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Job Hunting on the Web (Sep 09)


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Job Hunting on the Web (Sep 09)

  1. 1. Job Hunting on the Web What Works, What to Avoid Mike Buhmann Career Librarian Skokie Public Library
  2. 2. Survival <ul><li>Agencies that can help: </li></ul><ul><li>Village of Skokie – Social Work Services 847-933-8208 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency financial assistance, housing, advice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Niles Township 847-673-9300 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Pantry, Living expense help </li></ul></ul><ul><li>COBRA (continuation of Health Care) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Latest information on continuation of health care coverage </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Internet Toolbox <ul><li>Tools for: </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing a Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating Careers & Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Job Openings </li></ul><ul><li>Researching Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating & Networking </li></ul><ul><li>General Advice </li></ul>
  4. 4.  the Down Side of the Web <ul><li>So much information can be overwhelming </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a great time waster </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Job Search Process <ul><li>Deciding on a Career Path </li></ul><ul><li>Discover your aptitudes, skills & desires </li></ul><ul><li>Career exploration (what types of careers are out there) </li></ul><ul><li>Training, education & experience </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Potential Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Job leads </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Researching Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Find employer information </li></ul><ul><li>Salary range for the position </li></ul><ul><li>Contacting & Interacting with Employers </li></ul><ul><li>R é sum é s & references </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing skills </li></ul>
  6. 6. Two Great Job Websites
  7. 7. Organize Your Time <ul><li>Ta-Da Lists </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing fancy, just a site to create online lists and check them off when you’re finished </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Organize Your Time <ul><li>JibberJobber </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps you stay organized by keeping track of all the steps in a job search </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Deciding on a Career Path <ul><ul><li>Discovering your aptitudes, skills & desires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What types of careers fit your personality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> - Self Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides an overview of online self assessment tools </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Deciding on a Career Path <ul><ul><li>Career Exploration Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>America’s Career OneStop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>US Dept of Labor site with detailed information on careers & industries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CareerCLICK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>State career exploration site providing information on career opportunities in Illinois </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Deciding on a Career Path <ul><ul><li>Training & Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SPL Education Page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A selection of websites to help find information on educational opportunities in the area. Check Atomic Learning & Search Programs in Illinois in particular </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RWM Vocational Schools Database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information on certificate or degree programs by field for state licensed or accredited colleges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The latest information and the steps to take to get federal grant money for training </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Niles Township Computer Classes Visit for more details
  13. 13. SPL Internet Classes For more details visit or call 847-673-4179
  14. 14. SPL Online Tutorials & Books <ul><li>Library has computers to use and practice on </li></ul><ul><li>Library has online classes to help you learn computer applications (Check Atomic Learning at ) </li></ul><ul><li>Library has books including ebooks to check out (Search the library catalog at ) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Finding Employers <ul><ul><li>Three Major Job Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Career Builder </li></ul><ul><li>Monster </li></ul><ul><li>HotJobs </li></ul><ul><li>What is available from these sites? </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of job listings both locally and from across the country </li></ul><ul><li>Resume posting in which employers can search for your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Career advice & information </li></ul>
  16. 16. Finding Employers <ul><ul><li>Job Listing Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You may want to start with: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>These sites search across multiple job listing and employer websites for job listings. </li></ul><ul><li>For a complete selection of job listing sites go to: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. Finding Employers <ul><ul><li>Job Listings – Local </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CraigsList </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good source for local listings from smaller companies. Cost is low for posting a job ($25 vs. $475 for Also lists piece-meal work/gigs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ChicagoJobTalk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains specialized job listing sites for the Chicago area </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CollegeCentral </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job listings from local community colleges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check Association websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, library jobs in the area are first listed at the area agencies North Suburban Library System NSLS or Metropolitan Library System MLS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check Websites of Employers in region </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, Northwestern University hires hundreds of positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use ReferenceUSA or LexisNexis to find companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Finding Employers <ul><ul><li>Job Listings – Niche </li></ul></ul><ul><li> (seasonal jobs) </li></ul><ul><li> (non-profit jobs) </li></ul><ul><li> (jobs for teens) </li></ul><ul><li> (jobs for college students & recent grads) </li></ul><ul><li> (executive level jobs) </li></ul><ul><li> (jobs for older adults) </li></ul><ul><li> (jobs & guidance for women) </li></ul><ul><li>For more niche sites check the </li></ul><ul><li>RileyGuide </li></ul>
