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  • Show Librarian search in Indeed and SimplyHired show the different tools available
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  • Research potential employer Find company website Troll through web using search engine Search for articles on company using index. Use local newspaper index (Tribune) for blurbs. Sometimes even obituaries can be helpful. Research what others in the industry are making Do an information interview with someone at the company to get the inside scoop. Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer to show your interest and to limit dead time.
  • 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