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Help! I need a job! Where are They?

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Use Labor Market Information to find out who's really hiring and develop strategies for tapping the "Hidden Job Market". Learn practical tools for job seeking success and discover ten reasons you may not be finding a job.

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Help! I need a job! Where are They?

  1. 1. HELP…I NEED A JOB! Where Are They? Sponsored in part by the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, Michigan Works! through your local Workforce Development Board and Muskegon County Board of Commissioners. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. EEO/ADA/Employer/Programs - TTY# - 711.
  2. 2. How long will it take to land another job? Old Rule of Thumb… 1 month for every $10,000 Example: $40,000 = 4 months
  3. 3. Experts agree that, in this economy, the average job search takes 6 months or more!
  4. 4. 10 reasons why you may not be finding a job!
  5. 5. 1. You’re not making finding a job YOUR JOB! • It takes effort, commitment, and preparation • If you want a 40 hour per week job, you should be job searching 40 hours per week
  6. 6. 2. You haven’t developed a system of finding a job.   Search with Purpose Develop a Strategic Job Search Plan
  7. 7. Developing your Job Search Plan  Organize your job search ◦ Target companies that match your career goals and values Map out a strategy  Set priorities  Establish goals 
  8. 8. 3. You have an unrealistic idea about the market for your skills. Do a skills inventory -YOUR skills vs. REQUIRED skills Skills you have These are the skills you should focus on Skills employer wants
  9. 9. 4. You aren’t acknowledging the stress that changing jobs/job loss entails. Make sure to stay healthy, balanced, aware, and careful
  10. 10. Stress Busters 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Get active Meditate Laugh Connect with others Do yoga
  11. 11. Stress Busters Assert yourself 7. Sleep 8. Journal 9. Get musical 10. Seek counsel 6.
  12. 12. 5. You ignore small businesses. 98.4% of businesses in Michigan are small businesses!
  13. 13. 6. You don’t recognize that face-to-face interviews are what really matters. Meeting an employer in person is what allows you to really shine!
  14. 14. 7. You don’t prepare well for interviews. Preparation is critical! • Research the company • Practice answers for common interview questions • Prepare examples of what makes you the best candidate
  15. 15. 8. You’re not selling yourself. Approach your job search as a method of marketing; YOU are the product!
  16. 16. 9. You have the attitude: “What can you do for me?” It’s not about YOU! It’s about convincing the employer that you are the employee they need
  17. 17. 10. You’re only looking at the Advertised Job Market What is the advertised job market? • Help Wanted ads • Job banks • Advertised job openings
  18. 18. It’s not enough to just search the Help Wanted ads… You have to tap into the Hidden Job Market
  19. 19. Hidden Job Market U.S. Department of Labor, Bulletin 1886 - 10,400,000 Job Seeker Survey Employment Ads 70-95% of jobs are filled or created here Hidden Job Market Referrals HJM School Placement Private/Public Employment Agencies
  20. 20. Strategies for Accessing the Hidden Job Market 1.Research—investigate to find hidden jobs: 1. Business directories 2.Search engines 3.Company websites 4.Trade publications 5.Social networking sites
  21. 21. Strategies for Accessing the Hidden Job Market 2. Networking: just what it sounds like— casting a net to catch job leads “Networking is simply about building and maintaining relationships with people around us. The more people we know—and the more people the people we know are connected with— the more powerful our network.” Quintessential Careers
  22. 22. There are 2 keys to networking successfully: 1. Know exactly the type of job you want. 2. Remember: you’re not asking for a job. You’re looking for information that may lead to a job.
  23. 23. Okay…HOW??? Develop a networking mindset 2. Develop a 30 second commercial 3. Identify your target 4. Identify where to network 5. Prepare your meeting strategy 1.
  24. 24. Who Should be in Your Network? Past and present co-workers  Bosses/Supervisors  Friends with similar interests  Colleagues from business associations  Alumni from your university/school  Acquaintances from online networking services  Family, friends, neighbors, or anyone who might have a connection that will help 
  25. 25. Prioritize Your Networking List A. Most likely to know of a job B. Most likely to know someone who knows of a job C. Very likely knows someone at a targeted company or organization D. Least likely to know someone who knows of a job
  26. 26. Start Networking! 1) Contact in order of priority 2) Keep track of networking activity 3) Tell them you are not asking them to find you a job, just to keep their eyes and ears open for you 4) Ask them to be part of your TEAM! 5) Follow up in 7-10 days 1) Ask if they’ve thought of anyone you can contact 6) Ask them to let their friends know you’ll be in touch
  27. 27. Strategies for Accessing the Hidden Job Market 3. Develop a list of targeted employers • Develop a list of keywords • Grow your list by thinking outside the box • Research!
  28. 28. Strategies for Accessing the Hidden Job Market 4. Cold calling Identify an employer who needs you to solve their problems… then make contact!
  29. 29. Strategies for Accessing the Hidden Job Market 5. Stand and Deliver! Call your contact. Briefly explain who you are, what you know about the company, and how you could help with some challenges they’re facing. Ask for a 12 minute meeting to demonstrate your ability to contribute to the bottom line. Keep it to 12 minutes, unless the manager wants to talk further.
  30. 30. Let’s Get Practical! Tools for Success:  Résumé  Cover Letter  References  Letters of Recommendation  Performance evaluations  Work samples
  31. 31. Let’s Get Practical! Tools for Success: • • • • • • • • Get to the decision makers Practice your interviewing skills Keep records Always follow up Do some cold calling Have a business card Use your Elevator Speech Research
  32. 32. And…
  33. 33. It’s not just who you know. It’s who knows
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