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“Applying Emotional Intelligence In The Workplace” Live Webinar

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AIChE Northern California

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Did you know that according to a recent study, emotional intelligence was listed as one of the top soft skills most likely to get you hired?  Not only are these skills important when you're in job search, they can also be a critical factor to your career success.

Emotional intelligence skills can improve and further develop your communication, management, problem solving and relationship skills - all critical to your career development and satisfaction!

 

In this webinar, we'll first define the critical emotional intelligence skills: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.  Next, taking each of these skills, we'll look at specific examples of each, opportunities to apply them in the workplace, and ideas for improving each of these skills

 

An audience Q&A followed the presentation on the following questions submitted by the webinar registrants:

 

  1. Stubborn coworker only takes direction from management.  I’m frustrated.  I have to get management involved in order to keep project on track.  Any advice?

  2. How do you deal with managers that get very angry?

  3. What advice do you have for giving feedback to managers in a productive way?

  4. What is the best method of integrating emotional intelligence with projects done during your academic career within your resume?
     

 

“Interview Preparation: Strategies For Success” Live Webinar

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AIChE Northern California

Wednesday,  November 18, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Preparation is the key to interviewing success!

In this webinar we'll take an up-to-date look at today's interview process and what you need to know to be prepared and ready.

 

We'll discuss:

 

  • The three things all interviewers want to know

  • Tips on how to best prepare

  • Different interview formats, including phone screens, in person, panel interviews and online video interviews

  • What are some of the most commonly asked interview questions

  • How to get ready for behavior based questions

  • Common courtesies

  • Questions to ask the interviewers

  • Why and how to follow up

 

An audience Q&A followed the presentation on the following questions submitted by the webinar registrants: 

 

  1. Please discuss some strategies to prepare for technical interviews, and interviews where you’re suddenly asked to present.

  2. If there are multiple 1-on-1 interviewers, is it okay to give the same answer/example?

  3. Please provide examples on types of questions potential managers will face.

  4. How do I handle requests to discuss salary when a company HR rep wants to get into this topic first of all?

  5. Answering difficult questions like why you are looking for a new job? Your salary expectation?  What questions you have for us?

  6. Getting my resume noticed.

  7. As a college student seeking summer internship, how should you go about explaining or compensating for a lack of specific experience?

  8. I am a college student looking for summer job.  How many and which type of description of experience should we prepare?

  9. How to convince an employer to sponsor an immigrant visa for foreign students?
     

 

“Interview Preparation: Strategies For Success” Live Webinar

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San Jose State University

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PST

Preparation is the key to interviewing success!

In this webinar we'll take an up-to-date look at today's interview process and what you need to know to be prepared and ready.

We'll discuss:

  • The three things all interviewers want to know

  • Tips on how to best prepare

  • Different interview formats, including phone screens, in person, panel interviews and online video interviews

  • What are some of the most commonly asked interview questions

  • How to get ready for behavior based questions

  • Common courtesies

  • Questions to ask the interviewers

  • Why and how to follow up

An audience Q&A followed the presentation on the following questions submitted by the webinar registrants:

  1. What is the correct demeanor to have throughout the interview?

  2. How friendly (informal vs. polite) should you be?

  3. What is proper attire for a job interview?

  4. For video call interviews, is it advisable to have a background that is representative of my personality, or plain?

  5. How do you read the emotion from interviewer?  How do I prepare for the phone call interview?

  6. What is the best way to say that you may not know something during an interview?

  7. I have bright color tattoos on and wrapping around my arms.  Should I wear long-sleeve dress shirt to cover them up in the video and in-person interviews for an entry level sales professional position?
     

 

“Critical Elements of an Effective Resume” Live Webinar

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San Jose State University

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST

A resume is a critical part of your marketing collateral so it's worth the time and effort to make sure it gets the attention you want!

In this webinar, we'll address:

The purpose of a resume

  • What to include (and what to leave out)

  • The process of putting an effective resume together

  • Key components of a resume

  • How to make your resume stand out

  • The importance of customization

  • What you need to know about getting your resume through applicant tracking systems

An audience Q&A followed the presentation on the following questions submitted:

  1. Should you put an effort into making your resume aesthetically pleasing?  Example – a pop of color or a headshot?

  2. What shouldn’t I include in my resume?

  3. I have held student club leadership roles.  Do I include it under volunteer section?

  4. I had worked as a Custom Service person at Lowe’s, a part time waiter, and also a student researcher in a professor’s group during my undergrad years.  Should I include the Lowe’s and waiter’s experience in my resume?  How do I present this mixture of paid and unpaid work?

