Successful Strategies In Job Search


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This presentation will help you develop and define a successful strategy when it comes to a job search. The presentation is designed for a more mature job seeker that is transitioning in their career, and is made available by the Jobing Foundation.

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  • This workshop is designed for more advanced job seekers or career changers. Designed to have participants reflect on what they really want and how to target their job search to set them up for future success. 45 minutes – 90 minutes
  • Discuss strategy. Long-term. Different than tactics which are “to do’s”… Strategy requires vision.
  • Emphasis on building yourself for the long-term Find the job today that is about your career… your goals “ Layoff proof your career” Strategy is about looking at the big picture… what you want and then it’s not just about the job title… it’s more about soft skills
  • Stop and think What do you really want from your next job? Or your long-term career? What’s going to give you satisfaction? What’s your passion?
  • Narrow the job search means you’ll be more likely to pick up on the subtle clues Greater effort on specific companies shows Note: discuss in a joking voice different than “stalking”
  • Research will help you really get to know the company Investment of your time will pay off
  • Break down the job search… Can use the tortoise and the hare analogy What makes you stand out? Customize, customize, customize
  • How to network When focusing… networking is imperative It’s about finding ways to have your name mentioned But networking is more about giving than receiving
  • This is where most job seekers start… especially when in “panic” mode. It’s okay to just get a job – especially if need one financially… However, take your time. If you consider your focus, your overall search will be of higher quality
  • Apply to listed jobs Don’t apply to jobs just because you are fishing for a job at the company. If the job you want isn’t listed… network. Submit your resume only when asked Uncover the hidden jobs and create new jobs (need to go way up on the ladder to do this)… find a need … fill it.
  • Go over what a good interview looks like Being prepared means rehearsing answers to common questions Gathering “stories” for behavioral interviews Ask questions… First impression / last impression What is the one question that is asked at every interview? (let the audience blurt out… they’ll come up with things like “Tell me about yourself?” “Weaknesses/strengths”? Hint: the one question that is always asked is at the end… “Do you have any questions for me?” You’ll leave the interviewer with a better impression if you ask at least one or two questions. Make them business related. Not about the salary/benefits at this time… you do not have the job offer yet.
  • Thank you note, email (may be okay depending on company/individual) Negotiate – this is the time to discuss salary. Consider Entire compensation package that is being offered. It’s okay to negotiate because job offer means you are their #1 choice. Close – leave the negotiation on high note. Remind them why you are the best fit. And send another thank you!
  • Just because your job search is done doesn’t mean your career is complete. Continue to network Building on your career – I personally keep my resume update not because I’m looking for another job, but because I want to ensure I’m staying on track. That I’m working for the next success. If I can’t add at least one significant bullet point per quarter, I’m not sure I’m bringing value to my employer. Continue to learn. Reflect… is your strategy still the same?
  • Successful Strategies In Job Search

    1. 1. Successful Strategies in Job Search
    2. 2. Defining Strategy <ul><li>Strategy is about choice, which affects outcome </li></ul><ul><li>People survive in the workplace – often do well – in periods of relative stability </li></ul><ul><li>Conversely, today’s business world is turbulent </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy is adaptable </li></ul>
    3. 3. Career Strategy <ul><li>Your career is what you make it </li></ul><ul><li>Today it’s about securing your next job </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term it is about you – that means securing the RIGHT job </li></ul>
    4. 4. Plan <ul><li>Being strategic takes reflection </li></ul><ul><li>What is it you really want? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career growth </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Focus <ul><li>Be specific on the position and industry </li></ul><ul><li>Create a list of your personal top 20 employers </li></ul>
    6. 6. Research <ul><li>The companies, the industry, and the types of jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Their success factors </li></ul><ul><li>Interview individuals in the field or company… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wow… pick up the phone and talking to someone about their company? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes! Who better than to tell you about the company as an employer? </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Aspire <ul><li>Create 30-60-90 day goals for yourself both personally and professionally … remember a strategy is for the long-term </li></ul><ul><li>How will you catch the attention of the hiring manager? </li></ul><ul><li>How are you going to contact the employer? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GOAL = Interview </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Network <ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Give </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of your time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of your knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of your contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be specific in your objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Where to network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools, professors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Former coworkers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends, neighbors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Churches, religious affiliations </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Reach <ul><li>This is when you enter the ‘traditional’ job search mode </li></ul><ul><li>Build your Resume </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only this time… it’s targeted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Built with a specific job, employer, or industry in mind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What can you do for the employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How have you been successful doing just that previously </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Reach (continued) <ul><li>Apply </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes! Apply to the job that’s listed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>+ find unique ways to reach out to that employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>+ find those jobs that aren’t listed (network) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Reach (continued) <ul><li>Interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress for success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring extra resumes, pen, notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Reach (continued) <ul><li>Follow up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Nurture <ul><li>Remember… you are thinking long-term </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to network </li></ul><ul><li>Build on your “career” – use your resume as your guide </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect </li></ul>
    14. 14. Thank You! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your Name Your Email Your Phone # </li></ul></ul>