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Job and Internship Searching. Before You Begin. Know yourself Many job seekers make the mistake of not focusing their career goals Makes job search overwhelming Identify your personal strengths, interests, skills, and values List possible job titles and fields of interest - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Before You BeginKnow yourselfMany job seekers make the mistake of not focusing their career goalsMakes job search overwhelmingIdentify your personal strengths, interests, skills, and valuesList possible job titles and fields of interestSales, PR, Social Work, Research, Writing, etc.

  • Before You BeginKnow where you want to workResearch companies and organizationsResearch potential career fieldsKnow typical entry-level jobs, salaries, etc.Think about locationIdentify potential employers who you would like to work for

  • Preparing for Your Job SearchTarget your resume to a specific field or position

    Put together work samples

    Practice interviewing and speaking about your liberal arts skills and professional experience

    Buy a professional suit

    Have a professional voicemail message

  • Preparing for Your Job SearchUpdate your facebook and myspace profiles

    Have a professional email address

    Learn how to network and do an informational interview

    Develop a job search plan using multiple job searching strategies

  • How People Find Jobs

    Networking and Direct Contact80%Internet10%Want Ads 5%Other Methods 5 %

  • Job Search Strategy #1Participate in campus programs and events

    Job Fairs and EventsGovernment Job Fair (Fall)Business Etiquette Dinner (November)Minnesota Private College Job and Internship Fair (February)Alumni Networking Event (February)Pathways for Careers (March)Idealist Job Fair Nonprofits (March)Education Job Fair (April)

    Other EventsEmployer Tables in the Christensen CenterEmployer Panels and Information Sessions

  • Job Search Strategy #2Apply for jobs that are posted

    General Job Posting WebsitesAugpost, LandIt, JobPost, St. Thomas

    Specialized Posting SitesIdealist:www.idealist.orgMinnesota Council of Non-profits: www.mncn.orgEdPost:

  • Job Search Strategy #2Apply for jobs that are posted

    Employer Websites

    MegasitesMonster: Builder:

    Newspapers or Want

  • Finding postings using the Wiki

  • Job Search Strategy #3Target employers you are interested in

    Direct employer contactDirectoriesMinnesota Nonprofit DirectoryUnited Way: Directory of Community ServicesMinneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Book of ListsThe Gold Book On the wiki:

  • Job Search Strategy #4NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!!!

  • What is Networking?

    involves connecting with those who work in a field you are wanting to learn more about or break into

    is the most effective way to learn about job positions and obtain job positions

    does NOT involve asking for a job

  • Informational Interviews

    are a great way to begin to network, build connections, and gain insight into a career

    set up times to talk with people and interview them about their jobs and/or their employers

    follow up after the interview and continue to keep in touch

  • Social NetworkingLinkedinwww.linkedin.comcomplete a descriptive profilesearch for connections for informational interviewget company information and connections

    Facebookbecome a fan of company profilescheck the profile for news and information

  • INTERVIEWING FOR SUCCESSWho has had professional/internship interviews?What is hard about interviewing?What makes you the most nervous about interviewing?What questions are the most difficult to answer?


    Basic Guidelines

  • Types of Interviews

    Screening Interview

    On-site Interview

  • Before the InterviewKnow the job requirementsKnow yourselfResearch the organizationPrepare questionsPracticeHave your outfit readyKnow where to go

  • Day of the InterviewArrive earlyIntroduce yourselfBe professionalWatch your eye contact and body languageMay bring and use your portfolioAnswer questionsAsk questionsDo not bring up salary or benefitsGet business cardsClose the interview

  • After the InterviewSend a thank you noteFollow-up

  • Behavioral QuestionsProve yourself by telling stories of past accomplishmentsHelps predict behaviorAnswer according to the CAR method:C = ChallengeA = ActionR = Results

  • PracticeTell me about yourselfWhat are your strengths?What are your weaknesses?Why did you choose your major?What role do you usually play in group or team situations?What motivates you in work setting?Give me an example of an accomplishment you are proud ofTell me about a time you had multiple assignments to complete and how did you prioritize

  • Other Sample QuestionsWhy are interested in this position?What makes you qualified for this position?Why do you want to work for our organization?What are your career goals?How does your education relate to our needs?Why did you leave your last job?

  • More Sample QuestionsDescribe a situation where you had a work as part of a team to achieve a goalTell me about a time you had to use strong leadership skillsDescribe a situation in which you had to work under pressureOthers????

  • using the Wiki