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How Do I Get The JOB?

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Getting started on your job search can seem scary and a little overwhelming. It doesn't have to be. If you're well prepared, you'll feel more confident to present yourself to potential employers.

Here are some tips on how to write a resume, how to act during a job interview, and whether you should talk about your disability.


How to Write a Resume

A resume is a summary of your background, interests and accomplishments. A good resume can help you get an interview. Employers often have to look at lots of resumes, so yours will really need to look professional and stand out. Here are some tips...

Sell yourself, with a clear job objective and a list of your career skills. If you can't fit everything, tailor your resume to the job by including only the parts that relate to the job you are applying for.

Unless your disability is relevant to the job (such as a support group leader, disability consultant, or director of a disability organization), don't mention it in your resume.

Neatness counts, so make sure your resume is typed and printed on nice paper. Ask a parent or older person to proofread for mistakes you might have missed.

Include a cover letter, so you have a contact name, as well as the name and address of the business. You don't have to repeat information from your resume, but a cover letter will help an employer see how your skills fit the job.

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This article offers tips on what you should do before and after submitting your resume:

How to Interview

In any job interview, first impressions really are important. Here are some tips to help you make a strong and positive impression...

Making the appointment Make it easy for an employer to reach you, and make sure you have a professional-sounding message on your answering machine or voice mail.

Make sure you have an e-mail account that seems professional - your first initial and last name is a good approach.

Check your voice mail and e-mail frequently. If you don't respond to messages quickly, you may lose the chance at an interview.

Use a professional telephone manner and present yourself in a way that will reassure an employer that you'll be a good representative for their company.

The interview Know where you're going. Check the location ahead of time, so you know where to go and whether there will be any accessibility issues.

Don't be late! If you're late for the interview, an employer will think you'll be late for the job.

Present yourself well. Shower and shampoo your hair. Make sure your fingernails are clean. Brush your teeth.

Wear clean and neatly pressed clothing, with no stains or tears. Don't wear anything too revealing. Avoid strong perfume or excessive jewelry, and hide tattoos if possible.

Always speak in a professional manner. Even if you're nervous, don't fidget during the interview. Do not eat while you are in the building.

Listen carefully to questions and answer respectfully and appropriately. An employer needs to get a sense of who you are and what you'll bring to the position, not endless details.

Remember: The first interview might seem scary, but the more you do it, the more skilled you'll become at it.

Discussing Your Disability

Should you talk about your disability during the job interview? That's a difficult question. If your disability is relevant to the job, then you'll probably want to discuss it with a potential employer. In some situations, it might be helpful to let an employer know about your disability. Download The 411 on Disability Disclosure workbook to help decide what's right for you.

Content Last Modified on 6/25/2013 8:57:38 AM