How to Rev Up Your Job Search,
Even if You’re Happily
Employed
Presented by:
Heather R. Huhman
Who am I?
 Founder & president of Come Recommended
– Career and workplace education and consulting
firm specializing in y...
Every Job is Temporary
 Unfortunately, every job is temporary.
Seriously, every single one. So, even if you’re
over-the-t...
What We’ll Cover
 How to create a comprehensive job search
plan
 The importance of building your network
now
 360-degre...
How to Create a
Comprehensive Job
Search Plan
How to Create a Comprehensive
Job Search Plan
 Have a clear idea of what you want and how
you’ll get there
 Map out your...
How to Create a Comprehensive
Job Search Plan
 Utilize various job search methods to land
the job you want
– Job boards
–...
How to Create a Comprehensive
Job Search Plan
 Dedicate set amounts of time to various job
search methods
– You don’t wan...
How to Create a Comprehensive
Job Search Plan
 Prepare yourself
– Have a quality resume and cover letter prepared
for job...
How to Create a Comprehensive
Job Search Plan
 Stay organized
– Create a method for keeping track of
applications, dates,...
The Importance of
Building Your Network
Now
The Importance of Building Your
Network Now
 To create a strong network of connections,
build it before you“need it”(for ...
The Importance of Building Your
Network Now
 80% of jobs are secured through networking
– Employee referrals
– Unadvertis...
360 Networking
360 Networking
 Just because you follow someone on Twitter,
read their blog or friend them on Facebook
does not mean you ...
360 Networking
 Networking is a two-way street – it’s all about
creating mutually beneficial relationships
 That said, y...
360 Networking
 Provide value to your contacts
– Think about how you can help them succeed, so
they will want to help you...
360 Networking
 Follow-up (cont.)
– Also important to stay in touch with your
network contacts via updates, e-mails, meet...
360 Networking
 Bringing it all full circle
– After completing networking activities, show
gratitude to those you’ve conn...
How to Build and
Maintain Your Personal
Brand
Building Your Personal Brand
 Create a professional presence on major
social networking sites, such as LinkedIn &
Twitter...
Building Your Personal Brand
 Keep public social networking sites
professional
– Become a“go-to”professional for industry...
Building Your Personal Brand
 Create an online portfolio to display your
experience and pieces of work
– Include your res...
Building Your Personal Brand
 Know your unique selling points (USPs)
– Education
– Qualifications
– Experience
– Industry...
Building Your Personal Brand
 Invest in quality business cards that align
with your personal brand
 Be sure to include t...
Maintaining Your Personal
Brand
 Keep your different sites consistent by
updating them often
– Employers and recruiters w...
Maintaining Your Personal
Brand
 Update your status often on various sites so
you’re always on the front of people’s mind...
iMarketYourCareer Services
Questions?
Heather R. Huhman
Founder & President
Come Recommended
www.comerecommended.com
heather@comerecommended.com
Twit...
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How to Rev Up Your Job Search, Even if You're Happily Employed

  1. 1. How to Rev Up Your Job Search, Even if You’re Happily Employed Presented by: Heather R. Huhman
  2. 2. Who am I?  Founder & president of Come Recommended – Career and workplace education and consulting firm specializing in young professionals – ComeRecommended.com is a social networking site for internship and entry-level job candidates and employers  Entry-level careers columnist for Examiner.com  Career expert for a number of other orgs 2
  3. 3. Every Job is Temporary  Unfortunately, every job is temporary. Seriously, every single one. So, even if you’re over-the-top happy where you are today, chances are you will move on from this position for one reason or another eventually.  Knowing this, how can you rev up your job search now?
