How to Manage the Job Search Process

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  • How to Manage the Job Search Process

    1. 1. HOW TO MANAGE THE JOBSEARCH PROCESS
    2. 2. Table of Contents Tips 1. Use a Variety of Methods 2. Build Your Network 3. Research 4. Be Proactive 5. Develop Promotional and Marketing Tools 6. Focus your Search 7. Conduct Informational Interviews 8. Participate in Campus Recruiting Programs 9. Consider Temporary Work, Interning, or Volunteering 10. Plan Strategically for Your Next Opportunity 11. Get Organized 12. Follow-Up Questions?
    3. 3. Tips Set specific and manageable goals  Unrealistic and broad goal: for the week to get a great job  Realistic: for the week to make 3 new contacts in your target industry, spend an hour doing web research on your target companies, attend 2 employer information sessions, check BU CareerLink 3 times Set aside time in your schedule devoted to it Create a weekly to-do list  Including what you will accomplish for the week  How much time you will devote to each action Tasks with ongoing basis  Checking BU CareerLink (Undergrad or MBA) for resumé submission deadlines, job postings, and upcoming events
    4. 4. 1. Use a Variety of Methods Common strategy: apply to advertised jobs  Responding to job postings in newspaper, Internet websites, and professional publications  BUT: only 20% of job openings are posted Research target organizations  Consult with the Pardee Library to identify company names and research resources  Use BU CareerLink (Undergrad or MBA) and other web resources to research your field and identify potential jobs  Networking and directly marketing your skills Avoid using large web-based Internet sites  Success rates for this tactic are extremely low Work in groups to brainstorm ideas  Some knowledge may be irrelevant to your search but vital to others’
    5. 5. 2. Build Your Network “What if I don‟t„ know any professionals in my field or at my target company?  Begin with who you do know or with personal referrals including alumni, faculty, family and peers Put the word out that you are looking for a job in a particular field  Follow up promptly on any leads you receive Take part in campus and SMG events  Student organization-sponsored panels, alumni events, career fairs, and employer information sessions Use the Career Advisory Network Always be sure to follow up informational interviews with thank you notes  Keep these contacts updated on your progress
    6. 6. 3. Research Research on your target industry, firms and positions  Before you send your resumé or your cover letter Learn about those companies  Can ask informed questions  Demonstrate your accomplishments effectively  Articulate your match to the company’s culture and mission Identify those that match your values and interest Determine websites, professional journals, and newspapers that will be useful to you in your job search  Check them regularly Check out websites of relevant organizations  Many offer discounts on student memberships and trade conferences  Great way to meet people in the industry
    7. 7. 4. Be Proactive Contact the manager of the department or division where you want to work for each target company If you couldn‟t establish a personal contact within the company  Visit the company’s website  Check some of the electronic research resources  Simply phone the company to get the name of the appropriate manager Requires preparation, research, practice, and persistence
    8. 8. 5. Develop Promotional and Marketing Tools You are the product  Your resumé and cover letter are the tools  Your potential market is your target company Be specific  Your interests  Relevant skills and experiences  How you will contributes to the organization Tailor each cover letter and resumé to the position, hiring contact, and company
    9. 9. 6. Focus Your Search Avoid both the restrictively narrow and the unreasonably broad search  Narrow it to be effective and specific  Broaden it to include traditional firms in addition to those on the cutting edge Look at smaller firms, related industries, and competitors Employers can identify a generic and unfocused resumé and cover letter  It reflects ill-prepared attempts to find ANY job Develop a list of target companies based on your industry and geographic preferences  Aim for a long list so you can edit down as you learn more about company  Use contacts from trade organizations, student groups, and other networking contacts to build the list  Provide a brief description of each company on the list  Keep the list by the phone in case an employer calls
    10. 10. 7. Conduct Informational Interviews Set up one by following up with contacts  Those you may meet at career fairs, information sessions, or networking events Utilize the Career Advisory Network  Identify alumni interested in providing career advice Obtain “market-based” advice  About job opportunities and career paths in a specific field, industry, or organization  Learn what it takes to do well Purpose: obtain information  Not to ask for a job!!
    11. 11. 8. Participate in Campus Recruiting Programs Check BU CareerLink (Undergrad or MBA) regularly  For recruiting deadlines, dates of information sessions, career fairs, and career-related events Attend information sessions  Crucial to attend one of every employer for whom you plan on submitting a resumé If you have to miss an information session  Try to come in a few minutes before to introduce yourself to the recruiters  Let them know you value their time and you are truly interested in what they have to say
    12. 12. 9. Consider Temporary work, Interning orVolunteering Get an insider‟s advantage  Especially when it comes time for the company to fill a full-time opening Develop skills that pertain directly to the department or position you seek Growing trend of “Temp to Perm” positions  Employer gets an opportunity to assess a new employee before making a position permanent
    13. 13. 10. Plan Strategically for Your NextOpportunity On average, over a lifetime, an individual will...  Change careers 5 times  Change jobs anywhere between 15-18 times Each position you take  Should strategically prepare you for the next step in your career Each networking contact  Should bring you closer to your goal of connecting with the hiring manager
    14. 14. 11. Get Organized Create a spreadsheet filing system  Keep track of names, addresses, titles, contacts, e- mails, resumés sent, and responses received Should not be organized around post-it notes Can use a daily planner or simple database  Whatever system that works for you You never know when you‟re going to get a call from an employer  Better not to get caught off-guard
    15. 15. 12. Follow-up Most Important: what you do with the names and contacts you have gathered Timing and follow-through may be particularly important in securing your job Follow-up on  All contacts you make  All resumés and cover letters you send  All interviews you have
    16. 16. Questions? To find out more information and resources:  Continue browsing the Virtual Career Center  Visit the Feld Career Center and consult with one of our counselors!  Our office is located on the first floor, left of the stairs in the far left corner.  Email us at: careers@bu.edu  Office Hours  Monday - Friday: 9AM - 5PM
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