Presentation on theme: "Your Full Time Job Search"— Presentation transcript:
1 Your Full Time Job Search Career Development Center DCC /Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy, NY
2 Who Are You? Conduct a Self Assessment ~ V.I.P.S. ~ Values: What’s 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 ReadinessHow do you learn best?What is your learning style?Consider Your Decision-Making StyleCareer 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 Timely)
3 Develop Skills to Last a Lifetime Organization & PlanningKnow your prioritiesCreate a weekly scheduleDevelop a sense of urgency when conducting a job search ~ jobs don’t often come to you!Develop a record-keeping system & maintain accurate recordsEvaluate your efforts regularlySeek help when needed and be willing to accept constructive criticismGoal Setting (adapted from “Goal Setting: Powerful Written Goals In 7 Easy Steps!” by Gene Donohue)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 EducationalWrite your goal in the positive instead of the negative.Write your goal out in complete detail.Make sure your goal is high enough.Write down your goals and carry them with you daily.Communication SkillsExcellent oral & written skills are both critical – improve where needed and ask others for feedbackSelect a professional and appropriate address ~ will not portray you in the best light with prospective employers!!Be sure your voice mail & answering machine messages are professionalWhat 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 SitesCreate a positive image online – use well known and respected Social Networking and Business Sites (ie LinkedIn) when seeking employmentKeep 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 workDon’t post any unflattering photos online – you never know who may be checking up on you
4 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 minuteKnow what you want your message to accomplishMake it snappy and memorableWork out where you add value in your roleAdjust your message to the listenerDon't bombard an employer with detailInformational InterviewingAn in-person opportunity to gain invaluable, up-to-date knowledge about a specific business or industry from an "insider"Check out the CDC’s Handout on Informational InterviewingUnderstanding the “Hidden” Job MarketBest source of job leadsRequires direct contactLess than 25% of job seekers use thisDevelop personal contacts within organizations, family, friends, facultyWhat and who you know is important in your job searchKnow Your Value to an EmployerAssess your skills as they relate to career requirements & preparationKnow how these skills add value to an employerKnow the organization’s objectives, needs, and competitorsWrite a resume that demonstrates your valueIdentifying EmployersChambers of CommerceHoovers.com (more than 24 million public & privately companies)30 Best Web Sites for Job Hunters (Fortune)Researching EmployersKnow products, services, customers and competitorsRead mission statements and annual reports to know values and direction of organization
5 Develop Skills to Last a Lifetime, continued Effective Interviewing SkillsDo your homework: Know Yourself and Know the EmployerDemonstrate enthusiasm & passion: Smile!!!Be respectful and kind to everyone you encounter before, during and after your interviewListen carefully to interview questions and ask for clarification when necessaryRead the CDC’s Handout – How to Handle the InterviewPractice, Practice, Practice!Evaluating OffersAlways ask for a written offer letter before you accept a jobRead the CDC’s handout on Evaluating Employment OffersLegal Advice on Employment OffersSalary Negotiations & MoreThe negotiation process is an opportunity to define, communicate, and achieve what you want out of your job offer.Understanding & Learning from RejectionDon’t take rejection personally…Maintain a balance between job search and your everyday routineRemind yourself of your skills and accomplishmentsUse your resources wiselyBe persistent - you will find employmentWhen it’s Time to Re-Direct Your Job SearchClarify goals and redefine options – broaden or narrowHave your resume reviewed by a Career Counselor in the CDCConsider impact of geographic restrictionsDo your skills match with the needs of the company?Are your values clear or in conflict with your career goals?
