NETWORK TO GET WORK
Laura A. Connolly, MBA
• JOB BOARDS & SEARCH ENGINES
• SOCIAL & PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING SITES
• SOCIAL NETWORKING SAFETY
• RESEARCH! RESEARCH! RESEARCH!
• VOLUNTEER/THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
• KEEP UP YOUR SKILLS
• RESUME TIPS
• INTERVIEW TIPS
• RESUME/INTERVIEW WORKSHOP
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JOB BOARDS & SEARCH ENGINES
You have to market yourself. Much like a company would advertise their product/service, you have to
advertise your resume. Make sure your resume is posted on all the job boards. The more exposure the better
your chances of having it viewed by a prospective employer.
Be sure to create email job alerts. The sites will automatically email you new postings matching your search
criteria. Also be sure to refresh your resume at least once per month.
JOB BOARDS SEARCH ENGINES
These sites are search engines only.
You cannot post your resume to them.
They offer “one stop shopping” for your
job search. These sites pull jobs by
keyword/location that are posted on
other job boards to give you a list of
jobs matching your criteria.
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SOCIAL & PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING SITES
Join legitimate social networking sites in order to make connections with both job seekers
and employers. Contact your high school and/or college and ask if they have an alumni
association. Most colleges do and are online. Sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have
alumni groups already formed.
Social Networking Sites Professional Networking Sites
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SOCIAL NETWORKING SAFETY
In 10 tips for social networking safety, Microsoft cautions that risks increase as more and more
people use these sites. “Hackers, spammers, virus writers, identity thieves, and other
criminals follow the traffic.”
Here’s an outline of Microsoft’s 10 best safety practices when using social networks.
1. Use caution when you click links received in messages from your friends on your social Web site.
2. Don’t trust that a message is really from who it says. Hackers break into accounts and send messages
that look like they’re from your friends.
3. To avoid giving away e-mail addresses of your friends, do not allow social networking services to scan
your e-mail address book.
4. Type the address of your social networking site directly into your browser or use your personal
bookmarks, to avoid possibly entering your account name and password into a dangerous fake site.
5. Be selective about who you accept as a friend on a social network. Identity thieves routinely practice
“social engineering” – creating fake profiles to get information from you.
7. Assume what you write on a social networking site is permanent.
8. Be careful about installing extras on your site. Criminals sometimes use these applications to steal your
9. Think twice before you use social networking sites at work.
10. Talk to your kids about social networking sites to be sure they’re using them safely.
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RESEARCH! RESEARCH! RESEARCH!
We live in an age where the internet is • Research companies that you would
at your fingertips. Use search engines want to work for. They could be in
to research companies, jobs and your current industry, a company
salary information. If you don’t have with a good reputation, a company in
internet at home go to your local your area you pass by everyday, or a
library or internet café. Be the most company someone you know works
informed job seeker you can be! for.
• Make a list of at least 20-25 and go to
each of their company websites
• You can usually upload your resume
even if they do not have open
positions posted at the current time.
• You can also create a job search
agent that will automatically send
you job listings that match your
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VOLUNTEER/THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
VOLUNTEERING What do you want to be when you
Find and join a non-profit organization you are
interested in. In an era when pink slips are increasing
If you are not sure where to start, research online and some career paths may be cut short
various organizations you can join. You can also because of the economy, all too many job
check out: http://www.volunteermatch.org/ switches may be forced rather than
which lists various volunteer opportunities in your voluntary for the foreseeable future.
local zip code area. Turn this into a positive. Think about what
you really enjoy doing. Make a list of your
skills and qualifications and how they
BENEFITS could best be used in another
Keeps your resume up to date industry/field.
Opportunity to learn new skills
Excellent forum for networking
Make a positive difference
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KEEP UP YOUR SKILLS
The more skills you have the more marketable you are!!!
Keep up your current computer skills. Word, Excel, & PowerPoint are always in
If you can learn a new skill either by using the MyKelly.com tools or on your
own…do it! Learn a new software program, a new language, or even a new trade.
Many programs are even online so you can learn from home.
http://www.onestopbwc.org/index.htm http://www.doverbusinesscollege.org/ http://www.pccc.cc.nj.us/
http://hccc.edu/ http://www.bergen.edu/pages/518.asp http://www.eastwick.edu/
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You never get a second chance to make a first
10 Things to Keep in Mind When Writing Your Resume
• 1. Check spelling and grammar, and then check them again!
• 2. Emphasize skills & accomplishments relevant to the specific job you are applying for
• 3. Use an “At First Glance” design; employers want to immediately see what they’re looking
• 4. Be honest and specific about your technical capabilities
• 5. Limit experience to the past 10 years
• 6. Be positive; Leave out negatives and irrelevant points, and leave off unnecessary personal
information like your race, weight, and height
• 7. White Space is important; do not jam too much text onto the page to create an
• 8. Formatting Guidelines; font size should be no smaller than 10 point; don't use intricate
fonts that are hard to read; the length of your resume should be no more than 1-2 pages
• 9. Use a 2nd set of eyes; never send out a resume without asking someone else to look at it
(friend, relative, or favorite Kelly rep)
• 10. Use bulleted sentences; the main selling points of your resume should be clear and quick
to scan; you will go into the details during the interview
Where to get help writing it:
• Resume Wizard on MS Word
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2. Dress up, not down, for the interview.
3. Do some research on the business/industry before the interview.
4. Practice interviewing and prepare questions you would like to ask.
5. Go alone. Do not take children or friends.
6. Turn off your cell phone completely.
7. Greet the employer with a handshake.
8. Make frequent eye contact.
9. Smile, be polite, and friendly.
10. Listen carefully to the questions asked. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused.
11. Answer questions as directly as possible.
12. Be upbeat and make positive statements. Discuss your achievements and successes.
13. If you've worked before, talk about what you learned from it.
14. Use examples of how your skills and abilities would fit the job.
15. Bring your "Fact Sheet" with telephone numbers and addresses of your references and former
employers, just in case you are asked to complete an application.
• Thank the interviewers for their time.
• Request a business card from each interviewer.
• Shake hands in closing.
• Immediately after the interview send a thank you note/email addressed to each interviewer.
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