FIND A BETTER JOB
For those who are looking for work or a better job. Group members will learn to identify opportunities, network, present themselves professionally, and prepare for job interviews.
Connect to Additional Resources
Below you will find additional church, community and local resources to help you with your journey to find a better job. Each section corresponds to your weekly group in the Find A Better Job manual you are studying.
Week 1 - The Fundaments: Identifying Resources and Making Contacts
- Career Exploration
- Local Job Search Websites
- Set Up Job Search Notifications and Alerts
Week 2 - Networking: Networking Resources
- Professional Networking
- Using Social Media
Week 3 - Watching Your Skills To Employer Needs: What Do Employers Want?
- What Do Local Employers Want
- Matching Your Skills To Employer Needs
Week 4 - Power Statements: What Is Your Super Power? What Is Your Kryptonite?
- Making Powerful Impressions
- Charge Up Your Power Statements
Week 5 - Written Materials: Build Your Portfolio
- 3 Principles of Good Written Materials
- The Résumé
Week 6 - Nail the Interview: Part 1: Before The Interview
- Prepare Before The Interview
Week 7 - Nail the Interview: Part 2: Master The Art Of The Interview
- First Impressions
- Tips For An Effective Interview
- The Video Interview
Week 8 - Practice Interviews: Practice, Practice, Practice
- Practice Creates Results
Week 9 - Accelerate Your Job Search:
- Persistence and Patience In Your Job Search
Week 10 - Succeed at Work: Great Employees Gain Opportunity
- Active Career Progress
Week 11 & 12: Sharpen Your Skills: 2
- Community Resources Can Help
- Executive and Upper Level Management Positions
IDENTIFYING RESOURCES AND MAKIng CONTACTS
"A resource is any source of information or connection that will contribute to a successful job search. It can be a person, place, or thing... The more resources you find and contacts you make, the quicker you will find a job. Identify 15 new resources and make 10 new contacts each day to dramatically accelerate your job search." - pg. 9
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Career ExPloration and Planning
"Start your job search by knowing what kind of job you want. It should be something you are qualified for. Many job seekers fail to do this...they waste time considering all kinds of jobs. You will find a job quicker if you focus on just a few kinds of jobs." - pg. 8, Find A Better Job
Developing Your Career Plan - LDSJobs.org
Smart Start Guide - Utah Department of Workforce Service
Understanding pay range of jobs in the market may help you narrow your search as you consider your financial needs. Understanding pay range may also be valuable in negotiating hourly or salary wages.
Service Occupational Data -Utah Department of Workforce Service - search Utah specific occupational data including wages, market demand, skills and licensing.
Utah Futures - build your career search profile and begin exploring career options.
O*Net Online - variety of career exploration tools and detailed job analysis including pay ranges. Try the "I Want To Be..." assessment tool to begin a career path starting with your interests and strengths.
CareerOneStop - Salary Finder. Simple to use tool for looking up basic salary ranges for a wide variety of jobs.
Job Search Websites
To aid you in your search, below are identified a number of local resources you may consider.
Top Job Search Websites
A recent informal interview of numerous employers suggests the most commonly used job search sites in the area for posting jobs are:
Special Search Sites for Large Organizations
Many large employers list jobs opportunities on their own websites. Some may not be listed on general job search sites.
• List of largest employers
• State of Utah
• The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
• Brigham Young University
• Utah Valley University
Set Up Job Search Notifications and Alerts
Many sites offer the option to set up notifications and send you job opportunities via email based on the setting you create. You typically will need to register or complete a profile and select the industries and jobs of interest. Many job sites share listings. So find a few of what look to be the best for you and think about setting up automated notifications.
Here are some useful links to get you started with notifications and alerts:
• Indeed.com - How to find jobs on Indeed
• Ziprecruiter.com - Candidate Help Center
• Glassdoor.com - Create Job Alerts
• LinkedIn.com - Getting Email Alerts for New Job Postings
The 10 Hour Kickstarter Plan - TheMuse.com
NEED MORE INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE?
