The search for your first job can be quite intimidating because you just don’t know what to expect and the best approach. This program is designed for the total beginner to job seeking. It follows Ben, a recent high school graduate, who is looking for a part time job. In the program he identifies skills that weren’t apparent to him, searches for unique job opportunities, browses open positions, creates his first resume, and drafts a cover letter. Online resources are included with the program. A part of the Selling Yourself Successfully series. (24 minutes)
Segments in this video include:
Skill Identification (05:17) – The first step of the application process involves identifying all of your hard and soft skills. Your soft skills can be transferred between jobs and are relevant to every potential job.
Job Postings (03:36) – You can find job postings on the internet, through networking, through individual recruiters and recruitment agencies, by cold calling or cold canvassing, by visiting job centers and more.
Job Application Cover Letter (04:38) – Create a compelling cover letter which is your first impression and crucial for your job search. It needs to be well-written, free from grammatical and spelling errors, and have a strong intro and conclusion.
How to Write a Resume (05:37) – Your resume needs to have your career objectives, education and job history, and contact information to be complete. Also include a skills section and check for grammar and spelling.
Selection Criteria (04:14) – Use real examples to show that you understand the questions that you are being asked, and that you know how you would deal with the situation. This is the STAR response method.