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FAMILY - PERSONAL GOALS SELF-EVALUATION
   Personal/Professional           Education/Experience

    STAY - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - RELOCATE

           ALTERNATE JOB OPTIONS
      Employee - Franchise - Small Business
              Consultant - Partner

          POSITIONS QUALIFIED FOR
           Titles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

                        INDUSTRY
          A          B         C                       D
                  General Networking
                 Contact Development

               DEVELOPING LEADS
            Internet, Company Research,
              Ads, Agencies, Recruiters,
                 Targeted Networking

                      INTERVIEWS
                        JOB OFFER
                        Negotiations
                        Acceptance

                         TARGET


                      BULLSEYE
                                                  Budget Form
Housing
  Rent or mortgage payments ..............................................................                    $ __________
  Electric/gas .......................................................................................        $ __________
  Water ................................................................................................      $ __________
  Telephone .........................................................................................         $ __________
  Garbage removal ..............................................................................              $ __________
  Cleaning, maintenance, repairs .........................................................                    $ __________
Food
  What you spend at the supermarket .................................................                         $ __________
  Eating out ..........................................................................................       $ __________
Clothing
  Purchase ...........................................................................................        $ __________
  Cleaning ............................................................................................       $ __________
Automobile / Transportation
  Car payments ....................................................................................           $ __________
  Gas ...................................................................................................     $ __________
  Repairs..............................................................................................       $ __________
  Public Transportation (bus, train, plane) ............................................                      $ __________
Insurance
  Car ....................................................................................................    $ __________
  Medical or health-care .......................................................................              $ __________
  House and personal possessions ......................................................                       $ __________
  Life ....................................................................................................   $ __________
Medical Expenses
  Doctor’s visits ....................................................................................        $ __________
  Prescriptions .....................................................................................         $ __________
  Fitness costs .....................................................................................         $ __________
Support for other family members
  Child-care costs ................................................................................           $ __________
  Child-support .....................................................................................         $ __________
  Support for parents ...........................................................................             $ __________
Charity Giving/Tithe ...........................................................................              $ __________
School/Learning
  Children’s costs .................................................................................          $ __________
  Your learning costs ...........................................................................             $ __________
Pet Care ..............................................................................................       $ __________
Bills and Debts
  Credit cards.......................................................................................         $ __________
  Other monthly obligations..................................................................                 $ __________
Taxes
  Federal (next April’s due, divided by months remaining until then) .............                            $ __________
  State (likewise) ...................................................................................        $ __________
  Local/property (next amt due/by months remaining) ..............................                            $ __________
  Tax help ............................................................................................       $ __________
Amusement/discretionary spending
  Movies, video rentals, etc ..................................................................               $ __________
  Other entertainment ..........................................................................              $ __________
  Reading, newspapers, magazines ....................................................                         $ __________
  Gifts ..................................................................................................    $ __________
Total Amount You Need Each Month ................................................                             $ __________
                    “All About Me”
                  Do’s for Interviewing


   Do your research on the company you are interviewing with.
    Demonstrate your interest by showing your knowledge of the company
    and the skills it wants.


   Find out what role the prospective employer wants you to play. Ask
    about the scope of the job and ideal person’s qualifications for it.
    Then describe your matching skill sets.


   Focus on your skills/qualifications and other factors that will make you
    immediately productive. Companies no longer wait for you to practice
    for six months before delivering benefits to them.


   Present the appropriate image for the part you seek. Walk it, talk it,
    and look it. You have a better change to be it.


   Master a 1- or 2-minute response to “tell me about yourself” requests.



   Rehearse answers to likely questions the interviewer will ask (see
    Sample Interview Questions)


   Prepare a list of job-related questions and ask them (see Suggested
    Questions You Should Ask)


   Concentrate on what you can do for the company, not on what the
    company can do for you.


   Be confident and friendly, make eye contact, smile, and address the
    interviewer by name and title (don’t use first names)
                   “All About Me”
                Don’ts for Interviewing


   Don’t be late for an interview. Don’t put anything in your mouth such
    as gum, breathe mints, toothpicks or cigarettes and don’t sit down
    before you’re asked to.



