YOUR RESUME
& Cover Letters
Dawn N. Charman, M.Ed., Rt(R)(M)
Professor, Program Director
Donald J. Visintainer, B.V.E., RT(R)
Professor Emeritus
El Camino College
Radiologic Technology Program
RT 255 - SPRING
RESUME AND COVER
LETTER
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HOW DOES AN EMPLOYER
KNOW YOU WANT A JOB?
HOW DOES AN EMPLOYER
KNOW YOUR TALENTS?
HOW DOES AN EMPLOYER
KNOW YOU HAVE THE
QUALIFICATIONS?
WHAT IS A RESUME
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A tool for the job search process
Generates prospective employer’s
interest
A calling card
Represents you as positive and
professional
RESUME CONTENTS
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PERSONAL DATA
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EDUCATION
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EMPLOYMENT
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS
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HOBBIES
YOUR RESUME
SHOULD
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Present you Accurately
and Positively
List assets and
qualifications
List only enough
information
YOUR RESUME
SHOULD NOT
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Be to long or wordy
Have abbreviations, slang,
or buzz words
Exaggerate, misinform, or
lie
GET ORGANIZED
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YOUR PRESENT JOB IS TO
“GET A JOB.”
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IT SHOULD BE A
“FULL TIME COMMITMENT.”
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GET A LOG / JOURNAL
YOUR RESUME
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PUT YOUR BEST FOOT
FORWARD
YOU’RE THE ONE FOR THE
JOB
FIRST IMPRESSION
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You've heard about a position that interest you.
The facility is excellent and the location is ideal.
You decide to make contact with your
prospective employer.
Two pieces of paper will decide the first
impression you make on the recruiter:
A resume outlining your qualifications
and a cover letter aimed specifically at the job
you're trying for
The following will help you make them a
winning combination.
Most hiring managers and
recruiters agree that a resume
should have a clean professional
look that is easy to read.
 While content is considered more
important than format, the
chronological format is clearly
favored over others
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Cover letters
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Are a very important part of your
challenge to communicate with
employers and market yourself in an
effective manner
Most employers will be impressed that
you have included a cover letter.
It will make a statement that this is
important to you
Cover Letter
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Develop cover letters that are centered on
the needs of the employer and the position.
Use the same high quality paper you use for
your resume.
Address your letter to a specific person with
his/her correct title whenever possible.
Get to the point early in the letter.
Identify where you heard about the position.
Don’t ramble.
Keep the letter to one page.
Cover Letter
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Letters should be tailored to each
individual situation.
Do not use generic letters that are mass
mailed.
Employers are aware of generic letters
and are not impressed.
COVER LETTER
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A formal business correspondence
Short, Specific
Consists of three main parts
1. Introduction
2. Main points
3. Conclusion
COVER LETTER
Paragraph #1
INTRODUCTION
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Introduce yourself
State your purpose
State your motivation for
sending your resume
COVER LETTER
Paragraph #2
MAIN POINTS
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Respond to job description
Describe 3 - 4 skills that make
you a match for the job
COVER LETTER
Paragraph #3
CONCLUSION
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State with confidence that you
are the person for the job
State how you can be reached
for an interview
COVER LETTER
POINTERS
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Should be addressed to someone
specific (never address “To Whom
it May Concern”)
Send with resume and/or
application
Use the same color and bond of
paper as used for your resume
Cover Letter
Style and content
 Find out who's in charge of hiring
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call the facility's personnel office and ask
for the information
explain briefly why you want to work
there
Mention an employee (if true)
Your cover letter personalizes the
application
cover letter
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Follow up with a phone call
You may need to talk directly with
department head.
Personnel isn’t always informed about
possible positions
SAMPLE COVER LETTER
YOUR ADDRESS
AND CITY
Mr. Big Director, Medical Imaging
Hospital Where I want to work and make $$$$
727 Marion Drive.
Stone Mountain, CA 30087
October 5, 2001
Dear Mr. Big:
I am applying for the Radiologic Technologist position that was advertised on the RT
JOBS.com website this week.