Reach out to your stake leadership or request assistance from a Self-Reliance Resource Center. We are here to help.
Development Counselors with Deseret Employment can assist you with your career development plan, identify your skills, ability and experience, matching them with potential career paths. Contact your local Self-Reliance Resource Center to schedule an appointment. Requires a bishop's authorization.
"You can network in person, over the phone, or by email. You can use professional and social networking websites." - pg. 27
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Recent research from several sources suggests about 70% of job seekers find work through networking, 15% by placement agency and approximately 10% through a job post.
7 Rules of Networking - ChurchofJesusChrist.org
4 Stages of Job Creation (download chart)
To understand the importance of networking, consider the four stages of how a job gets created:
1. One person knows and job search begins by looking at immediate relationships.
2. The inner circle knows and looks to fill the job with those they know.
3. A wider circle knows and people they know are referred.
4. Job opening is advertised and applicants are reviewed.
In the USA, 70% of all jobs are filled during these first three stages. This is often known as the "hidden job market" and is accessed through networking. Armed with this understanding, you can see how networking with decision makers improves your chances of consideration for a job opening.
Ideas for Networking
Networking can be done anywhere and everywhere, but is best started well before a need arises. Family, friends, neighbors, church, work, teams, etc. are all opportunities for networking. Along with speaking with everyone you meet, you can increase your networking activities by:
• Participating in industry or trade associations
• Attending networking events or joining a networking organization
• Joining and participating in clubs, groups, meetings or classes
• Attending a job fair
• Participating in alumni clubs, organizations or groups
• Get to know people in your church organizations
• Carry a business card with all of your contact information and give it individuals who may be able to connect you with an employer.
• Share your resume and ask, "Who do you know that needs to see my resume?"
Just attending events is not enough. Speak to everyone you can. Form friendships and relationships. Keep contacts active through regular contact and outreach.
Conversation Starters and Creating a Contact
If you are not a natural conversationalist, starting a conversation with a stranger can be difficult and feel uncomfortable. Where do you begin? Consider using some good questions to strike up a conversation.
Once you make a good contact, collect their contact information and ask if it would be ok to reach out in the future. Outreach might include phone, email, text or social media. Creating some type of contact database is important. This might range from using your phone or computer contact software, using a spreadsheet or using any number of online contact software solutions.
Find Networking Events
Many industry organizations sponsor networking events, trade events or groups. Many types of events are good opportunities to network with individuals who are employed in the industry. Events are often posted on event boards such at those listed below:
Eventbrite.com - search for local events
Meetup.com - meet with other local enthusiasts
Visit event calendars for chambers, associations or organizations
Professional Networking Groups
Corporate Alliance - business-to-business networking group that focuses on experiences for business owners and executives, network, and connect with individuals and professionals.
Business Network International - Local chapters provide a referral network. Visitors welcome.
Silicon Slopes - tech industry organization regularly holds events for the tech industry in Utah.
Women Tech Council - national organization focused on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector.
Using Social Media
"You can also use professional and social networking websites." - pg. 27
Not only are professional and social networking sites a good way to increase your networking but they are often used by employers in researching who you are. What do your social networking sites say about you to a potential employer?
Consider how you might use your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts to communicate your job search efforts, your skills and personality to potential employers. LinkedIn tends to be the top site for professional recruiters and employers in searching for candidates, while other social sites are more commonly used to look into your background.
As you make contacts through networking activities, consider connecting with your new contacts through your professional social media accounts.
Articles from Job-Hunt.org:
Guide to Social Media and Job Search
LinkedIn Job Search Guide
Guide to Facebook for Job Search
Creating your Me-In-30-Seconds can be challenging. You may find it difficult to identify your strengths and expressing them. This is normal. Get help from those around you to help you or visit the local Self-Reliance Resource Center for assistance.
You will need to refine your Me-In-30-Seconds as you use, practice and share it. Look for ways to continually improve the content and ways to vary the content for different audiences.
Strengthen your Me-In-30-Seconds by using Power Statements which you will explore in section 4.
Need more help with your Me-In-30-Seconds?
