Are You Looking For A Job?
Place” for the Adult Learner
TIPS FOR COMPLETING APPLICATIONS
This is a way for the employer to quickly spot your strengths ………and weaknesses Read the entire application first to make sure you fill it out correctly. Use a blue or black pen, preferably erasable. Don’t leave any blank areas. Enter your information, mark as N/A for non-applicable or simply put a line through the space; this shows the employer that you have addressed this item. Don’t list your criminal record, simply write “Please see me.” Be honest with your education, training, and work experience. Employers will verify your education and work experience. Don’t be embarrassed with job loss as a result of lay-off, down-sizing, company mergers and other situations that happen. Do not list the reason for leaving a job as “fired.” Simply write “Please see me” or “Job ended” for explaining short employment dates. Be prepared to explain your reasoning for not staying at previous jobs for a long period of time.
Employers want acceptable reasons for short employment histories such as a layoff, personal problems, relocation, health, career exploration, or job stagnation.
If you have unemployment gaps or no work history: List the skills you have gained during these time periods. Include any volunteer, charitable, labor or self-employment jobs you’ve had, also include being a childcare provider/homemaker. Topics that cannot be addressed by the employer until you are hired: Age, arrest record, race or ethnicity, citizenship, ancestry, birthplace, native language, religion or religious customs or holidays, height and weight, names and addresses of relatives, whether or not you own or rent your own home and who lives with you, credit history or financial situation, education or training that is not required to perform the job, sex or gender.
As a side note, these questions may be adapted in the way they are worded if the topic will in anyway influence your ability to do the job.
For additional information on these legalities, please refer to the Equal Employment Opportunity website at http://www.eeoc.gov
Supportive Elements of a Resume are:
Address it to the Interviewer
Be brief, clear and direct –
is their first glance at
Get their attention.
Explain what you can do for the company.
for the company.
Sell your skills and abilities.
Show enthusiasm, wrap it
Someone who can verify the
of worker you are professionally
coworkers, supervisors, teachers, coaches, committee
Make sure the person you
as a reference has approved
and will give you a good recommendation
Make sure contact information
Make sure the reference
Use a responsible reference
will follow through
Use reference’s business
and phone numbers
they cannot be reached
a side note when using written
have reference use
Thank You Letter
Address it to the Interviewer
Thank them for taking time to interview with you
to interview with you
Include specific information about the interview
about the interview
Do not bring up anything negative
Show interest in the job and state that you are looking
forward to hearing from them.
state that you are looking
forward to hearing from them.
a side note, if you have decided that you are no longer interested in the job,
then be sure to thank them for their time, but let them know that you are no
FOR RESUME WRITING
Limit the resume to one page.
Employers are short on time.
List most recent jobs first.
Only go back ten years with work experience.
If you do it for one, you should do it for all.
Example: If you give your high school’s zip code, then you must give all
Avoid using slang words.
Use simple words that say what you
want to say.
Use action words.
Show accomplishments and
problem-solving skills, not just duties.
Show that you can do the work required for the job.
Make it perfect.
Check for spelling and other mistakes.
Use a good copier or have the resume printed.
State information in a positive
way. List strong skills.
Do not include
personal information such as date of birth, height, or weight.
Include a cover letter when
sending the resume.
Balance your resume on the page.
Do not fold
or staple resume.
Include volunteer work, hobbies,
and awards if it applies or shows experience or skills.
Use action words ending with
“ed” for past jobs. Use
action words ending with “ing” for present jobs.
Keep resume in the same tense, based on employment dates.
FOR COVER LETTER WRITING
your cover letter to the person listed as the contact and make sure the name
is spelled correctly.
your cover letter specific to the job you are applying for.
the position you are interested in applying for and list any pertinent related
experience that they may want to review on your enclosed resume.
the following checklist to narrow your top strengths down to two or three that
you could use to list in your cover letter, such as:
personal qualities and work values include:
– The cash drawer was never short
on any of my cashier jobs.
– I was always on time and only
missed work if it was absolutely necessary.
a check next to the strength you believe you have:
Able to give orders
Able to take orders
Able to take care of self
Can be firm when needed
Do what needs to be done
Do not give up
Eager to get along with
Enjoys taking care of
Frank and honest
Gets along with others
Gets things done
Gives a lot
Good with details
Good with words
Good with hands
Kind and reassuring
Lots of friends
Makes a difference
Makes a good impression
Never gives up
Respectful of authority
Respected by others
Sense of humor
Speak several languages
Stand up for myself
our best makes us feel better and function better.
