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  • The Organized Job Search Online Workshop Northeastern Illinois University Placement Office Created by Barbara Cosentino, Assistant Director of Placement
  • Prepare For Your Job Search
    • 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.
    • The best way to be prepared is to be organized!!
  • Materials You Will Need
          • Large Binder
          • Dividers with labels
          • Plastic binder insert sleeves
          • Filofax, card file, or other method of storing business cards
  • Divider Labels
    • Name your divider labels as follows:
      • Jobs Applied to
      • Company Research
      • Contacts Made
      • Websites/Upcoming Events
  • Look For Jobs
    • 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.
  • Internet Job Search Options
    • Giant Job Listing Portals ( http:// www.monster.com , http://www.yahoojobs.com , http:// www.careerbuilder.com )
    • Smaller Industry-Specific Websites ( http://www.museum-employment.com , http://www.shovelbums.org , http://www.computerjobs.com )
    • Online Newspaper Classifieds ( http://www.chicagotribune.com , http://www.chicagoreader.com , http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com )
    • Online Websites for Professional Organizations ( http://www.nabe.org , http://www.astd.org , http://www.awra.org )
    • Company Research Capsules ( http://www.hoovers.com , http://www.greenbook.org , http://www.corporateinformation.com )
    • Chambers of Commerce ( http://www.uschamber.com , http://www.2chambers.com/illinois3.htm )
    • Cultural Organizations ( http://www.polishamericanbusiness.com/index.asp , http://www.hace-usa.org/ , http://www.black-collegian.com )
    • Listservs/Audience Sharing Websites ( http://groups.yahoo.com , http://www.craigslist.com , http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/1505/listservs.html )
    • Temporary Employment Agencies ( http://www.allstarjobs.com , http://chicago.about.com/od/employment1/ , http://www.chicagojobresource.com )
    • State Unemployment Office ( http:// www.ides.state.il.us / )
    • Placement Office/Career Office ( http://www.neiu.edu/CarServ.htm )
  • To Post or Not to Post?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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!
  • Research Before Applying
    • If you see a job you wish to apply for, stop before you hit that submit resume button!
    • Visit a company research site or the website for the organization and do some research first.
    • Read their mission statement, current company news and find out what exactly they do!
    • Print out any pertinent information about the company and insert it into your binder. Highlight any details that you deem particularly important.
  • Review Your Job Ad
    • 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:
    • 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.
  • Use Your Highlights to Tailor Your Cover Letter and Resume
    • Reread your highlights – These are the qualities employers are looking for specifically for this job!
    • If you have the skills and experience mentioned in the ad, then use those words in your cover letter and resume.
    • Only after doing that, apply online. Follow up your application with a snail mail resume and cover letter within 2 weeks after applying online.
  • Job Hunt Via Networking
    • 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? )
    • Often the hidden job market can be best characterized by this phrase: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
    • Networking can be time-consuming but the results from networking – job offers, notifications of upcoming openings, and valuable contacts – are worth it.
  • Figure Out Who You Know
    • 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:
          • Family Members
          • Friends/Neighbors
          • Former or Current Job Contacts/Supervisors (This includes former co-workers, vendor or distributor contacts, etc.)
          • School contacts (Professors, Graduate Assistants, Guest Speakers, Administrators, Fellow students)
          • Community Contacts (Religious leaders, volunteer/charitable organization members, professional organizations, clubs, outside activities).
  • Begin Networking
    • 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.
    • Instead, ask them to provide you with an informational interview at a time convenient to both of you in their office.
    • For instance:
    • “ 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?”
    • If an in-office appointment is not feasible, set up a phone informational interview time.
  • Conducting Informational Interviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Questions to Ask During an Informational Interview
    • How did you get into your career path?
    • What do you like most about working for a company such as this?
    • What sort of advice would you provide someone like myself who is looking to break into this field/this type of company?
    • Would you mind looking at my resume and providing some suggestions?
    • Who else in the field – in this organization or any other – would you consider an expert?
    • Would it be alright if I contacted this person for more information?
  • After the Informational Interview
    • Once your 20 minute interview is complete, follow-up with a thank you letter just as you would after a job interview.
    • Include a resume with your thank you letter. If resume suggestions were made, be sure you follow them before including them in your letter.
    • 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.
    • Include your contact information and any interactions you had in your binder for follow-up later and to act as a reminder.
    • Start the process over.
  • Other Places to Job Hunt
    • Job Fairs (These include University based events, community events, company-specific job fairs and online job fairs)
    • Conferences and Professional Organizations
    • Clubs (These can include city-based business-related clubs such as Young Professionals of Chicago – http://www.ypchicago.org )
    • 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)
  • Collect Contacts
    • In all cases, no matter if you are networking, visiting a job fair, or attending a club meeting, ask individuals for their business cards.
    • Keep all of your business cards together and log your transactions with these individuals in your binder.
    • 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).
  • Create Your Own Networking Cards
    • You may wish to create your own networking cards to give out at networking events, informational interviews, etc.
    • Networking cards should include your name and contact information, your degree or anticipated degree and your interests.
    • 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.
  • And Repeat…
    • Looking for a job is a full time job.
    • Devote at least 3-6 hours a week for job hunting. More if you are able to!
    • Constantly network – you may meet your next boss in the supermarket, bowling alley or at a job fair.
    • Tailor your application materials to match the job.
    • 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.