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Creative Job Search Strategies in  a Challenging Job Market

Creative Job Search Strategies in a Challenging Job Market



A Workshop for The Boston College Career Summit

A Workshop for The Boston College Career Summit
Hosted by Career Treking LLC
June 24, 2009

Susan Kennedy
Mary Gibbs



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  • Figuring out what you want to do with your life-Easy right? Not really! Relax, you’re in good company, over half of college grads don’t have a clue! I love to write, I’m a poli sci, econ, bio major and don’t know what to do with it. Sometimes your major translates into a career (engineering), but mostly not. It can be confusing & overwhelming. We find if you follow a four step process it’s doable, even exciting Start by taking a look in the mirror to figure out Who am I and what do I want? Take a look at how your major, skills, interests, and preferences (work env, work x life balance, location) fit together. Then gather outside information Gather input from people who know you best-Your friends, their parents, get ready to groan, your family and family friends, your high school & college faculty well to seek their suggestions about what you might be good at, good careers, first jobs, companies, industries

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  • Creative Job Search Strategies in a Challenging Job Market © 2009 Career Treking LLC A Workshop for The Boston College Career Summit Hosted by Career Treking LLC June 24, 2009 Susan Kennedy Mary Gibbs www.careertreking.com (781) 237-2252
  • Agenda
    • Job Search Recommendations
    • Setting Career Direction
    • Realistic Job Goals
    • Strategic Job Search Strategies
    • Job Search Action Plan
    © 2009 Career Treking LLC
  • Our Job Search Philosophy
    • Get the right job the first time
    • Job satisfaction: 64% turnover first three years
      • Close the “recession” compensation gap: 9% pay differential for those who graduate in a recession
  • The Recession Compensation Gap
    • National Bureau of Economic Research:
      • 9% pay differential
      • Can last for up to a decade
      • The recession grads often take the first job; often outside their chosen field; can loose career time
      • Columbia University study: 70% of Canadians 1976-1995; 2 recessions
      • Learn and develop the skills you will need.
  • Career Treking Recommendation
    • Identify your dream job
    • List the skills and experiences required for the job
    • Create a plan to acquire those skills; when job market rebounds, candidate is ready
  • How to Thrive in A Tight Market Key Job Search Elements
    • Focus
      • Identify dream job, wide net of related jobs, locations
      • Target robust, strong companies/industries
    • Prepare
      • Stand out in job search materials & interviews
      • Demonstrate contribution to company priorities
    • Engage
      • Network into companies
      • Get involved & show capabilities
    © 2009 Career Treking LLC
  • Setting Career Direction © 2009 Career Treking LLC Your Profile Skills Degree Achievements Interests Preferences Potential Careers Job Goals Goal A Goal B Goal C Translate Profile to Careers Careers, Industries Jobs Stimulus Package Jobs Learn From Others Network Informational Interviews Test Reality Job Shadowing Internships Volunteering Part-time Work
  • Converting Profile into Careers
    • University of Tennessee Career Converter
      • http://career.utk.edu/students/majors.asp
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook
      • bls.gov/OCO
    • Wetfeet.com
      • Job, company, industry information
    • Career Treking Stimulus Package Jobs
      • careertreking.com
    © 2009 Career Treking LLC
  • Set Wide-Net of Job Goals
    • Identify your career aspiration
    • Set a range of inter-related, prioritized job goals
    • Goal A your desired job, links to your career goal
    • Goal B a related job in desired industry or entry level position with industry consumer, vendor
    • Goal C showcases your core skills & performance desirable for Goal A
    • Fill background gaps, energize resume
    • Identify a flexible, wide range of locations
    © 2009 Career Treking LLC
  • © 2009 Career Treking LLC Jane’s Career Goal Business Development in Renewable Energies Short-Term Goal A Target Employers Time Frame Sales in Renewable Energy Company (REC)
    • enXco
    • Second Wind
    • Berkshire Wind Power
    X months Short-Term Goal B Target Employers Time Frame -Customer service in REC -Receptionist/administrative role in a green architect firm • Four Seasons Wind Power • JEI Energy Solutions • Sustainable ABC.com • Solar Design Associates X months Short-Term Goal C Target Employers Time Frame Retail sales Insurance sales
    • Home Depot
    • Aetna
    • Cigna
    X months Resume Background/Energy Gap Filling the Gap Knowledge of renewable energy RE Certificate program Involvement in renewable field Volunteer activities in RE
  • Robust Industry Opportunities Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech
    • Political science
    • Economics/business
    • Sociology, psychology
    • Communications
    • Healthcare policy
    • Financial analyst,
    • consulting
    • Counseling, HR, marketing
    • Corporate communications
  • Robust Industry Opportunities Financial Services
    • Customer-facing positions
      • Insurance companies
      • Credit unions
      • Regional banks
    • All majors relevant
    • Benefits: Training, track record, skills
  • Robust Industry Opportunities Utilities/Alternative Energy
    • By 2030, one in four jobs projected to be in renewable energy
    • Biggest trends: Solar, wind, marine
    • Environmental and liberal arts majors appropriate
  • Stimulus Package Opportunities
    • Education
    • Energy
    • Healthcare
    • Infrastructure
    © 2009 Career Treking LLC
    • Small companies
    • Government
    • Suppliers and vendors
    www.recovery.gov • www.recovery.org • www.usajobs.gov
  • Find the Employers
    • Fewer Jobs Posted in
    • a Down Market
    • Reach Out
    © 2009 Career Treking LLC
  • Success Rates by Job Source
  • Strategic Job Search Strategies
    • Networking
    • Linked In/Twitter
    • Career Services
    • Faculty and Alumni Association
    • Job Boards
    • Internet Searches
    • Newspapers
    • Temporary Agencies
    • Internships
  • Networking Activities © 2009 Career Treking LLC
    • Face-to-Face Planned
    • Reach out
    • Nurture relationships
    • Online
    • Pick 1or 2 sites
    • Engage fully
    • Spontaneous
    • Initiate
    • Be prepared, follow-through
    • Events/Meetings
    • Join an industry association
    • Look for unique events
  • Comfort Zone © 2009 Career Treking LLC Friends & FOF Friend's Parents Family & FOF Community Alumni Professors Bosses & Coaches Associations
  • Online Networking: LinkedIn
    • Develop expanded connections
    • Get networked into jobs and companies
    • Join and engage in groups
    • Pose and answer questions regularly
    © 2009 Career Treking LLC
  • Online Networking: Twitter
    • Twitter regularly
      • Describe what you’re looking for
      • Offer useful information
    • Follow others selectively
    • twitter keyword search
    • twitterjobsearch.com
    © 2009 Career Treking LLC
  • Targeted Job Search Plan © 2009 Career Treking LLC Goal B: Customer Service Rep Employer: Swift Rivers Company Activities Actions Done Networking Informational Interviewing
    • LinkedIn and Twitter
    • Alumni association
    • Comfort zone & expanded networks
    • Renewable Energy Association
    • Google alert for Swift
    Job Shadowing Internship Swift Rivers Human Resources Volunteering Part-Time/Temp Work Hydroelectric initiative Temp agency
  • Beefing Up Job Search Skills © 2009 Career Treking LLC Search Activity My Skills 1(low)-10 (high) Resources to Build Skills Due Date Set career direction, job goals, industry targets Networking and informational interviews Resumes and cover letters Interviewing Assertive, company-specific job search Organization, follow-through
  • Takeways
    • Thriving in a challenging job market entails:
      • Set a wide range of career goals
      • Have a plan to develop the skills needed
      • Create a job search action plan
      • Make networking a habit