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Job huntingdec2011

  1. 1. Job Hunting on the Web What Works, What to Avoid Mike Buhmann Career Librarian Skokie Public Library
  2. 2.   the Up Side of the Web <ul><li>For many jobs you can do almost all stages of a job search online </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to network with decision makers </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful learning guides </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to research employers </li></ul>
  3. 3.  the Down Side of the Web <ul><li>Overwhelming with so many sites and so much information available </li></ul><ul><li>Job sites constantly change, new ones arrive & old ones disappear </li></ul><ul><li>More competition for jobs since multiple people can easily apply for a position posted online </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet, is there a better place to waste time? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Internet Toolbox <ul><li>Organize a Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate Careers & Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Learn new skills </li></ul><ul><li>Find Job Listings </li></ul><ul><li>Research Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating & Networking </li></ul>
  5. 5. Survival <ul><li>Agencies that can help: </li></ul><ul><li>Village of Skokie – Social Work Services 847-933-8208 Emergency financial assistance, housing, advice </li></ul><ul><li>Niles Township 847-673-9300 Food Pantry, living expense help </li></ul>
  6. 6. Two Great Job Websites to Get Started The Riley Guide Job Searching
  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. Self Evaluation Tools <ul><ul><li>Discovering your aptitudes, skills & desires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> ( ) Offers a variety of free personality & interest surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keirsey Temperament Sorter ( ) A free personality indicator with 70 questions to rank individuals in 4 temperament groups: Artisan, Guardian, Rational, Idealist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> – Self Assessment ( ) Provides an overview of various online self assessment tools </li></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><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US Department of Labor site with detailed information on careers & industries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Information System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State career exploration, interesting collection of tools </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Online Career Counseling <ul><ul><li>Career Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscription Service available from Skokie Public Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM at the Skokie Public Library or via the Internet with a Skokie Public Library card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career counselors can assist with general job search questions, resume help, interviewing assistance. </li></ul></ul>Direct access available at
  12. 12. SPL Online Tutorials & Books Library has computers to use Library has databases with online tutorials to learn key computer programs (Excel, Access, Outlook, Word, etc.) & job skills (CDL, EMT, Praxis) Check Atomic Learning , or Learning Express at
  13. 13. SPL Computer Classes Library has Internet classes and classes on new technology (Check Events tab at )
  14. 14. Finding Jobs <ul><li>Career Builder </li></ul><ul><li>Monster </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>Allows resume posting in which employers can search for your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly changing career advice & information </li></ul><ul><li>Employers pay fee to post listings and search resumes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two Major Job Listing Sites </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Finding Jobs <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 to find job listings. </li></ul><ul><li>Simpler and easier to use than Monster & Career Builder </li></ul>
  16. 16. Finding Jobs <ul><ul><li>Alternative Job Listing Tools </li></ul></ul> Works like a dating service to match skills & experience to relevant employers. So you are only viewing jobs that are a good fit. Lists hourly and part-time jobs & provides openings for many local employers
  17. 17. Finding Jobs <ul><ul><li>Job Listings – Niche </li></ul></ul><ul><li>USAJOBS The US government’s official site for Federal job listings </li></ul><ul><li> Idealist provides information and jobs at non-profit organizations </li></ul><ul><li>HigherEdJobs This site posts faculty, staff & executive positions at colleges & universities around the country </li></ul><ul><li>The Green Job Bank information and listings of eco-friendly jobs </li></ul><ul><li>CoolWorks A job board for seasonal jobs and career opportunities at national parks, ski resorts, camps, ranches, and theme parks </li></ul>
  18. 18. Finding Jobs <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 RAILS library system website before being listed anywhere else. Google the industry name and “association” to find associations </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Finding Employers <ul><li>Employer Locator ( from Career OneStop) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using specific search criteria, this web-based tool searches a database of nearly 12 million U.S. employers for a single employer or a list of employers. List of employers can be created using any of the four search options: Industry, Occupation, Location and Keyword </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ReferenceUSA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ReferenceUSA is a library database that can create lists of companies & organizations limited by various criteria. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can use in the library or via the Internet with a Skokie Public Library card. Navigate to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Lists of Employers </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. 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>
  21. 21. 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 :
  22. 22. Networking Groups
  23. 23. Trade Shows
  24. 24. Job Fairs & Career Events
  25. 25. Networking <ul><li>Keep a business card, a r é sum é and a promo sheet (order free business cards at </li></ul><ul><li>Practice a 30 second elevator speech, explaining your situation, skills, and desires (use ) </li></ul><ul><li>Be confident, not desperate or bitter </li></ul><ul><li>Networking is a give and take, offer help to others and you will be remembered </li></ul>Tips :
  26. 26. 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>
  27. 27. Online Networking <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>Why Do It? :
  28. 28. LinkedIn Complete your profile
  29. 29. 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>
  30. 30. LinkedIn Join professional groups and participate in discussions
  31. 31. LinkedIn Search for companies to find information & contacts
  32. 32. LinkedIn Submit a question or answer someone else’s to help you develop contacts
  33. 33. 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>
  34. 34. 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>
  35. 35. Facebook Check privacy settings so not everything you post can be viewed by an employer
  36. 36. Facebook Provide updates of your job search to keep contacts subtly aware that you’re still job seeking
  37. 37. 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><ul><ul><li>Free to register and create a profile </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. 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><ul><li>Online Resume Help from Career Center from Go to library databases page at Upload your resume for a professional review </li></ul>
  39. 39. 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>
  40. 40. Resume/Email Tips <ul><li>Consider creating a Gmail account </li></ul><ul><li>Can store resumes and cover letters in Google Docs to access online </li></ul>Gmail ( )
  41. 41. 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>
  42. 42. 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. Access via </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a librarian for help </li></ul>
  43. 43. Research Salaries <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>JobStar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains links to variously published salary scales </li></ul></ul>
  44. 44. Interviewing Practice <ul><li>Check Interviewing section </li></ul><ul><li>Check and search for job interviewing tips </li></ul>
  45. 45. Interviewing
  46. 46. Job Hunting on the Web Mike Buhmann Career Librarian Skokie Public Library Thank You Questions ?? Comments !!