JOB SEARCH: BASICS

  1. Job search is a skill that few job seekers have.  Without a systematic plan, time invested can be unproductive and ineffective. 
  2. There are only 7 ways to job search. You need to budget time based on the probability of success.  You can walk in, call in, mail in, email in, apply in, staffing company in, or network in.  Networking is by far the most likely to produce results. Time should be allocated based on probability of success.
  3. Your odds for success are maximized by becoming a Known Candidate applying for an Unposted Job. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL CHALLENGES OF JOB SEARCH

Searching for a job presents many psychological challenges. You are in the difficult position of having to convince the world of what a terrific, positive, energetic person you are, at precisely a time in your life when you might be feeling particularly anxious and insecure. You may be worried about finances or about losing your skill set. As a refugee or immigrant, you may struggle to communicate effectively in English, or you may be confused by some American customs or ways of doing things. It is important not to ignore the emotional toll these challenges can take on you, because you cannot be an effective job applicant if you do not find ways to cope with your feelings.

BASIC COVER LETTER EXAMPLES

Please note that these are intended as guidelines only. The exact wording and content of your email should be tailored to each recipient based on specific circumstances.

General Notes:

IF YOU ARE EMAILING, no heading is required. Just be sure you complete the subject line according to any instructions given in the ad; or, if you are not responding to an ad, tailor your subject line carefully to the recipient, and never use all caps or unnecessary punctuation, which could land your email in a spam folder. You want to convey concisely and professionally the purpose of your email.

RESUME EXAMPLE

XYZ COMPANY; City, STATE (year-year)

Overview info of company here ...

Position/Title

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Accomplishments

  • Insert point here with specific and include detailed, measurable result ...
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LINKEDIN BASICS: A THREE-STEP GUIDE

It has been said, that in today’s online, social, digital world, if you are in a job search and don’t have a LinkedIn profile – you don’t exist. LinkedIn is critical. Many hiring managers and recruiters use only LinkedIn and networking to find potential job candidates. LinkedIn is complex. Here, we will just skim the surface of what you need to know to establish a presence on this critical platform.

COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

It is a good idea to become familiar with the most common types of questions asked during interviews and to know the best ways to answer them. Review the questions and answers below and practice your own responses.

 

1.     Tell me about your weaknesses.

This is one of the most difficult questions that comes up in the interview and it needs to be answered carefully.

SAMPLE VOICEMAIL SCRIPTS

Good morning Ms. Harris. My name is Ana Aranibar and I am calling in regards to my application for the Field Engineer position. I am very interested in this opportunity and wanted to inquire as to the timeline for when applications will be reviewed. I appreciate your consideration and can be reached at (832) 555-5555. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time.

FACEBOOK STRATEGY IN JOB SEARCH - FOUR CONSIDERATIONS

In just a decade, Facebook has changed the world and transformed our lives. It has changed how we live, how we socialize, how we communicate, and our ability to brand ourselves. Today, Facebook is on the brink of having 2 billion users worldwide. It should then come as no surprise that it is also an important element in job searching. Not only can it be used for networking and communications, it is also important to understand that posting the wrong thing or with the wrong privacy settings can haunt you. However, there are strategies and ways to utilize Facebook to your advantage. Below are some tips and considerations.

NETWORKING – THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB SEARCH ACTIVITY

1. Networking Basics: What It Is, What It’s Not, and How to Do It

2. Nurture Networking Program

  • Personal Network:
  1. Post on FB bi-weekly with details on your job search. Include a link to your LinkedIn profile and the type of job you are seeking.
  2. Initiate direct contact with all members of Personal Network
  3. Follow up with email, call, or in-person meeting monthly

NETWORKING BASICS

80% of jobs are found through networking. That means networking is the most critical element of your job search. The vast majority of jobs in your community are secured through connecting with others. Create this opportunity for yourself by combining personal networking with online networking. This powerful approach to searching for a job will lead to a higher likelihood of finding employment.

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT HIRING AND EMPLOYMENT

Myth: Changing jobs frequently is an indication of instability and lacking job loyalty.

Truth: It used to be the case that having many positions in a short amount of time – or job “hopping” as it’s usually termed – indicated that a candidate could not make up their mind or was unreliable. However, today, with increased mobility among employees, employers understand that many candidates decide to explore different industries and use their transferrable skills to change jobs more frequently to stay challenged. This and other reasons, such as taking time off to travel, dealing with family emergencies or going back to school, are increasingly becoming more acceptable for employers. Just make sure to address any concerns the employer may have during the interview.

EMPLOYMENT IN HOUSTON

According to a report by the Greater Houston Partnership, the city of Houston will create close to 29,700 new jobs this year. While still lower than job growth rates in 2014, Houston’s economic downturn is slowly reversing course, with the price of oil climbing back up. Compared to many other large cities in the country, Houston is doing relatively well; for example, when oil prices dropped and job creation slowed from 2014 into 2016, Houston’s unemployment rate remained steady, just shy of 6%. In addition, the city witnessed growth in industries such as health care and hospitality. In general, analysts agree that though Houston underwent a slowdown in job growth, it is currently in the recovery stage; with job growth projected to pick-up during the next few years. Here is a summary of the three industries that added the most jobs from January 2016 to January 2017.

HOW TO RESEARCH CAREER PATHS AND CAREER OPTIONS

There are several resources that can help you better define your career path and identify varying career options. When initially looking for jobs, it’s important to be flexible and keep your options open, particularly since many positions are acquired through networking and it will take some time to build your network here and find your desired position. Here are some ways to begin researching different career paths and options.

FIVE WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS WHILE IN JOB SEARCH

Being without a job can be a stressful and emotional dilemma. However, it can also be a blessing in disguise. Why you may ask? Time. Not having to be at work every day means you have a lot more time on your hands than you did before. And this opens the door to new possibilities and opportunities. Why not use part of this newly acquired asset to enhance the most important thing you have going for you in your job search - you.