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Learn about the job seeker resources provided at Career Source, located in Cambridge and Everett, Massachusetts.

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  • Career Center hours are ___. There is no time limit on our services. We are truly open to the general public. If you know people who need employment services, you can refer them to us. You can be a member of any One-Stop(s).
  • **One of the most important things we have to say is that there are a number of things you can do to make your job search much more effective . That is because the way we normally learn to do a job search is not the most effective approach. That is, we spend most of our time searching the Internet job banks, maybe also looking at the newspaper, going to a headhunter or employment agency or two, and occasionally networking with some friends. We will summarize a much more effective job search strategy a little later.
  • Job Search Workshop How to get started on your job search. Eight steps to finding the best job. The two best job search methods. Coping with Job Loss Workshop Getting Unstuck Workshop The best 4 ways to break the “habitual habit” How to clarify a vision that motivates you.
  • If you don’t have a clear idea of what you are looking for, there will probably be lots of wasted time and energy in your job search. If we don’t know where we’re going, how will we get there? Take time now to explore the options. Career Exploration Workshop Discover your natural work style from your Three Letter Holland Theme. Identify a cluster of career possibilities. Career Counseling Master’s level advisers with lots of experience. If you are not sure what type of job to look for or need suggestions on any practical aspect of the job search. Budget Assessment Pack (4 of the standard career planning exercises on back table)
  • **At least 90% of the resumes we see could be significantly improved because most people have not been exposed to some key basics of resumes. Resume Workshop Write a “Collection of Evidence” that sets you apart from the competition. Six steps to writing a resume with appeal and impact. Cover letter specifics that get you noticed. Resume Critique One half-hour session with a resume specialist (one-on-one). Portfolio Workshop Showcase your professional qualities and be your own brand . Paper vs. electronic portfolio. Resume books in our resource room
  • **You may already know that networking is the most effective job search method. But here’s the problem: most people we see need to learn how to do it more effectively. Otherwise, it won’t get you very far. It isn’t just a matter of calling a few friends every now and then; you need to learn how to meet lots of new people on a regular basis. This is not as hard as it sounds once you learn the right techniques. Networking Workshop Find more allies for your job search. Learn the two critical tasks of networking that generate job leads. Craft an Elevator Sales Pitch for 10, 20, and 30 second introductions. This makes it much easier to interact with other people and do a great job of marketing your skills.
  • There is always room for improvement in our interviewing techniques, especially in a very competitive market. It is still true that the people with the best interviewing skills have the best shot at the job. Anyone can learn to be a better interviewer. Interviewing/Thank You Letter Workshop The “ 3 steps and a bridge ” to successful interviews. The key elements to turn negatives into positives. Interview with Power Workshop “ Behavioral” interviewing. Using “storyboarding” to help you tell effective success stories . Winning the body language game by mastering non-verbal cues.
  • Recommended: Getting the Job You Really Want, JIST Works OR Shortcut Your Job Search – The Best Ways to Get Meetings, Five O’Clock Club The first book is a basic method. The second is a more involved process for people who need a college degree or technical certificate for their work. Info. on how to obtain them in your booklet. Available in our Resource Room.
  • In addition to hooking up with one of the networking organizations listed on page 14 in your booklet, try to find a small networking group of 6-7 people that meets regularly, every one or two weeks. Experience has shown this can significantly improve your job search experience. If you cannot find a small group, look for a job search buddy or place an ad or flyer in a place you frequent. See list of networking resources. Look for a buddy. Start your own success team – put up an ad in a place that you frequent.
  • Maturity Vs. Age Workshop Red Flag Issues mature interviewees face. Get the facts to Overcome Age Prejudice. Tips to combat the phrase “You’re overqualified”. Speak to the Mature Worker Specialist at Career Source. Handout on the issue of age (with ideas from sources like the Wall Street Journal). Contact Operation ABLE in Boston about their programs (age 45 & older). Info. on Operation ABLE in your booklet as well as websites for mature workers.
  • Career Source

    1. 1. Deval L. Patrick, Governor Timothy P. Murray, Lieutenant Governor Michael Taylor, Director Department of Workforce Development Rosemary Chandler, Director Division of Career Services WELCOME TO CAREER SOURCE
    2. 2. We are to all job seekers whether or not you are unemployed.
    3. 3. Job Search On-Site Resources <ul><li>Personal Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Access </li></ul><ul><li>Fax Machine </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Copier </li></ul><ul><li>Industry/Occupation Information </li></ul><ul><li>Job Listings </li></ul><ul><li>On-Site Employer Recruitments </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops on a variety of topics </li></ul>
    4. 4. How can you improve your odds of finding the best job for you?
    5. 5. Workshop Topics <ul><li>Are you having trouble getting started or staying motivated? </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Coping with Job Loss Getting Unstuck </li></ul>
    6. 6. Do you know which type of job(s) you want to look for? <ul><li>Career Exploration Career Counseling </li></ul>
    7. 7. Is your resume getting you interviews? <ul><li>Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Critique </li></ul>
    8. 8. How many new people are you meeting each week for a networking discussion? <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Linked-In </li></ul>
    9. 9. Would you like to be better at communicating your talents to employers? <ul><li>Interviewing with Power </li></ul><ul><li>How to Talk Best When It Matters Most </li></ul>
    10. 10. Where can you find the best job search methods? <ul><li>Use at least 1 good job search book r egularly : </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the Job You Really Want , JIST Works (basic method). </li></ul><ul><li>The Five O’Clock Club Job Search Workbook , Five O’Clock Club (advanced method). </li></ul>
    11. 11. How can I stay upbeat and solve on-going problems? <ul><li>Find a small job search group or job search “buddy” </li></ul>
    12. 12. Would you like suggestions on how to deal with the issue of age in your job search? <ul><li>Maturity vs. Age </li></ul>
    13. 13. Best Job Search Strategies <ul><ul><li>30-40 hrs/week of hard work on the search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoy life on evenings and weekends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarify your core strengths & interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose types of jobs/employers to target </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a big list of employers to contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay connected with people in your field and keep learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a “Plan B” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spend at least 50% of time on networking & direct contacts - the two most effective job search methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn best job search methods: workshops and at least 1 good job search book </li></ul></ul>