   Don’t audition without having researched the company you are
    seeking employment and rehearsed your script.



   Don’t try to dazzle an interviewer who screens interviewees for hiring
    managers; behave conservatively. Save your sparkle for the
    manager/supervisor to whom you would report.



   Don’t chatter to fill a silence, you may nervously blurt out harmful
    information. Ask a question: “Would you like to hear about my
    skills/qualifications?”



   Don’t bring up negatives or bad-mouth your previous employers.



   Don’t ask about salary, benefits and employee extras too soon. Wait
    until you’re offered a job.



   Don’t leave an interview without asking when a decision will be made
    and if you can call back to check status on the position.
            Sample Interview Questions
It is extremely important that you practice interviewing to develop
interviewing skills. The following are common interview questions, many of
which will certainly be asked during the interview process. Practice them
with friends or relatives as many times as you need to feel comfortable

 What are your short/long range objectives?

 Why are you leaving your present position?

 Why should we hire you?

 Can you work under pressure, deadlines, etc.?

 What are your five biggest accomplishments in your present or last job
  and your career so far?

 What is your biggest strength?

 If you could start again, what would you do differently?

 How would you describe the essence of success?

 Are you creative? Give an example.

 Why did you choose this particular work?

 What kind of people do you find difficult to get along with?

 What do you know about our organization?

 What are your future aspirations?

 What makes you think that you are qualified for this job?

 Tell me about yourself.

 Define teamwork.

 What would you like to know about the job or us?

 What salary do you expect?
  Suggested Questions You Should Ask

The questions you ask speak volumes about you. By asking the right
questions, you can emphasize your desire to understand the employer’s
expectations and at the same time, satisfy yourself that this is the right
position and organization for you. These questions may help build respect
for you:


 What are the principal responsibilities of the position? To whom does
  this position report? Who would this position supervise? What is the
  extent of the authority to carry out these responsibilities?


 What objectives would I be expected to achieve? How can I best learn
  the company’s practices, policies, and procedures to function
  effectively?


 Is there anything about me or my qualifications that concerns you?
  If so, can we discuss them?

 Am I being seriously considered for this position?

 What qualities, skills, qualifications are you looking for in the successful
  candidate? Which of these do you feel are the most important?

 Was the last person in this job promoted? What is the potential for
  promotion?

 What are the main problems that will need immediate attention in this
  position?

 How will you know that you have hired the right person in six months, a
  year, and two years?     What will be different?
  Best
Web Sites
   for
   Job
 Seekers
        Researching Jobs Online and Posting Your Resume


Online job search makes it easy to conduct remote job searches by accessing
resources like lists of companies, online classifieds, and regional online job
banks that relate to a particular location or career field.


Links to company web sites allows individuals to visit those companies
electronically, research the organization and search through the company's
listings if they are posted online.


Online resume posting sites and many job databases allow anyone to post their
resume for employers and recruiters to search for candidates. Job seekers can
e-mail resumes directly to employers online through many sites and can
automatically receive job lists by e-mail; as well as attend virtual and live career
events.


To search for jobs, start with the major job databases to see if they have
positions that meet your interests. You'll be able to search by keyword, location,
career field and other criteria. Some sites will require you to register. Do not give
out information like your social security number. There are too many good
resources that don't require personal information to even consider listing
confidential information on the web. If you are concerned about a current
employer accessing your e-mail sign up for a free e-mail account and use that for
your job search.


If you don't see jobs that interest you right away from these databases don't get
discouraged, there are a vast number of jobs on the Internet. Try using the jobs
search engines. It's sort of like one-stop shopping - these sites let you search
many of the major job databases at once.


You may also check the classifieds online, Career Builder lets you search the
current Help Wanted ads from the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, the Los Angeles
Times and more newspapers from around the country. Other papers have their
own help wanted ads, often in a searchable format, online also.
                              Career Web Sites

Listed below is some career web a sites and search engine that you can search
for jobs and post your resume.

Adguide's College Recruiter Employment Site – www.collegerecruiter.com
Jobs for college students, grads and recent graduates. Entry level work and
career opportunities. Part-time and full-time. A great resource for job-seekers.

