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									Need help searching for a job
   in today’s job market?




   10 Ways to Help You
  Land Your Dream Job in
    a Tough Economy
#1: Go For the Growing Markets
• Healthcare is the #1
  growing job market
• Education, Computers
  and Information
  Technology, Business
  and Financial Services,
  Engineering, and
  Government are growing
  job markets as well




http://www.bls.gov/oco/images/ocotjc07.jpg
  How Do I Know Where the Growing
            Markets are?
• http://jobbait.com/
  – Register for a free monthly report which
    details which markets are growing and in what
    states


• Reminder:
  – If your major does not lie within these growing
    job markets, there STILL might be
    opportunities for you (i.e. human resources)
        #2: Use your Network
• Networking is building connections and
  relationships with family, friends, friends of
  friends, professors, neighbors, co-workers
• LinkedIn
• Professional Network (ProNet) in Recruit-A-
  Duke
• Important to make more connections in a bad
  economy
• You network with people every day even if you
  don’t realize it!
What to Tell your Professional Network
•   Explain your background
    information, education,
    career goals, and what
    you are looking for

•   Ask if you can be referred
    to colleagues in their
    organization who could tell
    you more about job
    opportunities

•   USING YOUR NETWOK
    IS EXTREMELY
    IMPORTANT IN A BAD
    ECONOMY!!
#3: Tap into the Unadvertised Job Market

• Private job openings are positions that are
  about to become available or positions
  that could be created
#3: Tap into the Unadvertised Job Market

• How do I find out about these positions?
  – Use your network!
     • It’s estimated that only 25% of job openings are advertised
        (in a tough economy, fewer than 25% are publicly
        announced)
  – Nationwide Job Search in Recruit-A-Duke
     • This online tool allows you to search for jobs by location and
        takes you directly to the company webpage to submit an
        application
  – Local Chamber of Commerce
     • Use the chamber’s membership directory to identify
        employment opportunities in a desired geographical location
#4: Try to be as Flexible as Possible

• Employers may propose bringing you on
  part-time or other project work
• What do you do?
  – If you can, accept what they offer, especially if
    it is a company where you see growth and
    potential for bigger opportunities
  – Eventually that company might offer you a
    full-time job 
         #5: Try New Strategies
•   Use different key words
    when searching for a job
    online

•   Attend networking events in
    new industries, towns, or
    social circles

•   Try looking in newspapers if
    you have never done this

•   Look for jobs at small
    companies if you have
    always worked for big
    corporations (and vice versa)
  #6: Move to a City with Jobs
• If you have been     Top Cities to Work in During the
                           Current Job Market:
  thinking about       1.   Arlington, VA
  moving or have       2.   Washington D.C.
  possible             3.   Durham, NC
  opportunities        4.   Boston, MA
                       5.   Pittsburgh, PA
  somewhere else,      6.   Baltimore, MD
  consider moving to   7.   Philadelphia, PA
  a city with more     8.   Chesapeake, VA
  employment
                            *Check out other top cities to
  opportunities!            move to during a bad
                            economy at Business Week
#7: Write Resume for Target Market

• Writing a general resume does not cut it
  today, SO…..
  – Find out the industry keywords that are "hot"
    in your career field and put them into your
    resume
  – Always include a cover letter detailing the
    exact position you want, where you found the
    job opening, and why you are interested
#8: Attend Career Fairs
            • Great way to speak
              with representatives
              from different
              companies
            • Research companies
            • Prepare questions for
              potential employers
            • Stand out with a
              resume highlighting
              “hot” industry key words
            • Be confident
 #9: Stand Out from the Crowd
• Make sure resume and reference sheet is
  prepared neatly
• Clean up background if need be
  – Make sure Facebook and MySpace do not
    hinder your chances of landing your dream
    job
• EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR THE
  BEST OF THE BEST!!
     #10: Utilize ALL Resources
•   Recruit-a-Duke
•   Different search engines on the Internet
•   Networking
•   Employment section of newspaper
•   Career & Academic Planning (CAP)
    – Wilson 3rd Floor
              References
• http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm

• http://ezinearticles.com

• http://lindseypollak.com/blog/?p=495

								
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