Me-In-30-Seconds, How Too Succeed In Interviews and Networking
Presenting Your Skills - Power Statements
WHat Do Employers Want?
"Once you have identified what the employer wants, your next step is to figure out if you skills and experience match. This is as simple as asking yourself, "Do I have that skill?" or "What experience do I have doing that?" The more examples or accomplishments you can think of the better." - pg. 48, Find A Better Job
May assist you with your commitments on pg. 53, My Commitments A & B. Considering reviewing the following with your action partner.
What do local employers Want?
Utah students 'grossly' unprepared for workforce, study says
New Report Shows Utah Employers Can't Find Enough Qualified Workers
Employers in the Utah area are consistently looking for three things:
1. Does the applicant have the hard skills to do the job?
2. Does the applicant have good soft skills?
3. Is the applicant a good culture fit?
The hard skills required by a job are often the most easily identified by reviewing job applications as taught in this section of the manual. Hard skills are learned in order to perform a specific job function. They're more easily identifiable and even quantifiable. These are the skills that are more about "what you know" or "what you can do." But jobs skills aren't always learned from employment. You may have developed job skills through education, home economics, parenting, hobbies, community activities, and life experiences.
A job description is often an employer wishlist. If your skill set covers the most important hard skills but you lack a few minor skills or lack some experience, it's suggested you still apply for the job. An 80-90% match may get you the job depending on how you rank against other applicants.
Good soft skills are critical for every job but are often not highlighted in a job description. Soft skills are more associated with your traits or personality. They determine how you interact with others and the approach you take to your job – your professionalism, work ethic and critical thinking. Your "people" skills are used every day to get along with others, like compassion, sincerity, reliability, tactfulness, flexibility, etc. Employers put enormous importance on these skills, and look for them in applicants as evidence of how they will "fit" into the organization They need people who are humble (teachable), hungry (hard-working) and smart (people smart).
Personal Evaluation For Professional Development
Do you work well with others? Can you provide great quality service while dealing with difficult customers? Do you show up to work on time and work hard for your entire shift? Do you work well in a team environment? Can you communicate clearly and concisely verbally or electronically? Do you make eye contact while you have a conversation?
These are just some of the questions you might ask yourself. Some may be listed on a job description. What soft skills are required for the job you are seeking? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Professional development of hard and soft skills is a lifelong pursuit. Everyone tends to have deficiencies in one area or another. Ask others to honestly to identify your weaknesses in soft skills and then work on them. This can be a difficult process but will greatly improve your chances of getting the job you want and keeping it.
Culture fit has become a greater consideration for employers. Do your values and personality fit with the companies values and employee personalities? To find out you will need to do more research.
See if you can determine the "culture" of the company, its focus, values, and mission. Write these down as part of your analysis.
Company Research Ideas
Research is an important part of preparing a resume, for an interview. The more important the interview, the more research is needed. Here are some ideas on ways to research a company:
• Company websites and searches
• Company mission statements
• Annual stockholder reports
• Marketing messaging, services and goods provided
• Identify their target customers
• Company sponsorships or charitable support
• Executive or owner profiles
• Speak to people who work for the company
Speaking with others who work for a company can often give you the most powerful insights. Employees are the best sources for the latest news and trends in the company. If you do not have any current contacts, one idea is to go to the company parking lot or building entrance at the end of working hours and strike up a quick conversation with the employees. You want to know normal functions about a company: its successes, challenges, and who are its competitors and why. Show that you are someone honestly researching information so you can be prepared for your interview and not waste the company’s time.
• What do you like about the company?
• What are some of the company’s successes?
• What kind of a supervisor is Mr./Ms.______?
• What are the challenges you see for the company?
• Why is this position available? How many people have had this position lately?
• What other companies does this company compete with in the market?
Matching your skills To EmpLoyer NEeds
Now that you know more about what the company wants and have analyzed their job postings, take time to match your skills.