America's Job Bank – www.ajb.dni.us
one of the best job sites, with almost a million job leads in their database. Job-
seekers can search for jobs or post your resumes. Free.

Best Jobs in the USA Today – www.bestjobsusa.com
A comprehensive job resource site that includes jobs databases, corporate
profiles, resume posting, and a career resources store.

Blast My Resume – blastmyresume.com
With one click you can now send your resume out to almost 13,000 recruiters,
headhunters, and direct hiring companies. Includes the option for job-seekers to
deselect the companies that you do not want to see your resume. Three different
distribution levels available. A great resource. Fee-based.

Career Builder – www.careerbuilder.com
Claims to have the largest assortment of job listings on the Net -- a combination
of help wanted ads of the nation's leading newspapers and job listings from the
Web sites of leading employers. The site also includes many other resources.
Free to job-seekers.

Career City – www.careercity.com
Lots of practical information for job-seekers and new college grads, plus a listing
of more than 100,000 jobs in all professions.

Career (from HEART Advertising) – www.career.com
Lots of job opportunities, searchable by company, location, and discipline. Also
lists jobs for new college graduates.

Career Exchange – www.careerexchange.com
A technical career site providing employment and resume information services to
job-seekers, employers, and recruitment firms. Job-seekers can post your
resumes, sign-up for a job matching service, and view current company job
listings.
Career Journal – www.careerjournal.com
A fantastic resource that not only allows job-seekers to search for job
opportunities, but also has a wonderful collection of articles and resources that
job-seekers will find most useful. From The Wall Street Journal.

Career Magazine – www.careermag.com
Great information and career resources for job-seekers...a must-see, where job-
seekers can also search for jobs and post your resume! Free to job-seekers.

Career Shop – www.careershop.com
One of the best job sites, this free site offers job-seekers several services,
including posting resumes into a resume database, searching job listings,
retrieving jobs matches, listing career fairs, and providing career advice.

Career Web – www.employmentguide.com
A great resource for job-seekers, where you can search for jobs, post your
resume, and find career advice. One of the site's greatest resources is the
development of localized job sites (a total of 56 metropolitan areas) so that job-
seekers looking for employment in a specific geographic area can find the best
job listings. From the publishers of The Employment Guide. Free to job-seekers.

College Job Board – www.collegeboard.com
Designed for students and alumni of high school, vocational school, and college.
Resources include job (internship, full-time, part-time, and temporary positions)
search, resume posting, scholarship searches, and job search tips. Free to job-
seekers.

Direct Employers (Employment Search Engine) –
www.directemployers.com
A twist in job-searching, where job-seekers can search for jobs (by location,
company, industry, keyword) directly from company Websites -- and apply for
jobs directly to those employers. This site cuts out the "middleman" job sites and
includes several hundred thousand current job openings throughout the world.
Free to job-seekers.

Employers Online – www.employersonline.com
Where job-seekers can post your resume or search their jobs database. Jobs
are   available  in    sales/marketing;   engineering/technical;   information
technology/computers; executive/professional; and health care/medical. Free to
job-seekers.

employMAX – www.employmax.com
Where job-seekers can search for jobs and/or post your resumes. One of the
largest resume databases on the Web, viewed by both Fortune 500 companies
and executive search firms.
Employment 911 – www.employment911.com
A "one-stop" job site, where job-seekers can search more than 350 major job
sites with more than 3 million job openings and create an online resume that is
posted to thousands of employers. Also includes some great career articles,
tools, links, free email accounts, and much more. Free to job-seekers.

Fina A Recruiter – www.recruitersonline.com
Where job-seekers who are looking for a recruiting professional (headhunters,
executive search, staffing firms) can search a database of more than 10,000
recruiters. Search by company name, specialty, or location. Free to job-seekers.

Flip Dog – www.flipdog.com
A very cool and excellent site that lists job openings (currently more than
500,000) that come directly from individual employers (50,000+) -- either posted
by the employer or extracted from their Websites. All types of employers are
included -- big and small, private and public. Free.

Fresh Jobs – www.freshjobs.com
Where all job postings are no older than one week. Job-seekers can search for
jobs by location, skills, benefits, job type, or company as well as post your
resume. You can also get a confidential mailbox and sign-up for a job matching
service. Free to job-seekers.

