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Network To Get Work Event 2009


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Presentation to provide job hunting tips on using job boards, search engines, and social networking sites as well as resume/interview tips.

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Network To Get Work Event 2009

  1. 1. NETWORK TO GET WORK EVENT 2009 Laura A. Connolly, MBA
  3. 3. JOB BOARDS & SEARCH ENGINES You have to market yourself. Much like a company would advertise their product/service, you have to advertise your resume. Make sure your resume is posted on all the job boards. The more exposure the better your chances of having it viewed by a prospective employer. Be sure to create email job alerts. The sites will automatically email you new postings matching your search criteria. Also be sure to refresh your resume at least once per month. JOB BOARDS SEARCH ENGINES These sites are search engines only. You cannot post your resume to them. They offer “one stop shopping” for your job search. These sites pull jobs by keyword/location that are posted on other job boards to give you a list of jobs matching your criteria. WWW.USAJOBS.OPM.GOV WWW.WNJPIN.STATE.NJ.US @ 2007 Kelly Services, Inc. • 3
  4. 4. SOCIAL & PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING SITES Join legitimate social networking sites in order to make connections with both job seekers and employers. Contact your high school and/or college and ask if they have an alumni association. Most colleges do and are online. Sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have alumni groups already formed. Social Networking Sites Professional Networking Sites @ 2007 Kelly Services, Inc. • 4
  5. 5. SOCIAL NETWORKING SAFETY In 10 tips for social networking safety, Microsoft cautions that risks increase as more and more people use these sites. “Hackers, spammers, virus writers, identity thieves, and other criminals follow the traffic.” Here’s an outline of Microsoft’s 10 best safety practices when using social networks. 1. Use caution when you click links received in messages from your friends on your social Web site. 2. Don’t trust that a message is really from who it says. Hackers break into accounts and send messages that look like they’re from your friends. 3. To avoid giving away e-mail addresses of your friends, do not allow social networking services to scan your e-mail address book. 4. Type the address of your social networking site directly into your browser or use your personal bookmarks, to avoid possibly entering your account name and password into a dangerous fake site. 5. Be selective about who you accept as a friend on a social network. Identity thieves routinely practice “social engineering” – creating fake profiles to get information from you. 6. Choose your social networking site carefully and be sure you understand the privacy policy. 7. Assume what you write on a social networking site is permanent. 8. Be careful about installing extras on your site. Criminals sometimes use these applications to steal your personal information. 9. Think twice before you use social networking sites at work. 10. Talk to your kids about social networking sites to be sure they’re using them safely. @ 2007 Kelly Services, Inc. • 5
  6. 6. RESEARCH! RESEARCH! RESEARCH! We live in an age where the internet is • Research companies that you would at your fingertips. Use search engines want to work for. They could be in to research companies, jobs and your current industry, a company salary information. If you don’t have with a good reputation, a company in internet at home go to your local your area you pass by everyday, or a library or internet café. Be the most company someone you know works informed job seeker you can be! for. • Make a list of at least 20-25 and go to each of their company websites individually. • You can usually upload your resume even if they do not have open positions posted at the current time. • You can also create a job search agent that will automatically send you job listings that match your qualifications. @ 2007 Kelly Services, Inc. • 6
  7. 7. VOLUNTEER/THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX VOLUNTEERING What do you want to be when you grow up?  Find and join a non-profit organization you are interested in.  In an era when pink slips are increasing  If you are not sure where to start, research online and some career paths may be cut short various organizations you can join. You can also because of the economy, all too many job check out: switches may be forced rather than which lists various volunteer opportunities in your voluntary for the foreseeable future. local zip code area.  Turn this into a positive. Think about what you really enjoy doing. Make a list of your skills and qualifications and how they BENEFITS could best be used in another  Keeps your resume up to date industry/field.  Opportunity to learn new skills  Excellent forum for networking  Make a positive difference @ 2007 Kelly Services, Inc. • 7
  8. 8. KEEP UP YOUR SKILLS The more skills you have the more marketable you are!!!  Keep up your current computer skills. Word, Excel, & PowerPoint are always in demand.  If you can learn a new skill either by using the tools or on your own…do it! Learn a new software program, a new language, or even a new trade. Many programs are even online so you can learn from home. @ 2007 Kelly Services, Inc. • 8
  9. 9. You never get a second chance to make a first impression !!! 10 Things to Keep in Mind When Writing Your Resume • 1. Check spelling and grammar, and then check them again! • 2. Emphasize skills & accomplishments relevant to the specific job you are applying for • 3. Use an “At First Glance” design; employers want to immediately see what they’re looking for • 4. Be honest and specific about your technical capabilities • 5. Limit experience to the past 10 years • 6. Be positive; Leave out negatives and irrelevant points, and leave off unnecessary personal information like your race, weight, and height • 7. White Space is important; do not jam too much text onto the page to create an overwhelming blurb • 8. Formatting Guidelines; font size should be no smaller than 10 point; don't use intricate fonts that are hard to read; the length of your resume should be no more than 1-2 pages • 9. Use a 2nd set of eyes; never send out a resume without asking someone else to look at it (friend, relative, or favorite Kelly rep) • 10. Use bulleted sentences; the main selling points of your resume should be clear and quick to scan; you will go into the details during the interview Where to get help writing it: • Resume Wizard on MS Word • • • • @ 2007 Kelly Services, Inc. • 9
  10. 10. INTERVIEW TIPS INTERVIEW TIPS 2. Dress up, not down, for the interview. 3. Do some research on the business/industry before the interview. 4. Practice interviewing and prepare questions you would like to ask. 5. Go alone. Do not take children or friends. 6. Turn off your cell phone completely. 7. Greet the employer with a handshake. 8. Make frequent eye contact. 9. Smile, be polite, and friendly. 10. Listen carefully to the questions asked. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused. 11. Answer questions as directly as possible. 12. Be upbeat and make positive statements. Discuss your achievements and successes. 13. If you've worked before, talk about what you learned from it. 14. Use examples of how your skills and abilities would fit the job. 15. Bring your "Fact Sheet" with telephone numbers and addresses of your references and former employers, just in case you are asked to complete an application. CLOSING • Thank the interviewers for their time. • Request a business card from each interviewer. • Shake hands in closing. • Immediately after the interview send a thank you note/email addressed to each interviewer. @ 2007 Kelly Services, Inc. • 10
  11. 11. Thank You for Joining Us! Questions & Answers