Information adapted from the workshop of Tracie Lowe Office of Academic and Career Development
Know your product – Assessing Yourself What type of job are you seeking? What are your strengths, special skills, personal accomplishments? How can you differentiate yourself from the competition? Know your market Do you know your target audience? Have you done your research?
Tailor your presentations, dont be generic - resume & other promotions materials Create a target list of companies - IBJ Book of Lists, phone book, Indianapolis internet research, drive around Make yourself & your skills more visible, post your resume on online job boards and attend job fairs, hunt for jobs all ways
Hone and utilize your 30-second elevator pitch as often as possible Make an effort daily. Every day talk to someone new or attend a networking event – move forward. Your worst enemy is inertia Remember what the situation really looks like – if the IN unemployment rate is 9.9%, it means that 90.1% are still working – and all you need is a single job!
Applying directly to employers Networking Internet/online JagJobs/your schools Career office Posting your resume on job boards Job Fairs Private Employment Agencies State Employment Agencies www.careerconnect.com Temporary employment permanent
For IUPUI events go to: //events.iupui.edu/calendar/?cal_id=97 3/3 – Intern Connections Spring Fair 3/9 – Student Internship & Career Conference 3/9 – Business Etiquette Dinner 4/1 – IUPUI Just In Time Career Fair 9/2 – IUPUI Student Employment & Experience Fair
Information adapted from the workshop of Nichole Williams, NCC, MCC Director, IU Alumni Career Services
Access the Hidden Job Market Learn important information Sell Yourself Get Advice Receive Referrals
That 80 to 90% of jobs are found through networking (the Hidden Job Market). Heres why…
Job boards are useful, but spend only 20% of your time using them People do find jobs on them Tailoring your resume and cover letter is key Finding someone from within the company to ALSO turn in your resume can help So what do you think you should spend the other 80% of your time doing?
Networking is creating and sustaining professional relationships over time that are: Sincere Mutually beneficial Fun Networking is paying it forward – you help me and I help you – that is the way the world works
Call current and previous colleagues, friends, acquaintances and invite for lunch or coffee Call/e-mail just to say Hi and see how theyre doing Send articles of interest Send holiday cards Use your Facebook network and Twitter in a professional way
Join a professional association Use your IU connections Join LinkedIn Find groups in your industry, join, and participate in discussions Use in conjunction with the IU Alumni Directory Volunteer Learn about your field firsthand, connect with others Attend a networking event 15-30 second commercial Get to know people on a personal level
YOU Conference Speakers Supervisor Social Events Professional Organizations Gym Former Professors Friends Past Advisor Volunteer Organizations IUAA Clubs Family Sports Doctor, Dentist, other
The informational interview can be the key to an effective job search Dont ask for a job, dont even say youre looking for a job, ask only for information Example email: Hello Mr. Anderson, My name is Dave Smith. I was referred to you by my golf partner, John Price. I am have been doing some soul-searching lately about what my next career should be and Ive found that Im very interested in the field of public relations. Would you have a moment to share a bit about the field and your job, what you do on a daily basis, what you like and dislike about it, how you got into it, etc?
How did you get into this field? What is a typical day like? What kind of preparation is typical to get into this field/position? Is that really required or just the typical approach? Who else does this? What other companies do this? What ensures continued advancement in this field? (If an advanced degree is mentioned – Ask: what is the best time to get it?) Do you need to rotate through different departments to advance? What is a typical career path out of this position or field? What does this prepare you for next? What is next for you? What advice would you have for someone like me?
Do you know of anyone else that might be good for me to talk to? The power of networking isnt necessarily who you know, but can be the people they know and can help get you there! And do not forget to send a THANK YOU – they took time from their busy schedule to meet with you and a thank you is a bridge…
Information adapted from the workshop of Caroline Dowd-Higgins Director of Career & Professional Development IU Maurer School of Law - Bloomington
Can you do the job? Provide concrete examples of this during interview Will you fit into our workplace? Reliability, work ethic, flexibility, personality Are you enthusiastic about working for us? Express a sincere interest in THIS position
Qualities Employers Seek: Communication Skills Honesty/Integrity Teamwork Skills (Works Well with Others) Strong Work Ethic Analytical Skills Flexibility/Adaptability Interpersonal Skills Motivation/Initiative 2008 Job Outlook Report: www.naceweb.orgwww.naceweb.org National Association of Colleges & Employers
Know yourself & your resume Know your skills, knowledge, and experiences How do they match the job description? Consider your major accomplishments Be prepared to talk about anything on your resume Know the organization & industry Research the website and recruiting materials Contact people in your network Practice, practice, practice Review commonly asked questions Conduct a role play or mock interview
What are the needs of your potential employer? Research the business. Be able to communicate your knowledge about the company to your potential employer Know the field and understand trends. If you havent done your homework, someone ELSE who is interviewing for this job will have Visit www.indianacareerconnect.com/ for trends specific to IN and our regionwww.indianacareerconnect.com/
Know yourself (skills, experience, future goals) Research the organization Know your resume - Be prepared to answer questions about your experience. Review commonly asked questions - Demonstrate accomplishments with EXAMPLES Use the C-A-R method: Circumstance-Action-Result Develop a rough script and PRACTICE!!! Prepare questions YOU will ask the interviewer Send thank-you notes and follow up!
So, tell me about yourself… Focus on professional, not personal Explain who you are and your interests as connected to employer What are your strengths? Relate to job description and give examples What about a weakness? Be honest, we all have one! Put a positive spin on it
MEN Suit, darker color preferred Pressed shirt Conservative tie Polished shoes No wallet bulge NO cologne WOMEN Suit with pants or skirt, neutral color Neutral hosiery No dangling jewelry Conservative shoes No purse NO Perfume
Know where you are going, how to get there Arrive about 10 minutes early, dont be late! Leave baggage in the car Consider using a portfolio Remember to BREATHE! First impressions are key!
Show your enthusiasm Maintain eye contact Be aware of body language Control nervousness Embrace your inner confidence Avoid speaking softly, trailing off, continued talking Be ready to PROVE anything you say! Ask thoughtful questions Get interviewers business card
Could be a letter, handwritten card, or an email All require the same level of professionalism and attention to detail Can hurt you just as it can help you A chance to reemphasize your strongest qualifications and interest in position Restate your appreciation
You are interviewing the employer as much as they are interviewing you! Preparation overcomes most obstacles, including nerves Be an engaged listener Remember to BREATHE!
Poor personal appearance Overly aggressive Inability to express information clearly Lack of interest or enthusiasm Lack of practice for interview Nervous, lack of confidence Over emphasis on money Lack of courtesy and tact Unwilling to start at the bottom Lack of eye contact
Know yourself– Strengths, accomplishments, achievements, values, interests, personality, & skills Know the market/organization– Where are the jobs? What does it take to get one? What skills and qualities are employers looking for in YOU? Do you have them? Networking- are you making contacts with the right people? Are you following up on referrals? Resume– does it sell you? Do you stand out from your peers? Are you talking about accomplishments? Is it tailored to individual positions? Interviewing– can you ARTICULATE your skills and abilities? Do you give examples of your achievements?