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Title: Your Full Time Job Search

Your Full Time Job Search
  • Career Development Center DCC 209 518/276-6234
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Troy, NY

Who Are You?
  • Conduct a Self Assessment V.I.P.S.
  • Values Whats important to you?
  • Interests What do you enjoy doing?
  • Personality In what situations have you felt
    most comfortable successful?
  • Skills What skills abilities have you
    developed that you enjoy doing?
  • Evaluate Your Career Readiness
  • How do you learn best?
  • What is your learning style?
  • Consider Your Decision-Making Style
  • Career Objectives If you knew you would succeed,
    what is the type of work that you would do?
  • Personal Objectives Consider the five wellness
    dimensions and determine the balance you need to
    feel successful.
  • Lifelong Learning Commit to yourself to
    continue to grow professionally and personally.
  • Goal Setting Learn to develop S.M.A.R.T. goals.
    (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and

Develop Skills to Last a Lifetime
  • Organization Planning
  • Know your priorities
  • Create a weekly schedule
  • Develop a sense of urgency when conducting a job
    search jobs dont often come to you!
  • Develop a record-keeping system maintain
    accurate records
  • Evaluate your efforts regularly
  • Seek help when needed and be willing to accept
    constructive criticism
  • Goal Setting (adapted from Goal Setting
    Powerful Written Goals In 7 Easy Steps! by Gene
  • Make sure the goal you are working for is
    something you really want, not just something
    that sounds good.
  • A goal cannot contradict any of your other goals.
  • Develop goals in the 6 areas of life Family and
    Home               Financial and Career Spiritual
    and Ethical          Physical and Health Social
    and Cultural             Mental and Educational
  • Write your goal in the positive instead of the
  • Write your goal out in complete detail.
  • Make sure your goal is high enough.
  • Write down your goals and carry them with you
  • Communication Skills
  • Excellent oral written skills are both critical
    improve where needed and ask others for
  • Select a professional and appropriate email
    address will not portray you
    in the best light with prospective employers!!
  • Be sure your voice mail answering machine
    messages are professional
  • What is Networking?
  • Networking is the art of building alliances. It's
    not contacting everyone you know when you are
    looking for a new job and asking if they know of
    any job openings. Networking starts long before a
    job search, and you probably don't even realize
    you are doing it. (adapted from the Riley Guide)
  • Social Networking Video Sharing Web Sites
  • Create a positive image online use well known
    and respected Social Networking and Business
    Sites (ie LinkedIn) when seeking employment
  • Keep a low profile online and monitor yourself on
    the web regularly to be sure what shows up is not
    going to harm you in a job search or at work
  • Dont post any unflattering photos online you
    never know who may be checking up on you

Develop Skills to Last a Lifetime, continued
  • Develop Your 60 Second Sell
  • Learn to describe your personality, achievements,
    skills and work experience in just a minute
  • Know what you want your message to accomplish
  • Make it snappy and memorable
  • Work out where you add value in your role
  • Adjust your message to the listener
  • Don't bombard an employer with detail
  • Informational Interviewing
  • An in-person opportunity to gain invaluable,
    up-to-date knowledge about a specific business or
    industry from an "insider"
  • Check out the CDCs Handout on Informational
  • Understanding the Hidden Job Market
  • Best source of job leads
  • Requires direct contact
  • Less than 25 of job seekers use this
  • Develop personal contacts within organizations,
    family, friends, faculty
  • What and who you know is important in your job
  • Know Your Value to an Employer
  • Assess your skills as they relate to career
    requirements preparation
  • Know how these skills add value to an employer
  • Know the organizations objectives, needs, and
  • Write a resume that demonstrates your value
  • Identifying Employers
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • (more than 24 million public
    privately companies)
  • 30 Best Web Sites for Job Hunters (Fortune)
  • Researching Employers
  • Know products, services, customers and
  • Read mission statements and annual reports to
    know values and direction of organization

