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Job Searching 101 Job Searching Online

  1. 1. Job Searching 101: Job Searching Online January 19, 2008 Presenter: Donna Brice, Director
  2. 2. What We Will Cover in this Workshop <ul><li>The Traditional Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Types of Online Job Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing a Online Job Site: Questions to Think About </li></ul><ul><li>The &quot;Dirty Dozen&quot; Online Search Mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Online Job Search Gadgets and Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Create Your Resume Online </li></ul><ul><li>Posting Your Resume Online </li></ul><ul><li>Make Your Resume “Cyber-Safe” </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Career Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Online Resume Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Online Job Search Resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Traditional Job Search <ul><li>Newspaper Classified Ads: </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and responding to local and regional newspaper classified employment or &quot;help wanted&quot; ads. </li></ul><ul><li>Industry Publications: </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and responding to employment ads, related to your field of interest, in industry publications such as directories, trade journals, and newsletters. </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiters: </li></ul><ul><li>Contacting recruiters, executive search firms, also known as &quot;headhunters,&quot; and employment agencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Walk-in: </li></ul><ul><li>Dropping off your resume in person can sometimes be effective, particularly with local small companies and start-ups. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Job Search Strategies <ul><li>Self-Assessment – Riley Guide, </li></ul><ul><li>Research and evaluation of career fields – Occupational Outlook, </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with alumnae and personal contacts in the field – read local new articles </li></ul><ul><li>Select a few Job Sites to Use - It has been estimated that there are 80,000 Web job sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of employers and job opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>How much time can I realistically devote to my job search? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Job Search Strategies, cont. <ul><li>Manage Your Time Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the large information databases first. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Move on to the smaller, more exclusive resources and services, including online resource guides and sites dedicated to your field or industry. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the search engines to locate new and hidden resources specific to your occupation and field. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check out employer’s website for job listings. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shut off the computer and spend some time with your family, friends, and yourself. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If I’m procrastinating in my job search, why? How can I overcome this/these barrier(s)? </li></ul><ul><li>Whom can I seek out for support with my job search? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Types of Online Job Sites <ul><li>Super Sites – These are the mega sites with thousands of jobs and thousands of resumes, used by thousands of employers. Typically, job seekers use them for free. ex. </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search Engines – They collect job postings from other sites and aggregate them into one database to be searched by job seekers. Ex. & , </li></ul><ul><li>The Niche Sites – These sites serve smaller specific population: a location, profession, age group, industry, interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Classifies or Want Ads – Intelligencer Journal , Reading Eagle , Pennysaver </li></ul>
  7. 7. Choosing an Online Job Site: Questions to Think About <ul><li>What type of information are you finding on the site? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it business listings, academics, or nonprofits? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it just job listings or is there other useful information to be found? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are the job listings dated so I know when they were added? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responding to old ads is not only a waste of your time, employers really dislike getting applications and inquiries about jobs they filled a while ago. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you don't see any dates, check the information for employers posting here. How much do they pay and how long will the jobs be posted? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How often do they update the listings. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Choosing an Online Job Site : Questions to Think About, cont. <ul><li>Who runs this service? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there information about the people who run this site that I can read? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What's their background (recruiter, industry specialist, someone looking for a fast buck)? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there a name, address, or phone number for contacting them with questions? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do I know anyone who has used this service? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What did they use this for? How did it work for them? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Did they like what they found? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do they feel it was helpful and worth the time spent here? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If there's a fee for this service, is it worth the cost? