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Welcome/Introduction Welcome/Introduction "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. " — Conrad Hilton Hotels

Agenda 1. Observations and Trends 2. Employment 2015 3. Job Search Best Practices 4. Agenda 1. Observations and Trends 2. Employment 2015 3. Job Search Best Practices 4. Locating Opportunities 5. Interview Pointers http: //knowledgestaff. com

Observations and Trends “Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking. ” Observations and Trends “Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking. ” — Wallace Stevens

1. Observations and Trends A. The Economy § Since March 2009: Ø Ø the 1. Observations and Trends A. The Economy § Since March 2009: Ø Ø the S&P 500 has climbed ~200% the NYSE is up 165% the NASDAQ is up more than 260%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained more than 165% § Jobless rate is down to 5. 5% from nearly 10% four years ago § Oil prices at historic lows § Looming vulnerabilities

1. Observations and Trends B. Employment § § § Shift in supply and demand 1. Observations and Trends B. Employment § § § Shift in supply and demand Increasing salaries and rates Greater reliance on temporary and contract hiring Part-time hiring on the rise Small businesses weighing “consequences” of growth

1. Observations and Trends C. The Workplace § Cash conservation § Do more with 1. Observations and Trends C. The Workplace § Cash conservation § Do more with less and faster § Maintain a highly productive, flexible and adaptive workforce

Employment 2015 “The harder I work the more I live. ” — George Bernard Employment 2015 “The harder I work the more I live. ” — George Bernard Shaw

2. Employment 2015 A. So How Is It Out There? § § § Continued 2. Employment 2015 A. So How Is It Out There? § § § Continued recovery Permanent staffing has increased Consulting staffing remains strong Shifting supply and demand impacting employers Salaries and consulting rates are continuing to increase Talent market tightening

2. Employment 2015 B. So Where Is The Activity? § § § Most industries 2. Employment 2015 B. So Where Is The Activity? § § § Most industries Healthcare remains strong Replacement/Back-fill requirements in most departments in all industries Talent Management Performance Management

2. Employment 2015 C. What Do You Face? § § Increased hiring activity Increased 2. Employment 2015 C. What Do You Face? § § Increased hiring activity Increased competition Ø Ø § Other entry level candidates Experienced candidates willing to accept less $ Candidates willing to relocate Remote/virtual candidates Improving compensation

2. Employment 2015 D. What Do Hiring Managers Want? § The core competencies Ø 2. Employment 2015 D. What Do Hiring Managers Want? § The core competencies Ø Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills Ø Proven ability to learn quickly § § § “Get the job done no matter what” mentality Commitment, passion, and honesty To be satisfied with no surprises

2. Employment 2015 E. Increase Your Odds § § § It is never too 2. Employment 2015 E. Increase Your Odds § § § It is never too early to begin thinking about your future employment (Internships, society involvement, clubs, volunteering) Build your identity and an impressive portfolio Know the tools of your trade Be relentless in your job search Be more strategic in your job search Articulate your value

Job Search Best Practices “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties Job Search Best Practices “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. ” — John Quincy Adams

3. Job Search Best Practices A. Develop Your Job Search Plan § Provide clarity 3. Job Search Best Practices A. Develop Your Job Search Plan § Provide clarity Ø What type of job will you consider? Ø Where are you most marketable? Ø Salary, location, etc. § § § Identify and coordinate action Help to maintain focus Identify resources Tap into your Network of Help Set goals and expectations

3. Job Search Best Practices A. Develop Your Job Search Plan 3. Job Search Best Practices A. Develop Your Job Search Plan

3. Job Search Best Practices B. Recruiters and What You Need To Know § 3. Job Search Best Practices B. Recruiters and What You Need To Know § § § Odds are that they may not be able to help you They are busy; 10 -15 seconds may be all you get They may not know what you really do for a living They rely heavily on Resume Repositories Most do not read cover letters

Quick Survey – Resume Strategy § How many different versions of your resume do Quick Survey – Resume Strategy § How many different versions of your resume do you have? : Ø Ø Ø 1 2 3 4 5

3. Job Search Best Practices C. Become a Resume Writing Expert § § Answer 3. Job Search Best Practices C. Become a Resume Writing Expert § § Answer the 2 magic questions Anticipate employer “hot buttons” Address employer concerns and challenges GET THE INTERVIEW What are your differentiators? Why you?

