Job Search/Interviewing Tips
Dr. Wayne Decker's MGMT 320 and 425
Location: SU Career Services Enterprise
-Aaron Basko -9:30 class-(resume
-Charlie Endicott- 11 am class-(Job
search/interviewing- MGMT 425)
-Charlie Endicott- 2 pm classes-(resume
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
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.
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
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
Professional Associations and LinkedIn Groups
7. Job Fairs-We
have 5 per year. Click
here for the next job fair.
8. Use Career Services and
Read the job description/qualifications
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
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
Follow up, and follow up again - be persistent
but professional in all your communications with
If you are not getting interviews, be sure to
keep in touch, regroup and ask for help. If a
strategy isnt 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!
here for Interviewing PP
here for Career Services
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
-By providing examples, convince me that you can
adapt to a wide variety of people, situations
-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
-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
-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
COLLEGE HIRING TO
Employers appear to be holding true to their
original hiring projections made for the Class
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. Thats up a bit from fall 2013
projections when employers anticipated a 7.8
percent increase in hiring for their U.S.