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Job Search Application Process

The Job Search Process

Step 1: Find out about jobs

Step 2: Write or update your CV

Step 3: Check your social media profile

Step 5: Prepare and practice for job interviews

Step 6: Attend job interviews

Step 7: Get a job offer

Preparing your Resume

When you submit a resume with your job application, it is important that your resume is well organized and polished. You also want to be sure that your resume is a match for the job you are applying for

Writing a Cover Letter

A document that explains why your skills and experiences make a good fit for a job. A cover letter may be required as part of the job application process. If it's optional, but should be included because it's the best way to pitch your case for an interview. Make sure that your cover letter is tailored to the specific job listing.

The Job Application

You can apply for jobs online, via email, or in person. No matter what job you are applying for, be sure to follow the company's specific directions for filling out the application.

Job Searching via the internet

Email Use and Etiquette - Learners were introduced to the basic common etiquette related to email and internet use. This is imperative to a successful job search and apply for suitable jobs, where resumes and cover letters are sent using this technology. For pilot groups one and two, any learners that did not have access to email were supported in acquiring an email address and provided with one-to-one instructions and tutoring to support this learning curve.

Job Application Screening

Companies often use talent management software (also known as applicant tracking software or ATS) to recruit, screen, hire, track, and manage applicants for employment. Therefore, your application is likely to be screened to determine if you are a match for the job. The software will match up the information in the job applications that are submitted with the position requirements for the job. Those candidates who are the closest match will be interviewed.

The Employment Test

Employers often use tests and other selection procedures to screen applicants for hire. The types of tests and selection procedures utilized include cognitive tests, personality tests, medical examinations, credit checks, and background checks. Some tests are conducted as part of the job application process, and others will take place further along in the hiring process - after the interview and prior to a job offer.

Interview Process

If you are selected for an interview, you will be invited to talk to a recruiter, hiring manager, or employer on the phone or in person (or both). The company may conduct several interviews prior to offering the leading candidate the job. Some interviews are one-on-one, while others are in small groups.

Job Offer/New Hire paperwork

When you receive a job offer, you're close to the end of the process. Once you have accepted a job offer, it's time for the new hire paperwork (I-9, etc.) you'll need to complete to get on the payroll.

Interviewing Techniques

Do Your Research - Find out as much as you can about the company or agency by going online, asking people you know in the field and by seeing what you can find out about the job you are applying for.

Find Out About the Interview and Interviewers

Call ahead and ask if there is public transportation, on-site parking, if you need a visitor's pass, etc. Ask who will be conducting the interview to find out if it will be an individual or a group. If there are accessibility concerns, you will need to ask about that at this time.

Prepare How You Will Answer Questions About Your Disability

If you have a choice, decide whether to disclose your disability. Think about what the job entails and how you will handle it based on your situation.

Consider How You Will Address Gaps in Your Work History

You'll need to address the time period, and if you have been on disability benefits, why you are returning to work now.

Put Yourself in the Interviewer's Mind

Look to your own experiences to consider any concerns the interviewer may have. Write down answers to these possible questions.

Find a Person You Trust to Go Over Your Responses

Use the feedback to improve and then rehearse. Imagine that this interview is a drama and that you are the star performer. You want to achieve the same state cultivated by good actors who rehearse their lines so well that they sound absolutely natural. You need the concepts to be clear in your head.

Choose Your Wardrobe Carefully, and Heed Your Appearance

It's important to look your best for the interviewer, but it's even more important for you to feel your best. If you smoke, don't have a cigarette to calm your nerves right before the interview. Promise yourself one as a reward afterwards.

Mock Interviews

A role-play exercise is an assessment activity in which candidates act out an imaginary scenario that closely mirrors a situation that could occur in the job they have applied for.

  • They will be given a briefing document that outlines the scenario and their objectives and will be given 20-30 minutes to prepare.

  • You will then begin the role-play. (Usually with one of the assessors.)nAt the end of the exercise they will be scored on their performance and that feedback will be factored in to the cumulative results of the interview/assessment centre.

  • Obviously the context of your role-play brief will vary according to their industry, but the skeleton structure of role-plays tends to remain the same.

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