The position seems to be a perfect fit with my education, experience and career interests.
The position advertised requires an assertive individual with strong communication skills and
experience. I feel that my work experience and academic preparation makes me an ideal
candidate for this position.
I will graduate this October with a A.S degree from the El Camino College, Radiologic
Technology Program. My extensive internship experience at HOSPTIAL ABC, as well as my
course work, has prepared me well for a career in radiologic technology. As a student intern, I
learned to have strong communication and team skills, while developing proficiency in
performing radiologic technology procedures and patient care.
My background and career goals match your job requirements and I am confident that I
can perform in this position effectively. Furthermore, I am genuinely interested in starting my
career at Hospital Where I want to make the $$$., Inc. Your imaging center is an established
leader in industry and I am confident that I can make a meaningful contribution, if given an
opportunity.
Please consider my request for a personal interview so that I may further discuss my
qualifications. I will call you next week to see if we can arrange a time to meet. If you need to
reach me, please feel free to contact me at (404) 241-0515 or at [email protected]
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to talking with you.
Sincerely,
10 ELEMENTS
OF A GOOD RESUME
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Keep to two pages in length;
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Pages must look organized;
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(one page preferred)
Typed or word processed (10-12
font)
Content must be balanced and
centered;
10 ELEMENTS
OF GOOD RESUME
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Keep information concise and
easy to read;
Content should be related to employment.
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Be consistent in display
techniques and punctuation;
Use perfect spelling;
(Have two people proof-read)
10 ELEMENTS
OF GOOD RESUME
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Be honest, Don’t exaggerate;
Avoid abbreviations, slang, and
trite expressions;
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Use high quality paper; “Do not
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Use action words, strong verbs;
fold”
YOUR RESUME
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Your name, address, and phone number
go at top of the page, so that the recruiter can easily see how
to reach you. If you have more than one address or telephone,
indicate when you can be reached at each one
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Education
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Experience and licensure
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Honors and Actives
Use action verbs when describing your roles
References
Your honors and activities
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are examples of your academic ability
and social maturity
Recruiters like to see students
involved in on-campus and
community activities.
“A student involved in activities is an
indication to us of social maturity and
leadership,”
SAMPLE CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME
GOODY R, TWOSHOES
303 Yellow Mill Drive
Bridgeport, CA 06604
[email protected]
Objective:
RadiologicTechnologist seeks employment at your dynamic imaging center.
Experience with all aspects of diagnostic radiology, emergency room, intensive care
and pediatric patients. Experience with portable and operating room radiography as
well. Familiar with both film/screen and computed radiography imaging.
Education
A.S. in Radiologic Technology, El Camino College, Torrance, CA
June 2005
Certificate in Radiologic Technology
expected completion October 2005
(3.5 cumulative GPA, 3.7 major GPA)
Relevant Course Work
Clinical Education Internship:
Hospital A October 2003 – October 2005
Hospital B
Feb 2005 – April 2005
Honors and Activities
Dean’s List, Alpha Phi Alpha, Tennis Team, Health Sciences Club
Volunteer for American Red Cross & American Cancer Society
Work Experience
Hospital C – Radiology Transporter
January 2004 to
present
Good Eats Restaurant – server
June 1995
to
present
Language Skills
Speak fluent Spanish and German and Tagala
RESUME TEMPLATES
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WORD SEARCH : RESUME ON YOUR
COMPUTER
SOMETIMES IT IS EASIER TO CREATE
YOUR OWN
PROFESSIONALLY PREPARRED
1 page
Example
For
Radiologic
Technology
Position
2nd page
Example
included
For
Teaching
Position or
ASRT
submission for
CEU course
Extra pointers
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Other sections though not essential, can enliven
your resume and enhance your candidacy. Some
possibilities:
A) A short statement of your professional
objectives, placed just underneath your name
and address.
B) Seminars taught or attended.
C) Professionally related community or volunteer
work.
