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  1. 1. Work Smarter, Not HarderCreating a Job Search Strategy in a Tough Economy<br />Sue Danbom | UsmanChaudry| Sebastien Cobut<br />Volt Workforce Solutions<br />October 08 2009<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Creating a Job Search Strategy:<br />Building a resume<br />Building a virtual presence<br />Finding opportunities<br />Interviewing<br />
  3. 3. Building a Resume<br />Building a resume<br />
  4. 4. Building a resume<br />2 Formats: <br />Chronological <br />Functional <br />Does your resume…<br />Scream “Call me”<br />Have MSA’s? (If not, get them!!!)<br />Keywords<br />
  5. 5. Made, Saved, and Achieved’s…<br />Quantifiable<br />Made: <br />Products/Services you’ve created <br />Ideas you’ve created<br />Sales<br />Saved: <br />Time<br />Money <br />Reduction in costs<br />Achieved: <br />Greatest Accomplishments<br />
  6. 6. MSA Example<br />What have you made, saved, or achieved for your employers?<br />Provide example<br />Give quantifiable results<br />“I provided technical support to 300 employees with computer difficulties locally and remotely using Altiris Remote Control, resulting in a reduced response time from 3 ½ hours to 2 hours.<br />I reduced number of service tickets 30% from 100 to 70 in my first month.”<br />
  7. 7. Building a virtual presence<br />
  8. 8. Building a Virtual Presence<br />Attract Attention<br />Choose appropriate site<br />Prepare profile carefully<br />Post picture<br />Experience and education<br />MSA’s<br />Keywords<br />Contact information<br />Create network<br />Update frequently<br />
  9. 9. Building a Virtual Presence<br />Create On-line Profiles on Social Media Sites<br />Linked In<br />Facebook<br />Twitter<br />Google<br />You Tube<br />
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  11. 11. Finding Opportunities<br />Where do you find jobs? <br />What is the most effective method? <br /> <br />Post and Pray? <br />Submit to jobs on job boards?<br />Networking?<br />
  12. 12. Finding Opportunities<br />Where do you find jobs? <br />If your only answer is… <br />“Applying to job ads and postings…”<br />…that’s NOT ENOUGH in today’s economy.<br />
  13. 13. Finding Opportunities<br />Apply directly to company websites<br />Apply directly using Job Aggregators <br /><br /><br /><br />Join groups to network<br /><br />Google Groups<br />Yahoo! Groups<br />MSN Groups<br />
  14. 14. Job Search Strategy<br />Take a comprehensive approach<br />Update your resume with MSA’s<br />Add keywords to be searchable<br />Post to the major job boards: <br />i.eMonster, Steptsone, CareerBuilder ... <br />Apply directly to target companies<br />Network<br />Family<br />Friends (Friends of friends/family) <br />Colleagues, Managers (Past and present)<br />Associations/groups<br />
  15. 15. Job Search Strategy<br />How will they find you?<br />Tweak your resume for each job. <br />Applying via e-mail…<br />Include your resume and cover letter in the body<br />AND<br />Attach resume and cover letter soft copy <br />Create a follow-up spreadsheet to track applications <br />Follow up with applications on a weekly basis. <br />
  16. 16. Interviewing for Success<br />
  17. 17. Interviewing for Success<br />Know the job description<br />Research the company<br />What can you contribute? (MSA’s)<br />To the position<br />To the company<br />What personal characteristics make you successful? (Examples)<br />Why do you want the position?<br />Prepare questions<br />
  18. 18. Interviewing for Success<br />Be prompt<br />Dress appropriately<br />Treat everyone with respect<br />Bring your resume<br />Turn off your phone<br />Give a firm handshake<br />Be positive and make it a conversation<br />
  19. 19. Practice, Practice, Practice<br />5Ps: <br />– James Baker<br />Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance<br />TO <br />INTERVIEW<br />
  20. 20. Follow Up<br />Thank everyone you spoke to<br />
  21. 21. In Review<br />Creating a Job Search Strategy In a Tough Economy<br />Working Smarter Not Harder<br /><ul><li>Perfecting your resume and cover letter each time
  22. 22. Building a virtual presence and networking
  23. 23. Finding opportunities – use a comprehensive, proactive approach
  24. 24. Prepare and practice for interviewing
  25. 25. Follow up</li></li></ul><li>Thank you<br />