Secret nuggets for Job Seekers Rick Martinez President / CEO r2 Technologies www.r2now.com
Who am I?• Don’t just listen to me – I won’t be offended if you disagree with everything in my presentation.• Qualifications – B.S. Degree from Trinity University, • Management Information Systems (MIS) – 15 years as an IT Pro • Texas Instruments; Mobil Oil; Frito-Lay; PepsiCo; Cap Gemini; CitiGroup; Verizon; Fidelity Investments; Bank of America, and others – 18 years – owner of an IT Placement firm – Placed over: 1,220+ IT Professionals – r2 Tech grew 12.8% in 2009 – r2 Tech grew 31.1% in 2010 – r2 Tech grew 10.4% in 2011• Try to find 2-3 “Nuggets” that you can use in your job search!
• Accept ALL LinkedIn Invitations! Put your contact information on your LI Profile! * e-mail address * phone number
Bring Copies of your LinkedInRecommendations to your Interview
Job Fairs• Research which companies are attending, which jobs you are a fit and apply on-line before attending• Don’t attend when they first open – wait towards the end of the session – Going during their lunch break
Job Fairs• On your cover letter – Write the Job Id Number – Position Title of the position(s) that you are qualified for (Big & Bold)• Identify Hiring Managers, they always stick out – Walk by them and read their name tags, they are always wearing one – Send them your resume THAT EVENING • Don’t Delay! • Follow-up with them in a week
Finding out e-mail of Managers• www.google.com – *@CompanyName.com • Review the search results, looking for people’s names and you will see the naming conventions for the company’s e-mail addresses
• Bring Examples of your Work to your Interview • Put it in a Binder with tabs• Make sure these examples Emphasize your skills and match the job Description• Don’t Leave any materials with Employer
• Two Most IMPORTANT Interview Questions to ask – For the person that fills this job, what will they be doing for the first 90-days on assignment? – Based upon my background and skills, do you have any reservations that I can perform this job?
Thank you CardAfter Interview • Ask if they are on LinkedIn? • Instead of sending a Thank You Card after an interview, send them a LinkedIn request. • Re-state your strengths, how you can help him/her, and ask him/her to read your recommendations.
Tell Your Spouse NOT to ask you if you got a Job… You’ll tell them! I need my wife “off my back!”
“Mature” Job Seekers Take Note!• #1: Be Cautious in giving too much Information (rambling) in an Interview – DO • Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for • 3-4 pages, of Relevant, Deliverable centric experience • Identify 2-3 Projects where you Increased sales or performance! – DON’T • Turn your interview into a “snooze fest” by doing a history dump for the last 20+ years• #2: Don’t Have an Attitude – Don’t act superior to an interviewer – Don’t tell them how much you can teach them
“Mature” Job Seekers Take Note!• #3: Don’t become a “Yes” Man – Don’t agree with everything being said, without a reason. – Don’t act desperate, Be Professional, Polished, and Assertive!• #4: Talk about: – How you are creative, problem-solving, energetic, and learning about new technologies for this industry!• #5: Appearance Matters – Dress like you are up-to-date and modern. Be professional, ask yourself: “How old is this tie?”
Don’t Apologize for your Age… But Don’t Act OLD…