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Preparation, Organization, Networking,
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FINDING A JOB
The Best Ways to Hunt For...
Preparation and Organization
Applying for jobs using traditional methods is just
one way of landing your dream job. Networ...
Preparation and Organization
http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions
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Be prepared.
- Boy Scout Motto
• Updated resumes
• ...
• Get up, shower and dress in business casual every
day; you never know who you will see or meet
• Plan to work from 9 to ...
Do not underestimate people power
• Practice excellent personal and social skills while job
seeking-network with others no...
Stay on Top of Contacts in Your Industry
• At least half of all the top jobs are never even
advertised, or advertised only...
Write and Practice Your ‘Sales Pitch’
Job hunting is like trying to make a sale.
• Draft and then practice a 30-second ‘el...
Spend Time Improving Yourself
Inventory your current job skills:
• What do you do well?
• What could you do better?
• How ...
You might be desperate for a full time job,
but temporary solutions can often lead to
the ‘real deal’.
Temporary Solutions...
Paying the Bills
• Looking for work can be daunting, especially when
you do not see results over a period of several
weeks...
The Hiring Landscape
The economy is still tight, with very strategic hiring
to fill vacancies
Vacancies through natural at...
It is an Employer’s Market
• Every company is under pressure to keep costs down.
• Lots of candidates for few openings mea...
Think Expert, not Generalist
• Some companies will hire contract workers or consultants for
very specific tasks. They migh...
Don’t Rule Out Anything
• The ideal is full-time work for most people, but
networking, temporary work and contract work ca...
Temporary Services are Needed All the Time
• People get sick, move, go on maternity leave,
retire
• Companies get busier a...
Temporary Services are Everywhere
Make contact with temporary services offices in your
local area.
Go in person to practic...
• Spend time creating a list of services that you
can provide.
• Taking advantage of temporary work solutions
take off som...
Other Benefits of Temping
• Temping can increase your networking opportunities
• Employment and staffing agencies searchin...
There IS Work Out There, Even if You Never
Interview
• We surveyed all of the people we know who have
had to look for a jo...
Become a Coach or Consultant
• Are you the kind of person who is always teaching
others, or being asked to troubleshoot a ...
Coaching
• Coaching can be on the phone, in person, or even online
• Coaching can be at any level, for beginners, to more
...
Consulting
• Consulting can be on the phone, in person, or even
online
• Consulting can be advice only, or more hands-on
d...
Gaining Skills - Mentoring
• Remember that great teacher at school or college
who went the extra mile OR
• A great boss wh...
Over 95% of businesses in America are small
businesses. They have created over 60% of
the new jobs in the US since the rec...
Sell Your Services
http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions
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• Mow lawns, trim bushes or sweep porches and walk ways.
• S...
Consider Direct Sales
• Direct sales refers to popular household brands like
Tupperware, Avon, Pampered Chef, Ann Summers ...
Start Your Own Business Online
Thanks to the Internet, starting your own business has
never been easier:
• Sell unwanted b...
Hints for Starting Your
Own Small Business
• Get a Tax ID number online so you do not need to
give away your Social Securi...
Conclusions
• There are many opportunities out there, but they are
not always the typical ones we think of when we
picture...
Further Reading
For more information about the money-making
opportunities we have discussed in this deck, please
visit:
ht...
Credits
Thank you to Evelyn Trimborn and
Carolyn Stone for the content in this
presentation, and Joan Mullally for the
des...
Get ready for the next part
In Part 1 we discussed resumes.
In this part we discussed=
• Networking
• Temporary work
• Off...
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How to Find a Job in the New Economy, Part 2

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In Part 2, discover what you need for your job hunt, why temporary work can be a great way to land your dream job, and other work opportunities worth exploring, such as coaching, consulting, freelancing, and starting your own small business.
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Presented by Evelyn Trimborn and Carolyn Stone, author of “Questions You Need to Ask on Your Next Job Interview,” published by Eternal Spiral Books, and other small business and marketing titles. For more information, visit: http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions

Part 3 will cover searching for jobs online and working online.

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How to Find a Job in the New Economy, Part 2

