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This presentation contains a series of practical tips on the job search process. Among other things, it details what the internet is good for and what it is not good for. hint: Monster doesn't …

This presentation contains a series of practical tips on the job search process. Among other things, it details what the internet is good for and what it is not good for. hint: Monster doesn't work!

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  • 1. THE SEARCH: FINDING THE JOB YOU WANT. “LET’S GET BACK TO WORK”
  • 2. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
  • 3. YOUR NEXT JOB =? YOUR LAST JOB ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE JOB YOU WANT OR ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE JOB YOU THINK YOU CAN GET? IT’S TIME TO THINK OF THE CURRENT ECONOMY AS A JOB MARKET “RESET.” TO A GROWING EXTENT, WHAT YOU DID BEFORE ONLY MATTERS IN BUILDING A FUNDAMENTAL SKILL SET. (THE THINGS YOU KNOW HOW TO DO). WHEN FACING THE JOB MARKET THE ONLY BIG RULE THAT REALLY APPLIES IS
  • 4. WHAT’S NEXT IS WHAT’S IMPORTANT
  • 5. WHAT JOB ARE YOU SEEKING? HAVE YOU TAKEN SOME TIME TO REALLY THINK THIS THROUGH? IF YOU COULD ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING YOU WANT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? AN EXERCISE TAKE A MOMENT AND WRITE DOWN THE TOP THREE THINGS YOU LOVE TO DO. HOW MANY OF THESE ELEMENTS ARE A PART OF THE JOBS YOU’VE BEEN SEEKING? FINDING SOMETHING YOU WANT WILL DRIVE YOUR ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM IN THE HUNT, AND THAT’S A CRITICAL FIRST STEP IN THE PROCESS.
  • 6. MONSTER.COM DOESN’T WORK DID YOU KNOW THAT THE AVERAGE JOB POSTED ON MONSTER.COM CAN DRAW HUNDREDS OF APPLICANTS? A DECEMBER, 2009 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON STUDY FOUND THAT APPLICANTS WHO USE THE INTERNET AS THEIR PRIMARY METHOD OF JOB SEARCH ARE 4% LESS LIKELY TO FIND A JOB. AND THE HIGHER THE PAY OF THE POSITION, THE LESS LIKELY YOU ARE TO FIND A JOB USING THE INTERNET. THE PROBLEM IS TOO MUCH ... TOO MUCH INFORMATION TOO MUCH TIME SPENT SIFTING THROUGH ALL OF THE LISTINGS AND MOST JOBS LISTED ARE FILLED THROUGH OTHER CHANNELS. (BEFORE YOU EVEN APPLY!)
  • 7. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? GREAT COMPANIES HAVE HAPPY TEAMS. EVERYONE KNOWS SOMEONE WHO IS OUT OF WORK. WHEN THESE COMPANIES POST JOB OPENINGS, THEIR EMPLOYEES REFER THEIR FRIENDS. AND AS A RESULT, MOST OF THE JOBS ARE FILLED WITHOUT REVIEWING ANY INTERNET SUBMITTED RESUMES.
  • 8. SO HOW DO YOU GET A JOB? GETTING A JOB IS ABOUT TURNING OFF THE COMPUTER AND REACHING OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW WITH A SPECIFIC REQUEST. “HEY. I’M OUT OF WORK AND I’M LOOKING FOR A JOB WHERE I CAN USE MY SKILLS IN (INSERT SKILLS HERE) AT A FUN COMPANY. IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE HIRING LET ME KNOW!” SCHEDULE COFFEES. VISIT YOUR FRIENDS AT WORK FOR LUNCH. IF THEY GIVE YOU A CONTACT THEN POUNCE ON IT. EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT SURE, TAKE THE INTERVIEW.
  • 9. WANT TO BE EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE? TARGET SPECIFIC COMPANIES WHERE YOU WANT TO WORK. DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO WORKS THERE? CHANCES ARE YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO KNOWS SOMEONE WHO WORKS THERE. IF THAT’S THE CASE, SAY THAT IN AN EMAIL BLAST TO THEM. RESEARCH THESE COMPANIES. SOMETIMES THE PATH IN TO THEM IS THROUGH OTHER COMPANIES THEY DO BUSINESS WITH. AND A LOT OF TIMES THESE SMALLER, “FEEDER COMPANIES” ARE MORE FUN ANYWAY!
