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WHPL Online Job Search

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Class about online job searching taught at the West Haven Public Library in West Haven, CT.

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WHPL Online Job Search

  1. 1. Online Job Searching West Haven Public Library www.westhavenpl.org
  2. 2. Job Searching <ul><li>Networking - friends, family members, former co-workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Job Banks </li></ul><ul><li>Help Wanted Ads </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Online Resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. CT Works <ul><li>Hamden CTWorks Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(203) 859-3200 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free Workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviewing Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Search Help </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Gather Information <ul><li>Contact information- name, mailing address, e-mail, and phone number. </li></ul><ul><li>Type of work or specific job- qualifications summary, describe your best skills and experience in just a few lines. </li></ul><ul><li>Education- school name and its city and State, months and years of attendance, </li></ul><ul><li>Experience - paid and volunteer. Include the job title, name and location of employer, and dates of employment. Briefly describe your job duties and major accomplishments </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Special skills- List computer skills, foreign languages, achievements, or membership in organizations in a separate section. </li></ul><ul><li>References- Former employers, coworkers, or teachers or anyone else who can describe your abilities and job-related traits. You will be asked to provide contact information for the people you choose. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Identify Your Skills <ul><li>http ://www.mynextmove.org / </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select industry that you’ve worked in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Browse careers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a sample position </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Examine skills, ability, technology, and education </li></ul></ul></ul>Use this information to expand your resume
  7. 7. Create Resume <ul><li>Microsoft Word- Resume Wizard </li></ul><ul><li>Online sample resumes </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.emurse.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.careeronestop.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ctworks </li></ul><ul><li>Print resources- books </li></ul>
  8. 8. Create a Cover Letter <ul><li>Introduce yourself to the prospective employer. </li></ul><ul><li>No more than three short paragraphs. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow a business letter format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name and address of the specific person to whom the letter is addressed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reason for your interest in the company or position. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your main qualifications for the position. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Request for an interview. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your home and work telephone numbers. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Save Your Documents <ul><li>Print a copy of your final draft. </li></ul><ul><li>Save in multiple places. </li></ul><ul><li>Email a copy to yourself. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plain text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attachment </li></ul></ul>Streamline the job search process
  10. 10. Target Jobs <ul><li>http://www.bls.gov/oco/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.onetcenter.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.doleta.gov/jobseekers / </li></ul>
  11. 11. Educational Opportunities <ul><li>www.ed.gov/students/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find education opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loan and grant information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College, Graduate Programs, Technical Schools, and Adult learning </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Where to Learn About Jobs <ul><li>Personal contacts </li></ul><ul><li>School career planning and placement offices </li></ul><ul><li>Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Classified ads: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National and local newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade magazines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet resources </li></ul>
  13. 13. Where to Learn About Jobs <ul><li>Professional associations </li></ul><ul><li>Labor unions </li></ul><ul><li>State employment service offices </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Government </li></ul><ul><li>Community agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Private employment agencies and career consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul>
  14. 14. Internet resources <ul><li>http://www.jobcentral.org/ct/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/CTReP/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.employmentguide.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.careerbuilder.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://newhaven.craigslist.org/ </li></ul>
  15. 15. How to Apply <ul><li>Customize your Cover Letter and Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out complete application </li></ul><ul><li>Attach your resume and cover letter if required </li></ul><ul><li>Double-check all spelling and grammar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a friend proof-read and make suggestions </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Research Before Interview <ul><li>Find information about the company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.iconn.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business and Company Resource Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find hiring managers name </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check company website for directory </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Resources <ul><li>http://www.bls.gov </li></ul>

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