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Effective Job Search Using Online Tools

  1. 1. Effective Job Search Using Online Tools March 13, 2012 Presented by: Victoria Montgomery, Drake Global Tech
  2. 2. Agenda• Your online job search – LinkedIn• Other online tools for finding a job• Tips for applying online• Social networking for your career 2
  3. 3. Social Career Networking - LinkedIn“Reverse” headhunt: find the hiring manager on LinkedInand connect directly • If a job is posted, you can often see who’s posted it and contact them directly, even if it’s just to introduce yourselfWarning: Do not annoy the poster! Just introduce yourselfand make them aware you exist 3
  4. 4. Social Career Networking - LinkedInCompany Pages:Internal postings may appear on company websites beforethey appear on job boards 4
  5. 5. Social Career Networking - LinkedInLinkedIn GroupsJob opportunities arefrequently posted on groupmessage boards:• Share articles, opinions and receive feedback from the community• Build your network with decision-makers / influencers 5
  6. 6. Online Job BoardsThere are several job boards that are updated daily andare free to use if looking for work: 6
  7. 7. Company Career PagesInternal postings may appear on company websitesbefore they appear on job boards:• These are updated frequently, depending on the size of the company• When applying to larger companies, use relevant keywords on your resume• You can also try contacting the HR department to learn more about the position (Only if it says on the posting that you may contact the company) 7
  8. 8. Creating Your Online ProfileThe Importance of a Complete Profile:• If you’re using LinkedIn to try and find a job, you want to have a solid online presence• Avoid an incomplete profile by following LinkedIn’s guidance to complete your page• Be creative!! Grab attention. Make it memorable. 8
  9. 9. Creating Your Online ProfilePlay around with your professional headline, if you’relooking for work, there are dozens of creative ways tophrase it: • “Exploring new opportunities” • “Seeking a change” • “Not working” • “Creative Professional looking for new opportunities” 9
  10. 10. Creating Your Online ProfileHave a GOOD picture: BAD BAD GOOD 10
  11. 11. Inviting Someone to Connect Online• Always, always, always, write a personal message• Be genuine: – people are more inclined to talk you if they sense you aren’t using them• Try to schedule an “Information Call”: – Goal: to learn more about the industry and what a career is like in industry X – Once you have the call, try to schedule a coffee meeting 11
  12. 12. Tips for Applying1. Have a Plan – Don’t go into your search blind – Narrow down what you REALLY want to do and who you REALLY can see a career with – Get a list of 10-20 companies and start hunting2. Connect on LinkedIn with people in the company who can help you with your search: – Remember to have a complete profile 12
  13. 13. Tips for Applying3. Tailor your resume to the job description if there is one available – Your job at Burger King in 2001 may not be relevant4. Hit them with the “Highlights” – Having a cover letter isn’t always necessary – If you have a professional summary at the beginning of your resume, it can be just as effective if you tailor it to the job you’re seeking 13
  14. 14. Tips for Applying5. Follow Up – Don’t annoy the person you’ve made contact with, but do let them know you appreciate them taking the time they spent talking to you – Short & Sweet thank you email does the trick – Check in every 1-2 weeks, ask them how they are – if you talked about anything personal (pets etc.) ask how they are 14
  15. 15. Tips for Applying6. WIIFM – What’s In It For Me? – Why should the person you’re talking to hire you? – What makes you better than the 10 people beside you doing the same job? 15
  16. 16. Other LinkedIn Tips for Applying• Follow Companies• Join Groups• InMails• Profile Badge• Premium Account• Introductions• OpenLink 16
  17. 17. Contact Victoria: For Current Job Openings:Email: Visit: http://www.drakeintl.com/vmontgomery@na.drakeintl.com Click the “Jobs” Tab on theLinkedIn: homepagehttp://www.linkedin.com/in/vnmontgomery “Like” our Facebook Page and gain access to new jobs across Canada THANK YOU For Questions Please Contact Victoria Montgomery 17