Chicago ORT Technical Institute Career Services Department offers preparation for employment and assistance with job placement to our students and alumni. Our training programs include employment preparation as part of the curriculum. Career Services teaches essential job-hunting competencies including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and career planning. Career Services offers access to employment opportunities and provides one-on-one advising.
We believe that choosing a career is a developmental process with the opportunity for growth throughout life. Our professional staff guides students through the frustrations and complications of the present job market. The Institute is committed to making every reasonable effort to prepare students to secure employment, though cannot guarantee graduate job placement.
Career Services offers assistance to students and alumni with employment services such as:
- Cover Letter Writing
- Employment Application
- Follow Up With Employers
- Free Employment Preparation Workshops – Please contact an admissions rep for dates.
- Job Interview and Interview Tips
- Job Search
- LinkedIn Profiles
- Resume Writing
Students and alumni contact Career Services at 847-324-5588
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Career Corner: Quick Tips Written By Nitasha Kassam, Director of Career Services
Resume Writing Tips
When it comes to landing your dream job your resume is just as important as your interview skills. After all, your resume is one of the only things employers will see prior to meeting you. This is your first step at marketing yourself. Keep in mind that creating an excellent resume takes time, but it can be done.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Use action verbs– these help describe your achievements and responsibilities throughout your time in that particular role
- Write in concise bullet points– employers do not want to read long paragraphs about every detail of your job. Outline your main responsibilities and achievements, while being specific with measurable metrics to show your contributions
- Highlight your transferable skills– the new roles you may be applying for can be completely different than your current role. To ensure you are a qualified candidate that gets an interview make sure to highlight skills that the new role requires
- Keep your resume updated– your resume is ever changing as you get more experience and handle different responsibilities. Make sure to keep it updated with your current role.
An interview is the second step when it comes to landing your dream job. This is your chance to dazzle your potential employer with everything you will bring to the table. Remember this is the first impression you are making since they viewed your resume. Whether the interview is in person or on the phone be sure to ALWAYS be prepared. Here are some tips on how to prep for an upcoming interview:
- Review and outline your answers to potential questions– there are many resources available online with sample interview questions. These can help you prepare so that you have a perfect answer rather than stumbling through the interview. Additionally, put yourself in the mindset as the hiring manager. What questions would you want to ask if looking to fill the role. Then be sure to have answers for those questions ready
- Practice answering interview questions– practice makes perfect. Have someone interview you and give you feedback. This will help you better understand your body language and make your comfortable answering questions. Remember to make eye contact and stay away from “umms” and “ahs.”
- Research the company and interviewer– know who you are speaking with. There is nothing worse than going into an interview with no background on the company or the role. Be sure to visit the company’s website to find out about their mission, values, and services. This way you can better answer why you are a good fit for not only the role, but the company. If you are given the name of the interviewer, be sure to look them up as well. LinkedIn is a great resource to get familiar with the person who is interviewing you.
- Be professional– dress appropriately, arrive early, and have a killer hand shake. Again, this is your first impression so be sure to dress in business professional attire. Tips can be found online, but if you have to ask yourself if an outfit is appropriate, it should not make the cut. Additionally, arrive 10-15 minutes early. Anything can happen on a commute so you want to allow yourself with extra time to deal with surprises. Lastly, be sure to shake the interviewers hand with a strong handshake.
- Send a thank you– Regardless of how the interview goes, take the extra step to send a thank you email to your interviewer. This can be hard if you don’t have their contact information so be sure to grab their business card towards the end of the interview. A thank you email is not only a great way to end your interview, but also helpful at moving towards next steps as it shows you are serious about the role.
Other Ways to Get Noticed
- LinkedIn– Market yourself online by joining an employment- oriented social networking service. It’s a great way to let companies, HR reps, and hiring managers know who you are and what you can bring to the table. It’s a free service that unties the international workforce and a great profile will help you stand out.