Future Step - www.futurestep.com
An executive recruiting service from Korn/Ferry International that focuses on
filling mid-level positions in professional services, information technology, human
resources, accounting, sales and marketing, public relations, production,
engineering, and planning across all industries. No costs to the job-seeker, and
complete confidentiality is assured.

Grass Is Greener – www.grassisgreener.com
An aggregator of many of the job postings on the Web, currently listing more
than 8 million jobs harvested from more than 100,000 different job boards,
corporate sites, and community boards. Also includes resume writing, posting,
and blasting services, as well as an email job alert program. Free to job-seekers.

Hot Jobs – www.hotjobs.com
One of the best job sites on the Net, offering job-seeking professionals a one-
stop job search resource -- at no cost. Candidates create a personalized career
management page called MyHotJobs, which provides all of the tools needed for
an easy, simple and confidential job search. Features include access to
HotJobs.com's central resume database where companies search for
candidates, as well as other job-seeker tools.
Internet Career Center – www.iccnc.com
Where job-seekers can post your resumes -- normally or with a confidentiality
option that blocks identification to employers -- search for jobs by category,
location, and keywords, as well as sign-up for an email alert service that emails
jobs that match your specifications. Also includes other job-hunting resources.
Free to job-seekers.

Job – www.job.com
Here job-seekers can post your resume and search thousands of jobs by
industry, city, state, job title, and keywords. Job listings show posted date. Free
to job-seekers.

Job Bank USA - www.jobbankusa.com
Specializes in providing employment and resume information services to job
candidates, employers, and recruitment firms. Free resume posting. Cited as one
of the largest employment Web sites on the Net, according to USA Today.

The Job Factory – www.jobfactory.com
Hopes to build one of the largest databases of job openings in the U.S. and to
provide services to job-seekers that will make the application process cheaper,
quicker, and easier -- and they are heading in the right direction! They link to
more than 20,000 job sites and more than 1,000 recruiter sites. Includes a job
spider that allows you to search by job, city, and state. All free to job-seekers.

Jobs Bazaar – www.jobsbazaar.com
For job-seekers looking for jobs around the world. You can search for jobs, post
your resume, register for job alerts, get resume help, free resume distribution to
thousands of recruiters, and find career guidance and resources. Free to job-
seekers.

Job Search Engine – www.job-search-engine.com
A great resource -- one of the best, where job-seekers can search 15 different
job sites (including CareerCity, CareerMosaic, HeadHunter.net, JobOptions,
NationJob, and others) using keywords that describe your preferred job, as well
as a preferred location. Free.

Job Sleuth – www.jobsleuth.com
Scours the Internet for you, finding and emailing the jobs you want. If you're
looking for a new job or just keeping an eye out, this site is the best way to
uncover the career opportunities you deserve. Free.

Jobs Online – www.jobonline.com
Claims to have the broadest array of job openings from the most diverse
employer base because its services are free to both job-seekers and employers.
Includes a strong career section. Registration required. Free.
Just My Jobs – www.justmyjobs.com
The gateway site to a collection of 34 industry-specific job sites that contain
hundreds of thousands of job postings. Job-seekers can search jobs, post your
resume, and register for a job search agent. Industries include business,
healthcare, science, engineering, education, and more. Free to job-seekers.

Mind Find – www.mindfind.com
Here job-seekers looking for employment in IT/IS, accounting/finance,
sales/marketing, finance, HR/staffing, legal, medical, education, and
office/administrative can post your resume or quick profile. Also includes a maga
job search. Free to job-seekers.

Monster – www.monster.com
One of the oldest job sites on the Web, with several hundred thousand jobs
worldwide. Also includes career advice and relocation services for job-seekers,
as well as an auction-style marketplace for independent professionals. Free.

Nation Job Network – www.nationjob.com
On online job search service with thousands of current job listings and company
profiles. Includes an email service that send you jobs that match your
qualifications and interests.

Oya's Directory of Recruiters – www.i-recruit.com
A free resource created to help job-seekers find recruiters who can assist you in
reaching your career goals. Search for recruiters or browse by recruiter specialty
or location. A great resource for job-seekers.

