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  • Raise of hands- how many of you are using advertised… targeted organizations… job fairs… networking...? To have the most successful job search its crucial that you use all four methods.
  • Social Media is booming- it will not go away any time soon and statistics show that hiring managers are using social media to source candidatesHow many of you know what LinkedIn is?How many of you have LinkedIn?
  • Job Search Workshop

    1. 1. Secrets of a SuccessfulJob SearchCara ValentineGraduate Career CounselorCareer Development CenterCleveland
    2. 2. Getting to know you… Name? Class Year? Major? Possible Career? Why are you here? What you hope tolearn? Where are you in your job search?What efforts have you made thus far?
    3. 3. Before You Begin Self Assessment◦ Examine your situation- why am I job searching? Recent Graduate or Graduating Unemployed Need new skills Unhappy in your current role Upward mobility◦ Know your options -◦ Research skills necessary for your desired occupations Occupational Outlook Handbook Preparation is key - Updates are essential◦ Resume◦ Cover letter◦ References◦ Interviewing skills◦ Portfolio
    4. 4. Job Creation Timeline1. Hiring manager needs to fulfill a job◦ Someone got fired◦ Someone took a job at another company◦ Someone got promoted◦ Expansion position2. Hiring manager asks his “network”: does anyone knowsomeone?3. Job is posted internally and resumes come in from currentemployees and referrals4. Resumes reviewed, interviewing starts. If they findsomeone, job is filled.5. Job not filled? Then start advertising and acceptingresumes (A lot of them)6. Recruiter/Talent Acquisition or HR screen resumes (nothiring manager) and then pass on a short list of topcandidates to hiring manager.7. Interviews starts8. Offer is given
    5. 5. Four strategies to identify jobopenings Advertised job openings◦ Interstate highway- quickest and easiest, butextremely congested with candidates Targeting specific organizations◦ The scenic route- takes more time, but is lesscongested Job fairs & campus recruitment◦ The face-to-face connection Networking◦ Using the people you know and who know to youto generate job leads
    6. 6. Advertised job openings CDC Website◦◦ Classified ads – paper and online Online job search engines◦ Indeed◦ Careerbuilder◦ Monster◦ Any many many more!! Going directly to the organization’s website ** ORCA – CDC job postings NACE Link on ORCA Websites and publications related to your◦ Field:◦ Location:
    7. 7. Things to consider whentargeting/applying to advertised postings Use job agents, or push technology to save time When possible go to the organization’s website toapply directly to positions Upload your resume and cover letter whenpossible Target your resume and cover letters to eachspecific position/organization
    8. 8. Targeting Specific Organizations Who would hire you?◦ Make a list of potential employers and industries◦ Target your search to specific industries, positionsand/or locations Local, regional, and national directories◦ Career Search – on ORCA◦ Stop by the CDC- Business First Book of Lists
    9. 9. Strategies Keep track of who you are contacting andfollow up Send tailored resumes and cover letters ofinquiry Conduct extensive research on theorganization Visit the organization’s website and checkfor an employment page
    10. 10. Job Fairs & Recruitment CDC fair schedule◦◦ Use job fair participant lists to develop inquirylists CDC recruitment calendar◦ WNYACCC - National Career Fairs** Making face to face connections is the best way to build your network!!
    11. 11. Networking What is networking?◦ Definition: to develop relationships with people who can behelpful to one professionally, especially in findingemployment or moving to a higher position How many of you feel like as a college student youdo NOT have a network?◦ BSC Professor? BSC Staff? Part-time job? Volunteer? Family Members? Friends?**The work you do and the relationships you build stay with youforever!
    12. 12. How to Increase YourNetwork Use employer directories to contact employers to conductinformational interviews Always ask current contacts who they might refer you to formore information Professional Associations Connect with a mentor Conferences Workshops/Seminars Alumni Chapters/Groups Social Media-LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
    13. 13. Informational Interviewing What is it exactly?◦ Interview initiated by you with someone working inan organization or career field of interest to you Why they are useful:◦ gain realistic information about what youve heard orread about careers◦ expand your knowledge of the job market◦ learn about additional career paths◦ build your professional network◦ learn about the skills and attributes sought inpotential hires
    14. 14. Make Your Meetings Count Ask your contacts to keep you informedand stay in touch Ask for a business card – keep a log Bring your resume – just in case Make sure you can identify what you havelearned Send a thank you note
    15. 15. Social Media - LinkedInWhy I advocated so strongly for LinkedIn:◦ Hits 3 of the 4 Targets Advertised Job Openings LinkedIn Profile = Electronic Copy of your resume Just like job boards- saved jobs searches can be sent to you weekly Some organizations are now only posting their open positions on LinkedIn- if you aren’t on you are missing outon those opportunities! Targeting Specific Organizations Search for companies by name, keyword or industry “Follow” companies to get industry articles, hiring trends, etc on your newsfeed Networking Directly connect with other professionals and hiring managers/recruiters Remember: Face to face connections > LinkedIn connections◦ Helps you Research & Learn What type of companies are out there that I can work for? What jobs are being advertised? What skills and educational background do other professionals have in my field? (put on resume) What does this company do? Where is this company located? How big is this company? What is the company website? Who do I address my cover letter to? Are people being hired? Are people being fired?◦ The relationships you make stay with you forever You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours Lets share valuable information Who do you know?
    16. 16. 5 Common Networking Mistakes Networking on the fly Expecting too much too soon Job seeking described as info interviewing Not paying attention to advice Ignoring the give back dimension
    17. 17. Final Thoughts A positive attitude goes a long way Be patient and persistent Evaluate your situation Make the necessary changes/updates Follow up with all contacts and positions Take advantage of the resources that are availableto you
    18. 18. Questions?Cara Valentinevalentc01@buffalostate.edu716-878-5811** Find me on LinkedIn!!