  1. 1. Part 2 of 5 Preparation, Organization, Networking, and Temporary and Contract Work FINDING A JOB The Best Ways to Hunt For Your Dream Job in the New Economy
  2. 2. Preparation and Organization Applying for jobs using traditional methods is just one way of landing your dream job. Networking with others, taking temporary jobs, or working as a contractor or consultant can also lead to full time employment doing something you love. We will review what you need to prepare for a serious job hunt, and how to look for a range of opportunities that might be available. http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 2
  3. 3. Preparation and Organization http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 3 Be prepared. - Boy Scout Motto • Updated resumes • Draft cover letters • Respectable email address • Respectable website OR • Resume posted at reputable online job boards • Resume and portfolio at reputable free sites like WordPress.com or Blogger.com • Updated business cards with email and URL If you do not already have all of these ready, it is time to create them. Then save all your information in a folder on your computer and in paper folders:
  4. 4. • Get up, shower and dress in business casual every day; you never know who you will see or meet • Plan to work from 9 to 5 every day, checking listings, editing resumes and cover letters, following up, posting on job boards, and so on • First interviews are often conducted via phone, so be sure you can take the call in a quiet area with no distractions, and take notes. http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 4 Treat Looking for a Job Like a Job
  5. 5. Do not underestimate people power • Practice excellent personal and social skills while job seeking-network with others no matter how shy you are until it becomes second nature to you. • Become a people person-relate better with others; be friendly, especially in new social situations. • Establish new contacts constantly while job searching- network with everyone, even if they are not in your line of work. They might know someone who is http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 5
  6. 6. Stay on Top of Contacts in Your Industry • At least half of all the top jobs are never even advertised, or advertised only for the sake of show, because they already have someone they want to hire. • People that remember you favorably as a pro in your area of expertise will consider you when they need to hire someone. • Because your contacts have their own contacts, EVERY good impression will count. http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 6
  7. 7. Write and Practice Your ‘Sales Pitch’ Job hunting is like trying to make a sale. • Draft and then practice a 30-second ‘elevator speech’.to tell people you meet:  Who are you  What do you do  What are you skilled at  What kind of position are you looking for Practice with a timer in front of a mirror until you can deliver it smoothly, clearly and naturally http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 7
  8. 8. Spend Time Improving Yourself Inventory your current job skills: • What do you do well? • What could you do better? • How could you increase your skills in this area?  Read more books, blogs and magazines  Study online  Take a class at your local college Make a list of key industry-related websites and spend your lunch break and any time you are not seeking work by keeping up to date with your industry. 8
  9. 9. You might be desperate for a full time job, but temporary solutions can often lead to the ‘real deal’. Temporary Solutions for Work9 http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. - Colin Powell
  10. 10. Paying the Bills • Looking for work can be daunting, especially when you do not see results over a period of several weeks and unemployment benefit is so low. • Temporary solutions may be necessary to help pay the bills, AND they can also be good if they add to your resume. • Some may even lead to full time work • Treat any contact as a valuable one with the potential to lead to better things http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 10
  11. 11. The Hiring Landscape The economy is still tight, with very strategic hiring to fill vacancies Vacancies through natural attrition have slowed due to people not retiring because they can’t afford to Job creation is very detailed and specific-it is not just any body to fill a desk any more http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 11
  12. 12. It is an Employer’s Market • Every company is under pressure to keep costs down. • Lots of candidates for few openings means that salaries are lower and the quality of the competition is going to be higher • Why hire full time when you can get part time workers and save on benefits, or outsource work overseas? • Why hire full time if the person might turn out to be a turkey? Some people interview well. Others lie like a rug on their resumes. (DON’T do it!) http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 12
  13. 13. Think Expert, not Generalist • Some companies will hire contract workers or consultants for very specific tasks. They might be able to use specialist software, or have a very detailed set of skills. • A temporary job or short term contract could lead to full time employment, because they can put a candidate through their paces to see what they can really do. • Think about it-if you are very good at what you do, why would the company want you to go work for their competition? http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 13
  14. 14. Don’t Rule Out Anything • The ideal is full-time work for most people, but networking, temporary work and contract work can lead to bigger and better things • Utilize these opportunities to bridge the gap between past employment and your future job or career. • If you are trying to change careers, do whatever you can to start creating a relevant resume for that career (eg, we were teachers. Now we are full-time writers and marketers. Our teaching skills are relevant because we write how-to guides, but we had to write books and articles, get happy clients, and build a portfolio in order to make the switch.) http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 14
  15. 15. Temporary Services are Needed All the Time • People get sick, move, go on maternity leave, retire • Companies get busier at certain times of the year, such as the lead up to the end of year holidays • Companies get a new client and need to bring new skills into the mix in the short term, and potentially longer term • Jobs turn over, but the company may wish to save on benefits, or take their time search for exactly the right person for that job http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 15
  16. 16. Temporary Services are Everywhere Make contact with temporary services offices in your local area. Go in person to practice your job interviewing skills. You may find many temporary work businesses in your area, like Elite Staffing, Kelly Services, AppleOne, Randstad, Aerotek, and Manpower. In some cases, you might even find a permanent job through placement by a temp service. http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 16
