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Launch an Effective Job Search.  Learn pieces of a job search  Gain a realistic view of this job search process  Identify your priorities  Organize.

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1 Launch an Effective Job Search

2  Learn pieces of a job search  Gain a realistic view of this job search process  Identify your priorities  Organize your plan  Know the steps  Maximize your ICC resources  Understand best strategies Workshop Goals

3  Know yourself  Organize search plan & a “Plan B”  Research  Building needed skills/experience  Marketing tools: resume & cover letter  References  Networking  Interview skills  Negotiation  Uncover open positions & apply Job Search Checklist

4  It only takes 1 job offer~!  Could take 6-9 months  80% of all jobs are never advertised  network to access hidden job market  It is not a matter of if, but when you’ll get a job  Applying is not making a decision  It’s a numbers game - 15 “No-s”: 1 “Yes”  Rejections are not a reflection of your competency Reality Check

5  Avoid unrealistic expectations- “I must find the perfect job!”  Avoid negative or stressful sources/people  You are not the only person without a plan  Job descriptions are wish lists  Not your job to determine if you are qualified Reality Check

6 Identifying Your Priorities & Needs  Location  Salary  Work Environment  Career Goals & small steps towards goals  Timeline  Housing  Community & Family  Support  Interests/Values  Cost of Living  Further Education or Promotion

7 Short-term Planning  Having a Plan “B” will Ease Anxiety!  Think of your worst fears, and create plans to address it  If you don’t have a perfect job, work in an imperfect job with career building or other opportunities  Separate source of income from career-related goals  volunteer, stay active, network and learn new skills  Know your financial requirements & cost saving options  Remain transparent about your job search goals

8 Create a Strategy  Plan to spend 20 – 30 hours/week  Determine number of hours/week for each activity  Identify manageable goals for each day, week, or month  Find a location that allows you to be productive  Organize records for each company you apply to:  Copy of job posting(s)  Copy of resume/cover letter(s)  Company research, notes  Contact  Dates  Questions

9 Stick to a Schedule Allocate blocks of time for: On-line job applications Follow up phone calls Expanding your personal network Connecting with family & friends Recreation Household responsibilities Volunteer work/community service

10 Job Search Schedule

11 Create a Job Search Log

12 Know Your Resources  Informational Interviews  Networking  California Career Zone  Occupational Outlook Handbook:  Professional Association web sites/meetings  ICC Advising  Assessments  Aggie Job Link (Resume Books, Mock Interviews, etc.)  Linked In  One Stop Career Centers  Libraries

13 Maximize ICC Resources ICC Alumni Services:  Aggie Job Link (AJL)  Mock/Practice Interviews  Internship and Career Fairs  Workshops  Networking Events  ICC Website  Appointments & 1-on-1 advising (for 1 year after graduation)

14 Aggie Job Link  What AJL can do for you?  Jobs & Internships  Professional Network  Resume Books  Career Fairs (employer lists)  On-campus Recruiting  Mock/Practice Interviews

15 Searching for Jobs on AJL  You can search for jobs by several criteria  Qualifications  Major  Industry  Key word  Location  Employer name  Position type  Keep account updated  Your account will manage your applications  Resume, cover letter, transcript, etc.

16 Maximize ICC Resources  Database of professionals available for informational interviews  Identify employees in companies of interest to you

17 Internship and Career Fairs  Fall, Winter (2) and Spring quarters:  October 15 th  January 14 th  February 25 th  April 16 th  Search companies based on key words/ interests months before event  RSVP or submit resume to specific companies in advance

18 Resume Books  Employers call to request Resume Books weekly  Opt in based on your graduation year

19 Searching for Job Postings  Linked In  Company Sites  Google “jobs for….”  Federal & State City & County Jobs  Temporary Agencies (Lab Support, Kelley Scientific, etc.)  Free Job Sites & Boards  Professional organizations (BayBio, AICPA, etc.)  International Jobs  AmeriCorps  ICC Alumni tab:

20 Additional opportunities  Volunteer   United Fund/United Way  Network  Professional Development  Temp Agencies  Expand your geographic or career focus  Professional Associations/local chapters/conferences  Ask your local reference librarian 

21 Responding to Job Postings  Read all detailed instructions  Send a cover letter even if not requested  Follow up to make sure your resume was received  Politely inquire about hiring process timing  Make an ally of the Human Resources rep or receptionist  Thank you notes & phone calls matter  Be politely persistent

22 Identifying References  Ask permission and be strategic  Ask your references if they are willing to provide a strong, supportive recommendation  NO family, friends or peers  List 3-5 people with whom you have worked, volunteered or interned  i.e. faculty, current or former supervisors and/or campus staff  Pick individuals who can speak to relevant skills  Share your resume & your goals with references

23 ICC Tips  Be creative; look for contacts & job leads where others are NOT looking  Avoid isolation- find a job search buddy to set goals and be accountable to  Thank everyone who helps you!  (A brief update is appreciated by all!)

24 ICC Resources  Website: Alumni tab  Calendar of Events:  AJL  Info Sessions with Employers  Advising  Internship and Career Fair  Mock/Practice AJL  Community Service Resource Center  Career Library 215 South Hall  ICC Mail: List serves  On-Campus Interviews  Webshops  Career Resource Manual

25 THANK YOU! UC Davis Internship and Career Center Open Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, South Hall 2 nd floor Summer Drop-In Advising: Mon-Thurs, 1:30 – 3:30 pm Appointments with Coordinators Available: Call (530) Visit icc.ucdavis.edu


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