March 29, 2022 | KY-SPIN

Amber Hamm:

Welcome everyone this morning. Uh, my name is Amber Hamm. I am the Transition Age Parent Educator with Kentucky SPIN. Um, today is our first day for the Preparing for Employment Virtual Mini Conference.

Uh, just to tell a little bit about myself. I am a, uh, I am Amber Hamm, the Transition Age Parent Educator, ...

Amber Hamm:

Welcome everyone this morning. Uh, my name is Amber Hamm. I am the Transition Age Parent Educator with Kentucky SPIN. Um, today is our first day for the Preparing for Employment Virtual Mini Conference.

Uh, just to tell a little bit about myself. I am a, uh, I am Amber Hamm, the Transition Age Parent Educator, um, a mother and an advocate. I have 5+ years professional experience, um, 14 years of personal experience in, uh, self advocating and advocating for my children. Uh, I am in the Northern Kentucky area and, a few silly facts about myself: I love dogs, carbs, and helping others.[00:06:00]

Kentucky SPIN, Kentucky’s Special Parent Involvement Network, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Kentucky SPIN is to link families and individuals with disabilities to valuable resources that will enable them to live productive, fulfilling lives. Kentucky SPIN is a statewide parent training and information project and is funded by the US Department of Education.

Kentucky SPIN Parent Center provides training, information, and support for children and youth with all types of disabilities, birth through age 26 years old, their parents, families, and also professionals. What makes Kentucky SPIN unique is the majority of our board of directors, and all of our staff and consultants [00:07:00] are persons with disabilities, parents, or family members of persons with disabilities.

When family members call Kentucky SPIN, they not only receive expertise and knowledge of a professional, but also the compassion and empathy of someone who has walked, and continues to walk in their shoes

At Kentucky SPIN, we don’t represent families and we don’t give legal advice. Kentucky SPIN has been the statewide Parent Training and Information Center since 1988 and the value of families getting support by networking with other families is built into everything we do. We often get calls from parents or other family members who just need to talk, and we are here to listen. Regardless of the question, our staff will go the extra mile to find the [00:08:00] answer. Our philosophy at Kentucky SPIN is that it is not our role to tell families what to do. It is our role, however, to inform families of what their options are, and encourage them to make their own decisions about what is right for their family.

Just some general housekeeping before we get started, um, in this virtual land that we are all in, uh, technology can become an issue sometimes. Um, most of us at Kentucky SPIN have little fur babies at home, and they like to be a part of our trainings as much as we do. Um, so please give us grace, if you hear, uh, some dogs barking in the background, or if we may have a technical issue, uh, with computer or internet. If you have questions, please type them in the chat box [00:09:00] and we will respond to them, uh, as soon as we can. We do have some stopping points throughout the training this morning where we will answer questions, uh, and hear from the audience members. Please feel free to share from your own experience and not from someone else’s. And following the training today, you will receive an email with resources, uh, containing the slideshow that we use today, um, as well as- as other resources that go along with this training

Session One: Preparing for the Interview, and we are gonna show a short video.[00:10:00]

Rhonda Logsdon: There’s no sound. Hold on just a second, so just as Amber had said (laughs). Okay, if you don’t mind, there we go. Great. Thank you.

Ian Rosser: Hey, hey you, top five things coming from session one about the interview. Let’s go.

Time to take a look at his Facebook account. (crunching [00:11:00] sounds)

Woman 1: Ian please come here!

Ian Rosser: I can’t, I- I literally have a ton of research I’m doing right now. Like this is like pages and pages of research.

(shuffling papers)

I’m ready for my interview.

This is the information we have on the new 10.

Okay, I’ll get right on it.

Hey guys, it’s seeing with Kentucky SPIN. I hope that video was funny and [00:12:00] you got some entertainment out of it. Uh, but there are some serious things that come with, uh, some of the things you’re getting ready to learn in this session, and I just wanna go over ’em and emphasize ’em really quickly.

So one, we did the joke about the social media checking, but in all seriousness companies do check your social media. So make sure you keep it looking professional and sleek. Um, you don’t want anything on there that could prevent you from being hired or considered for a position.

Number two, researching the company is really important. So you wanna make sure that you do at least minimum research to get like little factoids. So that gives you a leg up on competition.

Number three, it is important to keep your resume current and keep updating that as much as you need to, uh, to make sure that you’re representing yourself the best way that you can in your interview.

Number four is dress for success, um, dress for the job that you want, not that the job that you’re maybe even necessarily applying for, or the job that you have. So, uh, make sure to give your best presentation of yourself and do [00:13:00] the best you can to pull that off for your interview.

Number five, it’s really important to think about what employers are looking for when it comes to employees, which would be you, uh, considering you get hired.

So think about, you know, things like being on time and just the little things to give you a leg up and to really help you to be ready to fulfill the role that they need to fill in their company.

So, lastly guys, one thing I wanna make sure that I say, kind of a disclaimer at the end of the video before the end.

