Secrets of a SuccessfulJob SearchCara ValentineGraduate Career CounselorCareer Development CenterCleveland 306716-878-5811www.buffalostate.edu/offices/cdc
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?
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 -http://www.buffalostate.edu/offices/cdc/choose.html◦ Research skills necessary for your desired occupations Occupational Outlook Handbook Preparation is key - Updates are essential◦ Resume◦ Cover letter◦ References◦ Interviewing skills◦ Portfolio
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
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
Advertised job openings CDC Website◦ http://bsccdc01.buffalostate.edu/cdc/libsearch/job-links.php◦ http://bsccdc01.buffalostate.edu/cdc/libsearch/job-links.php 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: http://www.1st-writer.com/job_sites_by_industry.htm◦ Location: http://www.1st-writer.com/job_sites_by_state.htm
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
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
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
Job Fairs & Recruitment CDC fair schedule◦ http://www.buffalostate.edu/offices/cdc/job-fairs.html◦ Use job fair participant lists to develop inquirylists CDC recruitment calendar◦ http://bsccdc01.buffalostate.edu/cdc/oncampus/on-campus.asp WNYACCC - www.wnyaccc.org National Career Fairshttp://www.nationalcareerfairs.com/** Making face to face connections is the best way to build your network!!
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?◦ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTU2FkVyoUw BSC Professor? BSC Staff? Part-time job? Volunteer? Family Members? Friends?**The work you do and the relationships you build stay with youforever!
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
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
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
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?
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
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
Questions?Cara Valentinevalentc01@buffalostate.edu716-878-5811** Find me on LinkedIn!!