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Albert P. Joseph EDID 6512

TABLE OF CONTENTS • Purpose of Career Guidance Handbook First Steps • Holland Career Test

TABLE OF CONTENTS

• Purpose of Career Guidance Handbook First Steps • Holland Career Test • Test Interpretation
• Purpose of Career Guidance Handbook
First Steps
• Holland Career Test
• Test Interpretation
• Occupational Exploration Worksheet
• Goal Setting
Resumes
• What are they?
• Overview of the Resume
Tips on Writing
Sample Resumes
Cover Letters
What are they?
Overview of the Cover Letter
Types of Cover Letters
Tips on Writing the cover Letter
Sample Cover Letters
Interviews
• What is it?
• How to prepare for an interview
• Frequently Asked Interview questions
Networking tips
Useful Websites
Conclusion
PURPOSE OF CAREER GUIDANCE HANDBOOK Dear Reader, Making a career decision can be a huge
PURPOSE OF CAREER GUIDANCE
HANDBOOK
Dear Reader,
Making a career decision can be a huge undertaking with so many careers to choose
from. This career guidance handbook serves as a quick reference guide to ease
your mind and help you in the process. The guide first helps you in getting to know
yourself , your interests and personality. Once you have a fair idea of who you are,
you can now match your interests and personalities with the most suitable jobs.
The handbook also assists you in taking action, by learning how to write re-
sumes, cover letters and preparing you for the “dreaded interview”. You will
also gain tips on how to network to build your net worth. Overall, this guide
is a must have that can be used long after leaving school. Hope this helps!
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HOLLAND CAREER TEST

Overall, this guide is a must have that can be used long after leaving school. Hope

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TEST INTERPRETATION

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OCCUPATIONAL EXPLORATION WORKSHEET

This worksheet can help you collect additional information on specific jobs. The more you know,
This worksheet can help you collect additional information on specific jobs. The
more you know, the more likely you are to make a good decision. Use one or
more of the following references to find details on specific jobs. Complete one
worksheet for each job that interests you.
O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles (available online at http://on
line.onetcenter.org) Occupational Outlook Handbook (available online
at /www.bls.gov/oco/) Best Jobs for the 21st Century 50 Best Jobs for Y
our Personality
Job title
Interest area
Information source(s) used to research this job
What do people in this job do (job description)?
What skills and abilities are required for this job?
What are the general working conditions?
What training, education, and other qualifications are need?
Job outlook/growth
Related jobs
Average
earnings
What more do you need to know about this job before you can make a decision?
What barriers do you face in getting this job, and how might you overcome
them?
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RESUME

A resume is likely the first point of contact with a potential employer. It highlights
A resume is likely the first point of contact with a potential employer. It highlights
briefly one’s purpose, education, accomplishments and experience. It is your
“sales pitch” to your potential employer.
Resume DO’s
• Focus on the needs of the company, not yours
• Order information correctly
• Keep your resume brief- one to two pages
• Demonstrate passion and assertiveness in your writing
• Tailor your CV in a way that it can benefit each company
DONT’s
• Hobbies are not a must- They must be relevant to the job
• Use “I” in your statements
• Put in CXC grades unless they are your highest qualification
• Include anything that can disqualify you
• Include nationality, date of birth, ID number.
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ANATOMY OF THE RESUME

Contact Information At the top of the résumé, include your full name, address, contact number
Contact Information
At the top of the résumé, include
your full name, address, contact
number and email address .
Objective
A statement summarises your
desired position and what you can
contribute to the employer.
Education
In reverse chronological order, list your school
name, degree, anticipated graduation date,
major, minor, and GPA (if higher than 3.00/4.00).
List relevant coursework if you think helpful, but it is
optional.
Experience
In reverse chronological order, list relevant full-time
employment, part-time employment, and internship.
For each position, list the position title, company name,
and work performed. Use action verbs to begin each
statement and construct it in PAR – Project/Task +
Activity + Result to show your contributions.
P – Project: Name of project, task
A – Activity: What you have done
R – Results: What you have achieved

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Volunteer Work/Extra-curricular Activities

In reverse chronological order, list the positions, affi liated organisations, and significant contributions.

