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Job Search Workshop Inuvialuit Career Centre. April 2006. Agenda. Market the Product - YOU Where Are The Jobs? Types of Work Job Search Techniques & Tools Work Search Plan Follow-up Activities Additional Help at the Inuvialuit Career Centre. The Product is You.

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Job Search Workshop

Inuvialuit Career Centre

April 2006


Agenda

  • Market the Product - YOU

  • Where Are The Jobs?

  • Types of Work

  • Job Search Techniques & Tools

  • Work Search Plan

  • Follow-up Activities

  • Additional Help at the Inuvialuit Career Centre


The Product is You

  • What are my skills, interests, knowledge?

  • What are my strengths?

  • Past achievements … you have many!

  • What do I have to offer an employer?

  • What makes me unique or different?

  • Anticipate employer rejection or resistance –

  • how do you handle your emotions?

  • Know your product – know you!


Where Are The Jobs?Time to Do Some Labour Market Research

  • Target specific companies and industries that interest you …

  • Or target key decision-makers in the department in which you would like to work

  • Send a personalized cover letter and resume to this person … but before you do ask yourself

    “Do I have all the required qualifications”

  • Follow up with a phone call


The Visible Job Market

Did you know that only 20% of job opportunities are publicly advertised?

  • Newspaper Classifieds,

  • Job Banks, Job Boards

  • Employment Agencies

  • Professional Associations

  • Career Centres like the Inuvialuit Career Centre

    So where are the other 80%?

CLASSIFIED Help Wanted


The Hidden Job Market

Represents 80% of the jobs not being advertised elsewhere.

Reach them by:

  • Networking

  • Targeted employer networking

  • Informational interviews

  • Volunteering

  • Trade journals/Publications/Libraries

  • Business directories


How Employers Prefer to Hire

Most Job Seekers Start Here

Most Employers Start Here

Ads

Employment

Agencies

Cold Calls/Walk-ins

Existing Resumes

Friends of people they know

People they know/colleagues

Adapted from: Nell Smith Career Services & Richard Bolles “What Color is Your Parachute?”


Types of Work


Networking

  • Put together a list of your personal and professional contacts

  • Let them know about your job search and ask for referrals to anyone they know who may be able to help

  • Start with a letter or e-mail and follow up with a more personal call or meeting

  • Cultivate your network throughout your career


Targeted Networking

  • Target specific companies and industries that interest you

  • Target key decision-makers in the department in which you would like to work

  • Send a personalized cover letter and resume to this person

  • Follow up with a phone call


Volunteering

  • Donate your time, knowledge and experience to an organization

  • Opportunity to network

  • Explore a new field of work

  • Many organizations offer training for volunteers – learn new skills

  • Get work experience and references


Informational Interviewing

  • Arrange a time to talk with people who work in your field of interest. The goal is to get valuable information for your work search – advice, contacts, leads

  • Remember, you are not asking for a job, but merely exploring options

  • Do your homework


Informational Interview Telephone Call

Good Afternoon ___________________.

My name is ____________________, I am in the process of exploring my work options and right now I am seeking advice and information on ___________________.

I would really appreciate any time you can give me to answer my questions. If this is possible, when would be an appropriate time for us to get together?


Work Search Plan

Identify what you need … and then decide what tools you will use for a successful job search?

  • A cover letter & resume

  • A daily/weekly work search plan

  • And an employer contact list

Job Search


Today’s To Do List

Monday

Create an employer contact list

Place 2 information calls

Write some customized cover letters and resumes

Tuesday

Schedule informational interviews

Practice what I’m going to say


Job Finding Tips

Use a variety of methods to locate work possibilities

If you are unemployed consider your job search to be a full time job

Let EVERYONE know about your job search

Watch and listen

Visit the Inuvialuit Career Centre


Job Search Success

Your success for job search requires:

Time Effort

Creativity Positive Attitude

Patience Training


Don’t Give Up But Do Your Share!

Did you know that the most qualified candidate doesn’t always get the job …

It’s usually the person with the best work search skills!


Additional Information

  • Online Inuvialuit Career Centre Links

  • NWT Careers Homepage (Career Development, Employment & Labour)

  • Service Canada


Thank You

April 2006


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