LOOKING FOR A JOB?
Don’t try to do it on your own. You need help. So leverage the FREE RESOURCES available to you and understand that NETWORKING is the key to a successful job search.
Many people don’t realize that there is an abundance of free resources available to job seekers. Even if you are not eligible to collect unemployment benefits, the Wisconsin Job Centers have significant resources to help you in your job search.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has offices all over. These centers offer training and retraining programs, seminars, and workshops to help job seekers with everything from constructing you r resume to learning how to build and utilize a LinkedIn presence.
Sample calendar of events to workshops offered through DWD.
The DWD website has a significant amount of information that will aid in a job search such as:
12 Most Common Interview Questions | View Resource (.pdf)
Questions to Ask the Interview | View Resource (.pdf)
Other resources available through for the job seeker
Most Effective Way to Find a Job – Networking
Least Effective Way to Find a Job –Filling Out Online Applications
To be clear, the online application will still be necessary as this is the way that most companies accept candidates into the job pools. Therefore, continue to apply online to the positions but also network your way into the interview. Why is this important you ask?
- Recruiters have access to an additional 10-15% percent of available jobs
- 70-80% of all jobs hidden!
What is Networking?
Let’s start by talking about what networking is not. Your goal in networking is not to ask for a job, but to learn how you can get connected to the right people to get in front of the hiring manager. Networking is not something you start when you need a job, but something you leverage in order to get a job. In other words, spend time while you are employed making connections with others in your industry, company, profession, etc. and cultivating those connections. When you become unemployed, these are the individuals you will connect with to get inside information on positions that are open or coming open.
How do you Network?
There are numerous ways to network and you should employ any and all of them. Job hunting is a contact sport, meaning you cannot sit home and apply online and get satisfactory results. You have to get out and meet people. Some of the best ways to network:
The informational interview is a quick 20 to 30 minute meeting with someone who can aid you in your job search. Your goal in the informational interview is to get feedback on your background and experience, learn what you can do best, and who the individual can help you connect with. Offer to meet the person you plan to interview with for coffee or lunch (you buy the coffee). Don’t waste the time of the person, get right to the point and stay focused. For instance, if you are an accountant, then you want to meet with someone connected to the accounting profession.
- Give them your 30-second elevator speech (brief summary of your background and experience)
- Scan your resume with them and point out your specific accomplishments and jobs
- Ask for your ideas and or opinions for your search. What jobs should you be considering, etc.
- Ask them who else they think you should be talking to
- Thank them for their time and be sure to connect with them on social media and keep them updated on your search
Leveraging the Power of Social Networking
Build and maintain a LinkedIn profile. If you already have one, begin to reach out to your connections to let them know that you are looking. If you can, purchase a premium account so that you can send messages to individuals you are not currently connected to.
Job Search Support Groups
These groups meet at various locations around Milwaukee and different groups have different goals and formats. So try out several.