Um, I wanna say that the clips in the beginning that were funny were just to, uh, be entertaining and that’s it. Um, that’s actually not the proper way, uh, to go about things, if that makes sense. So I wanna make sure that I say that, uh, before this video ends, because I don’t want anyone to watch this and think that that’s the correct way to go about trying to get a job and things like that.

Okay, guys, it’s Ian with Kentucky SPIN. I hope these tips have been helpful. I hope you enjoy your session. Until next time, see [00:14:00] ya.

Amber Hamm: So now I would like to hand things over to our Youth Educator, Nick Carpenter.

Nick Carpenter: Um, uh, good morning, everyone. Uh, thank you all for being here today. I am Nick Carpenter, the Youth Educator with Kentucky SPIN. Uh, before I get started with my part of presentation. I’m gonna give you- tell you a little bit about myself.

Um, so as I said, I am the Youth Educator for Kentucky SPIN. Uh, basically what that job description is, is that I am a specialist on training young adults around the age of 16 through the age of 26. Uh, I am- I educate them on how to- and prepare them for moving from the high school life and then transitioning to either working after school or going to [00:15:00] college, or basically trying to prepare them for going out into the real world.

A little bit about myself, I am 24 years old. I was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. Uh, I’ve been a self-advocate for myself, my entire life. And for the last 13 years, I have been a open advocate for others, uh, trying to help anywhere that I can. Uh, I’ve worked with a lot of children over the years. Um, I’ve been a- I’m a licensed paraeducator.

I’ve worked in a lot of special education classrooms. Um, so I’ve helped work with a lot of younger children and I enjoy playing board games and RPGs, and just kinda like playing games in general. Um, I have a dog that I love spending time with and yeah, and kind of just a little- little bit- little bit more personal.

Um, it’s kind of my personal goal here with Kentucky SPIN, um, [00:16:00] cuz I know when I was younger and I was going through school, um, I feel like that I wasn’t fully prepared for when I left school and went into the real world. Uh, there was a lot of stuff I didn’t know about a lot of things that I wish I had known beforehand.

So my hope today is that after- at the end of this presentation, uh, that there’ll be something that you can take from this and apply to the- apply to real life, to help prepare you.

Hey, uh, next slide please.

All right, employers check your social media. So as we all know, uh, social media has worked its way into about every part of our life and it’s forever changed the way we communicate, whether we like it or not, it’s here, it’s not going anywhere. It’s part of how- it’s just part of how things are now. Um, it’s really easy, excuse me, it’s really easy nowadays to get up on Facebook [00:17:00] or Twitter or wherever, and you can just go and find someone that you maybe haven’t talked to in 10 or 15 years. You can go find them and send them messages and interact with them as if you know, nothing had ever happened. Um, it’s way too easy to meet with old friends, send messages to celebrities and even to share ideas, photos, memes, and videos to anyone anywhere, anytime. Uh, but along with this with social media being such a big thing that it is now, um, it is a very common way for employers to recruit new hires.

Uh, you should be aware that about nine out of 10 employers will scope out your social media accounts prior to your job interview. Um, it’s very possible that one- one small post that you make can completely scar your reputation and even cost you a job with a potential employer. Um, like even like- and- and this is even just like- because they will- like when you apply for a job that is usually one of the first places they [00:18:00] will look, they will find you up on social media and they will go, and they will dig through your posts and they will go back not even weeks, they might go back months, even years just to see, like, depending on the company, just to see what kind of reputation you have and if you’ve ever had any kind of slip up from the past. It really does matter, and it is something that they do look out for.

Uh, you may- and along with that, another important thing to keep in mind is that you, yourself may have the perfect social media profile, um, but you need to keep in mind that if you have a lot of friends on your profile, what kind of stuff are they posting and tagging you in and tagging your relation with? What kind- and what kind of posts are you interacting with? Cause all it takes is just one out there, friend, to tag you in some kind of offensive post to completely rip apart your credibility. Uh, if a potential employer sees a questionable photo in which you’re tagged, uh, he won’t care if it’s your photo or your friend’s photo. A photo will raise eyebrows, and can cause someone to question your [00:19:00] professionalism.

So just be aware that recruiters and potential employers, they will look at your profile and they will go back, like I said, even years, just to- just to see what you have. Uh, you and your friends might forget about some wild trip that you had a few years ago, or some joke that you made maybe even a decade ago, but the internet doesn’t forget and it can be unforgiving sometimes. So just keep that in mind.

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Things to avoid on your social media accounts. Uh, things like drug and alcohol references, uh, be careful like talking about those kind of things. If you ever post any pictures, uh, be careful about something like that being hidden somewhere in the background. Uh, try to limit, or even just completely exclude any kind of profanity you might have on your- on your posts, uh, whether it be you saying it yourself or sharing a meme or a picture [00:20:00] that might have profanity in it. Um, cuz if they’re looking- if employers are looking for that kind of thing, they won’t care if it’s you directly who said it, or if it’s the post itself that contains it, they’re gonna just put- they’re just gonna put two and two together.

