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Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
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Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
Job Search Strategies
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Job Search Strategies
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Job Search Strategies
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  • 1. Strategies in the job search process
  • 2. Objectives
    Building a network of contacts
    Identifying appropriate jobs
    Finding your employer
    Preparing application documents
    Preparing for interviews
    Writing follow-up messages
    Continuing job search activities
  • 3. Job Search Strategies
  • 4. Building a Network of Contacts
    • Broaden your circle of friends
    • 5. The wider your circle of friends and acquaintances, the more likely you are to make employment contacts
    • 6. Get to know your professors
    • 7. Demonstrate your ability in the classroom and build on the rapport outside the classroom
    • 8. Meet business executives
    • 9. Take active role in organizations, program committees in the area of your interest
    • 10. Make contacts through internships
    • 11. Foundation step in your career plan
    • 12. Work with community organizations
    • 13. Chance to meet the leaders in different fields
  • 14. Identifying Appropriate Jobs
    • Analyze yourself (internal factors)
    • 15. Education – type and quality
    • 16. Personal Qualities – people and leadership skills
    • 17. Work Experience
    • 18. Special Qualifications – languages, communication skills
    • 19. Analyze outside factors
    • 20. e.g. Lifestyle, location preferences
  • 21. Finding Your Employer
    Career Centers (Campus)
    Network of Personal Contacts
    Classified Advertisements
    Online Sources (internet & intranet)
    Employment Agencies
    Personal Search Agents
    Web Page Profiles
    Prospecting (approach directly)
  • 22. Effective Resume Writing
  • 23. Preparing the Application Documents
    • The traditional print résumé
    • 24. The scannable print résumé
    • 25. The electronic résumé (such as ASCII, pdf, html)
    • 26. The reference sheet
    • 27. The cover message—print and email
  • 28. Role of a resume
    A resume is a summary of the background facts in list form
    Role of a resume:
    to act as your sales brochure – selling your ability to do work
    provide insight into your skills and capabilities
    Serve as a guide for interviewer to follow your progression
  • 29. Objective, Education, Experience and Skills
    Objective :
    Marketing Research Intern
    To apply __ years of accounting experience at __ to __ with needs of management and analysis.
    Talking Head
    (describes nature of what follows)
    Specialized training in Accounting acquired
    Include institutions, dates, degrees, and areas of study
    Include GPA when it works favorably for you
    Experience and Skills
    Include dates, places, firms and responsibilities while mentioning experience
    Use action verbs
    Strengthen job descriptions
    E.g.: Achieved, improved, acquired, revamped, spearheaded, pioneered, earned ,founded etc.
    List down References
    Use separate sheet for references
  • 30. Organizing your resume
    Reverse Chronological approach
    Presents work and experience from most recent to oldest
    Organized and time coordinated approach
    Functional / skills approach
    Focus on skills learnt at different jobs
    Good for those who have taken many jobs
    Nontraditional career path
    Accomplishments/achievements or highlights approach:
    pictures you as a competent worker
    Presents hard numbers and precise facts behind your skills
  • 31. Please the eye!!
    Leave margins
    Avoid heavy crowded effect
    Extra space subdivisions
    Choose words carefully
    Choose a scanner friendly font
    Enhance readability
  • 32. Traditional Print Resume Example: Chronological Organization
    Jere Bacon7431 Davenport DriveDallas, TX
    Objective: Administrative Assistant Position
    Summary Of skills:
    Extensive experience on teamwork oriented projects
    Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Northern State University GPA 3.0 (4.0 basis)
    Computer Skills: Keyboarding at 90 wpm,Word, Outlook, Excel, Oracle and Access
    Relevant Courses: Business Writing Interpersonal Relations Document Imaging Management
    Jere Bacon7431 Davenport DriveDallas, TX
  • 33. Power Points
    Arrange information logically
    Include vital information
    Balance the resume –do not crowd it
    Add references
    The three key “c” words to keep in mind when building your sales brochure are clear, concise and consistent.
  • 34. Writing the Cover letter
  • 35. Cover Message
    Cover Message involves matching your qualifications with the job.
    Cover Message can of two types:
    Print Cover Letter
    Email Cover Message
  • 36. Print Cover Letter
    Gaining Attention in the opening
    Selecting the Content
    Organizing for persuasion
    Driving for Action in the Close
  • 37. Gaining Attention in the Opening
    • Gain Attention , set up the information review and make the letter stand out.
    e.g. “Can Darden, Inc. use a hardworking Mesa College business major ... ?”
    • Be imaginative and make the letter opening fit the job e.g. Show outgoing personality for a sales job and be conservative for an accounting job
    • 38. If applicable, include references to the job or source of the job invitation e.g. Job boards or career center websites
  • 39. Selecting Content
    Present your qualifications and fit them to the job
    Study the job thoroughly
    Include education, experience, personal qualities and references
    Emphasise these areas according to the job
    Cover message should carry all the major selling points
  • 40. Organizing for persuasion
    Order by Logical grouping, time or job requirements
    Present your qualifications favourably
    Use the you-viewpoint e.g. “My experience can help me fit into one of your technical operations...”
    Avoid the tendency to overuse I’s but some should be used
  • 41. Driving for Action in the close
    Drive for appropriate action
    e.g. Request for interview, invitation to contact references
    Make action words clear and direct, preferably in question form
  • 42. Examples of good and bad application techniques
    Example of Bad application techniques
    “I am completing my studies.... I have had good working experience.... Before I must make a decision on my career soon, I request that you write me soon....”
    Example of Good application techniques
    “Is there a place in your marketing team for a person
    trained in the field..... ? My studies were specially
    planned to prepare me for a career in marketing... May I
    talk with you about beginning that position? You can
    reach me on...”
  • 43. Email Cover Message
    Could be identical to print cover messages, but shorter documents are usually preferred
    Identify the job, highlight the applicants strengths and invite the reader to review the resume
    e.g. Yesterday, my advisor Mr. Payton Kubicek suggested I contact you about the summer intern position.....
    At Brown, I have undertaken courses.... I would enjoy applying some of these skills in a successful site targeted at high-end retail customers like You will see from my web profile.... Please let me know when we can talk further about this summer position
  • 44. Handling the interview
  • 45. Handling the interview
    Investigate the company.
    Make a good appearance.
    Anticipate questions and prepare answers.
    Put yourself at ease.
    Help control the dialogue
  • 46. Preparing your answers helps you choose a strategy
    Question:What are your weaknesses?
    Possible Strategies:
    • Present a weakness that’s really a hidden strength.
    • 47. Cite a corrected weakness.
    • 48. Recall a lesson learned.
    • 49. Reveal a lapsed skill.
    • 50. Use an unrelated skill.
    • 51. Cite an objective.
    • 52. Try humor.
    • 53. Repeat your qualifications.
  • 54. Prepare with Interactive Tools
  • 55. Thank You
    “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.“.
    - Confucius