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Monster Secrets An Insider’s Guide to Getting the Job. ValleyWorks Career Center Dan DeMaioNewton & Christal Dionne September 27, 2010. We Must Make This a Thing of the Past. Poised. What’s Going on with Local Jobs Your Resume Networking Interviewing Monster Secrets
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Monster SecretsAn Insider’s Guide to Getting the Job ValleyWorks Career Center Dan DeMaioNewton & Christal Dionne September 27, 2010
What’s Going on with Local Jobs Your Resume Networking Interviewing Monster Secrets Insider Insights to Getting the Job Getting the Offer Agenda
Overall Job Demand is Dropping after having Risen for Several Months.
Top 10 States with Greatest Demand Source: Monster Employment Index, Aug 2010
The Top 10 Occupations in Demand in Boston Area MEI Occupation Index Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 145 Food Preparation & Serving 136 Education, Training & Library 119 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical 118 Transportation and Material Moving 112 Construction and Extraction 111 Community and Social Services 108 Management100 9. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media 94 10. Business and Financial Operations83
The Bottom 10 Occupations in Demand in Boston MEI Occupation Index Legal46 Office and Administrative Support50 Healthcare Support 51 Life, Physical, & Social Science 63 Sales and Related 63 Architecture and Engineering64 Computer & Mathematical 64 Protective Service 74 Military Specific 76 Building, Grounds Cleaning, Maintenance78
Regional Vice President Shift Operations Manager Department Manager Area Manager Manager Trainee
Web Developer Database Analyst Usability Testing Quality Assurance Business Development Architect Business Analyst Web Designer
Calendar of unique local job-related events Networking Groups Career Fairs Seminars Workshops Discussion Forums Hidden Jobs Exposed News for Job Seekers Better Job Hunting Articles Phantom Job Seeker Recruiter News Success Stories Tools for Networking Group Leaders The Lighter Side Social and Professional Profiles, Endorsements, and Member Objectives Job Seeker News feed Job Seeker-related videos Dan’s Job-Seeker-related presentations
What’s in a Name? What You Name Your Online Resume Matters! Learn From the Mistakes of Others… • Using only your name • Ed McDonald Resume • Dudley’s Resume • Only putting a title Systems Administrator Equity Research Laborer • Sounding desperate • Hungry and Dependable • I Want To Do Something Else, But I’m Not Sure What It Is • Too cute Is the grass greener? • Telling nothing • zzz • MyResume • June 2009 • Candidate Management • Typos • Seeking Retail Or Hospitality ManagmentPostion • Account Management expereince • Highly Ambitious Leader Professional Seeks Oppertunity. • Dating yourself Senior Technology Leader 2007
Resume Naming: Best Practices • Show Them Where You Want to Be • Recruiter “Sees” You and Wants to Learn More • Exceptional Executive Assistant specializing in wearing many hats. • Hard Charging Executive Manager Who Gets The Job Done! • Peter Summerhill – MBA w/ Extensive Operational Experience • Career Changer – from controller to early childhood education • Experienced Professional: Results * Customer Loyalty * Leadership • Dynamic Financial Professional seeking a growth-oriented company
Your Email Address Matters • Use a professional email address • Free email • How do you want your potential employer to imagine you? • firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane.Smith@latsirhc.com
Highlight Your Strengths Create your hooks! • What are your strengths? • What is most relevant to your potential employer? Reel them in!
Customize Your Resume • Create a Complete Master Resume and Modify Versions for Every Job to which You Apply • Identify critical words and phrases in Job Postings • Include exact matches of critical words and phrases in your resume and cover letter. • What does HR know about the position they are trying to fill?
Use… Who would you hire? $ Account manager for advertising agency. OR Managed 15 strategic accounts billing in excess of $15MM annually. Dollar Amounts % # Sold widgets to clients located in the Midwest. OR Increased sales by 17% in a 5 state territory. Percentages Numbers
Resume Length • Keep to the point. • Summarize your general responsibilities • List a few bulleted accomplishments. • Include words from the job description in your resume. • Keep your experience current and relevant. • Recruiters do not care what you do in your spare time. • Font size • Font Size • Font Size
Typoes and Pour Punctuation; • Recruiters spend 15 seconds scanning your resume. • Their Goal: Find any reason to eliminate your resume. • Your typos make it easy for them, hard for you. “If you don’t care enough about spelling a word, how can I trust you to do a job?” 40
Your Attitude • Choose words that reflect a positive attitude. • Leave out negatives and irrelevant points. • Age discrimination • Inapplicable Duties • Be positive about your previous position or employer.
Do the Resume Reel With Others Hand your resume to someone. They have 15 seconds to look at it. Take it away. Ask, “What 3 things did you notice about my resume.” No judgments, just facts. What they recall are your “hooks.” Ask, “What 3 mistakes or weak areas did you notice?” What they recall are your “holes” Repeat with others Friends Networking contacts Family Strangers
The Six Word Resume • Scan and reflect on your career • In six words exactly: • Define your career intentions • Summarize your career history • Be unique • Do this foremost for yourself • Don’t be afraid to be: • Tragic • Insightful • Funny • Inspiring • Human
What is the One Question You ALWAYS End an Informational Interview with?
There are Two Ways Job Seekers Get Hired by Online Boards Hunting Being Hunted
Top 15 Search Phrases by Job Seekers – US Jan 2010 • Sales 1,709,562 • Customer Service 986,362 • Accounting 912,219 • Marketing 686,214 • Manager 568,556 • Human Resources 519,705 • Retail 474,283 • Part time 457,659 • Administrative assistant 440,308 • Construction 407,312 • Warehouse 401690 • Engineer 385,357 • Nurse 384,810 • Finance 329,009 • Receptionist 321,683
Top 15 Search Phrases by Job Seekers – Boston, Feb 2010 • Sales 20,169 • Marketing 19,725 • Accounting 10,214 • Engineer 8,964 • Finance 8,821 • Administrative assistant 8,392 • Nurse 8,024 • Customer Service 8,021 • Human Resources 7,755 • Construction 6,381 • Project Manager 5,884 • Retail 5,803 • Executive Assistant 5,782 • Manager 4,958 • Part time 4,556