Um, be aware of any inappropriate photos, um, such as revealing selfies or other photos slash memes with inappropriate content. Um, and always- if you post like any big photos or posts or anything like that, always check the background, make sure that there’s not anything going on, uh, in the back that might make you look unclean or just inappropriate in general.

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Uh, the good news is, is that along with being careful about having a inappropriate social media page, um, it’s just as easy to build a positive personal brand that can make you an appealing job candidate. Um, an employer is more likely [00:21:00] to interview a candidate that has a fun and interesting profile than someone who has maximum privacy filters turned on and doesn’t allow employers to get to know them.

So you can get a leg up before the interview and use your Facebook profile to showcase your personal experiences and what you are like outside of work.

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Uh, things to embrace on social media. Uh, post appropriate pictures of things like your last trip, uh, your soccer or basketball team, or any kind of sports that you’re involved with.

If you do any community work or volunteering, post about those, post pictures of those, or talk about those. And if you have any interesting skills like cooking, or if you like going hiking or camping, anything like that, um, employers like to see that kind of stuff.

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All right. Research the company, learn about the job. Show that you’ve done your homework and looked at the company ahead of time. [00:22:00] Research employ- researching employers is one of the best ways to become a standout candidate during the hiring process. By putting on your detective hat and investigating potential employers, you’ll discover details about the employer that will better prepare you for an- any interview.

And now, uh, you might be wondering, okay, well, what do I research if I do- if I do prepare ahead of time and I look into the company, what type of things should I look for? Well, there are several things you should keep in mind that I’m going to go over in these next two slides.

Um, next slide, please.

Number one. First and foremost, uh, you should know what the company is looking for in a qualified candidate. This enables you to position yourself as the best candidate for the position. To discover the skills and experience the employer is looking for read between the lines that are job postings. You can also find out information on the employer’s career page to get an idea of the type of employees they desire.

In addition, reach out to current employees who work there and ask them about what their [00:23:00] employer values- employer values most in the workplace. Um, just talking from personal experience, uh, I will say that it’s always a great idea if you just don’t- if you ever go into somewhere to apply for a job, it’s never a bad idea to, when you go up to the register or the front desk, or whatever it may be, and you get- if- if you do get handed a physical job application where you ask them about applying, uh, don’t be afraid to ask the person you’re talking to, to tell you a little bit about the job and if they like it or not, because employees are always going to be the first and best source of information about the company and about working there specifically.

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Uh, number two. The key player, uh, you wanna learn about the key players within an organization. Um, these can be employees who just hold important positions in the company. They can be managers, department directors, and especially the CEO or president of the company. You can find out who the key [00:24:00] players at the organization are by reading the employers about page and employee bios.

It’s also a good idea to check out what these individuals say on Twitter or other social media to learn what employees say about the company online. So a little bit about this, um, most companies and corporations and things like that, almost all of them have some kind of welcome page. If you get up on Google or whatever search engine you want to use, and you type in the name of a company you’re researching and you go- you can- they almost always have a website, and then on that first page, they have a good homepage that has a bunch of links, different parts of their website. And even sometimes they’ll have employee bios. Um, I know Kentucky SPIN, for example, we have a really nice, easy to use website that has a bunch of videos and things on it and links, and you can also find out about every single employee who works there, we each have our own page that talks about us and everything. Um, and most corporations are really good about being open with [00:25:00] who they are and what they do, and about the people who work for them.

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Number three. When you go into a job interview, it’s always a good idea to be knowledgeable about the company’s latest news and updates.

Uh, most companies have a page on their website dedicated press releases and events. Uh, this is a great source for you to find out information regarding the company’s latest news and updates. Um, another example, going back to Kentucky SPIN’s webpage, we always- every time we know that there’s an event going on, we always post it on our front page.

Um, even our Mini Conference we’re doing this week, we’ve had that up on our page for a while now. Um, anytime there’s any kind of event that we’re planning on attending or event that we’re hosting, we always put onto our news page. Um, just because we want- if people come and check us out, we want ’em to know what we’re doing and what we’re about.

So most corporations do the same and that’s a good way to find out, what’s just kind of going on with them is checking out their news page. [00:26:00]

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Number four. You wanna be- you want to be able to confidently say that you’re a good fit for the company during any job interview. As you research the employer, pay attention to what’s written on their website regarding the company’s values and mission.

You can also learn more about the company by following the organization on its social media networks. Another great way, um, as I said earlier to reiterate is, uh, if you wanna learn about what a company’s culture and mission and values are, is to talk to the employees. Employees are a great source of information when it comes to learning about a job.

Um, they’ve- they’ve worked there, they’ve lived it, they know what- they’ve seen everything. They- they know what goes on. Uh, an example would be like- like I said, if you were going in to apply for somewhere talking to whoever’s at the counter, uh, example is if you’re at McDonald’s ordering food, you could talk to the cashier where you’re waiting on your order, if you’re [00:27:00] able to, um, and you can ask them things like, you know, like what’s the atmosphere like here is it- does this place have a lot of good energy or is it kind of yucky here? Is it always busy? Um, how does the manager treat the employees? Uh, current employees are always the best source of information.

