Whether you’re a young adult leaving high school and planning for a career, a student in college preparing for a career fair, an adult creating a LinkedIn profile, or navigating tech hubs, the websites below can help you.
- Career Planning for High-Schoolers: https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/career-planning-for-high-schoolers.htm
- Navigating the College Career Fair: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-career-fairs/
- The Ultimate LinkedIn Guide: https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/ultimate-linkedin-guide/
- Navigating Silicone Valley and Emerging Tech Hubs: https://www.computerscienceonline.org/cutting-edge/tech-hubs/
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“You’re invited to attend our Open House
“Hiring Managers Interviewing Onsite
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“Fri., November 10th 7AM-6PM & Sat., November 11th 8AM-2PM
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“Drug testing is a condition of employment
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Source: The Commercial Appeal. (2017, November 5). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(309), p. 6C.
- Apply for jobs that seem a little out of reach but are not that far above your abilities and accomplishments
- Get to know people through LinkedIn who work in places where you want to work
- Instead of talking about how much you know, talk about how you can solve problems that potential employers have.
- Your pre-existing network of support, which includes your friends and family, can help you and provide networking connections.
- Create a specific resume and cover letter for each job you apply to. Don’t just use the same resume and cover letter for every job. Writing in the keywords from the job description into your resume and cover letter is critical to landing an interview. Companies use applicant tracking systems that scan your resume for keywords, so the more of them that show in your resume, the higher your chances of getting an interview.
- Prepare for each job interview and speak from the heart during the actual interview. This helps you project your authentic problem-solving abilities to employers.
- When writing thank you letters after the interview, which you should always do, try to connect with the interviewers based on a nugget of personal information they provided or how they provided useful information about the job to you during the interview. This technique helps you connect with them.
- Approach each company as a problem solver. You want to tell them what you can do for them. Always prepare for the interview ahead of time.
- When on the job, don’t settle for mediocrity. Be willing to stretch yourself and be “willing to learn a new role.”
- Listen to what you think about each job rather than what your friends or family tell you about it. Keep in mind that you’re the one who will be doing the work, so your opinion is really the only one that matters.
- “Do work that builds you up most of the time.” Your skills, talents, and strengths can point you in the right direction. Making a list of your skills, talents, and strengths will better prepare you to find work that is suitable to that list so that the job will be a good fit for you.
Source: Kalish, A. (2017). 11 things I wish I’d known when I started job searching, according to Muse readers. In The Muse. Retrieved from https://www.themuse.com/advice/11-things-i-wish-id-known-when-i-started-job-searching-according-to-muse-readers
Some reliable websites for getting salary range information for your job interviews are glassdoor.com and salary.com.
Glassdoor allows you to get salary range information based on geographical area and job title. You can enter a job title or company name and select a city to get a report of salary ranges for those jobs on the homepage of their website.
Salary.com works similarly to Glassdoor. Users of their website can enter job title or keyword and location to determine salary ranges.
It is important for job seekers to determine a salary range before an interview, so that you know how much you are worth if and when a job offer is made to you. When the offer is made to you and you believe the employer’s salary figure is low, you can counteroffer and say, ‘Based on my research, I found the salary range for this job is in the $35,000-$45,000 range.’ You do not have to tell the employer where you did your research. You want to know the actual range for the job title based on the research you have done, and then go about $5000 above the low end of the range to start salary negotiations. For example, if the actual salary range for a job is $35,000-$45,000, you can start the salary negotiation at $40,000-$45,000.
There are possible scenarios that can happen when you negotiate a salary. First, if you name a salary figure that’s below the employer’s range, they will happily give you that salary because it saves them money. Second, if you give a range that is too high, the employer may counteroffer by saying, ‘That salary range is too high. We were thinking about $30,000-$35,000.’ At that point, you need to consider if you are willing to take a lower salary, and if you are, you can try to negotiate for more benefits. However, don’t sell yourself short. If you have at least one year of relevant work experience for the job for which you’re interviewing, you can negotiate for a higher salary. You can walk away from a job offer if you have other job offers from companies who are willing to pay you more money.
Review common interview questions and prepare your response
Find out as much as you can about the company
3. Dress professionally
4. Arrive early and prepared
Bring resumes and reference sheet [it is helpful to have 3 to 5 names of references typed of people who have said to you they will be your reference]
5. Be confident, respectful and concise
6. Be prepared to ask good questions
Ask sound questions about the job and benefits
7. Show what you know
Tell them all of the reasons you are qualified for the job
8. Put your cell phone away until after the interview
Never text or look at your phone
9. Be focused – Make good eye contact
10. Thank the interviewers and send a follow-up thank you note
The elevator speech is a 30-second time span where you meet an employee, manager, or executive of a company and you convey your personality and skills to that person. The idea of the elevator speech is to wow the recipient with your upbeat attitude and strong skills.
While you should bring up two or three skills to the recipient that tells this person what you can do for him or her in the workplace, it is also important to establish a common bond with this person by first, as the Memphis Business Journal suggests, using an ice breaker and then engaging the recipient.
An ice breaker at a “networking event” (Cook, 2017) can be, “Hi, I’m Ken. These types of events are uncomfortable for me. How about you?” (Cook, 2017). Next you could ask what the other person is hoping to get out of the networking event. “This question engages the other person in terms of their goals and aspirations,” (Cook, 2017), which will allow you to talk about how your goals and aspirations match to this person’s and the company’s goals. Essentially, you’ve set up a positive interaction that has allowed you to ease into the conversation and tell the person about your goals and aspirations that relate to the company for which you’re interested in working.
As the author of the article in the Memphis Business Journal states, “… if you want your elevator speech to be engaging, totally wrap yourself into what you are saying. Show the passion behind the person and the business [or your skills]. If the other party finds you interesting, then they will be motivated to continue talking. If the other person cannot connect with you, then what you are offering is devalued to a commodity” (Cook, 2017).
Source: Cook, K. (2017, March 21). How to re-think a great elevator speech. Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/marketing/2017/03/how-to-re-think-a-great-elevator-pitch.html
Poplar-White Station Branch Library will be hosting a resume workshop named Resumayhem on Thursday, March 16 from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Tips will be given on resumes, interviewing skills and dressing professionally for the interview.
To register, text 901.860.5094 or call 901.415.2777. Snacks will be provided.
Location: 5094 Poplar Avenue
This event is free.