Last Minute Job Search Strategies


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This is a presentation that I gave to Arts and Science Seniors at The Ohio State University on Last Minute Job Search Strategies in preparation for graduation.

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  • Overall – help you jumpstart your job search so you can either find something before you graduate or so that you know how to continue it after you graduate it. Feel free to ask questions along the way. Participation is encouraged and invited. Also, additional resources are available through the Arts and Sciences Career Services office.
  • Need a professional working resume, resume is your calling card to employers its goal is to help you obtain an interview. Resume template handout.(2mins)
  • Peer mentors are also available to help critique resumes and cover letters during walk-in hours. Present tense for current positions, past tense for completed positions
  • Essentially a cover letter is an introduction / first impression and a teaser / sales pitch to try and get you in the door and frame the way in which people view your resume.
  • Appropriate e-mail and voicemail message
  • Options for finding a job. (1)
  • Think of a story / example to give – someone who found a job through networking / met someone in an odd place.
  • The most important thing is to have good people skills
  • At the end ask for some volunteers to share what they found out, what it was like going through the exercise…
  • Should I add on-campus interviews?
  • Remind participants that they have taken an important step in the right direction just by coming today…that it is hard work but they will get through this!
  • Last Minute Job Search Strategies

    1. 1. Last Minute Job Search Strategies Workshop 05 Brown Hall 190 West 17 th Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43210 Phone: (614) 292-7055
    2. 2. Objective <ul><li>Cover the basics of creating a resume </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the basics of creating a cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight skills for a successful job search </li></ul><ul><li>Review resources available in Arts & Sciences Career Services </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why are you here today? <ul><li>Please share with us: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipated graduation date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three biggest strengths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type of job you’re looking for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What you hope to get out of this session today </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Resume Hints <ul><li>Reflect on your previous experiences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs (summer, full-time, part-time) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization leadership positions and committees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study Abroad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences attended </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Highlight what makes YOU unique and marketable for the types of positions you want </li></ul>
    5. 5. More Resume Hints <ul><li>Use action words </li></ul><ul><li>Mention specific accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for taking calls from customers… could be… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handled more than 100 customer calls each day… or… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Earned Employee of the Month Award by demonstrating superior service and responding to customer requests in a timely manner </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Resume Practice Achieved Maintained Organized Supplied Assisted Conducted Contacted Distributed Spoke Filed Prepared Monitored Recruited Administered Reorganized Collaborated Provided Facilitated Innovated
    7. 7. Cover Letters <ul><li>What is a cover letter? </li></ul><ul><li>What purpose does a cover letter serve? </li></ul><ul><li>How important is a cover letter? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it ever appropriate to not include a cover letter? </li></ul>
    8. 8. More on Cover Letters <ul><li>State: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who you are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What position you are interested in (and where / from whom your heard about it) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why they should consider you for the position (sell yourself!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What you’re enclosing with the letter (i.e. resume, references) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How they can contact you... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And… When you will be following up! </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Job Search Options <ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informational interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mass Mailing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted Mailing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Fairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cold Calling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third-party employment firms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Associations </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. How Do Most People Find Their Jobs? Taken From: Rosile, L. Interviewing Basics. The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
    11. 11. Networking <ul><ul><li>Myths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s manipulative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s unreliable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone finds their job on Monster </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No one will want to talk to you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only Donald Trump has contacts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s a two-way street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s very effective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you stick with it, it will work! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People will help you because they like to feel helpful! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People like to “Pay It Forward” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s one of the most effective tools in your “job search toolbox,” so </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>why not use it? </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Networking Advantages <ul><ul><li>Networking enables you to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Practice your communication skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn about your field of interest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gain feedback on your resume </li></ul></ul></ul>Most importantly, networking grants you access to insider information on professions, industries, & companies that you can use to target your job search !
    13. 13. The Hidden Job Market <ul><ul><li>The secret to beating out the competition is to… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FIND OUT ABOUT THE JOB BEFORE THEY DO! </li></ul></ul>Employers only create job postings when they don’t already have someone in mind who can meet their needs…like YOU !
    14. 14. How do I get started? <ul><ul><li>Get to know yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a “one-minute commercial” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish networking goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are you trying to accomplish? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get organized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create resume, questions to ask, system for tracking contacts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an initial list of people to contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Figure out who is already in your network! </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Networking FAQ’s <ul><li>Why does Networking work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everybody knows somebody </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have contact with AT LEAST 15-25 people every day! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do I do with the names and referrals I get? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TALK TO THOSE PEOPLE ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep track of who you talk to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to meet new people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask “Who else should I talk to?” </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Next Step: The Informational Interview <ul><ul><li>Be prepared! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assert yourself positively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask good questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present yourself well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen attentively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convey your knowledge and skills! </li></ul></ul>And…don’t forget to follow up!!
    17. 17. Let’s Practice Networking! <ul><li>Introduce yourself to a person in this room who you don’t know. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are his or her interests, career goals? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At what type of organization is she interested in working? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is he or she looking to work, geographically? </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Top 3 Things to Do Before You Graduate! <ul><li>Make contact with a career advisor in the Arts & Sciences Career Services office and sign up for Reslink! </li></ul><ul><li>Ask professors and supervisors if they would be willing to serve as references and get their contact information! </li></ul><ul><li>Use your OSU library access to research target companies and industries using: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodicals </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Resources Available from Arts & Sciences Career Services <ul><li>Career Advisors with a Senior Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brandy Williams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tony Valle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anne Collins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stephanie Ford </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ResLink Online Jobs Database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign-up at front desk! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Walk-in Advising: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mon-Fri from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Call for an appointment at: 292-7055 </li></ul>
    20. 20. Closing Thoughts… Take Care of Yourself! <ul><li>Recognize that job searching can be stressful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It has its Ups and Downs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stick With It! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take steps to prevent stress from wearing you down </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eat healthy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain good sleep habits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find ways to relax </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t psych yourself out – you can do this ! </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>Questions ??? </li></ul>