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Number five. As a potential employee, uh, you need to have an idea of the type of work you’d be doing once hired. By having a general idea of who the company’s clients are and the types of products and services are offered, you’ll be more prepared for the interview, too. To find out the company’s offerings, you can usually find them on the company’s website. You can also read through the company’s blog, website, and social media pages to give you a better idea of their accomplishments. Again, uh, just to- to- can’t stress this enough, um, current or former employees are an excellent source of information. Uh, if possible, when researching your- researching your company, if [00:28:00] possible, try to find out what the company’s target audience is and what do they sell and or offer, or what kind of services do they provide to their target audience?

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Amber Hamm: Nick, I think at this point, if you wanna check the chat box to see if we have any questions.

Nick Carpenter: Um, if anyone has any questions about anything that’s been gone over so far, uh, do feel free to use the chat box. Um, I will take a little bit of time to address any of those that I can.

Rhonda Logsdon: [00:29:00] One Nick, um, is, um, a lot of times with the social media, um, if you think, you know, if you have your privacy settings to the most strict that people can’t see what’s going on, um, because you, uh, never know who’s friends with who, and does that play a part in people being able to find out, uh, more about you even when you have, uh, stricter settings?

Nick Carpenter: Um, yeah, it can. I know typically, um, like if you’re on like Facebook, for example, um, I know that you can, with the privacy settings, you can put them to a certain point to where, uh, people looking at your page, unless they’re friends with you, they can’t even look at your friend’s list or things like that.

I do know that typically it’s not a good sign if you have a lot of privacy settings turned on, but when, um, employers are trying to hire you [00:30:00] potentially. But yeah, I do know typically that that’s how it is with Facebook sometimes, but, uh, but yeah, um, even- even if you try to keep your social media pretty clear and just kind of just empty of stuff, they can- they might try to go through your friends’ social media and see if you have any interactions with them and what kind of interactions those are.

Amber Hamm: Nick I don’t see any more questions in the chat box right now. Uh, but we can definitely check back here in a few slides.

Nick Carpenter: Yeah. Um, if anyone has any questions at any point, uh, like I said, do feel free to put them in the chat box. Uh, we will be stopping every now and then for questions. Uh, we aren’t- we would love to answer and clarify anything that we- that we need to, uh, so yeah, just don’t be shy.

All right. Update your resume. Uh, if you’re ever applying for jobs, if you’re looking for [00:31:00] a job, you need to have your resume. Um, when you write- when you’re writing your resume, uh, it’s very important to remember that, um, even if you haven’t really had any job experience before, let’s say you’re applying for your first job, um, and you might be wondering, you might have your resume and you’d be wondering like, okay, well I’ve never worked anywhere before. Like what should I put on my resume? Um, it’s really important to remember that paid employment is not the only example or way to get work experience and skills.

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Uh, sometimes when you’re just getting started in the workforce, uh, it can be hard to find things to fill up on that sheet of paper.

Um, some easy resume fillers that can help show who you are and what you- and that you put some effort into creating your resume. Like some examples, like, um, listing any skills that you have, for example, are you organized, are you clean? Are you proficient with technology? Uh, personality traits that you think would help you in the [00:32:00] workplace. Do you have a bubbly personality? Are you outgoing? Do you get along well with others? If you have any academic acknowledgements, like honor role, perfect attendance, beta club, um, anything like that, or- or especially any clubs or extracurricular activities you participated in like cheerleading, soccer, any- any sports, um, youth group at church, um, even any kind of babysitting experience.

I, uh, with my- when I first started looking out for jobs, when I got to that age I, um, something I always put on my resumes was I was in Boy Scouts my entire life. I am an Eagle Scout. I’ve- it’s been my life since I was very young. Uh, I always put that on all my job resumes. And the reason was, is because I knew that in well, in boy scouting, they do a lot of leadership skills and it’s- and it can train you in a lot of just a very diverse skill set. So when I put that on resumes and employer saw [00:33:00] that, if they- they didn’t know what that was about, they could- they might look it up and they could see that, hey, like this person has a lot of different skills, uh, it gives them an idea of what kind of ex- kind of experience I’ve had. And it gives them an idea of who I am as a person and what I can bring to the workplace.

So that’s just one example, but anything that you think would help, um, show what kind of experience you have is- can fit on a resume. It doesn’t just have to be employment work. It can be anything that’s given you any kind of experience.

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Amber Hamm: And to build on that just a little bit, Nick, it also is a great starting point, um, for conversation too, cuz it can be a little awkward when you’re meeting with that potential employer for the first time.

So if they have experience with things like Eagle Scouts or um, you know, basketball or cheerleading, that’s a great starting point, uh, to get a conversation flowing.

Nick Carpenter: Yeah, you’re right, Amber. [00:34:00] Uh, so next slide.

Volunteering. So many people assume believe it or not that volunteer experience can’t be listed on a resume or if the volunteering needs to be for a long period of time.

