Job hunting online April 2010


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This class will provide participants an overview of how to use the Internet to find employment. Topics will include using various job search engines, completing online application forms and posting resumes, and taking advantage of social networking websites for professionals.

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  • Job hunting online April 2010

    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>Illinois Department of Employment Security 847-864-3530 1615 Oak Ave. , Evanston, Illinois 60201 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local unemployment office, get training, use computers, find job listings </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3.  the Down Side of the Web <ul><li>Overwhelming with so much information available </li></ul><ul><li>Websites change constantly </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple people can easily apply for a position (even if not qualified) </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a better place to waste time? </li></ul>
    4. 4. 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>Educational Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Job Openings </li></ul><ul><li>Researching Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating & Networking </li></ul><ul><li>General Job Search Advice </li></ul>
    5. 5. Two Great Job Websites /careers To Get Started The Riley Guide Jobs & Careers
    6. 6. 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>
    7. 7. 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>
    8. 8. Self Evaluation Tools <ul><ul><li>Discovering your aptitudes, skills & desires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What types of careers fit your personality </li></ul></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>
    9. 9. 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>Illinois Career Resource Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>State career exploration site providing information on careers and their outlooks </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Deciding on a Career Path <ul><ul><li>Training & Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Degree Programs in Illinois </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search for colleges in Illinois that offer degrees or coursework in various fields </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides an overview of federal grant money for training. Contact the local IDES office for more information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>847-864 -3530 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. SPL Online Tutorials & Books <ul><li>Library has computers to use and practice on </li></ul><ul><li>Library has databases with online tutorials to learn key computer programs (Excel, Access, Outlook, Word, etc.) (Check Atomic Learning or Learning Express at ) </li></ul><ul><li>Library has Internet classes and classes on new technology (Check Events tab at ) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Niles Township Computer Classes Visit for more details
    13. 13. 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><ul><li>Trying to become one stop shops with all types of information & resources </li></ul>
    14. 14. 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> </li></ul><ul><li>These sites search across multiple job listing sites and employer sites with job listings. </li></ul>
    15. 15. 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>
    16. 16. 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>Check Association websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, library jobs in the area are first listed at the North Suburban Library System NSLS before being listed anywhere else Google the industry name and “association” to find </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 the databases ReferenceUSA or LexisNexis to find companies by region, go to </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. 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>
    18. 18. 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:
    19. 19. Job Fairs, Networking Groups & Trade Shows
    20. 20. 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>
    21. 21. 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>
    22. 22. 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 like traditional networking, but somewhat less intimidating. If someone is on LinkedIn, they're usually willing to network.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Online networks help you find mentors and stay up-to-date on industry trends. </li></ul><ul><li>Many recruiters are focusing on social networking tools to find new candidates. </li></ul>
    23. 23. LinkedIn Complete your profile
    24. 24. LinkedIn Create a catchy headline Write summary in 3 rd person, like an article
    25. 25. LinkedIn <ul><li>Connect with people you know </li></ul><ul><li>Import contacts from your email list </li></ul><ul><li>Find people you went to school with </li></ul>
    26. 26. LinkedIn Join industry groups and participate in discussions
    27. 27. LinkedIn Search for companies to find information & contacts
    28. 28. LinkedIn Submit a question or answer some else’s to help you develop contacts
    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. Facebook Check privacy settings so not everything you post can be viewed.
    32. 32. Facebook Provide updates of your job search to keep contacts subtly aware that you’re still job seeking
    33. 33. Facebook Keep photos to a minimum and uncompromising
    34. 34. Social Networking Twitter ( <ul><ul><li>Microblogging service to post short messages to connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to connect with people you don’t know but who have a similar interest </li></ul></ul>
    35. 35. Social Networking Twitter ( <ul><ul><li>Search for groups, companies or key individuals and follow them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tweet about your job search, mention employer contacts or interviews. People following you will stay up-to-date on your job search </li></ul></ul>
    36. 36. 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>
    37. 37. Online Resume Builders <ul><li>Resume builders assist in building your resume, then compiles a formatted resume that can be printed </li></ul><ul><li>emurse </li></ul><ul><li>JobSpice </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Bucket </li></ul>
    38. 38. 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>
    39. 39. Resume/Email Tips <ul><li>VisualCV Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Create an online resume and link to it via </li></ul><ul><li>your business card or website </li></ul>
    40. 40. Preparing for an Interview <ul><li>Research the potential employer (talk to a librarian) </li></ul><ul><li>Research salaries in the industry and for the position </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, practice, practice </li></ul>
    41. 41. 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>Ask a librarian for help </li></ul>
    42. 42. Research Salaries <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>JobStar </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> /salary </li></ul>
    43. 43. Interviewing Practice <ul><li>Check Interviewing section </li></ul><ul><li>Check and search for job interviewing tips </li></ul>
    44. 44. Interviewing
    45. 45. Job Hunting on the Web THANK YOU ! Questions ? Comments ? Mike Buhmann Career Librarian Skokie Public Library
    46. 46. 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>
    47. 47. The Changing Online Job Search Past: At first Internet job searching followed a traditional path, employers would post jobs and job seekers respond sending resumes. This was great for the tech savvy job applicant because it was easy to find and respond to job ads quickly. With time others caught on to the Internet so now employers can be overwhelmed with applicants to a position. Employers can be reluctant to post a position. Employers prefer a known quantity so they often take recommendations from current employees or colleagues. Current: Now the job search