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Finding Employment The Offensive Drive

  1. 1. Keeping Motivated in 2010 The Offensive Drive
  2. 2. Getting Yourself Out There <ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write an article on a subject you are familiar with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join a user group and help with issues/questions; become known as the go-to person </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Join sites like Linkedin </li></ul><ul><li>Take a class in your field </li></ul><ul><li>Teach a class in your field </li></ul><ul><li>Start searching the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researching sites </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Interviewing Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search Tools </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul><ul><li>Simply Hired Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Simply Hired News </li></ul>Blogs
  4. 4. <ul><li>Supports passive sourcing by providing search information that helps match candidates to open positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free for users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mutual Connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid subscriptions for Recruiters to help locate passive candidates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Postings/ User Group Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview preparation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check References/ View recommendations </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Integrated job search with social networks
  6. 6. Use e-mail alerts and RSS feeds to deliver new jobs to you If you only browse when time permits, you risk missing the perfect job! The Media is Your Friend
  7. 7. Job Search Tips 1. Browse Thinking about making a change? Unsure where to start? You can casually look through jobs based on job category, location, company name, or even industry (Computing & Information Technology, Health Care). 2. Filter If your search is returning too many job listings, you can filter your results by the following categories: Job Title, Company, Date Posted, Job Type (full-time, part-time, telecommute), Special Filters (Fortune 500 companies, Socially Responsible companies, GLBT-friendly companies), Education, Work Experience, Job Boards and Recruiters. 3. Email Alerts Have the jobs come to you! Instead of checking back each day to discover new jobs that match your search, you can sign up for email alerts and have them delivered straight to you. Alerts can be sent daily or weekly, depending on your preference. 4. Employment Trends Find out whether the jobs you’re interested in are in demand or out of fashion. Search by job title, location, skills or any other keywords and we’ll let you know how those terms have been fairing in our jobs database. 5. Salaries Compare your salary with others in your field and location, or research what your answer should be to the age-old interview question, “What’s your salary range?” You can search by job title, location, skills or other keywords and we’ll give you a number based on millions of job listings. ©2009 Simply Hired, Inc. Simply Hired is a registered trademark of Simply Hired, Inc. // // Tips on How to Use is here to help you in every way we can with your job search. We’ve put together a list of helpful hints for jobseekers to make your job search easier and more enjoyable. Don’t just look for a job – save your favorite listings, hide unwanted jobs or companies, create notes, map jobs and get email alerts to let you know when your dream job is available. Take a look at the tips below and get ready to start searching. 4 5 2 3 1 ©2009 Simply Hired, Inc. Simply Hired is a registered trademark of Simply Hired, Inc. // Job Search Tips 6. Special Searches With our Special Searches under the Tools link, you can find a job at a workplace that supports your lifestyle. Through exclusive partnerships, we’ll help you find jobs at companies that are dog-friendly, diversity-friendly, green-freindly, and many others. 7. Who Do I Know?™ Work your network! If you find a job that piques your interest, our “ Who Do I Know” feature, brought to you by our exclusive partnership with LinkedIn, will display your LinkedIn connections in-line with potential employers within your results. Once you know who’s there, you can rally your friends to put in a good word for you. 8. Share Jobs Find a great job that you know your best friend would be perfect for? Or maybe you want to let all your friends know about a new job posting you just saw. Just click the share linkbelow the job listing, and easily post the job on your Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter accounts, or simply email it to someone you know. 9. Save Jobs / Rate Jobs / Hide Jobs / Notes It’s easy to lose track of your job search, so we’ll help keep you organized! Save jobs and come back to them later to apply at your leisure. You can also rate jobs, save notes for each job and hide unwanted jobs or companies – don’t worry, they’re for your eyes only. 10. Local Jobs Discover the local flavor of cities where you’re interested in working. Research information about each locale including the most popular companies hiring, top careers and industries to work in, the average salary, related news headlines, and census data such as population, median cost of a home, and commute time. 10 We hope these tools will help you in your job hunt. Remember to work your network and take advantage of tools that will make your search less painful. Good luck in finding your dream job! Here are some resources that you may find to be quite helpful: • Basic Search: • Email Alerts: • Job Search Tips: 9 7 11. Map Jobs With our Map Jobs tool, you can find out how long your commute time will be or even if a job is near your favorite bus stop or diner. You can even map multiple jobs at once to compare their locations. 6 11 8 Use Google, LinkedIn,,, etc. to research the companies to which you’re considering applying. Watch The Game Tapes
  8. 8. Have The Right Equipment (Resume) <ul><li>Format appropriate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entry-level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid-career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State accomplishments – don’t just list things you’ve done </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be proud of what you have done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight the favorite things you’ve done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show diversity of experience and willingness to do what the job requires through accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make sure dates are clearly indicated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruiters aren’t going to guess and they have more than enough options to go through to take time out to call you and find out </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Minimize liabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job hopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaps in experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of experience in a certain area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Title but looking to pay mortgage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain jobs of short duration when appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t lie </li></ul>
  9. 9. Preparing For Game Day (Interview) <ul><li>Research companies of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Know something about the job/Company you are applying for/to </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you meet all minimum qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t just network for openings; network for research sites, people, help and information </li></ul>
