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Even though you may feel ready to get out there and start looking for your first job, take some time to get to know the terms needed for job seeking with this quick and simple dictionary. It is always a good idea to learn a little now so that you can save yourself confusion later.
1. Application – An application is the form that many companies will either give to you in person or give you a link online to apply for a position within their company.
2. Assessment Tests – There are mainly two different types of assessment tests. The first is simply where an interviewer or employer will ask you questions so that they may get a better idea of your skills and how they will apply to the position. The second type of assessment test is basically to reach the same results, but some employers will actually, physically, want to see what your skills already are. They may have you perform a short series of practice tests that can be a part of the daily routine at the company.
3. Benefits – Benefits are essentially rewards that you receive as an employee for working for a company. This is like an additional reward to receiving a pay check. Some of the benefits that many companies offer can include paid vacation, dental, medical, vision, sick days, holidays, 401(k) plans, and even assistance with tuition if you are in school or planning on going back to school.
4. Certification – Usually this is a section of your application that will ask for both certifications and any degrees that you may hold. This is basically any degree that you have earned from an institution and any certification exams that you have taken and passed to receive a special certification in a specific area.
5. Compensation – This usually comes in the form of a package that completely explains the details of your being hired by a company. It will clearly state the exact amount of income you will make and any benefits that will be a part of your being hired. It is important to completely understand every detail of this before accepting the job. Make sure you understand what is expected of you and what is expected of your employer in terms of your compensation.
6. Past Experience – This is basically all of your work experience summed up into one section on your application. It can be any previous work in which you received pay and is important to have dates of when you worked at these particular jobs. Also, as part of the employment history, you will need to list exactly what tasks you performed at each job and the skills that were utilized.
7. Follow Up – This is pretty straightforward in terms of job seeking. For any company that you file an application with or for any employer that you interview with, it is important to follow up those sessions by making contact and checking on your application status. Always ask to speak to the hiring manager so you can get the quickest response to your follow up.
8. Job Boards – There are many different types of job boards but all of them will basically serve the same purpose, which is to help you find a job to apply for. Job boards can be found on company websites, social media sites, and websites that specifically state that they list updated jobs daily. Job boards are one of the easiest ways to search for current jobs and many of them provide direct links to an application.
9. Job Fair – A job fair is a great opportunity for any job seeker to look into the different companies that are looking to hire new employees and a great chance to learn about what opportunities are available in your specific field. It is still very important to dress appropriately when attending a job fair, but also make sure that you smile and introduce yourself to each recruiter. A job fair offers the chance to use what skills you already know to win over recruiters and get your name out there in the job world.
10. Letter of Recommendation – There are some job positions in which an employer may require that you have a letter of recommendation. Simply put, a letter of recommendation is a letter from individuals such as teachers, managers, or coworkers, that explains why you were an asset to them and believe that you will be an asset to future employers. Everything contained in this type of letter must relate to work and nothing else.
11. Networking – This is very simple because all it involves is staying connected to your current friends and meeting new friends in which to add to a social group. This group is what will help you stay connected to any job opportunities that may come up, have a steady flow of references for your job applications, and also offer a great way to learn more about the job possibilities that are out there for you.
12. Phone Interview – A phone interview is simply a job interview that is completed over the phone by a recruiter or employer. Phone interviews are just as important as interviews that are completed in person. This means that you still need to make sure to answer the call in a timely manner and with a professional voice. Phone interviews are very tricky for some, especially individuals who are visually expressive. This does not mean that they are the worst interviews to have though. Some phone interviews turn out to the best.
13. References – You can think of references as a team that is in place to readily state, to employers, anything that is beneficial to you obtaining a job. These references can include any teachers, managers, or coworkers. Remember that your references must be work related and cannot be family members. Also, everything that each reference says should be related to work and nothing else.
14. Salary Requirements – Some employers may ask you about what your salary requirements are. In this case, this is the type of salary that you have calculated to be what you are worth. The main way to come up with this number is to do research into the average salary for the position you are applying for and then factor in the skills that you can provide and what experience you may already have. Experience can include any volunteer work that may be related.
15. Thank You Notes – Thank you notes are simple ways to let recruiters and employers know that you appreciate them taking the time to look at your application and provide you with an interview. You can send thank you notes in the form of emails or physical cards. Doing this also helps you stand out to recruiters and employers.
16. W-2 Form – W-2 forms are an important aspect of any hiring process and for taxes as well. It clearly explains exactly how much you were able to earn in a years’ time and just how much you were able to pay your taxes throughout the year.