Career Ready, Seminar 3: Best ways to find a job

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An understanding of how to locate job opportunities is crucial for all adults. This module will inform students of the most effective methods for identifying employment opportunities; including …

An understanding of how to locate job opportunities is crucial for all adults. This module will inform students of the most effective methods for identifying employment opportunities; including researching the market, networking, and identifying advertised vacancies.

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  • Networking is defined as “exchanging information, contacts and experience for professional or social purposes’” (Oxford Dictionary)It involves building two-way, mutually beneficial relationships one person at a timeIt is: ReciprocalLong termAnd one of the most important professional skills you can developIt is not about collecting business cards!
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  • 1. Career Ready Program Seminar 3: Best ways to find a job Career Development Centre La Trobe Universitylatrobe.edu.au/students/careers CRICOS Provider 00115M
  • 2. Quiz - What % graduates obtained employment from ...1. Advertisement on internet2. Family or friends3. University careers service4. Approached employer directly5. Work contacts6. Careers fair or info session7. Approached by employer8. Other university source (e.g., lecturers)9. Advertisement in print media10. Recruiter/employment agency11. Posted resume on the internet12. OtherCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 2
  • 3. Answers - graduates obtained employment from ...1. Advertisement on internet 26%2. Family or friends 15%3. University careers service 11%4. Approached employer directly 9%5. Work contacts 6%6. Careers fair or info session 6%7. Approached by employer 6%8. Other university source (e.g., lecturers) 5%9. Advertisement in print media 4%10. Recruiter/employment agency 4%11. Posted resume on the internet 1%12. Other 7%Source: GradStats, Graduate Careers, December 2012CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 3
  • 4. Best Ways to Find a Job Networks Canvassing LinkedIn for Advertised Job Search vacanciesCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 4
  • 5. Advertised Vacancies
  • 6. Advertised job vacancies• Employment websites www.seek.com.au www.mycareer.com.au www.careerone.com.au• La Trobe’s CareerHub latrobe.edu.au/students/careers• Company websites• Professional associations• Recruitment agencies www.rcsa.com.au• NewspapersCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 6
  • 7. Tips for job websites• Register your profile so employers can search for you• Subscribe to job email alerts• Check everyday for new listings• Apply ASAP – many employers close vacancies once they receive enough applicationsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 7
  • 8. Tips for Recruitment Agencies• They work for the employer, not you• Register with agencies advertising jobs in your field• Build relationship with recruiter• Accept short-term / contract roles• Ask for feedback on resume, interviews What are 3 things I could do to improve my interview performance? In what ways could I make improvements to my resume?CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 8
  • 9. Canvassing
  • 10. Canvassing1. Identify companies in your target industry to contact2. Identify potential contacts within each company Hiring managers, not HR departments! Use LinkedIn, personal networks, company websites, to find contacts3. Decide on contact approach Email, phone, social media, in-person4. Prepare tailored cover letter and resume5. Make contact and provide a copy of your resume6. Follow-up as appropriate or agreedCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 10
  • 11. Networking
  • 12. Networking is …• building two-way, mutually beneficial relationships one person at a time• for the long term• one of the most important professional skills you can develop• not about collecting business cards!CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 12
  • 13. How to network• Preparation: What do you want? Names, ideas, introductions?• Talk with a purpose Communicate your personal brand; Share your knowledge• Actively listen Pay attention; Show that you are listening; Summarise what they’ve said• Ask open ended questions Why? How? Where? Who?CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 13
  • 14. Networking at an eventYou are at a conference and you don’t know anyone there. Whatare some ways you could approach someone?• Introduce yourself• Firm handshake, maintain eye contact• Use your ‘elevator pitch’• Enjoy the conversation• Exit strategyCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 14
  • 15. Ending a conversation• Sometimes a cause of awkwardness• Aims: End the conversation gracefully; leave a good impression• Exit strategies: Introduce your new contact to another person Have a prepared exit phraseCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 15
  • 16. Ending a conversation – exit phrase“It’s been great meeting you, however I promised I’dcirculate the room. Do you have a business card?”“I’m sure you want to meet other people, so I’ll let yougo. Do you have a business card?”“It’s been great speaking with you. I’ll send you a copy ofmy proposal tomorrow. Do you have a business card?”CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 16
  • 17. Follow upIf you don’t follow up … … what was the point going to the networking event?Send an email after the event: Thank you for meeting A document or weblink you discussed Your resume if appropriate Send an invite to join your Linkedin networkCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 17
  • 18. Tips• Always be polite and friendly• Be proactive and approach employers• Have an opening line• Speak clearly• Leave a conversation gracefully• Always behave professionallyCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 18
  • 19. Develop your elevator pitchA brief summary that introduces who you are, yourinterests, skills and experiences, and states what you areseeking“Hi my name is ... I have recently graduated with a sciencedegree, majoring in genetics. I’m really interested in how we canuse web 2.0 technology to increase people’s awareness ofinherited disorders.”CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 19
  • 20. Develop your elevator pitch• Take 5 minutes to draft out your elevator pitch• What do you want to say about yourself?CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 20
  • 21. Networking activity• Make contact with 2 people in the room you don’t already know• Use your elevator pitch• Ask questions / short conversation• End the conversation gracefully You’ve got 10 minutes!CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 21
  • 22. LinkedIn for Job Search
  • 23. Firstly, a word about social networking• Employers do conduct background searches• Will anything be embarrassing if seen by an employer?• Make sure privacy settings keep employers separated from friendsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 23
  • 24. LinkedIn for Job SearchAbout LinkedIn• 3M+ members in Australia (approx. 25% of workforce) + 187M worldwide• 2M+ company pages• Free to join You don’t need to buy a subscription unless you want the advanced featuresCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 24
  • 25. Ideas for using LinkedIn for job search• Create your professional profile (like a resume) Recruiters do search for people on LinkedIn• Start building your network Upload your current contacts Search for people in your industry Ask your contacts to introduce you to new people• View company pages Best research tool for canvassing employers See current job listings See list of employees on LinkedIn – connect with them!CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 25
  • 26. Ideas for using LinkedIn for job search• Search for job advertisements Vacancies from all around the world• Career planning research See the career paths people with your degree have taken• Preparation for an interview Read the profiles of the people on the interview panel• Join discussion groups Sharing your knowledge or asking questions can lead to making contactsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 26
  • 27. TipsProfile• Use an appropriate photo Clear, headshot only, dressed professionally• Create a profile that summarises your experiences It does not need to be an exact copy of your resume• Ask for endorsements and recommendations• Include a meaningful headline Science student seeking internship in biotechnology sectorCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 27
  • 28. Summary & Next Steps
  • 29. SummaryIn searching for work:• Set some goals for meeting new contacts• Work out which websites you will use to search for advertised jobs• Identify networking events to attend• Get feedback so you know where to make improvements (cover letter, interviews, etc)• Don’t give upCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 29
  • 30. Next Steps• LMS ‘Job Search Methods’ module Read through content & watch videos• Complete activities in PebblePad workbook• Complete a LinkedIn profile• Set up job alerts on major job boardsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 30
  • 31. Next seminar Seminar 4: Applying for Work [Date] [Time] [Venue]CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 31
  • 32. Thank youConnect with us via:Web: latrobe.edu.au/students/careersFacebook: facebook.com/LaTrobeCareersTwitter: @LTUcareersEmail: careers@latrobe.edu.au