Job Search Resources8 April 2022 2022-05-31 10:50
Job Search Resources
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Cover letter template
A Cover Letter is a one-page document that may be required as part of the job application process. The objective is to introduce yourself and briefly summarize your professional background, aligning it with the responsibilities and criteria of the job you are applying for. Getting started and pitching the letter at the right level can be challenging. We have provided a template to help you get started.
Template for Developing Your Introduction (Branding) Statement
An Introduction (or branding) Statement is an important communication tool you can use during interviews, networking events, and social gatherings. This is like a 15-90 second advertisement for yourself. Through your personal Introduction Statement, you can showcase your professional identity by highlighting your experience using skills, knowledge and/or training, education and the value you can provide that are relevant to an industry and a particular job.
You can build a strong reputation by using your Introduction Statement to give others a clear picture of you and what you have to offer. Use the template provided to help you craft your Introduction Statement. Complete the Developing Your Personal Brand Tutorial to develop your brand awareness and create a personal brand that you can use to position yourself in the market.
Job Responsibilities VS Resume Achievements
A job responsibility describes a task, while an achievement describes how well you performed that task. Download the document with examples that illustrate how to turn a job responsibility into a resume achievement. Complete the Tutorials on Developing Your Personal Brand and Preparing Your Resume to get a better understanding on how to craft your achievement statements and how to apply them when writing your resume.
Using the CAR Framework
CAR is a 3-step process developed to help you communicate the things you have done and the results you have achieved. To help you effectively present your achievements during your job search, the CAR framework divides you ‘story’ into three sections (Challenge, Action, Result).
A strong presentation of your Achievements is crucial to communicating the value you can bring to the next position to a potential employer. Communicating the difference you made and can make with practical examples will help you stand out from other candidates and demonstrate why you would be a good fit for the role. Use the template provided to help you develop key achievement stories using CAR.
Complete the Tutorials on Preparing Your Resume and Interviews: Preparation, Practice and Performance to understand how to use the CAR framework to craft your achievement statements for your resume, and how to create and use them for interviews.
Resume Action Words
Download this list of Resume Action Words to help you write your key achievements and avoid repeating the same words. Complete the Tutorials on Preparing Your Resume and Interviews: Preparation, Practice and Performance to learn how to craft your achievement statements for your resume, and how to create and use them for interviews.
Exit Statement Template
An Exit Statement explains to potential employers or anyone you speak with why you are seeking a job. Effectively communicating changes in your employment situation is crucial. An Exit Statement will help you do just that! Download this template to help you create an Exit statement.
Complete the Tutorials on Developing Your Personal Brand and Interviews: Preparation, Practice and Performance to build your brand awareness and help you understand how to use the Exit Statement during your job search.
A Chronological resume is most useful for those with a steady career progression. Your positions are listed in reverse chronological order (with the most recent position on top). It highlights skills that are relevant to the current job search which are placed in a special section, while the Professional History or Work Experience is presented in a standard, reverse-chronological format with key achievements included within each role.
This format offers the best option for most candidates and is favoured by recruiters and hiring managers because it is easy-to-follow, provides a clear employment history from the most recent role and company to previous roles and is the format that best fits current requirements.
Example Key Achievement Statements
The key to a successful resume is a well-written achievement statement, regardless of your experience. At first glance, a seemingly insignificant task can become a great way to demonstrate skills to prospective employers.
These statements demonstrate your achievement and demonstrate your development of transferable skills and professional competencies necessary to excel in a job. Statements of achievement should include three components: an action verb, a project, and a positive outcome. To assist you in developing your own achievement statement, sample statements are provided as examples.
Trigger questions for Career Achievements
Career achievements and job responsibilities are often confused by job seekers. When it comes to career achievements, you need to include your (great) results on your resume and during your interview, since that’s what hiring managers and recruiters are expecting. It can be helpful to have a concrete list of achievements that you can show managers and prospective employers. It is also very satisfying to see the results of your hard work. It gives you more confidence.
As you create your career achievements, you may need a little help recalling your wins. These trigger questions have been provided to help refresh your memory.
A Functional resume format focuses on core competencies and associated achievements. There is less emphasis on employers and dates. This resume is ideal for jobseekers who have been self-employed and are re-entering the job market after a long absence, for those who have several gaps in their work history or are considering a significant career change – consulting work. The purpose of a functional resume is to bring achievements and earlier career experience to the front of the resume. Avoid using this resume format unless it’s for reasons stated.
Sample Interview Questions
This list of example interview questions is provided to help you think about and prepare your responses. Good preparation is the key to any successful job interview, so take the time to think and plan everything in advance of attending any interview. Being organised will place you in a more confident position to present your experience, skills, abilities and achievements, and to better manage interview situations. Interviews are successful when you can showcase your achievements. When preparing your responses use the strongest achievement example that best answers the question.
Template for developing key achievements
The purpose of this template is to provide you with a structured process for developing your key achievements in preparation for your job search as well as a way to keep track of your future career accomplishments.
To truly catch the interest of a potential employer, sharing examples of your Achievements are key to communicating the value you bring to the next role. Communicating the difference you made and can make with tangible examples, will differentiate you from other candidates, and demonstrate how you would be the perfect pick for the role.