Prepare to job search

 What is Job Search : the process to find a job whether you are currently unemployed or simply looking for a change of employment. So how should I go about this? The next 12 slides discuss 12 different things to consider through your journey of job search. Share your thoughts and experiences with the trainer and the group.

Use your network. Let's start with something that may be out of your control. More and more positions are being filled without being advertised. Referrals are more likely to get the position, simply because HR staff are busy and why not hire someone who already has an advocate within the company? Since informal hiring is happening on a greater scale, if you're currently looking for work, remember that you are always looking for work. The local sporting club may have an opening that will fit your skill set, a school parent may work in an organisation where there may be vacancies. Don't focus only on the old ways of looking for a job – get out, get to know people, and treat every interaction as a potential opportunity!

Clean up your act on social media. Companies often Google search a candidate before hiring, and social media can be an immediate red flag. Before starting your job search, clean up your Facebook! Many people respond to this advice defensively, feeling that it's ‘old fashioned’ to have your actions monitored even on social media, but the truth is, once it's out there, it's hard to remove it. Review your privacy settings and if it's questionable, maybe leave it off the Internet. Apply a “grandma filter” on every social media post. Before hitting send, ask yourself: Would I want my grandma to see this?

You are going to need a strong resume. Standards for resumes change all the time and just because it worked previously doesn't mean your resume will work now. Since a vast majority of positions that do make it out to job boards will be using online applications, the look of your resume matters far less than the content. It certainly should still be attractive and easy to read, but color and artistic flair are just going to confuse the computer screens. In fact, some of the ATS software doesn't read serif fonts at all, so your amazing career background is not even reaching a person just because your font isn't one the computer recognizes. Keep your resume simple! Content is key in the digital age, not the visual bells and whistles.

Stop Be mindful of the ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) In continuing with the resume theme, another element that will impact how likely your resume is to get past the software is your use of keywords. When advice columns tell you to utilize keywords or to read the posting, they mean it! If the ad states you need experience with x, y, and z, then be sure X, Y, and Z are on your resume if you have that experience! It may be more work, yes, but sending out a resume to be rejected by a robot isn't an effective use of your time, either.

Focus on your accomplishments. This can be difficult for those with little work experience, however, everyone has achievements in some areas of their life : these may include work, sporting or personal. Sending in a resume with a generic list of retail responsibilities isn't going to make you stand out. Why would you be great a retail? What makes you different from the other 50 applicants applying for the position? The answer is simple: accomplishments. These are the key points to focus on in your resume. While the job description details can hit the keywords, they should not be the meat of your resume. What makes John Smith different from Joe Jones : John is the team captain of a football team and was provided with this opportunity due to his communication skills. John volunteers at the local op shop on Saturdays and uses his customer services skills to provide service to clients in sourcing stock. That's worth noting!

Get a feel for the company during the interview. So you've gotten your resume updated and it's working. You started getting interview calls! The first interview you go on if you've been out of the job hunt for a while may feel very different. First of all, you may be expecting to go in and meet with one person, only to be greeted by an entire department. Team interviews are more common because it's not just about the job. It's also not about how you do with one person, but how you fit with the team. Work is collaborative, so why would interviews not be? This can take some getting used to, but remember, no matter how badly you want or need this job, if you don't feel comfortable with the interview team, do you really want to work there long-term?

The interview is done. They'll call in a week, right? Very likely, they will not. Not only will it take a while to hear back – if you do – but the interview process takes longer than it used to take. If you go into the interview thinking that will be it, you may be surprised when they tell you the next step is another interview – and then there are three or four more steps. In fact, companies are often now having candidates and finalists come in for trial periods. Sometimes it's an hour and sometimes it's a full day of shadowing. It may feel time-consuming, but in the end, the goal is that you have found something you will be able to do for a while, and the company has found someone who will want to stick around.

Keep an open mind. The hard truth is job search is hard and the job market can be tricky to enter.Salaries may be lower than you thought and some positions are being changed to part-time. The work you thought you would love to do may not have the same title and may be shared by a team now rather than a single role. Instead of viewing these factors as negative, consider the opportunities. Maybe you like retail, but always wanted to do sales. With the market as it is, you may be working harder, but you will also be able to open yourself up to new things. And new things bring new skills and connections. A part time lower salary may be an adjustment, but less hours gives you time to explore volunteer work or pursue other interests. In the end, you can see this as an advantage as you continue to look for full time work.

Don’t let the hunt haunt you. The following are suggestions for not obsessing over unemployment: exercise often, avoid drinking too much, go to galleries, see films, and listen to people smarter than you at lectures or on youtubes. “Basically reframe your mind for fresh ideas” “But map it out so each day, week, and month has a purpose and let yourself take a few hours off from the search.”

Keep it all in perspective.
Another difficult reality is the employment market is competitive.
It's not unheard of to show up for an interview and realize you're interviewing with other candidates for the same job. You may think you are one of five who was called for an interview, only to discover they are interviewing 100 people – out of 500 applicants.
Keep it all in perspective, but again, chances are if you don't get the job, another position just opened when the candidate they selected left their position for this one.
Remember your are gaining practice, practice and practice.
 It's not personal. The final thing it's helpful to know, and probably the most important is that it's not personal. It's very hard not to get discouraged. You may go on hundreds of interviews, send out thousands of resumes, and still be waiting for that call. Friends and family will offer advice and say things like, “The right job will come along,” but it is hard to believe it sometimes. You're not alone – and the truth is that it only takes one. For every rejection, remember it's just not the right fit. It's not you. Someone suggested keeping a tally – every application or every interview that's a no, mark it down. When you reach 100, start over, but chances are, as much as it may seem endless, it's unlikely you will reach 100 without an offer. It will feel like it's inevitable, but the job is out there. Somewhere a hiring manager is looking for someone just like you. This is the hardest piece of advice to believe, but it's imperative because some days, it does seem like there's no end. If it gets really hopeless, allow yourself a day off from the search to do something that makes you happy. Then dust yourself off and get back out there.
In Session 2 there will youtubes, readings and questions regarding types of job search

In Session 3 we will discuss your experiences with job search and outline exercises for session 4

In session 4 you will be asked to research 2 jobs and create content for a cold calling letter for one of these.

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