• Identify your hard skills
• Identify your soft skills
• Identify your culture fit
• Identify your transferable skills
These are either self-management or job content skills that can transfer from one job to another. Since it is unlikely that you will find a job that is identical to your previous job, you need to carefully evaluate how your skills transfer into other opportunities and include these on your list.
Examples of transferable skills:
Ability to work well with others
Ability to reason and use logic
Accountability or decision making
Conflict management or team management
Creative and critical thinking
Consensus builder or ability to network
Tenacity or overcoming obstacles
Project management or ability to plan and prioritize
What Is your Super Power? What is your KrYptonite?
"Power statements in interviews should lead to job offers. If you aren't getting these results, work to improve this skill. Practicing with others and getting feedback will help you improve." - pg. 66 , Find A Better Job
It's difficult to see ourselves accurately and the impression we make with others. Our personality or interpersonal presentation impacts how well we do in an interview. Recognizing and working on how we come across to others is critical. The process exposes our weaknesses and sometimes it can be hard to hear from others. Those willing to receive honest feedback without taking offense or being hurt can make significant strides in improving job interviewing skills.
May assist you with your commitments on pg. 69, My Commitments C & E. Review your work with your action partner.
Making Powerful Impressions
You can use your Power Statements to:
• Target how you meet and exceed the needs of the company.
• Sell your personal brand in cover letters, résumés, interviews, thank you notes and on social media profiles and messages.
• Improve the effectiveness of your Me-In-30-Seconds.
Charge up your Power Statement
A Power Statement is a concise, dynamic statement that showcases your previous experiences and accomplishments by sharing a specific example and outcome.
A Power Statement is NOT a laundry list of your duties you performed at your last job. Other people might have similar qualifications, but no one has had your exact life experiences. So rather than list off generic skills that anyone could claim, use a Power Statement to sell your brand.
It is not what you did on the job, but how you did it, how well you did it, or what you achieved at your job. You want to come across as an “achiever,” not just a “doer.”
Super Charging Your Power Statements For A Resume:
Become an action hero. Your resume is your story. Make sure your story has plenty of action with action verbs to paint a picture of your abilities for the reader. Your Power Statements are no longer "trust me" statements but proven credibility.
Page 63, section 2 of the Find A Better Job manual provides a good formula for creating your Power Statements. To transfer those Power Statements to a resume you will need to create short, concise statements. Take the Power Statements you worked on in your group and boil them down. You may consider using the following 3 part formula:
Part 1 - Characteristic = Represents a skill using powerful action verbs to give a broad description of your talent, ability, challenge, i.e.: developed, implemented, created, etc...
Part 2 - Achievement = Specific and quantifiable information in terms of —a very short description of your accomplishment using specific #s, $, %, time or positive benefit.
Part 3 - Result = Describe the economic or realized value in numbers, dollars, percentages, time, or positive benefit - 120% increase, 10 minutes down to 3 minutes, repeat customers, etc...
Important: Make sure your statement matches the needs or goals of the organization. Do not use the phrases, “Responsible for…” or “Ability to…” on your résumé! Your résumé will end up in the "Dead File." These statements do not tell what you accomplished. Put simply, choose a talent (skill / achievement), what you did with it and how well you did it, and the result of what you did. Examples of a “Trust Me” statement (poor) vs. a “Show Me” type of Power Statement (great).
A. Proven track record completing projects under budget and within deadline.
B. Served as project leader over 4 technical projects, ranging from $250,000 to $1 million in budget, and completed three of these projects on time and delivered the forth project three months ahead of schedule.
Which statement is more powerful? What makes it a power statement?
A. Three years of experience in marketing and web design.
B. Developed an internet marketing campaign for a technology services company that increased their customer base 125% in 3 months.
A. Junior High School science teacher with five years of experience.
B. Enthusiastic science teacher able to motivate and foster a love of learning in my students that resulted in 1st and 2nd place winners at the District Science Fair.
A. I can play the piano.
B. I performed Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 last weekend in front of 2,000 people at Carnegie Hall and received a standing ovation.
In each instance, example "B" is a "Show Me" statement with specifics, context, quantifiable numbers and a result in terms of numbers, percentages, dollars, time saved, or positive benefit.
