GETTING HIRED, STAYING HIRED:   Tips for Job Hunting and  Career Development Ellen Mehling, MLS St. John’s University,  Do...
About Me <ul><li>Manager of METRO’s JobMagnet website; resume reviews for myMETRO members  </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach Libr...
Q&A, there will be time <ul><li>Please try to save your questions for the end </li></ul>
THIS EVENING <ul><li>Tips and advice on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job hunting </li><...
TIPS – RESUME/ COVER LETTER WRITING <ul><li>Employers want:  </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of skills and diversity of  workp...
TIPS – RESUME/ COVER LETTER WRITING <ul><li>REMEMBER:  TWO GOALS </li></ul><ul><li>To  describe </li></ul><ul><li>and!! </...
MORE RESUME TIPS <ul><li>A  summary  is the strongest way to begin the resume </li></ul><ul><li>“ References furnished upo...
MORE RESUME TIPS <ul><li>The reader will probably spend less than 30 seconds on both resume and cover letter </li></ul><ul...
WHEN  you find yourself job hunting <ul><li>EXPECT   TO BE LAID OFF </li></ul><ul><li>BE PREPARED (REALLY!) </li></ul><ul>...
YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE MAY BE YOURSELF <ul><li>Your frame of mind, as you  </li></ul><ul><li>are job hunting: </li></ul><ul...
YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE MAY BE YOURSELF <ul><li>Don’t ‘plan the wedding before the first date’ </li></ul><ul><li>Keep lookin...
INTERVIEWING (can be stressful)
INTERVIEWING <ul><li>More preparation = less stress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do research on the employer </li></ul></ul><ul><...
INTERVIEWING <ul><li>SOME QUESTIONS YOU  SHOULD  ASK </li></ul><ul><li>Why did the last person in this position leave? </l...
INTERVIEWING <ul><ul><li>Practice your “stories” (five to seven) to illustrate  behavior  you are likely to be asked about...
INTERVIEWING <ul><li>Consider each interview practice for the next one </li></ul><ul><li>Remain positive and enthusiastic ...
INTERVIEWING <ul><li>Different kinds of interviews: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One-on-one ...
SOFT SKILLS <ul><li>Employers value these, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication (verbal and written, presentatio...
<ul><li>Q – What is the number one way that jobs are filled? </li></ul><ul><li>Hint – it was the best way ten years ago an...
NETWORKING <ul><li>Online networking is  not enough </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Face-to-face is important too  </li></ul></ul><u...
NETWORKING <ul><li>Relationship  first , then ask for reference </li></ul><ul><li>You’re asking references to put their re...
NETWORKING <ul><li>Benefits of volunteering: </li></ul><ul><li>expand your network </li></ul><ul><li>acquire new experienc...
<ul><li>Q – how do you know if you are doing  enough  networking? </li></ul><ul><li>n.b. – it  is  possible to do  </li></...
TENDING TO YOUR NETWORK <ul><li>It should benefit you to have people in your network ( quality  is much more important tha...
TENDING TO YOUR NETWORK <ul><li>Most communications should be “agenda free” or you offering something </li></ul><ul><li>“ ...
TO STAY EMPLOYED <ul><li>VISIBILITY IS  CRUCIAL  </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your boss (and others)  know what you are doi...
Current and Future Opportunities <ul><li>The struggling economy is  creating  opportunities:   </li></ul><ul><li>for freel...
Current and Future Opportunities <ul><li>Build relationships today that will benefit you tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Offer ...
Keep Up With Trends/Technology <ul><li>Follow “mavens” (Malcolm Gladwell’s term) </li></ul><ul><li>Big listservs and onlin...
SOME OF THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER REC’D (or read, or discovered) <ul><li>Don’t be afraid to ‘bite off more than you can ch...
RECOMMENDED  READING/WEBSITES <ul><li>BOOKS </li></ul><ul><li>The Tipping Point  by Malcolm Gladwell (connectors and maven...
<ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
<ul><li>THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK! </li></ul>
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Getting Hired Staying Hired (For Metro At St1 Johns Univ Downtown Campus 6 16 09) Final

  1. 1. GETTING HIRED, STAYING HIRED: Tips for Job Hunting and Career Development Ellen Mehling, MLS St. John’s University, Downtown Campus Tuesday June 16 th , 2009
  2. 2. About Me <ul><li>Manager of METRO’s JobMagnet website; resume reviews for myMETRO members </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach Librarian at Queens Library’s Special Services/Job Information Center (JIC) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading and review of all kinds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of job hunting information: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>books, articles, websites, online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>forums, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collection development for the JIC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creating and updating “Pathfinders” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching job hunting workshops </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Q&A, there will be time <ul><li>Please try to save your questions for the end </li></ul>
  4. 4. THIS EVENING <ul><li>Tips and advice on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job hunting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviewing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and more </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. TIPS – RESUME/ COVER LETTER WRITING <ul><li>Employers want: </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of skills and diversity of workplaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consecutive workplaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concurrent workplaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Customized resume/cover letter </li></ul>
  6. 6. TIPS – RESUME/ COVER LETTER WRITING <ul><li>REMEMBER: TWO GOALS </li></ul><ul><li>To describe </li></ul><ul><li>and!! </li></ul><ul><li>To persuade </li></ul><ul><li>Use the job posting as your starting point </li></ul>
  7. 7. MORE RESUME TIPS <ul><li>A summary is the strongest way to begin the resume </li></ul><ul><li>“ References furnished upon request” – not necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize recent and relevant experience and skills </li></ul><ul><li>References are a separate document (and know that ‘ unofficial references ’ will be checked also) </li></ul>
  8. 8. MORE RESUME TIPS <ul><li>The reader will probably spend less than 30 seconds on both resume and cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>He or she is looking for </li></ul><ul><li>certain words and phrases </li></ul><ul><li>and ANY ERRORS </li></ul><ul><li>Many library jobs require </li></ul><ul><li>writing – your resume and </li></ul><ul><li>cover letter serve as writing samples </li></ul>
  9. 9. WHEN you find yourself job hunting <ul><li>EXPECT TO BE LAID OFF </li></ul><ul><li>BE PREPARED (REALLY!) </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T “EXHALE”!! </li></ul><ul><li>REMEMBER YOUR COMPETITION </li></ul><ul><li>NETWORK </li></ul><ul><li>MARKET YOURSELF </li></ul><ul><li>SEEK AND CREATE OPPORTUNITIES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HOW OFTEN TO SCAN THE HORIZON FOR SOMETHING MORE YOU CAN DO? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE MAY BE YOURSELF <ul><li>Your frame of mind, as you </li></ul><ul><li>are job hunting: </li></ul><ul><li>The energy you put out </li></ul><ul><li>is what you will attract </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful that you are not “rehearsing failure” (instead, deliberately and repeatedly visualize success ) </li></ul><ul><li>If you believe your resume/cover letter, job hunt, interview will not be successful, then it won’t be </li></ul>
  11. 11. YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE MAY BE YOURSELF <ul><li>Don’t ‘plan the wedding before the first date’ </li></ul><ul><li>Keep looking even if you just had a great interview </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up once after sending resume/cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>If they’re not calling, they’re not interested. </li></ul>
  12. 12. INTERVIEWING (can be stressful)
  13. 13. INTERVIEWING <ul><li>More preparation = less stress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do research on the employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice answering common interview questions with a trusted friend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always have questions of your own to ask (about the JOB, not the SALARY or BENEFITS) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. INTERVIEWING <ul><li>SOME QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK </li></ul><ul><li>Why did the last person in this position leave? </li></ul><ul><li>How long have you worked here? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the management style of the boss? </li></ul><ul><li>Is overtime expected/required? How often? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some upcoming major projects/initiatives? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any other requirements of this position that we have not already covered? </li></ul>
  15. 15. INTERVIEWING <ul><ul><li>Practice your “stories” (five to seven) to illustrate behavior you are likely to be asked about: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How you’ve handled a difficult patron or co-worker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When you went beyond the call of duty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When you adapted to a change in the workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When you demonstrated initiative or used analytical skills </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. INTERVIEWING <ul><li>Consider each interview practice for the next one </li></ul><ul><li>Remain positive and enthusiastic no matter what happens </li></ul><ul><li>Observe your surroundings – is this a place where you are likely to be happy? </li></ul>