Uh, the fact is, is that most employers, um, like to see any kind of volunteer experience. Especially if it’s during a time that you weren’t currently working during, uh, you can use volunteer experiences to build work skills and improve a resume. Um, you can try several different experiences so you can explore different types of jobs.

Volunteering is an excellent way to show employees that you’re- to show employers, sorry, that you’re actively seeking skills that will be useful to you on the job. It also proves that you’re an active member of your community and are willing to lend your time to people and organization or cause that needs it.

Um, as I mentioned in the last slide, I did a lot of boy scouting. Uh, Boy Scouts do a lot of volunteer work, [00:35:00] so I was able to go and kind of just experience a lot of different things. Um, volunteering, I will say in my opinion is a great thing to do in general, even if you’re not just doing it for job experience. You can- you get to meet a lot of different people, um, from different walks of life. Uh, and you kind of- can kind of open- open your mind a bit to all the different kind of people in your community that you live with. Um, it can help educate you on different matters. And it also, um, as I’ve mentioned, can help you develop a lot of different skills and you- you- and you even never know you might go and volunteer for something and find- and find out that whatever it is you’re doing here, that might be your life’s calling. Like you never know. So I always say you should always volunteer if you can.

Um, so another personal story about volunteering is when I worked, uh, when I was in Scouts, when I- and I went to summer camp, I got a volunteer job as a dishwasher [00:36:00] for a few days. And that gave me a lot of- that gave me experience working in a kitchen and I was able to put that on a resume. And it showed that, when I was trying to work at a restaurant, it showed that I had experienced working in stressful environments and in a kitchen. And that was a good indication that, hey, like I might be good- a good fit for this job. So you never know.

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Even if you have never worked at an official job before, uh, it still helps to include references on your resume. Uh, references- references don’t have to just be previous jobs you’ve worked at, uh, references can be people who can vouch for you. Uh, examples being like your sports team coach, or club leaders. Uh, if you go to church, you can have a church member re- uh, reference you or a religious figure and family friends can be references. [00:37:00] And teachers, I’ll even say that I, for the longest time, on my references for resumes, I always put teachers because I felt like, you know, your teachers are probably people you spend the most time with, uh, you know, going to school all the time. So teachers have to, usually at least in my opinion, my experience is usually have the best understanding of your work ethic and your character and are kind of the- the best, I feel the best people to vouch for you when job seeking.

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Contact information. Uh, don’t forget that your potential employer needs to be able to get in touch with you.

So when you put your resume together, double check that your resume or job applica- double check your resume or job application to make sure that your email address, phone number, and your alternate phone number are all up to date. Um, some important things to remember are, uh, is that your email address is active and you [00:38:00] should check it daily. If you’re expecting a job email, um, check it daily. And, if you can, set up a signature line with an appropriate closing, your signature, and your contact information, Uh, be sure that on the resume that your phone number is listed, favorite personal number, and that your voicemail is set up inappropriate. Uh, an example of this being, um, my voicemail that I have on my phone, I keep it very simple and clear. I introduce myself. I say like, like if someone calls me and I don’t answer, my voicemail goes something like, “Hey, this is Nick with Kentucky SPIN. Um, sorry, I wasn’t able to answer your phone. Uh, give- leave a message or call me back at-” and I would give them my phone number. And then I would also end my voicemail give them a alternate means of contact such as- I would list my email.

And then once you go through and check that, make sure that you check your voicemails. [00:39:00] And if you need to- feel like you need to on your resume, you can list an alternate phone number. Maybe, um, one of your parents, just in case someone needs to get in touch with you and they can’t reach you. But it is important, um, if you do list an alternate phone number to distinguish which phone number is yours. Uh, I had- I had trouble a few years ago where I applied for a job and I had my phone number and I put my mother’s phone number on the resume and the employer couldn’t distinguish which number was whose. So they kept calling my mother and kept asking her questions about me and basically kind of just, they- they took that number and they didn’t actually have my number at all. They didn’t take my number from the resume. Uh, they kept calling my mother and my mother had to keep asking me questions and we had to keep going back and forth in a big circle, uh, trying to negotiate with these employers. And that kind of got went on for a while and got a bit frustrating for everyone involved.

So make sure that if you do have multiple phone numbers or multiple contacts, that you [00:40:00] distinguish which one is yours is, your primary one, and which ones are your backups.

And again, going back to voicemails and emails, always check voicemails and emails daily, if you’re expecting to hear back about a job. Sometimes, uh, we all know technology isn’t perfect. Uh, so you never know when you might get a voicemail or a message and your phone or computer might not notify you. So if you’re expecting to get a call or an email, um, check daily, check regularly so you don’t miss anything cause you definitely don’t wanna miss an employment opportunity because the employer couldn’t reach you or tried to reach you and you had no idea.

Amber Hamm: Hey Nick, what would be an appropriate email address?

Nick Carpenter: That’s a good point. So I know that, uh, when I was- when I was younger, back in like middle and high school, I had a- I had a quirky email address. Um, it’s very important that if you are- once you start going out into the job seeking field, [00:41:00] to make sure that your email address, or you can even make just a new email address just for jobs, uh, make sure it’s something clean and simple.

