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Effective Job Searching. Today’s objectives…. Identify the six steps to an effective job search Define what an action plan is Create an action plan for going forward. Job Search Steps. What is my goal? When do I want to reach my goal? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Effective Job Searching

Introduce myselfWhat we do My hours1Todays objectivesIdentify the six steps to an effective job searchDefine what an action plan isCreate an action plan for going forward

Career Services Centre Dalhousie University2Go through the points Job Search Steps

Today, were going to be talking about strategies for successful job searching. Weve created a list of 6 steps that will help you to organize and maintain direction.

It is important to note that everyone is unique and has different job search strengths. I would encourage you to adapt the job search ideas to suit you and your strengths.

If you are an introvert, then maybe the research component and connecting with people one on one is more effective. If you are a bit more extraverted then you may love attending events where you can connect with lots of people in your industry. 3

What is my goal?

When do I want to reach my goal?

How much time a week can I devote to my job search?

Step 1: Set a GoalA successful job search is an active, targeted job search. When you are outlining your goal ask yourself these 3 questions:

Do I have a goal? What is my goal? and be specific. Include a particular sector or type of company you are interested in.

Telling an employer you want to find work saving the environment is vague and may be a missed opportunity. Saying that you want to be an Environmental Activist clearly defines your goal and connects to the employers goals.

2. When do you expect to reach your goal? (be realistic, sometimes the job search can take a few months).

3. How much time a week are you prepared to spend making that goal a reality?

Thought: If the bills are piling up and you need some money fast, your first goal may be to get a survival job to help you continue to look for your chosen job. Make sure that it has flexible hours so you can continue to look for your chosen job.

4Are you able to name your strengths?Does it matter?

Step 2: identifying your skills.

If someone asked you Why should I hire you?, Do you have an answer?

Knowing your skills and qualifications will dramatically affect how you write a resume, answer interview questions and can increase your confidence in the job search.

Remember, you are gaining skills in all your experience: school; part-time, summer and full-time jobs; volunteering; extra-curricular activities; and life experience. Employers ask questions to see if you are a good fit. It is not considered bragging by answering the questions honestly and highlighting your skills and providing examples to prove it. You are giving the employer what they want.


What if I dont know how to describe my skills? Self exploration Career Counselling

If you are unsure of this step, set up an appointment to see myself or Roseanne in the CSO. 6

PeopleCompaniesSectorResearch is the most important and over looked step in the job search.

When researching focus on these 3 areas

PeopleLearn more about people in your sector. Who do you already know or want to know who are connected to your sector. Profs? Co-op supervisors? Volunteer supervisors? Classmates? The people dont need to be in a position to hire you, they just need to have access to information that will lead to that person or information.

CompaniesLearn about the companies in your field: Which companies are hiring in your sector? where are they located? Are they private, public or non profit

Sector information Skills required, typical starting salaries, certifications needed, Is the industry in a growth or decline period Professional associations, memberships, conferences, events

Working in Canada is the Government of Canada's leading source for jobs and labour market information. It offers users free occupational and career information such as job opportunities, educational requirements, main duties, wage rates and salaries, current employment trends, and outlooks. The site can help people search for work, make career decisions, see what jobs will be in demand, and much more. Employers can also advertize jobs for free.

7What is a Career Action Plan?Why do I need one?

Career Action Plan

WHAT is a Career Action Plan? proactive approach to career planning plan to provide you with knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions regarding your career it is your road map to follow so that you can see the necessary steps to get where you eventually want to be

WHY do I need a Career Action Plan? create self-awareness, option awareness, create and encourage decision making and planning skills, portfolio development, etc. enables you to gain skills/information/resources/experiences necessary to make good career choices it increases your career choices and access to opportunities improves relationships organizes career development into a manageable time frame8

Update your rsum and other employment documentsPrepare a 30 second introductionCreate a networking listPractice interviewingContact your references

So, you know your skills and youve done some research about what is going on in your field. Now, youre ready to get your job search tools prepared and make a plan. Planning is an important key to success in your job search; it can help keep you focused while observing all your progress. Here are a few ideas of things to do at this stage:

Prepare your job search tools: resume, portfolio and cover lettersDevelop a list of: the people you know (your network), potential employers and industry eventsCheck out the CSC website for online career tools and calendar of events to see what employers are coming to campus Make an appointment with a career advisor for a mock interview or help creating a Job search Action Plan


Start applyingCheck company/job website regularlyConnect with your networkGo on informational interviewsAttend conferences, events, etc. Always send thank you letters

10The Hidden Job Market

Job Postings- Visible Jobs Not Posted- Hidden20-30%70-80%Career Services Centre Dalhousie University11Iceberg analogy: Of the jobs available, over 80% will be hidden. This means only approx. 20% of available jobs are actually advertised. As the question: Does it make sense to spend 80% of your time applying / accessing only 20% of available jobs? No.

Hidden jobs include jobs recently vacant, a need uncovered but not yet advertised, etc.

How do you access the Hidden Job Market? The other 80%

The Value of Networking

Where are you spending most of your time? (Most people are in the green.)

Where does it make sense to focus your efforts?

Question: What is a network? How many of you think you have one? Examples.


Evaluate job offersLearn etiquette on job acceptance or refusalMaintain networkContinue to develop skills


If you want to make an appt, please see me after we are done.


Career Services Centre

11 River RoadDalhousie University, Truro Campus893-7895 rosanne.chapman@dal.caDrop-in MyCareer.dal.caJob postingsCareer calendarBook an appointment