  • 10. AN EXERCISE CAN YOU WRITE DOWN THE NAMES OF FOUR DIFFERENT COMPANIES YOU WANT TO WORK FOR? IF NOT. CAN YOU WRITE DOWN THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A COMPANY YOU WANT TO WORK FOR? WHAT DO THEY DO? THE MORE SPECIFIC YOU CAN BE, THE MORE YOU CAN NARROW YOUR SEARCH. HELPING YOU TO IDENTIFY THESE COMPANIES IS WHAT THE INTERNET IS GOOD FOR.
  • 11. MAKING CONTACT ONCE YOU KNOW THE NAMES OF SOME COMPANIES, IT’S TIME TO MAKE CONTACT. BEST: YOU HAVE A FRIEND THAT WORKS THERE WHO CAN MAKE AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CORRECT DEPARTMENTAL MANAGER. DON’T GO IN THROUGH HR UNLESS YOU WANT TO WORK IN HR. GOOD: YOU CAN LEARN THE NAME/EMAIL ADDRESS FOR A DEPARTMENTAL MANAGER AND MAKE CONTACT DIRECTLY. USE THE COMPANY’S “ABOUT US” PAGE TO FIND NAMES. (LOTS OF TIMES THERE ARE EMAIL ADDRESSES RIGHT THERE FOR YOU!) OTHERWISE YOU CAN TRY STANDARDS LIKE “JCOLLINS@COMPANYNAME.COM” JIM.COLLINS@ SEND A COPY BY MAIL AND EMAIL BOTH TO THE MANAGER AND TO ANY FRIENDS YOU HAVE WHO MIGHT KNOW THE MANAGER.
  • 12. WHAT GOES IN THE EMAIL? A PROFESSIONAL AND BRIEF INTRODUCTION CONTAINING: YOUR NAME AND MOST RECENT POSITION. A SPECIFIC REASON WHY YOU THINK THE COMPANY IS INTERESTING. A SPECIFIC REASON WHY YOU THINK YOU’D BE A GREAT FIT FOR THE COMPANY. A “CLOSE” THAT OPENS THE DOOR... I’D LOVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT ANY OPEN POSITIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE, NOW OR IN THE FUTURE. I CAN BE REACHED AT EMAIL ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER. AND NOTHING ELSE!
  • 13. EMAIL/MAIL RULES TYPOS, GRAMMATICAL ERRORS AND MISSPELLINGS ARE DEATH. WORD USAGE NEEDS TO BE PERFECT. DO NOT USE FANCY TEMPLATES (UNLESS IT’S A DESIGN POSITION AND THEN IT BETTER BE A TEMPLATE YOU DESIGNED!) IT CANNOT TAKE LONGER THAN 2 MINUTES TO READ. (TIME YOURSELF READING IT!) YOU SHOULD DO BOTH - EMAIL AND MAIL - AND IN YOUR ‘POSTED’ MESSAGE ADD A LINE THAT SAYS, “I ALSO SENT YOU AN EMAIL BUT I KNOW THINGS CAN GET LOST SO I’M SENDING THIS TOO!” YOUR MESSAGE SHOULD SAY NOTHING ABOUT WHY YOU ARE NO LONGER WITH YOUR LAST JOB. THIS IS IRRELEVANT AT THIS POINT. ESPECIALLY SINCE MOST PEOPLE WERE SIMPLY LAID OFF FROM STRUGGLING COMPANIES. AND BECAUSE WHAT’S IMPORTANT IS WHAT’S NEXT!
  • 14. MAKE SURE YOU’RE READY WHEN THEY CALL REMEMBER, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY’RE GOING TO ACTUALLY HEAR YOUR VOICE SO YOU WANT THIS TO WORK FOR YOU AND NOT AGAINST YOU. IT NEEDS TO BE VERY PROFESSIONAL. A SIMPLE VOICEMAIL GREETING ON YOUR PHONE. “HI, YOU’VE REACHED “NAME.” I’M SORRY I CAN’T TAKE YOUR CALL. PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE WITH YOUR NAME, NUMBER AND THE BEST TIME TO CALL BACK. THANKS.” YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE UPBEAT AND CLEAR. NO SONGS. NO BARKING DOGS. NO “FUNNY GREETINGS” (UNLESS YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A COMEDIAN POSITION). YOU GET MY POINT.
  • 15. HERE’S THE THING... THEY ARE GOING TO CALL. IT’S A FUNCTION OF THE RIGHT TIME AND THE RIGHT PERSON AND THE RIGHT COMPANY AND THE RIGHT WORDS AND THE RIGHT CONTACTS AND THE RIGHT ... ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU HAVE TO HAVE IN YOUR HUNT IS PERSEVERANCE.
  • 16. QUESTIONS ON THE HUNT?