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Employability Skills - Quick Tips

Resume Writing
A resume is a marketing tool used to sell you to an employer. Its purpose is NOT to get you a job; rather its purpose is to clearly state your objective, highlight your qualifications, skills and education and describe your work experience so that an employer will offer you an interview. Your resume may be in either a Chronological Resume format or a Functional Resume format and should contain positive action words to describe your work experience. Your resume should be completely free of spelling or grammatical errors. To learn more about resumes, visit our resume quick tips page.

Interviewing Skills
Prior to the interview you must research the company or organization that will be interviewing you. You will also want to practice responses to the typical interview questions so that you can showcase your verbal skills during the interview. For the interview, be well groomed, dress appropriately, know the location of the interview and leave in plenty of time.

During the interview, act professionally, converse with the interviewer by answering the questions thoroughly, but also by asking questions that you might have about the organization based upon your research. Afterwards, send the interviewer a brief thank you note and reiterate your interest in the position if you are still interested. Visit Career Services for assistance in preparing for interviews.

Job Fairs
Career Services hosts two Job Fairs, one in the fall and one in the spring. Usually over 50 employers attend. Prepare for the fairs by knowing which companies will attend, research those that interest you, and make notes for your use during the fair itself. Dress appropriately when you go. What you wear to class is NOT appropriate attire for a job fair. Employers at job fairs expect applicants to wear business clothing that is well pressed and neat. Visit Career Services prior to the job fair to pick up practical tips for job fair success. Additionally, sign up for one of our job fair workshops.

Job Search Techniques
You can begin your job search by visiting the Career Services. We have job binders in our library with current job postings that have been provided to us by employers. One of our Advisors will review your resume or cover letter with you, introduce you to Career Connection, our online job search tool, and show you other job search strategies. We also offer several workshops on this topic every semester. Look at our upcoming workshop schedule to see when they take place. You may also call us at 734-677-5155 to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors or to reserve a place in one of the workshops.

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