JOB SEARCH STRATEGIESBy Clara BrownAcademic and Career CounselorICARE University
If you dont know where you are going you will probably end up somewhere else.
Too many people take off with no idea of where they are going. Further down the road they wonder why they are there, how they got there, and wish they could be somewhere else.
Job Search Tip:Searching for a Job can be a Job Itself.
Things to Remember when searching for a job:
1. STAY FOCUSED (dont get sidetracked)2. BE POSITIVE (it may take months before you get an interview)3. DONT SETTLE (dont take first job offer, it may not be worth it)
View Your Job Search as an new Adventure to New People, Places, Ideas, and Things (Chabon and Check).
Job Search StrategiesWHAT TO EXPECTWHAT EMPLOYERS LOOK FORCHOOSE A CAREER PATH-SELF ASSESSMENT-INVESTIGATE YOUR CAREER PATH -FIND A CAREER MATCHPREPARE A CAREER SEARCH PLANWAYS TO FIND A JOBCOMMON MISTAKES IN JOB SEARCHINGHOW TO FIND JOBSWHAT YOU WILL NEED-(Get an edge over the competition)JOB APPLICATION TIPSCONCLUSION- USE YOUR RESOURCESSEE YOU AT THE NEXT WORKSHOP
WHAT TO EXPECTThe best jobs tend to go to the best job hunter not the best qualified individuals (Adams 1992).
If you are willing to put forth the extra effort and energy, you can outshine the competition.
You may have to apply to one hundred different companies before you get One interview.
The time you put into your search is time well spent if you make sure all of that effort and energy is going in the right direction (p 9).
Every applicant has the same basic qualifications, you must show how you stand out from the crowd.
WHAT EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR ?Commitment (Are you a low-risk hire) Will you stay in position for a long time Can you show company you will not move soon(discuss current trends in industry and genuinely show you are interested in job)Maturity and Confidence Be sure to project yourself as a mature and confident candidate for position
Professionalism fitting in with others resume and cover letter dress(know that you are a professional and conduct yourself accordingly)
What employers look for????Adaptability and Growth Are you capable of adapting to new position? Can you handle a great deal of responsibility? Are you punctual?
Employers look for applicants that are eager and ready to enter the business world and who will grow within their company and contribute to its success.
Choose a Career PathThere are three steps in choosing a career path.
Self AssessmentEvaluate Career ChoicesFind a Career Match
Self AssessmentWhat are your interest (what you like to do)Your natural talents (aptitude)What are you good at doing (abilities)What is important to you (values)
(In other words take inventory of your skills, experience, personality, priorities, likes, dislikes, and financial situation)
Investigate Your Career PathOnce you have identified a career learn as much as possible about the various careers in that field.
**Research current job trends by following business news and U.S. government statistics on job growth.You can do this byreading about ittalking to people (networking)experiencing it first hand
Investigate Your Career Path READ Occupational Outlook Handbook (over 250 careers) www.bls.gov/oco/. Companys Annual Reports Go online and read information about company
TALK TO PEOPLE Talk to people who are knowledgeable about the career(s) you are interested in. (Find someone who is currently working in the field.) Sample questions to ask: What do you do on a typical day? How did you prepare for this career? How did you get your present job? What do you like/dislike about your job/career? What courses should I take to prepare for this career? Is this a career field that is growing? What is the average starting pay? How can I find out more about this career? What qualifications and personal characteristics does someone need in order to be successful in this career?
Investigate Your Career GET FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE -Course work -extracurricular activities -volunteer work -get a job in a related career field -internships
Find a Career MatchNO CAREER PATH IS PERMANENT OR IRREVERSIBLE (Woodburn Press)Make your career and educational choices based on who you are today, but know that you can always choose a different career path in the future. Now that you have evaluated yourself it is time to choose a career.
Prepare a Career Search PlanSpend time analyzing yourself as well as the job market.Market yourself according to the needs in your potential market. Research, Research, ResearchState your career goalList specifics steps you need to take to reach this goalHave a plan B and CPrepare a 1 minute snapshot of your experience, skills, talent, and job objective.Determine in advance your bottom line salary requirement based on living expenses.