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Posted December 01st, 2015

Free Career Training and Development

Goodwill Career Centers

Training and career development support to help individuals achieve their goals. Current locations: Portland, Vancouver, and Salem.

Learn more and find a Career Center Specialist near you at our new job services website. Start on your path to success today. Click HERE!

 

Goodwill Virtual Classroom--Job Search Skills Series

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1. THE FIRST STEP IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
To help you win the “visibility battle” in today’s competitive job market, we explore four key elements of the job search:
1.    Define your target
2.    Settle on a strategy
3.    Maintain life balance
4.    Set up a schedule

2. APPLYING & FOLLOWING UP
Explains the master application, and discusses the “why” and the “how” of following up on applications, resumes, and interviews. Also covers the pros and cons of phone, e-mail and postal mail follow-up.

3. BUILDING A POWERFUL RESUME
Explains the purpose of a resume and why “good enough” is not good enough. Shows you ways to stand out by using testimonials and by highlighting your accomplishments rather than mere responsibilities. Highlights the need for an alternate plain text resume for special circumstances.

4. WRITING A WINNING COVER LETTER
If you approach your cover letter as a waste of time or a pointless obligation, you will probably produce a boring, useless document. On the other hand, if you see it as your potential winning edge, you will create a compelling letter, convincing the employer that your experience and skills make you a good fit for the job opening.

5. NETWORKING
Seventy-five per cent of all jobs are obtained through networking. Networking simply means taking advantage of your contacts with people to advance your job search. Traditional networking is as old as language, while rapidly developing technology (such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter) gives us new ways to connect more easily and broadly. You can choose the methods that fit your abilities and personality.

6. INTERVIEWING
Covers types of interview, common questions, questions to ask the interviewer, closing the interview, and following up. Emphasizes the three P’s of interviewing.

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