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1 Faculty of Education Resume & Cover Letter Presented by Lindsey Hiebert, Employment Advisor Career Services, U of M

2 How do you get the most from this workshop? Ask any questions that you have Be prepared to write your own resume(s) (a resume that you prepare yourself will always be better than one someone writes for you) Learn from the group - sometimes other people can offer excellent advice/help

3 Looking for work is a process and Looking for work is competitive you have to stand apart from your competition Each part of the job search process is equally important

4 Purpose of the Resume

5 What is Marketing? Marketing is the process of getting potential customers and clients to be interested in your products and/or services. The key word in this marketing definition is researching, promoting, selling, and distributing your products or services.

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7 Average time that an employer spends looking at your resume? 1-3 minutes seconds Under 30 seconds

8 Think Like An Employer

9 Content is critical 1. Establish an Employment Goal 2. Identify the skills and personal attributes required by the employer 3. Identify your skills and attributes that match 4. Write accomplishment statements to demonstrate your skills 5. Choose a Resume Format 6. Develop a list of your work history 7. Identify your education and training 8. Identify your other headings-volunteer, interests, certificates, memberships etc

10 What are the Employers Needs? Technical Skills Generic Skills

11 Technical/Hard Skills Technical and specific skills needed to do the job Usually involves training or work experience to learn these skills. Required to do a specific task

12 Generic/Soft Skills Required in most work settings Teamwork skills Communication skills Organization and planning skills Leadership skills

13 Top 10 Marketable Skills Analytical / Problem Solving Time Management Flexibility / Versatility Motivation Interpersonal Leadership Oral / Written Communication Self Starter / Initiative Team Player Organization Planning

14 What are your skills? where you need to match your skills

15 Start with action verb and noun: Who What Where When Why

16 What are your Skills? -Develop a demonstration statement Communication Skills Chaired fundraising committee that raised over $5,000 in an art auction event for a non-profit organization supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Action Verb in the past tense (see page 10-11)

17 Communication- Oral/Written Trained/Supervised Arranged Collaborated Facilitated Presented Spoke Worked Consulted Documented Participated Informed Trained Persuaded Delivered

18 Types of Resumes Chronological Emphasis on work experience arranged in order by dates of job with duties. Use when your work experience can demonstrate your skills Functional Emphasis on skills and accomplishments first and then quick listing of work experience. Use when you need to demonstrate your skills through your education, volunteering, extra-curricular activities Use when you lack direct work experience relevant to the position you are seeking

19 Sample Education resume

20 Resume Headings Choice will depend on the skills and experience you have Always lead with your most important information Highlights of Qualifications / Profile Education Work History Teaching Experience can be split into 2 sections** Additional Training/Professional Development Extra-curricular Activities Memberships Other topics, depending on history Interests References

21 General Tips Usually 2 pages in length Must be tailored to the specific job- match your skills with an employers needs! Layout- makes it easy to read with lots of white space Recommended font: Times New Roman or Arial in in 12pt size Resume must be error free Lead with the most important information 21

22 More tips... Put your name on each page Use Bold or underline or italics to set off information such as degrees or job titles Use action verbs: e.g. coordinated, supervised, created, recruited Be consistent with verb tenses Use point form rather than full sentences Consider ways to make you stand out from other applicants PROOF-READ before you send it out!!! 22

23 Religion Age Race Political Affiliation Health Marital Status Family Status National or Ethnic Origin Handicap or Disability Social Insurance Number Photograph of yourself Gender (including pregnancy) Laws vary by province and by country Laws govern what an employer can demand but you may choose to provide certain kinds of information.

24 References References are people who know you well enough to talk about your skills, abilities, Three references should be included with your resume. Use family members as references only as a last resort

25 COVER LETTERS Where to Start... Use a font and style that matches that of your resume. Be sure to include: Date address it to a specific person instead of to a company or department head

26 The Content of your Cover Letter Strong opener include any job or reference number if there is one and your interest in working for them Mid Section what skills and abilities do you offer show that you know about the school or position Closing indicate you would like an interview at the Reference to teaching philosophy thank them for their time

27 The Final Check Address the letter to a specific person Check addresses, numbers Date Job reference number Customize the letter (show what you know about the school/division/position) Include your teaching philosophy either in cover letter or resume Opening paragraph grabs attention Confident, not arrogant Neat attractive, complimentary to resume

