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Job Search Strategies

Just like when you write a resume, there is no one “right” way to search for an internship or job.  A variety of strategies should be used to find your next job.  Keep in mind that searching for a job, IS a job!  Create a workable schedule, and then stick to it.  It is important to establish a routine.

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Follow-up

This is critical! Call to be sure your resume was received.  Keep it short.

  • “I am following up on the resume I submitted for (position).”  The employer may explain the next steps in the evaluation process.  If not, ask what the next step is.  Keep it brief and thank them for their time.
  • If you submitted your resume via e-mail, and no phone number was available, send a brief message with the same sentiment—inquiring as to confirming the resume was received and asking about the next step in the process.
  • When granted an interview, be sure to obtain contact information for each individual you encountered.
    • Send an e-mail the same day thanking them and mention a highlight of the conversation.  Reiterate your interest and belief that your skills and experiences have prepared you to excel in the position. 
    • A similar, not exactly the same, written Thank You note should be mailed within 24 hours.

Making Contact

  • Prepare your resume, cover letter and business cards.

  • If applying for a posted job, be sure your resume features skills mentioned in the listing.
    • Use your cover letter to point out these skills and how you have used them.
    • Know what is required and important.
  • Join FLC Alumni Association.

Interviewing

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A Thank You Letter is an excellent opportunity to re-emphasize your qualifications and interest in a position after an interview.  It is also an excellent way to maintain your networking efforts after meeting a new contact.  Handwritten gives you extra bonus points, but when in a time sensitive situation an email message will suffice.  Plenty of time?  Consider sending both!

SAMPLE LAYOUT:        SAMPLE THANK YOU LETTER

HEADING
Your Address

Date

Employer Name/Title/Address

Salutation

PARAGRAPH 1
Thank the employer for the interview and express appreciation for being considered.  State the job title, the date of the interview and where it took place.

PARAGRAPH 2
Reaffirm your interest in the position and company.  Briefly summarize and highlight your skills and abilities to uniquely perform the job as described in the interview.

PARAGRAPH 3
Close with a suggestion for future action.  Indicate that you will be available for additional interviews at the employer's convenience and restate your interest in the position.

SIGNATURE

 

Types of Interview Questions:
  1. Opening—Icebreaker, get to know you
    • Tell me about yourself.
    • How did you hear about this position?
  2. Credential—Measurement
    • What was your GPA?
    • How often did you lead campus tours?
  3. Experience—Subjectively evaluate answer to transfer skills
    • Can you describe to me your duties as _________?
    • Do you have any experience with managing budgets?
  4. Opinion—How you react
    • What have you learned from your mistakes?
    • What qualities does a successful manager possess?
  5. Company Research—How well you researched
    • Why do you want to work here?
    • What can you tell me about (company name)?
  6. Creative/Problem Solving –Displays original thought
    • Who has most influenced you in your life?
    • What superpower would you pick if you could have one?
  7. Behavioral—Your approach
    • Describe a time when you were faced with a challenging situation & how you handled it?
    • What next steps have you taken when you've made a mistake as a leader?
  8. Personal—Your style, work habits, employment history
    • Can you explain the gap in your employment history?
    • Would you rather work with information or with people?
  9. Closing—Next steps, you can ask questions
    • Can I contact your references?
    • Do you have any questions?
  10. Illegal—Can’t ask about things that delve into personal life:
    • Marital status & children
    • Religion
    • Age
    • Financial status
    • Criminal history
    • Veteran’s status
    • Memberships
    • Disabilities
    • Ethnicity

For more Common Interview Questions download this document.

Questions to Ask at Interviews

When you are asked if you have any questions, be prepared!  You should have 2-3 questions ready and ask only relevant questions.  Take the time frame and information you learned during the interview into account before you ask too many questions.

How to Develop Questions

Your pre-application, pre-interview research of the employer and position should provide you with several questions.  In addition, you should listen carefully during the interview process and ask appropriate job related questions that arise.

Most people enjoy talking about themselves, so you usually can’t go wrong by asking the interviewer about his or her personal experience with the hiring company.  Why did he or she choose to work here?  What does he or she like about it?  What has been his or her career progression with the company?

Suggestions

  • Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position?
  • What is the top priority of the person who accepts this job?
  • What are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of this job?
  • How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured?  And by whom?  How often?
  • Can you describe the company’s management style?
  • Can you discuss your take on the company’s corporate culture?
  • What are the company’s values?
  • How would you characterize the management philosophy of this organization?  Of your department?
  • What is the organization’s policy on transfers to other divisions or other offices?
  • Are lateral or rotational job moves available?
  • Does the organization support ongoing training and education for employees to stay current?
  • What do you think is the greatest opportunity facing the organization in the future?  What is the biggest threat?
  • Why did you come to work here?  What keeps you here?
  • How is this department perceived within the organization?
  • Is there a formal process for advancement within the organization?
  • What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within the organization?
  • Do you have any reservations about my qualifications for this job?  (Asking this question enables you to address any concerns the interviewer might have).
  • When do you expect to make a decision?  This question will guide your schedule for following up with the employer.
  • If I’m a finalist for the position, what is the next step in the process?  This helps you to clarify the next steps, such as further rounds of interviews.

AVOID:
Don’t ask “me-first” questions, i.e. “What can you do for me?” questions regarding salary, benefits, vacation, etc.   Avoid questions that may reveal a weakness, such as, “Will I have to meet deadlines?”.

  • Screening: Phone or In-person
  • Work Sample
  • Peer Group
  • Group/Panel
  • Luncheon
  • Stress
  • Video Conference

For tips & what to expect check out CareerOneStop.