Job Search Basics 2


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A neophyte\'s guide to basic job search. Prepared for some of my former co workers and friends.

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Job Search Basics 2

  1. 1. You lost your job, you have a job By Kerry Fox (hopefully a former job searcher)
  2. 2. <ul><li>This was produced in support of a few former co-workers who are job searching neophytes. Those that are fortunate enough to have had that now defunct commodity known as “job security”. (I heard it still exists and is living in a box by the underpass) </li></ul>Job search basics - Caveat
  3. 3. Job search basics – Caveat II <ul><li>This is a very basic outline of job search basics. </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on “very basic” information. </li></ul><ul><li>There is nothing new here, just a compilation and a simple path to follow. </li></ul><ul><li>Any one of these slides could be a 4 to 8 hour class. </li></ul><ul><li>This is meant to serve as an outline only. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Please supplement this outline with research and study of your own. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The author assumes no responsibility for the outcome of events for those that chose to follow this path. There are career coaches who know a whole lot more about this, but then again, they generally are paid…… </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Job search basics Emotion Get to acceptance and move on Personal brand Resumes Find the opportunities Cover letters Interviewing Success Now, get out of bed and get your butt back to work! The dark cloud of rejection Rinse and repeat cycle
  5. 5. Emotional stages of a job loss <ul><li>Denial </li></ul><ul><li>Disbelief </li></ul><ul><li>Anger </li></ul><ul><li>Inner self criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrawal </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptance </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>First and foremost, looking for a job is a full time job. </li></ul><ul><li>Spend time -4 to 6 to 8 to 10 hours per day in job search activities. (writing, calling, networking, resume basics, researching, interview preparation, networking, internet searches, networking, and did I mention networking). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Assessment Personal Branding <ul><li>What do you want to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you want to do it? </li></ul><ul><li>What marketable skills do you have? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you truly want in your professional life? </li></ul><ul><li>30 second commercial. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Personal branding <ul><li>What is it that makes you different? </li></ul><ul><li>What qualities or characteristics make you distinctive? </li></ul><ul><li>What have you accomplished? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your most noteworthy personal trait? </li></ul><ul><li>What benefits (problems solved) do you offer? </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to be truthful and accurate -- with no exaggerations . </li></ul><ul><li>Should focus on critical benefit to employer -- a void you can fill. </li></ul><ul><li>Should be unique and compelling feature that only you can deliver. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Example of a branding statement <ul><li>Creative problem-solver who can produce superior results through solid marketing and leadership abilities. While at XYZ Company, I led the team that took the number three brand in the industry and completed a turnaround strategy that resulted in it becoming the market leader. </li></ul>
  10. 10. 30 second commercial <ul><li>I am an Operations Management executive with expertise in lean manufacturing, six sigma, participative management, continuous improvement and formal problem solving. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>My recent experience includes the management of profit and loss for automotive suppliers with over $250 million in sales and up to 650 employees. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Due to reorganization and restructuring, I am looking to continue my career in operations management with an organization that is dedicated to continuous improvement in cost, quality, delivery, safety and employee morale using lean manufacturing philosophies. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Jobs – how do you find them? <ul><li>Public job market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Want ads, Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hidden job market </li></ul><ul><li>“ For Sale” job market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruiters </li></ul></ul>Job searching is a numbers game. Improve the odds by using all available resources to uncover as many opportunities as possible. BUT don’t lose focus on where you fit and what you want!
  12. 12. <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get as many people working for you as possible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who do you know, who do they know and who do they know? Make sure that they all know that you are in a job search or career transition. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated that 50% of jobs never get publically posted. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideally, get to the decision makers (easier said than done). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> – a good professional place to network (but it is still better to pick up the phone!). </li></ul></ul>Jobs – how do you find them?
  13. 13. <ul><li>Internet – big board job websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li> (combination – searches multiple sites) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (Michigan only) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc, etc, etc……….. </li></ul></ul>Jobs – how do you find them? Indeed. Com has become one of the largest and best.
  14. 14. <ul><li>Too many people spend all of their time on internet searches. </li></ul><ul><li>Which means for every job posted, thousands of people are pouring over them and responding. </li></ul><ul><li>Supplement internet (public job market) with a serious approach to the non-public market. </li></ul>Jobs – how do you find them? Which means networking, as much face to face as possible.
  15. 15. <ul><li>Recruiters – most are retained by firms to find people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manpower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>K Force </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aerotek </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JBL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pete Collins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management Recruiters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most have their own websites with jobs posted </li></ul></ul>Jobs – how do you find them?
  16. 16. <ul><li>Make sure that every recruiter that you know (or don’t know yet) has a copy of your resume and knows what you are interested in. </li></ul><ul><li>This is part of the “hidden market.” </li></ul><ul><li>Make a review of their websites a part of your routine. (maybe weekly). </li></ul>Jobs – how do you find them?
