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Job Search

Make your job search more effective

Trina Stanford

on 17 November 2014

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Transcript of Job Search

The Effective Job Search
Trina Stanford
Employment Trainer
PQCHC Employment Services

What's Next?
"I send out hundreds of resumes and never hear back!
"I'll never be able to network! "
"I'll never get a job in this city because I'm not bilingual!"
"So if you're an employment counselor, why can't you just find me a job?
Where are you now???
Can you answer the Cinderella Questions?
Who are you?
What do you want to do?
Where can you do what you want to do?
How are you going to get there?
The Effective Job Search is Pro-Active!
Barriers to a Productive Job Search
Lack of Structure
Working Solo
Not being accountable
Not enough marketing
Personalizing Rejection
The Job Market
The Job Market: How Employers Hire
1. Personal Referrals (3)
2. Trusted Referrals (5)
3. Internal Candidates (3)
4. Placement Agency (10)
5. Job Posting (100-300)
Active vs. Passive Job Search
Job Seekers are Active Job Waiters are Passive
The Job Search.. Seek is a verb and it’s not “wait”

Usually prefer to job search from the comfort of their own home

Spend most of their job search time
applying to job postings

Don’t plan or track their job search efforts

Do not network or talk to people to find job information

Don’t have, or have a stale online presence

Do not target or focus on specific employers

Meet decision makers and conduct informational interviews

Maintain and nurture relationships with colleagues and contacts

Have a plan and track their job search efforts

Make an effort to talk to people they meet about their job search

Have an active online profile & presence

Have an objective and a target list of employers to strategically approach
Rhonda Beauregard
Project Coordinator
613-288-3880, ext. 4750
Trina Stanford
Employment Trainer
613-288-3880, ext. 4756
The world steps aside to let any man
pass if he knows where he’s going.

--David Starr Jordan
Thank You

It is hard for many people; if it wasn’t hard
everyone would do it

It isn’t as hard if you start simple, practice and use
your natural approach

What’s the worst that can happen?

It’s not forever! It only takes one job
Try it..you might like it!
Disadvantages: Takes focus off permanent job search, may be tiring, usually lower pay.
Most likely an entry level or mid level position in Customer service, retail, labor or construction.
Interim employment is a job you take when you are searching for a better job.
Interim Employment..
Advantages : Keeps you busy, brings in money, fills a gap on resume, opens up opportunities for networking. Keeps you motivated to find work.
Approach decision makers- Cold Calling, Warm Calling and Networking
Getting Upstream
Follow up and maintain– This person can not only hire you, but can serve as a coach, mentor and support
Gain other contacts– Each person you talk to should provide at least 2 other contacts
Informational Interviews
Decide what you want to know– Create a list of strategic, valuable questions
Who are THE people to talk to in your field?- Make a target list, starting with people you know best
Becoming the "Known Candidate"
“You just don’t understand how hard it
is for me to talk to people!!"
The Elevator Pitch
Step 6: Ask for something..business card, meeting, something.
Leave your business card with them!
Your chance to shine!
Step 5: PRACTICE! In front of a mirror or willing participant.
Step 4: Describe YOUR value in solving problems.
Step 3: Make your pitch about THEIR needs, not yours
Step 1. Brainstorm Phrases that describe you
Here’s what it’s all about
Elevator Pitch How-to
Step 2: Craft a description of qualifications

Social Networking & Job Search Sites
-LinkedIn; Facebook; Twitter
-Profile(s): Blogs, VisualCV, Google Profile
-Job Search Sites: Indeed, Workopolis,
Monster, Eluta, Indeed, PNJ

Diversify Creatively
--your profile and search-ability
--ask questions
--job boards and listings
--connect directly with decision makers
Increase Your Online Presence and Social Networking
Create a Target List and Research it
Create a Core Marketing Message
Establish Your Objective and Target List
Getting Pro-Active…. TODAY!!!
Engage, Network, Attend Events and Contact Decision Makers, Colleagues, Volunteering
Virtual Success… the new informational interview
Who are you?
What do you want to do?
Where can you do what you want to do?
How are you going to get there?
Need to answer these 3 things
What are your defining personality traits?
What are your skills and experiences?
What are 3 accomplishments that have prepared you for your next job?
Who are you?
Personal Branding
Learn About you!
Peer Surveys
Career Assessment with your Counselor
Labour Market
Labour Market Research


Target Lists
Book of Lists

You will learn over the 3 core Workshops:
Job Search Skills
Resume Writing
Social Networking
Personality Word
Your Brand
1. Please tell me your name!

2. Tell me three words that describe you

3. Tell me what kind of job you're looking for!
I might be able to send something your way!
Figure of who you are and what you want to do!
Check out HTTP://www.meetup.com/
You MUST Introduce new people into your network in order to find opportunities!
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