Career Navigation in Tough Job Markets

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This presentation illustrates how the job search process evolved to what it is in Y2009. Career seekers are faced with different barriers (and opportunities) than they were just ten years ago. Finding a job in a tough market can become easier for those who understand the broader picture. This presentation also includes some guidelines on resume writing and screening career coaches.

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Career Navigation in Tough Job Markets

  1. 1. Career Navigation in Tough Job Markets The NovoCareer Institute TM modern people. modern tools. modern careers. www.novocareer.com
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>[Mechanization of] The Career Search </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Resumes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coaching Programs </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Career Search
  4. 4. Objective – Best Case Scenario Program Manager Job Seeker The job seeker must be in communication with the program manager, who makes the decision to bring additional help on board. This is still the mode of operation for small businesses.
  5. 5. The HR Barrier Job Seeker In most companies larger than 10 people, the program manager (i.e., the “hiring manager”) is not readily visible to the job seeker. An HR department screens candidates to reduce the program manager’s effort in finding a suitable candidate. Human Resources Program Manager
  6. 6. Quality or Perception Driver To penetrate the screening process, job seekers often use coaches and professional writers so that their cover letters and resumes have the highest probability for getting through to the program manager. Human Resources Program Manager Resume Reviewers Job Seeker Career Advisors
  7. 7. “ Facilitators” Enter the Process Career centers and more often recruiting agencies (“head hunters”) had and still have a pivotal role for many job seekers, who may find positions relatively quickly but often for lost relocation allowances, lower salaries, other lost benefits. Human Resources Program Manager Resume Reviewers Job Seeker Career Advisors Recruiters Career Centers
  8. 8. More “Facilitators” With the information age came other methods in an attempt to better reach the program manager – the most popular are job search sites. * Other websites/services offer to mass email your resume to thousands of employers; this can be considered spamming. Human Resources Program Manager Resume Reviewers Job Seeker Career Advisors Recruiters Career Centers Job Search Sites Other Bulk Distribution*
  9. 9. Facilitator or Information Barrier? This process may become disappointing when job seekers discover that recruiting agencies also advertise on job search sites, some posing as employers. Human Resources Program Manager Resume Reviewers Job Seeker Career Advisors Recruiters Career Centers Job Search Sites Other Bulk Distribution Recruiters
  10. 10. Every time another entity effectively enters between the job seeker and program manager, this comes with the added expense of lost wages or other benefits. Human Resources Program Manager Resume Reviewers Job Seeker Career Advisors Recruiters Career Centers Job Search Sites Other Bulk Distribution Recruiters Etc… An Aging System With Hidden Costs
  11. 11. Wouldn’t it be great to take a more direct route? And who will say that it is not possible? Why? Human Resources Program Manager Resume Reviewers Job Seeker Career Advisors Recruiters Career Centers Job Search Sites Other Bulk Distribution Recruiters Etc… An Aging System With Hidden Costs
  12. 12. Re-Personalizing the Job Search Job Seeker It is possible to take a direct route. The resume still needs to follow “official” routes, but the job seeker’s chances increase significantly. Human Resources Program Manager resume
  13. 13. Guidelines
  14. 14. Professionally-Written Resumes <ul><li>Are not enough to get the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything less makes the applicant uncompetitive in a tough market. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be accompanied by a professionally-written cover letter. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Professionally-Written Resumes <ul><li>Still need frequent revision to customize for specific companies or emerging trends. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Professional Coaching <ul><li>Typical costs range from $1K to $5K but in some cases much more. </li></ul><ul><li>Golden Rule for Screening Coaches : </li></ul><ul><li>No professional coach should profit when the career seeker does not benefit. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The NovoCareer Institute Visit: www.novocareer.com

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