Assess Yourself Assess Your Personal Preferences: Geographical location Starting/minimum salary Working conditions Skills you want to use Most important factors in your career: Possibility for advancement Training & Development Flexible schedules 8
Develop Job Leads “Less than you might expect, 14.5 percent, come from the big three job boards (Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs).” Career Centers
Professional Associations & Societies Newspaper Classified Ads Trade Publications Professional Journals & Papers Public Library Chamber of Commerce Job Agencies Internet Sites Employer Websites “The majority of hires – 38%, according to one estimate – come directly through the company’s website.” 9 Knock ‘em Dead 2008 By: Martin Yate
Employment Agencies Tips for Using Employment Agencies Don’t rely solely on the agency. Call the Human Resources Department of the companies you are interested in and find out which employment agencies they use. Interview the job counselor. Look for specialized agencies (Book of Lists, yellow pages, internet search). Go to more than one agency. Conduct a thorough job search before paying any fees. Don’t’ sign any forms until you fully understand them. Most agencies operate on a contingency basis. They must place you in a job before they can collect their fee. Will try their utmost to find you a job – any job. Job counselors may be paid on commission. Know where you want to work. If the job doesn’t meet your requirements don’t take it. 14
Letter writing campaigns Telephone calls (cold-calling) Walk-in meetings Email campaigns Post your resume on the employers' website Telephone calls and walk-in appointments are generally less acceptable than letter writing but can be quite effective if handled skillfully planned at the right time.
What You Should Know:
The company and job title used by the company to describe the positions you are seeking
The name and title of the employee responsible for the position you are seeking
The selection criteria used for the position you are seeking
Develop A Job Search Plan:Organizational Targeting Determine your industry; type of company; and type of position desired Research the companies mission, vision, employment benefits and type of positions Determine the top 3- 5 companies you will target 16
Develop A Job Search Plan: The Power to Hire or Fire
After you target organizations and locate job postings, indentify the person who has the Power to Hire You!
Develop A Job Search Plan: Set up a Record Keeping System Keep track of your job search: Keep a personal job search progress record Names of employers Contact dates Methods of contact Documents sent Follow-up calls made Interviews scheduled Thank you cards sent 18
“You need to organize a comprehensive job search strategy that will give you maximum penetration in your target area, and track all the opportunities and potential employers you discover.” 20 Post On-Line Call Employers Get Out There!
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Walgreens Deloitte PricewaterhouseCoopers Ernst & Young KPMG Lockheed Martin Kaiser Permanente City Year Northrop Grumman Target GE Wal-Mart Stores Gwinnett County Public Schools (Atlants) Microsoft 23 Breaking News Workforce Recruiting Newsletter 3/26/09
Sell Your Experience If you were laid off, instead of lamenting the situation, you might say: “ the experience prompted you to reassess your skills, and that's what led you here. "You want to demonstrate resilience in the face of unpredictable obstacles.“ Show you've done your homework on the company by explaining how your background and track record relates to its current needs Company leadership Core business Affects of the recent changes I the marketplace Competitors Industry --Wall Street Journal by Sarah E. NeedlemanTuesday, April 14, 2009
Bold Moves Can Backfire “In today's ultracompetitive job market, even getting an interview is a feat. Yet recruiters and hiring managers say many unemployed candidates blow the opportunity by appearing desperate or bitter about their situations — often without realizing it.” Be careful not to go too far, though, in your quest to stand out. For example, it may be tempting to offer to work temporarily for free or to take a lesser salary than what a job pays. But experts say such bold moves often backfire on candidates. "Employers want value," says Lee Miller, author of Get More Money on Your Next Job ... In Any Economy. "They don't want cheap.“ --Wall Street Journal, by Sarah E. Needleman, Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Be Flexible When you need something fast: Have a back-up plan Take on a short-term assignment or seasonal position Catering, lawn care, camps, etc. Consider work/life planning “It may take 3 - 6 months to land a job offer” 26
How Do I Know What Offer to Take1. Size up the Employer2. Evaluate the Job Offer3. Know What You are Worth 27
Don’t Come On Too Strong!!! At an interview, you want to stand out for the right reasons. To do so, you'll need to leave your baggage and anxiety at the door: Wait until 10 minutes before your scheduled interview time to announce yourself. Arriving any sooner "shows that you're not respectful of the time the hiring manager put aside for you,“ Signal confidence by offering a firm handshake …avoid looking around the room, tapping your fingers, or other nervous movements. No matter how you're feeling, --Wall Street Journal by Sarah E. NeedlemanTuesday, April 14, 2009
Don’t Come On Too Strong!!! In some cases, you may be looking just for a job to get you through so you might consider a less-than-perfect fit. But if you aren't really excited about an opportunity, keep it to yourself, warns David Gaspin, director of human resources at 5W Public Relations in New York. After an interview, take caution with your follow-up. If you're in the running for multiple jobs at once, make sure to address thank-yous to the right people, career experts advise. If all has gone well, don't stalk the interviewer. Wait at least a week before checking on your candidacy, adds Jose Tamez, managing partner at Austin-Michael LP, an executive-search firm in Golden, Colo --Wall Street Journa, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 By Sarah E. Needleman
Stay Encouraged!!! REMEMBER…all you need is one door to open!!! 32