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Work Smarter, Not Harder Creating a Job Search Strategy in a Tough Economy Usman Chaudry, Volt Workforce Solutions Presentation for APICS MM.DD.2008 | © 2008 Volt Information Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. Proprietary & Confidential.
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Work Smarter Not Harder

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Advice on how to conduct a job search in these rough economic times.
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  • 1. Work Smarter, Not Harder Creating a Job Search Strategy in a Tough Economy
    • Usman Chaudry, Volt Workforce Solutions

Presentation for APICS MM.DD.2008 | 2008 Volt Information Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. Proprietary & Confidential. 2. Overview

  • Creating a Job Search Strategy:
  • Building a resume
  • Building a virtual presence
  • Finding opportunities
  • Interviewing

3. Building a Resume

  • 2 Formats:
    • Chronological
    • Functional
  • Does your resume
    • ScreamCall me!!!
    • HaveMSAs ?
      • (If not,get them !!!)
    • Keywords

4. Made, Saved, and Achieveds

  • Made:
    • Products/Services youve created,
    • Ideas youve created
    • Sales
  • Saved:
    • Time
    • Money
    • Reduction in costs
  • Achieved:
    • Greatest Accomplishments

Quantifiable 5. MSA Example

  • What have youmade ,saved , orachievedfor your employers?
    • Provide example
    • Give quantifiable results
  • MSA Version
    • Iprovided technical support to 300 employeeswith computer difficulties locally and remotely using Altiris Remote Control,
    • resultingin areduced response timefrom 3 hours to 2 hours.
    • and Ireduced number of service tickets 30%from 100 to 70 in my first month.

6. Building a Virtual Presence

  • Attract Attention
  • Choose appropriate site
  • Prepare profile carefully
    • Post picture
    • Experience and education
    • MSAs
    • Keywords
    • Contact information
  • Create network
  • Update frequently

7. Building a Virtual Presence

  • Create On-line Profiles on Social Media Sites
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google
  • You Tube

8. Finding Opportunities

  • Where do you find jobs?
  • What is the most effective method?
  • Post and Pray?
  • Submit to jobs on job boards?
  • Networking?

9. Finding Opportunities

  • Where do you find jobs?
  • If your only answer is
  • Applying tojob ads and postings
  • thatsNOT ENOUGHin todays economy.

10. Finding Opportunities

  • Apply directly to company websites
  • Apply directly using Job Aggregators
    • Indeed.com
    • Indeed.ca
    • Simplyhired.com
  • Join groups to network
    • Ning.com
    • Google Groups
    • Yahoo! Groups
    • MSN Groups

11. Job Search Strategy

  • Take a comprehensive approach
  • Update your resume with MSAs... Very important!!!!
  • Add keywords to be searchable
  • Post to the major job boards..i.e Monster, Workopolis, CareerBuilder etc.
  • Apply directly to target companies
  • Network
    • Family
    • Friends (Friends of friends/family)
    • Colleagues, Managers(Past and present)
    • Associations/groups

12. Job Search Strategy

  • How will they find you?
  • Tweak your resume for each job.
  • Applying via e-mail
    • Include your resume and cover letter in the body
    • AND
    • Attach resume and cover letter soft copy
  • Create a follow-up spreadsheet to track applications
  • Follow up with applications on a weekly basis.

13. Interviewing for Success 14. Interviewing for Success

  • Know the job description
  • Research the company
  • What can you contribute? (MSAs)
    • To the position
    • To the company
  • What personal characteristics make you successful? (Examples)
  • Why do you want the position?
  • Prepare questions

15. Interviewing for Success

  • Be prompt
  • Dress appropriately
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Bring your resume
  • Turn off your phone
  • Give a firm handshake
  • Be positive and make it a conversation

16. Practice, Practice, Practice

  • 5Ps:
  • James Baker

TOINTERVIEW 17. Follow Up

  • Thank everyone you spoke to

18. In Review

  • Creating a Job Search Strategy In a Tough Economy
  • Working Smarter not Harder
  • Perfecting your resume and cover letter each time
  • Building a virtual presence and networking
  • Finding opportunities use a comprehensive, proactive approach
  • Prepare and practice for interviewing
  • Follow up

19. Questions 20. Thank you