Get Help Writing Your Own Power Statement
Writing a power statement on your own can be difficult. Get help from group members, your action partner, family, friends, a trusted neighbor or ward member to help.
Before and after each interview, consider reviewing and improving your power statements. You will find ways to work them more effectively and powerfully as you practice and use them to present yourself.
Build your Portfolio
"Written materials - such as résumés, cover letters and applications - are an essential part of any successful job search. You'll want to make as good an impression in writing as you do in person." - pg. 78
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3 Principles of Good Written Materials
You have now completed several exercises as you have begun work on your written materials. You will want to follow three simple principles as you continue to build your portfolio:
1. Create easy to access and editable computer files
In your job search you will need to frequently adjust and improve your written materials based on the jobs you are applying. You can use programs like Microsoft Office, Open Office or free online software like Google Docs. Solutions like Google allow to save file online and can be accessed from different computers. Learning to use these tools is also a great skill to develop.
Showcasing your skills relative to what the employer is seeking will greatly increase your potential value as a new hire. You may need to modify your resume to highlight those elements for a particular employer with who your are applying. Put the most important information for the employer at the top. You will only have about 10 seconds to make an impression.
The design and format of your written materials should be tailored to the employer. There are many good options and templates available, but keep in mind what a potential employer would want to see, will be easy to review and helps you stand out from the crowd.
Make sure you highlight your accomplishments. Sell your skills and talents. Prove credibility. Any skills claimed after proven skills become more believable.
4. Proof read everything
It's easy to make mistakes and spelling errors when creating your written materials. Always review each document multiple times and have 2 or more people proofread your documents before using in an application.
The format of a resume can come in many styles. The most important principle is that it makes an impact and communicate your value to the potential employer. As a general rule of thumb, you have about 10 seconds to make an impression with the reader. Human resources or hiring managers are scanning through dozens or even hundreds of resumes. Some large companies may use computer analysis to pull qualified candidates from submitted resumes. Formatting of the document can be critical to allow the automation to correctly analyze your document for qualifying statements. Getting too fancy or too creative can often be a negative.
Five principles of a good resume format:
1. Pique the readers interest
2. Establish credibility using power statements to showcase skills and accomplishments.
3. Show additional skills
4. List experiences
5. List education if applicable
You may download one of the following résumé templates in Microsoft Word format to help get you started:
Resume Templates with Instructions (Microsoft Word)
Resume Templates with Instructions (Google Doc)
Before the INTERVIEW
"Interviews are one of the last steps in getting a job. The purpose of an interview is to get a job offer. The Lord has promised, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30). If you prepare well, you can replace fear with confidence." - pg. 100
May assist you with your commitments on pg. 108, My Commitments C & E. Consider working with your action partner and a stake or ward employment specialists.
PREPARE BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
"Most interviewers will ask a combination of common interview
questions and job-specific questions. You already know how to
identify the employer’s needs, so you can use that skill to figure out
what the employer will probably ask you." - Page 100, Find A Better Job
In your Self-Reliance group, you have had the opportunity to consider ways to prepare to interview. Work with your action partner, ward employment specialists or mentor to continue to practice and receive feedback to improve your interview skills.
Sample interview questions - The 25 most difficult questions you'll be asked on a job interview.
The sample interview questions above is also a good outline for your preparation. You can better prepare by formulating good answers to these difficult questions. Write out your answers to the more difficult questions to help polish the language and your answers. You can see where it would be important to:
1. Prepare Power Statements.
2. Spend time becoming familiar with the company or organization.
3. Learn all you can about the job.
4. Consider how you can contribute to the organization with your talents.
Video Record and Evaluate Your Practice Interviews
You may consider using video from a camera or smart phone to record your practice interviews and evaluating your performance. You local Self-Reliance Center can also help you record and evaluate practice interviews. It's important to approach practice interviews with an open mind and a willingness to accept feedback. To start, it may be difficult to not take feedback personally, but with practice, you can quickly see the benefit and progress you will make.