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What will my money get me? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the refund policy? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What promises are they making, and are these promises reasonable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do they handle complaints? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The &quot;Dirty Dozen&quot; Online Search Mistakes are: <ul><li>Posting your resume without worrying about privacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Using only the big name Web job sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Not prepared to distributing your resume in the correct format. </li></ul><ul><li>Limiting your job search efforts to the Internet only. </li></ul><ul><li>Applying for jobs without meeting the minimum qualifications. </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on e-mail as your only method of contact. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The &quot;Dirty Dozen&quot; Online Search Mistakes are:, cont. <ul><li>Assuming that you have privacy with e-mail and Internet use at work. </li></ul><ul><li>Not utilizing the extensive Internet research resources to find potential employers or to stand out from the crowd with a resume and cover letter customized to the employer. </li></ul><ul><li>Sending a virus-laden &quot;surprise&quot; with your e-mailed resume </li></ul><ul><li>Expecting someone else to do the work (the job sites, a recruiter, your outplacement counselor, etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>Forgetting that a personal resume Web page/portfolio is a business document. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Online Job Search Gadgets and Widgets <ul><li>There are widgets, gadgets, and tools to help manage your career. </li></ul><ul><li>Select tools that will help expedite your job search and make your </li></ul><ul><li>life easier. You'll be able to save a lot of job searching time, if you </li></ul><ul><li>Choose applications that help bring job listings directly to you and </li></ul><ul><li>that help you communicate faster with your contacts and </li></ul><ul><li>prospective employers. </li></ul><ul><li>Indeed Email Job Alerts - Sign up to receive new job postings from Indeed via email. </li></ul><ul><li> - Create a my.indeed account and access your saved jobs, notes, and searches from any computer. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Create Your Resume Online <ul><li>My Future - </li></ul><ul><li>Resumizer - </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Pongo Resume – fee - </li></ul>
  13. 13. Posting Your Resume Online <ul><li>There are 2 basic file formats for your Internet Resume. </li></ul><ul><li>ASCII text format is very plain text used to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut-and-paste into the body of an e-mail message to send your resume to potential employers, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut-and-paste into the resume/profile forms on Web job sites and employer Web sites. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>HTML format turns your resume into a Web page, viewable in a Web browser, and allowing you to add bolding, color, and other special formatting for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your personal resume Web page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy-and-paste into the resume/profile forms on the Web job sites and employer Web sites that allow use of HTML. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Make Your Resume “Cyber-Safe” <ul><li>Protect your identity and your current job, if you have one. </li></ul><ul><li>Remove your standard &quot;contact information&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Replace the contact information with an e-mail address that is harder to trace to you personally, like one of the Web-based e-mail addresses </li></ul><ul><li>Remove your current employer's name; replace it with an accurate, but generic , description </li></ul><ul><li>If your job title is unique, replace your title with, again, an accurate, but generic&quot; title </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Taking these steps may make it a bit more difficult for the </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiter or potential employer to reach you, at least initially, </li></ul><ul><li>because of the limited contact information. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Virtual Career Fairs <ul><li>A VCF is just like a &quot;bricks and mortar&quot; career fair, except that ALL of it happens online. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SIFE United States- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Joseph’s Univ. – List of Virtual Career Fairs - </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Personal Online Resume Websites <ul><li>Online Resume Provider </li></ul><ul><li>Vision Resume – fee - </li></ul><ul><li>Example Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Leanna Hoskins - </li></ul><ul><li>Caleb Clark - </li></ul><ul><li>Keith Church - </li></ul>
  17. 17. Online Job Search Resources <ul><li> - Over 500 companies are using LinkedIn's Corporate Solutions and many more hiring managers and recruiters are using LinkedIn to post jobs and source candidates for employment. http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Online Job Search Strategy 101 Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Job Hunt – Great tips and articles about all aspects of job hunting - / </li></ul><ul><li>Job Hunter’s Bible – great one to start with - </li></ul>
  18. 18. Online Job Search Resources <ul><li>Center for Workforce information and Analysis: Job Seekers resources in PA - http:// =353 </li></ul><ul><li>College Grad - #1 entry level job sites - </li></ul><ul><li>Career Hub Blog : Free Advice from Career Experts - </li></ul><ul><li>Craig’s List for Job Hunting - http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Net-Temps - / </li></ul><ul><li>100 Hot Job Yahoo - </li></ul>