How to Conductan Effective Job Search Laura Keyte, CPC, CTS
Topics Covered• Cover Letter• Resume• Professional References• LinkedIn Profile• Utilizing Job Boards• Applying Directly to Company Websites• Utilizing Indeed.com• Working with Recruiters• The Interview• Following Up with Employers and Recruiters
Cover Letter• Cover Letter• Resume • Purpose of a Cover• Professional References Letter• LinkedIn Profile • When to Use a Cover• Utilizing Job Boards Letter• Applying Directly to Company Websites • Format of the Cover• Utilizing Indeed.com Letter• Working with Recruiters • Content• The Interview • Do’s and Don’ts• Following Up with Employers and Recruiters
Resume• Cover Letter • Make sure your resume is• Resume correctly formatted• Professional References• LinkedIn Profile • Do not leave gaps of time• Utilizing Job Boards in your resume• Applying Directly toCompany Websites • Do not age your resume• Utilizing Indeed.com • Be mindful of the length• Working with Recruiters• The Interview of your resume• Following Up with • Keep your resume lookingEmployers and Recruiters conservative
Resume Format FIRST NAME LAST NAME 1234 Main Street City, State Abbreviation Phone Number firstname.lastname@example.org www.linkedin.com/in/yourname PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:Company Name Start Month, Year to End Month, YearTitle•Responsibilities•ResponsibilitiesTechnical Skills:Company Name Start Month, Year to End Month, YearTitle•Responsibilities•ResponsibilitiesTechnical Skills:
Resume Format ContinuedEDUCATION:CollegeDegreeHigh SchoolDiplomaCERTIFICATIONS:• Certification• CertificationTECHNICAL SKILLS:Platforms:Networking:Languages:Databases:Tools:Hardware:
Professional References • 3 to 5 Professional References• Cover Letter• Resume • Ideally, professional references• Professional References should be individuals that you• LinkedIn Profile have worked within the last 10• Utilizing Job Boards years• Applying Directly toCompany Websites • Use your discretion regarding• Utilizing Indeed.com who you list as a reference• Working with Recruiters • Prep your references for a call• The Interview• Following Up with from a Recruiter, HumanEmployers and Recruiters Resources Professional or a Hiring Manager
Format for List of Professional References References for John DoeFirst and Last Name of ReferenceTitle:Company:Relationship:Telephone:Email:First and Last Name of ReferenceTitle:Company:Relationship:Telephone:Email:
Your LinkedIn profile represents your• Cover Letter definitive professional image on the Web• Resume and is discoverable through millions of• Professional References searches on LinkedIn as well as search• LinkedIn Profile engines like Google. LinkedIn has more• Utilizing Job Boards than 100 million members and adds a• Applying Directly to new member every second!Company Websites• Utilizing Indeed.com You are in complete control over what• Working with Recruiters others see on your profile, leverage this• Preparing for the to showcase your expertise so thatInterview recruiters and hiring managers looking to• Following Up with fill opportunities can find you, viceEmployers and Recruiters versa.
Leverage Your LinkedIn Profile to:• Manage your professional network• Be recognized for your industry expertise• Explore career opportunities• Locate respective hiring managers and recruiters
So what goes into a profile? • Include content like thought leadership, relevant articles, industry insight and affiliations with associations, organizations, etc. that are relevant to your professional experience.
HeadlineGive visitors to your profile a short, punchy way to quickly understand who are with yourprofile headline. Think of the headline as the slogan for your personal brand. Use a neutralheadshot for your photo.
Summary & SpecialtiesA good summary must outline what your professional niche iswhile highlighting your unique skills and specialties.Utilize the “Specialties” section to showcase the breadth ofyour expertise as well as any special professional abilities youpossess. Use industry-specific language in this section of yourprofile.i.e. “Desktop break/fix support, deployment of application andoperating system upgrades/patches, Anti-Virus solutionevolution/support, desktop image development/deployment,operational process and knowledge management development,and desktop life cycle management”, etc. (or any industry-specific experience)
ExperienceUse the Experiencesection to outlinethe roles andresponsibilities ofpositions that youhave heldthroughout yourcareer.
EducationThere is a lot room to bolster your professional image byexpanding on activities and achievements during youracademic career. List the schools that you have attendedand degrees acquired.
Groups & Associations • A core functionality of LinkedIn lies within your Groups and Associations and Contact Settings. • After you officially become a member, be sure to chime in on conversations. • You can search through profiles of fellow group members. • Use the same approach within other industry-related groups and any associations and organizations you may be a part of.
For More Information on Developingyour LinkedIn Profile as a Job Seeker... Visit: http://learn.linkedin.com/job-seekers/
Job Boards• Cover Letter • What are they? Websites in which you• Resume can post your resume as well as search• Professional References for job opportunities. i.e. Career• LinkedIn Profile Builder, Monster, Indeed.com,• Utilizing Job Boards Dice.com• Applying Directly to • Create a separate email to use forCompany Websites posting your resume/ including on your• Utilizing Indeed.com resume, i.e.• Working with email@example.comRecruiters • Why posting your resume to job boards• The Interview is important? 90% of companies use• Following Up with outside staffing services to someEmployers and degree. Also, staffing companies asRecruiters well as corporate recruiters use job boards to search for resumes.
