I have over 30 years of experience with employment and training, first for a non-profit and now for a Technical College. I still have ah-ha moments. Last night I was listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio on the way home. He was passionately stressing the importance of knowing what you want to do, what type of work you want to do BEFORE finding the right college/the right training. Now today I find an awesome article written by Hannah Morgan (Career Sherpa)(I subscribe). The link is below. What a beautiful story with some powerful meaning. Besides that, it again stresses the importance of aligning your achievements to a specific job opening (what it is you want to DO)when you are writing your resume.
PS: Remember to make a list of your talents/gifts when determining what you want to DO.
Enjoy the following article by Hannah Morgan.
It isn’t hard to figure out when you need to move on. And the feeling builds if you don’t do something about it. So how do you fit job search in when you are working, attending classes, AND caring for home and family?
One must make the time. Decide what part of your day will work best for you. Where could you squeeze in an hour or so to spend some time on job seeking activities?
Prep: An effective job search requires three main documents. You need a cover letter, a resume, and a page with your references typed on it. All three can have your resume heading on top (including all your contact information).
First: If you are a Wisconsin Technical College student, make sure you have registered on Wisconsin TechConnect. Other than that one website, (where employers go looking for our graduates), don’t waste time looking through jobs within on-line job boards. Start your job search by making a list of the companies you would like to work for. Go to those company websites and save alerts that let you know when a new job is posted. Now you can quickly check on any alerts you receive each day. Be sure to check your voice mail and email daily when you are in job search mode!
Second: Think about who you know that works at the companies on your list. Connect with these people, sharing information and building a mutually beneficial relationship, which is what networking is all about. Offer your help to the people you know. Introduce them to someone you recently met or share an article with them that you know they will be interested in.
Third: Social Media can help you do your networking. Connect with those you know through social media. If you do not have a LinkedIn profile yet, time to create one.
Make time for your job search. If you can’t find time daily, find time on certain days of the week. Plan it out and stick to it.
Source: 6 Ways to Get Your Job Search on Track, by Hannah Morgan, 11/16/16.
I know that some of you are saying, “Really?” I need to have a LinkedIn Profile now! Isn’t job seeking hard enough!
Job Seeking isn’t easy. I can be very time consuming and some times feels fruitless. But one must be persistent. When in job search mode, always, always be persistent!
Networking has been the #1 way to find employment since before Richard Bolles wrote his first edition of “What Color is Your Parachute.”
Creating a LinkedIn Profile really isn’t that hard once you have a top notch resume. Use some of LinkedIn’s video’s to help.
A link to help students: https://students.linkedin.com
Be sure to scroll down and watch all the video’s – Enjoy!
You have graduated. You likely polished off the third and final draft of your resume as part of an assignment here at Western Technical College. Congratulations! Now to worry about interviewing. If you are lucky, one of your instructors had someone from Career Services come in to talk about the art of interviewing. We would have shared an awesome tool that can be found on our website at: https://www.westerntc.edu/finding-employment
Some tell us that “Perfect Interview” isn’t a real interview, so how can practicing in that program help? I can guarantee you that if you take the program seriously and sincerely practice with it, it WILL help you feel more confident in an interview.
How can I confidently say that? Because I know through experience that feeling confident in an interview is all about practice. Practice talking about yourself and your skills. To feel confident, you must talk out loud about your skills and abilities and say them again and again. No memorizing mind you. That is not what I mean. If you memorize, that will be obvious to the interviewer. Just practice answering interview questions out loud at home. You can use “Perfect Interview” on our website, or you can get a good book on interviewing (recommendation: Knock Em Dead Job Interview: How to turn Job Interviews into Job Offers, by Martin Yate)and practice answering questions. Please remember that you do not want to use “canned” answers. By that I mean make your answers YOUR answers to the questions. That is what I like about Martin Yate’s book. Rather than give you canned answers, he talks to you about what the employer is looking for and why he/she asked the question so that you can give your best answer from your perspective. Plus he provides help for every question you can think of. Once you spend some time practicing, your confidence sours! It is all about practice.
Below, another awesome article from CareerSherpa – by Hannah Morgan
Today we have some great advice for staying positive during a job search. This same advice works for thinking positive as we make attempts each day to survive everyday living!