Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

×

Introducing the official SlideShare app

Stunning, full-screen experience for iPhone and Android

Text the download link to your phone

Standard text messaging rates apply

Work Smarter, Not Harder

683
views

Published on

Creating a Job Search Strategy in a Tough Economy

Creating a Job Search Strategy in a Tough Economy

Published in: Career

0 Comments
2 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
683
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
1
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
2
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. Work Smarter, Not HarderCreating a Job Search Strategy in a Tough Economy
    Sue Danbom | UsmanChaudry| Sebastien Cobut
    Volt Workforce Solutions
    October 08 2009
  • 2. Overview
    Creating a Job Search Strategy:
    Building a resume
    Building a virtual presence
    Finding opportunities
    Interviewing
  • 3. Building a Resume
    Building a resume
  • 4. Building a resume
    2 Formats:
    Chronological
    Functional
    Does your resume…
    Scream “Call me”
    Have MSA’s? (If not, get them!!!)
    Keywords
  • 5. Made, Saved, and Achieved’s…
    Quantifiable
    Made:
    Products/Services you’ve created
    Ideas you’ve created
    Sales
    Saved:
    Time
    Money
    Reduction in costs
    Achieved:
    Greatest Accomplishments
  • 6. MSA Example
    What have you made, saved, or achieved for your employers?
    Provide example
    Give quantifiable results
    “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.
    I reduced number of service tickets 30% from 100 to 70 in my first month.”
  • 7. Building a virtual presence
  • 8. Building a Virtual Presence
    Attract Attention
    Choose appropriate site
    Prepare profile carefully
    Post picture
    Experience and education
    MSA’s
    Keywords
    Contact information
    Create network
    Update frequently
  • 9. Building a Virtual Presence
    Create On-line Profiles on Social Media Sites
    Linked In
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Google
    You Tube
  • 10.
  • 11. Finding Opportunities
    Where do you find jobs?
    What is the most effective method?
     
    Post and Pray?
    Submit to jobs on job boards?
    Networking?
  • 12. Finding Opportunities
    Where do you find jobs?
    If your only answer is…
    “Applying to job ads and postings…”
    …that’s NOT ENOUGH in today’s economy.
  • 13. Finding Opportunities
    Apply directly to company websites
    Apply directly using Job Aggregators
    Indeed.com
    Simplyhired.com
    clickajob.co.uk
    Join groups to network
    Ning.com
    Google Groups
    Yahoo! Groups
    MSN Groups
  • 14. Job Search Strategy
    Take a comprehensive approach
    Update your resume with MSA’s
    Add keywords to be searchable
    Post to the major job boards:
    i.eMonster, Steptsone, CareerBuilder ...
    Apply directly to target companies
    Network
    Family
    Friends (Friends of friends/family)
    Colleagues, Managers (Past and present)
    Associations/groups
  • 15. Job Search Strategy
    How will they find you?
    Tweak your resume for each job.
    Applying via e-mail…
    Include your resume and cover letter in the body
    AND
    Attach resume and cover letter soft copy
    Create a follow-up spreadsheet to track applications
    Follow up with applications on a weekly basis.
  • 16. Interviewing for Success
  • 17. Interviewing for Success
    Know the job description
    Research the company
    What can you contribute? (MSA’s)
    To the position
    To the company
    What personal characteristics make you successful? (Examples)
    Why do you want the position?
    Prepare questions
  • 18. Interviewing for Success
    Be prompt
    Dress appropriately
    Treat everyone with respect
    Bring your resume
    Turn off your phone
    Give a firm handshake
    Be positive and make it a conversation
  • 19. Practice, Practice, Practice
    5Ps:
    – James Baker
    Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
    TO
    INTERVIEW
  • 20. Follow Up
    Thank everyone you spoke to
  • 21. In Review
    Creating a Job Search Strategy In a Tough Economy
    Working Smarter Not Harder
    • Perfecting your resume and cover letter each time
    • 22. Building a virtual presence and networking
    • 23. Finding opportunities – use a comprehensive, proactive approach
    • 24. Prepare and practice for interviewing
    • 25. Follow up
  • Thank you