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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

Job Search Strategies

Tips for identifying potential jobs:

Create a personal Action Plan

locate potential jobs
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
build your contact list
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
public sources
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.
more jobs leads
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
set up informational interviews
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.
develop you co plan
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…
use broadcast letters
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.
keep your job search alive
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.
tips for handling telephone interviews
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.
when an offer is extended
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
accepting an offer
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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