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Searching for a job involves more than just searching on Seek or MyCareer. Find out about four effective ways to find a job

Searching for a job involves more than just searching on Seek or MyCareer. Find out about four effective ways to find a job

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  • Four Ways to Find a Job Career Development Centre La Trobe University December 2012latrobe.edu.au/students/careers CRICOS Provider 00115M
  • Four Ways to Find a Job Networks Canvassing Social Media Advertised Networking vacanciesCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 2
  • QuizWhat % graduates obtained employment from ...• Advertisement in print media• Advertisement on internet• Approached by employer• Approached employer directly• Careers fair or info session• Family or friends• Other• Other uni source eg lecturers• Recruiter/employment agency• Uni careers service• Work contactsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 3
  • AnswersAdvertisement on internet 25%Family or friends 15%Approached employer directly 10%Uni careers service 10%Advertisement in print media 6%Approached by employer 6%Other uni source eg lecturers 6%Work contacts 6%Careers fair or info session 5%Recruiter/employment agency 3%Other 8%Source: GradStats, Graduate Careers, December 2010CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 4
  • Advertised job vacancies• Newspapers• Company websites• Professional associations• Recruitment agencies (see www.rcsa.com.au)• Employment websites (see handout for extensive list) 9 December 2012CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 5
  • Australian job advertisementsJob advertisements (total market):• Online - 82%• Newspapers – 18%Job ads online (market share):• Seek - 68%• CareerOne - 20%• MyCareer - 12%CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 6
  • Tips for job websites• Register your profile so employers can search for you• Subscribe to job email alerts• Check everyday for new listingsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 7
  • 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, interviewsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 8
  • Networking• Building two-way, mutually beneficial relationships one person at a time• Reciprocal• Long term• One of the most important professional skills you can develop• It is not about collecting business cards!CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 9
  • How to network• Talking about you• Sharing your knowledge with others• Talking with a purpose• What do you want? Names, ideas, introductions?• Communicate your personal brand 9 December 2012CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 10
  • How to networkActively listenAsk the right questionsBe interested in the answersAsk open ended questions 9 December 2012CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 11
  • At an eventHow might you approach someone at a networking event? 9 December 2012CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 12
  • At an event• Introduce yourself• Use your ‘elevator pitch’• Firm handshake, maintain eye contact• Start a conversation (avoid anything overly personal, politics, religion, asking directly for a job) 9 December 2012CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 13
  • Ending a conversation“I promised I’d circulate the room, but it’s been greatmeeting you. Do you have a card?”“I’m sure you want to meet other people, so I’ll let yougo. Do you have a card?”“It’s been great speaking with you. I’ll send you a copy ofmy proposal tomorrow. Do you have a card?”CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 14
  • 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 15
  • Tips• Always be polite and friendly• Be proactive and approach employers• Have an opening line• Speak clearly• Leave a conversation gracefully• Always behave professionally 9 December 2012CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 16
  • 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 science degree,majoring in genetics. I’m really interested in how we can use web2.0 technology to increase people’s awareness of inheriteddisorders.”CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 17
  • Develop your elevator pitchTake 5 minutes to draft out your elevator pitchWhat do you want to say about yourself?CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 18
  • Networking ActivityMake contact with 2 people in the room you don’t already knowUse your elevator pitchAsk questions / short conversationEnd the conversation gracefullyYou’ve got 10 minutes! 9 December 2012CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 19
  • Social networking• Will anything be embarrassing if seen by an employer?• Make sure privacy settings keep employers separated from friendsLinkedin• Best for professional networking• Upload your resume• Have a professional summary• Keep up to date with referees and ex-colleaguesCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 20
  • How to use LinkedIn• Add people that you meet• Join a special interest group related to your field• Engage in conversations in the interest groups• Update your status regularly ‘seeking opportunities in...’• Use the resume builder• Ask former colleagues and employers to complete a recommendation on your account• Follow up your contacts regularly, use the in built email in LinkedIn or send directly to their email addressCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 21
  • CanvassingHospitality and retail casual jobs:• Approach business in person• Be dressed neatly and appropriately for that industry• Have your elevator pitch prepared• Ask to speak with the store manager• Provide a copy of your resume• Follow up regularly if no work currently availableCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 22
  • CanvassingFor ‘office jobs’• Identify companies in your industry• Use your networking technique to meet potential employers (phone call, LinkedIn)• Arrange an informational interview• Then, give the employer your resume 9 December 2012CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 23
  • Informational interview• A meeting initiated by yourself to learn more about an employer, career, industry• Can be conducted over the phone, in person, via email• Your chance to ask lots of questions about getting into the industry• Ask for contacts that may be able to offer you employmentCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 24
  • Informational interview• Prepare for the meeting by writing out a list of questions• Do some research on the company and person you are meeting• Have a copy of your resume and business card ready to give to the employer• Follow up the meeting by sending a thank you emailCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 25
  • 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 26