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  • 1. Twenty Questions Successful Strategies for Job Searchers
  • 2. Using this Software
    • Microphone
    • Raising your hand
    • Green  / Red X
    • Laughing / Clapping
    • Stepping out
    • Text chat
    • Feedback
    • Audio
    • Full Screen
    • Exiting
  • 3. Job Searchers National Unemployment Rate, Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ Photo (CC) Richard Miles: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmountmaniac/2994014966/ Photo (CC) NJLA: http://www.flickr.com/photos/njla/3306453159/
  • 4. Job Searchers
    • 69% of all Americans have used the Internet in the past year for help coping with the recession
      • 41% have sought information about jobs
      • 27% explored prospects for a second job or ways to earn more money
      • 22% sought information about unemployment and other government benefits
    Pew Internet & American Life Project: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/11-The-Internet-and-the-Recession.aspx?r=1
  • 5. Key job search activities
    • Self-assessment
    • Research potential employers
    • Identify job leads
    • Network with others
    • Prepare/submit resume
    • Interview/negotiate
  • 6. Evaluating online resources
    • Type/source of information
    • Currency/update frequency
    • Focus (geography, industry, etc.)
    • Registration requirements or fees
    • User feedback/success rate
  • 7. Self-assessment Photo (CC) Bilal Mirza: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bilalmirza/3317723139/
  • 8. Question 1 Question: Now that my kids are older, I am ready to go back to school - but I have no idea what kind of career to pursue. How can I figure out what kind of work would be the best fit for me? Resource:
    • Quintessential Careers
      • Keirsey Temperament Sorter II
      • Career Link Self Assessment Inventory
      • Testingroom.com
    Link: http://www.quintcareers.com/online_assessment_review.html http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx http://www.mpcfaculty.net/CL/default.htm http://quintcareers.testingroom.com
  • 9. Potential employers Photo (CC) House of Sims: http://www.flickr.com/photos/houseofsims/2887794002/
  • 10. Question 2 Question: After so many layoffs in the automotive industry, I want to pursue a more promising career. How can I find out the job prospects and potential earnings in the biotechnology field? Resource: Career Guide to Industries (US Dept. of Labor) Link: http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/
  • 11. Question 3 Question: I can’t afford to go back to school, but I heard that floral designer jobs don’t require formal post-secondary training. How can I find out more about floral design as a career? Resource: Occupational Outlook Handbook Link: http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/
  • 12. Question 4 Question: My family is relocating to Charlotte, NC. I currently work in advertising and I would like to locate some Charlotte companies in this field. Resource: US Chambers of Commerce Directory Link: http://www.uschamber.com/chambers/directory/
  • 13. Question 5 Question: I’m about to complete a degree in nursing and I ‘m planning a career in long term care. Where can I find a list of long term care facilities to consider as potential employers? Resource: Hoovers.com Link: http://www.hoovers.com/free/
  • 14. Job Leads Photo (CC) Richard Miles: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmountmaniac/2994014966/
  • 15. Question 6 Question: I’m desperate! What’s the fastest way to apply for as many jobs as I can? Resource:
    • Supersite job boards:
      • Monster
      • CareerBuilder
      • HotJobs
    Link:
    • http://www.careerbuilder.com
    • http://www.monster.com
    • http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/careertools
      • - or -
    • http://www.quintcareers.com/career_centers/
  • 16. Question 7 Question: My band has a gig in Key West for the next few months, but there’s no way I can live off of what I’ll be making as a performer. How can I find part time work to help supplement my income? Resource:
    • Job search engines:
      • Indeed
      • SimplyHired
      • USA Jobs
      • Craigslist/Florida
    Link: http://www.indeed.com http://www.usajobs.gov http://www.simplyhired.com http://geo.craigslist.org/iso/us/fl
  • 17. Question 8 Question: I’m required to show tangible evidence of my job search efforts in order to extend my unemployment benefits. How can I limit my search to jobs available in Florida that require only a high school education? Resource:
      • Employ Florida Marketplace
      • Florida Job Network
      • Teach in Florida
      • PeopleFirst! Florida
      • Florida Ready to Work program
    Link: https://www.employflorida.com http://www.fljobnetwork.com http://www.teachinflorida.com https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com http://www.floridareadytowork.com
  • 18. Question 9 Question: I recently lost my engineering job. How can I focus my job search on just positions available in my specific field? Resource:
      • EngineerJobs.com
      • Other niche job boards
      • Dice.com (IT)
      • SchoolSpring.com (Education)
    Link: http://www.engineerjobs.com/ http://www.internetinc.com/top-100-job-board-niches http://www.dice.com/ http://www.schoolspring.com/
  • 19. Question 10 Question: It seems like I’ve sent out a million resumes – but I can’t keep track of who I’ve contacted or where I’ve applied. How can I manage my job search more effectively? Resource: Jibber Jobber Link: http://www.jibberjobber.com/
  • 20. 10 minute break
    • Go to http://delicious.com/jthomasjlt/20QuestionsJobSearch to review links for this class.
