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Title: Job Search Strategies


1
Job Search Strategies
  • Tips to find that perfect co-op, internship or
    full time job!

2
These Career Center Partners have generously
supported Michigan Tech students!
3
These Career Center Partners have generously
supported Michigan Tech students!
4
The Current Job Market
  • The job market is booming.
  • Companies eager to hire people.
  • Baby Boomers are retiring.

5
Find your passion!
  • Some of your best experiences in school, work,
    and personal life?
  • What skills did you use?
  • What jobs have you held?
  • Knowing what you want will drive you to get a
    successful career.

6
Preparing Take Inventory
  • Skills
  • Experience
  • Personality
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Working conditions
  • Salary requirements
  • Geographic preferences
  • Interest in advancement

7
Preparing Your Target Job
  • Research
  • Market conditions, job trends
  • Company health, growth and news

8
Research Resources
  • Hoovers Online
  • Dun Bradstreet (dnb.com)
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Bizweb.com
  • Fortunes 500 Biggest Companies
  • Bus. Weeks and Forbes 100 Best Small
    Companies
  • Inc. list of 500 Fastest-growing Comp.
  • Google

9
More Resources
  • National, local, and trade specific publications
    (Trade-specific publications are best source for
    targeted information.)
  • Membership directories of associations and alumni
    programs

10
Career Day/ Job Fair
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2006
  • 9 am 4 pm
  • At Gates Tennis Center,
  • Basketball Gymnasium,

  • and the
  • Multi-purpose room
  • Sponsored by Career Center
  • and Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity

11
Job Fair Strategies
  • Find registered companies on Career Centers
    website www.career.mtu.edu
  • Consider companies that may not be looking for
    your major!

12
Know Your Job Fair Targets
  • Develop your TARGET LIST
  • Create A, B, and C lists
  • Visit C companies first to get more comfortable
  • Then hit your A list!

13
Job Fair Must-Haves
  • Many copies of your resume
  • (Dont need cover letters)
  • Transcripts
  • Professional notepad/pen and notes
  • Firm handshake
  • Your calendar
  • Preparedness research the companies

14
Dress for Success
  • Suit Dark blue, brown or gray
  • Shirt White, light blue
  • Tie Contrasting, some red
  • Shoes Black or brown
  • Belt Matches shoes,
  • socks match slacks
  • Hair Trimmed or pulled back
  • Avoid Earrings, hats, heavy cologne

15
Dress for Success
  • Skirt/Slacks Dark blue, brown, gray
  • Blouse Light colored, not floral
  • Shoes Conservative
  • Hair Pulled away from face
  • Avoid
  • Tight or revealing clothing
  • Shoes with straps, high
  • heels, light colored
  • Excessive jewelry, perfume
  • and make up

16
Preparing Your Infomercial
  • Develop a 1-minute infomercial about your
    experience, skills, talent, and job objective. Be
    ready to give it at any time.
  • Know your life goals. A ready answer signals that
    you are focused.

17
Infomercial
  • First impressions are important! Introduce
    yourself using some of these topics
  • Name
  • Degree, major, and minor
  • Grade point average
  • Work, co-op and internship experience
  • Leadership
  • Projects

18
Infomercial Demonstration
19
Campus Strategies
  • Use eRecruiting
  • Contact companies ahead to plead case.
  • Be honest
  • Must have recruiters email for permission to be
    added to interview schedule.

20
Campus Strategies
  • Informational Meetings
  • Interviewing on Campus after job fairs
  • Come to the Career Center AT LEAST 30 minutes
    before interview to find room location
  • Be at room 5 min. early
  • Approach rep. during free time
  • BE COURTEOUSLY AGGRESSIVE

21
On-Campus Interviewing Tips
  • For interview, take along
  • A nice folder or binder
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Facts about company yourself
  • Questions to ask interviewer
  • Paper and pen/pencil
  • Ask for business card!!!

22
Networking
  • Current or former co-workers
  • Family, friends, acquaintances, and neighbors
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Departments, faculty and alumni
  • Societies and organizations
  • Church or volunteer groups

23
Other Search Options
  • Search for companies geographically,
    by industry or name
  • Headhunterspros and cons
  • Contracting agencies
  • Newspapers

24
Recommended Internet Searches
  • www.career.mtu.edu
  • eRecruiting
  • LINKS under Student tab
  • Flipdog.com
  • jobcentral.com
  • Usajobs.opm.gov
  • Princetonreview.com
  • Tech-interns.com

25
Other Opportunities
  • Michigan Collegiate Job Fair
  • Livonia, MI November 17, 2006
  • Upper Great Lakes Job Fair
  • TBA
  • Find more job fairs at Jobweb.com
  • Search other universities web sites
  • Use Google searches

26
Rejected? OUCH! Youre not alone!
  • Dont take it personally.
  • Advice from company that rejected me?
  • Self confidence is very important.
  • There is a job out there for you.
  • The Career Center can help!

27
Raffle Time
  • Great prizes!
  • Corporate Gifts
  • Local Gift Certificates
  • Bowling Coupons
  • A Very Special Parking Spot

28
The Career Center Wishes You
  • A Successful Job Search!
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