It can literally be just something like your first name, maybe the initial of your last name, like, like an example for me, like I could do like Uh, that’s a really simple email. It has my name, first initial of my last name, and it has my birth year. Um, that’s something nice and simple, it’s easy to remember. Um, and it’s not something that’s really long or- or so I might have difficulty remembering or something really great.

Hey, uh, next slide please.

And, uh, anyone-

Amber Hamm: I think we have- I’m sorry to interrupt you, Nick. I think we have some questions that have popped up in the chat box. If you could take a moment and maybe answer those.

Nick Carpenter: Um, [00:42:00] well it looks like that Rhonda has handled- handled our questions so far, but if anyone has any questions about anything so far, feel free to ask. I’ll take a- I’ll take a minute or two to wait for those to come in if anyone has anything.

Amber Hamm: Frank, I see that you’ve raised your hand. Um, if there’s any possible way for you to put your question in the chat box or the question and answer box, Nick would be, uh, more than happy to answer that question for you.[00:43:00]

Nick Carpenter: So, uh, that is a great- great question. Uh, we will actually be going into that a little later in the presentation. Uh, we will be talking about appropriate job interview dress code.

Uh, yeah, Jack, that- that’s a great question. Uh, that is something that we will get to.

Amber Hamm: Take it away, Nick.

Nick Carpenter: All right. Um, so next part of here is Dress For Success.

Uh, this part of presentation will be going over proper- proper dress etiquette.

Uh, so part of feeling confident at an interview is feeling good about yourself. Uh, if you feel good about your appearance, you can give your confidence a big boost. Um, good grooming and hygiene isn’t just [00:44:00] for dogs. Um, don’t forget about those day to day essentials like showering, brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and using deodorant. Uh, this might sound silly, but a lot of people need to be reminded of this.

Uh, try not to wear too much perfume or cologne as sometimes people can be allergic and wearing too much will make them remember you because of your smell, and not because of your skills, your ideas.

Uh, wear appropriate business clothes, be clean and look neat. Um, have your hair brushed and, or shaved or trimmed. Uh, when in doubt dress up a little bit, uh, don’t ever be afraid to like maybe slap on a tie or something like that, or, you know, add a little- add a little bit of extra to whatever you’re wearing, just to make it kind of, you know, look a little more- little- little fancier.

Um, we al- we always- I always try to go- go through the role of, um, the less skin showing usually the better. Uh, take it as you will.[00:45:00]

And the next slide.

Uh, things to wear. Um, there’s button up shirts, blouses, uh, dress pants, or khakis, and dress shoes. Um, try to avoid wearing things like short skirts, torn up jeans, or shorts, um, low cut shirts or anything that’s too revealing. Uh, avoid stained or wrinkled clothes, and especially avoid wearing flip flops or sandals or anything like that.

And try to avoid any like open-toed shoes unless it’s appropriate for the job.

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So when the workplace or the job is less formal, uh, the dress code may be a bit more relaxed. Um, if you’re not sure what you should wear, it’s always a fun idea to check with the person scheduling the interview. However, it’s still important not to dress- not to dress bad. Uh, so business casual, what that is is that, [00:46:00] uh, business casual is you don’t have to wear a suit or anything like that. Um, business casual basically just means, you know, nice pants, um, no sneakers and no ba- it’s basically no apparel that you would wear at the gym. Um, things that you would wear outside of the gym, or a bit- a bit fancier. Um, both men and women and can consider wearing tailored khakis or a nice polo shirt or button down and a pair of sensible shoes.

Um, also I like to say here as business casual. Um, so usually when it comes to dressing for job interviews, um, I do get asked about jeans. Um, I say that I feel like jeans are usually fine. I always say that, uh, if you are gonna wear jeans, make sure you don’t have any holes on them. And I say the darker the color the jeans, the better. The better that they’ll- that they’ll look with everything.

[00:47:00] Um, and now what should you wear when there’s not a dress code? Um, if you’re not sure what to wear, if there’s no real dress code, uh, try to keep it professional and somewhat towards business casual. So even- even if there isn’t a particular dress code for the interview, I always, um, try to put on a nice polo shirt and like a nice pair of jeans and shoes. And that’s usually what I go with if there’s no particular dress code for the interview.

And next slide, please.

Dress for success. So, knowing what you want to wear. Take some time to prepare your interview outfit, to be sure you’re ready to make the best impression. Get some new threads well in advance of your interview and make sure you have appropriate interview attire and everything fits correctly.

Get that outfit ready. Get your clothes ready the night before, so you don’t have to spend time getting them ready the day of the interview. And make sure to, uh, polish or clean your shoes the night before. [00:48:00]

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Uh, so as we move on from the dress- the dressing part of the presentation, do we have any other questions?


Are there any, um- (crosstalk)

Woman 2: Nick? Are there any resources out there for people that may not be able to afford to go out and buy a brand new set of clothes for interviews?

