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Title: JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES


1
JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES
  • Career Services

2
STEPS TO SUCCESS
  • Self Assessment
  • Research Exploration
  • Prepare Materials Develop Job Search Skills
  • Networking
  • Conduct Job Search

3
Self Assessment
  • Identify your
  • Values
  • Interests
  • Skills
  • Accomplishments
  • Experiences
  • Goals

4
Research Exploration
  • Conduct Informational Interviews
  • Professional Associations
  • Professors
  • Professionals in the field
  • Research the job market
  • Where are the jobs?
  • Who is hiring?
  • What career fields are in demand?
  • What are the qualifications needed (certificates,
    education, etc)
  • Begin to target potential employers

5
Research Online Resources
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • www.bls.gov/oco/home.html
  • JobWeb
  • www.jobweb.com
  • Career Library section has extensive listings
    under General References to assist in employer
    research
  • Vault Online Career Library
  • www.fit.edu/career
  • Go to the Career Resources Center Page and find
    Vault with provides industry and company profiles
  • Career Services
  • www.fit.edu/career
  • Current lists of employers for each discipline
    locally and nationally

6
Preparation Materials
  • Resume, Cover Letter, transcripts, etc
  • Targeted to position industry
  • References
  • Past employers
  • Professors/Instructors
  • Volunteer Associations
  • Interview skills
  • Participate in mock interviews if possible.
  • Practice answering interview questions.

7
Marketing Preparation
  • Develop Marketing Conversational skills
  • Networking, presentations, interviews, etc
  • Professional interview attire (Eventually Career)
  • Suit, slacks, shoes, accessories, etc
  • Prepare for several options since you might have
    second third interviews
  • Professional voice mail/email service and
    professional sounding messages and nicknames.

8
Networking
  • Develop a career network
  • (The hidden job market)
  • Assess your current network and that of your
    parents, relatives, friends. Include a list of
    whom each of them know.
  • Tell everyone you know that you are conducting a
    job search and ask for their assistance.

9
Networking Contacts
  • Sources of Contacts
  • Professors, administrators, graduate students, or
    alumni.
  • Supervisors from any previous jobs including
    internships or part-time jobs.
  • Members of professional associations.
  • Friends, relatives, or contacts from community.

10
Effective Networking
  • Making new contacts or cold calling
  • Contact by phone or email first.
  • Be sure to mention mutual acquaintances early on.
  • Prepare a script of what you are going to say
  • in advance (if on the phone).
  • Proofread email messages and be sure to use
    proper spelling
  • and grammar.
  • Successful contact
  • Be prepared to concisely discuss your
    qualifications and what you expect from this
    contact.
  • Try to schedule a personal meeting or
    informational interview.
  • Reassure the contact that you will only need 20
    or 30 minutes of their time.

11
Effective Networking
  • Do not ask for a job during the first
  • conversation.
  • Ask for career information and advice in your job
    search.
  • Manners go a long way.
  • No way to get around Please, thank you, I
    appreciate, it was so nice of you
  • Always follow up on successful contacts
  • Be sure to thank them for their assistance.

12
Plan and Conduct Job Search
  • Commit a considerable amount of time
  • A job search can be thought of as a full-time job
    in itself.
  • Start the process early
  • Especially research and preparation. Do not wait
    until the last semester before graduation to
    begin the process.

13
Plan and Conduct Job Search
  • Job Search Tracking
  • Spreadsheet or binder with all your job search
    correspondence, notes, list of network contacts
    and applications, notes on when to follow up on
    applications, a calendar of important dates, etc.
  • Refer to it frequently and follow up on
    anything that you need to take care of.

14
Conduct Job Search
  • Pursue advertised vacancies
  • College Central Network
  • Popular job listing websites such as Career
    Builder, Monster
  • Employer websites
  • Professional association websites
  • Classified ads most are online
  • www.fit.edu/career/jobcenter/generall_inks.html
  • Do not blindly submit resumes, make the
    connection

15
Plan and Conduct Job Search
  • Improve your chances
  • Target your resume to the job description.
  • Personalize your response as much as possible.
  • Follow up with hiring manager if possible.

16
Conduct Job Search
  • Finding the hidden jobs
  • Utilize your career network contacts. If you
    started that process early, they should know you
    well by the time you need to start applying for
    jobs.
  • Get pass the Gatekeeper and follow up with hiring
    managers when possible.

17
Maximizing Online Resources
  • Realize that most employers, especially large
    ones, will only accept resumes through online
    systems.
  • Target your resume to their system and the
    openings they have available.
  • Use online job listing sites to post your resume
    but also to learn who is hiring. Applying
    directly to the company is preferred.
  • Do not get stuck in this trap avoiding
    employers with a difficult recruitment process

18
Maximizing Online Resources
  • Protecting Privacy
  • Be careful of posting your resume and personal
    information on job posting sites before reading
    their sites privacy policy.
  • Never give out your Social Security Number or any
    financial information on third party job posting
    site.

19
Protecting your References Privacy
  • Only disclose reference information when
    specifically requested by hiring employer
  • This will allow you the opportunity to give your
    references a heads up when applying to positions

20
Final Advice
  • Be persistent
  • A successful job search takes a lot of hard work
    and time.
  • Take control of your job search
  • You are the one ultimately responsible for your
    job search.
  • Be flexible!
  • Do not create your own obstacles by developing
    job search goals that cannot be met.
  • Stay positive!
  • A positive attitude is a must.

21
Career Services
  • Part-time and full-time job postings College
    Central Network
  • Internships Co-op
  • Federal Work-study
  • Florida Work Experience Program
  • Workshops
  • Resume cover letter critiques
  • Career Fair Employer Day
  • Mock interviews

321.674.8102 www.fit.edu/career
Keuper Bldg Room 210
22
Questions? Contact Us
  • Dona Gaynor, Director
  • dgaynor_at_fit.edu
  • Elizabeth Farney, Assistant Director
  • efarney_at_fit.edu
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