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Dr. Wayne Decker's MGMT 320 and 425 Classess
Location: SU Career Services Enterprise Classroom
Aaron Basko -9:30 class-(resume writing-MGMT 320)
-Charlie Endicott- 11 am class-(Job search/interviewing- MGMT 425)
-Charlie Endicott- 2 pm classes-(resume writing-MGMT 320)


 Secrets of a Sophisticated Job Seeker!

Seeking a job has many variables.  What are some of the variables that are important to you?
• Money, location, type of work, shift work, perks, signing bonus, etc.
• Play the game "What is it to you?"

1.  Know who you are and what you want-Assessments/mentors/shadow/internships

2.  Get Organized-
Create your resume and cover letter.
Line up your references.
Create a record via a spreadsheet of who you contact when.  The rule of thumb is if they have not contacted you in 10 days to 2 weeks, it is up to you to contact them.

3.  Do your research-Know the company, who are they, what is their product, who are their customers and their competitors, their mission, current news/press releases, annual report, what type of employee are they looking for, etc.  Research the occupations you are considering Go here to do so.

5.  Do Your Online Job Search-The on-line job search consists of large job search sites as well as industry specific websites. Start small (Purchase JobScore, Industry Specific Sites, Professional Association sites) and then progress to broader job search sites. Follow-up with a phone call or email if possible. Start with the Career Services site-click here

6.  Professional Associations and LinkedIn Groups
Associations-Click here

7.  Job Fairs-We have 5 per year.  Click here for the next job fair.

8.  Use Career Services and Faculty.

Extra Tips:
• Read the job description/qualifications carefully.
• If you feel you have 80% of the skills required in the job description, then go for the job. If you have some experience, but not quite what is asked for, though you have all of the skills required, go for it.
• Do not apply if a description is saying you “must” have a skill or experience that you do not have.
• Anticipating related employer needs can help to go a long way toward understanding how to best market yourself to certain jobs.
• Those students who are proactive and prepared will more likely have an easier time locating employment.
• Follow up, and follow up again - be persistent but professional in all your communications with potential employers.
• If you are not getting interviews, be sure to keep in touch, regroup and ask for help. If a strategy isn’t successful, you may need to reevaluate and plan accordingly.
• Be positive! Though it is a JOB to find a JOB... with a positive attitude, good plan, and a strong approach, you can be successful in landing one, even in a challenging job market.

Interviewing for a Job!

Click here for Interviewing PP

Click here for Career Services Interviewing Page

Sample behavior-based interview questions:
-Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
-Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet to extricate yourself from a problem.
-Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
-By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
-Describe a time on any job that you held in which you were faced with problems or stresses that tested your coping skills.
-Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
-Tell me about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to get an important point across.
-Give me a specific occasion in which you conformed to a policy with which you did not agree.
-Give me an example of an important goal which you had set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it.
-Describe the most significant or creative presentation which you have had to complete.
-Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
-Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).

Job Search Resources click here


 College Hiring-NACE

Employers appear to be holding true to their original hiring projections made for the Class of 2014.
Employers responding to the Job Outlook Spring Update survey say that they plan to hire 8.6 percent more graduates from the Class of 2014 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2013. That’s up a bit from fall 2013 projections when employers anticipated a 7.8 percent increase in hiring for their U.S. operations


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