Job Search Skills 102 Success Strategies for the New Graduate Presented by: Ana Kiritsis, PHR CITGO Petroleum Corporation Course Outline Recap Job Search Skills 101 - Evaluating the employment offer - Accepting an offer Success Strategies for the New Grad - Before day 1 - Day 1 - First 90 days Recap Job Search Skills 101 • Prepare For Your Job Search … It’s The True Final Exam • Think Of It As One Of Life’s Major Investments … Aim For Maximum Return • After You Get Your Job … Work Hard To Prove Your Value To Your Employer The Employment Offer Evaluating the offer • Position • Salary • Probationary Period • Benefits/Relocation Accepting the offer • Call/put it in writing • Safeguard your letter • Post-Offer requirements • Securing a start date “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work” - Arthur Brisbane Just because they hired you does not make you an instant success. Plan on working hard to prove your worth EVERYDAY! “You’re Hired!... Now What?” • What to expect between your acceptance and your first day • What you can do while you wait Preparing for Day 1 • The key to success is PREPARATION! Have a Plan A and a Plan B • Beware of Murphy’s Law Surviving Day 1 • New Employee Orientation • Required forms of ID, Social Security #, DOB, etc • Take Notes • Listen • Ask Questions • Know Who’s Who Remember, first impressions count! Survival Tips for the first 90 days Do’s: - smile - ask questions - listen & observe - stay positive - volunteer - set goals - practice good manners Don’ts: - gossip - complain - clock-watch Employer Expectations • Identify expectations early • Understand how performance is measured • Apply yourself to learning your job • Demonstrate why you were the right choice The learning continues beyond earning your degree! Mentors are Priceless Choose a mentor and ask questions! Communication is the Key • Evaluate your communication style • Understand your preferences versus the styles of others • Work to be the better communicator Thinker Intuitor Sensor Feeler Organization & Time Management • Plan on and commit to being well organized • Manage time wisely • Seek out help before others notice Admit Mistakes • Own up to your errors quickly • Offer a reasonable remedy • Doing so buys you integrity How to Diffuse a Mistake 3 Steps to Turning an Error into a Positive • Admit - “Yes, it was my mistake” • Apologize - “I am sorry it happened” • Affirm - “I will make it right” The “Grapevine” • The “unofficial office newsletter” • Use it to your advantage • Do not contribute to it Surviving a Difficult Boss Suggested Strategies to Use Change how you perceive the boss and find something about them to respect Provide information to the boss to show you know what is expected of you Find ways to make your boss look good and document it Take the first step in trying to break the ice and find a way to point out the positive Take the high road “You can only be 50% of any relationship; however, you need to accept 100% of the responsibility for your 50%.” - Robin Bond, Esq. and workplace legal expert Questions ? Thank You Congratulations on your upcoming graduation and Best wishes in your career endeavors!