Job Seeker Presentation: 8 Steps To Your Next Career


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Follow these 8 steps to make your next career opportunity. Topics range from mastering the job interview to preparing for your next job. Presentation made available by the Jobing Foundation.

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  • 45 minutes – 1 hours This presentation is designed as a quick overview of the entire job search process form beginning a new search to tips to keeping the jobs and your network contacts once a new job is secured. Great for job search groups, schools, etc. that have had some exposure to the process. It’s designed for presenter to give own personal tips and suggestions throughout… enhancing or supporting other learning that has taken place.
  • This slide is in place of agenda. The job search “process” can be broken out into 8 steps. This is a guideline, not an order. The participant may return to certain steps several times and spend more time in others. What happens to many, though, is that they spend too much time on one (especially step 2) and neglect the time or effort in the others.
  • Some tips to bring in with list slide: Organize – how to organize, what has worked for you Create / update resume – give 2-3 tips about a good resume Plan of action – who are you going after, how will you conduct the search TARGET – can start broad, and narrow search to specific jobs, industries, companies Personal Brand – a few comments about a brand, electronic footprint (MySpace, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Tips on Search: What advertising resources are out there? Good audience participation slide… have them call out places to find a job and have participants categorize. Internet – discuss job boards v. other sources such as “google it” Network – provide tips re: networking, can use handout/exercise here on networking
  • Research is conducted: Before applying to target the resume/application/cover letter Before the interview to understand the company, culture. Be sure to research the company’s website and other resources as well such as news items, financials, broker reports, etc.
  • Be respectful of company’s application process – online application, etc. – however, use networking whenever possible to assist you “ Who else?” – is when you’re told you are not a fit. It’s a small world and iyou can use this contact to add to your networking Stand Out / Customize – Customize not only your cover letter, but also your resume. Feed back the language that the organization uses in their job announcement to showcase how you have the skills and experience they need Point it out – On the cover letter, repeat what they are looking for and then tell them how you fit.
  • The resumes gets you an interview, and the interview gets you the job – yet we spend on average 20x as much time on preparing the resume… Attire – rule of thumb here is take what you’d be wearing on the job and move it up a notch – ie. business casual – wear business profession or if you’d wear a polo/jeans on the job – wear a button down shirt and slacks to the interview Bring with you: Pen Notebook / padfolio Resume / cover letter (several copies) Be prepared to have a conversation – the more comfortable you are, the better you will come off. Think ahead about questions you might be asked. Especially stories (behavioral interview type) – “Tell me about a time…” Be sure to ask questions at the END of the interview. Write down some generic questions in your notebook ahead of time. (First impression is most import/last impression is 2 nd most.) At the end of the interview, express interest and ask for next steps – be specific.
  • Thank you note is required (can change how it’s delivered depending on interviewer’s communication style) Handwritten note Email Text (is this ever okay?) Follow up calls – Timing is based on what you determine in interview.
  • Know what you are worth /need – What is the “compensation package” – know that many employers that pay a lower salary may make up for it in other perks or benefits Changing careers may have to take a step backwards State workforce websites often list median range salaries in an industry/profession Negotiate – it’s okay to say, I’m very interested in position and considering my options – is your offer a firm offer or is there play? Not always salary – may be that you need some time off such as a pre-planned trip
  • Majority of job seekers stop networking once they have the job – DON’T Not necessarily to find another job – but more to make yourself the most valuable both to your current employer as well as any future employers Just because you have the job – don’t get complacent – it’s a privilege and if you consider every day on the job as an interview for your future – you will be seen as a star employee. And the most likely to be considered for advancement or other opportunities. Be the BEST at your current job.
  • Job Seeker Presentation: 8 Steps To Your Next Career

    1. 1. 8 Steps to Your Next Career
    2. 2. 8 Steps to Your Next Career <ul><li>Your career is your own…someone doesn’t give it to you or provide it for you…you MAKE it. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow these 8 steps to make your next career: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make Contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Prepare <ul><li>Organize </li></ul><ul><li>Create/update resume </li></ul><ul><li>Have a plan of action </li></ul><ul><li>TARGET </li></ul><ul><li>Have a personal brand </li></ul>
    4. 4. Search <ul><li>Advertising Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Job Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks (MySpace, Linked In) </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce Centers </li></ul><ul><li>College Career Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Network, network, network, & then… </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul>
    5. 5. Research <ul><li>What is the company about? </li></ul><ul><li>What else do you know? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the culture? </li></ul><ul><li>Become familiar with the company’s website, videos, blogs, and financials </li></ul>
    6. 6. Make Contact <ul><li>Apply, send resume </li></ul><ul><li>Ask, what is the process? </li></ul><ul><li>Ask, whom else do you know? </li></ul><ul><li>STAND OUT </li></ul><ul><li>Customize! </li></ul>
    7. 7. Interview <ul><li>Be prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Know what to wear </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a copy of your resume </li></ul><ul><li>& cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a pen & your portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Have a conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes </li></ul><ul><li>Express interest </li></ul>
    8. 8. Follow up <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up call(s) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Negotiate <ul><li>Know what you are worth and what you need (full compensation package) </li></ul><ul><li>Realize it’s okay to negotiate </li></ul>
    10. 10. Maintain/Grow <ul><li>Continually maintain network </li></ul><ul><li>Join professional associations </li></ul><ul><li>Join social networks, maintain professionalism </li></ul><ul><li>Read blogs and industry news </li></ul><ul><li>Keep an updated resume </li></ul><ul><li>View every day on the job as an interview </li></ul><ul><li>Have an educational mindset </li></ul>
    11. 11. Thank You! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your Name Your Email Your Phone # </li></ul></ul>