Resources

Job Search Process

For those linear thinkers, here’s a suggested step-by-step job-search plan.

Step 1: Scan the Environment

  • Investigate trends, issues and developments in your industry (online, networking meetings, professional associations/journals, local business publications).
  • Analyze ads/online postings to determine companies and industries that need your skills.
  • Expand your network to include related industries and professions.
Step 2: Determine Your Professional Objective
  • Self assessment: What do you do best? What do you like to do? What are your priorities?
  • Professional assessment: Specialized areas of knowledge? Key roles? Specialized skills? Accomplishments to highlight?
  • Draft a sentence or phrase that concisely describes the kind of work you are seeking.
Step 3: Create Your Personal Marketing Plan
  • Determine your exit statement — why you’re looking. An exit statement should be brief, non-defensive, truthful and positive.
  • Define your unique advantage in the marketplace.
  • Create your positioning statement. It presents an overall message to your target market.
  • Target your resume to deliver a consistent and strong theme/thread.
Step 4: Define and Cultivate Your Target Market
  • Identify specific organizations/companies to pursue (50 is a manageable goal).
  • Consider geographic location, industry or type of organization, size and organizational culture.
  • Ask others for suggestions and input.
Step 5: Gather Marketplace Information
  • Collect additional information about your target list — talk to others, do Internet research, etc.
  • Compile list of questions to ask people within your target organizations so you can be most effective when networking.
  • Set up a system to organize information and keep track of contacts.
Step 6: Get Your Message Out
  • Word-of-mouth advertising about your qualifications and availability.
  • Increase your visibility.
  • Network, network, network with hiring managers.
Step 7: Talk with Hiring Managers
  • Explore their needs; link your benefits to their needs.
  • Share your target list with your contacts.
  • Direct approach with hiring managers, if applicable.
Step 8: Explore Other Search Options
  • Search firms.
  • Listservs.
  • Direct company websites.
Step 9: Interview, Cultivate Offers, Negotiate
  • Competence + compatibility + chemistry = organization’s perspective
  • Competence + compatibility + chemistry + compensation = your perspective
  • Be clear about what they need and the value you bring.
  • Do your homework on compensation before the negotiation starts.

Associations

The Encyclopedia of Associations is a comprehensive source of detailed information on more than 135,000 nonprofit membership organizations worldwide. Available online through most libraries.

Wikipedia has a comprehensive list, too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_professional_organizations.

Check the business section of your local newspaper (including your city’s business journal) for a weekly calendar of professional organization gatherings. Sign up for newsletters and event notifications so you can stay on top of what’s happening in your local market.

Alumni Career Network

Go here for insider access to fellow alumni, job postings and career-related resources. Log into The Compass and click on "Career Home."

Joining the Career Network allows you to:

  • Connect with other alumni to get career advice, expand your network and foster connections.
  • Access Willamette-only networking opportunities.
  • Search and view up-to-date job listings (many with direct alumni connections).
  • Volunteer as a career advisor.
  • Submit job postings and share opportunities of interest with other alumni through JobCat.
  • Search for fellow alumni by name, industry, geographic location, company name, major or fraternity/sorority (for networking purposes).
  • Learn about upcoming career networking events.
  • Access other career planning and professional development resources.
  • Offer your expertise as a valuable resource to other alumni.

Books/Websites

Aggregate Job Board: Indeed.com. Great for researching keywords, related positions, and locating industry organizations/sites for specialized fields.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/ooh. Government site for researching careers, including training and education requirements, job earnings, working conditions, expected job prospects and job descriptions. Very little information about niche fields or more unusual career segments.

The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers:
www.idealist.org/careerguide

Match your skills to occupational areas:
http://online.onetcenter.org

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