Nick Carpenter: Uh, good point. Uh, yes. There’s actually, um, a lot of, um, like dress shops and charities and things like that, that give out that are in a lot of local areas. You can always look online and look for those. Um, they- there’s a lot of organizations of things that give out free, um, they give out free like interview clothes, uh, that you can borrow for interviews and whatnot, if you don’t have anything to wear, if you. Whether you just don’t have anything [00:49:00] or you can’t afford anything. There’s a lot of charities and community projects that will let you- that will lend you interview clothes.

But all right, uh, doesn’t look like we have any questions.

Amber Hamm: One just popped up.

Nick Carpenter: Oh.

Amber Hamm: Uh, Mary says, “Our Youth Service Center in the high school can assist with clothing and hygiene items.” So that’s a great point too, reaching out to your, um, the resource office in the high school setting to help.

Nick Carpenter: That- that- that is a good point. Um, I know that my school had- the school I went to had a resource office. A lot of schools have resource offices. They have all- usually they have all sorts of different things. Like they’ll have like, um, snacks and things for if you’re like just running in late to school and haven’t had time to eat or anything, they’ll have different like- they can have snacks and then they can give you resources for like school, like paper, [00:50:00] pencils, and then they can also have clothes and things that they can lend you for interviews. They’re a great, great place if you ever need anything, um, they usually have it, um, and they can assist you anyway that they can. And they’re- they’re prepared for a whole lot of different situations. But yeah.

What are employers looking for? Professionalism, isn’t one thing, it’s a combination of qualities. A professional employee arrives on time for work, manages time effectively, takes responsibility for their own behavior, and works effectively with others. Uh, has a high quality work standard, has honesty and integrity, looks clean and neat, and dresses appropriately for the job, communicates effectively, and appropriately for the workplace.

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Professionalism, uh, throughout our working lives, most of us will have many different jobs, each [00:51:00] requiring a different set level or set of skills. No matter the industry, from customer service to an office job, to construction, and the trades, all of these jobs have one thing in common: in order to succeed and move ahead, you need to demonstrate professionalism. Professionalism doesn’t mean wearing a suit or carrying a briefcase. Rather it means conducting one’s self with responsibility, integrity, accountability, and excellence. It means communicating effectively, appropriate and always finding a way to be productive. Employers value employees who carry out their duties in a professional manner.

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Communication, why is it so important? So communication, um, is a really big thing. This is I- when I went to college, I went to college for communication. So I can tell you all about how, um, in communication is one of the most important skills you can have, regardless if it’s for jobs or not.

Um, communication is how we give and [00:52:00] receive information. It’s how- it’s the way that we share ideas and if we needed those around us, it’s how we interact and build relationships. Um, it’s all- it’s all about being able to talk and deliver information to someone else. And then it’s also your ability to listen and take in information and then ingrain that and utilize that yourself.

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To an employer, good communication skills are essential. Good communication skills consistently rank at the top of the list for potential employees. Communication skills are ranked first among a job candidate’s must-have skills and qualities according to a 2010 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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During a job interview, employers are most impressed by a candidate who can answer questions with more than one word answers. Um, what- what we mean by this is, is that if a employer [00:53:00] asks you something in your interview, they take notice if you answer with maybe like, I- I have a role in interviews that anytime I get asked a question, I always answer with, at least that’s an answer to, um, I don’t- I don’t say like, “Yeah”, or “Yes” or “No”, or things like that. I always try, like, if they ask me, like, they ask me like, well, “Do you do anything fun?” um, instead of saying, “Yes”, I’ll say like, “Oh yeah, well, I like to walk my dog and I like to play games and things like that. Those are things I’m doing for fun.” They take note of that better. They- they like- they like longer answers.

Um, also, uh, they’re impressed by people who demonstrate that they’re listening and share information and ideas or ask questions for clarification and your follow up. Um, this goes back to just communication. Uh, if you display that you’re paying attention and you communicate, and if the interview kind of turns into a bit of a discussion, they’ll note that, and [00:54:00] it kind of helps make you stand out a bit more. Cause it kind of- instead of it being kind of a question and answer, it turns into a bit of a- turns into a conversation, and they might remember that and take more of notice of you. Um, if you ask questions and it shows that you’re actually listening to what they’re talking about and what they’re asking you, it shows you’re paying attention and they appreciate that.

Um, and remember that nonverbal communication is also critical in an interview. Um, employers expect good eye contact, good posture, and active listening. So just keep that in mind. I know I’m not the best at having good eye contact or some of these things myself, but it’s always important to try and do your best.

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Uh, the interview is your chance to show how well you’ll interact with, uh, the supervisors, the coworkers, customers, and how you will resolve conflicts when they arise.

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Practice, practice, practice. There’s no way to know exactly what a hiring manager is going to ask, but there are some common questions to use as practice.

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Why should we hire you for this position? What makes you a good fit for our company? What are your strengths? What is your biggest weakness? Tell me about a time that you use leadership skills in a situation. Tell me about a time that you handled a conflict. Uh, when it comes to questions and things, um, I- I would always, when I would be- when I knew a job interview was coming up, I would always go and like grab my mom or grab a friend and I would set up mock interviews. Um, I would get them my resume and have them just answer me questions and you can- and we would always look up and see like what common interview questions were.

