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Conducting an Effective Job Search Jason Whitney – Internship Coordinator/Career Advisor The Career Center at the UACC. Agenda. Office Mission and Resources Search Plan Informational Interviews Networking Cover Letters and Resumes Top 10 Transferable Skills

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Conducting an Effective Job Search

Jason Whitney – Internship Coordinator/Career Advisor

The Career Center at the UACC


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Agenda

  • Office Mission and Resources

  • Search Plan

  • Informational Interviews

  • Networking

  • Cover Letters and Resumes

  • Top 10 Transferable Skills

  • Career Resources/Options in Geography


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Office Overview

Mission:

To help all UNH students and alumni identify, explore and

implement their career goals.

  • Career advising appointments

  • UNH Wildcat Careers internship/job postings

  • On – campus interviews (Wildcat Careers)

  • Walk-In Review Hours, Monday - Friday, 12 – 3 p.m.

  • Job/Internship Fairs – March 31, 2009 (All Majors)

  • Alumni Jobline

  • Resume Review and Practice Interview Events


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Search Plan

Your job search is the final exam

  • Know what you want – what are your goals?

  • Develop your resume and cover letter*

  • Research potential employers

  • Conduct informational interviews

  • Network for information and connections

  • Apply for opportunities

  • Attend career fairs/professional events

  • Prepare for interviews


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Research Your Options

  • Research company websites

  • Explore your department’s career resources

  • Join a professional association and use their resources to find opportunities

  • Talk with your Professors

  • Speak with your family and friends

  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field


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Informational Interviewing

  • Exploratory conversations – can be informal, but treat them like a job interview

  • A time to gather information about:

    * particular career paths

    * specific industries and companies

  • Gain valuable first-hand information from individuals who are doing the job everyday


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Preparing for the Interview

  • Carefully consider what it is you wish to ask and accomplish in the discussion

  • Develop questions focused on three major categories:

    • Career preparation

    • Content and responsibilities of the person’s job

    • Trends in the industry and profession

  • Research the organization with whom the person is affiliated

  • Set goals and objectives for your meeting and prepare an outline for the meeting


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Conducting the Interview

  • Try to make it a face to face meeting

  • Indicate right away that you are looking for information and advice...not a job!

  • To begin with, discuss your own background, skills and interests

  • Ask broad and open-ended questions

  • If appropriate, bring your resume and ask the person to critique it

  • End the meeting by asking for additional contacts

  • Always send a thank you note!


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Sample Questions

  • What is the best preparation for this profession?

  • How did you become interested in this profession/organization?

  • What are some of the rewards/challenges of your work?

  • What was your undergraduate major? How did it help you prepare for your job?

  • What do you like about your work?

  • What are some of the trends in the industry?


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After the Interview

  • Evaluate the success of your discussion - what did you learn? What do you still want to know?

  • Prepare a brief thank you letter – via email

  • Add this person to your networking database and continue to keep in touch


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Learning about career options by talking to people

Exploratory informational conversations with the people you know

Developing professional contacts

The art of building long-term relationships

Access to the hidden job market

Joining a professional organization related to your field

Ongoing throughout your lifetime

Networking Is…


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Networking Isn’t…

  • Always going to get you a job right away

  • Contacting everyone you know when you are looking for a new job and asking if they can give you one

  • Making cold calls to people you don’t know (sometimes this can be effective)

  • Always a formal process

  • Always an easy process


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Your Network

  • Your family members and extended family members

  • Your friends, their parents and family members

  • Former and current employers and co-workers

  • Classmates, faculty, advisors

  • Coaches, clergy, teachers

  • Club and organization members (including volunteer positions)

  • Professional Associations


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Cover Letter

  • The set up to the resume – give the employer reasons to be more interested in your candidacy

  • Research and customize for each organization – Avoid deadly ‘formletteritis’

  • Explain why you are the best candidate for the job

  • Showcase your passion and enthusiasm

  • Show off your writing skills


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Resume

  • Marketing brochure – promote the ‘brand’ of you to the employer

  • Job description is not enough

  • Include accomplishments and skills

  • ~30 seconds to make an impression

  • Proof read!

  • Customize for each job


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Top 10 Skills Employers Seek

  • Communication skills (verbal and written)

  • Honesty/integrity

  • Teamwork skills (works well with others)

  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)

  • Motivation/initiative

  • Strong work ethic

  • Analytical skills

  • Flexibility/adaptability

  • Technical skills

  • Organizational skills


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Career Resources Related to Geography

  • ‘Niche’ job boards/career resources:

    www.geographyjobs.com

    www.geosearch.com

    www.gisjobs.com

    www.aag.org, www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2005/spring/art01.pdf

    www.uncwil.edu/stuaff/career/Majors/geography.htm

    www.amergeog.org/focus_magazine.htm


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Career Paths/Related Skills

  • Positions available:

    GIS Analyst, Technical Sales, Project Manager, Surveyor, Mapping Technician, Cartographer, Geospatial Analyst, State/Local Government, Environmental Services, Demographer, Transportation Analyst, Teacher, and more…

  • Qualifications:

    Related degree, technical skills/software programs, related experience


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Final Questions?

Thank you!

[email protected]

862-2064

Hood House, lower level, Room 3


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