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Effective job seeking
strategies in a challenging
employment market
John McMenamin
Careers Consultant
Career Development C...
Objectives
This session will help you to:
• Understand the different routes into employment
• Find potential employers and...
Getting started
• What job do I want?
• What have I got to offer?
• What jobs are out there?
Targeting companies
• Business activity
• Size
• Training
• Prospects
• Culture
• Travel
• Location
• Salary
• Benefits
• ...
Iceberg principle
70%
The open
job market
Advertised
posts
The hidden
Job market
Direct
approaches
Networking
30%
Open job market
• Internet
– career development centre
– company websites
– job sites
• Recruitment agencies
• Recruitment...
Finding the hidden jobs
• Networking – conventional & social media
• Informational interviewing
• Work (experience), tempi...
Networking
• Family, friends, fellow students
• Clubs and associations
• Tutors and careers consultants
• Previous employe...
Social networking
Linkedin, facebook, twitter:
• Establish contact with professionals you have
recently met
• Research or ...
Informational interviewing
• When you find someone who knows about a
field or occupation
• Ask for a short interview / cha...
Making the most of
informational interviews
• Imagine the conversation is with your hero and you want
their opinion on som...
Benefits of networking / interviewing
• What employers are looking for?
• Information about specific companies
• Industry ...
Networking/informational interviewing
exercise
• On the back of your action plan – write
“ME” in the middle of the page
• ...
Networking exercise
Self-published his own book which
did quite wellTony
(Uncle)
Theresa
(Neighbour)
Works for a local
pub...
Work experience, temping or
volunteering
• Keep a record of your achievements
• Make the most of professional contacts and...
Speculative approaches
• Identify possible companies via:
- word of mouth / networking
- newspapers / online business news...
Speculative applications
• Research the company / roles
• Target named person, with a relevant role in the
organisation
• ...
Your action plan
• What are you aiming for?
(Your career goals)
• What is your current situation?
(Job hunting activities ...
Useful links
• Career player – networking, job hunting, social
media
• Linkedin – student guides to getting started
And fo...
Further information and guidance
Career Development Centre:
• 20-minute quick queries:
CV, covering letter, application fo...
Contact us
Harrow
Harrow Campus
Room EG.16
Maria Hewlett Building
Nearest tube: Northwick Park
Central London
Cavendish Ho...
In summary
• Know what you have to offer and what you want
• Know what’s out there
• Develop your network
• Plan your camp...
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Job seeking and hidden jobs

  1. 1. Effective job seeking strategies in a challenging employment market John McMenamin Careers Consultant Career Development Centre
  2. 2. Objectives This session will help you to: • Understand the different routes into employment • Find potential employers and hidden jobs • Assess and focus your job search strategy
  3. 3. Getting started • What job do I want? • What have I got to offer? • What jobs are out there?
  4. 4. Targeting companies • Business activity • Size • Training • Prospects • Culture • Travel • Location • Salary • Benefits • Security
  5. 5. Iceberg principle 70% The open job market Advertised posts The hidden Job market Direct approaches Networking 30%
  6. 6. Open job market • Internet – career development centre – company websites – job sites • Recruitment agencies • Recruitment fairs • Local and national press • Job centre Plus
  7. 7. Finding the hidden jobs • Networking – conventional & social media • Informational interviewing • Work (experience), temping and volunteering • Speculative applications - in writing • Cold calling - in person, by phone
  8. 8. Networking • Family, friends, fellow students • Clubs and associations • Tutors and careers consultants • Previous employers • Professional associations • Alumni Association
  9. 9. Social networking Linkedin, facebook, twitter: • Establish contact with professionals you have recently met • Research or follow specific companies/people • Identify industry trends But take care over your online profile. http://www.careerplayer.com/tips-and-advice/general- advice/social-media-and-job-hunting/
  10. 10. Informational interviewing • When you find someone who knows about a field or occupation • Ask for a short interview / chat – 10 minutes • This is not JOB SEARCH – it is RESEARCH
  11. 11. Making the most of informational interviews • Imagine the conversation is with your hero and you want their opinion on something. Offer an open question (who, what, why, how) but don’t interrogate them. – How did you get started in your business? – What do you enjoy most about your profession? – What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the industry? – What do you see as the coming trends in your business? – What’s the best thing about your work? – Listen to what they are saying and ask follow-up questions that occur to you. “Interesting… so why…?”
  12. 12. Benefits of networking / interviewing • What employers are looking for? • Information about specific companies • Industry trends, challenges and opportunities • Job hunting advice • Expand your network • Possible experience / work opportunities
  13. 13. Networking/informational interviewing exercise • On the back of your action plan – write “ME” in the middle of the page • Pick one of the jobs that you’d like. Who do you know who might be able to help you with finding information about the job and potential vacancies?
  14. 14. Networking exercise Self-published his own book which did quite wellTony (Uncle) Theresa (Neighbour) Works for a local publisher Jenny (Zumba) Part of a local writer’s group Matthew (Brother) Julie (Friend) Published author Sumi (Colleague) Nigel (ex colleague) Now works for a literary agent Mark (Her husband) Plays squash with an Account manager at Hodder & Stoughton As you start chasing leads, you can add to it. The above does not include contact through groups (alumni association, professional bodies), online (linkedin) or ‘warm’ leads to working as a writer at work / at university. ME
  15. 15. Work experience, temping or volunteering • Keep a record of your achievements • Make the most of professional contacts and explore new ones • Find out about other job roles • Volunteer for new / extra responsibilities • Be interested in everything and everyone!
  16. 16. Speculative approaches • Identify possible companies via: - word of mouth / networking - newspapers / online business news - online communities - professional bodies • Identify relevant contact via: - cold calling (phone or in person) - linkedin/twitter
  17. 17. Speculative applications • Research the company / roles • Target named person, with a relevant role in the organisation • Develop a persuasive, targeted CV and covering letter • Follow up with a phone call • Ask for further contacts • Keep a record of all activity - follow-up
  18. 18. Your action plan • What are you aiming for? (Your career goals) • What is your current situation? (Job hunting activities underway) • What actions will you take? (Specific action steps with target dates)
  19. 19. Useful links • Career player – networking, job hunting, social media • Linkedin – student guides to getting started And for advertised positions: www.westminster.ac.uk/careers • Online vacancy and events system • Targeted vacancy sources www.prospects.ac.uk
  20. 20. Further information and guidance Career Development Centre: • 20-minute quick queries: CV, covering letter, application form advice • 45-minute: individual career coaching, detailed career planning, mock interviews CDC resources: • CV Guide • Videos and DVDs • Free sector-specific and general careers publications All services available up to 3 years after graduation)
  21. 21. Contact us Harrow Harrow Campus Room EG.16 Maria Hewlett Building Nearest tube: Northwick Park Central London Cavendish House 1st Floor 101 New Cavendish Street Nearest tube: Warren St/ Goodge St/Gt Portland St Tel: 020 7911 5184 E-mail: careers@wmin.ac.uk www.westminster.ac.uk/careers
  22. 22. In summary • Know what you have to offer and what you want • Know what’s out there • Develop your network • Plan your campaign • Review it regularly ....and, if you need help, seek advice and guidance

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