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Job Seeking Skills

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Explore – Unit Overview

In this unit, you will:
    Fill out an application. Create a resume. Prepare for an interview. Write a letter of resignation.

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Health Care Jobs

 The field of health care offers many employment opportunities in the therapeutic, diagnostic, health information, and support services areas.

 Job opportunities occur at different levels, from jobs that do not require higher education to those that require a doctorate degree.  Health care workers are in high demand.

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Job Criteria

 Before finding a job, people should first decide what job they want or need.
 It is important to note that people do not always have the education or experience required by the job they want.

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Finding a Job

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Ask family and friends Personal contacts “Now Hiring” signs Employment agencies School counselors Job centers Job fairs Newspapers Internet Radio and television

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Application for Employment
 An application provides information about the applicant’s experience, education, etc.  It also provides information about the applicant’s ability in terms of these skills:
▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ Following directions Being complete Being accurate Working neatly Spelling correctly

 People should always be honest when filling out an application.
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General Information
 The first section of a job application is usually for General Information, including:
▫ The applicant’s personal information, such as name, address, telephone number, and social security number. ▫ Whether the applicant is 18 years of age or older. ▫ Whether the applicant can legally work in the United States. ▫ Whether the applicant has applied to or been employed by the company or organization in the past.

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Lesson 2 – Type of Employment

 Type of Employment tells the employer this information:
▫ What position the applicant is interested in. ▫ How the applicant was referred to the company or organization. ▫ Whether the applicant wants to work full time, part time, or temporarily. ▫ When the applicant can start working.

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Education

 The Education section tells the employer about the applicant’s education.

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Work History

 Work History asks the applicant to list the applicant’s work experience and the details of each job.  Jobs should be listed in order with the most recent job listed first. The duties of each job should be clearly described using action verbs.  Any volunteer experience that is related to the job should be listed.
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Special Skills and Qualifications

 Under Special Skills and Qualifications, the applicant should list any interests, activities, honors, and awards that are related to the job.

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References
 A reference is a person who can speak positively about the applicant.  Good references include:
▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ Teachers Counselors Supervisors Co-workers Co-members of organizations Clergy

 Before using someone as a reference, the applicant must get the person’s permission.

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Acknowledgment
 By signing the Acknowledgement, the applicant agrees to the terms of the application.  Many Acknowledgements include these terms:
▫ The applicant declares that all information is truthful. ▫ The applicant realizes that the employer may investigate all information. ▫ The applicant understands that employment is not guaranteed.

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Résumé
 A résumé is a document that an applicant creates to highlight the applicant’s qualifications for employment.  People should be sure to include information that shows proof of their reliability and capability.  A résumé provides information about the applicant in terms of these skills:
▫ Being organized. ▫ Being concise. ▫ Being accurate.

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Résumé Styles

 There are résumé styles to suit every situation.
▫ Professional ▫ Contemporary ▫ Elegant

 People should consider the type of job they want as well as their own personal taste when they choose their résumé style.

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Entry-level vs. Professional

 There are résumé types to suit every situation.
 An entry-level résumé is suitable for people who are just entering the workforce.  A professional résumé is suitable for people who are mid-career professionals.
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Functional vs. Chronological

 Two other types of résumés are functional and chronological.
 A functional résumé highlights skills acquired through work and volunteer experiences and activities.  A chronological résumé highlights work experience.

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Objective

 An objective is an opening statement at the top of a résumé.
▫ It tells an employer what type of job an applicant wants. ▫ It states why the person is qualified for the job.

 An objective should be as specific as possible.

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E-mailing/Posting Résumé

 If an employer prefers that people send their résumé electronically, the résumé format must be changed to one that it is suitable for emailing or online posting.
 To do this, the résumé’s current formatting should be removed. Then the résumé file should be converted to a plain text file.

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Cover Letter
 A cover letter should be included with a résumé.  A cover letter typically includes these four paragraphs:
▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ The first paragraph tells why the person is writing – to apply for a job. The second paragraph highlights the applicant’s qualifications. The third paragraph expresses the applicant’s interest in an interview. The fourth paragraph thanks the employer.

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Interview
 An interview is a meeting between an employer and an applicant to discuss the applicant’s qualifications for a job.  Applicants should prepare for an interview by doing these things:
▫ Be aware of proper dress. ▫ Know when to arrive. ▫ Understand appropriate manners and body language. ▫ Be knowledgeable about the company or organization and the job. ▫ Know potential questions and practice answers to them. ▫ Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
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Documentation

 In addition to being prepared for an interview, applicants should bring copies of the following documents to the interview:
▫ Résumé ▫ References ▫ Any credentials, such as certificates, registrations, and licenses ▫ Any diplomas

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Follow-up Letter
 A follow-up letter shows the applicant’s courtesy and emphasizes the applicant’s qualifications.  A follow-up letter typically includes these three paragraphs:
▫ The first paragraph thanks the employer for the interview. ▫ The second paragraph emphasizes why the applicant is the right person for the job. ▫ The third paragraph thanks the interviewer again.

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Outcome

 If the employer offers the job to the applicant, the applicant must decide whether or not to accept the offer.  If the job is not offered to the applicant, the applicant should not become discouraged. Instead, when people do not get a job, they should learn from the experience.
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Reasons for Changing Jobs

 Their skills may increase, and they may desire a new job that offers a greater challenge.  They may want higher pay or better benefits.  They may want different work hours or another location.  They may require less job stress.  They may seek improved interpersonal relations with their superiors or co-workers.
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Letter of Resignation
 When resigning from a job, people should use a letter of resignation.
▫ Short, simple, and polite ▫ Include the effective date of resignation

 A letter of resignation may include a reason for the resignation only if the person is leaving the job under good conditions.  A letter of resignation may include positive aspects of working for the employer
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Reflect
 Why is it important to fill out applications and create resumes and cover letters with no errors? Why is it important to be honest in these documents?  You have an interview coming up. What would be considered proper dress? What would be considered improper dress?  You have a strained relationship with your current supervisor; therefore, you have found a new job. How should you resign from your current job?
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Reflect – Key Questions

 What process should a person use to obtain a job?
 How can an applicant increase the chance of being hired for a job?

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