3. Job Search Best Practices C. Become a Resume Writing Expert § § CUSTOMIZE 3. Job Search Best Practices C. Become a Resume Writing Expert § § CUSTOMIZE ALL RESUMES where the job description is known Answer the following questions: Ø What relevant experience do I have for this job? Ø Is my resume properly weighted to stress the skills and experience required in the job description? § Customization methods Ø Ø Objective matches the Job Description Summary section highlights relevant experience Bulleted lists in order of importance Use the same words contained in the Job Description

Locating Opportunities Locating Opportunities "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. " — Vince Lombardi

4. Locating Opportunities In today’s challenging economic times, the key for any entry- or 4. Locating Opportunities In today’s challenging economic times, the key for any entry- or junior-level HR/TM professional is: § § Build experience that you can leverage in the future Remain flexible Understand that your next job may not be THE job Remember that money is important however…see Items #1, 2 and 3

4. Locating Opportunities A. Commercial Job Boards § § § § Monster. com Careerbuilder. 4. Locating Opportunities A. Commercial Job Boards § § § § Monster. com Careerbuilder. com Hound. com Indeed. com Simply. Hired. com Higher. Ed. Jobs. com Craigslist. com Law of Permutation – many ways to say the same thing

4. Locating Opportunities B. Your Network § § § Professors Advisors Alumni Family Friends 4. Locating Opportunities B. Your Network § § § Professors Advisors Alumni Family Friends Society members

4. Locating Opportunities C. Social Networking Sites § § § Linked. In. com - 4. Locating Opportunities C. Social Networking Sites § § § Linked. In. com - the premier business networking site where job profiles are shared, jobs posted, and questions asked Facebook. com - great for connecting with old colleagues and creating a personal profile. Spoke. com - a database of contact information for people at all levels of business Data. com/connect - a database of virtual business cards that can be traded and shared Twitter. com – relevant tweets can help people find you

4. Locating Opportunities D. Professional Society Sites – Talent Management § § SHRM. org 4. Locating Opportunities D. Professional Society Sites – Talent Management § § SHRM. org ATD. org HRNY. org ODNET. org

4. Locating Opportunities D. Professional Society Sites § Take full advantage of your membership: 4. Locating Opportunities D. Professional Society Sites § Take full advantage of your membership: Ø Ø Ø Access the national and local chapter job listings Access the Member Directory o Approach strategically o Approach tactfully Attend meetings and conferences AND contribute

4. Locating Opportunities E. Corporate Web Sites § Identify: Ø Ø § Visit web 4. Locating Opportunities E. Corporate Web Sites § Identify: Ø Ø § Visit web sites of top performing companies Largest employers in your area Companies receiving funding Companies awarded contracts/sales Search the Corporate Career Pages

4. Locating Opportunities F. Approaching Employers § § Write email messages/cover letters stating your 4. Locating Opportunities F. Approaching Employers § § Write email messages/cover letters stating your key relevant attributes Where possible, approach the hiring manager Ø Remember - The person reviewing the resume may not be fully competent Ø The resume may be going directly into a resume database

Interview Pointers Interview Pointers "Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. ” — Confucious

5. Interview Pointers A. Preparation § § § Research the company Research the hiring 5. Interview Pointers A. Preparation § § § Research the company Research the hiring managers Review the job description Anticipate their questions Arrive 15 minutes early

5. Interview Pointers B. Settling Your Nerves § § § What is the purpose 5. Interview Pointers B. Settling Your Nerves § § § What is the purpose of the interview? Gain insight into the company, the job, and their expectations Articulate the value you can offer Leave a clear picture of who you are Be bold

5. Interview Pointers C. Those Tough Questions § § § Prepare for behavioral questions 5. Interview Pointers C. Those Tough Questions § § § Prepare for behavioral questions Salary expectations Weaknesses Close strong and determine next steps

Summary and Conclusion Summary and Conclusion "The future depends on what you do today. " — Mahatma Ghandi

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