Remember what the Lord taught, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." - Book Of Mormon, Ether 12:27
Self or Practice Partner Assessment Ideas
Because we don't go through job interviews very frequently, most us need practice and help identifying our weaknesses and strengths. Work with someone you trust and are willing to receive feedback from. Consider the following questions in your assessment:
• Did you introduce yourself with your full name?
• What does my body language communicate? Firm handshake?
• Did you make good yet comfortable eye contact?
• Did you display good confidence and competence?
• Are you dressed appropriately for the company and job?
• Are you clear and concise in my answers?
• Did you have any nervous habits like fidgeting or saying repetitive phrases like "you know" or "um" frequently?
• Did you properly use Power Statements?
• If you were the hiring employer, what would impress you? What could be better? How might you compare to other candidates?
MASTER THE ARt OF The Interview
"You now have several interview skills to help you work smart.
Act in Faith + Work Hard + Work Smart = Success
The Lord has promised, 'If ye are prepared ye shall not fear' (D&C 38:30). Prepare by praying for help and practicing as much as possible." - pg. 123, Find A Better Job
May assist you with commitments on pg. 125, My Commitments C & E. Consider working with your action partner and a stake or ward employment specialists.
First impressions are critical. You have about 10 seconds to impress the hiring manager. Your first impressions begin from the moment you enter the view of others in the company. Tips for making a good first impression:
• Arrive 10 minutes at the interview location before your appointment time. Consider giving yourself extra time for traffic conditions, finding parking, finding the building or office location. In some situations you may need to go through security clearance or sign in at the front desk. Having enough time not be rushed and avoid additional pressure because you are running late is critical. Use the 10 minutes ahead of your interview to collect your thoughts or connect with other employees.
• Dress one level above the company's dress standard. Wear clothing that is modest and not distracting. Pick an outfit that you are comfortable in, will show a high level of professionalism and will last during a long, nerve-racking interview. Nervous sweating can be an issue for some people. Consider personal hygiene in the clothing you choose and the preparation you take beforehand.
• Be considerate of everyone you encounter. Other employees often give feedback and influence who is hired. You can make or break your chances of being considered for the position from the moment you make contact with any employee.
• Offer a firm but not crushing handshake.
• Smile and keep a positive attitude.
• Lighten the mood and connect with your interviewer with a compliment or common interest comment. Beginning the interview with some light conversation can help calm your nerves and make a good impression and connection.
• Consider the interviewers body language and verbal queues.
TIPS FOR An EFFECTIVE INTERVIEW
The following are a few tips to help you during the interview and should be practiced during your interview preparation:
Your Body Language
• Sit erect and slightly leaning forward in your seat.
• Hands can be relaxed in your lap and gesture naturally for emphasis.
• Maintain eye contact as much as possible, occasionally looking upward when pondering your answer, never downward.
What You Say and How You Say It Matters
• Use your Me-In-30-Seconds
• Use power statements
• Avoid filler words like "um," "like," or "you know."
• Use reflective listening. If you don't fully understand a question or would like clarification, you can use a reflective listening question such as "Let me make sure I understand the question." Restate the interviewer's question and wait for clarification or confirmation. Use this technique sparingly. You may also use reflective listening to buy some additional time to think and formulate your answer. "That is a great question" is another statement you can use to give your brain a second to think.
• Turn negatives into positives. You get to SELECT what "negative" characteristic to choose and what you are doing about it.
• Don't be thrown off your game by an oddball question. The interviewer may just be trying to see how well you think on your feet or how creative you are in finding an answer.
• Never discuss salary until a firm offer has been extended. The first one who gives a number typically loses.
Do You Have Any Questions?
Always be prepared with some good questions of your own for the interviewer. Remember, they are not only interviewing you, you are interviewing them to make sure this will be a good fit for both of you. Questions that you could ask the interviewer can be very powerful. They show your interest in the company, your research on the company and your insight. Below are some ideas of questions you might ask:
• If you were to rank all the people who have done this job in the past, tell me about No. 1 and why you would put them there?
