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The Job Search

Professional Development Strategies

Jenny Buchanan

on 11 February 2014

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Transcript of The Job Search

Stay in Touch with Contacts
Within 24 Hours
2 Weeks later
Every Month
Creating a Brand
Be Efficient
Job Search Applications:
Develops Relationships

Provides opportunities to learn information

Consistently cited as the #1 way to get a new job

Allows you to give back

Applies to every major & industry
Target your Search
Set goals (5-10 hours per week)

Research target companies and industries

Customize marketing materials

Update your career team (Career Services, Faculty, etc.)

Attend events and network

Build your brand
Brand tips for students
Hint Vary your method and schedule of follow-up with contacts!
Do a multi-channel
job search
WCC Career Center - http://careercenter.wcc.vccs.edu/
The Job Search
Identify Target
Research Industries
Analyze Job
Know Specific
Job Titles
Identify Relevant
Set Weekly Goals

Learn how to introduce yourself
Get business cards
Dress for success
Build a professional image online
Take a writing class
Ask for feedback
Reassess brand you regularly
Job ads (<10%)
Your network (80%)
Personal contacts
University contacts
Career Services
Professional associations
Job fairs
Conferences/trade shows
WCC CAREER CENTER'S College Central Job Posting system
Recruiter tip: Make a business card with a QR Code (& url address) which links to your portfolio or LinkedIn profile.
Hidden Jobs (.99)
Job Compass (free)
Job Finder (free)
Online Job Search Engines
Networking & Informational Interviews
3 Months Later
Be Organized
References up to date, noteworthy and pre-approved

Your application cheat sheet is ready to go You know where you have posted resumes

You keep a detailed record of applications/resumes sent and to whom

You schedule follow-up calls/emails for each employer contact

You maintain a running log of people in your network
Use a Job Log
Lastly: Always remember to be Ethical
Accurate information: Keep job search documents truthful and accurate Honor commitments : Keep all appointments scheduled with employers and Career Services staff
Professional conduct: Accept an offer of employment in good faith and immediately notify employers of acceptance or non-acceptance of the offer. Withdraw from interviewing process and no longer pursue positions with other employers.
Indeed.com / Simplyhired.com
Job posting aggregators search job boards, associations, newspapers, & company web sites (Fortune 1000) for job ads that meet your search criteria!
http://www.internshipvirginia.org/ (Internships!)
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