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Identifying Job Opportunities1 This module consists of three individual lessons: Part 1: Internet Part 2: Networking Part 3: Job Fairs.

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1 Identifying Job Opportunities1 This module consists of three individual lessons: Part 1: Internet Part 2: Networking Part 3: Job Fairs

2 Identifying Job Opportunities2 Primary Points Use the Internet to search for and identify job opportunities Define networking and create a networking list Create a to-do list for a job fair you want to attend

3 Identifying Job Opportunities3 What You Need An error-free resume that accurately reflects your abilities and is appealing to prospective employers A cover letter (or e-mail) that expresses your interest in the posted job To work hard at finding a job --- so that finding a job becomes your job. A positive attitude!

4 Identifying Job Opportunities4 The Internet Search Windows

5 Identifying Job Opportunities5 Search Techniques Search by job title (e.g., Sales Associate or Administrative Assistant) Search by key word or phase (e.g., data entry) Search by sector or field as well as by job title, location, education, hours, etc.

6 Identifying Job Opportunities6 Useful Web Sites Popular Search EnginesPopular Employer Web Sites www.indeed.com www.monster.com www.careerbuilder.com www.google.com www.hotjobs.com www.thejobplanet.com www.governmentjobs.com www.washingtonpost.com www.luckydogjobs.com www.hirenet.com www.virginiajobnetwork.com www.jobbankinfo.org www.usajobs.gov www.idealist.org www.nvcc.edu www.cox.com www.fcps.edu http://www.inova.org/inova_fairfax_hospital/index.jsp www.cardinalbank.com www.navyfcu.org www.vahospitalcenter.com www.fairfaxcounty.gov www.chevychasebank.com www.sparkshr.com www.kellyservices.com www.vaworkconnect.com

7 Identifying Job Opportunities7 Posting Resumes on Web Sites Pros and Cons ProsCons Prospective employers can see your resume Thousands of employers can see your resume

8 Identifying Job Opportunities8 Email Your Resume Copy and paste your cover letter or a brief note into the message box. Use spell check to avoid careless mistakes. Click on the icon for attachment. Select and add your resume.

9 Identifying Job Opportunities9 Sample Electronic Resume

10 Identifying Job Opportunities10 Job Tracking Sheet DateCompanyJob TitleNote 3/1/08B Jones CompanyData EntrySent resume via email 3/1/08Smith’s ConstructionReceptionistFaxed resume and cover letter 3/1/08SAICAdmin. Asst.Completed online application and attached resume 3/2/08SPARKS StaffingAdmin. Asst.Completed online application, sent resume, called recruiter, recruiter will send assessment link on 3/3/08. # XXX-XXX-XXXX 3/2/08The MaidsBilingual Receptionist Called and email resume and cover letter. Manager will call later this week.

11 Identifying Job Opportunities11 Networking A network is your group of contacts It can consist of co-workers (past and present), classmates, neighbors, family members. Be willing to call or meet with people! A network is made up of all the people you have ever met, served, or worked with.

12 Identifying Job Opportunities12 Sample Network List – Work It! Contact Name Job TitleCompanyPhone Number/Email Address Referral to Anyone in Your Field? Jane Smith Marketing Director Northern Virginia Landscaping (703) 123-4567 jsmith@nvl.com John Smith (571)123-4567

13 Identifying Job Opportunities13 Informational Interviewing? Interviews with people doing the job that you want to do. Short meetings are best, at their convenience www.quintcareers.com/information_interview.html

14 Identifying Job Opportunities14 Sample Informational Questions: Tell me how you got into your current position? What are the biggest challenges for someone in this type of job? What is your advice for someone entering this field? What skills are most important for success in this field?

15 Identifying Job Opportunities15 Job Fairs - Preparation Know the employers attending, and the skill sets that they are seeking. Dress professionally and bring resumes. Have 30 second intro of self ready


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