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Effective Job Search Using Online Tools

  1. 1. Effective Job Search Using Online Tools March 13, 2012 Presented by: Victoria Montgomery, Drake Global Tech
  2. 2. Agenda• Your online job search – LinkedIn• Other online tools for finding a job• Tips for applying online• Social networking for your career 2
  3. 3. Social Career Networking - LinkedIn“Reverse” headhunt: find the hiring manager onLinkedIn and connect directly • If a job is posted, you can often see who’s posted it and contact them directly, even if it’s just to introduce yourselfWarning: Do not annoy the poster! Just introduceyourself and make them aware you exist 3
  4. 4. Social Career Networking - LinkedInCompany Pages:Internal postings may appear on company websitesbefore they appear on job boards 4
  5. 5. Social Career Networking - LinkedInLinkedIn GroupsJob opportunities arefrequently posted ongroup message boards:•Share articles, opinionsand receive feedbackfrom the community•Build your network withdecision-makers /influencers 5
  6. 6. Online Job BoardsThere are several job boards that are updateddaily and are free to use if looking for work: 6
  7. 7. Company Career PagesInternal postings may appear on companywebsites before they appear on job boards:•These are updated frequently, depending on the sizeof the company•When applying to larger companies, use relevantkeywords on your resume•You can also try contacting the HR department tolearn more about the position (Only if it says on theposting that you may contact the company) 7
  8. 8. Creating Your Online ProfileThe Importance of a Complete Profile:•If you’re using LinkedIn to try and find a job, youwant to have a solid online presence•Avoid an incomplete profile by following LinkedIn’sguidance to complete your page•Be creative!! Grab attention. Make it memorable. 8
  9. 9. Creating Your Online ProfilePlay around with your professional headline, ifyou’re looking for work, there are dozens ofcreative ways to phrase it: • “Exploring new opportunities” • “Seeking a change” • “Not working” • “Creative Professional looking for new opportunities” 9
  10. 10. Creating Your Online Profile BAD BAD GOOD 10
  11. 11. Inviting Someone to Connect Online• Always, always, always, write a personal message• Be genuine: – people are more inclined to talk you if they sense you aren’t using them•  Try to schedule an “Information Call”: – Goal: to learn more about the industry and what a career is like in industry X – Once you have the call, try to schedule a coffee meeting 11
  12. 12. Tips for Applying1. Have a Plan – Don’t go into your search blind – Narrow down what you REALLY want to do and who you REALLY can see a career with – Get a list of 10-20 companies and start hunting2. Connect on LinkedIn with people in the company who can help you with your search: – Remember to have a complete profile 12
  13. 13. Tips for Applying1. Tailor your resume to the job description if there is one available – Your job at Burger King in 2001 may not be relevant2. Hit them with the “Highlights” – Having a cover letter isn’t always necessary – If you have a professional summary at the beginning of your resume, it can be just as effective if you tailor it to the job you’re seeking 13
  14. 14. Tips for Applying 14
  15. 15. Tips for Applying1. WIIFM – What’s In It For Me? – Why should the person you’re talking to hire you? – What makes you better than the 10 people beside you doing the same job? 15
  16. 16. Other LinkedIn Tips for Applying• Follow Companies• Join Groups• InMails• Profile Badge• Premium Account• Introductions• OpenLink 16
  17. 17. Contact Victoria: For Current Job Openings:Email: Visit:vmontgomery@na.drakeintl.com http://www.drakeintl.com/LinkedIn: Click the “Jobs” Tab on thehttp://www.linkedin.com/in/vnmontgomery homepage “Like” our Facebook Page and gain access to new jobs across Canada THANK YOU For Questions Please Contact Victoria Montgomery 17