EMPLOYMENT TIPS

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4 Tips to Ace your Resume

  1. Put the most relevant and recent employment information first; use reverse chronological order.
     

  2. Use clear and professional fonts. Keep the font simple and easy to read. Use only black ink.
     

  3. Highlight your achievements. Be sure to include awards, certifications, honors, professional organizations, and any other relevant skills.
     

  4. Proofread. Ideally, have another person read over your resume. Check for misspellings, typos, and use of tense. Make sure all your contact information is correct and current. 

    Need someone to take a look at your resume? Learn more about our FatherUp program and get help finding your next job!

Job Interview

How to Interview like a Pro

Interviews are one of the most important steps in a job search. Get ready to ace your interviews with these simple tips from our FatherUp job coach.

BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:

  • Research the company. You should be able to answer questions like:

    • What does the company do? What sort of business are they in?

    • Where are they based?

    • For what jobs are you interviewing?

  • Dress for the job you want! Your first impression goes a long way.

  • Practice and prepare! You can set up practice interviews with our job coach, Wesley Smith by calling (614)562-9124.

  • Arrive early. The less you have to rush to get to your interview, the more relaxed you’ll be.

 

DURING THE INTERVIEW:

  • Remember to: 

    • Introduce yourself

    • Be attentive (eg: eye contact, forward posture)

    • Answer the questions that you are asked (be concise)

    • Ask questions about things that are important to you

  • Non-verbal feedback is very important, and shows that you are paying attention without saying it.  Non-verbal feedback could be nodding, smiling, asking follow-up questions, or anything that shows the interviewer that you are interested and want to learn more.

  • Always thank the interviewer for their time at the end.

 

AFTER THE INTERVIEW:

  • Send a thank you email or physical card as soon as possible. This lets the interviewer know that you are excited to hear from them and helps you to stand out.

  • If you don’t receive contact within a week or two, feel free to follow up for more information and to let them know that you’re still interested in the position.

 

For more job tips and support, reach out to FatherUp! Call 614–224-0222 ext 410 or CLICK HERE for more information about the FatherUp movement.
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Maintaining a Professional Profile: LinkedIn

The average American uses social media to stay in touch with friends and family across the world. With the creation of sites like LinkedIn, professionals can get connected to a larger pool of employment opportunities and potential business partners that they might not have access to otherwise.  

Your professional profile is an extension of your personal brand. It’s important to make sure your LinkedIn profile…

  • Gives a good first impression

  • Communicates that you’re a professional with marketable skills

  • Tells employers what they need to know before the interview process begins

  • Doesn’t raise red flags that could prevent you from being considered for the job

Here are four easy tips to keep your professional profile…professional!

1.  Keep your profile up to date.

LinkedIn is like a portable resume and should be treated like one. Make sure your information is correct and current so that employers will have a clear picture of your experience.

2. Keep your profile picture professional.

Your profile picture should communicate that you are employable and professional. This is the first part of your LinkedIn page employers see before they know anything about you -- so put your best foot forward!

 

3. Make connections.

LinkedIn is still a social media platform, and it should be treated like such.  Reach out to old and new business contact so that you can build a strong profile, as well as a base of trusted people who are easily accessed as references.

4. Join groups.

As you start to join groups, you can network with people in your field to grow your primary and secondary connections.  Connecting with others helps to build your personal brand and shows your ability to interact professionally with others.