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The Coey Communicator

Education and Careers-- Being Prepared



Education and Careers ---

Miscellaneous pieces to have in place—e-mail to your instructor all together when complete





Objective is to e-mail the highlighted list to your instructor

        Work through the Employability List  and highlight yellow the skills that you have and highlight green those that you could develop further.



Objective is to e-mail your instructor a complete functional resume



Objective is to e-mail your instructor a useable cover letter

        Goto: and look at samples, how to videos and then make your own or use one of the templates. 




Objective is to e-mail your instructor 15 of the common interview questions below with answers 


  Choose 15 of the questions below and answer them in preparation for an interview—choose ones you think would be helpful

        Get someone to interview you using these questions for practice.



These are some of the most commonly asked questions.

Put some thought into your answers and practice them prior to your interview!

         What are the responsibilities of your current or previous position?

         What do you know about this industry?

         What do you know about our company?

         How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?

         What is your most significant accomplishment?

         Why did you leave your last job?

         Why do you think you would like to work for our company?

         If it were your first day, what would you say to the associates you will be working with?

         What have you done to overcome major obstacles in your life?

         Are you willing to relocate?

         How would you describe your work style?

         Tell me about yourself?

         Why do you think we should hire you for this job?

         How do you define success?

         What was the last book you read?

         What area of this job would you find most difficult?

         What leadership/supervisory roles have your held?

         What is your weakness?

         What is your strength?

         What accomplishments are you most proud of?

         What has been your greatest crisis, how did you solve it?

         What person has had the greatest influence on you, why?

         What do you like best about your job/school..what do you like least?

         How has college prepared you for this career?

         Describe your ideal job.

         Why did you choose this particular field of work?

         What have you done that shows initiative?

         In what areas of the job would you expect to be most successful....least?

         What do you see yourself doing in 5 or 10 years?

         What are your salary requirements?

         What frustrates you?

         Describe a situation with an irate customer and how you handled it?

         What aspect of this job do you consider most crucial ?

         What are your long range career objectives and how do you plan to achieve them?

         How do think a friend would describe you?

         What motivates you?

         How many hours a week do you need to work to get the job done?

         How do you work under pressure?

         What two or three things are most important to you in your job?

         Tell me about other jobs you've had. In hindsight, how could you have improved your performance?

         What makes a good supervisor?

         What skills do you want to improve?




         Make sure to READ this document (nothing to hand in)

CAREER INTERVIEWS (0ptional but valuable!)

Choose 2 careers that you are interested in pursuing and find someone in the job to interview.  Check the phone book, family, friends etc. for contacts.  Here are some sample questions you could ask.  Make sure to record the answers for future reference.

  • Why did you choose this career?
  • Are you happy in your career?
  • What is the best thing about your job?
  • Is there anything about your job that you dislike?
  • Where did you get your training/education for this job?
  • Are there many jobs available in this career?
  • Could you outline a typical day in your job?
  • What kind of hours do you work? 
  • Are there good benefits?
  • How are the working conditions?
  • Is the work challenging?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement