Senior Job Search Success Class

This FREE Senior Job Search Success class is offered both in-person and online via WebEx. Registration required. We will meet for one hour a week from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m., for six consecutive weeks starting April 14th and wrapping up May 19th. There is no credit or grade offered for completing this class and the "homework" is completely on your terms. However, the more time you put into the activities, the more you will get out of the class to assist with your future career success. Space is limited and preference will be given to those that can commit to all six class sessions. Register now.

The following topics will be covered:

April 14: Writing a Resume or C.V. That Will Set You Apart

  • Learn about what you should and shouldn’t include on a resume or C.V., and how it should be formatted
  • Understand how to tailor your application to specific positions in order for it to stand out in the crowd.
  • Reflect on your experiences and strengths to better articulate and market yourself to future employers.
    • Homework: Create draft of your resume or C.V.

April 21: Building Your Professional Network and Your Online Brand

  • Learn about LinkedIn and how to enhance your profile with supplemental materials and information.
  • Understand how to appropriately connect with employers and alumni for networking and informational interviewing.
  • Gain exposure to online portfolios and other tools you can use to showcase your experience.
    • Due: Bring two copies of resume or C.V. draft to class (or submit to Laura via email as a Word Doc if online)
    • Optional: Schedule in-person appointment with Laura to go over resume or C.V.

April 28: Strategies for a Successful Job Search

  • Understand that job searching isn’t just browsing online websites for open positions.
  • Gain access to tools to help you with the job search process in order to find the positions you really want.
    • Homework: Update resume with feedback from Laura and class
    • Homework: Use strategies to find at least one job you would be interested in applying for

May 5: Writing a Strong Cover Letter

  • Learn how to engage employers in a well-written letter that highlights your experience, enthusiasm and personality.s
  • Understand how to tailor cover letters to specific positions.
  • Learn how to write letters of inquiry to send to employers of interest who may not have posted openings.
  • Understand how to ask and present references and letters of recommendation.
    • Due: Have one job posting printed and ready to take notes on
    • Homework: Write a draft cover letter for a job posting of your choice

May 12: How to Steal the Show in Your Interview

  • Learn how to respond to basic and behavioral questions in interviews.
  • Gain tips and tricks to help you stand out in various types of interviews (Skype, Phone, In-Person, Panel).
  • Understand that interview success has much more to do with your presentation that what comes out of your mouth.
  • Learn how to effectively follow-up after interviews.

May 19: Evaluating Job Offers and Negotiating Salaries

  • Understand all the aspects to consider in a professional job offer.
  • Learn tools and tricks you can use to negotiate initial salary offers.
    • Due: Any remaining questions you have in regards to the job search process.
    • Due: Submit revised resume and cover letter drafts for review (send Word Docs to Laura)
    • Optional: Schedule in-person appointment with Laura to go over your materials 

Register now.