crash courseon careersTHE JOB SEARCH
HOW TO SEARCH FOR A JOBPhoto credit: compujeramy via Flickr
Big Picture• Recent grads can expect job search to last 6-  12 months• As part of your job search, you may do some  or all...
Where is “The Hidden Job Market”?            Identify other “target” jobs           Approach companies without            ...
How do most people find work?•   Online job posting•   Volunteering•   Career fair / drop off resume in person•   Referral...
How would I spend my time?• Typical day may look like:  – 8:00 am check email and respond  – 9:00 am search for job postin...
FOLLOWING UP:  PERSISTENCE OR PETULANCE?Photo credit: Trace Meek via Flickr
Common Challenge # 1Situation                      Strategy• Employers send out an        • Wait 5 business days after   a...
Common Challenge # 2Situation                         Strategy• Employers ask you to            • Find someone to follow u...
The Rules of Follow-up• It can take people up to 5 business days to  respond to voice mail or email. Be patient.• Be consi...
Finding Someone to Follow Up with• Call the general line and ask who is responsible for hiring this  particular role• Ask ...
Sample Follow-up email
The realities of job search• Most candidates do not follow up• Even more are concerned that following-up is  being “too ag...
From the employers point of view…• They have a large stack of unknown people• Hiring is time consuming and can be risky• T...
There are a     Referred by a                      friend number of ways you can make a    Information                    ...
Finding Career Fairs• careers.ubc.ca Event Calendar     • Employers on campus, career fairs, recruitment fairs     • Most ...
Information Interview• 15-30 minute meeting• Convenient for interviewee• You ask questions that matter to you:     • How d...
Friends and family can also help• Some of the people in your “network” can suggest  potential employers that may be of int...
Your friends, family, community, or profs can suggest             positions before they’re posted online                  ...
Remember, each of these people has their own                 network as well                   FacultyFamily              ...
Final Tips• Follow up• Look for options in a variety of places• People will help you with your job search, so  reach out! ...
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Crash Course: How to Search for a Job

  1. 1. crash courseon careersTHE JOB SEARCH
  2. 2. HOW TO SEARCH FOR A JOBPhoto credit: compujeramy via Flickr
  3. 3. Big Picture• Recent grads can expect job search to last 6- 12 months• As part of your job search, you may do some or all of the following: • apply online • approach companies with a general resume • identify other “target” jobs • volunteer • work a temporary job • conduct an info interview careers.ubc.ca
  4. 4. Where is “The Hidden Job Market”? Identify other “target” jobs Approach companies without active postings Volunteer80% Work a temporary job Conduct an info interview 20% Apply Online careers.ubc.ca
  5. 5. How do most people find work?• Online job posting• Volunteering• Career fair / drop off resume in person• Referral or recommendation careers.ubc.ca
  6. 6. How would I spend my time?• Typical day may look like: – 8:00 am check email and respond – 9:00 am search for job postings – 10:00 am volunteer – 1:00 pm write cover letters and resumes – 4:00 pm play a sport/see a friend• Looking for work can quickly become a 8-4 job careers.ubc.ca
  7. 7. FOLLOWING UP: PERSISTENCE OR PETULANCE?Photo credit: Trace Meek via Flickr
  8. 8. Common Challenge # 1Situation Strategy• Employers send out an • Wait 5 business days after auto-response after you submitting your application submit your application to hear back. AND/OR • Follow up with a phone call• Days go by and you haven’t or email to restate your been called by “Dream interest in the job Company” for an interview careers.ubc.ca
  9. 9. Common Challenge # 2Situation Strategy• Employers ask you to • Find someone to follow up submit your application to a with at the company. generic address , e.g. • When you speak with them, careers@dreamcompany.com or send an email, ask if they’ve decided yet who will be interviewed. • If not, be prepared to share your top 3 reasons why you should be. careers.ubc.ca
  10. 10. The Rules of Follow-up• It can take people up to 5 business days to respond to voice mail or email. Be patient.• Be consistent. Follow up again if you have yet to hear back.• Try to mix up your method of following up. Phone calls or emails are appropriate.• *** If the employer has said “NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE” consider that a warning – try an email instead careers.ubc.ca
  11. 11. Finding Someone to Follow Up with• Call the general line and ask who is responsible for hiring this particular role• Ask for their email address and phone number. You can also ask if that person has a preference for phone calls or emails• Instead, try using sites like LinkedIn to search through a company profile for the Human Resources staff.• Some of these staff will openly post their email addresses on this site, or on the company’s website• Avoid following up to general inboxes careers@company.com. They are often filled with applicants and spam. careers.ubc.ca
  12. 12. Sample Follow-up email
  13. 13. The realities of job search• Most candidates do not follow up• Even more are concerned that following-up is being “too aggressive” careers.ubc.ca
  14. 14. From the employers point of view…• They have a large stack of unknown people• Hiring is time consuming and can be risky• There is less risk and less time if a company already knows about a potential candidate careers.ubc.ca
  15. 15. There are a Referred by a friend number of ways you can make a Information Interviewcompany aware of Meet recruiter who you are @ career fair Follow-up by phone/email Apply Apply online online VS
  16. 16. Finding Career Fairs• careers.ubc.ca Event Calendar • Employers on campus, career fairs, recruitment fairs • Most occur September-November and January-March• biv.com Date Book • Events around the Lower Mainland • Colour coded by event type• Local newspapers• Company websites careers.ubc.ca
  17. 17. Information Interview• 15-30 minute meeting• Convenient for interviewee• You ask questions that matter to you: • How did you get started in the industry? • What major did you pick? How important is it that I have a particular major? • Do I need to go to grad school? If so, when? • Where did you find your first job? • What did you learn that you didn’t anticipate? careers.ubc.ca
  18. 18. Friends and family can also help• Some of the people in your “network” can suggest potential employers that may be of interest• Some postings get circulated by email before they are posted online. Friends and family could forward anything of interest on to you• Friends and family could talk to potential employers they know (colleagues, supervisors, etc.)• Family probably should not submit applications or drop-off applications for you careers.ubc.ca
  19. 19. Your friends, family, community, or profs can suggest positions before they’re posted online FacultyFamily Past Employers YOU Mentors Community Friends
  20. 20. Remember, each of these people has their own network as well FacultyFamily Past Employers YOU Mentors Community Friends
  21. 21. Final Tips• Follow up• Look for options in a variety of places• People will help you with your job search, so reach out! careers.ubc.ca

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