D) Fluency in foreign languages.
Sample from
MONSTERS.COM
What Employers Look for in
Candidates
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Communication
Skills
Interpersonal Skills
Computer Skills
Work Experience
Motivation/Initiative
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GPA/Academics
Leadership Abilities
Analytical Skills
Ethics
Teamwork Skills
Career Focus
Writing Skills
some things are better left
omitted
in cover letter & interview
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Omit your age
marital status
number of children
or other information that's not directly
work related
DON'T send a picture
some things are better left
omitted
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don't waste space talking about early
achievements after you've reached a
more advanced level of accomplishment
What you did in high school isn't of
much interest when you can discuss
achievement in higher education.
JOB SOURCES
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Newspapers
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Journals: RT Image, RT Advance
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Professional Organizations
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Word of mouth
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Hotline: Internet
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Cold Calling (70%)
PREPARE FOR THE
INTERVIEW
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ROLE PLAY
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GET IN FRONT OF A MIRROR
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TAPE RECORD
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KNOW SOMETHING POSATIVE
ABOUT THE EMPLOYER
THE DAY OF THE
INTERVIEW
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PLAN THE ROUTE
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DRESS CAREFULLY
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KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING
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ARRIVE EARLY
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BE RELAXED, UNRUSHED
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BRING A NOTEPAD, PEN / PENCIL
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HAVE A COPY OF YOUR RESUME
AT THE INTERVIEW
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BE HAPPY WITH WHO YOU ARE
LOOK THE INTERVIEWER IN THE
EYE (MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT)
REFER TO THE INTERVIEWER BY
NAME
MAKE A CHECKLIST OF
QUESTIONS
ANSWER DIRECT, BE CONCISE
MORE POINTERS
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Avoid starting every sentence with
“I”
Your cover letter demonstrates your
communication skills
Proof read all written information
Use high quality white, off-white, or
gray bond paper
Research the facility, department
THANK YOU LETTER
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Send immediately after interview
Address it to interviewer
Format is the same as the cover
letter
1. Introduction
2. Main points
3. Conclusion
THANK YOU LETTER
Paragraph #1
INTRODUCTION
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State your purpose
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Give identifying information
THANK YOU LETTER
Paragraph #2
MAIN POINTS
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Respond to interview positively
Review something interviewer did
that you appreciated
Restate skill and experience that
match you to the job
THANK YOU LETTER
Paragraph #3
CONCLUSION
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State how follow-up will take
place
Either you will call or wait to be
contacted
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
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SELF EVALUATION
Make a list identifying your feelings
List Pros - Cons of the job
Assess your performance
FOLLOWUP PHONE CALL
WHY CANDIDATES ARE
REJECTED
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POOR PERSONALITY
POOR SCHOLASTIC RECORD
POOR PERSONAL APPERANCE
LACK OF ENTHUSIASM AND
INTEREST
LACK OF AMBITION
POOR COMMUNICATION SKILLS
WHY CANDIDATES ARE
REJECTED
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UNREALISTIC SALARY DEMANDS
LACK OF MATURITY
LACK OF PREPERATION FOR
INTERVIEW
EXCESSIVE INTEREST IN
BENEFITS
NO PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE
LACK OF INTEREST IN COMPANY
Where to look for a JOB
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Rtjobs.com www.rtjobs.com (888) 663.5700Carlsbad Ca.
rsi (Radiology Staffing Inc) www.RADSTAFF.COM (866).723.7823Nebraska
Diagnostic Temps www.diagnostictemps.com (888).687.3606Texas
*RTTEMPS www.rttemps.com (800).677.823
Medicaljobspot www.medicaljobspot.com
*MED OPTIONS USA www.medoptions.com
(800).817.4903
StarMed Staffing Professionals www.StarMed.com
(800)StarMe
*Medhealthjobs www.medhealthjobs.com (800) 983.773
Techstat www.techstatusa.com (877).998.993
Where to look for a JOB
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Websites:
RTJOBS.COM
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Monsters.com
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JCAHO – Website – google search for
local area hospitals addresses
Search by Zip code – Hospitals
etc
Address for resume
Your Interview
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What to wear
Arrive EARLY !!!!