  5. What to include in a resume if you don’t have any work experience and are looking for summer internships.  How do I make my resume appealing?
     

 

“Critical Components of an Effective Resume” Live Webinar

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AIChE Northern California

Wednesday,  October 28, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

A resume is a critical part of your marketing collateral so it's worth the time and effort to make sure your resume stands out from the competition.

This webinar will address the process of putting an effective resume together and common questions about resumes.  We'll include:

  • Common mistakes to avoid

  • What you need to include (and leave out)

  • The key elements of your resume

  • Optional sections

  • The importance of customization, and 

  • A brief discussion of the applicant tracking system

  • How many pages?

  • How far back?

  • What dates need to be included?

  • How do I write accomplishment statements?  And others!

An audience Q&A followed the presentation on the following questions submitted:

  1. How can I convey interest/potential in certain career areas on my resume if I don’t have too much experience in them?

  2. How to best format a resume for managers with many years of experience on a wide range of topics?

  3. How far back (years) to include experiences?  What are some other/better ways to organize a resume aside from chronologically? 

  4. How do I make my resume appealing when I have no work experience?  What could you do if you don’t have much experience? 

  5. What are examples of a clear and concise objective line?

  6. Assumed capabilities – should they be mentioned?  Examples are MS Word, Document Control, Project Development?

  7. I was laid off after having worked at an industrial conglomerate company for 26 years mostly in the same department and business group.  How do I format my resume to minimize possible perception of being outdated with industry development?  And possible age discrimination?
     

 

“Launching Your Job Search” Live Webinar

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AIChE Northern California

Wednesday,  October 14, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Whether you're a new grad or experienced professional, finding your next job opportunity takes planning, flexibility, and persistence.

In this talk, we'll discuss what you need to know (and do!) to launch a successful search.  Key points we'll address include:

  • The starting point: identifying your strengths and transferable skills 

  • What are the skills employers want?

  • Looking at options besides full-time positions

  • Tips on building your resume

  • Preparing for commonly asked interview questions

  • The virtual job fair – what to expect

  • How COVID-19 is impacting job search

  • The importance of networking

  • Keeping track of your search efforts

An audience Q&A followed the presentation on the following questions submitted:

  1. How has job search changed since COVID?  Advice on job search during pandemic.

  2. What are the most common interview questions?

  3. Do you have any tips on elevator pitches when talking to recruiters? 

  4. How to network and keep in touch, what I can offer as a student when networking.

  5. What is the most effective form of job search for someone that is experienced?

  6. How can I make my resume appealing to employers if I have no work experience?

  7. How should we overcome the fear of not being qualify for the position?

  8. How could I be better than others?

  9. Job stability in Chemical Engineering does it exist?  How does Professional Engineer (PE) make a difference?  What to do with spotty job history?

  10. Your job search advice for foreign students

  11. How to find a list of companies existing in the Bay Area for chemical engineers and other career options in the Bay Area?  Where are best places to look for internships at entry level?

  12. What “Work From Home” chemical engineering opportunities are there?

  13. How to transition from research-focused postdoc position to industry?

  14. Is it a bad thing to ask for higher pay for a job offer using another company’s job offer as leverage? 
     

 

“Launching Your Job Search” Live Webinar

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San Jose State University

Tuesday, September 15, 2020  1:30 PM – 2:30PM PST

Finding your professional job after graduation takes planning, flexibility and persistence!

In this talk, we'll discuss what you need to know (and do) to launch a successful search. We'll address a number of key points including:

  • How to identify your strengths and transferable skills 

  • Identifying the top skills that employers seek 

  • Top paying jobs for new grads 

  • Tips on building your resume 

  • Interview questions you need to prepare for, and 

  • The importance of networking

In addition, we'll take a look at special considerations on how COVID-19 may be impacting your job search and provide tips for adapting during this challenging time.

This archival recording includes Pat Cross answering the nine questions submitted by the webinar registrants in the live webinar.   The questions are:

  1. What is the ideal time to start applying for companies?  Is it good to include phone number in resume or not needed? 

  2. How do I get references and recommendations on LinkedIn?

  3. How do you stand out to companies when you lack experience in jobs but perform well in school?

  4. Should I write a cover letter with every application I send when possible? I heard recruiters have moved away from reading any.

  5. Is it professional to contact engineers at a company on LinkedIn?

  6. Is there an appropriate or good way to approach a company that I’m interested in, but they don’t have any open position listed?

  7. How important is software skills in today’s job market?

  8. Difficulty finding job fitting with Kinesiology background.

  9. What is the best way to use LinkedIn for job search.  I usually just search for jobs and go to the company website to apply.