Honours / Awards In reverse chronological order, list the scholarships and prizes you were awarded
Honours / Awards
In reverse chronological order, list the
scholarships and prizes you were awarded
and the organisations.
Skills
List your computer competence,
language skills and job-related skills.
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SAMPLE RESUME ONE STARTING OFF IN CAREERS- NO PAID WORK EXPERIENCE

Godwyn William Email: gwilliam@ymail.com Cell: 284-6153

Recent school graduate seeking a career in photography

Dedicated and committed individual who has a passion for at and organizing events. Strong leadership and organizational skills having worked with the students’ council for the past two years. Willingness to learn the fundamentals of photography towards becoming a professional.

Key Skills:

Artistic

Meticulous

EDUCATION

Detail oriented

Organizing

Teamwork

Writing

George Wright Secondary School

2016

Achievements:

• 2016- Student of the Year

• 2015: Prize for visual Arts at Annual Awards Ceremony

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

• Problem Solving- Ability to problem solve to ensure that issues are resolved. Demonstrated through the construction of lunch tables to ensure students had a place to have lunch.

• Initiative: Willingness to take on challenges and get the job done. Demon- strated by helping paint our art room

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• Reliable: Demonstrated by a regular attendance at all student council meet- ings and always undertaking my duties.

• Trustworthy: Can be trusted to manage monies and also classified infor- mation. Serves a treasurer of the student council and was responsible for a considerable amount of money.

STUDENT WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS

REFLECTIONS PHOTOSHOP 2014

PROFESSIONAL REFEREES

Salim Haynes Principal George Wight Secondary School Phone: 232-1688

• Photo assistant fo a two week period. Assisted in image processing and lightroom.

Achievements and Contributions

• Framing techniques - Learnt skills in composition such as rule of thirds, symmetry and filling the frame

• Lighting: understood lighting techniques of back, front and side lighting.

• Learnt basic software skills in lightroom and photoshop for editing images.

Testimonial:

• Godwyn served as an assistant to the photographer over a two week period at our new branch in the city. During this time he showed keen interest in all aspects of photography. He is very reliable, always punctual and regular for work. A very fast learner.

VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENTS

---Tom Smith- Photographer

• 2016- George Charles Peer Helpers

• 2015- Assisted Red Cross at Caribbean Premier League Events

• 2013- Treasurer- Students’ Council

Biscombe Jn. Baptiste Photographer Reflections Phone: 424-2875

SAMPLE RESUME TWO SECONDARY SCHOOL AND WORK EXPERIENCE (PAID)

Tamar Newton Email: t amarn@msn.com Cell: 462-5181

Experienced receptionist seeking full time employment opportunities

Outspoken, friendly and charismatic individual with experience in front desk customer service. Can be very flexible, organized and possess excellent commu- nication skills. Recent school leaver, but would be a strong asset to your company.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

• Charismatic - Can bring laughter and fun to any environment and a smile to anyone’s face.

• Sociable : Love to interact with individuals or groups to make them feel welcomed.

• Caring : Always looking to ensure that persons are comfortable and are taken care of.

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

TROPICAL PARADISE VIEW 2016- CURRENT RECEPTIONIST

Key Skills

The position was the first contact for guest and was also required to respond to phone calls and take visitor bookings.

Administration

Bookkeeping

Teamwork

Merchandising

Cash management

Achievements and Attributes:

Technical Skills: Office Suite- Word, Excel, Powerpoint

EDUCATION

Entrepot Secondary School Form 5

2014

Academic Achievements:

• 2014: Most Disciplined Student- Class of 2014

• 2014: Sportswoman of the Year

• 2013: Public Speaking Award

• Customer Service- Provided service to visitors at the guesthouse respond- ing to enquiries and providing general support when required.

• Bookkeeping- Was responsible for the recording of day to day financial transactions of the company.

• Administration- Typed general communication and letters to business as requested by the employer.

TUTA’S MINI MART 2015 CASH ATTENDANT

Achievements and Contributions:

• Cash management- Managed cash from sales

• Merchandising- Responsible for ensuring that shelves were adequately stocked and todetermine which items needed to be purchased.

• Teamwork- Worked collaboratively with other members of staff- awarded staff of the month

STUDENT WORK PLACEMENTS

Completed 3-month training programme with NSDC in customer service.

VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENTS

• Youth on Fire Movement: Engaged in community service week, Assisted with Anse la Raye After School Assistance Programme.

