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Land A Job In A Tough Economy. Janet Civitelli, Ph.D. Associate Director jcivitelli@uh.edu. State of the Union. 2009 – College hiring for new grads is down 22% 2009 – February unemployment rate is 7.6% 2008 – Highest annual job loss (2.6M) since 1945

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Land a job in a tough economy

Land A Job In A Tough Economy

Janet Civitelli, Ph.D.

Associate Director

jcivitelli@uh.edu


State of the union
State of the Union

  • 2009 – College hiring for new grads is down 22%

  • 2009 – February unemployment rate is 7.6%

  • 2008 – Highest annual job loss (2.6M) since 1945

  • 2008 - Underemployment rate is estimated at 12.5%



Top 5 labor market areas 2008

Houston, TX

Austin, TX

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Raleigh, NC

Seattle, WA

Source: BizJournals.com

Top 5 Labor Market Areas: 2008


Industries that are hiring

Government

Education

Health care

Energy

“Green” employers

Industries That Are Hiring


Jobs seeking employees
Jobs Seeking Employees

  • Nursing

  • Sales and Business Development

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Software Design and Development

  • Account Management / Customer Support

  • Accounting

    Source: jobfox.com


More jobs seeking employees
More Jobs Seeking Employees

  • Administrative Assistant

  • Counseling and Social Work

  • Accounting & Finance Executive

  • Networking / System Admin

  • Store Management

  • Finance Staff

    Source: jobfox.com


The big picture
The Big Picture

  • Interests – What do you love to do?

  • Abilities – What are your strengths?

  • Values – What matters to you?

  • Personality – Who are you?

  • Labor Market – How is the economy?


What does it take to get job offers
What Does It Take To Get Job Offers?

Focus

Accomplishments

Attitude

Action

Connections


Focus
Focus

Candidate #1: I can do anything. Please hire me.

Candidate #2: I’m a marketing major who completed internships at Disney and ABC. I’m seeking to use my communication and project management skills in a public relations role.


Accomplishments
Accomplishments

  • Work history of on campus or off campus employment

  • Internships

  • Volunteer work

  • Leadership positions with student organizations

  • Team leadership from class projects


Attitude optimism
Attitude: Optimism

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

Colin Powell

  • Optimism is helpful but not required.

  • Optimism facilitates greater sense of control and well-being during a job search.

  • Optimism can be learned.


Attitude courage
Attitude: Courage

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher


Attitude persistence
Attitude: Persistence

“It is not that I’m so smart…it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

Albert Einstein


Attitude persistence1

Dr. Seuss’ first book was rejected 27 times by publishers; he went on to write 60+ books and sell 222 million copies

Attitude: Persistence


Action
Action he went on to write 60+ books and sell 222 million copies

  • 22 hours per week is a good goal

  • More hours = diminishing marginal returns

  • Talk to everyone you meet about your specific goal


Action1
Action he went on to write 60+ books and sell 222 million copies

  • Pretend your job search is a semester-long school project

  • Use techniques from project management

  • I can predict who will land jobs by looking at a job seeker’s written plan


Use the internet

Research careers and companies – UCS pays for Vault.com and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

Use The Internet:


Use the internet1
Use The Internet: and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

  • Visit company Web sites

  • Get contact information

  • Online networking like listservs and LinkedIn.com

  • Personal job search agent at Indeed.com


More internet tips
More Internet Tips and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

Stay off line during the valuable time of the business day

Do not hide behind the computer screen

Focus on niche sites for specific careers, such as JobsInTheMoney.com, MarketingPower.com, etc.


Connections
Connections and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

  • Human nature hasn’t changed

  • The more people you know who like you, the better your chance of being hired

  • You can make connections through work or non-work avenues


Homework have conversations
Homework: Have Conversations and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

Every week, describe your job goal and your skills to five people.


Example how to start conversations
Example: How To Start Conversations and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

“I’m an English major graduating from UH and I want to find a position where I could use my writing and project management skills. I’d like your advice about which companies in the advertising industry might be hiring.”


Connect through ucan
Connect Through and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.eduUCAN

UCAN = University Career Advisory Network

Professionals with experience, skills, and ADVICE

Available through www.career.uh.edu


Graceful networking
Graceful Networking and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

It is always a good strategy to ask for advice and information, which are free to give. Jobs are not free to give.


Practice conversations
Practice Conversations and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

Career counselors are great at role playing networking conversations until you become comfortable doing them in real life.


Where employers find new hires

Internship programs and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

Co-op programs

Campus recruiting

Employee referrals

Career / job fairs

Professional associations

Faculty contacts

Direct application to the company’s Web site

Student organizations

Job advertisements

Conferences

Where Employers Find New Hires


Resume 101
Resume 101 and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

Include a Career Summary that tells what you have to offer and what you want to do:

CAREER SUMMARY:

Mathematics major with strong analytic skills seeking entry level position in the actuarial field.


Resume 101 cont
Resume 101 (cont.) and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

  • An ad, not a legal document

  • Tailor each resume and cover letter

  • Ask faculty, professional contacts, and career counselors to critique your resume

  • No spelling or formatting errors!


Resume grade
Resume Grade and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

A resume gets an A+ if it lands you interviews!


Interviewing tips
Interviewing Tips and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

  • Prepare!

  • Two column method

  • Practice with a career counselor

  • Practice with a voice recorder


Interviewing tips c a r
Interviewing Tips: C A R and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

Challenge – Situation you faced

Action – What you did about it

Result – The outcome


Survival strategies for a long job search
Survival Strategies for a Long Job Search and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

  • Temp

  • Volunteer

  • Survival job

  • More education or specialized training

  • Self employment or consulting

  • Portfolio career


A word of warning
A Word of Warning! and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

Never pay thousands of dollars to anyone who says they can introduce you to potential employers


University career services
University Career Services and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu

  • Individualized Career Counseling

  • Workshops

  • Campus Recruitment

  • JOBank

  • Extensive online resources at http://www.career.uh.edu


Walk in hours for university career services spring semester
Walk In Hours For University Career Services, Spring Semester

  • Monday and Tuesday, 9 am to 11 am, 2 pm to 6:30 pm

  • Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am to 11 am, 2 pm to 4 pm

  • Please come visit us!