How To Search For A Job Apply For A Job and What To Do After The Interview What We’ll Cover How to find job openings Writing a cover letter Creating a resume using Microsoft Word Interviewing tips Etiquette for after the interview Where are the jobs? Print resources Newspaper classifieds Company bulletin boards Industry Journals Books The Houston Job Bank Your 24/7 Online Job Search Guide Job Searching Online for Dummies Searching On The Web Local Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/class/jobs/index.html JOBS: Houston Employment Magazine and Website http://www.jobshouston.com/ Houston Jobs, A division of Online Job Source, Inc. http://www.houstonjobs.com/ National Monster.com http://www.monster.com Career Builder http://www.careerbuilder.com America's Job Bank http://www.ajb.dni.us/ Federal Government Jobs http://www.usajobs.opm.gov Don’t Forget To Check Out Our Find it Guide for Job Seekers at: http://www.hcpl.net/ref/fijobs.htm I Found One…Now What? Read the requirements on the posting thoroughly Note what is being asked for application, cover letter, resume, curriculum vitae, KSA’s, etc… Write cover letter and resume How To Write A Cover Letter Should be brief Name Position applying for Name of company Short description of some unique quality you can bring to the company RELATED TO THE JOB When in doubt look at some examples in the following books Cover Letters That Knock ‘Em Dead 101 Best Cover Letters How to Write Attention-Grabbing Query & Cover Letters Resumes Two types Chronological Skill-Based Which should I choose? General guideline: The standard chronological format works well if you're staying in the same field and moving up in your career--especially if your work history shows continuous progression, or if you've worked for prestigious companies. A skill-based ("functional") resume may work better if you're making a career change--especially to a different field or to a much higher level of responsibility. From The Damn Good Resume, http://www.damngood.com/catalog/problems.html#anchor274858 How Do I Create A Resume? Pre-formatted Resumes - just plug in your information 1) Select Microsoft Word from the pull-down menu after you log in 2) Once MS Word opens, if you see a box on the screen asking you to type your initials in, just click "ok“ 3) Now, click on File, then New 4) Then click on "Other Documents" in the window that opens 5) Then, choose a template, such as Professional Resume or Contemporary Resume 6) Replace the sample resume information with yours … ….Or Use the Resume Wizard Follow Steps 1-4 on the following page Then the Resume Wizard will prompt you for your personal information and formats and displays your resume when done …or type your own from scratch Open a Blank Document in Microsoft Word and Begin Typing Don’t Forget A Resume Should Not Exceed 2 Pages Resources on Resumes Check out the following books for more ideas Resumes! Resumes! Resumes! How to Write a Winning Resume 101 Quick Tips for a Dynamite Resume Resumes for Mid-Career Job Changes And check out these web sites 10 Minute Resume http://www.10minuteresume.com/ JobStar Central http://jobsmart.org/tools/resume/index.cfm (also includes sample cover letters) I Got An Interview!…Now What? Dress Appropriately Avoid Heavy Scents Make Eye Contact Smile Be Prepared Research the company to know the basics, (CEO’s, mission/vision of company) Keep up with industry trends Bring extra copies of resumes, recommendations, and anything specific asked for Relax Sample Interview Questions Check out these sites for sample questions for interviews Interview Network Interview Question Database http://www.pse-net.com/interview/Bank/QuestionBankIndex.htm http://www.quintcareers.com/interview_question_database/ 25 Most Difficult Questions You’ll Be Asked http://www.datsi.fi.upm.es/~frosal/docs/25mdq.html After the Interview Follow up with a Thank You For tips on writing business thank you notes, check out these books… The Random House Book of Contemporary Business Letters Sincerely Yours: How to Write Great Letters Writing Business Letters for Dummies Complete any additional requirements in a timely fashion Good Luck and Happy Hunting! I Got The Job!