Today’s job search

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Job Club workshop presentation at Worksource Pierce. Today's job search isn't what it used to be!

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Today’s job search

  1. 1. Today’s Job Search:<br />-OR-<br />We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto!<br />
  2. 2. Standing out …<br />
  3. 3. Today’s recruiting styles<br />OUT <br />IN<br />Jobs are online<br />Communicate by email“email cover letter”<br />Labor market no longer about seniority but SKILLS<br />Streamlined résumés that list relevant accomplishments<br />Newspaper Ads<br />Mail resumes and cover letters<br />Seniority was important<br />Overly detailed résumés<br />
  4. 4. What’s IN and OUT<br />OUT <br />IN<br /><ul><li>Networking constantly using such tools as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, as well as in person
  5. 5. A customized reference list for each opportunity
  6. 6. Researching prospective employers and applying to companies where your skills and interests match their needs
  7. 7. Ending the interview by asking for the job on a trial basis.
  8. 8. Networking occasionally
  9. 9. A set reference list
  10. 10. Blanketing local employers with a résumé and cover letter addressed "To whom it may concern.“
  11. 11. Ending the interview by asking when they'll be contacting you.</li></li></ul><li>Personal branding is, for some people, a description of the process whereby people and their careers are marked as brands.<br />It has been noted that while previous self-help management techniques were about self-improvement, the personal branding concept suggests instead that success <br /> comes from self-packaging.<br />“Personal Branding??”<br />What is Personal Branding?<br />
  12. 12. Further defined as the creation of an asset that pertains to a particular person or individual; this includes but is not limited to:<br />Body<br />Clothing<br />Appearance<br />knowledge<br />Personal Branding <br />* SOURCE: Wikipedia, “Personal Branding”<br />
  13. 13. Do this little exercise. Go home, Google your name. What comes up?<br />This will be part of your ‘package’. Is this what you want your employer to see?<br />The Google Trap<br />EEK!<br />MEE<br />
  14. 14. Don’t Get Suckered<br />Beware these treacherous keywords:<br />Work at home<br />Refundable fee<br />Internet business development or coaching <br />Guaranteed income<br />Undisclosed federal jobs<br />Guaranteed job<br />Consultant<br />Easy work<br />
  15. 15. Spot a Scam!<br /><ul><li>1. Hold tight to your cash. No legitimate employer asks you for money.
  16. 16. 2. Make money while you sleep! Beware of ads that make outrageous claims, don't specify job duties and don't require that you send a résumé.
  17. 17. 3. are comon words mispeled?</li></ul> Might be a foreign scam<br /><ul><li>4. Miracles arrive in your inbox = SPAM
  18. 18. 5. Don’t get phished! 
  19. 19. 6. Put on your detective hat ~ Better Business Bureau</li></li></ul><li>Currently not considered discrimination, BUT—<br />EEOC looking to see if protected populations are over-represented (minorities, age,…)<br />Some states now passing laws barring employment ads seeking to weed out unemployed<br />HR 2501, called the Fair Employment Act of 2011, would prohibit discrimination on the basis of employment status<br />“CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED NEED NOT APPLY…”<br />NO UNEMPLOYED NEED APPLY<br />
  20. 20. Volunteer!<br />Join professional associations & get involved<br />To counter fears of having been terminated, gather strong letters of recommendation<br />Update skills through retraining<br />Consider career alternatives: <br /><ul><li> Starting a business?
  21. 21. Contract work?
  22. 22. Temp work?</li></ul>In The Meantime…<br />
  23. 23. Doing an Inventory of yourself – 86%<br />Know WHAT your skills are<br />Know your ideal field<br />Know how to get where you want to go<br />Targeting employers in job club - 70%<br />Targeting employers alone – 65%<br />Knocking on employer’s door – 47%<br />Asking for job leads from network – 30%<br />5 Best Ways to Jobhunt<br />SOURCE: What Color is Your Parachute? Ed. 2012<br />
  24. 24. Facebook<br />Twitter<br />Blogs<br />LinkedIn<br />www.linkedin.com<br />Networking in the ‘Net<br />
  25. 25. This is a new world of job search. <br />What got you HERE…<br />Just Remember…<br />…won’t get you THERE!<br />Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again <br />and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein<br />

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