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Historic Preservation Job Search Strategies for Success

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Kelley Saussy

on 26 February 2013

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Transcript of Historic Preservation Job Search Strategies for Success

Prepare for the Search Know Thyself Let's Get Started Job Search Resources Networking The Interview Kelley Whisnant Job Search Strategies for Success Job Boards General Boards Geographic Focused Industry Specific Professional Organizations It's who you know... How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job –
Or Have a Job Find You Create a Profile. Create a detailed profile, including employment, education, skills, etc.

Consider a Photo. You can add a photo (a headshot is recommended or upload a larger photo and edit it) to your LinkedIn profile.

Keywords and Skills. Include all your resume keywords and skills in your profile, so your profile will be found.

Build Your Network. Connect with other members and build your network. The more connections you have, the more opportunities you have.

Join Groups. Industry specific groups and the UGA Alumni Association group!

Get Recommendations. Recommendations from people you have worked with carry a lot of weight.

Search Jobs. Use the job search section to find job listings. Resume Cover Letter What is your social media presence? Google Yourself What are employers looking for on social media? Don't just play defense... Timeline Dress for Success Preparing for Your Interview The Unmet Need 52% of employers have decided not to hire anyone for their vacant positions because they could not find candidates that have the qualifications they are looking for. The Starting Point Get Organized
Develop a Plan
Sharpen Your Skills
Have Realistic Expectations Start your job search process 6 months before your graduation date! Setting Goals Values Reality Check Are there gaps in your experience? What aspects of your job search goal do not align with the experiences on your resume?

Ways to Address Gaps:
Professional development opportunities
Earn additional certifications Checking in on several relevant job boards consistently will yield the most results for you.

Schedule time in your calendar on a weekly basis to review new postings. Think about developing professional social media profiles outside of your personal profiles. Good Examples The first step is to develop a clearly defined career goal, this is essential for a focused job search that will yield the best results for you. *It might be easier to define what you definitely do not want to do and work from there to develop your career goal statement What do you value in a career? Location
Team vs Independent Setting
Work Environment
Small vs Large Company/Firm
Variety How will this help in your job search? Set goals and deadlines for yourself
Keep records of the positions you want to/have applied to
Note what is working and what is not working Create targeted application materials! Use the job description to guide what keywords you include in your resume
Resume should be one-two pages
Bullet points are easier to read
Be consistent with your font and spacing
Prioritize your section headings and your bullet points
Reverse chronological order
Use bold titles
Never use pronouns
Quantify whenever possible
Margins: .5-1 inch
Font size: 10-12 pt A cover letter should:
Market your skills, abilities, and experiences
Accompany your resume and provide more detail
Relate to the job to which you are applying What is your presence on the internet?
Search for your name in quotations.
This can be a cue to edit your privacy settings on your social media profiles
Clean up what you would not want an employer to see What does The Career Center have to offer? Your career consultant can assist you in a variety of
ways including:

Researching Majors/Careers
Preparing for a Career Fair/Networking
Resume/Cover Letter Critiques
Interview Preparation/Mock Interviews
Internship/Job Search Assistance
Graduate School Applications/Personal Statement Critiques
Professional Social Media Engagement
And any other career needs you may have! Location:
Clark Howard Hall, Second Floor

Make an appointment: 706-542-3375

Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Walk-In Hours Monday-Friday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Satellite Hours: Wednesdays in Conner Hall, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Email: KelleyRW@uga.edu The University of Georgia Career Center Questions? What is the PURPOSE? To build relationships with like-minded individuals for personal and professional growth.

(Mutually beneficial relationship)

Facilitates your growth as a professional
Allows you to access a larger pool of opportunities and resources 1. Identify YOUR Network
UGA Faculty and Staff
Professional Associations & Organizations
Professionals in Your Industry (Social Media)
Family & Friends
2. Identify Potential Employers
3. Make a Contact List
4. Contact Your Contacts
Conduct an information interview
5. Follow Up Thoroughly
Send a thank-you note! What do Employers Look for? Content (WHAT you say):
Clearly articulate career goals
Demonstrate knowledge of industry
Use specific examples, success stories
Prepare great questions to ask

Style (HOW you say it):
Delivery and mannerisms
First impressions Know the Fit Make sure you are able to communicate how your skills, background, and knowledge base would be an asset to the position and company

Base this on the information that you get from the job description and employer research 1. Do your research!
2. Set aside a couple of hours to prepare.
3. Practice your responses to typical interview questions.
4. Remember you only have one first impression!
Eye Contact
Body Language
Enthusiasm & Energy
5. Be 10 minutes early.
6. Wear Professional Attire.
7. Bring extra copies of your resume.
8. Have questions prepared ahead of time.
9. Ask about the next step in the process.
10. Thank the interviewers and follow-up with thank-you notes/emails to each interviewer. DawgLink/NACELink
Government Jobs
Indeed.com Employer/Firm Websites
eypaedesign.com The Georgia Trust
State Job Boards
City Focused
atlantajobs.com American Cultural Resources Association
acra-crm.org How do I get started? Professional Organizations
Career Fairs
Club/Class Presentations
Develop a list of potential employers What keywords would you use in your resume from this job description? National Trust for Historic Preservation
career-center/ Why is this important? Keywords are essential when using online resources to job search, Be aware of job titles that you are qualified for.

Program Coordinator
Conservation Specialist
Project Manager
Executive Director
City Planner
Architectural Historian
Director of Sustainability
Architectural Conservator
Preservation Specialist
Architectural Historian Sections to Include Personal Information
Relevant Coursework/Projects
Relevant Experience
Additional Experience
Honors & Awards
Campus Involvement
Community Involvement
Technical Skills Items you should not include: Personal Hobbies and Interests
Personal Information (age, marital/family status, political affiliations)
Abbreviations or Acronyms
Fancy Fonts
References Examples of course work that are geared for professional applications such as:

Statements of significance
Documentation showing technical skills
Condition surveys
Analysis reports
Research papers
Thesis proposal
Studio work
What should I include in a portfolio?
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