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Job Search Techniques 101

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Do you feel that your job search is not proving successful? Has it been a while since you last looked for a new job? Do you worry that you do not know where to begin? Then this presentation is for you! Camilla Simon reviews the critical, simple steps to a successful job search.

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  1. 1. Created by Camilla Simon for Career Weekly JOB SEARCH TECHNIQUES 101
  2. 2.  Update your resumé based on new experience/coursework  Make sure your contact information is up to date Reminder: Your email should be in a conventional, factual and informative format. GETTING STARTED: YOUR RESUMÉ AND CONTACT INFORMATION
  3. 3.  Keep track of your job search activity by creating a job log in Excel or Word. This will help you make the best use of your time during your job-search.  It is a good practice to track resume submissions, networking submissions and interviews. An Example Log: TRACKING YOUR EFFORTS Activity Organization Contact Information Date of Activity Date of Follow Up Activity How I heard about it Comments Applied for Bank/Teller Position Bank of America Sandy, 122-785- 2295 8-20-13 www.indeed. com -Phone call received on 9-4-14.
  4. 4.  If you are unemployed: a job search should be 40 hours a week.  If you are employed: a job search should be 20 hours a week. TIME WELL SPENT
  5. 5.  Most public libraries have employment information available, as well as provide a quiet place to job search and print items necessary for your job hunt.  Libraries also have the employment sections of all local newspapers as well as those of many other major cities. RESOURCES
  6. 6.  Networking opportunities can help generate information, advice, job leads and invitations to interviews.  Create a potential networking list and add them on LinkedIn.  Examples: NETWORKING • Your partner • Your children • Neighbors (past and present) • Friends • Social acquaintances • Supervisors • Former professors • Members of a religious organization • Alumni Association members • Your doctor, lawyer, banker, etc.
  7. 7.  Follow targeted employers on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook ,and Google Alerts.  Expand LinkedIn networking contacts to at least 50 people.  Collect at least 3 LinkedIn recommendations. SOCIAL NETWORKING
  8. 8.  There is a professional association for almost every career field and interest area.  Research specific publications and associations within your indicated field. There are many different job posting pages on these websites.  To find a professional association, follow the steps below. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 1. Visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ 2. Select and Occupation Group and Occupation 3. Click “Contacts for More Information”
  9. 9.  www.linkedin.com  www.jobsthatserve.org  www.indeed.com  www.careerbuilder.com  www.jobs.monster.com  www.jobs.net JOB WEBSITES
  10. 10. • What is the fee and who pays it? • What services will the agency provide? • For how long is the contract binding? • What happens if either part defaults • What are the job-hunter’s responsibilities after signing the contract? JOB AGENCIES AND RECRUITERS  Employment services such as employment agencies and executive recruiters can act as go between job hunters and employers.  The best practice is to be honest when working with one employment agency. It is important to review any contracts before signing  Sample questions for asking employment agencies:
  11. 11.  Track your Efforts.  Spend adequate time on your job search.  Have a polished resume and drafted cover letter on hand at all times.  Utilize the resources that are available at your fingertips.  Network yourself. THE JOB SEARCH CHECKLIST
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