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How to manage the Job Hunt and keep positive!. Jane Burns Sept. 7, 2013. WHAT NEXT!!. You have the power to get over the first hurdle Understanding the process will help you prepare better Help potential employers find you Some tips to get you there How to stay motivated.

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What next

  • You have the power to get over the first hurdle

  • Understanding the process will help you prepare better

  • Help potential employers find you

  • Some tips to get you there

  • How to stay motivated

Perception and then reality
Perception and then Reality

Finally the perfect job for me…..

The Hunt….

The Reality

Understanding the process
Understanding the Process

  • Usually the first person who reads your CV may not really know about the role or background of applicants

  • For every job advertised there is a minimum of 70 applications

  • Job Specs are often written as a Wish List or written poorly

  • Your role is make sure your CV gets past point 1

  • You have to demonstrate you understand the role and how you can deliver/solve the problem

What the employer wants
What the Employer Wants

  • Can this person do the job?

  • Will they evolve with the job?

  • Will this person fit in? Critical for teamwork, collaborations, projects.

  • If over qualified will they leave when something better comes along?

  • Will they aggravate me?

Dilbert Comics

How you can help
How you can help

  • Apply for jobs you are suitable for or be able to demonstrate transferable skills.

  • Demonstrate your value as an employee, use experiences, coursework, volunteer work

  • If you are over qualified say it- but then say why you want the job and how you will commit.

  • Be professional from the 1st encounter- this includes the application process.

How you can help1
How you can help

  • Review Job Specifications thoroughly

    • Visual analysis

    • Job Spec table

    • DO NOT send application in within minutes of it being advertised!

      2. Standard CV that gets customized for each role

      3. Fresh Cover letter, matching points in job spec for each application

      4. A professional submission

      5. Understand from the employers perspective

Visual analysis do i match the profile
Visual Analysis-Do I match the profile?

Visual analysis do i match the profile1
Visual Analysis-Do I match the profile?

Cover letter a foot in the door
Cover Letter – a Foot in the door

  • Address to the right person

  • Re: This Amazing Job

  • Hit every single point in the mandatory field

  • Explain transferable skills

  • Triple check everything, esp. Job Title

  • Don’t include Social Media unless you want to highlight your prescence

Keeping motivated
Keeping Motivated

  • Employers don’t know your back story- approach each interview fresh!

  • Keep a log of time spent on applications, interviews, etc.

  • ALWAYS ask for feedback

  • Don’t limit your scope for jobs

  • Go to talks, events, force yourself to be with people

  • Be kind to yourself…when the interview is over don’t replay!

  • Research

  • Project Manager

  • Developing Databases

  • Publishing

  • Information Officer

  • Websites/Blogs

  • Desk Top Publishing

  • Writer

  • Digital Imagery

  • Digitisation

  • Taxonomy

  • Meta Data Dev.

  • Training

  • Social Media

  • Seminars

  • Archival

  • Information Literacy

  • Content Development

Closing thoughts and reflections
Closing thoughts and Reflections

  • This is only one part of your life at this one time

  • You are employable- it is a very tough market

  • You have not wasted your education

  • You have the ability and power to help yourself

  • Reflect in a detached way when rejected

  • You have choices- taking a break should be one of them

  • We must be mindful of each other- lots of support