The way we look also affects what other people think about us.
How sharp and well-groomed you appear to others does make a difference
in how well people listen and respond to what you have to say.
Our appearance affects not only how others perceive us, but also how we
feel about ourselves. Just as
positive feelings about our appearance can trigger great benefits, negative
feelings about our appearance can start a chain of self-doubt.
Let’s take a look at the positive benefits of dressing properly for
grooming, exercise, nutrition, hygiene and other practices which contribute to
good appearance do more than improve psychological well-being and boost
impressions are important and can often be made very quickly, often in as
little as 30 seconds.
confident – Be organized.
job applicants are chosen more often and offered higher salaries than less
appearance can be the deciding factor between two equally qualified
employees are more likely to be promoted and have their salary increased.
the old saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”
should you wear to the interview? Dress
one step up from on-the-job clothing. Keep
it simple, clean, and neat. Don’t
wear too much jewelry or cologne.
If you’re not sure what clothing is appropriate for the job you’re
interviewing for, ask someone, job shadow, or
appearance can be the deciding factor between two equally qualified
candidates. Being well groomed
makes the most of your features. Being
attractive is not about having ‘perfect’ features of models you may see in
magazines. It is about how you
present yourself and how you ‘groom’ your outside appearance.
you have established the dress code, you should plan to dress one step up from
what is worn in the position. For
instance, if people wear t-shirts, jeans and tennis shoes to work, you will
want to wear ‘nice casual.’
conservatively. You can adjust
your wardrobe to the work atmosphere once hired.
sure clothing is clean, free of stains and wrinkles, and in good repair.
is important. Make sure clothing
is neither too tight nor too loose.
is important if a skirt is appropriate. Make
sure when you sit, your skirt or dress does not ride up.
not use too many accessories.
should be understated and simple.
should be conservative.
should work with skirts or dresses and should be in a neutral skin tone.
should be polished, in good repair and have a low to mid heel.
Any heel above 1½ to 2” is too high.
Black, brown and navy are always appropriate colors.
a hairstyle that flatters your face. Spray
lightly and don’t overuse.
clean nails that are well manicured are a must.
a clean, healthy mouth is important. It
gives you fresh breath and a nicer-looking smile, making you feel more
need to be well rested to be your best.
you say physically with your body is as important as what you say verbally.
Learning to control negative body movements and have positive ones will
heighten your chances for success during the interview.
Your natural smile is one of your best assets – it shows confidence
a friendly, upbeat tone of voice.
a firm handshake and look at the interviewer when you shake hands; not a limp
handshake nor a crushing handshake.
eye contact. Your gaze should be
steady, calm and non-threatening. Eye
contact shows that you are interested in what the interviewer is saying and
that you have nothing to hide.
careful of ‘body-signal barriers.’ When
nervous, many people fold or cross their arms over their chest or hold things
in front of their body. This sends a message that you’re
closed off. Keep your hands
folded in your lap or resting on the arms of the chair.
not fidget, including biting your lip or nails, swiveling in your chair,
twirling your hair, bouncing or tapping your feet or hands.
not slouch while sitting or standing. Always
stand and sit up straight.
for Possible Interviewing Questions
interests you most about this job?
applicable attributes/ experience do you have?
are you the best person for the job?
do you know about this company?
do you want to work for this organization?
challenges are you looking for in a position?
can you contribute to this company?
you willing to travel?
are you looking for in your next job? What
is important to you?
are your goals for the next five/ten years?
do you plan to achieve those goals?
are your salary requirements – both short-term and long-term?
me about when and where you have done this type of work in the past.
you have one word to describe yourself, what would it be and why?
do you take advantage of your strengths?
How do you compensate for your weaknesses?
do you think are the most important attributes of successful people?
me about a work incident in which you were totally honest, despite a potential
risk or downsize.
you make an important business decision and someone challenges it, how do you
handle the situation?
a time when you were asked to do something you weren’t trained to do.
How did you handle it?
is your greatest fear about this opportunity?
qualities in your coworkers bother you the most?
What about them do you appreciate the most?
me about one accomplishment of which you are most proud?
is one thing that you would like to do better?