Take some deep breaths & relax!
Common Interview Questions
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Why should we hire you?
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Why do you want to work here?
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What are your greatest weaknesses?
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Why did you leave your last job?
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Describe a problem situation and how you solved it.
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What accomplishment are you most proud of?
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What are your salary expectations?
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Tell me about yourself.
Common Interview Questions
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Why should we hire you?
Here's the chance to really sell yourself. You need to briefly and succinctly lay out your strengths, qualifications and what you can bring to the table. Be careful
not to answer this question too generically, however. Nearly everyone says they are hardworking and motivated. Set yourself apart by telling the interviewer
about qualities that are unique to you.
Why do you want to work here?
This is one tool interviewers use to see if you have done your homework. You should never attend an interview unless you know about the company, its
direction and the industry in which it plays. If you have done your research, this question gives you an opportunity to show initiative and demonstrate how your
experience and qualifications match the company's needs.
What are your greatest weaknesses?
The secret to answering this question is being honest about a weakness, but demonstrating how you have turned it into a strength. For example, if you had a
problem with organization in the past, demonstrate the steps you took to more effectively keep yourself on track. This will show that you have the ability to
recognize aspects of yourself that need improvement, and the initiative to make yourself better.
Why did you leave your last job?
Even if your last job ended badly, be careful about being negative in answering this question. Be as diplomatic as possible. If you do point out negative aspects
of your last job, find some positives to mention as well. Complaining endlessly about your last company will not say much for your attitude.
Describe a problem situation and how you solved it.
Sometimes it is hard to come up with a response to this request, particularly if you are coming straight from college and do not have professional experience.
Interviewers want to see that you can think critically and develop solutions, regardless of what kind of issue you faced. Even if your problem was not having
enough time to study, describe the steps you took to prioritize your schedule. This will demonstrate that you are responsible and can think through situations on
your own.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
The secret to this question is being specific and selecting an accomplishment that relates to the position. Even if your greatest accomplishment is being on a
championship high school basketball team, opt for a more professionally relevant accomplishment. Think of the qualities the company is looking for and develop
an example that demonstrates how you can meet the company's needs.
What are your salary expectations?
This is one of the hardest questions, particularly for those with little experience. The first thing to do before going to your interview is to research the salary
range in your field to get an idea of what you should be making. Steer clear of discussing salary specifics before receiving a job offer. Let the interviewer know
that you will be open to discussing fair compensation when the time comes. If pressed for a more specific answer, always give a range, rather than a specific
number.
Tell me about yourself.
While this query seems like a piece of cake, it is difficult to answer because it is so broad. The important thing to know is that the interviewer typically does not
want to know about your hometown or what you do on the weekends. He or she is trying to figure you out professionally. Pick a couple of points about
yourself, your professional experience and your career goals and stick to those points. Wrap up your answer by bringing up your desire to be a part of the
company. If you have a solid response prepared for this question, it can lead your conversation in a direction that allows you to elaborate on your qualifications.
ICE BREAKER
It's OK to conduct safe small talk, but avoid personal topics
Wait to be invited to sit, then sit straight, making good eye
contact
The Typical Body Language
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Your actions speak volumes as to what
is going on in your mind.
The way you sit, stand, move around all
show as to whether you are nervous,
confused, scared or confident.
Look at the following
chart below and find out more about
your body language.
The Typical Body Language
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1. An equal handshake. Your handshake
should be strong and confident. If you can
match the interviewer's grip it avoids any
dominant/submissive vibes.
The Typical Body Language
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2. Relax and be at ease. The way you sit conveys a lot of
subtle information to the people on the other side of the
desk. So sit straight and take a moment to be
comfortable. If you look relaxed, it'll encourage your
interviewer/s to feel at ease in your company.
