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  • Network with the right people. If you want an analyst job, then you need to identify the friends, family and people in your network who are analyst or work with analyst. This requires you to discuss their job, what they do and who they work with daily. They will know when jobs are coming available.
  • Review occupations, the KSAs, your personal skills assessment. Know what types of jobs/positions you know are a good match or that you think are a good match. What is your pitch? Get it down to 30 seconds. An elevator pitch is a brief overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The pitch is so called because it can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (say, thirty seconds). Concise Clear – through a good elevator speech, you communicate strong communication and organization skills that are key to any employer. Compelling – make sure to communicate some knowledge or skill you posses that others need. Credible – You must give the audience a reason to believe you can do the job. An example of money you made for or saved a previous employer. Conceptual – skills and accomplishments at a high level Concrete – when discussing numbers, be as specific as possible Customized – just like your resume, have a pitch for each type of job you are seeking Consistent - While you should customize your elevator pitch to the requirement of the position for which you are applying at that moment, if possible you should also make sure that your elevator pitch is still applicable to a variety of different positions. Conversational – The point is to engage your audience and get to the next step (more dialogue and eventually an interview).
  • Give Demo of LinkedIn Make sure you have a professional profile picture displayed. It gives credibility to your profile. Brand your Profile Headline. It appears in search results and next to any question you ask or answer. It is your ELEVATOR PITCH! Status Update is not Appealing – what are you working on? List all companies and schools Have 3 or more LinkedIn Recommendations Too Few Connections List three websites that represent you or that you read often. Your Twitter Account, Business Website or favorite Technical website might be listed. Customize your LinkedIn Profile URL Make sure your summary is compelling – find a writer friend to help you! Add job descriptions for positions held at previous companies.
  • Give Demo of LinkedIn
  • Ask Questions Get to know the person Find out what they do If good fit, give card and ask if you can contact them in the future for advice STAY Connected
  • Job description Employer brochures Annual business reports Trade periodicals Manufacturers’ guides Union representatives School placement offices Local and state employment service offices Chambers of Commerce Professional organizations Current employees
  • Employer research  Bring any notes on your research of the position and company.  Questions  Have key questions prepared to ask that express your interest in the position.  Resume, application, and personal data sheet  Use these as references during your interview or to fill out any required paperwork.  Portfolio and work samples  Bring a few samples that demonstrate your best work and abilities.  Letters of recommendation and reference list  Have these available if requested by the employer.  Notebook and pen  Use to jot down key points you’d like to address in a follow-up note or phone call.  Social security card, driver’s license, or state picture identification  For jobs that require it, you may be asked to show your license, driving record, social security card, or other forms of ID.  Extra money  Be prepared for unexpected expenses, like gas, transportation, or parking.  Confidence and a smile  Interviews can be stressful. Try to relax as much as possible, appear confident, and smile! Source:  Creative Job Search , a publication of the Minnes
  • Always Smile.  When you first meet an interviewer, give them a big smile. A sincere smile communicates warmth and friendliness, and helps put everyone at ease. Also, it’s a great way to break the ice and help relieve any tension about the interview. Give a Firm Handshake.  Extend your hand first to greet your interviewer. Doing so shows that you are a go-getter and you take the initiative – both of which are good qualities employers like to see.  Be firm with your handshake , but not too firm. You don’t want to inflict any pain on your interviewer. Balance Eye Contact.  Too little eye contact during an interview can give the impression that you lack confidence or have something you are trying to hide. Give too much eye contact, and you might be displaying aggression. During your interview, look the interviewer in the eye, but be sure to occasionally break eye contact at appropriate times. Lean Forward.  When you sit down in the interview chair, don’t lean back too far. Instead, sit closer to the front of the chair and lean slightly forward to communicate your interest in the job. Leaning back may cause you to look too casual, making it hard for an interviewer to see your drive or passion. Be Aware of Your Arms.  Crossed arms send the message that you are standoffish, insecure, defensive, and want others to stay away. During your interview, keep your arms relaxed on the table or in your lap to show that you are approachable and open. Control Your Nerves.  Your nervousness can come across in an interview if you use excessive hand gestures or facial expressions, or if you are jittery. Its fine to use some gestures and facial expressions – especially if that is part of your personality – but just don’t overdo it. Tapping your fingers on the table, clicking a pen, or wiggling your feet and legs can be seen as a distraction, so try not to do them. Those cues could give the interviewer the impression that you don’t want to be there.
  • By Jennifer Montez
  • By Jennifer Montez
  • The contact that led me to my current position was a great friend at Drury but someone I had not seen or spoken with in a dozen years.  I had reached out to him through Linkedin when I was thinking my job was in jeopardy.  When I was released from the Shrine, I took the advice from the outplacement firm I worked with as a part of my separation.  If you have a professional outplacement firm, don't try to re-invent the wheel.  They know what works.  First advice I took was to go public regarding my situation and contact everyone I know through business, firends, family, etc.  Those who have an extended pity party will only take longer to find work.  This public outreach has to be well thought out.  There are resources (books, online, business persons bewtween jobs) that can help one craft a good exit statement.  You aren't a victim, you are a professional who is looking to help the next organization you work for.  One has to do some self analyis to understand how hungry they are for their next job.  My situation was different from John's.  This hunger will definitely affect how aggressive (not desperate) you are in networking-understand that.  The higher your level, the more you have to understand that you will need networking assistance to get in the door, through the back door, or simply establish the relationship with a firm that may not need your skills now, but might later.  I have had multiple interviews with the company out of Wisconsin (with the president on the phone) and the word back is that I am a fit for them when they have something. That came through an industry freinc.  I am now rambling. Here are some bullet points of things that have helped me.   Go public- dont be shy Use all the free resources out there- libraries, support groups, online -don't pay Target your industries and or companies- you need to narrow it down with unemployment 10% Focus on you skill sets- companies are in the cross training frame of mind Don't go it alone- ask for help and utilize the help Get letters on your way out or from past employers-(i think a recent letter got me an interview) Have a plan, goal, etc-  Do you need to work in 3-6 months or can you be ok for 1 year Talk to employed people in positions of influence and are successful and don't surround yourself with negaholics There is nothing to be ashamed about-when you do get an interview or meeting, be completely honest and tell your story  I meant to say at the bottom that companies are not willing to cross train or focus on people they need to spend much time to develop. There are so many candidates out there.
