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Job Search Process

  1. 1. Job Search Process Presented by Bill Ryan Ryan Career Services LLC for Concord Community Education Work Toward A Life of Full Measure
  2. 2. Desired Career <ul><li>Undergo a self-assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the career best suited for you </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage current interests and skills, past experiences and overall aptitude </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the best environment for you to express your talents and to grow professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for and implement a strategic and thorough job search </li></ul>
  3. 3. Search Process <ul><li>This workshop assumes participant knows their career direction </li></ul><ul><li>Job search process includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A defined and systematic plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achievable steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success builds upon success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set timely objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research, research, research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking, networking, networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial and moral support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding a job IS your job </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Develop a Search Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine daily and weekly objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule time to be spent on search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be emotionally committed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target organizations and people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Script, practice, and make contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow up contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record all of your activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be around supportive people </li></ul></ul>The Search Plan
  5. 5. Your Job vs. A Job <ul><li>Center your Search Plan around the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional and Enhanced Job Search Techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Employers and Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Résumé posting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider Creating Your Own Job </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Search Traditional and Enhanced Job Search Techniques <ul><li>About 20% of positions to be filled are advertised </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for and following up on advertised positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li> , , CareerBuilder , Monster , Yahoo! HotJobs , Jobs in NH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers and their associated web sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional journals and magazines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company and industry web sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Staffing and Recruiting agencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Investigate their reputations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know they work for company clients first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be clear on what is expected of you </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Search Research <ul><li>Research Employers and Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Look for: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Products, services, purpose, and value </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Size, background and growth potential </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Competition and how they compare </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Management style, corporate culture, work climate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training and Development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask yourself, “Can I develop my career here?” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Look in: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job search web sites, both comprehensive and meta </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> , </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Company and industry web sites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> , , , , , </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Career trends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. and State Labor Departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogosphere and web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry news </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Industry Companies and Organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know the successful ones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are their “best practices”? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Acceptable work arrangements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contracting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecommuting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other work alternatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Again, ask yourself, “Can I develop my career here?” </li></ul></ul>The Search Research
  9. 9. <ul><li>Know what your desired position is worth by querying your professional network </li></ul><ul><li>Know the internal total compensation equity of positions you are seeking. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide how to position yourself on or near that equity point. </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to negotiate compensation. </li></ul><ul><li> , , are places to research market salaries </li></ul>The Search Research
  10. 10. The Search Networking <ul><li>The Hidden Job Market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 80% of jobs not advertised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers often reluctant to advertise for jobs. They prefer the “passive candidate”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being referenced, tested, and known. More efficient than advertising. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Hiring Managers first if possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Human Resources as a Plan B </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establishing Relationships so to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enlist support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for ideas, advice, and referrals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share value </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leveraging common interests </li></ul><ul><li>Best contact to know is someone who would do you a favor, but offer to do contact a favor first. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Self-market by using a well developed professional brand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A promise of value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A reliable and consistent image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What qualities set you apart from the competition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The belief that results can be counted on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defining your reputation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowing your worth </li></ul></ul>The Search Networking
  12. 12. <ul><li>Have professional brand present in every way you display yourself to network and others. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and rehearse an elevator pitch that lasts from 30 seconds to two minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Show brand in Professional Summary at top of résumé and in cover letters. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider making up business cards that show brand and contact data. </li></ul><ul><li>Hone your brand and communicate expertise through Twitter. </li></ul>The Search Networking
  13. 13. The Search Résumé Posting <ul><li>Research and Networking will identify where to send and post your résumé. </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing agencies and recruiters are a resource for where to post résumés. </li></ul><ul><li>Post résumé on major Job Boards such as Monster, Yahoo! HotJobs, CareerBuilder, and Jobs in NH. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Résumé may need to be in plain text format. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Post résumé on sites of specific companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider résumé in HTML for web site posting. </li></ul><ul><li>Post on Facebook wall as a “Note”. </li></ul><ul><li>Try uploading résumé to LinkedIn page. </li></ul><ul><li>Join and follow job board groups on LinkedIn. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Other Considerations <ul><li>Temporary and part time work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May have to be considered as a stepping- stone to desired position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives you a chance to try out an employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May be the best a poor economy can offer for a while </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer or taking lower pay non-profit work may increase network and reveal opportunities, while maintaining skills. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Have a Personal Data Record that can be used as reference when completing job applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful about jumping into additional training or education unless it is part of a well thought out professional development plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Externships may keep you in the game and eventually lead to future hiring opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Cold calling contacts can be tough, but a useful skill. </li></ul><ul><li>Always follow up any contact with hand written notes that express appreciation and communicate brand. </li></ul>Other Considerations
  16. 16. <ul><li>Above all, don’t get discouraged, stick with your plan, and remember the average job search time in the country is 27 weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t give up! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Work Toward A Life of Full Measure William W. Ryan, M.Ed., GCDF, DCF 603-724-2289 [email_address] http:// /