90 Minute Job Search Boot Camp


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Network your way to a new career

Effectively utilize social media in your job search

Resumes that make the first cut

How to answer any interview question

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  • Introduction Over 7 years career development experience, mostly in higher education Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from CMU Worked as Career Advisor at Michigan Works in Cadillac, Michigan Grew up in the Fenton area Work at UM-Flint Academic Advising and Career Center for over 3.5 years now
  • 75% of job seekers find work through professional networks
  • Begin with group A, think about what you can bring to the table for them, so you don’t appear as a user Example: Offer to take them for coffee, send them a helpful article Communicate on a regular basis Keep track of you contacts with some sort of log
  • Need to complete 100% so you will come up in search results and your name will come up when someone Google it 
  • Summary Use keyword rich summaryWrite for the web/use lots of white spaceCheck out other peoples’ profiles that you admireRecommendationsGet at least 4 recommendations from peopleIdeally, get at least one recommendation for each position held
  • Related CompaniesFinds trends in the work history of users and identifies connections between companies.Key StatisticsFor example: top locations or most common schools that a company hires fromCompany EmployeesA list of LinkedIn users in your network (up to 3 degrees of separation from you) who currently work at this company.New HiresLinkedIn users who have indicated in their profile that they’ve recently joined this company.Recent Promotions and ChangesLinkedIn users who have indicated in their profile that they’ve recently changed positions at this company.Popular ProfilesUsers who appear on this list have among the most profile views at their company. HR person is usually one of these.
  • Resume should be tailored towards job you are seeking 
  • 90 Minute Job Search Boot Camp

