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Roadmap Welcome Introductions Housekeeping Materials Objectives Expectations. 4. Helpful hint The o*net Interest Profiler helps you explore and select careers based on your interests: mynextmove.org/explore/ ip. 5. Use a combination of strategies. Organize your time.
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Roadmap • Welcome • Introductions • Housekeeping • Materials • Objectives • Expectations 4
Helpful hint The o*net Interest Profiler helps you explore and select careers based on your interests: mynextmove.org/explore/ip 5
Use a combination of strategies. • Organize your time. • Include important information. 5
What are the best businesses and hiring organizations to target? • Research skills and wages. • Research employers. • Is a profession indemand or decline? 7
Esd.wa.gov/employmentdata • Chambers of commerce • Library materials • Salary.com • Other government data and reporting sites 7
Use the Labor Market Information Worksheet to research potential employers. 8
Helpful hint Many job openings are listed online at go2worksource.com. 9
Your task is to figure out the specific knowledge, skills and experience the employer requires that will get you an interview. 9
Usually, an employer uses the top 5 to 7 qualifications in a job listing to screen potential candidates. 9
Use the Qualifications Comparison T-chart to see if you have the right skills for the job. 10
How else to use a t-chart: • Target your résumé. • Create a “t-chart” cover letter. • Prepare for an interview. 10-11
Many outlets: • Social media • Job boards • Company websites Writing activity: Bookmark or write down useful websites. 11
Put your best foot forward. • Be appropriate, positive and consistent. • Protect your online identity. 12
Things employers should never see on your online profile: • Inappropriate photos • Badmouthing • Constant negativity • Private or confidential information 13
Facebook • Do’s • Don’ts 14
LinkedIn • Do’s • Don’ts 14-15
Twitter • Do’s • Don’ts 15-16
Social media activity • Is social media the right tool for you? 17
Helpful hint Reach out to as many people as possible to establish your network. You never know where the next good lead will appear. 18
Professional contacts • Personal contacts • Acquaintances Writing activity: Log and categorize your networking activities. 18-20
Setting up the meeting • Preparing your questions • Conducting the informational interview • After the interview 20-21
Helpful hint Don’t get discouraged if your job search takes longer than expected. Change up your strategies to find success. 22
How are you using your time? • Use the Week-in-Review Worksheet to assess your efforts. • Eliminate strategies that don’t work. • Focus on what’s working. 22-25
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