3. Maintain eye contact. Keep it true and steady, but
remember to blink. Make sure that your gaze doesn't
drop below eye level. Don't keep turning your attention
to the floor or the ceiling. It might be a blank canvas for
your thoughts, but it appears as if you're evading a
question.
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4. Steer your body. If you are wearing a short skirt
then crossing your legs is fine, but the best position
is to 'point' at the interviewer with your knees or your
feet. This shows that you're focused right in on them.
5. Use your hands. Be physically expressive when
you speak and use your hands to roll out your
answers or give shape to your ideas. This is also a
good way to control nervousness.
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6. Be open. Folding your arms across your chest
conveys a nervous, negative and even aggressive
attitude. Therefore be open in both body and mind.
The Typical Body Language
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Walking tall, erect and briskly = Confidence
Standing with hands on hips = Readiness, aggression
Walking with hands in pockets, shoulders hunched =
Dejection
Hands clasped behind back = Anger, frustration,
apprehension
Sitting with legs crossed, foot kicking slightly =
Boredom
Sitting with arms crossed on chest = Defensiveness
Sitting with hands clasped behind head, legs crossed
= Confidence, superiority
Biting nails = Nervousness
The Typical Body Language
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Touching, slightly rubbing nose = Rejection, doubt,
lying
Stroking chin = Trying to make a decision
Pulling or tugging at ear = Indecision
Patting/fondling hair = Lack of self confidence,
insecurity
Rubbing hands = Anticipation
Pinching bridge of nose, eyes closed = Negative
evaluation
Tilted head = Interest
Open palm = Sincerity, openness, innocence
Tapping or drumming fingers = Impatience
QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT BE ASKED
Here are a few typical examples:
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Tell me about yourself.
Why do you want to work for this company?
What do you know about us?
Why did you choose your particular field? If
you had it to do all over again, would you
choose the same career?
What is your greatest accomplishment?
What areas of this job would be the most
challenging for you?
More examples:
What can you do for us
that someone else can't?
 Describe your best / worst boss.
 What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
 Where do you see yourself in five years?
 Give me an example of a problem you
recently solved at work or school.*
 Tell me about the most challenging person
you've ever worked with.*
 Why are you leaving your current job?
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Who would you hire?
And for what?
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Know what to expect
Delay the money talk until after you get
an offer.
Remember that a signing bonus is a
one-time deal.
If a company is offering a salary that seems
too low, a signing bonus will only make up
the difference for one year. Negotiating a
more reasonable salary will have a long-term
impact.
DON'T ask "red flag"
questions.
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Questions that indicate you'll be a
problem employee.
How many sick days will I get?
(Indicates that you plan to be absent
often.)
Points to make points
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Be a team player
Realize good opportunities can pop
up anywhere
Do a good job - no matter what and earn a life-long ally
WRITING YOUR REFERENCE LIST
How Familiar Are Your References
With You and Your Work?
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Employers want to fill jobs just as much as you want the
job!
One of their worst nightmares is checking your references
so that they can make you an offer and finding out that
your reference doesn't know who you are, is unaware of
your job search, or has nothing good to say about you.
Call all your references and ask them for permission to use
their names, and ask them what they might say about you.
It's a good idea to give all your references a copy of your
current resume, samples of work, and a brief description of
the jobs you are looking for as well.
WRITING YOUR REFERENCE LIST
Are Your References Appropriate?
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Make sure that the references you list aren't a
list of friends,
but rather that they include supervisors,
faculty, customers, or peers.
After all, what would you expect your best
friend to say about you except nice things?
Keep in mind, too, that employers question
motives of candidates who do not list any
previous supervisor (were you fired?), as well
as individuals who appear to "jump jobs"
repeatedly within a relatively short timeframe.
PLANNING FOR A
PROFESSIONAL CAREER
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Be ready when opportunity knocks
Don’t pass up an opportunity
Be an active participant
Be organized, Put the horse before the
cart
Be observant of peers
Have a plan of action
PLANNING FOR A
PROFESSIONAL CAREER
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Have an alternate plan available
Never stop asking meaningful
questions
Never assume or take for granted
How important is the money ????