    • New to Delicious? Set up your own account at: https://secure.delicious.com/register
    Photo: (CC) Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hikingartist/
  • 21. Adults and Social Networking
  • 22. Networking
  • 23. Question 11 Question: Several friends in Austin, TX tell me they can get me hired at Whole Foods headquarters. While I trust my friends, I’d like to find a more reliable contact at Whole Foods before I start packing my bags. Resource: Linked In Ryze Link: http://www.linkedin.com http://www.ryze.com/
  • 24. Question 12 Question: All of the job search manuals recommend networking through professional organizations, but I don’t know where to begin. How can I make contacts in the human resources industry to help with my job search? Resource: Association Job Boards Link: http://www.associationjobboards.com/
  • 25. Question 13 Question: Should I worry about my “online reputation” as I begin my job search? I don’t want my Facebook profile to keep me from getting a job. Resource: Google Alerts BrandsEye Brand-Yourself.com Facebook Advertising Link: http://www.google.com/alerts http://www.brandseye.com/ http://brand-yourself.com/ http://www.facebook.com/advertising
  • 26. Resumes Photo (CC) Remi Otacon: http://www.flickr.com/photos/otacon/3364532046/
  • 27. Question 14 Question: My son is trying to find a job for the first time. Where can he get help with the basics of writing a resume? Resource: The OWL at Purdue Resume Workshop JobStar Central Resume Guide Link: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/719/01/ http://jobstar.org/tools/resume
  • 28. Question 15 Question: Now that I’m out of work, I find that my resume is hopelessly outdated – in both content and style! Where can I get help with writing a 21 st Century resume? Resource: Emurse.com Pongo Resume Google Apps (for e-portfolios) VisualCV Link: http://www.emurse.com http://www.pongoresume.com/ http://sites.google.com/site/eportfolioapps/ http://www.visualcv.com/
  • 29. Interviews & negotiations Photo (CC) A. www.viajar24h.com : http://www.flickr.com/photos/soschilds/344188960/
  • 30. Question 16 Question: I’m an out-of-work programmer, and it’s been quite a few years since I’ve had to interview for a job. How can I get help preparing for the questions I’ll be asked? Resource: Ace the Interview Interview Up Link: http://www.acetheinterview.com/ http://www.interviewup.com/
  • 31. Question 17 Question: I finally got a job offer, but I’m not sure if the salary is fair considering my experience. Where can I find information on salaries in my field? Resource: Salary.com Payscale.com Bureau of Labor Statistics Wage Estimates Link: http://www.salary.com http://www.payscale.com http://stats.bls.gov/oes/oes_data.htm
  • 32. In the meantime… Photo: (CC) woodleywonderworks: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/3358011563/
  • 33. Question 18 Question: I’ve just been laid off from my job. How do I find information about filing for unemployment benefits? Resource: CareerOneStop Service Locator Link: http://www.servicelocator.org/OWSLinks.asp
  • 34. Question 19 Question: I haven’t given up on finding paid employment, but I want to be sure to use my time off to gain additional experience in my field. Where can I find volunteer opportunities related to working with animals? Resource: Volunteer Match Idealist All for Good Link: http://www.volunteermatch.org/ http://www.idealist.org/ http://www.allforgood.org/
  • 35. Question 20 Question: I am a volunteer counselor at a local career center. We offer a small library of print job search resources, but I’d like to direct our clients to something they can access from their home computers. What would you recommend? Resource: The Riley Guide Lyrasis News Special Issue: Serving Job Seekers Link: http://www.rileyguide.com http://www.lyrasis.org/News/LYRASIS-News/2009/09_15.aspx
  • 36. Post-Class Assignment
    • Find an additional online job search resource that would be useful to the group.
    • By Oct. 15, email a brief description of the resource, along with the web link, to [email_address] .
    • The instructor will add suggested links to the 20 Questions Job Search list on Delicious after October 16th.
    • http://delicious.com/jthomasjlt/20QuestionsJobSearch
  • 37. Thank You for Attending!
    • Questions?
    • Lyrasis Educational Services
    • 1.800.999.8558
    • http://www.lyrasis.org
    • Email: russell.palmer@lyrasis.org