  19. 19. Networking <ul><li>Enlisting multiple people to assist in a job search is better than looking alone </li></ul><ul><li>Most jobs are not filled through job listings </li></ul><ul><li>Even jobs that are listed are sometimes filled from within or through recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>People are more apt to hire someone they know or who has been personally recommended </li></ul>
  20. 20. Networking <ul><li>Think of every face-to-face encounter as a networking opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Take a class </li></ul><ul><li>Join an association </li></ul><ul><li>Attend trade shows </li></ul><ul><li>Attend job fairs in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Join area career support & networking groups </li></ul><ul><li>Use online networking tools such as FaceBook & LinkedIn </li></ul>How to:
  21. 21. Job Fairs, Networking Groups & Trade Shows
  22. 22. Networking <ul><li>Tips: </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a business card, a r é sum é and a promo sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Practice a 30 second elevator speech, explaining your situation, skills, and desires </li></ul><ul><li>Be confident, not desperate or bitter </li></ul><ul><li>Networking is a give and take, offer help and you will be remembered </li></ul>
  23. 23. Online Networking <ul><li>In a Recent Survey: </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly two-thirds of executives interviewed believe professional networking websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-- like LinkedIn – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>will prove useful in finding job candidates in the next three years </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Online Networking <ul><li>Why Do It?: </li></ul><ul><li>Linking with just 10 people can provide you connections to hundreds </li></ul><ul><li>“ Online networking is similar to traditional networking, but somewhat less intimidating. If someone is on LinkedIn, they're usually willing to network.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>An advanced-search feature can find people by company, title, industry, geographic region, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Online networks help you stay up-to-date on industry trends and find mentors </li></ul>
  25. 25. Online Networking (LinkedIn)
  26. 26. Online Networking (LinkedIn) Reconnect with former colleagues and classmates
  27. 27. Online Networking (LinkedIn)
  28. 28. Online Networking (LinkedIn)
  29. 29. Online Networking <ul><li>Tips: </li></ul><ul><li>Copy relevant information from your resume to your LinkedIn profile </li></ul><ul><li>Put Relevant keywords in your profile to help potential employers find you </li></ul><ul><li>Get recommendations, to an employer these are references in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Create a LinkedIn signature for your email that links directly to your LinkedIn profile </li></ul><ul><li>Don't post anything you wouldn't want an employer to see. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't stop networking once you have a job. Savvy job seekers continue to cultivate their networks </li></ul>
  30. 30. Social Networking <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Informal & fun site for keeping touch with friends </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain contact with people you probably would lose touch with </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful of information that employers may see </li></ul>
  31. 31. Online Networking <ul><li>Professional Networking Sites </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn ( </li></ul><ul><li>Plaxo ( </li></ul><ul><li>ZoomInfo ( </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking Sites </li></ul><ul><li>FaceBook ( </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace ( </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter ( </li></ul>
  32. 32. Online Resume Builders <ul><li>Resume builders steps you through the process of building your resume, then compiles your personal information into a formatted resume that you can print out on your computer </li></ul><ul><li>emurse </li></ul><ul><li>JobSpice </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Bucket </li></ul>
  33. 33. Resume/Email Tips <ul><li>Open an email account just for job searching, keep the name professional </li></ul><ul><li>Email copies of your resume & cover letter to yourself and save in a folder </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a list of bulleted items in a folder to modify resume for specific jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Try an Online Resume at VisualCV </li></ul>
  34. 34. Resume/Email Tips VisualCV Resume
  35. 35. Interviewing <ul><li>Check Interviewing section </li></ul><ul><li>Check and search for job interviewing </li></ul>
  36. 36. Interviewing
  37. 37. Preparing for an Interview <ul><li>Research the Potential Employer </li></ul><ul><li>Research salaries in the industry and for the position </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, practice, practice </li></ul>
  38. 38. Research Employers <ul><li>Google the company </li></ul><ul><li>Check these sites for company reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use an online business directory or database (Hoovers, LexisNexis) at a library to find information on a company </li></ul><ul><li>Make discrete private investigations (Visit the location, talk to employees, find a contact through networking) </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a librarian for help </li></ul>
  39. 39. Research Salaries <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>JobStar </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> /salary </li></ul>
  40. 40. Job Hunting on the Web THANK YOU ! Mike Buhmann Career Librarian