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					Ser Efectivo
En sus procesos de búsqueda de trabajo
Toronto, Nov. 29/2008

Instructores:
Leonardo Morales Ing. Electrónico, Technical Writer & Trainer, Thales Rail Signalling Solutions Francisco Garzón Ing. Industrial, Amplia experiencia en desarrollo de negocios, Profesor Universitario

Agenda
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Part I: The Internet
Before You Start  Job Searching  Resume  Interview  Thank You Letter  Follow Up Call(s) / Email(s)
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Part II: Networking

Before you start
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Take the time to do a thorough self-assessment on paper. Brainstorm with someone you respect as a professional or educational mentor. Ask them to help you identify relevant skills, accomplishments, and experiences that you have already achieved. Draft an outline of your technical skills and strengths as well as your work experience. Include relevant past accomplishments /projects /leadership roles. Think for a while what makes you Unique in relationship with the job you want to apply for.

Job Search
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Job Search Websites
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http://www.workopolis.com http://www.monster.ca

Lists of Recruiters  Alerts  Searchable Resumes  Target Companies
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By Industry: http://www.ic.gc.ca (Strategis) By Location: http://www.yellowpages.ca

Search Criteria

Post Your Resume

Career Alerts!

Target Companies

Resume Sections
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Header Objective Profile Qualifications Summary Work Experience Education Associations Other

Resume: Header
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Include your first and last names. Also show an initial of any other given names
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e.g. Juan S. Morales, or J. Sebastian Morales if you go by your second name.

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Include area code in your telephone number. Omit your work number if you do not wish to be contacted there. If you have an answering machine, record a neutral and professional greeting. Choose an email address that is professional. Use the same Header on all your relevant documents: Cover Letter, Resume, Thank You Letter, Reference, etc.

Resume: Header

Resume: Objective
Summary statement about the job you want.  Tailor your objective to each employer you target and every job you seek.
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Resume: Profile
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At the top of your resume: summary of "Who You Are" in three or four lines. Written snapshot of yourself and your character strengths. Reflect your technical skills and character or soft skills that make you unique and well qualified for the position that you are applying for.
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“Results focused Project Manager with more than 15 years experience in desktop deployments, etc…” “Senior Business Analyst with oil /gas experience, utilizing strong interpersonal and analytical skills for user needs assessments…” “Enthusiastic Deployment Technician with 2 years experience deploying Windows desktop systems; strong team player with excellent organizational and troubleshooting skills, …”

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Resume: Qualifications Summary
Technical knowledge should be summarized in your resume.  Show this either towards the beginning or as a separate addendum at the end if it is extensive.
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e.g. Include a list of all operating systems, hardware, software and programming languages that you have experience with.

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Add your level of skill and/or years of experience with each item.

Resume: Education
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Your most recent educational level achieved should be listed first. Specify what type of educational documentation you received: degree, diploma, certificate, etc. Include your degree, major, institution attended, year of graduation, add your GPA if higher than 3.0. Mention academic honours. Include all certifications and month/year that they were completed.

Resume: Work Experience
Ensure it is accurate, concise but thorough.  Highlight and prioritize those points that are most relevant to the position
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Helpdesk Analyst:: highlight the amount of phone support provided such as 60% phone support, 40% desktop support Technical Support Analyst: 1 year level 1 / helpdesk support; 1½ years level II support / desktop support “Supported 400 users on team of 3 people” “Sole technical support provider to 100 head office and remote users.”

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Quantify the environment if possible.
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Resume: Work Experience
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Include your work experience in reverse chronological order (most recent job first and work back to your first, relevant job).
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Title of position Name of organization Location of work (city, province) ....?? Dates of employment - include month and date Update the dates of your most recent employment (if no longer at the last position shown, DO NOT show “Current")

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Describe your work responsibilities with emphasis on specific skills and achievements. Remember to show where you used specific technology throughout your resume. Eliminate gaps wherever possible.
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If not feasible, be prepared to explain this in an interview.

Resume Compilation Tips
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User white paper. Use 8-1/2 X 11-inch paper. Print on one side of the paper. Use a font size of 10 – 12 points. Do not use decorative fonts and do not include any graphics Avoid italics, script, and underlined words in excess. Use bullet points as they are easier and faster to read than paragraph format.

