JOB AND INTERNSHIP SEARCHING Before You Begin Know yourself Many job seekers make the mistake of not focusing their career goals Makes job search overwhelming Identify your personal strengths, interests, skills, and values List possible job titles and fields of interest Sales, PR, Social Work, Research, Writing, etc. Before You Begin Know where you want to work Research companies and organizations Research potential career fields Know typical entry-level jobs, salaries, etc. Think about location Identify potential employers who you would like to work for Preparing for Your Job Search Target your resume to a specific field or position Put together work samples Practice interviewing and speaking about your liberal arts skills and professional experience Buy a professional suit Have a professional voicemail message Preparing for Your Job Search Update your facebook and myspace profiles Have a professional email address Learn how to network and do an informational interview Develop a job search plan using multiple job searching strategies How People Find Jobs Networking and Direct Contact Internet Want Ads Other Methods 80% 10% 5% 5% Job Search Strategy #1 Participate in campus programs and events Job Fairs and Events Government Job Fair (Fall) Business Etiquette Dinner (November) Minnesota Private College Job and Internship Fair (February) Alumni Networking Event (February) Pathways for Careers (March) Idealist Job Fair – Nonprofits (March) Education Job Fair (April) Other Events Employer Tables in the Christensen Center Employer Panels and Information Sessions Job Search Strategy #2 Apply for jobs that are posted General Job Posting Websites Augpost, LandIt, JobPost, St. Thomas Specialized Posting Sites Idealist:www.idealist.org Minnesota Council of Non-profits: www.mncn.org EdPost: www.stcloudstate.edu/joblistings/edpost Job Search Strategy #2 Apply for jobs that are posted Employer Websites Megasites Monster: www.monster.com Career Builder: www.careerbuilder.com Newspapers or Want Ads www.startribune.com www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress Finding postings using the Wiki http://cswl.pbworks.com/ Job Search Strategy #3 Target employers you are interested in Direct employer contact Directories Minnesota Nonprofit Directory United Way: Directory of Community Services Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Book of Lists The Gold Book On the wiki: http://cswl.pbworks.com/ Job Search Strategy #4 NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!!! What is Networking? involves connecting with those who work in a field you are wanting to learn more about or break into is the most effective way to learn about job positions and obtain job positions does NOT involve asking for a job Informational Interviews are a great way to begin to network, build connections, and gain insight into a career set up times to talk with people and “interview” them about their jobs and/or their employers follow up after the interview and continue to keep in touch Social Networking Linkedin www.linkedin.com complete a descriptive profile search for connections for informational interview get company information and connections Facebook become a fan of company profiles check the profile for news and information INTERVIEWING FOR SUCCESS Who has had professional/internship interviews? What is hard about interviewing? What makes you the most nervous about interviewing? What questions are the most difficult to answer? Basic Guidelines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ucmfPOBV8 Types of Interviews Screening Interview On-site Interview Before the Interview Know the job requirements Know yourself Research the organization Prepare questions Practice Have your outfit ready Know where to go Day of the Interview Arrive early Answer questions Introduce yourself Ask questions Be professional Do not bring up salary or benefits Watch your eye contact and body language May bring and use your portfolio Get business cards Close the interview After the Interview Send a thank you note Follow-up Behavioral Questions Prove yourself by telling stories of past accomplishments Helps predict behavior Answer according to the CAR method: C = Challenge A = Action R = Results Practice Tell me about yourself What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Why did you choose your major? What role do you usually play in group or team situations? What motivates you in work setting? Give me an example of an accomplishment you are proud of Tell me about a time you had multiple assignments to complete and how did you prioritize Other Sample Questions Why are interested in this position? What makes you qualified for this position? Why do you want to work for our organization? What are your career goals? How does your education relate to our needs? Why did you leave your last job? More Sample Questions Describe a situation where you had a work as part of a team to achieve a goal Tell me about a time you had to use strong leadership skills Describe a situation in which you had to work under pressure Others???? Prepare using the Wiki http://cswl.pbworks.com/ QUESTIONS??