Prohire – www.prohire.com
One of the largest free job sites on the Web, listing more than 150,000 job
openings worldwide (including the U.S.). Job-seekers can post your resumes,
search the jobs database, or simply check out the market in your area. Free to
job-seekers.

Recruit USA – www.recruitusa.com
Provides job-seekers with access to more than 100,000 positions (updated
daily), and accepts free resume postings from job-seekers for review by coporate
recruiters.

Recruiters Online Network – www.recruitersonline.com
Where job-seekers can search for recruiters by specialty, geographic area, or
keywords. Job-seekers can also search job postings from recruiters by industry,
job function, and location. A great resource for job-seekers. Free to job-seekers
Resume Submit! – www.careerxpress.com
You have several options with this company, from a straight resume submission,
to a targeted service (which finds 10 job openings that fit your specific
requirements, such as salary, special skills, and desired location), to a video
resume. Also has a submission service to close to a thousand Canadian
recruiters and employers. Allows excluding certain employers and submission of
cover letters. Fee-based.

See Me Resumes – www.seemeresumes.com
A resume distribution service that has a list of more than 4,500 professional
recruiters and companies that are actively seeking qualified candidates. Also
includes a targeted distribution service by industry or geographic location.
Submission includes your resume and a personal video profile. Fee-based.

Swift Jobs – www.swiftjobs.com
A fantastic job site for job-seekers looking for a new job in high tech or IT, where
you can search job listings, post your resume, broadcast your resume to tech
recruiters, apply and track job applications through your online portfolio, and
much more. Free to job-seekers.

True Careers – www.truecareers.com
Great site for job-seekers, where you will find job listings, company research, and
other valuable career information (articles, advice, etc.). You can search for jobs
(by keywords, location, salary, employers), post your resume, and use a job
search agent. From SallieMae. Free to job-seekers.

Quintessential Careers – www.quintcareers.com
The ultimate career, job, and college site, offering comprehensive free expert
career and job-hunting advice (through articles, tools, tips, and tutorials), as well
as links to all the best job sites. Special sections for teens, college students, and
all other job-seekers (by industry, geography, and job-seeker type) makes this
site a comprehensive resource for all. Now with more than 1,400 pages of career
and job-hunting content, your job search starts here! Let us help you with your
job-search!

Vault – www.vault.com
Well-known for its insider reports on thousands of companies, this site has
branched out into recruitment and has more than 150,000 job postings from
about 27,000 employers, which job-seekers can search through multiple criteria
(such as job categories, keywords, location, experience level, posting date). Job-
seekers can also sign-up for an email job criteria matching service. Free to job-
seekers.
 Resume
  Tips,
Examples
  and
Templates
                             Resume Categories

When creating your resume, arrange the following categories in a way that lets
you brag about your accomplishments. Listed below are key components of a
standard chronological resume:

Identification

It is essential that a potential employer can reach you. It is very important that
you include your name, address, phone number(s), and e-mail address.

If you are a college student, this section might also include a school address and
a permanent home address.

Job Objective
A job objective is optional and should only be included for new college graduates
and those changing careers. Otherwise, use your cover letter to show your
career interests and job objective.

If you do use a job objective, make sure your objective explains the kind of work
you want to do, and keep it between two to four typed lines.

Examples:

1. An entry-level position in marketing research.
2. To perform planning, marketing and programming functions in the
   administration of a large recreational or amusement park.
3. To utilize skills in communication, leadership and adult learning to design and
   implement educational programs.

Key Accomplishments

Some resume experts are suggesting adding a section that highlights your key
accomplishments and achievements.

This section should summarize (using nouns as keywords and descriptors) your
major accomplishments.

This section can also be labeled “Summary of Accomplishments,” “Key Skills,”
“Summary of Qualifications,” “Qualification Highlights,” or “Qualifications.”
Education

For new college graduates, this should be the next entry on your resume. For
others with full-time work experience, this section should follow your work
experience section.

This section should include school(s) attended (including years of attendance),
majors/minors, degrees, and honors and awards received.

