people can vouch for you. Make sure you ask their permission ahead ortime, and prep them by providing them a copy of your resume. Good references can include teachers, coaches, co-workers, for­mer employers and school administrative staff. References are not rela­tives. 
 
Cover Letters
Sending a cover letter and a resume is a great way to mass search for a job or apply to a job advertisement. Customize each letter to match the employer's needs. Don't tell the employer what the job will do for you, but rather what you can do for the company. Proofread. Many employers will not hire someone with a lot of mistakes on their cover letter. A few days after you mail out the cover letter and resume, make a personal call to request an interview.
 
Job Searching
You can log onto 411.com or YellowBook.com to locate addresses and telephone numbers of businesses that you would like to apply. Call the employer first, and get the name of the person who hires in the department where you want to work, and address the cover letter and envelope to that person. Check the company's website for job postings.
 
Newspapers and Websites
Check your local newspaper for help-wanted advertisements and websites like Monster.com, OhioMeansJobs,com, or CareerB11ilder.com for employment opportunities. The next big wave of the future will be an app for searching and applying for employment op­portunities. Look for it in your app store. 
 
Networking 
Inform friends, neighbors, TCTC program teachers, family, former employers and associates that you are looking for a job. Give them your resume. A majority of jobs are never advertised, but filled by word of mouth. Attend professional association meetings.
 
Professional Voicemail, Email and Social Networks 
First impressions count. Employers can judge your character by your voicemail, email ad?? dress or social network accounts (Facebook and/or MySpace). Most em­ployers use social network sites to do informal background checks. Be professional at all times. Are you using professional networking sites such as Linkedln? Linkedln has the capability of linking videos, photos, files and projects which provides a more expressive medium than a paper re­sume when applying for a job. Jobvite reported that 94% of recruiters actively use Linkedln and other social media sites to find employees.
 
Volunteering 
Besides helping you land more scholarships, volunteering can help provide marketable skills. Employers take notice when individuals volunteer time. Volunteering can open doors to potential employers by networking with others and can help to build job experience, especially when your employment history is minimal. 
 
Mentor
Join a professional organization. Many professional associations have mentorship programs available to help new job seekers in their ca­reer. You can also look for someone experienced in your career to assist you in your job search and who may also help to network others in the industry.
 
Filing 
It is important to keep a record of your job search for future refer­ences. You should keep a spreadsheet and mark the date you sent your resume, the job title you applied for, how you applied if not by traditional mail, follow-up calls and the per.ion's name to whom you addressed your search. This file will be a great reference tool if needed in the future since many employers use old applications to call when new positions open up.
 
Interviewing 
A good resume, an impressive application or a good word from an current employee might get you an interview, but your interview skills are going to get you the job. An interview is a chance to sell your­self. Make a good impression. Research the company, get some facts about the job • employers love a job candidate that is well informed. Be well groomed . clean hair, clean clothing. Do not dress in the newest trends, but in professional, classic clothing in simple colors. Do not wear nashy jewelry or cologne/perfume. Trim your nails. Look refreshed = get a good nights sleep the night before. Turn off your cell phone or other electronic devices, and do not use It even whlle waiting for the Inter­view to start. Arrive early and go alone. If your parents or friends drive you to the interview, make arrangements to meet after the inter­view. Bring: copies of your resume, social security card, work permits, and a typed copy of your references. Keep eye contact. Good eye contact shows that the channel to communication is open. Maintain a pleasant facial expression. Smile. Employers want friendly employees. Sit up straight in the chair with hands, feet and anns unfolded. Be polite. Offer the interviewer a professional greeting, thanking them for the inter­view. Shake hands while looking the person in the eye. Be ready to tell the employer your employment and educational background. Let the inter­viewer know that you are a hard worker and why you will be a great em­ployee. If you do not have all of the skills necessary for the job, tell the interviewer that you are willing to learn new skills. Be positive. Do not bad mouth anyone. If you had a bad relationship with a former boss, take responsibility for the problems. Employers do not like employees who gossip or spread rumor.;. Talk, but do not be too talkative. Listen, but do not be too quiet. Be curious; ask questions. Prepare a few questions be­fore the interview. Rehearse the interview. Role play with friends or fami­ly members. Practice answering some typical interview questions. If your school attendance is excellent, make sure to let the interviewer know. Employers want employees who do not call off a lot. Never lie. You could be fired later if you falsify infonnation. At the end of the inter­view, sum up why the interviewer should hire you. Thank the person again for taking their time for the interview, and offer a handshake. Under­stand that many interviews are done these days by using telephone or vide­oconferencing such as Facetime or Skype.
 
Thank You Note 
Always send a thank you note after the interview. It will help to distinguish you from other job candidates and help you stand out in a positive light. Nowadays a thank-you email is just as good as a paper thank-you note and should be sent within 24 hours. About a week after sending the thank-you note, call and see if a decision has been made yet. Employers like candidates that take initiative. If the employers tell you that you did not get the job, thank them again for the interview oppor­tunity, and let them know you would love to be reconsidered again. 
Good luck!!!

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