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Stepping up your job search!
Stepping UP Your Career Search!Cheretta RobsonAssistant Director of Career Development
There is hugedifference between a“job” and a “career”!-Chris Rock
What is a Career Search? The immediate goal of a career search is to obtain a job interview with an employer which may lead to getting hired.
First Step: Know Who You Are! Self Assessment Values: What is important to you? Interest: What do you enjoy doing? Personality: Are you a introvert or extrovert? Skills: What skills and abilities have you developed that you enjoy doing?
Second Step: Develop Skills Know multiple Job Search Strategies Interviewing Skills Record Keeping / Organization Positive Attitude and PersistenceCertifications/ Advanced EducationCreate a Professional Brand
Third Step: Get the Right Tools Resumes Cover Letters Create a Portfolio References and Recommendations Social Media Networks Professional Image Thank You Notes
Fourth Step: Explore Opportunities Make a list of companies Research employers Explore positions Informational Interviews MINGLING Attend career fairs Join groups and associations
WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKINGFOR FROM A COLLEGE GRADUATE Communication Skills (verbal and written) Strong Work Ethic Team Work Skills Initiative Interpersonal Skills Problem Solving Skills Analytical Skills Flexibility/Adaptability Computer/Technical Skills
Fifth Step: Come UP With A CareerSearch Plan Map out your job search before you begin Set weekly and daily objectives Prioritize your obligations Make Contacts Follow up Use your resources Find people you know that can help!
Common Mistakes DURING The Job Search Relying on one strategy Lack of focus and career objective Failure to identify and using networks Targeting only large employers Unprofessional materials or appearances Underestimated time need to search for a job
TOP REASON FOR JOB REJECTION Lack of self knowledge Lack of company knowledge Lack of questions Lack of enthusiasm Lack of confidence Poor communication skills Unprofessional application or appearance
Sixth Step: Utilize The Right Tools Online Job Banks (i.e., SFC Job Bank) Optimal Resume LinkedIn job postings Newsletters and Journals from Trade or Professional organizations Recruiting agencies Personnel department postings Job posting on corporate websites Newspaper classified ads Job fairs Networking nights
Job Resources for Entry Level Candidates Top Entry Level Job Sites CollegeGrad.com CollegeRecruiter.com CoolWorks One Day, One Job Simply Hired New Graduate Jobs
IS SOCIAL MEDIA IMPORTANT? It’s become a fact of job-hunting life. With more than 90 percent of recruiters now using social media to find job candidates, if you want to improve your job search, or your career, you’ll have to engage on social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.Resource: Article: How to use LinkedIn, Facebook, etc., for your jobsearchhttp://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/11/12684858-how-to-use-linkedin-facebook-etc-for-your-job-search?lite
What type of social media should I use to find a job?
"More and more people are finding jobs via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. These media arent changing how we look for jobs, they are simply rebooting the traditional habits of successful job hunters and making them easier.Resource: Use social media in your job search, MNBC Businesshttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47551607/ns/business/t/use-social-media-your-job-search/#.UAVteJFS7hc
Seventh Step: Continuous Stage Keep up with Industry Stay Competitive: Build Skills and Knowledge Expand and Maintain Network Keep positive!!!
Career Development Center Services Career Counseling Jobs postings Career Library of Panel Resources Discussions/Guest Vocational Assessment Speakers Testing Career Fairs Resume & Cover Letter Graduate School Guidance Advisement Workshops/Career Events Graduate School Fair Mock Interviews Optimal Resume SFC Job Bank
SFC Job Bank www.myinterfase.com/stfranciscollege/student
General Career Resourceswww.bls.gov/oco/ (for research) www.monster.comwww.collegegrad.com www.wetfeet.comwww.careerbuilder.com www.craigslist.orgwww.vault.com www.4work.comwww.careerjournal.com www.collegejournal.comwww.directemployers.com www.collegerecruiter.comwww.flipdog.com www.aftercollege.comwww.hoovers.com www.campuscareercenter.comwww.hotjobs.com www.fpa.orgwww.jobbankusa.com www.snagajob.comwww.jobfinderadvisory.com www.simplyhired.comwww.hotjobs.com www.indeed.comwww.jobbankusa.comwww.jobfinderadvisory.com
General Career Resources (cont.)Linked-in www.linkedin.comMeet-Up Groups www.meetup.comNational Career Fairs www.nationalcareerfairs.comNetworking for Professionals www.networkingforprofessionals.comNew York Public Business and Science Library – Free Career Workshopshttp://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/65/node/40820Glassdoor Company Information www.glassdoor.comOccupational Outlook Handbook www.online.onetcenter.orgEmployment Agencies/Recruiting Firms www.citidex.com/2520.htmProfessional Career Associations (varies by field but you can conduct a google search)Chamber of Commerce MeetingsFaculty Advisors/ChairsInformational Interviews/Company ResearchFriend or Family Company ReferralsHoover’s OnlineFortune, Business Week, NY Times, Forbes, Industry Week, Better Business Bureau