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  1. Creative Ways to Find a Job Presented for the Arts University College Bournemouth by Michelle Fischer, March 2010

  2. Aims To explore • Different ways of finding out about job opportunities • How to make contact with employers

  3. Graduate Recruitment Background & Trends 2010 • Competition is fierce In 2009 graduate vacancies attracted 44+ applications each. This is expected to increase in 2010 (source Telegraph) • There remains less Grad jobs than before the Credit Crunch It’s projected that there will be a 3.7% increase in graduate jobs in 2010. In 2009 they decreased by 10.9% (source IDS). So in total there around 7% less graduate jobs than in 2008. • Graduate jobs are worth having The Average graduate starting salary is forecast to grow marginally by 0.8% to £25,606. (source IDS) The Average entry level role is £18,713 (source Payscale Inc)

  4. Effective Preparation has never been more critical!!! “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” Dr Seuss

  5. Our Job Search Top Five • Know what you’re looking for • Make it easy to find you • Go where the employers are • Make an effort • Look in the mirror

  6. The Usual Suspects…. • Networking • Speculative Applications • Newspaper Ads • Agencies • Job Boards

  7. Network • Brainstorm people who could help • How could they help? • Put yourself in the other persons shoes • Call them • Ask for help • Take notes • Do what you promised • Follow up

  8. Networking Script • Introduce yourself and say who gave you the person’s name • Briefly explain that you’re getting in touch because your mutual contact suggested he/she may be able to help you with your job search • Ask if this is a good time to talk. Call back at an agreed time if not • Explain your job search objectives and the type of work you’re looking for • Do not ask about specific job vacancies – you may miss out on a suitable job vacancy if you’re too specific – concentrate on your transferrable skills • Ask for help – this may be: • Giving information on organisation’s future plans and needs • Putting you in touch with people they know • Keeping an eye out for suitable opportunities • Give a contact number, agree a follow up time and thank him/her for helping you 

  9. Speculative Applications • Call or send a letter • Send letter – Call – Follow up • Do your research • Be informed • Look out for opportunities • Speak to the Manager, not HR • Treat it as a project not a one off

  10. Making the First Approach • Pick a Business to approach • Research • Why do I want to join them? • How could they use my skills? • Who should I contact? • Who can tell me more about this organisation? • Do I want to work there? • Call them • Do what you promised • Follow up

  11. Finding Advertised jobs Where to look? Local press National Press Internet Professional and Trade Journals TV and Radio Post Office/Supermarket notice boards Shop Windows Libraries Job Centres

  12. Job Boards • Gumtree • Jobsretail • Bristol Jobs • LondonCareers.net • Prospects (graduate) • jobswales.co.uk • TheGraduate • jobs-merseyside.co.uk • JustJobs4Students • Telegraph Jobs There are a thousands of career websites available 24/7 There are generic websites alongside specialist ones too (location/industry/skill). NORAS list these as top sites where “Creatives” go to find work:

  13. Agencies

  14. And now for something completely different…

  15. Aggregators

  16. You Tube

  17. Social Media

  18. Blog

  19. Volunteer

  20. Your CV

  21. Donuts…

  22. Vista Print

  23. Summary • The Job Search Top 5 • Know what you’re looking for • Make it easy to find you • Go where the employers are • Make an effort • Look in the mirror • Think outside the box

  24. Need more help? Get in touch with Michelle today: E michelle@creative-leadership.co.uk B michellefischer.wordpress.com Creative-Leadership MichelleFF in/MichelleFischer