  4. 4. What We’ll Cover  How to create a comprehensive job search plan  The importance of building your network now  360-degree networking  How to build and maintain your personal brand
  5. 5. How to Create a Comprehensive Job Search Plan
  6. 6. How to Create a Comprehensive Job Search Plan  Have a clear idea of what you want and how you’ll get there  Map out your goals: – What’s your ideal workplace environment? – What type of organization do you want to work for? – Where are you going to live? – What type of job does your previous experience and education qualify you for? (Be realistic)
  7. 7. How to Create a Comprehensive Job Search Plan  Utilize various job search methods to land the job you want – Job boards – Social networking sites – Informational interviews – Company websites – Networking – events, conferences, online – Talking with your existing network to see who can help you
  8. 8. How to Create a Comprehensive Job Search Plan  Dedicate set amounts of time to various job search methods – You don’t want to rely on one method to get you an interview  Stay on top of your applications and interview opportunities – Follow-up with hiring managers several times throughout the process to show that you are passionate about the job opening
  9. 9. How to Create a Comprehensive Job Search Plan  Prepare yourself – Have a quality resume and cover letter prepared for job openings – Research the company to identify how you would fit and ways you can help them improve – Show that you know what they need by spelling out exactly how your qualifications and experience fit the job description
  10. 10. How to Create a Comprehensive Job Search Plan  Stay organized – Create a method for keeping track of applications, dates, names and contact information
  11. 11. The Importance of Building Your Network Now
  12. 12. The Importance of Building Your Network Now  To create a strong network of connections, build it before you“need it”(for example, when you’re job searching)  You’ve been interacting with many people who can help your job search throughout the years, such as: – Peers and classmates – Professors and university professionals – Former co-workers and supervisors
  13. 13. The Importance of Building Your Network Now  80% of jobs are secured through networking – Employee referrals – Unadvertised openings – Connections with hiring managers/CEOs  Many are secured through acquaintances or weak connections – You never know who can help you in your career!
  14. 14. 360 Networking
  15. 15. 360 Networking  Just because you follow someone on Twitter, read their blog or friend them on Facebook does not mean you are reaching the end goal of networking. Networking goes beyond the initial meeting whether online or offline.
  16. 16. 360 Networking  Networking is a two-way street – it’s all about creating mutually beneficial relationships  That said, you need to give, give, give before you ask for help from new contacts  Know your unique selling points (USPs) – Your unique characteristics and skills – Create an elevator pitch for networking opportunities to explain who you are, what you’re seeking and your qualifications
  17. 17. 360 Networking  Provide value to your contacts – Think about how you can help them succeed, so they will want to help you succeed in the future. Networking is all about creating good karma!  Follow-up – After an initial meeting, it’s extremely important to follow-up – You don’t want to lose the connection because you didn’t stay in touch
  18. 18. 360 Networking  Follow-up (cont.) – Also important to stay in touch with your network contacts via updates, e-mails, meetings, phone calls, etc. throughout the year  Leveraging your connections – Once you’ve built a relationship, your connections can vouch for you and lead you to a multitude of new opportunities
  19. 19. 360 Networking  Bringing it all full circle – After completing networking activities, show gratitude to those you’ve connected with – Take notes on the back of business cards about unique conversations – Explore ways to help or give back to build the two-way relationship – Add contacts you’ve made on LinkedIn or follow them on Twitter to continue building the relationship
  20. 20. How to Build and Maintain Your Personal Brand
  21. 21. Building Your Personal Brand  Create a professional presence on major social networking sites, such as LinkedIn & Twitter – Keep usernames similar (use your name) – Include a professional picture to show you are a real person – Completely fill out your bio, including information from your elevator pitch – Make your account public
  22. 22. Building Your Personal Brand  Keep public social networking sites professional – Become a“go-to”professional for industry news, interesting articles and recent issues – It’s okay to share some personal information, but don’t give potential employers a reason to dislike you because of sharing too many personal details online
  23. 23. Building Your Personal Brand  Create an online portfolio to display your experience and pieces of work – Include your resume, classwork, volunteer projects, leadership experience, recommendations, etc. – Consider starting a blog to increase your visibility and sharpen your writing skills – Where to start: WordPress, Weebly, Wix, VisualCV
  24. 24. Building Your Personal Brand  Know your unique selling points (USPs) – Education – Qualifications – Experience – Industry/Field/Niche  Position yourself as an expert in your field – Blogging is a great way to do this  Attend networking events and conferences to meet other professionals
  25. 25. Building Your Personal Brand  Invest in quality business cards that align with your personal brand  Be sure to include the following on them: – Full name – E-mail address – Website/blog – Twitter handle/LinkedIn profile link, etc. – Phone number – Photo of yourself (if you’d like)
  26. 26. Maintaining Your Personal Brand  Keep your different sites consistent by updating them often – Employers and recruiters will check to see that your online presence is consistent across all channels  Don’t just sign up for networking sites and leave them inactive – Focus on a select few and make sure to provide value to your followers
  27. 27. Maintaining Your Personal Brand  Update your status often on various sites so you’re always on the front of people’s minds  Keep in mind what’s appropriate for the outlet: – Twitter: several times per day is acceptable – LinkedIn: not more than once or twice per day  Look for new opportunities to display your expertise, such as guest posting on other’s blogs
  28. 28. iMarketYourCareer Services
  29. 29. Questions? Heather R. Huhman Founder & President Come Recommended www.comerecommended.com heather@comerecommended.com Twitter: @heatherhuhman

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