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Work Smarter, Not Harder   Creating a Job Search Strategy in a Tough Economy <ul><li>Sue Danbom | Usman Chaudry </li></ul>...
Overview <ul><li>Creating a Job Search Strategy: </li></ul><ul><li>Building a resume </li></ul><ul><li>Building a virtual ...
Building a Resume <ul><li>2 Formats:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronological  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functional  </li></u...
Made, Saved, and Achieved’s… <ul><li>Made:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Products/Services you’ve created,  </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
MSA Example <ul><li>What have you  made ,  saved , or  achieved  for your employers? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide example...
Building a Virtual Presence <ul><li>Attract Attention </li></ul><ul><li>Choose appropriate site </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare ...
Building a Virtual Presence <ul><li>Create On-line Profiles on Social Media Sites </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul...
Finding Opportunities <ul><li>Where do you find jobs?   </li></ul><ul><li>What is the most effective method?  </li></ul><u...
Finding Opportunities <ul><li>Where do you find jobs?  </li></ul><ul><li>If your only answer is…  </li></ul><ul><li>“ Appl...
Finding Opportunities <ul><li>Apply directly to company websites </li></ul><ul><li>Apply directly using Job Aggregators  <...
Job Search Strategy <ul><li>Take a comprehensive approach </li></ul><ul><li>Update your resume with MSAs... Very important...
Job Search Strategy <ul><li>How will they find you? </li></ul><ul><li>Tweak your resume for each job.  </li></ul><ul><li>A...
Interviewing for Success
Interviewing for Success <ul><li>Know the job description </li></ul><ul><li>Research the company </li></ul><ul><li>What ca...
Interviewing for Success <ul><li>Be prompt </li></ul><ul><li>Dress appropriately </li></ul><ul><li>Treat everyone with res...
Practice, Practice, Practice <ul><li>5Ps:  </li></ul><ul><li>–  James Baker </li></ul>TO  INTERVIEW
Follow Up <ul><li>Thank everyone you spoke to </li></ul>
In Review <ul><li>Working Smarter Not Harder </li></ul><ul><li>Perfecting your resume and cover letter each time </li></ul...
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  1. 1. Work Smarter, Not Harder Creating a Job Search Strategy in a Tough Economy <ul><li>Sue Danbom | Usman Chaudry </li></ul><ul><li>Volt Workforce Solutions </li></ul>Presentation for APICS MM.DD.2008 | © 2008 Volt Information Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. Proprietary & Confidential.
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Creating a Job Search Strategy: </li></ul><ul><li>Building a resume </li></ul><ul><li>Building a virtual presence </li></ul><ul><li>Finding opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing </li></ul>
  3. 3. Building a Resume <ul><li>2 Formats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronological </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does your resume… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scream “Call me!!!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have MSA’s ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(If not, get them !!!) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keywords </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Made, Saved, and Achieved’s… <ul><li>Made: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Products/Services you’ve created, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas you’ve created </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sales </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Saved: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction in costs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Achieved: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greatest Accomplishments </li></ul></ul>Quantifiable
  5. 5. MSA Example <ul><li>What have you made , saved , or achieved for your employers? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide example </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give quantifiable results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MSA Version </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I provided technical support to 300 employees with computer difficulties locally and remotely using Altiris Remote Control, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resulting in a reduced response time from 3 ½ hours to 2 hours. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and I reduced number of service tickets 30% from 100 to 70 in my first month.” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Building a Virtual Presence <ul><li>Attract Attention </li></ul><ul><li>Choose appropriate site </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare profile carefully </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post picture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience and education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MSA’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keywords </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create network </li></ul><ul><li>Update frequently </li></ul>
  7. 7. Building a Virtual Presence <ul><li>Create On-line Profiles on Social Media Sites </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>You Tube </li></ul>
  8. 8. Finding Opportunities <ul><li>Where do you find jobs? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the most effective method? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Post and Pray? </li></ul><ul><li>Submit to jobs on job boards? </li></ul><ul><li>Networking? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Finding Opportunities <ul><li>Where do you find jobs? </li></ul><ul><li>If your only answer is… </li></ul><ul><li>“ Applying to job ads and postings…” </li></ul><ul><li>… that’s NOT ENOUGH in today’s economy. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Finding Opportunities <ul><li>Apply directly to company websites </li></ul><ul><li>Apply directly using Job Aggregators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indeed.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indeed.ca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simplyhired.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Join groups to network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ning.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo! Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MSN Groups </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Job Search Strategy <ul><li>Take a comprehensive approach </li></ul><ul><li>Update your resume with MSAs... Very important!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Add keywords to be searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Post to the major job boards..i.e Monster, Workopolis, CareerBuilder etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply directly to target companies </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends (Friends of friends/family) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleagues, Managers (Past and present) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associations/groups </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Job Search Strategy <ul><li>How will they find you? </li></ul><ul><li>Tweak your resume for each job. </li></ul><ul><li>Applying via e-mail… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include your resume and cover letter in the body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AND </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attach resume and cover letter soft copy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create a follow-up spreadsheet to track applications </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with applications on a weekly basis. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Interviewing for Success
  14. 14. Interviewing for Success <ul><li>Know the job description </li></ul><ul><li>Research the company </li></ul><ul><li>What can you contribute? (MSA’s) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To the position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To the company </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What personal characteristics make you successful? (Examples) </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you want the position? </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare questions </li></ul>
  15. 15. Interviewing for Success <ul><li>Be prompt </li></ul><ul><li>Dress appropriately </li></ul><ul><li>Treat everyone with respect </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off your phone </li></ul><ul><li>Give a firm handshake </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive and make it a conversation </li></ul>
  16. 16. Practice, Practice, Practice <ul><li>5Ps: </li></ul><ul><li>– James Baker </li></ul>TO INTERVIEW
  17. 17. Follow Up <ul><li>Thank everyone you spoke to </li></ul>
  18. 18. In Review <ul><li>Working Smarter Not Harder </li></ul><ul><li>Perfecting your resume and cover letter each time </li></ul><ul><li>Building a virtual presence and networking </li></ul><ul><li>Finding opportunities – use a comprehensive, proactive approach </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare and practice for interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up </li></ul>Creating a Job Search Strategy In a Tough Economy
  19. 19. Questions
  20. 20. Thank you
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