Um, so they would go and ask- ask me questions. I would answer as best as I can, and then they would gimme feedback, give me good practice for upcoming interviews. Um, and also helped me feel a lot more [00:56:00] prepared. If I knew the answers to- to some of these more common questions, it helped me feel a bit more prepared going into the interview instead of being caught off guard when they asked me something like, oh, “What kind of leadership skills you have?” Well, that’s something that I prepared for, so I knew what my answer would be or asking me, like, if I thought I’d be a good fit or anything like that, I’d be prepared.

Uh, next slide.

Enthusiasm. Enthusiasm can mean the difference- can mean a difference in not just getting a job, but also succeeding in a job and even advancing in your career.

A positive and enthusiastic attitude is a critical component of workplace success.

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When employers look at prospective candidates, they not only look for skills, experience, and training. They look for those who demonstrate enthusiasm. Employers want to hire someone they believe will complete assigned tasks in an upbeat and cooperative manner.

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Maintain a positive attitude. Managers sometimes worry that someone without a positive attitude will not get along with supervisors and coworkers, treat customers disrespectfully, or not put much effort into their work. Employees who are viewed as enthusiastic are known to provide good customer service, resolve interpersonal conflict effectively, and work productively with others.

Uh, so this last thing here, uh, is, yeah, just keep that in mind that if you have a positive attitude and have good- and have a good kind of aura or energy about you, um, employers will notice that, and that will set you up to when you do get into the job, if you’re outgoing and are very easy to interact with, and very easy going, it will- it can help you progress even far- farther in that workplace, if that is something that you’re interested in.

Um, so I do know at this point, this is the end of the presentation part of- of the, [00:58:00] um, of this part of the presentation. Um, I am gonna hand it back over to Amber for one last video, but I do want to say that I appreciate all of you for signing up, and taking the time to listen to what we had prepared for today. And I hope you all, um, have a nice day and a good week, but now I’m gonna hand it back over to Amber. And then after our video, I’ll take a quick moment to look and see if we have any more questions.

Amber Hamm: Yes. Please hang around until following the video cuz we have a few more things we’d like to say at the end of the presentation.

“Stacey”: Hi, I’m Stacey.

I’m an Employment Specialist and I happen to have a disability.

Preparing for an interview is hard work.[00:59:00]

And starts before you even apply.

But I can help. Let’s start from the beginning. Social media. What does your-

Rhonda Logsdon: Um, the video is not on the screen. So if we could stop it just a second, so, um, don’t we love transition and tech, uh, issues. So (laughs) maybe because I was associated with it today. So, um, we have- the PowerPoint is showing, um, we’ll try to end sharing and we’ll try to reshare the video here, just a moment.

Amber Hamm: You have it now?

Rhonda Logsdon: Okay. Yes. And if you’ll just start it back from the beginning, if you don’t mind, cuz we were hearing it, but we weren’t able to see it. Thank you so much.

“Stacey”: Hi, I’m Stacey.[01:00:00]

I’m an Employment Specialist and I happen to have a disability.

Preparing for an interview is hard work and starts before you even apply.

But I can help. Let’s start from the beginning.

Social media. What does your social media say about you?

Does it line up with the atmosphere and character of the company?

Why are you the best fit for this job? What about this company excites you?

Resume. [01:01:00] Every job seeker needs a resume. Be creative when writing your resume. Paid employment is not the only example of work experience. Use volunteer experience to build work skills.

Getting ready for the interview.

Dress appropriately. Take a shower, brush your teeth and hair, dress like a business professional.

Refresh soft skills. Employers are looking for reliability, but also professionalism, honesty, good communication skills, a good attitude, being on [01:02:00] time, and willingness to learn new things.

Now go get em!

Amber Hamm: So we wanna thank you all for coming to our first day of the mini conference in Preparing for Employment. As you can see on the screen here, there is a QR code. Uh, you can use your cell phones to take you straight to our evaluation. There’s also the evaluation link in the chat box, along with the resources from today’s conference.

At Kentucky SPIN, we do value everything, um, our families say to us, [01:03:00] uh, good, bad or indifferent. Uh, we want to know how you felt about this presentation, things that you loved, you didn’t so much love, or things that you think we could change. Uh, upon completion of the evaluation, it will generate a, uh, certificate for coming today.

This is also a great thing to turn in with a resume showing that, um, you know, for your first potential employer, that you have went through some trainings and you are prepared to get into the work field. Um, so I encourage, if nothing else, definitely do the evaluation to get that, uh, and- and keep a hold of it.

Um, I’m gonna check the chat box real quick to see if we have any questions. And if we don’t, uh, once again, thank you so much for spending an hour of your time with us. Uh, we appreciate all of you and we hope to see you tomorrow at 9:30.[01:04:00]

And there are no new questions. So once again, we hope to see you tomorrow at 9:30 for the second day of Preparing for Employment.