  • Bounce Back St. Louis May 19th

    1. 1. Bounce Back into Administrative Manager – Part II May 19, 2010 Sheila Burkett Tuxedo Park Management, LLC Frank Alaniz Missouri Career Center
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Welcome & Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up From Last Session </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Your Way into Business Services </li></ul><ul><li>Using Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Tips on How to Ace an Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Success Story </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap-up </li></ul>
    3. 3. Review from Last Session <ul><li>Research occupations on or </li></ul><ul><li>Compare your skills to those required </li></ul><ul><li>Research for employers in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Target your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Application Tracking </li></ul>
    4. 4. Networking
    5. 5. Prepare to Network <ul><li>Target Occupation/Industry </li></ul><ul><li>30 second elevator pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Base Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Target Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Your Message </li></ul><ul><li>Positive and Motivated </li></ul>
    6. 6. LinkedIn Profile <ul><li>Update all areas of LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Consider this your online resume </li></ul><ul><li>Go for 100% completion </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with those you know and who know you </li></ul><ul><li>Join Groups – St. Louis Job Angels </li></ul><ul><li>Ask and Give Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Tie in Professional Content </li></ul>
    7. 7. Connect Professional Content <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Feed </li></ul><ul><li>Shareslide PowerPoint presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul>
    8. 9. Reach Out To Your Network <ul><li>Establish a professional email </li></ul><ul><li>Let everyone you know </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You are in transition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give your elevator pitch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify key positions of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best way to contact you if they know of an opportunity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask people where they work and what they do! </li></ul>
    9. 10. Connect with Network <ul><li>Identify Key People </li></ul><ul><li>Ask if you can have 30 minutes for their advice </li></ul><ul><li>Face-to-face </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them your pitch and types of positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask their advice and ideas on your search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask if they will keep you in mind if they hear of an opportunity. </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. Hang Out with the Right People <ul><li>Attend Business Seminars on Key Topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumnae Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Louis Business Journal Event </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Time in area of Expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Social Events & Parties </li></ul>
    11. 12. Using Social Media <ul><li>Separate professional from personal </li></ul><ul><li>Update Status regularly with professional items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New skills & where you learned them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference helpful sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects working on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog Posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Things that are working for you </li></ul></ul>
    12. 13. Using Social Media cont. <ul><li>Don’t post negative status updates </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware that some topics can hurt job potential </li></ul><ul><li>Employers are looking at Facebook, YouTube and other public sites for you </li></ul><ul><li>Google Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Networking is Give & Take… </li></ul>
    13. 15. Help Connect Others <ul><li>Pass along Job Posting to others </li></ul><ul><li>Be a Referral </li></ul><ul><li>Share Ideas on St. Louis Job Angels </li></ul>
    14. 16. Ace that Interview
    15. 17. Learn About the Company <ul><li>Job Description </li></ul><ul><li>Employer Brochures, Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Business Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Chambers of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Current Employees </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Branch or Product </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Google for articles on leaders /company /awards </li></ul>
    16. 18. Checklist <ul><li>Dress Professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Notes on Research </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Resume, Application & Personal Data Sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio & Work Samples </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation & Reference List </li></ul><ul><li>Notebook & Pen </li></ul><ul><li>Social Security Card, Driver’s License or State Id </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Money </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence & a smile </li></ul>
    17. 19. Ace That Interview <ul><li>Always Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Give a Firm Handshake </li></ul><ul><li>Balance Eye Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Lean Forward </li></ul><ul><li>Be Aware of Your Arms </li></ul><ul><li>Control Your Nerves </li></ul>
    18. 20. Top 10 Hardest Interview Questions <ul><li>Why did you get fired/terminated? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about problems you encountered with supervisors? </li></ul><ul><li>What qualities do you look for in a boss? </li></ul><ul><li>As a professional, do you have any disappointments? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your edge among other jobseekers who already have professional experience? </li></ul>
    19. 21. Top 10 Hardest Interview Questions <ul><li>What do you know about this company? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you be an asset to this company? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think you will do well at this position? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your observation about this company? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you open for criticisms? How do you take them? </li></ul>
    20. 22. Success Story <ul><li>Go Public – Don’t Be Shy </li></ul><ul><li>Use all the free resources – Library, Support Groups, Online </li></ul><ul><li>Target your industries and/or companies </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on your skill set </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go it alone </li></ul><ul><li>Get Reference Letters on your way out </li></ul><ul><li>Have a plan and a goal </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to employed people in positions of influence and who are successful </li></ul><ul><li>There is nothing to be ashamed about </li></ul>
    21. 23. Wrap Up <ul><li>Action Items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete LinkedIn Profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 Second Elevator Pitch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Upcoming Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May 20 th , 8:30-1:30 Scientific Talent Open House </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>June 3 rd, 9-11 Networking with Frank Danzo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>June 8 th , 6-8:30 BB in IT: Understanding Company Culture </li></ul></ul>
    22. 24. Reference Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>