Job Search. Harper College Career Center Student Center, Room A347 847.925.6220 [email protected] What This Workshop Will Cover:. Skills employers want How to research employers Where to look for a job Reasons why you are not getting interviews Tips for applying online.
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Strong Work Ethic
Detail-orientedAccording to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) the top 10 skills/qualities employers are looking for are:
Skills Employers Want
According to NACE, 74% of employers would
prefer to hire candidates with RELEVANT work
Don’t put all of your eggs into one basket. Use several different methods to conduct your job search including:
Career experts estimate that a vast majority of job openings are never advertised or publicly announced, but filled through word-of-mouth or networking –known as the “hidden job market”. The likelihood of a job opening not being advertised at all increases with the level of the job.
Most of the best jobs are never advertised.
Most organizations first look at people that they know and people who are recommended.
The more you know about the industry and company, the better your chances are of landing the job—and the more people you’ve networked with in an industry, the more you’ll know.Where to Look for a Job:Networking
Do not just wait to bump into people. Initiate contacts for the sole purpose of networking.
Set networking goals. Write down specific goals for how many networking contacts you plan to make each week. Regularly check your progress.
Always ask if the person knows of anyone else you should meet. Ask if you can use his/her name when contacting the person.
Maintain networking files. Keep a record of the outcomes of each contact and important information about the person.Where to Look for a Job:Networking
Meet in person whenever possible.
Let the person know that you value their information and professional opinion.
Say “thank you” often. Send a thank you letter or card.
Set goals for each meeting. Don’t just get together and see where it leads; meet with a purpose.
Make your own “business cards” to exchange with networking contacts.Where to Look for a Job:Networking
Brainstorm your networking list. Click here for a list of possibilities
Prioritize your contacts
A – well connected
B – reasonably well-connected
C- moderately well-connected or not closely connected to you
Maintain your contacts consistently. Use this list to begin brainstorming and making a list of personal contactsWhere to Look for a Job:Networking
Your Networking Sound Byte
Job fairs are the easiest way for Direct Employer Contact. Use these contacts to find out about the company and their hiring needs.
A goal of a job search campaign is to be face-to-face with employers (interview). The more you have the greater your chances for success!Where to Look for a Job: Direct Employer Contact
In addition to examining industry-specific sites, use the following website to conduct your job search:
College Central- free online job database through Harper College where you can upload your resume and search for jobs. Go to www.collegecentral.com/harper to sign up. Click here for instructions.
Many employers are turning to temporary and contract agencies for employee recruitment. Staffing Agencies or Third Party Recruiters can be a good way to find a job in this job market. Be sure you are clear about your job or industry objective.
Job seekers working with personnel staffing services need to be wise consumers. Check into the firm’s reputation. Use the ones that are going to meet your present and future employment needs. Determine if any fees will be charged for services before accepting or signing anything. It is not recommended to pay any fees.Where to Look for a Job: Agencies (Staffing/Placement)
Staffing services work with the job market daily, and can provide valuable information that is helpful in your job search. In all dealings, treat them as you would a potential employer. They represent a variety of companies and can expose you to many opportunities that are otherwise not available.Where to Look for a Job: Agencies (Staffing/Placement)
Take ownership of your own career and job search. Do not assume if you are working with a staffing service that you can sit back and wait. Use as many resources as possible to help achieve your goal.Where to Look for a Job: Agencies (Staffing/Placement)
According to NACE’s Job Outlook, employers cited what skills they feel candidates are most lacking.