  17. 17. <ul><li>Large companies (Herman Miller, Steelcase, Meijer etc) will have their own job boards on line. (always check). </li></ul><ul><li>Any company in which you have an interest – Google and look for a link “Careers”. </li></ul><ul><li> has a listing of companies by state, very useful as the links take you to the careers page of the companies. </li></ul>Jobs – how do you find them?
  18. 18. Resume basics <ul><li>Most common are chronological. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills focused or skills based resumes can be very effective as well. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Google and do some homework on each type. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write one of each, if nothing else, it helps you to clarify your transferable skills. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Contact information at the top (make certain it is current and correct). </li></ul><ul><li>Objective – lead in . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who you are, what you can do to solve the problems for the company. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments, what you did, how you did it and what were the results (3 to 5 top from each position, more focus on the most recent activities). </li></ul><ul><li>Not just a list of what positions you held, but what did you accomplish in those positions. </li></ul><ul><li>Action words, not passive words. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead, managed, directed, etc - OK </li></ul></ul>Resume basics This is critical
  20. 20. Resume basics Example <ul><li>Operations Manager, Vice President of Operations 2005 to 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Managing and directing the operations including engineering, materials, purchasing, quality and product launch for a facility with 250 employees. Reporting to the President of the division. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced the annualized customer concerns from 55 to 10 in 6 months by improving the focus on one for one manufacturing, implementing a next operation as customer and improving root cause analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced scrap cost by 50% by implementing management scrap review process on the plant floor using quality, engineering and manufacturing resources to solve issues. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Resume basics <ul><li>Must be perfect, no typos or “mispellings” </li></ul><ul><li>Ditch the personal stuff (likes to play golf, enjoys family, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>10 second rule – will it attract attention with in 10 seconds? </li></ul><ul><li>Visually appealing, white space, clear font, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Must be perfect, no typos </li></ul><ul><li>Must be perfect, no typos </li></ul><ul><li>Have someone other than you do a proof read. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Customize resumes to the job requirements. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EG a company wants a strong problem solver (use those words exactly, and give examples of problems solved) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resumes get searched by search engines looking for specific words – use them (TPS, lean, 5S, heijunka, etc). </li></ul><ul><li>If you are not getting any responses to your resume, have it critiqued, rewrite it to make it compelling. (like changing the bait when you are fishing). </li></ul>Resume basics
  23. 23. <ul><li>Never submit a resume to a specific job opportunity without a specific and customized cover letter. </li></ul><ul><li>Basically three paragraphs. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the opportunity (where found)and express your interest in the position offered. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position in as compelling a way as possible in as much detail as possible. (but keep it brief). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close by indicating you are interested in further discussions how your experience will be of benefit to them and how you will follow up. </li></ul></ul>Resume basics – cover letter
  24. 24. References <ul><li>Professional references by professional people in a professional manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask former co-workers, managers and subordinates to serve as a reference for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that their contact information is current and correct. </li></ul><ul><li>Always, always, always prepare them for any potential contact by a company or a recruiter. </li></ul><ul><li>Never, never, never let them be surprised by a call or an email asking about you. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Job search basics <ul><li>The end result of all of that work, should be an interview………. </li></ul><ul><li>Once that is set, </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare, prepare, prepare. </li></ul><ul><li>Dress for success. </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive 10 minutes early. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Interviewing basics <ul><li>Prepare, prepare, prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Research the company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find people who work there that you may know (again is very helpful) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out everything you can, news, internet, people, competitors, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Interviewing basics <ul><li>Prepare, prepare, prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare stories to support your accomplishments using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Results) </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare answers to the most commonly asked questions (yes, even the dreaded “what are your weaknesses”) </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about yourself – use the 30 second commercial </li></ul><ul><li>Make certain to be prepared to address any perceived weaknesses (why did you leave your last job? Make it short and sweet –don’t dwell on it) </li></ul>
  28. 28. Interviewing basics <ul><li>Interviews have two parts and interviewers typically want to know two things </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you fit in with our organization? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you qualified to do what we want (and will you perform to our expectations) </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>You must ask questions! </li></ul><ul><li>Examples…………. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What are the qualifications that are needed to be successful in this position?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What are the qualifications that are needed to be successful in this company?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What do you expect the company to look like in five years?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And a million other types of questions – do your research! </li></ul></ul>Interviewing basics
  30. 30. Congratulations <ul><li>Make sure you contact your network with your new status. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your network active, always be ready to help. </li></ul><ul><li>NOW, GET BACK TO WORK! </li></ul>