    1. 1. 90 Minute Job Search Boot Camp<br />Kelly Miller, MA, LLPC<br />Academic Advisor/Counselor<br />University of Michigan-Flint<br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br />Network your way to a new career<br />Effectively utilize social media in your job search<br />Resumes that make the first cut<br />How to answer any interview question<br />
    3. 3. Why learn how to network?<br />Make yourself “stand out” at career fairs<br />Improve your interviewing and questioning skills<br />Get leads on jobs that are never advertised<br />Get referrals to colleagues with additional/beneficial information<br />Conduct informational interviews<br />Find out about career events or professional meetings<br />
    4. 4. Refrigerator Exercise<br /><ul><li>Post 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper on front of refrigerator and leave it up for at least a week
    5. 5.  Write down name of person you know every time you open the refrigerator
    6. 6.  Who? Current or former co-workers, friends, family neighbors, anyone you know</li></ul> <br />
    7. 7. Refrigerator Exercise<br />Take down list after the week and prioritize names into three groups: <br /> A - People who work in your field or know you well<br /> B - People who know you less well or work in other fields<br /> C - Casual acquaintances<br />
    8. 8. Elevator Speech<br />A 30 second to 2 minute speech about who you are, what makes you unique, and the benefits you can provide to an organization<br />
    9. 9. Elevator Speech Tips<br />Make eye contact<br />Know your audience <br />Emphasize key personality traits<br />Prepare an outline<br />Perfect your pitch<br />Be prepared<br />Keep in touch<br />
    10. 10. Elevator Speech Example:<br /> Hi, my name is Stephen and I am a software sales specialist with over 15 years of results oriented experience. I am accustomed to working in dynamic, goal oriented team environments. My strengths include the ability to generate million dollar sales, relationship building and strong customer service. I can bring these abilities to your organization. May I give you my card?<br />
    11. 11. Informational Interviews<br /><ul><li>One out of every 200 resumes results in a job offer.
    12. 12. One out of every 12 informational interviews, results in a job offer.</li></ul>Quintessential Careers. All Rights Reserved <br />
    13. 13. Informational Interview<br />An interview designed to obtain information you need in order to choose or refine a career path, learn how to break in and find out if you have what it takes to succeed<br />
    14. 14. Informational Interview Tips<br />Carry a small notebook and pen<br />Dress as you would for a job interview<br />Refer to your list of prepared questions<br />Be enthusiastic and show interest<br />Bring a copy of your resume along with you<br />Don’t ask for a job <br />
    15. 15. Informational Interview Questions<br />What are the duties/functions/responsibilities of your job?<br />What are the most important personal satisfactions and dissatisfactions connected with your occupation? <br />What are the skills that are most important for a position in this field? <br />
    16. 16. Effectively utilize social media in your job search<br />Linked In – 100% professional social media site<br />Since 2008-2009, social networking and blogs have been used more than personal email<br />Over 65 million people on this site<br />Over 150 different industries represented<br />Execs from every Fortune 500 company<br />
    17. 17. Developing Your Profile<br />Upload a professional/friendly photo of yourself<br />Your headline should include what position you are seeking or your current job title<br />Turn on public profile: This provides you with a link you can place on your resume for employers to view your profile<br />
    18. 18. Developing Your Profile<br />Summary <br />Recommendations<br />Set up your contact settings<br />Join relevant groups<br />
    19. 19. Developing Contacts<br /> <br />Upload your email address book<br />Use the Colleagues or Classmates features <br />Connect with group members<br />
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    21. 21. Developing Contacts<br /> Invite one contact at a time by entering his or her name and email address using the "Add Connections" link on the home page<br />Invite someone by clicking on the "Add ___ to your Network" link found on the right side of the member's Profile. Using this avenue allows you to send a personal note in the Invitation message.<br />
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    23. 23. Research Companies<br />Related Companies<br />Key Statistics<br />Company Description<br />Company Employees<br />New Hires<br />Recent Promotions and Changes<br />Popular Profiles<br />
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    25. 25. Resumes<br />The primary purpose of a resume is to obtain an interview<br />If you are not getting interviews, you may want to rethink your resume<br />
    26. 26. Resumes<br />Employers spend an average of 40 seconds reviewing each resume<br />Provide them with a compelling reason to review your credentials<br />
    27. 27. Resume Format<br />1-2 complete pages, 1 inch margins<br />Use headings for each section, usually use a 14 pt -16 pt font <br />No smaller than 11 pt font for all other content on resume<br />Use underlining, bullets and bolding <br />Make effective use of white space/no paragraphs<br />
    28. 28. Resume Format<br />Align all dates on the far right hand side of the page<br />Do not abbreviate, other than state abbreviations<br />Use functional resume if you are changing career fields<br />Be consistent in format<br />
    29. 29. Resumes<br />The five major sections of a resume:<br /><ul><li>Personal Information
    30. 30. Objective
    31. 31. Education
    32. 32. Work Experience
    33. 33. References</li></li></ul><li>Resumes<br />Other possible sections:<br />Related skills<br />Computer skills<br />Volunteer work<br />Honors and Awards<br />Publications/presentations<br />Affiliations<br />
    34. 34. Objective<br />Indicates specific position for which you are applying<br />Simple, clear, and concise<br />Does not need to be a complete sentence (usually a short, one-line phrase)<br />Take advantage of information from the job advertisement (use key words in your objective)<br />
    35. 35. Education<br />What/Where/When<br />Highest level of education attained<br />Major/Minor<br />GPA, if 3.0 or higher<br />
    36. 36. Work Experience<br />This section is the single most important place to sell yourself to a potential employer<br />Stick to the What/Where/When format<br />Always use key words/phrases that clearly and briefly articulate your experiences<br />The skills you include on your resume should be connected to the skills required in the job you are seeking<br />
    37. 37. Example<br />Christina Washington<br />100 Somewhere Drive (810) 555-5239 <br />Anytown, Michigan 01100 cwshngtn@e-mail.com<br />OBJECTIVE: To obtain an entry level position as an Electrical Engineer.<br />EDUCATION:<br />Anytown Community College, Anytown, Michigan May 2009<br />Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering<br />Related Coursework: Computers, Technical and Blueprint Reading, and Advanced Circuitry<br />WORK EXPERIENCE:<br />Anytown Electrical Agency, Antyown Michigan September 2000 t-Present<br />Electrical Apprentice<br /> *Delivered supplies tot the Associate Electricians on site<br /> *Assisted Associate Electricians with in-house repairs<br />REFERENCES: Available upon request<br />
    38. 38. References<br />Create a list of references on a separate page<br />Always ask first<br />Use professional information, not personal<br />List Name, title, organization, phone number and email address<br />
    39. 39. How to answer any interview question<br />Behavioral Interviewing:<br /> Main premise is that past behavior is best indicator of future behavior<br />
    40. 40. Who uses behavioral interviewing?<br />90% of all Fortune 500 companies<br /> <br />State of Michigan - for all civil service positions<br />
    41. 41. Why use behavioral interviewing?<br />Much more valid than traditional interviews<br />Found to be 55% effective at predicting future on the job behavior<br />Traditional interviewing only 10%<br />Less employee turnover, higher employee morale, easier to objectively compare candidates<br />
    42. 42. STAR Technique<br />Situation/Task – Describe a specific situation you were in or task you needed to accomplish<br />Action – Describe action you took <br />Result – What happened? What did you learn? What did you accomplish?<br />
    43. 43. How to prepare for a behavioral interview<br />Research company website/job posting<br />What skills are they looking for?<br />Identify past experiences that demonstrate those skills and develop stories based on STAR <br />Use examples from internships, classes, community service, hobbies and work experience<br />
    44. 44. How to prepare for a behavioral interview<br />Vary your examples; don't take them all from one area of your life <br />Use recent examples: Some companies specify that candidates give examples of behaviors demonstrated within the last year<br />Try to quantify your results<br />Answers are typically 3-5 minutes in length<br />
    45. 45. How to prepare for a behavioral interview<br />Half of your examples should be totally positive, such as accomplishments or meeting goals<br />Half should address situations that started out negatively, but ended up positively<br />Prepare 6 to 8 examples that can be adapted to a variety of questions <br />
    46. 46. THANK YOU!<br />