Job Search Skills . Linda Moore Director EIU Career Services. Assumptions about your preparation for this workshop. #1. You have a one or more targeted resumes & cover letters. If not, work with a career counselor at EIU.
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EIU Career Services
#1. You have a one or more targeted resumes & cover letters. If not, work with a career counselor at EIU.
#2. You have a couple of job paths that you are focused on. If not, seek out a career counselor
#3. You know how to do company research. If not look at our website and get training materials from our office.
#4. You have practiced interviewing, have an elevator pitch and appropriate interview attire. If not, see our website or a counselor.
Resources for your job search
a. Determine which resources you will use
b. Use a mix of resources (face to face, online, 1st level, 2nd level, etc)
c. Prioritize which resources will receive a certain amount of time because some resources will likely produce more results than others.
Time & Structure of your job search
a. Full time job search if you are unemployed
b. College students should treat this like a class (5 hrs/week min.)
c. Schedule your job search time – day and time, where
People #1 Way to get a job/Networking
- especially true for experienced job seekers
Employers & Professional Societies
- employer websites are commonly used by candidates & there you have the most competition. About 30% employer hires are from their websites.
- professional societies list jobs. Less competitive because those are less visible to the public. Great source and good impression of your brand.
- where you find many jobs featuring degree but not requiring much experience.
Commercial Online Sites/Headhunters
– major online job boards sell data and have limited quality control. Some good leads & should be used as a limited part of your job search plan instead of the major source
“Networking is making links from people we know to people they know, in an organized way, for a specific purpose, while remaining committed to doing our part, expecting nothing in return.”
Donna Fisher and Sandy Vilas, Power Networking
Faculty – those who like your class performance
LinkedIn Alumni, LinkedIn professional discussion groups - job info, job lead connections. Moves thousands of people from 4th level contact to 2nd level contacts quickly.
Professionals at conventions & professional society meetings – face to face networks; they are in the loop and can be looking for new talent at meetings/conventions
People you meet casually – vacation, planes, dinner/bar - face to face networks
Target Employers about whom you are passionate at these meetings but don’t dominate them. Meet & greet. Follow up.
Find out who is speaking at sessions & attend those presented by employees of your target employers.
Follow Target Employers on FB, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Post to FB,Twitter, L/in employer fan pages and join LinkedIn discussion groups that their staff are members of
Conduct informational interviews but NEVER ask for job or internship unless they bring it up. If you are impressive, the employer may offer!
Make Google Alert the employer’s job titles that you like – http://www.google.com/alert
Join the related Professional Societies now as a student member (usually cheaper) and maintain society memberships as adults
Check professional society job page biweekly
Thousands of employers coded for specific majors. Find out who recruits for your field!
Internships (> 1,200 verified internships currently available).
College level & experienced candidate jobs – nationally!
Often contains recruiter contact name, email and phone number which is normally difficult information to obtain.
Passive and active job search capability. You can publicize your resume or not.
Secure identity & no selling your data. Employers are screened to eliminate scam jobs and recruiting companies who are just looking for clients. Cost: $30.00 for undergrads – once & lasts for year after graduate. http://www.eiu.edu/~careers
LinkedIN. Jobs (in every discussion group). Facebook employer pages & FB job apps. Great resources & limited competition.
Job aggregation services – Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, The Ladders.com. Ease of use. Can be outdated. Good initial ideas about job titles and employers who hire those jobs.
Job search/resume posting – Careerbuilder, Monster, Hot Jobs, Dice, about 10,000 job boards on the net. Many low quality listings on big job boards. Better opportunities on specialized job boards like constructionjobs.com, Dice.com. They make money by selling your data, charging employers for job listings, and posting product ads.
Positive – about yourself, your skills, your search, past employers, the future and what you can add to the job
Persistent – apply for other jobs at the company, keep watching for openings, keep trying to improve while searching
Confident – believe that you will be successful in adding value in a new position. Body posture = confident
Prepared – company research more than anyone else; know yourself
Resourceful – show networks & connections; use of latest technology
EIU CAREER SERVICES – we have contacts, ideas, ways to keep you motivated, ability to identify areas for improvement
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