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55 Job-Seeking Skills Managing Your Career Local professional organizations The local Chamber of Commerce Statewide organizations for your profession National associations for your profession Online networking resources like LinkedIn or FaceBook When you are job-seeking, make sure it’s not a secret in your network. Put out word to your different
networks that you are looking for a job, and what kind of job you are looking for. Make proactive phone
calls to people that you know in the industry to see if they know of any openings. Ask people if you can
send them your resume to pass around to people they know. You never know whose friend will work with
a man whose sister needs someone just like you in their organization. Especially in the online environment,
it’s amazing how quickly your resume and name can get to people who might be hiring for a job you’d be
Two warnings about networking. First, remember that it goes both ways. You should be prepared to help
others in the network when there are openings you know about in your own organization. And second, if
you are actively networking, realize that your current supervisor may very well hear about it if they are in
touch with any of the same people or organizations. If you feel comfortable doing so, let your supervisor
know that you are exploring your future possibilities but you will be certain to let them know if any real
possibilities arise. 8.4 Interview Skills
If you get asked to come to an interview, realize that you have already made it past most other candidates.
Then take the interview opportunity as a chance to hone your skills. That way, even if you don’t get the
job (or don’t want the job after you’ve heard more about it), you still have had the chance to stay sharp.
There are some things that you shouldn’t have to be told about interviewing, but just in case: Be early or on time – never late Dress professionally – even if it is a blue collar or informal work setting Be polite Speak clearly and with no slang or informal language Always send a thank you note – even if you don’t want the job. You never know when another
position might come available that you really do want. Download free ebooks at bookboon.com
56 Job-Seeking Skills Managing Your Career Next, be sure that you LISTEN to what the person is asking. If you aren’t paying close attention, you
could give them information they weren’t looking for. When you prepare to answer a question, try to use
the following format:
1. Describe a situation you’ve experienced that is related to what they are asking you about
2. Describe what action you took to respond to that situation
3. Describe the results of your actions
As an example, imagine that someone asks you if you have experience with MicroSoft Excel. Instead of
just saying, “Yes, I do,” you can respond:
1. Yes, at my current job we needed to create a means of tracking invoices as they
went through the Finance Department.
2. I used Excel to create a sortable database that employees could use to find any
invoice at any point during the payment process.
3. As a result, we had fewer delayed payments, less lost paperwork, and a faster
See the difference? You’re not just telling them that yes, you can use Excel, you’re also demonstrating a
situation in which you used it successfully. You’re giving the employer a great deal more information than
just a yes or no answer provides.
Before you go to any interview, you should also do some research on the organization. Look for
information on the company’s website like: The mission and value statement The organizational structure – particularly notice where the job you are interviewing for might fall
in the organization The different divisions and operations of the organization The annual report, which will tell you a great deal of information about what the organization
values, what its goals are, as well as where some challenges are Press releases that detail new products, recent changes, or any other important information about
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57 Job-Seeking Skills Managing Your Career Please click the advert When you are in the interview, you can reference what you have learned in your research. It will
demonstrate that you are truly interested in the organization and that you are serious enough about the
position that you took the time to learn what you could. This will always set you apart from the
competition in the interview process. Download free ebooks at bookboon.com
58 References Managing Your Career 9. References
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Businessballs.com. Sales and Selling – Training and Techniques.
Crumb, Cheryl. Personality Styles: We’re all Different, Aren’t We? C.E. Biz, May, 2005.
Johnson, Emjae. List of Basic Skills that Every Successful Sales Person Should Have.
Mindtools.com. Communication Skills Articles, various. http://www.mindtools.com/page8.html
MTD Training Academy. Basic Communication Skills. http://www.mtdacademy.com
MTD Training Academy. Motivation. http://www.mtdacademy.com
National Park Service, US Department of the Interior. Goleman’s EI Competencies.
Pickthebrain.com. How to Build Self-discipline.
Wikipedia.org. Emotional Intelligence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_intelligence. 59...
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