Jeannine Bennett Job Hunting Strategies

Job Hunting Strategies
• Networking • Classifieds

Ways to Find a Job
• Career Centers

Changing the way you look for a job!

• Informational Interviewing • Interning • Volunteering • Cold-calling • Internet Searches (Monster, Career Connection etc. ) • Job Fairs

Provided by Student Development Presented by Jeannine Bennett

• Professional Conferences

Available Resources
• Individualized Career Counseling • Books • Interest Inventories • Workshops • Mock Interviews • Outside Associations • Internet • Headhunters

Difference Between A Job and A Calling
Do we just do a job? Or do we have a calling?

– – – – Jesus was called The disciples were called The early church was called Today - we are called! • Primary Calling: is to be in a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. • Secondary Calling: provides the contexts in which we can live our primary calling to follow Jesus.

– Your work, or vocational calling, is one of your secondary callings. Your work matters to God –

Important Advice
• Do your research • Adapt materials to employer • Have the right mindset • Refine your goals • What career switchers need to know • Follow-up

Career Connections
Career Centers
School of Business
Career Development & Alumni Relations Kelly Head, Director (757) 226-4225

School of Communication & the Arts
Career & Alumni Services Lisa Hagen, Coordinator (757) 226-4228

Regent Undergrad
Career & Alumni Services Jennifer Hardman, Director (757) 226-4410

School of Divinity
Career & Alumni Services Dianne Chandler, Director (757) 226-4417 (800) 723-6162 (Option 8)

School of Education
Jeff Ludvik, Asst. Dean (757) 226-4251

Robertson School of Government
Career Services Beverly Hedberg, Director (757) 226-4641

School of Law
Career & Alumni Services Mark T. Morrell, Director Jeannine Bennett, Asst. Dir (757) 226-4915

School of Psychology & Counseling
Career Services Abigail Peoples, MA Career & Field Placement Coordinator (757) 226-4252

School of Leadership Studies
Career & Alumni Services Bruce Snyder, Assoc. Dean

Regent University Center for Student Development


why they chose it. etc. You can go the traditional route of setting up a card file or the electronic route and create a database.” Your ability . hairdresser. No matter what type of system you use. doctor. Using the headings in the yellow pages is a good way to jar your memory of people you know. the next step is to schedule informational interviews. You need to begin by deciphering who they are. what they do.HOW TO GET STARTED: Some Simple “How To’s” of Networking: Networking Through People You Know: Many people overlook the obvious ways of making contacts. how they got where they are. Many of you may be thinking you have no contacts. spouse or kids’ names) o Business information (their specialty. Who do you know who’s an accountant. Be able to state what you’re looking for – “I’m interested in working in the marketing department of the organization. Former Employers and Co-workers High School Classmates and Teachers Christmas Card List Casual Contacts at Social Events Community Activities How to Start: Step 1: Write and memorize an introduction of yourself that is comfortable. I know that is the are you that you are in. their work. You need to be able to discuss the organization. their staff. Start by researching the person/organization before contacting them. how they started. a spreadsheet or some other type of computer based system to help you keep track of your contacts. banker. contractor. Gather enough information to explain in a succinct and realistic fashion what you hope to gain from meeting them.” Step 3: Step 4: Informational Interviewing: After you have obtained the names of the people that you want to meet through your networking activities. what they like or dislike about it). birthdays. NOT TRUE! Regardless of what you may think. Keeping a good calendar. Could I have 15 minutes of your time for some advice. dentist.? Gather their names and addresses. etc. address & phone o When and how you met o Who referred you o Who they in turn referred you to o Any correspondence o Personal information (interests. the important thing is to make sure that your system contains information you will need to know and remember about the contacts you have met. Step 2: Establish some sort of tracking (tickler) system. such as: o Name. Get Started with “Informational Interviewing. The easiest way is to begin with the people you already know. Other possibilities might include: • • • • • • • • • • Church Family Law School Alumni and Professors Undergraduate Alumni and Professors Family and Friends Your doctor. etc. everyone has a sphere of influence of about 200 people. You also need to be able to clearly present and introduce yourself.

Also. 5) Dress professionally for the meeting with your potential employer. don’t tell your professional contacts you are looking for a job. and help. this particular person to contact over all of the other possibilities? What is it specifically about this person’s organization that you want to know? These types of questions will help you to clarify your objectives in networking BEFORE you call or write to contacts. if the potential employer indicated that they were working on a specific issue. but at this juncture. advice. would you choose this profession? Why? What you could do to make yourself more attractive as a potential employee including: 7) If. For example.” Think like the employer: Why has this person chosen this particular organization. “whom else do you think I should talk to?” Also. and more importantly. you should ask. You should NOT be saying. always follow-up with a phone call. always thank them for their time. Here are some possible questions to ask in informational interviewing: • • • • • • • • • • How did you decide on this field and specialization? Did you do an internship in school? Was it helpful? What classes did you find most helpful? What professional publications do you read? What do you wish you’d known about before starting work? What is your typical day like? What is the most interesting project recently worked on? What do you like best (worst) about your work? If you were starting over. “give me a job.” Instead.resume. towards the conclusion of your talk. no additional names to contact have been offered. 9) If appropriate. writing sample. 8) After the interview has ended. and will increase your chances of arousing their interest in consenting to meet with you. Obviously finding a job is your long-term goal. . Make sure you obtain their business card. follow up on the conversation by producing or locating something you discussed. always have an extensive list of questions you wish to have answered. This takes the pressure off the individual to give you a job or to even interview you. 1) You can start with a letter or phone call. be proactive in locating a case or article relating to that issue and either refer them to it or include a copy with your thank you present yourself and your purpose for calling will determine the response you receive. Always have these available in case you’re asked for them. and letters of recommendation. 6) Take 5 items with you . If choosing to start with a letter. an informative conversation should be your objective. transcript. Fill out your “contact” information on your index cards and send a “thank you” letter within 24 hours. you SHOULD only be seeking information. 4) Indicate that you recognize how valuable their time is and let them know that any amount of time they can share with you will be appreciated. request permission to use their name when making the contact. 2) Regardless of which method you choose. 3) ALWAYS start either the letter or the phone call with the name of the referral. “So and so RECOMMENDED I call you. list of references.

Personal Marketing Strategy Planning Sheet Personal Analysis • • • Set broad long-term objectives Evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses Set preliminary timetables • • • Environment Analysis Identify current opportunities Examine trends which may affect opportunities Evaluate business practices (legal industry) Develop objectives • Long-term • Short-term Develop your marketing plan • Identify likely opportunities • Plan your product (you) • Plan your promotion Implement your marketing plan .

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