FINDING A JOB AFTER GRADUATIONWelcomeJob Search 101Self AssessmentIdentifying Potential EmployersResearching An EmployerPreparing Your Promotional ToolsMaking Contact With A Potential EmployerCareer Planning Centre Services
Job Search 101: When to StartIf you are graduating in the Spring, start your job search now! Many employers recruit in the Fall, some as early as SeptemberTreat your job search seriously schedule time each week to devote to it.
Job Search 101: Steps1. Self-Assessment: Know what you want and what you can offer an employer2. Identify Potential Employers3. Research Potential Employers4. Prepare your Promotional Tools: resume, cover letter, interview skills5. Make Contact with Employer
Self AssessmentInterests: What do you like to do?Values: What is important to you in a job?Skills: what are you good at?
What are some skills youve gained from your education and your experience that would be relevant to employment?
Identifying Potential EmployersSome Employment Programs for New Graduates: Nova Scotia Civil Service Internship Program (www.gov.ns.ca/psc/career) Public Service Commission of Canada Post Secondary Recruitment (http://jobs.gc.ca) Career Edge (www.careeredge.ca) Entrepreneurship Programs: Create your own job! SEED Capital Connexion Program (www.acoa.ca/e/financial/capital.shtml )
Identifying Potential EmployersVisible Job Marketwww.msvu.ca/careerplanningwww.careercruising.com (Username: Mount, Password: Vincent)Service Canada Job Bank (http://jobbank.gc.ca ) University departmental bulletin boardsCompany postings (in-house, websites)Employment AgenciesHalifax Career Fair: www.halifaxcareerfair.caSummer Job Fair: www.smu.ca/sjf
Identifying Potential Employers80% of jobs are never advertisedThe hidden job market
How do you find jobs that are not advertised?
Identifying Potential EmployersAccessing the Hidden Job MarketNetworking (in person and social networking sites)Newspaper articlesCompany newsletters and websitesYellow Pages, The Career Directory (2007)Directories related to your field of study (Directory of Community Services, Business Directory for the Metro Halifax Chamber of Commerce)Professional AssociationsVolunteering
Using Linked-In and Other Social Media ToolsWhat is it? www.linkedin.comHow to make new professional connectionsUse of other social media Facebook, Twitter, etcResource: How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other Social Networks, B. & D. Schepp, 2010
Researching Potential EmployersResearch products and services they offer, what they look for in employees, application methods, special initiatives, recruitment schedules.Researching the employer will help you identify what you can contribute to the organization.How can you research employers?
Preparing Your Promotional Tools: Resume TipsPrepare a professional resumeKeep your resume to a maximum of 2 pagesShould be done in point form use bulletsAvoid use of IChoose the format that best demonstrates you have the skills to do the jobInclude headings such as: Education, Relevant Skills, Employment, Extra-curricular ActivitiesUse action verbs (i.e., monitored,supervised, tested) and accomplishment statements)
Preparing Your Promotional Tools: Cover Letter TipsAlways address your cover letter to the appropriate individualMaximum 1 pageUse confident language (i.e. I am certain I am the ideal candidate for this position.)Avoid I think, I feelAlways close by thanking them for reviewing your application
Making Contact With An EmployerIf applying for an advertised job:
Follow the application instructionsSend a professional resume and cover letter tailored to the positionFollow-up after you apply to ensure they received your information, to restate your interest, and to find out their timeframe for setting up interviews.
Making Contact With An EmployerIf accessing the hidden job market:Make initial contact by mail, email, or telephone; goal is to secure an in-person appointment with a hiring managerWhen making direct contact (phone, in- person), always have your resume with you, prepare a short script about yourself and what you can do for the employer (related education, experience, interest in the organization), be prepared for an informal interviewOptions: directly ask about employment opportunities, or ask for an information interview
Sample Script: First Contact With An Employer1. Introduce yourself: name, degreeHi, my name is __. I am completing a degree in ___at MSVU.2. Establish common ground (referral source, common interest)My professor, Dr.___ suggested I contact you to find out more about career opportunities in the field of___.3. Show that you know something about the organization (show your research!)I noticed on your website that your company is expanding its services.4. Ask for an in-person meeting (information interview)Im really interested in learning more about your organization and Im wondering if I could meet with you briefly to ask some questions?
Sample Information Interview QuestionsHow did you get started in this type of work?What skills or personal qualities are necessary in this career?How is your organization being affected by the recent expansion? (or other appropriate question showing your knowledge of the organization)Does your organization offer volunteer opportunities for students interested in gaining more experience in this field?Are there any current employment opportunities within your organization?Where else could I find people involved in this type of work? (get referrals if appropriate).Note: - Try to find a way to show how your education or experience can help meet the organizations needs (give examples of related educational projects, work experience, etc.)- Bring your resume, leave it if asked.- Always send a thank you letter to individual you interviewed.
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