job searching and interviewing

Before You Begin
Know yourself
 Many job seekers make the mistake of not focusing
their career goals
 Makes job search overwhelming
 Identify your personal strengths, interests, skills, and
 List possible job titles and fields of interest
 Sales, PR, Social Work, Research, Writing, etc.
Before You Begin
Know where you want to work
 Research companies and organizations
 Research potential career fields
 Know typical entry-level jobs, salaries, etc.
 Think about location
 Identify potential employers who you would like
to work for
Preparing for Your Job Search
 Target your resume to a specific field or position
 Put together work samples
 Practice interviewing and speaking about your
liberal arts skills and professional experience
 Buy a professional suit
 Have a professional voicemail message
Preparing for Your Job Search
 Update your facebook and myspace profiles
 Have a professional email address
 Learn how to network and do an informational
 Develop a job search plan using multiple job
searching strategies
How People Find Jobs
Networking and Direct Contact
Want Ads
Other Methods
Job Search Strategy #1
Participate in campus programs and events
 Job Fairs and Events
Government Job Fair (Fall)
Business Etiquette Dinner (November)
Minnesota Private College Job and Internship Fair (February)
Alumni Networking Event (February)
Pathways for Careers (March)
Idealist Job Fair – Nonprofits (March)
Education Job Fair (April)
 Other Events
 Employer Tables in the Christensen Center
 Employer Panels and Information Sessions
Job Search Strategy #2
Apply for jobs that are posted
 General Job Posting Websites
 Augpost, LandIt, JobPost, St. Thomas
 Specialized Posting Sites
 Minnesota Council of Non-profits:
 EdPost:
Job Search Strategy #2
Apply for jobs that are posted
 Employer Websites
 Megasites
 Monster:
 Career Builder:
 Newspapers or Want Ads
Finding postings using the Wiki
Job Search Strategy #3
Target employers you are interested in
 Direct employer contact
 Directories
 Minnesota Nonprofit Directory
 United Way: Directory of Community Services
 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Book of
 The Gold Book
 On the wiki:
Job Search Strategy #4
What is Networking?
 involves connecting with those who work in a field you
are wanting to learn more about or break into
 is the most effective way to learn about job positions
and obtain job positions
 does NOT involve asking for a job
Informational Interviews
 are a great way to begin to network, build connections,
and gain insight into a career
 set up times to talk with people and “interview” them
about their jobs and/or their employers
 follow up after the interview and continue to keep in
Social Networking
 Linkedin
 complete a descriptive profile
 search for connections for informational interview
 get company information and connections
 Facebook
 become a fan of company profiles
 check the profile for news and information
Who has had professional/internship interviews?
What is hard about interviewing?
What makes you the most nervous about interviewing?
What questions are the most difficult to answer?
Basic Guidelines
Types of Interviews
 Screening Interview
 On-site Interview
Before the Interview
 Know the job requirements
 Know yourself
 Research the organization
 Prepare questions
 Practice
 Have your outfit ready
 Know where to go
Day of the Interview
 Arrive early
 Answer questions
 Introduce yourself
 Ask questions
 Be professional
 Do not bring up
salary or benefits
 Watch your eye
contact and body
 May bring and use
your portfolio
 Get business cards
 Close the interview
After the Interview
 Send a thank you note
 Follow-up
Behavioral Questions
 Prove yourself by telling stories of past
 Helps predict behavior
 Answer according to the CAR method:
 C = Challenge
 A = Action
 R = Results
 Tell me about yourself
 What are your strengths?
 What are your weaknesses?
 Why did you choose your major?
 What role do you usually play in group or team
 What motivates you in work setting?
 Give me an example of an accomplishment you are proud
 Tell me about a time you had multiple assignments to
complete and how did you prioritize
Other Sample Questions
 Why are interested in this position?
 What makes you qualified for this position?
 Why do you want to work for our organization?
 What are your career goals?
 How does your education relate to our needs?
 Why did you leave your last job?
More Sample Questions
 Describe a situation where you had a work as
part of a team to achieve a goal
 Tell me about a time you had to use strong
leadership skills
 Describe a situation in which you had to work
under pressure
 Others????
Prepare using the Wiki