  10. 10. Formulate Your Strategy <ul><li>Update your resume </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a look at postings and what they are asking for. If you have the skill, make sure it is on your resume </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have different versions available to send based on the company and position </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make it easy for the viewer to see transferable skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a version for different industries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a version for different job titles/responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make sure common acronyms for the industry to which you are applying are on your resume </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Key word searches won’t even bring your resume up if the verbiage isn’t there </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follow the Company’s traditional application process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You don’t want your networking to go to waste if the company cannot process your application </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Flags On The Play <ul><li>Follow directions for the application process </li></ul><ul><li>Apply early </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Because of Federal & State regulations, many employers use a first in, first reviewed strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up search agents to alert you of new openings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember spam </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Filters may keep you from being seen if you have something funny or unusual attached or set as a background </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follow up with the appropriate person </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Per directions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For the step you are at in the process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Person of access if that is only contact </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Review The Game Tapes <ul><li>Research, research, research </li></ul><ul><li>Know more about the Company </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have some questions ready – things you REALLY want to know! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Find out what you can about the interviewer </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If someone in your network knows the interviewer or works at the company, ask them to help you out with this </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Know how to get there and be 15 minutes early </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient for interview to start. You may be early but that won’t mean they will be ready early </li></ul><ul><li>Dress appropriately </li></ul>
  13. 13. Getting In The Zone <ul><li>Practice- especially if you haven’t done this in a while </li></ul><ul><li>Know what Behavioral Interviewing is </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the interview starts while you are still in the parking lot </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone you meet is an interviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Check the God complex at the door but be proud of accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Be excited about the opportunity – even if you don’t think you are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You want the offer; doesn’t mean you’ll take it </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Watching The Scoreboard <ul><li>Don’t just call; offer something </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to preferred form of contact </li></ul><ul><li>Give the process some time to work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Realize that some recruitment processes drag on and the Recruiter cannot always move things along faster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If they have asked you to give it two weeks; don’t call back in 3 days for an update </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. The Refs <ul><li>Remember the Recruiter has a job to do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prescreen & Prequalify </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimize Hiring Manager distractions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find out (Linkedin, blogs, networks, etc.) what the person does at the company or about a common interest (good taste) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send an article of interest relating to his/her current assignment/project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value their time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You want them to want to help, not screen your calls </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Stay Off The Bench <ul><li>Bring resumes to the interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure they are professional and are the same version you sent in with your application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get a business card, or at least a name and email for everyone that you meet </li></ul><ul><li>Ask what the next steps are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows your interest in the process and the position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps you understand the steps and timeframe in case you need to make a decision on something else or for proper follow up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Send personalized thank you letters to everyone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DO NOT restate your resume, reflect the interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send any pertinent follow up information the interviewer might like to have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value their time </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Do’s <ul><li>Get to the point and Make sure every word has a purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Make all letters and your resume easy to read </li></ul><ul><li>Know something about the company you are applying to </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you meet all the minimum qualifications for the position </li></ul><ul><li>Be present for every step of the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Take the necessary steps to ensure you have the proper virus protection on your documents and communications </li></ul>
  18. 18. Do’s <ul><li>Be appreciative of anything someone can do to help you even if they cannot help you right when you ask </li></ul><ul><li>Remember employment situations change – give back </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Have your mother, spouse or 9 th Grade English Teacher, etc. review your resume </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have someone who knows nothing about what you do review your resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have someone in your field review your resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make updates and improvements based on the feedback from both </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Don’ts <ul><li>Post your references </li></ul><ul><li>Share personal information or association information that identifies you with a non-work related group </li></ul><ul><li>Bad mouth a previous employer or coworkers </li></ul><ul><li>Throw your resume out there everywhere just to see where it sticks </li></ul><ul><li>Play the, “money isn’t important” game </li></ul>
  20. 20. Don’ts <ul><li>Chew gum, clip nails, play games, etc. at any point in the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Have an advertisement attached as a signature to all email correspondence </li></ul><ul><li>Have a wacky email address or voice mail message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] is not appropriate! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forget that Blogs, personal web pages, etc. are all public </li></ul><ul><li>Blame yourself </li></ul>
  21. 21. Contact Information <ul><li>Cheri Wargo </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  22. 22. Questions?