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Introduction to Job Searching Path 1

Introduction to Job Searching Path 1

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  • 1. Job Search 101
  • 2. Realities of Job Hunting
    • Companies are in business to make money
    • Companies make money by:
      • Generating revenue
      • Saving Money
      • Being efficient & productive
    • Companies hire people who understand their financial priorities and are efficient with time and budget management- they look for “problem-solvers”
  • 3. Realities of Job Hunting
    • Successful Job hunting requires multiple tactics and a long-term career plan
    • In general, employers hire based on proven credentials , not potential
    • Most people do not get a promotion when they change jobs; they get a promotion after they have proven themselves at the job they currently have
    • Practical job hunting involves honestly assessing your “ability to succeed” in the position… from the employers point of view
  • 4. Ability to Succeed
    • From an employer’s perspective, the ability to succeed is demonstrated, first, by a resume that details 70% or more of the required skills and experience for a given position
    • If you have successfully handled 70% or more of the required skills already, then you are a good candidate for a selected position
    • “ Being able to succeed” should be a top criteria used to select positions of interest
  • 5. Your TJD
    • Your Target Job:
      • Interest/Fulfillment
      • Ability to do 70% or more of the job
      • Location
      • Availability
      • Remuneration
      • Practicality
      • Note: You can also create a secondary job search. Secondary positions can often lead to landing your primary/target position.
  • 6. Defining your TJD
    • Identifying your Target Job Description:
      • Search internet, classifieds, etc. for 6-10 examples of your chosen job
      • List all the variations on the job title- identify the most common job title for your position
      • Look for the common skill requirements- list them in descending order- most common to least common.
      • List all the problems that need solving in this position- most common to least common
  • 7. Defining your TJD
      • Target Job Description GOAL
      • Have a complete picture of the:
      • Common Job Titles
      • Skills
      • Experience and education required
      • Deliverables or solutions
      • Professional behaviors required
      • Keywords that are commonly used to describe position priorities
  • 8. Your Job Search
    • Employee turn-over is generally at 14% in the US
    • 1/3of hires come from employers’ personal networks and prior contacts
    • 1/3 of hires come from the Internet
    • 1/3 of hires come from from a mix of:
    • Job fairs Recruiters Temp-to-perm hires
  • 9. Your Job Search & the Internet
    • Of the Internet hires:
    • 38% of new hires come through a company’s website
    • 14.5% come from the big job boards (Monster, Careerbuilder, Hotjobs)
    • 17% come from specialty/professional websites
    • 30% come from other sources
  • 10. Your Job Search & Networking
    • Join and maintain a presence/profile with:
    • Linkedin
    • Your Alumni association
    • Professional associations  help with committees
    • Community associations
    • Go to professional conferences  Bring business cards
    • Send potential job opportunities to others
    • ASK for referrals and recommendations
  • 11. Your Job Search
    • Find job listings and/or jobs in:
    • Professional Trade Journals
    • Professional Association websites
    • Employer websites
    • School Career Offices
    • Propose your own job
  • 12. Your Job Search & Other Methods
    • Find jobs by:
    • Doing an internship or unpaid apprenticeship
    • Using the “Carpet-bomb” approach and sending a basic package to all potential employers
    • Taking Temp jobs
    • Working with Headhunters/Staffing agencies
    • Attending job fairs
    • Knocking on doors/cold calling
  • 13. Success in Job Searching
    • Be sure you have a majority of the skills and education required for the job
    • Gain experience via internships and apprenticeships, if necessary
    • Develop targeted resumes and cover letters
    • Use your contacts to get names of hiring managers
    • Resend applications and resumes more than once, if needed
    • Emphasize professional experiences/ Downplay school/education