This is the homework for the third meeting of the Job Club that may be especially helpful to people with disabilities.
- Business Cards
- Elevator speech
Write down your Purpose and Direction - what you want to do.
Use words that are meaningful in your industry or profession.
Think, "what would the hiring manager want to hear"
Write down the names of all of the employers and positions you have had.
Write down the most significant impact you had on the organization, the types of activities you were involved in, and the results of your work. scope of your responsibility in sales volume, number of people supervised, or territory covered.
Write down volunteer work, hobbies, and educational successes.
Include your name and personal contact information. Online, www.vistaprint.com has an offer for 250 free business cards, plus shipping costs.
Who -- what would you most want the listener to remember about you?
What -- state your value - what will the results of hiring you be?
Why -- why you do what you do - how you are unique
Goal -- immediate, realistic, time line - make it clear what you are asking for
I am the adaptive technology librarian at dc public library. i bring the users and makers of technology together in an open environment to focus on disability and innovation. My goal is to distribute this process.
My name is Patrick Timony and I am the adaptive technology librarian at the dc public library. The library provides ATs for people who need to use them in order to access the library's programs and services. Adaptive Technologies are devices that increase people's ability to access the library's programs and services. We provide CCTVs at selected branches and divisions of the DC Public Library, and specialized as well as standard ATs in the Adaptive Services Division at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Free training is available in the Adaptive Services Division to teach the basics of using ATs. Networking programs and events on the topic of ATs are coordinated at the library and in the D.C. area. Our programs bring users and developers together to share information in an open environment. This is an innovation model of library service to people with print disabilities. My goal is to support the local community that has formed around the library and around this innovation model of library service.
no longer than two minutes. It is a speech you could deliver "on the fly" in an elevator if you encountered someone you think might be a good contact.
The elevator speech should include your profession, expertise, types of organizations you are interested in, and your unique strengths. (Refer to the brainstorming you completed earlier.)
Here is an example:
My name is ________. I‘m in the Information Technology Industry. I am an Oracle database administrator with six years of Windows NT and Unix Systems administrator experience. I am also a systems analyst. The primary companies I have worked for include ____________. I bring strengths in attention to detail and organizational structure to any project I have led. I am interested in an opportunity in a mid-size company where I can contribute and build on my current skill set. Some of the places I am particularly interested in are ________ and ________.
Your elevator speech should be delivered in a way that will prompt them to ask for your card and make them remember you!
Elevator Speech Guide
Every attendee will have an opportunity to deliver their "elevator speech" to the group. To help you with this process, please complete this form prior to presenting. The speech should be 45-60 seconds.
My name is ____________________________. I have _____ years of experience in the __________ industry.
My professional expertise is in
I am seeking a position as _______________________________________
My most noteworthy accomplishment was __________________ (how you made a company money or saved a company money or time.)
The Target companies/agencies that I am pursuing are:
I am looking for help in (pick one or two areas):
1) Looking for contacts at the mentioned companies
2) Expanding my Professional Network
3) Learn how to use Linked In
4) Resume & Cover Letter Writing
5) Interviewing Skills
6) Prayers for _______ and ___________ areas.
A Resume is a brief overview of your knowledge, background, achievements, and interests.
Highlight how you made a difference to the business.
Help the recruiter understand why they should hire you rather than others who did a similar function.
Get help with your resume, even if you think you do not need it.
Multiple versions of your resume are helpful.
Use the active voice and bullet points
Keep your resume under two pages
Parts of a Resume
e-mail address (professional sounding)
Objective: detailed statement of what you want to do, your advertising headline.
Summary: A summary is a concise statement of your experience.
Employment History: Companies you have worked for and the positions/job titles you have held. Include responsibility (Reporting to Human Resources Director, supported 3 projects with annual sales of $25 thousand dollars. Responsible for coordinating, evaluating, and recommending action)
Situation or Task in which you were involved
Action you took or how you Accomplished your success
Result of your action or direction
For example: "Counseled individuals to identify their personal, professional objectives and developed individualized plans that resulted in 32 associates being promoted to management positions."
Education: List any education or certifications that are relevant.
Affiliations or Memberships: community activities, languages, military experience, publications (websites)
Tips for creating a video resume:
How to caption a Youtube Video:
Annotations might work better since captioning either relys on an audio track for placement of the captions, or requires a special format with time codes.
Words for resumes:
Define Your Target Market/Industry/Companies
Identify the consumer of your particular skills and knowledge.
(where in the DC metro area do you want to work, or are you willing to relocate?)
(what product or service do they provide?),
culture (start up and entrepreneurial or well established?)
www.Hoovers.com can help you survey the marketplace.
http://www.linkedin.com/home is an excellent source for searching companies and job categories.
Make a list of your most desirable target companies.
Research will give you information on which to base a letter of introduction.