Employment Skills 

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How well do you know yourself?

  • Have you taken a personality inventory?

  • Have you taken an interest inventory?

  • Have you taken a career interest inventory?

    • All three of these inventories will provide you with information about yourself and careers that will allow you to find happiness and contentedness in your future employment.

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How are your Hard Skills?
  • Hard Skills

    • are specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured, such as typing, writing, math, reading, and the ability to use software programs.

    • If you have ever asked the question; why do I need to know this?  Now you know, it is the total of knowledge you have obtained can and will be used in your future employment.


How are your Soft Skills?

  • Soft Skills

    • personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

  • Communications

    • Listening

    • Clarity and Concision

    • Friendliness

    • Empath

    • Open Mindedness

  • Interpersonal Skills

    • Self Confidence

    • Positive Attitude

    • Team Player

    • Critical Thinking

    • Time Management

    • Flexibility

    • Work Ethic

  • Nonverbal

    • Body Movement

    • Eye Contact

  • Self-Management

    • Positive Thoughts and Thinking

    • Using your knowledge and skills in positive manner

    • Surrounding yourself with positive people

  • Initiative

    • Be proactive

    • Do more than is required

    • Think as a team member

    • Share ideas

    • Be prepared

  • Professionalism

    • Be accountable

    • Show consideration

    • Show humility

    • Be consistent

  • Problem Solving

    • Identify issues

    • Follow a structure

    • Promote solutions

    • Make positive decisions

    • Follow through with implementation

  • Teamwork

    • Listen

    • Question with humility

    • Persuade in a positive manner

    • Be Respectful

    • Share

    • Participate

  • Cultural Awareness

    • Know the vision and goals of the company or project

    • Participate in the culture of the company or project

    • Be inclusive with team members and coworkers

  • Critical Thinking

    • Be analytical

    • Provide detailed explanations

    • Provide methods of evaluation

    • Be able to interpret explanations

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How well do you know the potential employer?

  • What do they do?

  • What types of employment is available?

  • What is the history of the company?

  • What are they promoting for the future?

  • The better you know the company the more prepared you will be for an interview.


Things to consider before seeking employment:

  • Social Media

    • Be aware of what you post on social media.

    • Some companies check social media when evaluating new employees.

  • Phone Interviews

    • Some companies do initial interviews via phone.

      • Be prepared.

      • Do not try to drive and contact an interview.

      • If the call comes at an inconvenient time it is acceptable to ask to reschedule the call at a later time.

  • Testing

    • Some companies require applicants to take a form of test prior to an interview.

      • You can inquire as to the test or tests you will be taking.

      • It is recommended you research and prepare for the test.

  • Background Check

    • All companies run a basic criminal background check on all new potential employees.

    • Depending on the employer or the type of work a more detailed check may be performed.  Normally these are done before the job offer or directly after initial employment.

  • References

    • You will need three to four references

    • Rules of References:

      • The person should know you as more than an acquaintance for three or more years.

      • The Reference can not be related to you in any way.

      • You must ask the permission of a person to be a reference before using them as a reference.

      • Select persons who will only speak well of you and your work ethic.

    • Information you will need on each reference:

      • Full Legal Name (Example:  Mr. John J. Smith)

      • Complete mailing address including their city and zip code

      • Work and or cell phone number with area code.

      • A professional email address, if the person uses email on a regular basis.

    • Examples of good references:

      • Pastors/Youth Leaders/other religious Leaders

      • Scout leaders/Coaches/Youth Organization Leaders

      • Persons you have worked for, even for non-paid work such as charities.

      • Educators

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Employment Documents:

  • Cover Letter

    • a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience.

  • The letter provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for.

    • Don’t simply repeat what’s on your resume

    • include specific information on why you’re a strong match for the employer’s job requirements

    • Think of your cover letter as a sales pitch that will market your credentials and help you get the interview.


  • Resume

    • a concise compilation of your educational and professional experience

    • the skills that make you desirable for the workforce​

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Student Resume

Chronological Resume

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  • Print all information as neatly as possible

  • Information needed

    • Personal contact information​

    • Educational information

    • Work history

    • Reference contact information

    • Social Security Number

  • Applications can be paper-based or digital.​

  • Understand this is a legal document, false information is a criminal offense.

  • Sign your name in Cursive!


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Interview Tips:

  • Tardiness

    • Punctuality is very important when arriving to an interview.

    • It is recommended to arrive 10-15 minutes early.

  • Cleanliness

    • Make sure you and your clothing are freshly laundered.

    • Shave/Trim

  • Appropriate Dress

    • You want to impress the employer.  The appropriate attire should make them focus of the person not the human body.

    • Males:

      • Polo

      • Button Up shirt w/ appropriate tie

      • Khaki or Dress pants

      • Suit or sport coat

    • Females:

      • Nice Blouse-no low collars or off the shoulder

      • Nice knee-Length or ankle-length dress or skirt

      • Pant or Dress suites

  • Practice makes perfect..no but it will make you more prepared!

    • Prepare yourself, practice interviews and questions to common questions.

    • Google “Common Interview questions”  

      • There are hundreds-of-thousands out there, look them over and think about how you would answer.

    • Ask a parent, counselor, or Career Developer to do a mock interview with you.

  • Body Language

    • Be on guard how you act

      • Hand jesters

      • How you set

      • How you cross your legs

      • Facial expressions

      • Guttural sounds

  • Followup

    • Within 10 minutes of leaving the interview stop and write down some notes

      • 3 good points of the interview

      • 3 things you would like to clarify or provide more information

        • Use these in the follow-up letter that you will complete and send within 2 business days of the interview!


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Follow-up Letter