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IF YOU WANT TO MAKE YOURSELF MORE EMPLOYABLE,

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BUILD YOUR WEB PRESENCE – The Internet is a powerful tool. When you have a web presence, employers can find you and learn more about you. ENHANCE YOUR RESUME – Don’t let your resume grow stagnant. A good resume will show that you’re always trying to climb the ladder. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF – Confidence is required. Don’t be your own greatest downfall. PUSH YOUR COMFORT ZONE – To get ahead, you’re going to have to do things that make you uncomfortable. LEARN TO BE ADAPTABLE – Nothing in life is perfect. Be flexible in order to make things work.

HELP OTHERS – Life isn’t all about you. Go out of your way to help others. It’s a rewarding experience. GET INVOLVED – Make a point of getting involved with your community. Don’t be shy. EXPAND YOUR SKILL SETS – Are your skills in demand? Would you be more employable if you had other skills? Never stop learning. STAY POSITIVE – No matter what happens, stay positive. A positive attitude is contagious and it will help you get ahead in all aspects of life.

DEDICATE TIME TO NETWORKING – Get out and meet more people. The people you know are the #1 way to get ahead in life.

PLAY THE PART – If you want to be accepted, you need to play the part. Dress appropriately, watch your language, and mind your body language. Be the professional that you want to become.

LISTEN TO OTHER PEOPLE’S ADVICE – Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Other people have been in your position and they might know just the thing to say or do to help you.

PROPER PREPARATION – Take the time to prepare for the job search. Do your research and stay up-to-date on current industry trends and technology. Don’t fall behind the times. jobmonkey.com

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10 TIPS TO MASTER A PHONE INTERVIEW 1. TAKE IT SERIOUSLY Just like an in-person interview, if you don’t impress the interviewer, you won’t make it to the next level. 2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK Research the company, industry and job description, and know your resume inside and out so you can discuss these topics with confidence. 3. PREPARE QUESTIONS Most phone interviews will allow for questions, so have a list of intelligent questions prepared. 4. FIND A QUIET ROOM Avoid places like coffee shops, busy streets and other public places where you’ll be distracted and difficult to hear. 5. CHARGE YOUR PHONE If you must use a mobile phone, then make sure it has a full battery and that you’re in an area with strong network coverage. 6. STAND UP AND SMILE You’ll sound and feel more confident during the conversation. 7. YOUR VOICE IS YOUR BODY LANGUAGE Your voice should sound upbeat, engaged and interested. 8. DON’T RAMBLE You can’t see your interviewer’s non-verbal clues so it can be easy to talk too much. Be aware and keep your answers concise and to the point. 9. ALLOW EXTRA TIME Phone interviews often go longer than expected so schedule extra time to allow for this. 10. TAKE NOTES Take notes of the questions you are asked and comments that were made. These can be used to help your prepare for the following interview.

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WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR RESUME

thebalancecareers.com

Here’s information on what to include when you’re writing your resume as a college student or recent graduate.

Focus on education.

Emphasize your academic history. Along with the name of your school and degree, include any achievements, such as a high GPA or any academic awards. If you have taken courses related to the job you’re applying for, list those as well.

Include relevant jobs.

Think about the skills and experiences required for the job you want. Include any internships or jobs where you developed these qualities. Even if your work experiences aren’t directly related, think of ways to highlight experiences you had that are relevant to the job you want. For example, you might include a former job as a cashier if it helped you develop customer service or leadership skills.

Include extracurricular activities.

Because you likely have limited work experience, emphasize any non-work activities. These might include clubs, sports, babysitting, volunteer work, or community service. All of these activities can show your skills and abilities.

Include leadership experience.

Have you held a position in a club, or been a captain on a sports team? Have you had any leadership responsibilities at your previous jobs? Be sure to list these experiences, as they show your ability to lead a team.

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Checklist for Writing an

INTERVIEW THANK YOU LETTER Write the letter(s) ASAP Send separate thank-you letter to each interviewer Address interviewers by name Keep it brief Remind interviewers of your strengths/ enthusiasm for the role and the company Also, remind interviewers of who you are! Thank the interviewers for their time Conduct a spelling/grammar check before sending

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6 INSIDER JOB SEARCH FACTS That’ll Make You Re-think How You’re Applying by ADAM SAVEN, themuse.com

You’ve made up your mind: It’s time for a career change. If only applying for jobs were as easy as making that decision. The job search process can be confusing and intimidating, to say the least. But the good news is that there are some little-known facts that can actually clear up a lot of that confusion and make the process a little more approachable. So, check these out—they just might make a big difference in your next search:

1. Most Jobs Are a Secret

OK, they’re not a secret, per se, but 80% of jobs never get posted and are only found through networking. Which means, scouring the web is not enough. It works great for seeing what’s out there, but for all those other jobs, you’ll need to talk to other humans. So, make sure to supplement your online research with real-world activities. As a first step, map out who you know. You can start by creating a list of former co-workers, classmates, teammates, and more. Then, reach out to friends and acquaintances for informal advice and to learn more about their roles. Take some time crafting your message: Weak: “Hey, I noticed you have an open job at your company. Can you help me?” Strong: “Hi, I’m really interested in exploring different ways to grow my career and enhance my learning. I’d love to learn more about your experiences.”