Develop Skills to Last a Lifetime, continued
  • Effective Interviewing Skills
  • Do your homework Know Yourself and Know the
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm passion Smile!!!
  • Be respectful and kind to everyone you encounter
    before, during and after your interview
  • Listen carefully to interview questions and ask
    for clarification when necessary
  • Read the CDCs Handout How to Handle the
  • Practice, Practice, Practice!
  • Evaluating Offers
  • Always ask for a written offer letter before you
    accept a job
  • Read the CDCs handout on Evaluating Employment
  • Legal Advice on Employment Offers
  • Salary Negotiations More
  • The negotiation process is an opportunity to
    define, communicate, and achieve what you want
    out of your job offer.
  • Understanding Learning from Rejection
  • Dont take rejection personally…
  • Maintain a balance between job search and your
    everyday routine
  • Remind yourself of your skills and
  • Use your resources wisely
  • Be persistent - you will find employment
  • When its Time to Re-Direct Your Job Search
  • Clarify goals and redefine options broaden or
  • Have your resume reviewed by a Career Counselor
    in the CDC
  • Consider impact of geographic restrictions
  • Do your skills match with the needs of the
  • Are your values clear or in conflict with your
    career goals?

Your Job Search Tools
  • Resume
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Cover Letter
  • Creating a Portfolio
  • References and Recommendations (Riley Guide)
  • Credential Services Interfolio

Explore Careers
  • Develop a Target List of Organizations
  • RedHawk JobLink
  • Hoovers
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For 2007 (Fortune)
  • Research Employers
  • Check out the CDCs Handout on Researching
  • Explore Positions
  • Industry
  • Function
  • Location
  • Do one thing every day that scares you.
    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Informational Interviewing
  • Read the CDCs Handout on Informational
    Interviewing to learn more about potential
    careers and industries
  • Network, Network, Network!
  • Talk with your Family, Friends, Faculty, Staff,
  • Attend Career Fairs
  • Attend Annual Career Fairs on campus and
    participate in other career fairs and virtual
    events when possible
  • Talk with employer reps to learn more about their
    organization and jobs

Consider Your Employment Options
  • Public vs. Private Companies
  • Forbes article
  • Whats the difference between Public and
    Privately held companies? (Investopedia)
  • Large vs. Small Employers
  • Large companies over 10,000 employees
  • Mid-sized under 10,000 employees
  • Small under 2,500 employees
  • Start-ups
  • Top 10 Startups Worth Watching in 2008 (
  • NY Times on Start-ups
  • Non Profits Public Service
  • National Council of Nonprofit Associations
  • Finding Jobs in the Public Sector
  • Jobs in Public Service Administration (Riley
  • Starting Your Own Business
  • Creating An Effective Business Plan (AMEX)
  • Business Plan Basics (SBA)
  • Academic and Post-Doc Positions
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • HigherEd
  • Postdoc
  • Re-visit Previous Co-op, Internship or Summer
    Employment Employers
  • Call
  • Email
  • Drop a note
  • Visit Re-connect

Top Personal Qualities Employers Look for in
College Graduates
  • The top 10 personal qualities/skills employers
    seek, according to NACE's Job Outlook 2008
    survey, are
  • Communication Skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork Skills (works well with others)
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal Skills (relates well to others)
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Flexibility/Adaptability

Your Job Search Plan
  • Map out your job search strategy before you begin
  • Set daily and weekly objectives. Measure your
    effectiveness and progress weekly. Record all of
    your Appointments, Activities and Results
  • Prioritize your obligations (school, Part-time
    job, leadership roles, teams, etc.)
  • Identify and Research Employers and Organizations
  • Make Contact - by phone, email, or in person
    apply online or through snail mail
  • Follow up 10-14 days after you have made your
    initial contact
  • Schedule at least one activity away from home
    each day to get yourself out into the community
    and energized . Monitor how much time you spend
    in front of your laptop or PC during your job
  • Develop a network of individuals who will provide
    you with support as you conduct your job search
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see
    when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry

Common Job Search Mistakes
  • Relying on one strategy (ie Internet job search
  • Lack of focus/career objective
  • Failure to identify and use network
  • Targeting only large employers
  • Failure to followup
  • Unprofessional materials or appearance
  • Impersonal or disingenuous approach
  • Underestimate time needed to search for a job
  • Fall seven times. Stand up eight. Japanese

