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1 Mad Job Skills Series: Tips for Acquiring Competitive Employment 1

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4 Job Search Skills: Job action plan Create long-term and short-term goals What is the right job for you? Self Employment Job accommodations Disability disclosure 4

5 Who can help you find the right job? Agencies for employment Attend Job Fairs Search online sites Network 1. What are some jobs you could see yourself having? 2. Name some businesses where you can start applying for employment. 5

6 Networking Networking- Interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one's career 3.Make a list of everyone that may be able to help you network. Then call network and let your network know you are job searching. 6

7 - Dress - Be on time - Work as a team - Cell phones - Social networking image - Prioritizes effectively - Accountable and responsible Professionalism 4. What are some areas of professionalism that come easy to you? 5. What are areas of professionalism you could improve on? 7

8 Resume Skills: Think outside of the box Be honest References Follow-up One page resume Functional resume 8

9 Contact Information Objective or Summary (optional) Work and Volunteer Experience Education Other skills and achievements References Areas of a resume: 6. What are some skills you can add to your resume? 7. What references do you have in mind? 9

10 Jane Smith 6 Elm Avenue, Stockler, CA Home: Cell: Functional Resume: EDUCATION Pepperona Central High School, Pepperona LA High School Diploma anticipated in May 2010 Sophomore Electives: Art, Culture & Foods, Independent Living, Family Advocacy Activities: Band and Stage Crew SPECIAL SKILLS & INTERSTS Love to work with children Can create attractive posters and flyers using graphic software Able to follow written instructions Good with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Can do internet research using MS Explorer and FireFox Enjoy biographies of famous people and plays Travelling with family Manage family recycling assignments VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY SERVICE: Pediatric Ward Volunteer Hospital, Stockler CA Ongoing Read, watch television or play games with children Make sure the play area is neat and toys are put away after use Run errands or do assignments from staff Stockler Recreation Department, City of Stockler Summer 2007 Volunteer Camp Counselor Led arts, crafts, sports, games, camping and hobby workshops for groups of 8-10 year olds Monitored groups of up to seven children on weekly field trips to the zoo, water parks and on walking tours Made sure campers were dropped off and picked up safely GOALS Planning to study Psychology or Music as a major in college Join the Pep Squad in Junior year 10

11 Contact Information Objective Education Work/Volunteer Experience Skills, Achievements, Interests References 11

12 Acquire Experience! Volunteer Part-Time or Summer Work Job Shadow School Work Experiences Interview People in Your Field of Interest 8. Who can contact to assist you in acquiring work experience? 12

13 Application Tips Dress Professional Be polite Be honest. Use blue or black ink pens Take the application home Make copies of the application Write clearly Things to avoid 13

14 Application Tips Apply for a specific position Write "Does Not Apply" Proof read the application Sign and date Have some one else proof read Hand the application in to supervisor on duty 14

15 Interview Tips Practice interviewing Be on time Firm handshake Let the interviewer start the dialogue Practice active listening Make eye contact Be polite Be prepared 15

16 Interview Tips Emphasize your strengths, not your disability Avoid giving too much information Speak for yourself Thank the interviewer Follow up Why people don t get hired? How Not to Interview for a Job Video 9. Brainstorm some questions you may be asked and questions you could ask on an interview. 10. Name some questions you may want to ask on an interview. 16

17 Resources Worksmart-The Application Mission Empower Interviewing Tips Purdue Job Search Skills PACER Resources for Teen Job Hunters The Center for Children with Special Needs Employment for Teens FAST Action Plan FAST Building Your Resume TILES Transition Tool-Kit Disc 17

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