  17. 17. • Spend time creating a list of services that you can provide. • Taking advantage of temporary work solutions take off some of the pressure associated with looking for a job • Temporary solutions will relieve some cash flow issues and help your frame of mind http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 17 Temping Can Lead to Permanent Work
  18. 18. Other Benefits of Temping • Temping can increase your networking opportunities • Employment and staffing agencies searching through online resumes can open doors for you • You might work a range of contracts, or land one big one in a company you are dying to work for • Some of these agencies might offer benefits once you are on their bookshttp://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 18
  19. 19. There IS Work Out There, Even if You Never Interview • We surveyed all of the people we know who have had to look for a job since the economy took a tumble in Fall 2008 • NONE of them got their current positions through the traditional interview process • ALL of them were hired through industry contacts or agencies (some still get calls to see if they are available) • All of the ones who did temporary or contract work were hired full time because they showed they were the real deal http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 19
  20. 20. Become a Coach or Consultant • Are you the kind of person who is always teaching others, or being asked to troubleshoot a problem? • In that case you possess a high level of expertise in your industry, so becoming a coach or consultant is another opportunity worth exploring • A coach can help with business or interpersonal skills, to help clients achieve their goals • A consultant can offer expertise to get a project going, teach staff members the kinds of skills they need to do their job better, and more http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 20
  21. 21. Coaching • Coaching can be on the phone, in person, or even online • Coaching can be at any level, for beginners, to more advanced skill levels • Coaching can be for any topic you are passionate about and clients are interested in, from sports to nutrition and fitness to specific work tasks like using social media or using Excel spreadsheets • You can charge by the hour • Organize your teaching materials for clients, and you can also charge a monthly fee for a coaching program or membership site http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 21
  22. 22. Consulting • Consulting can be on the phone, in person, or even online • Consulting can be advice only, or more hands-on depending on what it being taught or what the project or task is • Consultants are usually paid by the hour or project • Check out what fees are being charged by consultants in your industry and bill by the hour, with a minimum of one hour per consultation • Also charge a retainer or project set up fee to reserve your time for that client and research the project http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 22
  23. 23. Gaining Skills - Mentoring • Remember that great teacher at school or college who went the extra mile OR • A great boss who really took you under their wing and helped you blossom in your career? • A good mentor can help you take your skills to the next level in any area you feel you are stuck • Who do you know whom you feel might have the skills and abilities to help you? • Check out the local Chamber of Commerce for any small business or mentoring programs they may have http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 23
  24. 24. Over 95% of businesses in America are small businesses. They have created over 60% of the new jobs in the US since the recession hit. Small business refers to the number of employees, not profits or attitude. Could becoming your own boss be right for you? Self-Employment24 http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions
  25. 25. Sell Your Services http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 25 • Mow lawns, trim bushes or sweep porches and walk ways. • Sew, knit, tailor, mend. • Wash cars. • Use a power washer on houses, driveways, and walkways. • Clean out garages and basements. • Clean and organize pantries and closets for yourself and others. • Painting - interior and exterior. • Hang pictures, clean houses, wash windows or walk dogs. • Baby-sitting. • Care for houses or pets when their owners are gone. • Handy-man tasks like light home repairs. • Personal shopping or running errands. • Even a few regular clients can start to add up!
  26. 26. Consider Direct Sales • Direct sales refers to popular household brands like Tupperware, Avon, Pampered Chef, Ann Summers and so on • Direct sales is a multibillion dollar industry worldwide • You can view it as an ‘instant discount’ on things you might normally use, or give as gifts • GREAT training in some companies gives you a virtually free crash course in powerful marketing techniques • If you are a people person and love parties, this could be a perfect way to earn more, save money, and have fun http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 26
  27. 27. Start Your Own Business Online Thanks to the Internet, starting your own business has never been easier: • Sell unwanted books, DVDs, CDs, etc. on eBay, Amazon and more • Get a free blog at WordPress.com or Blogger and sell as an affiliate marketer for top companies like Amazon for a commission. You can sell both digital and tangible products. If you can copy and paste, you can become an affiliate marketer. • Write an ebook, create an ecourse, set up a coaching site or other membership site and sell them online • Create a portfolio of your work and go freelance. 27
  28. 28. Hints for Starting Your Own Small Business • Get a Tax ID number online so you do not need to give away your Social Security number online in order to get paid for your products and services • Once you have your Tax ID, open a business bank account • Link your new business bank account to a PayPal account to get paid easily, and invoice others • Keep receipts for everything you buy, and all income, for tax purposes • Go to sba.gov for a huge free library of small business information 28
  29. 29. Conclusions • There are many opportunities out there, but they are not always the typical ones we think of when we picture a job hunt • Network with everyone – you never know what the connection could lead to • Temp in order to get full time work • Consider coaching or consulting • Start your own small business, for more income, and tax benefits • The more streams of income you have, the more they will start to look like a river of revenue 29
  30. 30. Further Reading For more information about the money-making opportunities we have discussed in this deck, please visit: http://eternalspiralbooks.com/money-making http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 30
  31. 31. Credits Thank you to Evelyn Trimborn and Carolyn Stone for the content in this presentation, and Joan Mullally for the design. Need to practice your job hunting skills? Visit: http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 31
  32. 32. Get ready for the next part In Part 1 we discussed resumes. In this part we discussed= • Networking • Temporary work • Offering your services to others • Setting up in your own small business • A range of small business opportunities In Part 3, we will discuss finding work and working online, and social networking. http://EternalSpiralBooks.com/questions 32

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