28 Navigating Ed Expo

29 Ed Expo Tips for Success! Put your best foot forward 1 st Impressions! dress the part be confident! Research the school and division Develop and perfect your 30-second infomercial Make the best of this networking opportunity - Get their contact info! Follow up thank you and resume

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31 Interviews

32 The Interview You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

33 Caveman video

34 INTERVIEWS A Two Way Exchange You want to: The Employer wants to: Evaluate the position to see if it fits your career goals Get a feel for the organization Convince the employer that they need the skills you have to offer

35 Preparing for the Interview Step 1: know the job and the skills required Step 2: Know yourself and your skills Step 3: Know the organization Step 4: Prepare and practice interview questions Step 5: Prepare questions to ask the employer

36 Preparing for the Interview Step #1:Understanding the Job and Skill Requirements Job description/job posting

37 Technical/Hard Skills Technical and specific skills needed to do the job Usually involves training or work experience to learn these skills. Required to do a specific task

38 Generic/Soft Skills Required in many work settings Teamwork skills Communication skills Problem Solving skills Organization and planning skills Leadership skills

39 Which skills are the employer looking for to meet their needs?

40 Step #2: What are your skills? match your skills with an employers needs and talk about them in your answers! Share specific examples and stories to demonstrate your skills. 90% of employers say: The primary reason that they do not hire a candidate is because the interviewee could not clearly state his or her skills.

41 Step #3: Know the Organization The more you know the organization, the better prepared you will be to talk about how you would meet its needs School Division information Community What is their mission statement? What is unique about the school? What is its history? Any new changes or developments?

42 Step #4: Think about and practice interview questions Go through sample interview questions and think about your responses- remembering the employers needs and matching your skills. - Make sure you are demonstrating your skills relevant to the job!! Practice responding to questions in a mock interview with a friend, family member or with an employment advisor

43 Types of Questions Traditional Behavior / Descriptive

44 Employer interview questions video

45 Traditional Interview Questions Tell me about yourself. Opportunity to talk about your skills and experience as they relate to the job. Important to tie your skills into the job description. 1- Education 2- Relevant skills (3 SKILLS) that match with the job 3- Personal Interests / Activities

46 What kind of experience have you had relate experience relevant to the job and can be from work experiences, volunteering, coop, research, school projects. Why should we hire you? Draw a match between the employers needs and your skills and experience using specific examples from your resume Why would you want to work with us? The way you answer this question is dependent on your research of the company What are your goals for the next five years? Really means what are your goals within this organization

47 Behavioural Descriptive Interview Questions (BDI) Popular interviewing technique that employers utilize to predict how a job applicant will perform on the job. Past behaviour is a good indicator of future behaviour

48 Answering Behavioural Descriptive Questions USE S.A.R Tell a story/paint a picture Situation: Explain the problem (situation) Action: What did you do? Results: What was the end result? Did you receive any feedback? Keep it positive

49 BDI - Example Question: Tell me about a time when you have had to adjust to changes over which you had no control. How did you handle it? This is your time to use S.A.R!

50 Situation Action Results Tell a story/paint a picture of the events What was the challenge? When did this take place? How did you evaluate the situation? What steps did you take to handle the situation? What were the results of your actions? How was the challenge finally resolved? Did you receive any feedback on your actions?

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52 Step # 5: Prepare Questions to ASK

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54 Interview Basics Prior to interview: Time & date of interview Location/parking Position title Actual job description What to bring along

55 Read your resume just before the interview to: boost your confidence do a final rehearsal calm your nerves and focus Show up at least 10 minutes early Eat something before the interview Dress appropriately for your field What to bring: resume, references, transcript, work samples, pen and paper

56 Interview Closing Reminders Leave relevant materials with the employer Ask when you will be notified about the decision If unknown, ask if you can follow up Restate your interest in the position after asking questions If offered hand, shake firmly; or offer yours

57 Must be sent to employer within 24 hours Should be short and sweet Thank them for specific things If you forgot to mention key things in the interview, briefly mention them here Reaffirm your interest in the position

58 Job Postings Career Help Centre Resume Critiques, Job Search Consultations, Mock Interviews Career Services On Campus Interview In House Workshops Career Fairs, Employer Information sessions Drop In Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10am 1pm

59 THANK YOU!

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