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Conducting an Effective Job Search

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Ron Orick

on 28 July 2016

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Transcript of Conducting an Effective Job Search

Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers
Network, network, network
Seek help
Differentiate yourself
Use time off wisely
Be flexible and adaptable
Consistently improve and enhance your portfolio
Ways to Look for Work
Internet
Career Services
Newspaper
Professional Staffing Agencies
Cold Calling
Networking
Cold Mailing
What Job Do I Want?
Conducting an Effective Job Search
What's Your Strategy?
Getting Started
Researching Jobs
Wants/Interests
What type of activities/positions are you interested in?
Use Mynextmove.org to identify possible occupations

Skills/Attributes
What kinds of skills and abilities do I have? (StrengthsQuest)
Least Productive Ways to Hunt for a Job
Mailing out resumes to employers.
7% Success Rate
Answering ads in professional trade journals (in your field of study)
7% Success Rate
4. Answering local newspaper ads
Employers prefer local interest sites
Should I work through a staffing agency?
Most Productive Ways to Hunt for Job
1. Networking
2. Have and utilize a plan and strategy
3. Use multiple methods
How Employers Prefer to Fill a Vacancy
1. From within
2. Business colleague or friend referrals
3. Using an agency they trust
4. Using an ad they placed
5. Using a resume or online application that was submitted

Completing Applications
Follow the instructions
Do not leave anything blank
Do not say "see resume"
Take a reference sheet with employment dates
Review before you submit
Sign the application

Identify 10 Organizations in Which You are Interested
Set up links to their online job postings
Every few days check the postings
Check LinkedIn for potential referrals
As you Network, watch for potential contacts
Contact HR and ask for an interview
Follow up on applications
5-24% Success Rate
What are Your Priorities?
Geographic
Type of work
Size
Get organized
Set up a spreadsheet
Online Job Applications
Ask yourself, "would it be appropriate for potential employers to read, hear, or see this?''
Email Address, Voicemail Message, Social Networking Sites, Personal Website, Blogs
Be aware that most employers check social media as part of the evaluation process
Review the privacy settings for all social media accounts
Limit access to friends if necessary
Remove any inappropriate language or photos
Google yourself!
Is the first link that appears when you Google your name your professional LinkedIn profile or a professional portfolio with resumes and samples of your work?
Follow directions (30-35% are thrown out)
Submit all requested documents
Rank the order of your certifications/skills
Capitalize appropriately when doing online applications
Online Job Searching
Set up profiles on popular job boards
Maintain an
up to date
resume
Learn how to do quick searches
Use search terminology to find the appropriate jobs - Job titles of interest
Watch the Weekly Job List
Use
LinkedIn
for job seeking
93% of employers use LinkedIn to find candidates
Wrapping Up - Tips
Keep track of when/where you applied
Follow up if you don't hear anything!
Send thank-you notes (interview, plant trips, etc.)
Try to get a name of someone to contact
Update prospective employers of new developments
Be persistent, but courteous
Stay positive!
Rejection happens-- even in a good job market!
Normal part of job search
Don't give up!

UAFS Career Services
CareerLink
Career fairs
On-campus recruiting
Networking
opportunities
Resume referrals
Alumni events
Remember!
Employers are looking for the person that will be the best fit for their organization. It is not as personal as you think.
Passive:
Respond to job postings with same resume and cover letter
Attend career fairs without much advance preparation
No follow-up

Active:
Develop a job search strategy
Tailor your resume/cover letter
Identify potential employers and contact directly
Prepare an action plan (each day, each week, etc.)
Networking (Hidden Job Market)
What is Networking?
Talking to people and letting them know of your interests.
Ask people you know for advice or referrals-- NOT for a job
E-networking: consider email as an electronic phone call
Social networks (LinkedIn; Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Always be professional, friendly and appreciative with networking contacts
Monitor Your Online Brand
Placement rates?
When Should Your Start Your Job Search?
Graduating this semester: Now!

Graduating in next semester:
Accounting/Engineering/IT.........Soon
Education....Start getting everything ready now!
Are all of these part of your job search?
44% of executives said a lack of soft skills was the biggest proficiency gap they saw in the U.S. workforce! 67 percent of HR managers said they’d hire a candidate with strong soft skills even if his or her technical abilities were lacking, while just 9 percent would hire someone with strong technical credentials but weak soft skills.
Soft skills are required to effectively communicate, problem-solve, collaborate and organize within all organizations. Adecco Staffing Survey, 2015
Work on those soft skills!
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