• Foundations Sports and Cultural Club: Assisted coach with grassroots foot- ball in t hecommunity.

PROFESSIONAL REFEREES

Clyde Harvey

Leila Jules

Owner

Owner/Manager

Tuta’s Minimart

Paradise View Guesthouse

234-9087

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COVER LETTER

The cover letter is a persuasive letter aimed at influencing an employer to review an application and give the opportunity to be interviewed. It also brings out rele- vant information in the resume. WIthout it a job application is considered naked and incomplete. which attempts to influence attached.

Cover letters may be of two types:

1. Solicited letter:
1. Solicited letter:

This is in response to an advertisement

2. The cold/ speculative letter: DOs
2. The cold/ speculative letter:
DOs

Written for prospective job opportunities.

Place application letter in font of resume Limit to one page Tailor your cover letter Maintain a positive tone throughout your letter Respond to the requirements of the employer Highlight your relevant skills and knowledge

DONTs
DONTs

Include any negative information that could work against you Make spelling or grammatical errors Use slang or abbreviations

Salutation
Salutation

Address the recipient if you know his/ her name, or address his/her position, e.g. Human Resources Manager. Address “Dear Sir/Madam” if you don’t know the recipient’s name.

ANATOMY OF THE COVER LETTER

Heading
Heading

Re: Applying for the Position of … (Ref. no if applicable)

First paragraph
First paragraph

The fi rst paragraph tells where you read the job advertisement and your goal that you are an ideal candidate. In unsolicited cover letter, state the job field you are interested in and the reason for making self-referral.

Second paragraph
Second paragraph

The second paragraph elaborates your educational experience and how they relate to the position. It also elaborates your relevant work experience to convince your reader that you are a worthy applicant.

Third paragraph
Third paragraph

The third paragraph elaborates your other experiences and how they relate to the position. This paragraph can be omitted if you don’t have much to talk about.

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Last paragraph
Last paragraph

The last paragraph is to thank for the reader’s time. You look forward to an interview and provide them with telephone and email contact information.

Complimentary Close
Complimentary Close

Write “Yours sincerely” when you address the recipient’s name. Write “Yours faithfully” when you address “Dear Sir /Madam”.

Enclosure
Enclosure

Enclose your résumé and other required documents, such as

t ranscripts, certificates, etc.

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SAMPLE COVER LETTER SOLICITED

Sincerely,

 

Albany Rhode

Orange Grove Heights June 3, 2018 Mr. Marvin Peter Senior Manager Blue Gables Ltd.

Enc. Resume

Re: Application for the position of Pastry Chef

Dear Mr. Peter,

I wish to indicate my interest in the position of pastry chef as advertised by your

company. My rich experience serving in the hotel industry and a winner of many accolades, i am confident that I can fulfil the requirements of your establishment.

I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute where I was voted as most creative in-

dividual. I have had the privilege of working with several teams where have been able to demonstrate leadership and teamwork leading a team of chefs to winning on two occasions the Caribbean Culinary Championships. My dedication and love for the art of cooking has landed me several articles in some of the best cu- linary magazines in the Caribbean.

My skills also range beyond cooking in that I have successfully planned several events forcharity fundraisers. The Culinary Club has also been a brain child of mine, where I mentorfifteen youth who wish to experience the joy of the culinary arts as a career.

I believe that my skill set, creativity, innovativeness, dynamism and collaborative spirit make me an excellent candidate for the position. I have enclosed my re- sume to give you further details of my education and experience. I look forward to an appointment for an interview. Feel free to contact me at 787-8907 or msj@ msn.com . Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Sample Cover Letter Cold Calling

May 22, 2014 Ms Myrtle Clarence General Manager Digicel, St. Lucia RE: General Application for
May 22, 2014
Ms Myrtle Clarence
General Manager
Digicel, St. Lucia
RE: General Application for Positions within your Organization
Dear Ms. Clarence
As a recent graduate in the field of telecommunications, I would like to pro-
vide you with details of my qualifications and to inquire about possible positions
available within your organization.
My interest in telecommunications stems from a tender age where I was giv-
en the opportunity to work a two week stint at a telecommunications company.
Since then I have avidly pursued my interest and qualified myself in the field.
I am a highly motivated and driven individual with strong technical and commu-
nication skills. I have always found myself trying to find new ways to do things.
My critical thinking and problem solving skills were able to gain me the award
for highest academic performance in the telecommunications field.
As a reputable company in the telecommunications industry i do believe that I
can learn some valuable skills that will help propel me even further. Research on
your company indicates that you have been able to provide thousands of custom-
ers across the Caribbean with a very reliable broadband service which is second
to none. I would be elated to introduce myself to discuss any available positions.
I have enclosed a resume for your perusal. A follow up call will be made, however
I would be grateful if you would contact me should any position become avail-
able. Thank you for your time.
Yours sincerely,
Alban Gerville
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GOAL SETTING

