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Job Hunting: From Tweets to Monster
Transcript of Job Hunting: From Tweets to Monster
From Monster to LinkedIn
Q: Who here has an account on LinkedIn?
If no – do you know what it is?
If yes – how much do you use it? Can you explain it?
It makes job searching and communication easier
Create and easily manage your professional network
Increase your exposure to recruiters; maybe contact hiring managers directly
Remove geographic boundaries (contact people you’d never have met in person)
Why use social media for networking / job searching?
Underestimate what you can offer to others; help them in those areas where you already have what they need
Forget to follow up after contacting someone
keep in touch with people consistently, not just when you need something.
Holidays, birthdays etc can be a good reason to drop an email
Stop networking when you get a job!
Dos & Don'ts: Don’t
Be afraid to ask people for help (but do consider networking etiquette)
Be too demanding, or ask someone directly for a job (although you can let them know you’re looking)
Spam people with multiple emails or stalk them with numerous phone calls
Dos & Don’ts: Don’t
Keep records of who your contacts are, how/where you met them, and what you discussed – this is easy to forget!
collection of business cards
Remember to thank people for their help and time!
Dos & Don’ts: Do
Seek to build rapport; try to find something in common
Be friendly, polite and respectful at all times. Treat people the way you’d like to be treated
Approach networking with a spirit of reciprocity – actively look for ways to help others
Listen carefully, and remember that most people love to talk about themselves!
Dos & Don’ts: Do
Be genuinely interested in other people
Smile and be positive; complaining or criticising will make a bad impression!
Be a good listener; beware of interrupting or talking too much
Ask good questions and encourage others to talk about themselves
People love to give advice
Hard selling – promoting yourself aggressively
Collecting contacts, numbers or business cards which you never follow up on
Only contacting people when you need them
Making big demands, like asking someone you don’t know to help you find work, or review your CV
What networking isn’t
Conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, careers fairs
At parties, in the hairdressers, at the bus stop… anywhere you might meet and talk to people!
How do I network?
Special interest forums, discussion groups, mailing lists
How do I network?
One of the most common ways people find employment – “who you know”
Critical skill for researching / finding jobs, and progressing within an organisation or your career
Works best as part of long term strategy (it won’t get you a job overnight)
What’s it got to do with my job search?
"a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest"
Who here has ever got a job without making an application?
How and why did this happen?
If you look where everyone else is looking, you’re in the thick of the competition….
Many smaller organisations (up to 80% of private companies) don’t advertise jobs
Many advertised jobs require experience
Why bother with it?
The power of networking
What do employers think?
Contacting and developing relationships with people who could help your career (may share common social or business interests)
Long-term activity – takes time
Help others, and ask for help (in appropriate way)
Share ideas or information
Vital skill – can be learned if it doesn’t come naturally
What networking is
Use formal and informal methods
Speak to your existing contacts
Can they help you, or refer you to their useful contacts?
Make new contacts
Through referrals / introductions (“warm”)
Approach people directly (“cold”)
How do I network?
Visible & hidden jobs market – overview
A nod to information interviews
What methods have you tried /
are you using to look for work?
Where are you at?
Some organisations choose alternative methods because:
Advertising and recruitment campaigns can cost a lot of money, and time
They believe they get a better result by different means
Why does it exist?
LET'S GO UNDER THE SURFACE, SHALL WE?
- General and Niche
- Email Alerts
National and Local press (what is your day?)
Professional and trade/sector journals
The Hidden Jobs Market.....
What does networking mean to you?
5 MINUTES ABOUT SPECULATIVE APPLICATIONS.....
Sending your application to an employer who isn't advertising a vacancy (usually without a referral or connection), in case they have a suitable role
Can be done by email, post, phone, in person or via company website
More common in certain industries (e.g. retail, catering, PR, media and journalism) and small companies
A good way to target companies you really want to work for
IS IT WORTH IT?
If there is an unadvertised vacancy, there will usually be less competition
Sometimes applications ‘on spec’ are expected
Demonstrates your research skills, confidence and initiative to an employer
Can be time consuming
Often very low response rate
HOW TO SEND ONE.......
your target jobs
what you have to offer an employer
Research potential employers:
Online – business and local directories, google search, local Chambers of Commerce
Word of mouth (talk to people in the sector)
Get ideas and leads from news articles
Networking just means talking to people who might help. ..
Brainstorming your network
Who can you think of?