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Job Hunting In A Tight Economy

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Strategies for finding a job including tips on networking, revising your resume, and creating your personal brand.

Strategies for finding a job including tips on networking, revising your resume, and creating your personal brand.

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  • 1. Job Hunting in a Tight Economy Practical Tips for Finding a Job
  • 2. What’s Happening Out There Data taken from Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Q2 2009 http://www.us.manpower.com/meos
  • 3. A Tale of Two Perspectives Fact The number of available jobs is decreasing “…employers will be hiring. However, instead of growth in the job market - What this means for job there are the same number of or hunters… fewer opportunities expected.” Are you top talent? And if you The Truth are who knows it? The winners in this economy are Smart companies are thinking about those who are positioned as the how to hire and keep top talent. best brand on the market. It’s more about how than where.
  • 4. Reality Check • You do a great job, so what? • Take an entrepreneurial approach to your job hunt – Identify your target market – Position yourself like a product – Leverage creative marketing and promotion strategies
  • 5. Outstanding vs. Standing Out Stand Out Out Standing • • Communicate across roles and layers Communication skills • • See the connections Strong work ethic • • Have a strong network Teamwork skills (works well with • others) Know how to influence • • Initiative Solve their problem • • Analytical skills Have a unique skill set • • Computer skills Know more, share more • • Flexibility/adaptability Focus on strengths (yours and theirs) • • Interpersonal skills (relates well to Build a tech savvy reputation others) • Sharpen the skills that are in demand • Problem-solving skills • Technical skills
  • 6. • Maintain a positive attitude A Good – Add more positive information – Eliminate negative people and messages Foundation – Develop an attitude of gratitude Before you begin your job search • Shake off learned bad work-habits make sure you have the a good • Repair any damaged relationships foundation. Otherwise you may not have the stamina to endure a • Become resourceful longer than typical job search season. Current estimates on how – Creatively manage your money, time and long it takes to find a new job: 6-8 energy months. • Assemble a good support system • Learn to look for opportunities – Instead of complaining - ASK
  • 7. Target Markets • Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotech • IT Research and Development • The Government • Accounting and Legal • Security • Academia • Hospitality • Going Solo Remember to look at industries and companies that support these markets.
  • 8. Your • Good Resume Marketing Kit • Cover Letter Can you “pitch” who you are and • Business Cards what you do in 30 seconds? • Online profile/website If you were a product, how would your brand stand out from the other “products” on the market? – Virtual CV Take what’s unique about you: your – Blog skills, strengths, your experience and tell the story of how you will – Website solve their problem with your marketing tools. – Online Profile - – Portfolio – Video
  • 9. • Live Networking Create – Professional Organizations Opportunities – Local Events • Meet Up • Informational Interviews • Dust off the rolodex • Connect other people • Continued Exposure – Volunteer – Consult – Publish articles – Help someone else – Respond to everything
  • 10. Promoting • The Social Networks – Facebook Your – LinkedIn “Product” – Twitter Online – eCademy Using online tools is not an • Personal Sites overnight process. It takes time to build trust, learn how to use the – Blogs tools and find your unique voice. – Websites How to evaluate social networks: •How many members do they have? •What can you include in your profile? •How secure is your information? •Do members post? •What do they post? •Are you constantly being sold?
  • 11. Facebook http://companies.to/careercoach/
  • 12. Other Facebook Resources
  • 13. LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/bright2brilliant
  • 14. Twitter @taiwriter
  • 15. Remember to Learn From This • Don’t just focus on the end result without considering what you can learn from this season: – How to manage your money – Patience – How to be more resourceful – New Skills • You can also: – Improve relationships – Uncover a passion or strength you didn’t know you had
  • 16. How to Make This Work • Make your job search a job – Have a plan and work it daily – Be consistent in your efforts • Find out what you don’t know • Invest in the right tools – Resume writer – Career Coach – Membership groups • Do something different • Get involved in a group immediately
  • 17. Questions

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