Published on April 23, 2013
Planning Your Career Part 2:Making Connections Emily Kolm Fulbright Scholar
What is an Informational Interview?
Why do you need an Informational Interview?To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. -Chinese Proverb
Where and how can you get an Informational Interview?• Start with friends and family• Alumni from your school• Professors• Introduction by a mutual acquaintance• LinkedIn/Social Media• Internet Research
The Key Question Ask Not What An Organization Can Do For You…Ask What You Can Do For an Organization!
Useful Questions• What is a typical day/week/month like?• What are the greatest challenges and rewards?• What kind of work/internship experience do you look for?• What advice would you give to your younger self if you could go back in time?Can you think of other questions to ask?
Etiquette for the Informational InterviewHow is an information interview • Request for andifferent from a job interview? Information Interview • Prepare • Dress appropriately • Describe Yourself • Amount of time • Take notes! • Follow-Up
Brainstorm!I want to be a Think of: designer! 5 organizations 5 associations 5 individuals 5 websites 5 newspapers Why would like to connect with them?
Why Keep a List of Contacts? He’s got them on the list And then none of them be missed.. -Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado
The Contact ListWhat Information Should You Include? Let’s answer this question Name Title Industry Email Phone …. Here you know best!
Applying For Jobs Is Like Dating Do I like Does she like to him? Will I do what I like to like his do? Are we friends and compatible? family?
What is the Main Purpose of a Resume?• Maybe we can add a few bullets answering this question?
More About RESUMESWhen writing your Resume:• Be specific• Think about your reader• Always Accompany CV with a Cover Letter! Is this your Resume?
Resume HeadingsMaybe we can use aresume which is moreclear and label it’sparts like this one?
Resume Flow Chart
What ShouldObjective Summary A Resume (And Should Not) Be On W• 12 point font in Times New Roman• Font Consistency• Plain white paper point font in Times New Roman • 12• In most cases, chronological • NO personal pronouns• Accurate and credible • Active Verbs!• NO personal pronouns (not to obtain• Job Title that you hope personal)• Industry in which you hope to be employed• NO grammatical errors• Skills that• Active Verbs!you have to offer relevant to the position
Objective Summary Objective Summary • Job Title (either very specific or more general) that you hope to obtain Objective: To secure a teaching • Industry in which you hope to be employed position in a private school where I can become a member of a great team • Skills that you have to offer relevant to the and utilize my previous experience as position a language trainer, as well as my communication skills and myObjective: To secureTeaching Degree to the fullest. an Account Management position ina bank, where I can become a member of a team andutilize my communication skills, my previous experienceas a customer service representative, as well as myBanking and Finance Degree to the fullest.
Resume Formatting and Critiques
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