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20 Questions Successful Strategies For Job Searchers


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20 Questions Successful Strategies For Job Searchers

  1. 1. Twenty Questions Successful Strategies for Job Searchers
  2. 2. Using this Software <ul><li>Microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Raising your hand </li></ul><ul><li>Green  / Red X </li></ul><ul><li>Laughing / Clapping </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping out </li></ul><ul><li>Text chat </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Full Screen </li></ul><ul><li>Exiting </li></ul>
  3. 3. Job Searchers National Unemployment Rate, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Photo (CC) Richard Miles: Photo (CC) NJLA:
  4. 4. Job Searchers <ul><li>69% of all Americans have used the Internet in the past year for help coping with the recession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>41% have sought information about jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>27% explored prospects for a second job or ways to earn more money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% sought information about unemployment and other government benefits </li></ul></ul>Pew Internet & American Life Project:
  5. 5. Key job search activities <ul><li>Self-assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Research potential employers </li></ul><ul><li>Identify job leads </li></ul><ul><li>Network with others </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare/submit resume </li></ul><ul><li>Interview/negotiate </li></ul>
  6. 6. Evaluating online resources <ul><li>Type/source of information </li></ul><ul><li>Currency/update frequency </li></ul><ul><li>Focus (geography, industry, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Registration requirements or fees </li></ul><ul><li>User feedback/success rate </li></ul>
  7. 7. Self-assessment Photo (CC) Bilal Mirza:
  8. 8. Question 1 Question: Now that my kids are older, I am ready to go back to school - but I have no idea what kind of career to pursue. How can I figure out what kind of work would be the best fit for me? Resource: <ul><li>Quintessential Careers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keirsey Temperament Sorter II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Link Self Assessment Inventory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>Link:
  9. 9. Potential employers Photo (CC) House of Sims:
  10. 10. Question 2 Question: After so many layoffs in the automotive industry, I want to pursue a more promising career. How can I find out the job prospects and potential earnings in the biotechnology field? Resource: Career Guide to Industries (US Dept. of Labor) Link:
  11. 11. Question 3 Question: I can’t afford to go back to school, but I heard that floral designer jobs don’t require formal post-secondary training. How can I find out more about floral design as a career? Resource: Occupational Outlook Handbook Link:
  12. 12. Question 4 Question: My family is relocating to Charlotte, NC. I currently work in advertising and I would like to locate some Charlotte companies in this field. Resource: US Chambers of Commerce Directory Link:
  13. 13. Question 5 Question: I’m about to complete a degree in nursing and I ‘m planning a career in long term care. Where can I find a list of long term care facilities to consider as potential employers? Resource: Link:
  14. 14. Job Leads Photo (CC) Richard Miles:
  15. 15. Question 6 Question: I’m desperate! What’s the fastest way to apply for as many jobs as I can? Resource: <ul><li>Supersite job boards: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CareerBuilder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HotJobs </li></ul></ul>Link: <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- or - </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  16. 16. Question 7 Question: My band has a gig in Key West for the next few months, but there’s no way I can live off of what I’ll be making as a performer. How can I find part time work to help supplement my income? Resource: <ul><li>Job search engines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indeed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SimplyHired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USA Jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Craigslist/Florida </li></ul></ul>Link:
  17. 17. Question 8 Question: I’m required to show tangible evidence of my job search efforts in order to extend my unemployment benefits. How can I limit my search to jobs available in Florida that require only a high school education? Resource: <ul><ul><li>Employ Florida Marketplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Florida Job Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach in Florida </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PeopleFirst! Florida </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Florida Ready to Work program </li></ul></ul>Link:
  18. 18. Question 9 Question: I recently lost my engineering job. How can I focus my job search on just positions available in my specific field? Resource: <ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other niche job boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (IT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (Education) </li></ul></ul>Link:
  19. 19. Question 10 Question: It seems like I’ve sent out a million resumes – but I can’t keep track of who I’ve contacted or where I’ve applied. How can I manage my job search more effectively? Resource: Jibber Jobber Link:
  20. 20. 10 minute break <ul><li>Go to to review links for this class. </li></ul><ul><li>New to Delicious? Set up your own account at: </li></ul>Photo: (CC) Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig:
  21. 21. Adults and Social Networking
  22. 22. Networking
  23. 23. Question 11 Question: Several friends in Austin, TX tell me they can get me hired at Whole Foods headquarters. While I trust my friends, I’d like to find a more reliable contact at Whole Foods before I start packing my bags. Resource: Linked In Ryze Link:
  24. 24. Question 12 Question: All of the job search manuals recommend networking through professional organizations, but I don’t know where to begin. How can I make contacts in the human resources industry to help with my job search? Resource: Association Job Boards Link:
  25. 25. Question 13 Question: Should I worry about my “online reputation” as I begin my job search? I don’t want my Facebook profile to keep me from getting a job. Resource: Google Alerts BrandsEye Facebook Advertising Link:
  26. 26. Resumes Photo (CC) Remi Otacon:
  27. 27. Question 14 Question: My son is trying to find a job for the first time. Where can he get help with the basics of writing a resume? Resource: The OWL at Purdue Resume Workshop JobStar Central Resume Guide Link:
  28. 28. Question 15 Question: Now that I’m out of work, I find that my resume is hopelessly outdated – in both content and style! Where can I get help with writing a 21 st Century resume? Resource: Pongo Resume Google Apps (for e-portfolios) VisualCV Link:
  29. 29. Interviews & negotiations Photo (CC) A. :
  30. 30. Question 16 Question: I’m an out-of-work programmer, and it’s been quite a few years since I’ve had to interview for a job. How can I get help preparing for the questions I’ll be asked? Resource: Ace the Interview Interview Up Link:
  31. 31. Question 17 Question: I finally got a job offer, but I’m not sure if the salary is fair considering my experience. Where can I find information on salaries in my field? Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistics Wage Estimates Link:
  32. 32. In the meantime… Photo: (CC) woodleywonderworks:
  33. 33. Question 18 Question: I’ve just been laid off from my job. How do I find information about filing for unemployment benefits? Resource: CareerOneStop Service Locator Link:
  34. 34. Question 19 Question: I haven’t given up on finding paid employment, but I want to be sure to use my time off to gain additional experience in my field. Where can I find volunteer opportunities related to working with animals? Resource: Volunteer Match Idealist All for Good Link:
  35. 35. Question 20 Question: I am a volunteer counselor at a local career center. We offer a small library of print job search resources, but I’d like to direct our clients to something they can access from their home computers. What would you recommend? Resource: The Riley Guide Lyrasis News Special Issue: Serving Job Seekers Link:
  36. 36. Post-Class Assignment <ul><li>Find an additional online job search resource that would be useful to the group. </li></ul><ul><li>By Oct. 15, email a brief description of the resource, along with the web link, to [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>The instructor will add suggested links to the 20 Questions Job Search list on Delicious after October 16th. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  37. 37. Thank You for Attending! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Lyrasis Educational Services </li></ul><ul><li>1.800.999.8558 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Email: </li></ul>