The course is designed for job seekers interested in mastering their job search and interviewing skills. The class covers all the major issues involved in successfully navigating the job market from resume and cover letter preparation to finding open positions to competing at the time of a job interview.
Participants master the following skills:
Understanding the job market
- How job market is related to financial markets
- Changes in the job market place
- Employment: permanent/temporary, full-time, part-time
- Challenges and stages of career change. Stress reduction.
- Myths of the job market, job search, interviewing
- Law of attraction. Watch and discuss the movie.
- Success factors. Rules of 80/20; 17 seconds
- Job Search Success factors: Standing out in the crowd
- Personality: believes, being in control, judging yourself
- Self-assessment – how others see me
- Lead the field (12 principles)
- Lab: Put your dream to test (10 tests)
- Major players: Direct, Recruiters, Temporary agencies
- Why do we need the resume (marketing brochure)
- How managers read your resume
- Resume structure. Its mythology and realities
- Resume principles. Action verbs (creative job search)
- Selecting and providing references
Understanding Cover Letter
- Cover letter fundamentals: why, content, structure, style.
- Cover letter principles
- Things to avoid.
- Analyzing Samples of Cover letters
- Lab: writing cover letters
Finding positions on the open market
- Researching the job market (demand and supply)
- The numbers game in job search. Conversion ratios.
- Overview of Craigslist, Dice, Monster, Hotjobs, Careerbuilder
- Finding jobs in job search websites
- Applying for open positions online
- Posting resume on job search websites
- Resume sending/posting rules and principles
Networking (finding hidden jobs)
- Why networking is important.
- Using LinkedIn in your job search
- Leveraging Social Networking web sites
- Local networking events – how to find them
- Principles of a successful networker
- Things to avoid when networking
- Leveraging Informational Interviews
- Maintaining Networking log
- How recruiters are compensated
- Who is the client? How recruiter views you.
- Answering typical questions asked by recruiters
- What to do and what not to do when deal with recruiters
- Approaching recruiters on LinkedIn
- Keeping track (log) of your contacts
- What managers are looking for when they hire
- Interviewing Myths
- Interview process by itself – what is involved
- Interview killers. Things to avoid.
- 10 Interview types/Classifications.
- Phone interview/screening
- Answering 10 key interview questions
- Interview questions to ask
- Illegal interview questions and how to handle them
- Interview preparation techniques
- Looking professional. Making first impression.
- Following up with interviews
Handling interview questions (behavioral)
- Rules of Sale
- Life path concept
- Classification of interview questions
- Previous experience questions
- Personality, motivation, attitude
- Behavioral Interview
- Brain teasers
Job Offer, Employment Contract, Benefits
- Understanding and Negotiating job offer
- Understanding your employment contract
- Filling out employment application
- Navigating the benefit packages
The instruction includes lectures, discussions, and practical training in the areas listed above.
CURRENT SCHEDULE OF CHARGES
40 lecture hours + 60 lab hours by arrangement
Registration fee: $75.00 (Mandatory, non-refundable)
Tuition: $975.00 (Mandatory, refundable)
Manuals, handouts, lab time and equipment: at no charge to students
Total: $1050.00 (one thousand fifty dollars)