JOBshop - Students' questions answered here
Published: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012 17:11
Q: Things sure have changed the past few years. What is the best way to prepare for and get interviews so I get the job I really want when there is so much competition?- Audrea Evans, Business Management, Associate Degree Program Student
A: There are so many things to concentrate on when preparing for a job search. Here are seven quick and easy-to-understand steps that will help in your search and meeting your job goal.
Step 1: Identify and understand your skills - to talk with employers about them.
Skills are key and employers will ask a number of questions related to them; it is important to understand your own skills prior to interviewing.
Self-management skills include: personality, ability to adapt to new environments, providing the foundation for other skills - such as being ambitious and good natured.
Transferable skills include: those used in a variety of jobs, and those that transfer from one job to another - such as using a computer.
Job-related skills include: those required to perform a particular job, and which usually require training or experience - such as an auto mechanic or chef.
Step 2: Decide what your ideal job is, so employers know what you really want to do.
Think about your life passion and the skills/abilities you have and which are needed to perform work related to it. Employers want to know what you want to do, so they hire the right person for the right position.
Step 3: Use networking as a priority job search method - it is the most effective way to hear and learn about open positions.
Join a networking group; talk with friends, family members, neighbors and classmates. Ask if they know of any position you might apply for.
Step 4: Upgrade résumé, list of reference and portfolio - record the latest information.
Select the résumé format that best fits your work history: chronological, functional or combination.
Eliminate errors; keep it to one page; make it real while promoting your qualifications.
Step 5: Work out a method to interview twice a day - networking can play a large part.
Full-time work goals mean full-time preparation. Make your job search a full-time job.
Step 6: Dramatically improve your interviewing skills - interview with everyone!
Practice in the mirror, then with family members, classmates and friends.
Listen to understand each question posed to you; provide clear answers that relate back to the position being sought.
Step 7: Follow up on all leads - each is important and could lead to your dream job.
Always send a thank-you note within 24 hours after each interview.
Create a system that works for you and keep track of all contacts you make.
For more information about this and other employment-related information, contact
Joanne Johnson-Clauser, Employment Development Specialist.
- Visit: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily in Room S203 at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus
- Call: 414-297-7765
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