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The Job Search Online Workshop

  1. 1. The Organized Job Search Online Workshop Northeastern Illinois University Placement Office Created by Barbara Cosentino, Assistant Director of Placement
  2. 2. Prepare For Your Job Search <ul><li>Whether you are a new graduate, about to graduate, a career changer or simply looking for a job while in school, you need to first prepare for your job hunt. </li></ul><ul><li>The best way to be prepared is to be organized!! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Materials You Will Need <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Large Binder </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dividers with labels </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plastic binder insert sleeves </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Filofax, card file, or other method of storing business cards </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Divider Labels <ul><li>Name your divider labels as follows: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs Applied to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contacts Made </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites/Upcoming Events </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Look For Jobs <ul><li>There are numerous places to look for jobs. Do not limit yourself to one or two websites or other resources. This is not a good way to job hunt. Be sure to utilize all resources available to you and consistently seek out new avenues to finding a job. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Internet Job Search Options <ul><li>Giant Job Listing Portals ( http:// , , http:// ) </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller Industry-Specific Websites ( , , ) </li></ul><ul><li>Online Newspaper Classifieds ( , , ) </li></ul><ul><li>Online Websites for Professional Organizations ( , , ) </li></ul><ul><li>Company Research Capsules ( , , ) </li></ul><ul><li>Chambers of Commerce ( , ) </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Organizations ( , , ) </li></ul><ul><li>Listservs/Audience Sharing Websites ( , , ) </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary Employment Agencies ( , , ) </li></ul><ul><li>State Unemployment Office ( http:// / ) </li></ul><ul><li>Placement Office/Career Office ( ) </li></ul>
  7. 7. To Post or Not to Post? <ul><li>You might be tempted to post your resume on a website hoping that a job will find you rather than you finding a job yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful and selective as to where you post your resume and whether or not to include all of your contact information on your resume. </li></ul><ul><li>You may wish to set up an alternate email address and use only a cell phone number on any resume you post online. This will protect you from unwanted spam cluttering up your main email and/or telemarketing calls. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: If you post your resume and then stop job hunting, hoping that jobs will find you, then you have become the worse kind of job hunter: The Couch Potato Job Hunter! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research Before Applying <ul><li>If you see a job you wish to apply for, stop before you hit that submit resume button! </li></ul><ul><li>Visit a company research site or the website for the organization and do some research first. </li></ul><ul><li>Read their mission statement, current company news and find out what exactly they do! </li></ul><ul><li>Print out any pertinent information about the company and insert it into your binder. Highlight any details that you deem particularly important. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Review Your Job Ad <ul><li>Go back to the job ad you are interested in. Print it out and highlight any details that seem particularly important before inserting it into your binder. For instance, here is a job ad an organized job seeker marked up for herself: </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible to build the store to be a destination store, a fashion leader in an upscale and unique sales environment where someone can create their own fashion, fragrance and style; build the store to have uncomparable customer service and be the model for global expansion. REQUIREMENTS: BA/BS degree preferred with minimum of 2 years as store manager- multi-store, multi-department management experience preferred. Prior retail sales experience with an emphasis on fashion merchandise including personal care, clothing & jewelry products is required. Solid track record with proven sales success, customer relations, employee recruitment, training & development, merchandising, and inventory/shrink control. Requires excellent organization, prioritization & written/verbal communication skills. Able to stand on feet for long periods of time, daily bending/lifting to retrieve under-stock, use of stepladder to arrange/re-arrange merchandise displays and able to lift up to 50 pounds. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Use Your Highlights to Tailor Your Cover Letter and Resume <ul><li>Reread your highlights – These are the qualities employers are looking for specifically for this job! </li></ul><ul><li>If you have the skills and experience mentioned in the ad, then use those words in your cover letter and resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Only after doing that, apply online. Follow up your application with a snail mail resume and cover letter within 2 weeks after applying online. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Job Hunt Via Networking <ul><li>Up to 95% of jobs are never advertised. They are part of the hidden job market. (Sources: Katherine Hansen, author of Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates ; The Wall Street Journal ; and Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute? ) </li></ul><ul><li>Often the hidden job market can be best characterized by this phrase: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. </li></ul><ul><li>Networking can be time-consuming but the results from networking – job offers, notifications of upcoming openings, and valuable contacts – are worth it. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Figure Out Who You Know <ul><li>Begin to list out anyone you know from the following group that has worked in an organization or company that hires individuals in the job you are interested in: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family Members </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friends/Neighbors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Former or Current Job Contacts/Supervisors (This includes former co-workers, vendor or distributor contacts, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School contacts (Professors, Graduate Assistants, Guest Speakers, Administrators, Fellow students) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Contacts (Religious leaders, volunteer/charitable organization members, professional organizations, clubs, outside activities). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Begin Networking <ul><li>Using your list, approach your contacts as a source of information. Important: Do not ask for a job!! Your contacts may not be in the position to give you a job. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead, ask them to provide you with an informational interview at a time convenient to both of you in their office. </li></ul><ul><li>For instance: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hi, Ms. Bannister. You may not know this, but I am graduating in May with a degree in Finance and I’m looking for information on what it is like to work in a large bank such as the one you work at. Would it be possible for me to set up a 20 minute appointment with you at your office for informational purposes?” </li></ul><ul><li>If an in-office appointment is not feasible, set up a phone informational interview time. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Conducting Informational Interviews <ul><li>Once your appointment is set up, treat the informational interview as you would a job interview. Research the organization beforehand, arrive 5-10 minutes early, bring a copy of your resume, and dress professionally. </li></ul><ul><li>You will also need to have a list of questions prepared for your contact. In an informational interview, you are the one doing the interviewing. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Questions to Ask During an Informational Interview <ul><li>How did you get into your career path? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you like most about working for a company such as this? </li></ul><ul><li>What sort of advice would you provide someone like myself who is looking to break into this field/this type of company? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you mind looking at my resume and providing some suggestions? </li></ul><ul><li>Who else in the field – in this organization or any other – would you consider an expert? </li></ul><ul><li>Would it be alright if I contacted this person for more information? </li></ul>
  16. 16. After the Informational Interview <ul><li>Once your 20 minute interview is complete, follow-up with a thank you letter just as you would after a job interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Include a resume with your thank you letter. If resume suggestions were made, be sure you follow them before including them in your letter. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with your contact via email or phone at least once a month. A short message letting him or her know of your progress and how his or her advice assisted you is appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Include your contact information and any interactions you had in your binder for follow-up later and to act as a reminder. </li></ul><ul><li>Start the process over. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Other Places to Job Hunt <ul><li>Job Fairs (These include University based events, community events, company-specific job fairs and online job fairs) </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences and Professional Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs (These can include city-based business-related clubs such as Young Professionals of Chicago – ) </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering (Volunteering time in your field – for instance, creating a website for a local religious organization – can net you valuable contacts and may even get you hired) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Collect Contacts <ul><li>In all cases, no matter if you are networking, visiting a job fair, or attending a club meeting, ask individuals for their business cards. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep all of your business cards together and log your transactions with these individuals in your binder. </li></ul><ul><li>Add these individuals to your network by asking them for an informational interview, or emailing them (For instance, you can email a person after he or she has spoken to your class or club). </li></ul>
  19. 19. Create Your Own Networking Cards <ul><li>You may wish to create your own networking cards to give out at networking events, informational interviews, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Networking cards should include your name and contact information, your degree or anticipated degree and your interests. </li></ul><ul><li>Networking cards do not have to expensive. You can use card stock and a business card program from an office supply store to create your cards. </li></ul>
  20. 20. And Repeat… <ul><li>Looking for a job is a full time job. </li></ul><ul><li>Devote at least 3-6 hours a week for job hunting. More if you are able to! </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly network – you may meet your next boss in the supermarket, bowling alley or at a job fair. </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor your application materials to match the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay organized – A job you applied for 3 months ago may suddenly open up and you may receive a call. Your binder will allow you to quickly flip back and reference that initial job posting. </li></ul>
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