Job Boards• Note - On Monster.com, 1 national resume search license to use for the duration of 1 month with the capability of viewing 100 resumes costs an employer $700.• Exposure is key in order for hiring managers and recruiters to locate your resume.• Repost your resume every 30 days to keep it “fresh”.• Examples of Job Boards: Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, Dice.com, Indeed.com, Theladders.com, Simplyhired.com, Craigslist.com, Jobfox.com, Devbistro.com, Collegerecruiter.com
Applying Directly to Company Websites• Cover Letter When do you apply directly to• Resume company websites?• Professional References• LinkedIn Profile Spending your time applying to• Utilizing Job Boards many different company• Applying Directly to websites is generally not anCompany Websites efficient way to get to the• Utilizing Indeed.com interview stage; more often than• Working with Recruiters not the most you will get out of• The Interview applying to a position on a• Following Up with corporate website is anEmployers and Recruiters automated thank you email.
Applying Directly to Company Websites• Check LinkedIn to see if you may know of anyone that works within the company that you are applying to.• Search Indeed.com to see if the position is posted online and try to reach out to that staffing company and/ or recruiter.
Utilizing Indeed.com• Cover Letter• Resume• ProfessionalReferences• LinkedIn Profile• Utilizing Job Boards• Applying Directly toCompany Websites• Utilizing Indeed.com• Working withRecruiters• The Interview• Following Up withEmployers andRecruiters
Working With Recruiters • Connect with recruiters on• Cover Letter LinkedIn• Resume• Professional References • Do not let two different recruiters• LinkedIn Profile submit you to the same position•Utilizing Job Boards•Applying Directly to • If a recruiter contacts youCompany Websites regarding a position that you have• Utilizing Indeed.com• Working with Recruiters already applied to, let the recruiter• The Interview know• Following Up withEmployers and Recruiters • Let recruiters know whether or not you are working with any other recruiting agencies
Working with Recruiters Reach out to different staffing companies and submit your resume through the company website. Disys, Adecco, Randstad, Experis, Allegis Group, Kelly Services, Inc., Greene Resources
Working With RecruitersIn GENERAL, here is what a recruiter, can do for you:• They have access to and knowledge of opportunities with companies before they are "broadcast" to the world• For the most part, they have a much more in-depth knowledge about opportunities than an individual could gain on his/her own• They will "coach" you and sell your attributes better than you can yourself• They will help you " manage " the process of interviewing and negotiating• They are going to help a candidate maximize his or her compensation possibilities
Working With Recruiters• They can provide you more job interview opportunities faster than you can do it for yourself• The help of a recruiter implies confidentiality• A recruiter, many times, has an intimate but objective view of the hiring company, the hiring authorities and the "politics" of the specific hiring process• They are comfortable with all of the steps in the process of getting hired• They know what to do when things "go wrong " in the hiring process
Working with RecruitersHere are some things that a recruiter cannot do for you:• They cannot necessarily get you a job• A top recruiter might give career advice, but theyre notcounselors• Theyre not "miracle workers”
Working with Recruiters• They dont analyze and peruse every single resume that is sent to them• They dont have time to give you advice about the "market" or if its time to "stick your toe in the water" to see if your skills or experience might be " more valuable " to someone else• Unless they are involved in the process of securing you a new opportunity theyre going to be fairly short on advice about "what you should do" regarding your changing jobs down the line• For the most part, theyre not going to give you advice about a job or career change that they are not involved in unless they have a longstanding relationship with you
Preparing for the Interview• Cover Letter • Research the company that you• Resume are interviewing with.• Professional References • Familiarize yourself with the• LinkedIn Profile position description in which you•Utilizing Job Boards are interviewing for.•Applying Directly toCompany Websites • Come to the interview with a few questions in mind in the case that• Utilizing Indeed.com you are asked.• Working with Recruiters• The Interview • Do not talk about pay or benefits• Following Up with on the first interview unless theEmployers and Recruiters interviewer brings up the subject first; focus on the job.
Preparing for and Exiting the Interview• What to wear: Generally, you should wear a black, grey or navy colored suit to an interview.• Take a black or brown colored portfolio into the interview with 2 copies of your resume. Refrain from bringing extra items• Shake the interviewers hand before you leave.
The Telephone Interview• Do not get above your raising• Do not get trash mouth• Do your homework• Do the telephone interview “in person”• Do not make gross noises or sound like you just woke up• Stay focused on the interview• Do not use a lousy line for a telephone interview• Do not just answer questions without asking any• Do not get too long-winded• Do not forget to close for the next step in the process
Interview Don’ts• Don’t Be Late To the Interview• Don’t Show up Unprepared• Don’t Ask about Salary, Benefits, Perks• Don’t Focus On Future Roles Instead Of The Job At Hand• Don’t Turn The Weakness Question Into A Positive• Don’t Lie• Don’t Ask If There is Any Reason You Should not be Hired• Do not speak poorly of past employers• Don’t come across as desperate; you want to appear interested and enthusiastic, not desperate
Following UpIt is a good idea to follow up withrecruiters and hiring managersvia email. Send a thank youemail the day after the interview.This will show them that you aregrateful for the opportunity to beconsidered and that you areexcited and interested in theposition. Use spell check!
Do Not Get Discouraged• Believe it or not, getting discouraged does not help in obtaining a position• There are many reasons why you may not have made it to the “next step” after applying or being submitted to a particular position; do not make assumptionsAt the end of the game, pawns and kings go backinto the same box – Italian Proverb