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Title: Module 2: Job Search Strategies

Module 2 Job Search Strategies
  • Has anyone felt unorganized
  • in their job search?
  • Has anyone had a feeling that there are more job
    openings out there than you are aware of, but
    arent sure how to access them?

Introduction and Learning Objectives
  • Employ several traditional and nontraditional
    job-search strategies, techniques, and resources
  • Utilize a job-search checklist and log to
    organize job-search efforts at the local, state,
    regional, national, and international levels
  • Conduct research on potential employers
  • Identify transferable competencies, skills, and
    personal attributes gained from military,
    homemaker, volunteer, and other paid/unpaid work
  • Understand your ethical responsibilities during
    the job search

Traditional Job Search Strategies
  • Pursuing advertised job openings
  • Main advantage easier to access positions
  • Main disadvantage many are aware of openings
  • What percentage of available jobs are
    actually advertised?

Non-Traditional Job Search Strategies
  • Leveraging personal contacts and networking
  • Main advantage jobs not widely known outside the
  • Main disadvantage lack of familiarity or comfort
    with approach and length of time and effort
  • How can there be so many jobs
  • available but unknown
  • to job seekers?

Networking and Resources
  • A basic network might include
  • Former Marines and Marine Reservists
  • Family members
  • Former classmates and co-workers
  • Veterans and military organizations
  • Close friends
  • Local professionals (e.g., doctor, minister,
  • See Networking Resources handout

Marine For Life
Researching Companies and Organizations
  • Research topics can include
  • History, mission, and goals
  • Strategic initiatives
  • Special recognition
  • Products and services
  • Financial performance indicators
  • Structure
  • Job tasks, duties, and responsibilities
  • See Company Research Topics handout

Identifying Transferable Skills
  • Utilize these handouts
  • Functional Transferable Skills
  • Basic, Advanced, and Executive Competencies
  • Personality Characteristics
  • Homemaker Competencies

Identifying Transferable Skills (cont.)
  • Describe the common work tasks performed on a
    daily or weekly basis
  • Active-duty Marine
  • Military family member
  • Customer service representative
  • Cashier
  • Day-care provider
  • So, what are your skills?

Job Search Checklist
  • See Job-Search Checklist handout
  • Plan of Action
  • Helps ensure that critical job-search steps and
    resources are not overlooked
  • Organize into geographic sections
  • Start attending all CRMC job-search
    skill-development classes
  • See Schedule of CRMC workshops handout

Job Search Checklist (cont.)
  • Create résumé and cover letter
  • Have both critiqued by CRMC staff
  • Visit appropriate job search Web sites

Job Search Log
  • Good tools for following up on job-search
  • See Job-Search Log handout
  • See When and How to Follow
  • Up with Employers handout

Job Search Ethics
  • What ethical obligations and considerations do
    you think a job seeker has when conducting a job
  • How about an employer?
  • Six ethical considerations of the job search
  • Receive fair and honest treatment by employers
  • Make an honest effort to apply for only those
    jobs you would actually accept if they were

Job Search Ethics (cont.)
  • 3. Be honest during the screening process
  • 4. Dont renege after accepting the job offer
  • 5. Dont leave a recently started job for another
  • 6. Dont let potential employers factor in
    military retirement pay in the compensation

Job Search Ethics (cont.)
  • Name attributes and characteristics that
    employers value and would like to see in
  • What values, characteristics, and attributes do
    Marines possess?
  • See Ethical Considerations and Marine Corps Core
    Values and Attributes handout

Summary and Lessons Learned
  • Today, we have
  • Covered a number of job search strategies and
  • Learned how to research employers
  • Learned how to identify transferable skills
  • Discussed ethical responsibilities in the job
  • Please take a moment to list three things you
    learned in this module that will make your
    job-search efforts more productive and successful