There also appears to be a growing trend of companies wanting your GPA in this
section. If you decide to do so, make sure to use the GPA that puts you in the
best light -- either overall GPA, school or college GPA, or major GPA.

NOTE: Ordinarily, high school is not listed.

Experience
This section can be labeled “Experience,” “Employment Experience,”
“Employment History,” “Work Experience,” “Work History,” or “Employment.” For
new college graduates, it is best to use experience since it is broader than work
history, allowing you to include major school projects that showcase your skills
and abilities.

This section should include company name, your job title, dates of employment,
and major accomplishments. List experiences in reverse chronological order.
List your accomplishments in bullet format (rather than paragraph format).

If you do not have a lot of career-related job experience, consider using
transferable skills to better highlight your work experience.

Finally, make sure to make use of action verbs.

NOTE: Include other (unrelated) jobs to show you are familiar with the work
environments.


Affiliations/Interests

This section is optional and is often used simply as an icebreaker by interviewers
looking to start an interview on an informal basis.

This section should include professional memberships and non-controversial
activities/interests.
References

Many experts say this section is passe, but if you have room, include it.

This section should only include a statement saying references are available
upon request.

Do not include the names of your references on your resume.
                           Final Resume Checklist

When you have completed writing your resume, review it and ask yourself the
following questions:


   Do my sentences begin with action verbs?

   Is the writing style consistent and readable?

   Did I do a spelling, grammar and punctuation check?

   Is there enough blank space?

   Did I pick the right format choice (chronological, functional, etc.) to present
    my background and support my career goal?

   Is the information relevant, specific and concise?

   Did I emphasize my general headings (education, experience, etc.) by
    capitalizing, underlining, spacing, bold facing, etc.?

   Did I emphasize my accomplishments and problem-solving skills enough?

   Did I include my name, address/addresses, and telephone number(s), e-mail
    address, etc. at the top of the first page?

   Is extraneous material eliminated? Extraneous information includes health,
    marital status, age, information that is assumed (such as high school for a
    college graduate) and out-of-date information (such as college extracurricular
    activities for a person who graduated many years ago).

If you asked yourself the above questions and feel your resume it complete,
have your friends review it and ask for feedback. They might be able to catch
any typos that you missed and offer some suggestions on how to improve it.

Now it’s time to print your resume. Here are some helpful tips to consider when
you print your resume:

   Your resume should be laser-printed on bond paper.
   Paper should be soft colors, like white, ivory, gray, creme, beige or off-white.

Lastly, remember to update your resume periodically as your work experience,
education, skill levels and accomplishments change.
Thank You
 Letter
  Tips
   and
Examples
                             Thank You Letters

After you have interviewed for a job, you should follow up by writing a thank-you
letter to the interviewer within 24 hours to strengthen the good impression you
made during the interview.

Your follow-up may be the tiebreaker with the job going to you over other
promising candidates. And even if the employer already planned to offer you the
job, your follow-up creates goodwill that can silken your success when you join
the company.

When creating your thank you letter, here are some things to consider:

   Open with a personable style and a quick reminder of the interview.
   Review points made during the interview.
   Include interests not fully covered in the interview.
   Mention contacts not included on your resume.
   Sign off with intent to follow-up.
Job Search
 Tracking
  Forms
                                  Organizations Contacted

                                                 Name/Position
Company Name   Web Site Address   Job Openings     of Contact    Location   Telephone
       Letters Sent – Advertisements Answered

                                                        Response
Date        Company                    Contact Person   Received
                         Networking Referral Log

       Person/Position    Company                               Follow-up
Date     Telephone       and Address   Referred By   Comments     Letter
                                                   Interviews
Company                                                         Notes
Address
Primary Contact
Title
Telephone
Secretary
Other Contacts
Job Title
                     Job Responsibilities




Interview (1) with                          Date
Interview (2) with                          Date
Interview (3) with                          Date
Job Offer                                   Date
                                                   Interviews
Company                                                         Notes
Address
Primary Contact
Title
Telephone
Secretary
Other Contacts
Job Title
                     Job Responsibilities




Interview (1) with                          Date
Interview (2) with                          Date
Interview (3) with                          Date
Job Offer                                   Date

				
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