https://twitter.com/ontspecialneeds/status/783452895501021184 Take time to reflect on your life. Where are you now? What
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Take time to reflect on your life. Where are you now? What would you like to
accomplish? Clearly define what it is you would like to accomplish.
Set S.M.A.R.T. goals:
Specific- Know exactly what it is that you want to achieve. Any ambiguity means
that room is being left for ambiguous results.
Measurable- There needs to be some form of measure considered.
Attainable- Goals that are too high may not be reached. Take incremental steps
towards your goal
Realistic- Your goal must be real
Time- There must be a timeframe attached to every goal. Set aside sufficient time
to see to it that the goal is achieved by the deadline you’ve set. Get someone to
hold you accountable. They can serve as a motivator to help you put some energy
and effort in your down times.
Let your goal stretch you.
Make sacrifices if you have to, but make a commitment to achieving the goal.
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INTERVIEWS PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW What is an interview? The interview is a screening process

INTERVIEWS PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW

What is an interview? The interview is a screening process which usually follows a job
What is an interview?
The interview is a screening process which usually follows a job application. It
determines one’s suitability for a job through a series of questions asked by an
interviewer to an interviewee.
COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
• Can you tell me about yourself?
• What strengths do you possess? What are your weaknesses?
• What makes you stand out from other applicants?
• How did you hear of this position?
• What do you know about our company?
• Why should we hire you?
• Why are you interested in this job?
• What are your greatest professional strengths?
• What is your greatest professional achievement?
• What do you see yourself doing in the next few years?
• How would you be described in your current work environment?
• Is this the right interview?
• How did you come across the information regarding the interview?
• What are your aspirations?
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TIPS FOR THE INTERVIEW • Know about your strengths and your weaknesses. • Be sure
TIPS FOR THE INTERVIEW
• Know about your strengths and your weaknesses.
• Be sure to bring along a copy of your resume
• Spend some time practicing before the interview on possible interview
questions
• Research the company. Get to know as much about it as possible.
• Demonstrate assertiveness and optimism during the interview.
• Determine the business that you’re interested in
• When researching determine whether the skills needed can be met by you
• Take courses to build on skills
Review the rating of the business and overall relationship with the public
Show that you have an understanding of the position that you are applying for
and the skills required
Be punctual and well groomed. Make a great first and lasting impression.
Communication
Listen- it helps you gather information
Work on oral and written skills
Be sociable
Body language speaks volumes- Your posture says a lot.
Do not be hasty in responding to questions.
Be thankful at the end of your interview
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NETWORKING

Networking refers to the creation of a group of associates and acquaintances and keeping itdynamic
Networking refers to the creation of a group of associates and acquaintances and
keeping itdynamic through constant communication for reciprocal benefit.
Networking is a two way street. It is based on :How can I help and not “What can
I get?”
Tips on Networking
• Be genuine, build trust, Help others
• Determine what your goals are and
meet the right people and connect with
those who can help
• Join groups and organisations
• Ask questions
• Articulate clearly what your goals are
so that individuals can guide you through.
Follow up with the people that you meet.
USEFUL LINKS
Here are some links that you can explore to find out a little more about yourself
and assisting you in getting you ahead with your career.
http://www.career-test.co.uk/take_test.php
https://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/explore-careers.aspx
http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/applying-for-a-job/what-
is-a-resume/sample-resumes
https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-answer-the-31-most-common-inter-
view-questions
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CONCLUSION

I hope this guide has met your expectations. Making career plans is a critical decision which requires sufficient information. This information can be received through research or meeting with others in your desired profession. The guide serves as a first step to provide you with some information which is believed to be pertinent to you. Continue to explore and research your careers and develop your skills. I wish you the very best in your quest to finding the career that is just right for you.

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