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Job Search Process


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A step by step approach to developing a job search plan consistent with career goals.

A step by step approach to developing a job search plan consistent with career goals.

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