Top Reasons for Rejection
  • Lack of Self-Knowledge.  An interviewer cannot
    determine where you fit into the organization
    until you explain your career interests and
    applicable skills.
  • Lack of Company Knowledge.  Most employers make
    information about themselves readily available,
    especially if they recruit on campus.
  • Lack of Questions.  When employers ask if you
    have any questions for them, a negative response
    indicates a lack of interest on your part.
  • Lack of Enthusiasm.  Employers want to hire
    someone who is excited about the prospect of
    working with their organization.
  • Lack of Confidence.  If you doubt your ability to
    do the job, an employer will also experience
  • Poor Communication Skills.  The employer must be
    able to hear you, understand your words, and
    follow your train of thought.  Otherwise, no
    matter how qualified you may be for a job
    opening, you put yourself at a disadvantage.
  • Unprofessional Application or Appearance.  It is
    true that you only have one opportunity to make a
    first impression.  If your resume is sloppy or
    has typos, you are at an immediate disadvantage
    and may not even get an opportunity to
    interview.  Additionally, if you present yourself
    at an interview inappropriately dressed, an
    employer may decide you wouldnt fit into their

Career Development Center Programs Services
  • Career Counseling
  • Schedule an appointment online
  • Stop by during daily walk-in hours
  • Workshops and Special Events
  • Check your email for our e-newsletter sent weekly
    during the academic year
  • Resume Cover Letter Critiques
  • Mock Interviews
  • Annual CDC Spring Career Fair
  • Held in late January each year
  • Graduate Professional School Fair
  • Held each fall watch for the date!
  • Cooperative Education Program
  • Open to all degree-seeking Rensselaer students
    seeking to apply classroom experience in a
    business setting
  • Sophomore Career Experience Program
  • Register at the beginning of the fall semester
    for a year-long series of programs events
    dedicated to Sophomores!
  • RedHawk JobLink (CDCs online system)
  • On-Campus Recruiting
  • Open Job Postings
  • CDC Calendar of events
  • Employer Information Sessions
  • RSVP for Events and Workshops
  • CDC Website _at_

RedHawk JobLink Frequently asked questions…and
  • Q What is JobLink?
  • A JobLink is the CDCs online recruiting and
    job posting system. It is where ALL full-time,
    part-time, co-op and summer jobs are posted. Each
    year, thousands of open jobs and hundreds of
    On-Campus Recruiting job postings are available
    on JobLink.
  • Q Who can use JobLink?
  • A All full-time, degree seeking Rensselaer
    students can activate their JobLink account.
  • Q Where do I find the link?
  • A Go to the student log-in page found at
  • To find this page, go to the CDC main page
    found at and look for
  • Q What do I need to do to activate my JobLink
  • A Log in to JobLink and you will be prompted
    to update your Profile. Next, view the JobLink
    Orientation PowerPoint to learn how to use the
    system. Finally, drop off the annual 5.00
    registration fee to access Open Job Postings and
    participate in On-Campus Interviews. Then begin
    to view open jobs and OCR job postings.
  • Q When is the best time of the year to activate
    my JobLink account?
  • A At the beginning of each fall semester.
    Why? Fall recruiting begins the first week of
    October and the deadlines to submit resumes (to
    be considered for on campus interviews) take
    place almost as soon as classes begin.
  • Q Why should I register for RedHawk JobLink when
    the employer I am interested in is coming to the
    career fair?
  • A Most employers who attend campus career
    fairs also schedule Interview Schedules through
    the CDC as a way to pre-screen potential
    candidates. If your JobLink account isnt
    active, employers cant add you to their
    interview schedule.

What are the Future Plans of Rensselaers Class
of 2008?
  • As of May 16th, 2008
  • 85 of respondents from the Class of 2008 had
    reported future plans which include Accepted
    Employment, Attending Graduate/Professional
    School or Entering Military Service.

The Career Development Center… Life after
Rensselaer starts here!
  • Who we are…
  • Tom Tarantelli, Director, CDC
  • Diana Leis Delker, Director, Co-op
  • Colleen OByrne, Associate Director
  • Dawn Cairns Weaver, Assistant Director
  • Jennifer Heptig, Assistant Director, Co-op
  • Stacy Galarneau, Career Counselor, CDC OMSA
  • Stephanie Perry, Recruitment Coordinator
  • Judy Picarillo, Supervisor, Customer Service
  • Sherry Bearup, Senior Customer Service Associate
  • Anita Brown, Marketing Assistant
  • Bernadette Colarusso, Administrative Secretary
  • Where to find us… DCC, 209 just below the Great
    Hall! CDC Interview Center is located on the 3rd
    floor DCC 345
  • When were open… M-F, 830am-445pm
  • Look for us on the web….
  • Meet with a Career Counselor…
  • Schedule an appointment
  • Call us… 518.276.6234
  • Drop by during Walk-in Hours