Decisions are necessary
Never give up in the face of
adversity
PLANNING FOR A
PROFESSIONAL CAREER
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Lay the groundwork
Don’t litter your path
Train your replacement
PLANNING FOR A
PROFESSIONAL CAREER
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Too many advisors can be dangerous
Hard can often be it’s own reward
You may have to step back in order
to step forward
Watch your steps
Risk is often necessary
PLANNING FOR A
PROFESSIONAL CAREER
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Know when to change direction
Reputation - People are always
watching
You represent others / others represent
you
You may know what you want but
not be aware of it’s different forms
Ask for assistance
Ten Ways to Blow a Job Interview…
and How to Avoid these Traps!
do not….
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Get lost/show up late:
Dress inappropriately:.
Take your child with you to the interview:
Negotiate a salary outside of the range initially quoted
you by your staff supervisor:
Talk about personal information not pertinent to the
position
Talk about past experience that has no bearing on the
job for which you are interviewing:
Change your interview time:
Talk negatively about past employers:
Oversell the “advancement” issue:
Talk extensively about time-consuming hobbies:
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Ten Ways to Blow a Job Interview…
and How to Avoid these Traps!
For every job interview opportunity, there is a way that an applicant can effectively sabotage the process. If you find that you interview and interview without
an offer, perhaps you are inadvertently committing one of the following “cardinal sins” of interviewing. Here is a list of everyday errors applicants commit. If you
can avoid making them, you stand a better chance to get the job you really want. So, for your next interview, do not….
Get lost/show up late: This is a surefire way to tell a company you are not going to be on time for work and you don’t allow enough time to get where you
need to go. Do yourself a major favor — take a trial run past the location the day before the interview, and allow more time to get through rush hour traffic, if
applicable.
Dress inappropriately: Remember...in a business casual environment, appropriate dress for the actual job may not match appropriate interview attire. Wear
formal business clothing: suit, dress, jacket and slacks. Do not interview in the more casual clothing the dress code might allow you to wear once you’re
working there. If you want a company to think you are employable, look the part. Dress only in professional business attire on an interview.
Take your child with you to the interview: While a company cannot by law ask you if you have any children, bringing one with you to the interview not
only tells a prospective employer you have children, rightly or wrongly it also implies you do not have appropriate day care for the children and you might not
be as reliable an employee as they want.
Negotiate a salary outside of the range initially quoted you by your staff supervisor: When you are matched to a job by a QSS staff supervisor, part
of that person’s task is to screen your salary requirement to ensure what you want is what the company can pay. If you tell QSS your money requirement is
suitable for the client’s budget, we share that information with the client. When an interviewee tries to negotiate a higher salary directly with the company, it
appears you either did not listen to the information offered to you, or QSS did not do their job in finding the right person for the client’s position. Negotiating a
salary outside the range quoted does not put you in the best light to land the job.
Talk about personal information not pertinent to the position: Similar to #3 above. The company with whom you are interviewing has no reason to
know your cousin’s mother’s friend’s sister was in a car wreck and you had to leave your last position to take care of this person. This may be the real reason
you left the job, but it will convey a more stable tone if you simply state due to compelling family reasons, you had to stop working and now the situation has
been completely resolved.
Talk about past experience that has no bearing on the job for which you are interviewing: All of us have experience that is not used on every job we
perform. If you are interviewing for an entry level position in an industry new to you, do not talk extensively about the duties that could be perceived as “higher
level” work. It will make you sound as if you will not be satisfied with the duties on the new job. Rather, look for links between your past work and the new job
duties and push the point that your background has uniquely qualified you for the position. Remember all jobs offer learning experiences — don’t let the
interviewer perceive you as “overqualified”.
Change your interview time: Every now and again, we all have illnesses or emergencies that cause us to reschedule appointments. Whatever you do, try not
to have this happen when it’s interview time. You run the risk of sounding either unorganized or disinterested in the position. If you set an interview time, make
sure you don’t give the company reason to wonder how committed or interested you are.