  17. 17. INTERVIEWING <ul><li>Different kinds of interviews: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One-on-one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Panel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember: the interviewer wants to see how you handle yourself </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. SOFT SKILLS <ul><li>Employers value these, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication (verbal and written, presentations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflict resolution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility/ability to learn quickly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Q – What is the number one way that jobs are filled? </li></ul><ul><li>Hint – it was the best way ten years ago and 20 years ago, and 50 years ago… </li></ul>
  20. 20. NETWORKING <ul><li>Online networking is not enough </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Face-to-face is important too </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Misrepresentation online (deliberate or inadvertent) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WHAT info can’t be obtained via online communication? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal/presentation skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manners/demeanor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Honesty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility/reactions to constructive criticism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Punctuality/ability to meet deadlines </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. NETWORKING <ul><li>Relationship first , then ask for reference </li></ul><ul><li>You’re asking references to put their reputation on the line; they will want to know you before doing that </li></ul><ul><li>Some kind of face-to-face meeting is required for most jobs </li></ul>
  22. 22. NETWORKING <ul><li>Benefits of volunteering: </li></ul><ul><li>expand your network </li></ul><ul><li>acquire new experience </li></ul><ul><li>try something new (low-risk) </li></ul><ul><li>show a dedication to the profession </li></ul><ul><li>can help fill a gap in employment </li></ul><ul><li>can help to “bank” good will with others, </li></ul><ul><li> who will then want to help you in the future </li></ul><ul><li>may lead to paid employment </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Q – how do you know if you are doing enough networking? </li></ul><ul><li>n.b. – it is possible to do </li></ul><ul><li>too much networking, </li></ul><ul><li>if what you are doing </li></ul><ul><li>is not effective </li></ul><ul><li>30-second quick ‘n’ easy exercise to get an idea if you are doing enough quality networking </li></ul>
  24. 24. TENDING TO YOUR NETWORK <ul><li>It should benefit you to have people in your network ( quality is much more important than quantity ) </li></ul><ul><li>It should also benefit </li></ul><ul><li>others to have you in </li></ul><ul><li>their networks </li></ul><ul><li>“ Ask not what [they] can do for you…” (also a very good strategy when job hunting, writing a resume or cover letter, interviewing…) </li></ul>
  25. 25. TENDING TO YOUR NETWORK <ul><li>Most communications should be “agenda free” or you offering something </li></ul><ul><li>“ ROI” – expect that not all of your efforts will bring a payoff </li></ul><ul><li>Your own business </li></ul><ul><li>cards (Laura Hill </li></ul><ul><li>recommends) with </li></ul><ul><li>url for your LinkedIn page </li></ul>
  26. 26. TO STAY EMPLOYED <ul><li>VISIBILITY IS CRUCIAL </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your boss (and others) know what you are doing – if they don’t know what you’re doing… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>you might as well not be doing it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>it may cost you your job sooner rather than later if/when there are layoffs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>it will be harder for you to find another job </li></ul></ul><ul><li>YOU have to prove YOUR worth and advocate for yourself </li></ul>
  27. 27. Current and Future Opportunities <ul><li>The struggling economy is creating opportunities: </li></ul><ul><li>for freelancers, consultants, project managers, writers, instructors/teachers, web designers, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>This may be more than a temporary trend </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll need to: </li></ul><ul><li>identify something you can do/provide </li></ul><ul><li>have a robust healthy network to offer your services to </li></ul>
  28. 28. Current and Future Opportunities <ul><li>Build relationships today that will benefit you tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Offer your help now, and those in your network will remember you when the economy improves </li></ul>
  29. 29. Keep Up With Trends/Technology <ul><li>Follow “mavens” (Malcolm Gladwell’s term) </li></ul><ul><li>Big listservs and online groups </li></ul><ul><li>Attend seminars/webinars/ </li></ul><ul><li>classes </li></ul><ul><li>Ask people in your network </li></ul>
  30. 30. SOME OF THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER REC’D (or read, or discovered) <ul><li>Don’t be afraid to ‘bite off more than you can chew’ re: applying for a job/taking on new responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Step outside of your </li></ul><ul><li>comfort zone regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Beware of the reflexive or habitual “no” </li></ul>
  31. 31. RECOMMENDED READING/WEBSITES <ul><li>BOOKS </li></ul><ul><li>The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (connectors and mavens and salesmen, oh my…) </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Networking by Liz Lynch </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the Work You Love by Samuel Greengard </li></ul><ul><li>One Person, Multiple Careers by Marci Alboher </li></ul><ul><li>Make Your Contacts Count by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon </li></ul><ul><li>Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman </li></ul><ul><li>WEBSITES </li></ul><ul><li>Liz Lynch’s Smart Networking http://www.networkingexcellence.com/index2.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Fireproof Your Career http://www.FireProofYourCareer.com </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK! </li></ul>
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