2. Knowing Someone on the Inside Can Get You Hired

Maybe the job you’re looking for is posted online, but that doesn’t mean you should keep your interest to yourself. With so many applicants, more and more companies rely on the networks of their existing employees. Especially because companies want to hire people who “get it” and who’ll click with the current staff. Here’s the thing: Only 7% of job applicants get an employee referral, yet referrals account for 40% of all hires! So, basically, having someone put in a good word will give you a serious leg up on the competition. Luckily, asking is easier than you think.

3. Recruiters Don’t Really Read Your Resume

Well, they do, but they don’t. Recruiters spend, on average, six seconds reviewing your resume. Translation: A resume alone won’t get you a job, but a bad one can ruin your chances. So, you need to make it as user-friendly as possible. Include relevant experience, keep it to one page, and whatever you do, don’t forget to run spell check. A quick scan might not capture all of your awesomeness, but it will catch any glaring errors that will send your application right to the trash bin.

4. Hundreds of People Are Applying for the Same Job Did you know that a typical corporate job posting will attract 250 resumes on average? With this in mind, you might want to think twice before just throwing your resume in with the other 249 again and again. I know, that number’s scary. But it’s a good reminder of why you do need to tailor your application and put in that extra energy. continued on page 17

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So, the first thing to do before you submit any applications is make sure you really want this position. Because if you don’t, you won’t be motivated enough to do what it takes to stand out. (Or you’ll burn out spending hours applying to jobs you don’t actually want.)

5. The Job Search Drags on (for Everyone)

On average, it takes about 52 days to fill a job opening. In other words, this won’t be a fast process. And that’s something to keep in mind when you see an opening that looks amazing. It’s better to take a few days to submit the perfect application than it is to fire off your materials right away without customizing them at all. It’s also something to remember when you’re waiting to hear back after an interview. While “having patience” is easier said than done, it’s certainly key.

6. Your Embarrassing Email Address Will Disqualify You

Hey, hotstuff12345@hotmail.com, unfortunately you and your friend Ih8work@aol.com, will fall into the group of 76% of resumes that are thrown out simply because their email address were unprofessional. I know that seems like an unbelievably high number, but the good news is, it should cut down on the competition from the 249 applying to the same job as you! Please, please don’t be the person to use your email from middle school. And don’t overlook less obvious things—like if your email address is “engineersteve@yourdomainename.com” and you’re trying to land a job in a completely new field. It’s easy to get discouraged during your job search, but knowledge is power. Hopefully these facts will motivate you to switch up your process and land that job you deserve.

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Top 10

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WEBSITES FOR JOBS Info from thebalancecareers.com

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Indeed.com CareerBuilder.com Dice.com Glassdoor.com Google for Jobs Idealist.com LinkedIn.com LinkUp.com Monster.com US.jobs

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There are thousands of job sites on the web, but the best job boards and job search engine sites have search tools that are quick and easy to use and allow you to search based on the type of job you’re looking for, your location, and other criteria. Don’t limit yourself to just one job website, because each job site only lists jobs from particular websites or companies. LinkUp.com, for example, only lists jobs directly from company websites, while US.jobs has verified nationwide postings directly from employers. Job search engines like Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com pull listings from many different sources. In addition, each site has a different set of search options you can utilize to include certain types of jobs in the search results. Try out a few sites to see which works best for you.


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LOOKING FOR A JOB? Check out daily listings in The Brookings Register Classifieds!

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3 TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS PREPARING FOR JOB INTERVIEWS by Kaitlyn Lannan, fortefoundation.org

Interviews can be an intimidating experience for even the most experienced job candidate, let alone for college students seeking their first summer jobs and internships. However, if you prepare for the interview and use the following strategies, you will end up much more successful in your job and internship search.

Research the company

There is nothing worse than showing up for a job interview for a position and company that you know nothing about and being asked a question about your knowledge of these things. To avoid this embarrassing situation, go on the company’s website and look at the company’s mission statement and recent news about the company. If the position requires some kind of technical skills, make a document with some of the industry terms and review them before going to the interview. Be up to date on current events, and read over your resume in order to prepare for the inevitable “tell me about yourself” question.

Make a list of common interview questions

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every interview. Some of these questions include things such as “tell me about yourself” and “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” Many more questions like this can be found on the internet and preparing the answers to some of these questions will help you to seem more professional and experienced. Also, if you prepare these questions well with great answers, if you don’t answer as well on some of the more specific questions, it might hurt you less since you previously answered well.

Be on time and dress professionally

It might seem like common sense, but being on time and acting professionally can be the deciding factor in a company deciding between you and another equally qualified candidate. Make sure to plan out your outfit on the night before your interview so everything is set for the next day. Be sure to know the route that you plan on taking to get to the company and try to get there 15 minutes early in order to show professionalism. In following these tips, you will ensure that you are putting your best self forward and show the company that you are serious about the job you are interviewing for. Interviews make or break your job application, so it is important to take them as seriously as possible. Good luck in your job search!


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