Talk negatively about past employers: If you had a bad experience on your last job with a difficult supervisor, do not bring this up in the interview, under
any circumstances! No matter how dissatisfied you are with a past employer, it’s much more acceptable to say you were/are looking for a new opportunity than
it is to bad-mouth your last supervisor.
Oversell the “advancement” issue: Most employers hate the interviewing and recruiting process. If you come on too strong about wanting a job with a lot
of advancement potential, you run the risk of making the interviewer fear they will be going through the same recruiting process next year because you have
moved onto a new position. It’s fine to say you want a position with growth potential, as long as you define the concept correctly. We all want to be able to
learn new tasks and to master new challenges, but it doesn’t mean you expect to be president of the company within the next 6 months. Be careful how you
broach this topic! You may be giving the message that this position will be boring to you.
Talk extensively about time-consuming hobbies: If you are active in your church, an avid cyclist, or participate in any number of community activities,
you could be a considered a valuable member of society. However, you don’t want a prospective employer to wonder if you are so over-committed you wouldn’t
have the time to work a full shift or to put in extra hours, as needed. Once again, tread lightly. If you are asked what you do in your spare time, respond, but
don’t over emphasize the time commitment. While some employers seek staff that are involved in outside activities, make sure the interviewer knows the job
would absolutely, positively, come first!
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Ten Ways to Blow a Job Interview…
and How to Avoid these Traps!
For every job interview opportunity, there is a way that an applicant can effectively sabotage the process. If you find that you interview and interview without
an offer, perhaps you are inadvertently committing one of the following “cardinal sins” of interviewing. Here is a list of everyday errors applicants commit. If you
can avoid making them, you stand a better chance to get the job you really want. So, for your next interview, do not….
Get lost/show up late: This is a surefire way to tell a company you are not going to be on time for work and you don’t allow enough time to get where you
need to go. Do yourself a major favor — take a trial run past the location the day before the interview, and allow more time to get through rush hour traffic, if
applicable.
Dress inappropriately: Remember...in a business casual environment, appropriate dress for the actual job may not match appropriate interview attire. Wear
formal business clothing: suit, dress, jacket and slacks. Do not interview in the more casual clothing the dress code might allow you to wear once you’re
working there. If you want a company to think you are employable, look the part. Dress only in professional business attire on an interview.
Take your child with you to the interview: While a company cannot by law ask you if you have any children, bringing one with you to the interview not
only tells a prospective employer you have children, rightly or wrongly it also implies you do not have appropriate day care for the children and you might not
be as reliable an employee as they want.
Negotiate a salary outside of the range initially quoted you by your staff supervisor: When you are matched to a job by a QSS staff supervisor, part
of that person’s task is to screen your salary requirement to ensure what you want is what the company can pay. If you tell QSS your money requirement is
suitable for the client’s budget, we share that information with the client. When an interviewee tries to negotiate a higher salary directly with the company, it
appears you either did not listen to the information offered to you, or QSS did not do their job in finding the right person for the client’s position. Negotiating a
salary outside the range quoted does not put you in the best light to land the job.
Talk about personal information not pertinent to the position: Similar to #3 above. The company with whom you are interviewing has no reason to
know your cousin’s mother’s friend’s sister was in a car wreck and you had to leave your last position to take care of this person. This may be the real reason
you left the job, but it will convey a more stable tone if you simply state due to compelling family reasons, you had to stop working and now the situation has
been completely resolved.
Talk about past experience that has no bearing on the job for which you are interviewing: All of us have experience that is not used on every job we
perform. If you are interviewing for an entry level position in an industry new to you, do not talk extensively about the duties that could be perceived as “higher
level” work. It will make you sound as if you will not be satisfied with the duties on the new job. Rather, look for links between your past work and the new job
duties and push the point that your background has uniquely qualified you for the position. Remember all jobs offer learning experiences — don’t let the
interviewer perceive you as “overqualified”.