• Fast–forward a year and imagine that you’re looking back on this hiring decision. The person you hired has exceeded your highest expectations. What did they do that impressed you the most?
• What qualities did the person who held this job previously have that you’d like to maintain?
• What happened to the person who previously did this job?
• What are the most important qualities that the person filling this job should have?
• As _________ of the company, what worries you and keeps you awake at night?
• How does a person come into this company that has such a strong culture and make an impact, and how does the organization help enable success?
• What is the first problem the person you hire must attend to?
• What can you tell me about the individual to whom I would report?
Closing the Interview
Following up improves your chances of being hired. Many companies measure an applicant’s interest in the position by what he or she does to follow up after the interview. Remember that each interaction with an employer is an interview, whether formal or not.
Toward the end of an interview, the interviewer typically will ask you if you have any questions. Take the opportunity to ask when the company hopes to make a hiring decision. Ask the interviewer if you may contact him or her in a few days to follow up. Just remember, if you say you are going to follow up, do it.
Ending an interview effectively may include:
• Get the interviewer's business card so you can send a thank you note.
• Ask what the next step in the hiring process is.
• Confirm your interest in the company.
• Leave a good impression on the way out. Thank those who assisted you including receptionists or other employees.
Interview Follow Up
Your form of follow-up will depend on your circumstances. It may be by email, telephone, letter, or in person. Follow up may set you apart from other candidates. Regardless of the method, make certain you:
• Restate your interest in the position.
• Refer to things you discussed in your interview.
• Reemphasize, in concise, powerful statements, how your skills can help the organization.
• Resolve concerns.
• Thank the person for his or her time.
• Do not pressure the person to hire you.
One way you can follow up with the company is to send thank-you notes. Not only does a thank-you note reinforce in the employer’s mind your interest in the position, but it also shows your gratitude to him or her for considering you.
“Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character,” said Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, and more likable.” ("Living in Thanksgiving Daily", BYU Devotional, 31 Oct. 2000).
The Video Interview
More and more employers are using video interviewing as a step in the hiring process. Video interviews may be recorded or live. The article below is a useful guide to the video interview.
Guide: How to Have a Successful Video Interview
Practice, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
"Practicing for an interview will increase your success. It will help you feel more comfortable and prepared when you are in an actual job interview." - pg. 133, Find A Better Job
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PRACTICE CREATES RESULTS
"You know you are interviewing effectively when you get job offers.
If you are getting consistent interviews but aren’t receiving job
offers, improve your skills through more practice, and you will see
more success. Heavenly Father will bless you for showing your faith
as you practice." - pg. 133, Find A Better Job
Presenting yourself effectively in the interview process takes practice. As reviewed above, there are many aspects to a successful interview. Only through practice can you master the interview.
You are competing against other candidates for each position for which you apply. You may very well be qualified for a position but not get offered the position. Why? Most likely someone else interviewed more effectively or was more qualified for the job. Rather than be discouraged or feel rejected, consider how you might present yourself better and practice doing it repeatedly. You will get better as you continue to interview and honestly evaluated your performance.
Review the practice interview process starting on pg. 143 in your Find A Better Job manual.
As recommended in the sections above, continue to take the opportunity to practice with your action partner, employment specialists or other mentor. Consider continuing this process beyond the group meetings if necessary. Your local Self-Reliance Center missionaries are available to help and give you additional guidance or be a practice partner.
PERSISTENCE AND PATIENCE
"If you could cut the time it took you to get a job by 90 percent, would you be interested? You can. In this chapter you will be challenged to follow this formula in a way that will dramatically accelerate your job search." - pg. 153, Find A Better Job
May assist you with commitments on pg. 161, My Commitments C & E. Connect regularly with your action partner, spouse or employment specialist to keep motivated and encouraged. A job search can have many moments or feelings of rejection. Remember you are competing for a job against other candidates. The employer is trying to pick the candidate that best meets their needs.
