Over 85% of the jobs in today’s job market are not heavily advertised Personal networking remains the number one way people obtain employment 76% of successful job searches were attributed to personal contacts
Network with “warm contacts” ◦ Warm contacts on average include about 50 people you already know--who are they, for you? ◦ Each of those 50 people knows 50 or so other people ◦ Keep your warm contacts informed on what you are looking for
Friends Parents of Friends Advisor Faculty Members Student Development Staff (RA) UK Alumni Former co-workers Relatives Neighbors Family acquaintances Organization members Former Teachers Former employers
Network with “cold contacts” ◦ People that you do not know or have an established connection with ◦ Endless numbers—up to you on how assertive you become ◦ Develop from “warm contacts” or on your own
Names received from your warm contacts Names you get from job postings Companies/names you get from internet research Companies or organizations you find in the phone book or from just passing by Professional association member names Job fair connections
An introduction is a must Include: ◦ Introduction of yourself (major, graduation date) ◦ Knowledge of company ◦ Express interest in the company and/or opportunities ◦ Tell what you can offer
Making Your First Impression 60 – 65% of communication to others is non-verbal communication Tips for Non-verbal communication for an introduction Dress professionally Make good eye contact Smile Give a firm handshake If wearing nametag, wear on your right side for easy readability Speak clearly Listen carefully for names when introduced
Your name Your class year and major Your career interests as they relate to the target company or organization
Explain your circumstances ◦ Graduating in May with a Social Work degree and looking for a case management position ◦ Junior English major looking for a copy editing internship for this summer Ask if they know of or anticipate any related openings in their setting Ask how they make their opening known Ask if you could send your resume Get additional referrals, if possible
Indirect way of making job contacts Request 20-30 min. appointment (in person or on phone) Goal is to learn more about their occupation, work setting, and journey Prepare questions ahead of time Goal is NOT to ask for a job Send a thank you card
How long have you worked here? Describe a typical day. What do you like most about your job? Least? What education and training did you receive to get to this point? What is unique about your setting when compared to others? What qualities and skills are most needed to succeed in this field/setting? What suggestions do you have for someone breaking into this field?
Linkedin www.linkedin.comwww.linkedin.com ◦ Build profile and recommendations ◦ Build connections ◦ Job postings feature ◦ Provide status updates about your search
Job Resources through www.twitter.comwww.twitter.com ◦ Job Angels http://twitter.com/JobAngelshttp://twitter.com/JobAngels ◦ Follow HR professionals/recruiters http://jimstroud.com/twittering_recruiters_dir ectory.pdf ◦ Consider separate accounts for personal and job search updates
Learn more before you begin: ◦ To Tweet or Not to Tweet http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/kayemonty/ 2009/02/27/to-tweet-or-not-to-tweet- pradvice-career-hr/ http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/kayemonty/ 2009/02/27/to-tweet-or-not-to-tweet- pradvice-career-hr/ ◦ How to Use Twitter in the Job Hunt http://www.cio.com/article/482324/Twitter_Ti ps_How_to_Use_Twitter_to_Job_Hunt http://www.cio.com/article/482324/Twitter_Ti ps_How_to_Use_Twitter_to_Job_Hunt
Employers pay attention ◦ According to a CareerBuilder.com survey, 26% of employers say they used the web to research job candidates ◦ One in ten use social networking sites in screening process ◦ 63% found details on social networking sites that led to dismissal of a candidate
Be careful: Don’t post content on your or your friends’ sites you don’t want your employer to see Be discreet: Consider setting your profile to “private” so you control who sees your site Be prepared: Check your profile regularly to monitor comments. Google your own name periodically to see what comes up. Be prepared to respond to questions.
View job postings from the following sources ◦ Postings sent to UK (Wildcat CareerLink Jobs) ◦ NACElink Network Utilize search agents Upload resumes and post in resume books Get employer contacts from employer database Apply for on-campus interviews Get details about job fairs
Tuesday – Thursday ◦ 12:00-3:00 15 minute career consults ◦ Resume critique ◦ Cover letter critique ◦ Questions regarding internships, job searching, interviewing, and graduate school.
Career counselors are available for individual appointments with students and alumni that include: ◦ Interpreting career assessments ◦ Exploring careers related to majors ◦ Resume critiques and job search letters ◦ Practice “mock” interviews ◦ Job search strategies ◦ Evaluating job offers and salaries
If you want individualized assistance with this process you can make an appointment with a Career Counselor Contact the Career Center 859-257-2746