What is your plan for improving?
kind of grant writing experience do you have?
sets you apart from others?
part of your current job are you the most comfortable with?
are your strong points and how have they helped you succeed?
about yourself would you like to improve?
does your experience qualify you for this job?
do you want to leave your current job?
areas where your experience falls short for this job, what steps will you take
to make up for this shortfall?
do you decide what assignments to delegate to your staff?
what circumstances may a person decide to delegate upward to their supervisor?
reduction is often associated with budget reductions.
What are some positive means of reducing costs?
subordinate supervisor directs an employee to correct a potentially unsafe
action. The employee refuses.
What is your direction to the supervisor?
supervisor has told you that one of your subordinate supervisors made a
sexually-oriented comment to a new employee.
What course of action will you take?
employees come to you about a verbal disagreement.
One says the incident happened one way, and the other employee has a
different story. There are no
other witnesses. What will you
a question after the interview could be important enough to land the job!
Deciding factors are very important. Do your homework and be prepared!
Following are possible questions you can ask the interviewer:
you please describe a typical day on the job?
duties are the most important for this job?
will I be trained and introduced to this job?
you provide me with a complete job description?
is this job important to the company and how does it contribute?
many people will I be working with in my area?
are the people I would be working with and what do they do?
is the most important thing for a new employee to learn?
will I get feedback on my job performance?
will I directly report to?
the company had any layoffs in the past few years? And how long did they last?
the annual sales for this company increasing?
could I say to you to offer me this job?
is this position vacant?
but certainly not least, pray and ask for God’s intervention in what you do
and say. Ask God to lead
you by His Holy Spirit. He is
always there and cares for you. For
help with writing a resume, contact Sue Evans at email@example.com
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an entry-level position where my abilities and work experience can be utilized
to enhance the growth of your company and where growth and promotion are
POINT APPLIED TRAINING CENTER, INC.
bobbins with clips for local companies
product for shipping on another line
to inspection before shipping
a positive environment for children; prepare and serve nutritious meals
children in daily activities such as dressing and bathing; accompany children
on walks and other outings; monitor play activities; assist with conflict
resolution when needed; participate in enrichment activities such as
reading or playing games
food and household supplies; maintain neat and clean home environment
including wash and fold clothing, dust furniture, sweep and mop floors, clean
and disinfect bathrooms, mow lawn and maintain landscaping
social activities with other families and friends; schedule appointments;
provide transportation for family to and from appointments
budget of household income
cash register to itemize and total purchases; reviewed price sheets to note
price changes in sale items
money and made change; collected cash, checks, WIC vouchers, and food stamps;
bagged merchandise; handled customers’ complaints
customers in exchanges, made refunds, and issued receipts
STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Hillsboro,
of Arts and Science Degree
Place” for the Adult Learner Certificate
115 - Career Development & Employability
210 - Personal Development
ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL; Diploma
a great attitude!
personal job performance goals!
if you will be late or absent!
a positive support system!
for new challenges!
over past job experiences that were negative!
away from trouble employees!
for the job, if not better!
off the telephone, cell phones, personal e-mails, IPod, and Internet sites not
related to business!
appointed breaks and lunches!
a mentor to show you the ropes!
your personal problems at home!
thankful for your job, and do not take it for granted!
Center for Educational Statistics: http://collegesearch.nces.ed.gov
Board of Regents: http://regents.ohio.gov/
Learning Network: http://www.oln.org/
Department of Labor: http://www.dol.gov
WHAT DOES MY EMPLOYER
Skills such as reading, math, and writing
BIOS OF COAUTHORS
Place" for the Adult Learner and the “Your
Place” Facilitator’s Manual.
Rhonda Fannin, Consultant/Instructor/ Coauthor, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Ohio University and a Master Degree in Educational Leadership. She has taught over 15 years and is certified in the Career Pathways, Framework for Understanding Poverty, and E4me, a free on-line class.
Sue Evans, Director/ Instructor/ Coauthor, has a Bachelor
of Science Degree, with a major in Organizational Manage-ment.
Sue has worked with single parents and displaced homemakers for over 20
years. She is qualified to
administer Myers Briggs Type Indicator and uses it with the career assessments
to identify career paths for the participants.
She also compiled Broken Wings
Fly and Broken Wings Fly Again,
filled with poems, short stories, and successes from past participants during
the last 20 years.
The mother-daughter team have presented the “Your Place” for the Adult Learner curriculum in 8 states, and 131 programs have purchased the books.
They have both attended a Sabbath-keeping Church of God since August of 1968. If you are interested in having them present a seminar in your area, please contact Rhonda Fannin or Sue Evans at (937) 393-3431 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.