Career Center – Job Readiness

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Job Opportunities

The Career Center keeps and up-to-date jobs book in our office for students to find jobs. Please stop in to see the current listings.

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Groovejob.com – is a good source for finding great part-time jobs. They focus only on part-time jobs, teen jobs, summer jobs and internships for students.

Snagajob.com – The part-time jobs and hourly employment resource for student. Click on the site and enter your zip code to find jobs in your area and even apply online for jobs.

Resume Information

Academic Resume - This is a great resume for high school students. It important to take sometime and think about your skills, abilities and what you have to offer a college or employer. Please follow these steps in completing your resume.

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Cover Letter Information

The Cover Letter – The cover letter is designed to introduce yourself to an employer with the object of getting an interview for a job that is advertised. It is important to follow some simple rules in writing a cover letter:

1. Customize each cover letter with an inside address (do not use “to whom it may concern”). 2. Personalize the greeting (Dear Ms. Smith). Try to get the name of a person whenever possible. A blind advertisement makes that impossible, but in other cases a quick telephone call can often result in a name and sometimes a valuable telephone conversation. When you can’t get a name, use Dear Recruiter, Dear Hiring Manager, Dear Search Committee, or Dear Sir/Madam.

3. Mention where you heard about the position so your reader knows where to direct your résumé and letter. The first paragraph of your cover letter is a great place to state (or restate) your objective. Since you know the specific job being offered, you can tailor your objective to suit the position.

4. Drop names in the first paragraph if you know someone in the company. Hiring managers take unsolicited résumés more seriously when they assume you were referred by one of their employees or customers.

5. The second paragraph (or two) is the perfect place to mention specific experience that is targeted to the job opening. This is your “I’m super great because” information. Here is where you summarize why you are absolutely perfect for the position. Really sell yourself. Pick and choose some of your experience and/or education that is specifically related to the company’s requirements, or elaborate on qualifications that are not in your résumé but apply to this particular job. If you make mention of the company and its needs, it becomes immediately obvious that your cover letter is not generic. Entice the reader to find out more about you in your résumé. Don’t make this section too long or you will quickly lose the reader’s interest.

6. The closing should be concise. Let the reader know what you want (an application, an interview, an opportunity to call). If you are planning to call the person on a certain day, you could close by saying, “I will contact you next Tuesday to set up a mutually convenient time to meet.” Don’t call on Mondays or Fridays if you can help it. If you aren’t comfortable making these cold calls, then close your letter with something like: “I look forward to hearing from you soon.” And remember to say, “Thank you for your consideration” or something to that effect.

Thank You Letter Information

The Thank You Letter – A thank you acknowledgment should be sent as soon as possible after an interview. A thank you letter may be sent to each interviewer or, if the firm has one, to the recruitment coordinator with a note to pass along your thanks to those with which you spoke during the interview. When writing more than one firm member, try to personalize each letter by altering at least one sentence in the letter. It can be time consuming, but it may pay off. If you are sending a single letter which thanks everyone you met, take the time to give the names of those you interviewed with and make sure you spell their names correctly.

You should consider this letter to be a marketing tool. Too often students do not realize the importance of a follow-up letter and miss out on this opportunity. An interviewee should never consider a thank you letter as optional. Even if you should fail to receive an offer, the firm will retain a more favorable image of you if you take the time to send a note of thanks. This could prove beneficial to you in the future.

Interviewers expect you to send thank you letters. It’s also an effective interviewing strategy. For example, it

  • Shows that you are courteous, knowledgeable and professional
  • Demonstrates your written communication skills
  • Helps to make you stand out in the minds of the interviewers
  • Elevates you above competing candidates who didn’t bother to write them
  • Gives you an opportunity to reinforce your good points
  • Allows you to include something important you forgot to mention during your interview
  • Confirms your understanding of topics discussed and helps to avoid misunderstandings

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Interviewing Information

The Interview – An interview is a personal encounter between two people. To communicate what you have to offer, you must establish good rapport. The way you conduct yourself during the interview is critical. Some pointers:

  • Be confident, not cocky
  • Be assertive and clear in your communication
  • Be relaxed. They need you as much as you need them
  • Communicate your interest in the position and your enthusiasm. Have good voice quality. Don’t shout, but let yourself be heard
  • Be a good listener. It will help you determine the company’s needs and how you might fill them.

Make a good impression at your interview by doing a little homework beforehand.

Research the Company and the Position

The more you know about the company and the job you are applying for, the better you will appear in the interview. An interviewer will be impressed by your interest and motivation, and you will be able to explain what you can do for the company.

Find out as much key information as you can about the company, its products and its customers. If possible, talk to people who work at the company. There may be other sources of information on the Web, especially if the company is publicly traded.

Search for the following:

  • Office locations
  • Products and services
  • Customers
  • Competitors
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Recent news
  • Financial info, including salary and stock

Prepare for the Actual Interview

  1. Practice your answers to Common Questions. Likewise, prepare a list of questions to ask the employer. Most interviews follow this pattern: First, you answer questions about your experience and qualifications, then you ask questions about the job.
  2. Rehearse your interview with a friend. You should be able to convey all pertinent information about yourself in 15 minutes. Tape yourself to check your diction, speed, and body language.
  3. Prepare your interview materials before you leave. Bring several copies of your resume, a list of references, and, if appropriate, any work samples. Make sure they are all up to date.
  4. Dress professionally and comfortably. You will be judged in some respects by what you wear. When in doubt, dress conservatively.

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

For women:

  • A straight forward business suit is best.
  • Wear sensible pumps.
  • Be moderate with make-up and perfume.
  • Wear simple jewelry.
  • Hair and fingernails should be well groomed.

For men:

  • A clean, ironed shirt and conservative tie are a must.
  • A simple jacket or business suit is a good idea as well. Shoes should be polished.
  • Face should be clean-shaven; facial hair should be neatly trimmed.
  • Hair and fingernails should be well groomed.
  • Use cologne or after shave sparingly.

Bring pen and notepad to jot down any information you may need to remember (but don’t take notes during the interview).

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