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Job Preparation


SOCIAL MEDIA FOR JOB SEARCHING

Social media, if used properly, can be the most effective job searching tool. The usage, information, and recommendations regarding the use of social media for job searching is vast.  Below are some recent resources to get you going in the right direction.

 
 

RÉSUMÉS

A resume is an honest, easy to read, impressive summary of your "occupational self". It serves as the “sales” tool to help you market yourself to potential employers. It tells employers a story about the following:

  • Who you are as an employee
  • Your employment history
  • Your strengths and accomplishments
  • Your skills and abilities
  • Demonstrates why the prospective employer should call you in for an interview

RESUME REVIEW APPOINTMENTS

Currently enrolled Mesa College students may schedule an appointment to have their resume reviewed by a career counselor.  To make an appointment, come to the Career Center (I4-306) or contact us at 619-388-2777.

If you don't have a resume the Career Center hosts two resume workshops a month plus below are various handouts and other resources to assist you in putting together your first rough draft. 

RESUME HANDOUTS


COVER LETTERS

A cover letter which can also be in the form of a cover email is an essential part of the job search process. A cover letter should be included with every resume and/or job application that you send out, even when it is not requested because it serves as your introduction to a prospective employer.

HANDOUTS
 

JOB SEARCHING

Cal Jobs - Jobs throughout all of California.   www.CalJobs.ca.gov

SELECTED JOB SITES


NETWORKING

The vast majority of job openings are never advertised; they're filled by word of mouth. That's why networking is the best way to find a job. Networking isn't about using other people or aggressively promoting yourself—it's about building relationships. There are two types of networking.


APPLYING

There a numerous methods to apply for a job. Be sure to carefully review the job posting and follow the directions for applying. Typically applicants apply by submitting their resume and cover letter, through an online application system and/or completing a job application form.

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INTERVIEWING

Preparing for a job interview can be very stressful. With the proper research, and practicing ahead of time, you can be ready for any interview. 


FOLLOW UP

Always follow up after an interview. Following up with an employer is important to show your appreciation for the employer’s time, and it is another opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and expertise. 

HOW TO FOLLOW UP

Send a Thank You note or email:

  • By sending a thank-you note, you show your interviewer common courtesy and respect.
  • So few job applicants send thank-you notes that you automatically stand out if you do.
  • A thank-you note gives you an opportunity to reiterate points you made during your interview.
  • A thank-you note lets you make points you forgot to make in your interview.
  • A thank-you note demonstrates your written communication skills

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