JOB SEARCH SKILLS

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Chapter 13
JOB SEARCH SKILLS
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
Lydia E. Anderson • Sandra B. Bolt
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“Choose a job you love,
and you will never
have to work a day in
your life.”
Confucius
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
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OBJECTIVES
• Utilize the self-discovery process to identify
the right career
• Conduct a targeted job search and create a
job search portfolio
• Ensure a professional electronic image
• Identify references to be used in your job
search
• Identify sources for job leads
• Define networking and create a professional
networking list
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THE JOB SEARCH
• Successful job search strategy
identifies
– Type of job you will be looking for
– Needed tools and resources
– How to use tools and resources
• Goal of job search is to secure an
interview and job offer
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DECIDING ON THE RIGHT
CAREER
• Self-Discovery: process of
identifying key interests and skills
built upon career goals
• Review Trigger Words
• Complete Accomplishments
Worksheet
• Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
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TALK IT OUT
Review your completed
accomplishments worksheet.
What career area do you believe
suits your skills and previous
experiences?
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CAREER OBJECTIVE and
PERSONAL PROFILE
• Introductory statements for résumé
• Both statements are used on résumé to
relate to target career, target employer,
introduce key skills, and express
interest in a position
• Statement will be first item listed on
resume
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CAREER OBJECTIVE
• A Career Objective is for individuals
with little or no work experience
– Include interest in position
– Brief one line description of skills related
to position and how you will utilize your
skills
– Acceptable to use “I” and “my” in career
objective
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CAREER OBJECTIVE
• Example:
“Seeking a position with an
established accounting firm where I
can utilize and apply my current
accounting and computerized skills
toward the excellence of Bell
Company.”
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PERSONAL PROFILE
• A Personal Profile is for individuals
with extensive work experience
– Group key skills and accomplishments
into general categories
– Identify key qualities that match target
job
– Take information and turn into two-three
sentence statement that provides
snapshot of professional qualifications.
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PERSONAL PROFILE
• Example:
“Highly professional and detail-oriented
accounting professional with
demonstrated leadership and success in
the areas of payroll, collections, and
project management. Excellent
analytical, communication, computer,
and organizational skills. Bilingual
(English/Spanish).”
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INDUSTRY RESEARCH
• Identify and Target
– Industries that require your key skills
– Specific jobs in identified industries
– Desired work environment
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THE TARGETED JOB SEARCH
• Leads you through process of
identifying open positions at target
employers
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PREPARATION
• Electronic Image: image formed when
someone is communicating or researching
you through electronic means
• Conduct internet search on self
• Delete defamatory photos, writings, or other
negative material
• Maintain professional e-mail address and
voice mail
• Avoid text slang in written communications
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TALK IT OUT
What type of photos, writings, or
materials do you think are
inappropriate for a potential
employer to see?
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JOB SEARCH PORTFOLIO
• Job Search Portfolio: collection of paperwork
used for job searches and interviews.
• Keeps job seeker organized and prepared
while job searching
• Use binder with tabs
• Keep original and two copies of each item
• Place original documents in page protectors
• Interview Portfolio: contains items that will
be taken on an interview (addressed in
chapter 15)
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JOB SEARCH PORTFOLIO
Items to include:
•Network list
•Résumé
•Reference list
•Transcripts
•Awards, certificates & work
examples
•Copy of ID and/or driver’s
License
•Small calendar, note pad,
& pen
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•Personal business cards
•Cover letter
•Letters of recommendation
•State licenses
•Completed generic
application
•Personal commercial
•Performance appraisals
from previous jobs
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JOB SEARCH PORTFOLIO
• Personal Business Card
– Inexpensive and valuable networking tool
– Contains personal contact information
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Name
Mailing address
Phone number
E-mail
• Make card professional and easy to read
• Share card with anyone you meet
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EMPLOYMENT
APPLICATIONS
• Have completed generic application available
• Do not list social security number or birth date
on application
• Applications are legal documents
– Credit checks
– Background checks
• Fully understand agreement prior to signing
• A typed application is best
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PERSONAL REFERENCES
AND RECOMMENDATIONS
• Professional references
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Potential employer will contact
Do not list on your résumé
Create a separate page for references
Do not send references with résumé
unless it is requested by employer
– Have a copy available at the interview
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
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PERSONAL REFERENCES
AND RECOMMENDATIONS
• Letters of Recommendation: written
testimony from another person that states
credibility of applicant
• Have at least three letters of
recommendation
– No more than two years old
– Letters can be from
• past or present employers
• coworkers
• instructors
• someone you worked for as a volunteer
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
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SOURCES OF JOB LEADS
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Directly from target company
Internet search
Message boards and job-search sites
Industry journals
Industry associations
Current employees of target
industry/company
• Posted job positions
• Your professional network
• Government career assistance centers
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SOURCES OF JOB LEADS
• Visiting a company for open positions
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Treat as interview
Dress professionally
Have extra copies of résumé
Display confidence
Bring interview portfolio
Be polite and respectful of other job
seekers
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SOURCES OF JOB LEADS
Unsolicited Cover Letters and Resumes
• Send two copies
– One to the human resource manager
– One to the manager of your target job
• Prior to sending, call company to secure
names of both managers
– Correct spelling
– Correct gender
• Increases the opportunity to secure an
interview
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
Lydia E. Anderson • Sandra B. Bolt
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PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
• Networking: the act of
creating professional
relationships
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
Lydia E. Anderson • Sandra B. Bolt
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PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
Building a Professional Network
you
tell
Person 1
tells
Person 2
tells
Person 4
tells
Person 3
tells
Person 5
tells
Person 6
tells
Person 7
tells
And this network continues
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
Lydia E. Anderson • Sandra B. Bolt
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PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
• People to include in network:
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Coworkers
Supervisors
Instructors
Family
Friends
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
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PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
• Informational interviews: when a
job seeker meets with a business
professional to learn about a specific
career, company, or industry
– A way to find out about a company
– Ask questions about:
• Jobs
• Hiring
• Company culture
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PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
Networking Opportunities
• Attending professional or trade
association meetings
• Talking to parents when attending
children’s sporting or music events
• Volunteering for a local park clean-up
day
• Visiting with members of social clubs or
religious groups
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
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PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
Networking Opportunities (cont.)
• Talking to neighbors
• Striking up conversations with strangers
while waiting in line
• Posting messages on mailing lists or in
chat rooms
• Talking to salespeople
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
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PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
• Network list: a written list of all
network contacts.
– Include contact’s:
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Name
Address
Telephone number
E-mail address
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
Lydia E. Anderson • Sandra B. Bolt
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PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY
• Be cautious and only share personal
information with reputable sources
• Beware of identity theft
• Ensure target employer is legitimate
• Do not share birth date or social
security number
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
Lydia E. Anderson • Sandra B. Bolt
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KEEPING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
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Stay positive
Stay active
Keep learning
Stay connected
Stay focused
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
Lydia E. Anderson • Sandra B. Bolt
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KEEPING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
• Keep job search confidential
• Do not quit current job before accepting
a new job
• Do not bad-mouth your company or
anyone that works for your current or
former employer
Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success, 2/e
Lydia E. Anderson • Sandra B. Bolt
Copyright ©2011 by Pearson Education, Inc.
publishing as Pearson [imprint]
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