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  • Mainly an IT guy. Job search techniques cut across all industries and job types.
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    1. 1. Job Search Techniques Barry Condrey CIO Chesterfield County, Virginia
    2. 2. BIO <ul><li>HBO & Co – 2 Years </li></ul><ul><li>Motorola – 3 Years (RIF) </li></ul><ul><li>CS&R – 3 Years </li></ul><ul><li>Circuit City – 14 Years (RIF) </li></ul><ul><li>VITA / State of Virginia – 2 Years </li></ul><ul><li>Chesterfield County </li></ul>
    3. 3. Chesterfield County <ul><li>4,500 County Employees (non School) </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse Lines of Business </li></ul><ul><li>Family Atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Job Security (?) </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you go to work? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why are you here? <ul><li>Unemployed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circuit City? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Land America? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qimonda? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Underemployed? </li></ul><ul><li>Soon to be unemployed? </li></ul><ul><li>Just General Networking? </li></ul>
    5. 5. What’s Happened? <ul><li>“ When the pace of change outside an organization becomes greater than the pace of change inside the organization the end is near”… </li></ul><ul><li>John R. Walter, Former President, AT&T </li></ul>
    6. 6. Societal Trends <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Connectedness </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>According to former Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, the top 10 jobs that will be in demand in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10 to 14 jobs by age 38. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Within 10 years, the average tenure per job will be 18-36 months. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. The Axe Falls! Now What? Relief? Panic? Shame? Fear? Guilt? Denial? Talk to your family! Throw a party! Stop Whining!
    8. 8. Now What? <ul><li>Ask yourself a question: </li></ul><ul><li>To what degree did your job define you? </li></ul>
    9. 9. A Labor Shortage Hides … <ul><li>“ Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.” </li></ul><ul><li>Warren Buffett , 2001 </li></ul>
    10. 10. Your New Job…. <ul><li>… . Is finding your next job! </li></ul><ul><li>Approach it like work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to customer service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your unique knowledge, skills, abilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make sure your family understands this! </li></ul>
    11. 11. The Resume <ul><li>Resumes do matter </li></ul><ul><li>Style depends on industry? </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of resources on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Text only version </li></ul><ul><li>Many reviews - 3 things to change </li></ul><ul><li>10 Second Rule </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords are important </li></ul><ul><li>Your resume is never really finished! </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Elevator Story <ul><li>The first question: </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Jones, tell us a little about yourself, your skills, knowledge and abilities that make you the best fit for this position? </li></ul><ul><li>Practice it </li></ul><ul><li>Have it ready </li></ul><ul><li>Use it </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fear it </li></ul>
    13. 13. The Networks <ul><li>Join them, use them </li></ul><ul><li>Six Degrees of Separation </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>A good time for YOU to start a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Old fashioned way – TALK TO PEOPLE </li></ul><ul><li>They CONNECT you </li></ul>
    14. 14. Use Everything! <ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Friends / Family / Church </li></ul><ul><li>Grocery store – try this! </li></ul><ul><li>Change the way to see the world </li></ul><ul><li>Act interested, even if you aren’t </li></ul>
    15. 15. The Plan <ul><li>Single most important thing </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet spot? </li></ul><ul><li>Scatter Shot vs Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Plan the work, work the plan </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps you (and others) sane </li></ul><ul><li>Plan A, B, C – When to adjust it </li></ul><ul><li>Would you approach anything else in your life this important without a plan? </li></ul>
    16. 16. The Plan – Dimensions <ul><li>Objective / type of work </li></ul><ul><li>Salary </li></ul><ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul>
    17. 17. The Plan – Activities <ul><li>Skills need sharpening? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal development? </li></ul><ul><li>Start a group? </li></ul><ul><li>Research? </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you do with your time between jobs? </li></ul>
    18. 18. The Plan – Networks <ul><li>Digital & Analog - We all have them </li></ul><ul><li>How will you use them? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you grow them? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they fit the dimensions? </li></ul><ul><li>How you can help other people will define how much help you can expect </li></ul>
    19. 19. You Get The Job …. <ul><li>… then what? </li></ul><ul><li>Another party, of course </li></ul><ul><li>Keep networking. No job is forever. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep skills current </li></ul><ul><li>Keep talking to people </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be surprised again </li></ul><ul><li>Next time it will be easier. Honest. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Circuit City LinkedIn Group </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Career Network – LinkedIn </li></ul>
    21. 21. Networking Event <ul><li>Greater Richmond Technology Council (GRTC) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>TechN.O.W. Event </li></ul><ul><li>March 3, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>9:00am-3:00pm </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Sheraton West off of Broad Street in (West End) </li></ul>
    22. 22. The Merciful End