6 Your Job Search Tools Resume Curriculum Vitae (CV) Cover Letter Creating a PortfolioReferences and Recommendations (Riley Guide)Credential Services: Interfolio
7 Explore Careers Develop a Target List of Organizations RedHawk JobLink Hoovers100 Best Companies to Work For 2007 (Fortune)Research EmployersCheck out the CDC’s Handout on Researching EmployersExplore PositionsIndustryFunctionLocation“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor RooseveltInformational InterviewingRead the CDC’s Handout on Informational Interviewing to learn more about potential careers and industriesNetwork, Network, Network!Talk with your Family, Friends, Faculty, Staff, AlumniAttend Career FairsAttend Annual Career Fairs on campus and participate in other career fairs and virtual events when possibleTalk with employer reps to learn more about their organization and jobs
8 Consider Your Employment Options Public vs. Private CompaniesForbes articleWhat’s the difference between Public and Privately held companies? (Investopedia)Large vs. Small EmployersLarge companies: over 10,000 employeesMid-sized: under 10,000 employeesSmall: under 2,500 employeesStart-upsTop 10 Startups Worth Watching in 2008 (Wired.com article)NY Times on Start-upsNon Profits & Public ServiceNational Council of Nonprofit AssociationsFinding Jobs in the Public SectorJobs in Public Service & Administration (Riley Guide)Starting Your Own BusinessCreating An Effective Business Plan (AMEX)Business Plan Basics (SBA)Academic and Post-Doc PositionsChronicle of Higher EducationHigherEd Jobs.comPostdoc Jobs.comPhds.orgRe-visit Previous Co-op, Internship or Summer Employment EmployersCallDrop a noteVisit & Re-connect
9 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 EthicTeamwork Skills (works well with others)InitiativeInterpersonal Skills (relates well to others)Problem-Solving SkillsAnalytical SkillsFlexibility/AdaptabilityComputer SkillsTechnical Skills
10 Your Job Search PlanMap out your job search strategy before you beginSet daily and weekly objectives. Measure your effectiveness and progress weekly. Record all of your Appointments, Activities and ResultsPrioritize your obligations (school, Part-time job, leadership roles, teams, etc.)Identify and Research Employers and OrganizationsMake Contact - by phone, , or in person; apply online or through snail mailFollow up days after you have made your initial contactSchedule 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 searchDevelop 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 Ford
11 Common Job Search Mistakes Relying on one strategy (ie Internet job search only)Lack of focus/career objectiveFailure to identify and use networkTargeting only large employersFailure to follow–upUnprofessional materials or appearanceImpersonal or disingenuous approachUnderestimate time needed to search for a job“Fall seven times. Stand up eight.” Japanese proverb
12 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 doubt.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 wouldn’t fit into their organization.
13 Career Development Center Programs & Services Career CounselingSchedule an appointment onlineStop by during daily walk-in hoursWorkshops and Special EventsCheck your for our e-newsletter sent weekly during the academic yearResume & Cover Letter CritiquesMock InterviewsAnnual CDC Spring Career FairHeld in late January each yearGraduate & Professional School FairHeld each fall – watch for the date!Cooperative Education ProgramOpen to all degree-seeking Rensselaer students seeking to apply classroom experience in a business settingSophomore Career Experience ProgramRegister at the beginning of the fall semester for a year-long series of programs & events dedicated to Sophomores!RedHawk JobLink (CDC’s online system)On-Campus RecruitingOpen Job PostingsCDC Calendar of eventsEmployer Information SessionsRSVP for Events and WorkshopsCDC
14 RedHawk JobLink Frequently asked questions…and answers! Q: What is JobLink?A: JobLink is the CDC’s 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 atTo find this page, go to the CDC main page found at and look forQ: What do I need to do to activate my JobLink Account?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 isn’t active, employers can’t add you to their interview schedule.
15 What are the Future Plans of Rensselaer’s 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.
16 The Career Development Center… Life after Rensselaer starts here! Who we are…Tom Tarantelli, Director, CDCDiana Leis Delker, Director, Co-opColleen O’Byrne, Associate DirectorDawn Cairns Weaver, Assistant DirectorJennifer Heptig, Assistant Director, Co-opStacy Galarneau, Career Counselor, CDC & OMSAStephanie Perry, Recruitment CoordinatorJudy Picarillo, Supervisor, Customer ServiceSherry Bearup, Senior Customer Service AssociateAnita Brown, Marketing AssistantBernadette Colarusso, Administrative SecretaryWhere to find us… DCC, 209 – just below the Great Hall! CDC Interview Center is located on the 3rd floor ~ DCC 345When we’re open… M-F, 8:30am-4:45pmLook for us on the web….Meet with a Career Counselor…Schedule an appointmentCall us…Drop by during Walk-in Hours