General Resume Tips
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Do not use first or third person:
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Avoid works like “I” or “my” as such terms are unprofessional. Do not refer to yourself in third person (”Anna was the team lead”)

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Begin sentences with assertive words: Trained, Developed, Supervised a team... Get a friend to do a grammar review. Ask another friend to proofread again. Always attach a cover letter with your resume.

Cover Letter or Not?
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Yes
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Readable and Enticing Always ensure your cover letter is properly addressed (correct letter to the correct company for the correct position). Get a friend to do a grammar review. Ask another friend to proofread again.
File 13th. Lo perfecto es enemigo de lo bueno. A short email may be enough.

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No
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Cover Letter or Not?
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Yes
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Demonstrate the match between the employer’s job requirements and your skills and qualifications. Highlighting specific abilities, experiences and talents that make you an ideal candidate for the job.

Cover Letter or Not?

References
Ask people if they are willing to serve as references before you give their names out.  Do not include reference contact information in your resume.  Bring a hard copy list to your interview.
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Interview
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Telephone Interview Be prepared Questions and answers Be organized Dress for Success!! Interview Tips

Interview Tips
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Be on time for the interview: show up 10 to 15 minutes early. Take with you:
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Extra copies of your resume. Notebook and pen to take notes. List of References Your Portfolio (photocopies of diploma, training certificates, letters of recommendation, etc.)

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Stay calm Do not rush, let the interviewer finish his/her question

Interview: Dress for Success!
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The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one.

Interview: Be Prepared!
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Be organized!
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Organize your resume/application files.

Don’t let a telephone call take you by surprise. Research about the company. Be ready to answer questions like:
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"What do your know about our company"? "Why do you want to work here?"

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Practice your responses to the typical job interview questions most employers ask.

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The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. Make sure your interview attire is professional, neat

Interview: Questions
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Rehearse and be prepared to answer the following questions:
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What do your know about our company? Why do you want to work in this company? Tell me about your Technical Writing / Researching / Product Management / Sales Support experience. Why did you leave your last position? Give me an example of a project you handled from start to finish. What are your salary expectations? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What experience have you had that qualifies you for this position? When have you been most motivated?

Interview: Questions (2)
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How would your boss describe you and your work style? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Why do you want this job? Why did you leave your last job? What are your strengths? Tell me about your background and your key accomplishments? What would your references say are your greatest strengths? Tell me about a specific situation where your strengths contributed to your success in one of your previous jobs? What areas do you think you can improve upon to make you more effective in your role? Tell me about your most disappointing performance appraisal and how you learned from it?

Interview: Questions (3)
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How do you stay professionally current? What are your career goals including short and long term objectives? What characteristics are you looking for in a company? How do you work under pressure? What have you learned from your mistakes? Why do you want to leave your current position? What would you consider to be your top 3 strengths? What is your management style? (If applying for leadership position.) What interested you about this job and our company? How do you think you can contribute best to our team? Do you have any questions? (Usually asked by the interviewer at the end of the interview.)

(Interview)
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Why did you hire me?
Attitude 2. Willingness to learn 3. Enthusiasm 4. Right combination of skills:
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Training – Writing – Technical Background

Interview:
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DOs and DON’Ts

DO
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Ask for a tour of the facility Ask questions! Show your interest! Make the interview a 2-way communication. “Do you have any particular concerns about me as a candidate?”
Ever interrupt your interviewer in a middle of a sentence/question! Ever trash your previous employers!

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DON’T
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Interview: Your Questions
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Rehearse and be prepared to ask the following questions:
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“Do you have any particular concerns about me as a candidate?” “What would you say are the characteristics of your ideal candidate?”

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And listen to the answers!!
(These are the base for your TY Letter)

Thank You Letter
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During the interview ask all your interviewers for business cards. Ideally, send your TY Letter the same day… next day at the latest. It is your last opportunity to add something you may have forgotten to tell. Summarize your skills in relationship with their requirements. Good Luck!!

Thank You Letter

Agenda
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Part I: The Internet

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Part II: Networking