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Job Search Strategies. Tips for identifying potential jobs: Create a personal Action Plan. Locate Potential Jobs. Network, network, network… 67% of all jobs are gotten through networking Keep an expanding list of potential contacts

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Job Search Strategies

Tips for identifying potential jobs:

Create a personal Action Plan


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Locate Potential Jobs

  • Network, network, network…

    • 67% of all jobs are gotten through networking

    • Keep an expanding list of potential contacts

  • Make a list of all the companies that hire your type of position.

    • Book of lists

    • Yellow Pages


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Build Your Contact List

  • Make a list of co-workers, instructors, classmates, etc

  • Let all your friends and family know that you are looking for a job in…

    • Ask them for names of people you can contact


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Public Sources

  • Check the weekly business calendar

    • Business section of the Sunday paper

  • Look at association websites for calendar of events.

  • Attend local events, meetings, workshops, etc.

    • Take along your own business cards.


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More… jobs leads

  • Web based information:

    • Warning: Limit the use of the internet to

      no more than 20% of your job search time.

    • Go to company web sites – see SBA link to NW companies www.careersvcs.sba.pdx.edu

    • Search association web-sites

    • Monster, Flip Dog, etc – use sparingly!

    • Only 4-8% of jobs are gotten from these

  • Classified ad’s

  • SBA list serve

  • PSU – Career Center www.career.pdx.edu


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Set-up Informational Interviews

  • Meet with people doing the type of work you want to do

    • Learn about what is happening in their industry, company, etc.

    • Ask them for names of other people to contact.


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Develop “YOU & Co.” plan

  • It is a job to find a job.

    • Action results in action.

    • It’s a numbers game the more people you contact the sooner you will find the right position.

  • Create a job search activity calendar

    • Record and track your contacts / follow-up.

  • Keep a list of companies and people to contact.

    • This list is always expanding

    • Begin NOW…


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    Use Broadcast Letters

    • Contact a potential employers to let them know what you offer and you interest in exploring opportunities with their company.

    • Good strategy when you are trying to locate a position in another city.

      • I’ll be in your area the week of ….and would like to set-up a time to meet.


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    Keep your job search alive

    • Always follow up when someone gives you the name of a contact person.

      • Call the contact

      • Send thank you notes or e-mails for interviews and contact sources.

    • Touch base with the employer to see where they are in the hiring process.


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    Tips for handling telephone interviews

    • Be prepared - take time to set the stage.

    • Go to another room and have materials in front of you

      • Job announcement, resume, questions to ask

    • Stand up when talking – more animated; lively.

    • Look in the mirror – your smile will come through in your voice.

    • Treat the recruiter like a colleague – get his/her input on the company needs and current concerns.


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    When an offer is extended

    • Thank them then ask for it in writing.

      • Confirms the details of the offer

      • Buys you time to make a decision

    • Take time to evaluate the offer.

      • Know what the current range is for the position

      • Know your own salary / life style needs

    • You can negotiate for more than just salary

      • Time off, company lap top, moving expenses, education reimbursement, etc


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    Accepting an offer

    • Call to let the recruiter know of your decision to accept.

    • Follow-up with a letter of acceptance or e-mail confirmation.

      • Include the details of the position, start date and compensation.


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