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  • The majority of job seekers are familiar with the traditional methods of a job search such as online job boards and job fairs. A call for a more creative approach is needed in order to gain employment in today’s economy. This workshop will provide you with the tools to diversify your job search strategy from the first-hand experience of a Recruiter who was a recent job seeker.
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  • 1. Thinking Outside the Box with Your Job Search Angelique Torres April 2 nd , 2011 The Career Place, Woburn, MA
  • 2. Exercise
    • What are your areas of pain in your job search?
    • What have been some of the ways you have been looking for work?
  • 3. Learning Objectives
    • Understand and identify different job search techniques
    • Apply different techniques to your overall strategy
    • Feel energized and motivated to gain employment
    • Commit to at least one action as a takeaway
  • 4. Self-Assessment
    • What is your timeline?
    • What are your skills and experiences?
    • What are you good at?
    • What do you like to do versus what you don’t like to do?
  • 5. Job Search Box Online Job Boards Career Fairs Networking Networking Networking Networking Networking Networking Networking Networking Networking Networking Networking
  • 6. Outside the Box: Networking
    • Career Centers
    • Informational Interviews
    • _______________________________________
    • Internships
    • Professional Organizations
    • Social Networking Sites
    • Temporary Positions
    • Volunteer Opportunities
  • 7. Internships
    • Unpaid v. paid
    • Students v. non-students
    • Example: Unpaid Internship at Northeastern University
  • 8. Professional Organizations
    • Find a professional organization in your area of interest
    • Example: Career Counselors Consortium, Northeast
  • 9. Social Networking Sites
    • LinkedIn
    • Electronic business card
    • Provides the following:
    • - network of contacts
    • - job listings
    • - groups
  • 10. Temporary Positions
    • Contract/Temporary Positions through Staffing Agencies provide an opportunity for both the job seeker and employee to test the relationship
    • Seek partnerships with Staffing Agencies in your area of interest
    • Example: Randstad has placed me in two of my positions at Genzyme Corporation and Lesley University
  • 11. Volunteer Opportunities
    • By nature, these opportunities are unpaid
    • Opportunity to build skill set and your resume
    • Example: Steering Committee at the Career Counselors Consortium and presenter at The Career Place in Woburn, MA
  • 12. Exercise: Creating a Career Strategy
    • In small groups, discuss the following:
    • What would you like to do?
    • What are your connections?
    • What are your next steps?
  • 13. Key Takeaways
    • Job search is a process that takes creativity, effort, commitment, patience, and time
    • Gaining employment is achievable
  • 14. Resources
    • Books
    • Highly Effective Networking, Orville Pierson
    • How to Shorten the Odds for Job Search Success - and Much More - 101 World Class Expert Facts, Hints, Tips and Advice on Job Search Techniques, Valerie Nichols
    • Job Search Networking Tactics - 4 Tips For Leveraging Conferences to Build Industry Contacts Quickly - And Much More - 187 World Class Expert Facts, Hints, Tips and Advice on Job Search Techniques, Martin Walker
    • Rick Gillis: Really Useful Job Search Tactics: A Handbook of Contemporary Job Hunting Techniques, Rick Gillis
    • Twitter Job Search Guide, Whitcomb, Bryan and Dib
    • What Color is Your Parachute, Richard Nelson Bolles
    • Websites
    • http://amby.com/worksite/search.html
    • http://learn.linkedin.com /
    • http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco20042.htm
    • http://www.highlyeffectivejobsearch.com/thebooks/networkingbook.htm
    • http://www.quintcareers.com/job_reality_checks.html
    • http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/2095.pdf