TOOLS FOR SUCCESSFUL JOB HUNTINGGetting the job you want.
TWO TRUTHS ABOUT THE JOB MARKETThere are always jobs out thereWhether you can find them depends on your methods of job-hunting
JOB HUNTING IS A PROCESSChoose an occupationShow how you can handle the workCreate your resume/portfolioMarket yourselfSell yourself, ace the interviewFollow-up after the interview
JOB HUNTING RESOURCESFamily & FriendsThey know of your interests and abilitiesThey have contacts in the communityConnectionsMake use of personal connections when searching for job opportunities (teachers, coaches, family friends, etc.)Help Wanted ListingsNewspaper, onlineEmployersContact business employers to learn of available jobsEven if there are no openings, they may contact you in the future
JOB HUNTING RESOURCESCareer Counselors & AdvisorsAt schools and at colleges
Employment WebsitesPost your resume so employers can search for youMonster.com, Hotjobs.com, CareerBuilder.com,
THE WORST WAYS TO FIND A JOB
Mail out resumes at random (7% success)Answering local newspaper ads (5-24%)Going to private employment agencies (5-24%)
THE BEST WAYS TO FIND A JOB???
# 1: HAVE THE RIGHT ATTITUDE (100 % SUCCESS RATE)
Be: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 = confidence.prepared do company research more than anyone else; brainstorm questions they may ask and formulate answers.resourceful show networks & connections; use of latest technology especially if the job is IT related.
# 2: CONNECTIONSASK FOR JOB LEADS (33% SUCCESS RATE) : A referral generates 80% more results than a cold call. Job search smart!75% of people get their jobs through connections/networking. (a.k.a. always leave a good impression)Up to 80% of jobs are not advertised!
# 3: GO DIRECTLY TO THE SOURCE: KNOCKING ON DOOR OF PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER (47%) Choose organizations where you want to work. Do research on those organizations.Seek out the person who actually has the power to hire you for the job you want. Use your personal contacts to get to him or her.Show how you can help your prospective employer solve their problems.
# 4: GET ORGANIZED(before the interview) Work on your employability skills :Interpersonal Skills- interpersonal skills allow you to empathize and build rapport with colleagues and clientsCritical Thinking Skills-Creative thinkers are innovative and inventive and are more likely to devise new ways of doing things that add value to the work environmentBe updated in current affairs; often an interview is about how well you are able to hold a conversation.
(During the interview)Repeat keywords your employer uses; it shows good listening skills and that you are both on the same page.Be able to answer questions about the company (do your research)Be relaxed and confident. Listen intently and answer questions confidently. Dont ramble and repeat what youve already said. If you dont know an answer, be honest and simply say you dont know.
FINALLY: LOOK AND ACT THE PART!!
FEMALE INTERVIEW ATTIRE
JOB APPLICATIONS STUMBLING BLOCKSNo work historyReferencesPoor referenceMoney
Friends and relatives Criminal record Education Layoff Fired Job hopping Unemployment gaps
*Co-founder of Apple and Inventor*