Change your interview time: Every now and again, we all have illnesses or emergencies that cause us to reschedule appointments. Whatever you do, try not
to have this happen when it’s interview time. You run the risk of sounding either unorganized or disinterested in the position. If you set an interview time, make
sure you don’t give the company reason to wonder how committed or interested you are.
Talk negatively about past employers: If you had a bad experience on your last job with a difficult supervisor, do not bring this up in the interview, under
any circumstances! No matter how dissatisfied you are with a past employer, it’s much more acceptable to say you were/are looking for a new opportunity than
it is to bad-mouth your last supervisor.
Oversell the “advancement” issue: Most employers hate the interviewing and recruiting process. If you come on too strong about wanting a job with a lot
of advancement potential, you run the risk of making the interviewer fear they will be going through the same recruiting process next year because you have
moved onto a new position. It’s fine to say you want a position with growth potential, as long as you define the concept correctly. We all want to be able to
learn new tasks and to master new challenges, but it doesn’t mean you expect to be president of the company within the next 6 months. Be careful how you
broach this topic! You may be giving the message that this position will be boring to you.
Talk extensively about time-consuming hobbies: If you are active in your church, an avid cyclist, or participate in any number of community activities,
you could be a considered a valuable member of society. However, you don’t want a prospective employer to wonder if you are so over-committed you wouldn’t
have the time to work a full shift or to put in extra hours, as needed. Once again, tread lightly. If you are asked what you do in your spare time, respond, but
don’t over emphasize the time commitment. While some employers seek staff that are involved in outside activities, make sure the interviewer knows the job
would absolutely, positively, come first!
Why do our techs
and students leave?
Students
●Poor academics
●Too many things on
their plates
● Money
● Lack of support and
guidance in clinic
● Lack of support at
home
R.T.’s
● Lack of respect
● Lack of
trustworthiness
● Salary
● Lack of support and
guidance
● Insurance
● Over worked/stressed
One more thing………
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Never burn your bridges
The RT community is a small one
Make your reputation a good one
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YOU represents US as well….
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Don’t let this be about you…
What you don’t want them to say
about you……..
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"This employee is really not so much of a
'has-been', but more of a definite 'won'tbe'."
This young lady has delusions of adequacy.“
"Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic
thing to hold it all together."
Taken from actual interview
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"If you see two people talking and one
looks bored, he's the other one."
"Donated his brain to science before he was
done using it.“
"If you give him a penny for his thoughts,
you'd get change."
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"It's hard to believe that he beat 1,000,000
other sperm to the egg."
"Takes him 2 hours to watch 60 minutes."
"The wheel is turning, but the hamster is
dead."
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These are actual quotes taken from Federal
Government employee performance evaluations.
1. "Since my last report, this employee has reached rock-bottom and
has started to dig."
2. "I would not allow this employee to breed."
3. "This employee is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a
definite won't be."
4. "Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a
rat in a trap."
5. "When she opens her mouth, it seems that it is only to change
feet."
6. "This young lady has delusions of adequacy."
7. "He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to
achieve them."
8. "This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot."
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9. "This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better."
10. "Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all
together."
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11. "A gross ignoramus -- 144 times worse than an ordinary
ignoramus."
12. "He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier."
15. "He's been working with glue too much."
16. "He would argue with a signpost."
17. "He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room."
18. "When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell."
19. "If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he's the other
one."
20. "A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on."
21. "A prime candidate for natural de-selection."
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22. "Donated his brain to science before he was done using it."
23. "Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't
coming."
24. "He's got two brains cells, one is lost and the other is out looking
for it."
25. "If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a
week."
26. "If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you'd get change."
27. "If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean."
28. "It's hard to believe he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm."
29. "One neuron short of a synapse."
30. "Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled."
31. "Takes him 2 hours to watch '60-minutes'."
32. "The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead."
GOOD LUCK
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Now enjoy the rewards
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ARRIVED AT YOUR
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