PERSISTENCE AND PATIENCE IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
It may take employers longer than they anticipate to make a hiring decision. Be patient and gently persistent, but avoid over-contacting the company or employer. Follow up within two weeks of your last interaction with the employer to ask about the status of the position. Continue to build rapport and highlight your strengths at these times. Follow up again if the employer asks you to do so.
Even if you feel that the job you have applied for may be perfect for you, continue with your job search. Constantly stay engaged in all your job search activities.
“I urge you to examine your life,” said Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin during the April 2007 general conference of the Church. “Determine where you are and what you need to do to be the kind of person you want to be. Create inspiring, noble, and righteous goals that fire your imagination and create excitement in your heart. And then keep your eye on them. Work consistently towards achieving them."
Great EmPloYEES GAIN OPPORTUNITY
"Great employees see every job as an opportunity, even if they would prefer a better job. Try not to leave a job until you have another job lined up. Opportunity takes work, and being a great employee will bring you more opportunities. Nearly all work is noble." - pg. 174
May assist you with commitments on pg. 181, My Commitments C & E. Review your findings with your action partner, spouse or family.
Active Career PROGRESS
The Find A Better Job manual teaches an evaluation process on pg. 177 to identify the steps to progress in your career goals and achieve greater self-reliance.
Walk yourself through the exercise of outlining:
• Position you want
• Skills and knowledge needed
• Ways to gains skills and knowledge
• Next steps
The fact is most employers prefer to promote employees from within than to hire from the outside. Sometimes your best opportunity to progress within your career is right where you are at. You may just need to step up your game or learn some additional skills. A simple principle is to perform at the job you have, but learn the skills, dress the part and act appropriate for the job you want. Promotional opportunities come to those who follow some common principles. Discover these common themes in the articles below from career advice websites on getting promoted.
Bosses Tell Us: 11 Things That Will Get You Promoted
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13 Ways to Show Your Boss You're Ready for the Big Promotion
8 Habits of Employees That Get Promoted
FINDING ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE
"If you are putting in the work but not having success, look at your job search skills. It is common for job seekers to struggle with certain aspects of their job search, and it takes time to develop the skills. It is important to recognize where you are struggling and what you can do about it." - pg. 190
May assist you with commitments on page 191, My Commitments A, B, C & E. Review your findings with your action partner, spouse or employment specialist.
Community Resources Who Can Help
A job search will take time and consistent effort. If you are unemployed, your full-time job is to become employed. This can mean working up to 8 hours a day toward finding employment, but you don't have to do it alone. There are many resource in the community that can help.
Consider reaching out to leaders and members in your ward and stake. You may be able to get assistance from Employment or Self-Reliance Specialists who can share your employment needs with other wards, quorums and Relief Society groups through your stake.
• Advanced Job Search - Many of the Self-Reliance Resource Centers offer an Advanced Job Search group. These groups meet most days and are typically filled with individuals with management work experience who learn, practice, network and hold one another accountable to meet goals. Contact your local Self-Reliance Center for more information.
• Career Workshop or Find A Better Job Workshop - For those who might need some additional assistance in the job search. Many of the centers provide monthly workshops or one-on-one assistance.
It's not the DI you grew up with. The DI provides an extensive set of employment services for all levels of skills and abilities, backgrounds and circumstances. The DI programs work on work adjustments and behaviors, job search skills, job placement, one-on-one job coaching, mentoring and resource development.
Development Counseling Services
Licensed development counselors work with all levels of employment needs and provide career counseling including vocational counseling, skills training options, business partnerships and professional consultation. Those wishing to use this service should obtain a Bishop's Authorization and schedule an appointment.
Job Seekers - Utah Department of Workforces Services
The agency provides a range of services including help with resumes, job search, workshops, counseling and filing for and maintaining unemployment benefits.
EXECUTIVE AND UPPER MANAGEMENT POSITIONS
Generally, the higher the paying position, the more difficult it can become to find the employment you want. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, those coming from an upper-level management or executive level position may be faced with the reality of working their way back up the ladder and, on average, can expect to take a re-entry position at around 60% of their previous pay level. Networking becomes increasingly important the higher the management level.
See the Events calendar for upcoming networking opportunities.
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