Empower Yourself In Transition


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Empower Yourself In Transition

  1. 1. Empower Yourself in Transition “Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads or accommodations.”- Oliver Goldsmith
  2. 2. How to SELL Yourself <ul><li>Get to know yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Create an activity plan </li></ul><ul><li>Execute the plan </li></ul><ul><li>Track your progress </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor and adjust </li></ul><ul><li>Creating incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your sanity </li></ul>
  3. 3. Investment Strategy <ul><li>Always invest in yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for ways to invest your talents to benefit others. </li></ul><ul><li>Measure your success by what you give and not what you get. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Dare to dream… <ul><li>What is my job from heaven? </li></ul><ul><li>What is my job from hell? </li></ul><ul><li>If I won the lottery today, what would I do with my time and talents? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Identify Strengths <ul><li>What makes you unique? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the attributes that best describe you? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strength Finders 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meyers Briggs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family/Friends/Co-workers descriptions </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Know your Skills <ul><li>Industry expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Education background </li></ul><ul><li>Past job responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Success stories and outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and personal development </li></ul>
  7. 7. Growth Opportunities <ul><li>What skills would I like to acquire? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What can I do to gain these skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Dig Deeper…. <ul><li>What is holding me back? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my fears? </li></ul><ul><li>Push yourself to go after what you want… </li></ul><ul><li>“ Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Create a Branding Statement <ul><li>Write a tag-line for yourself that is memorable. </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize your key skills, strengths and talents </li></ul><ul><li>Describe your passion points </li></ul><ul><li>“ We lead from the essence of who we are as a person.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Building the Action Plan <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Research companies that are in line with your interests and goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends and Co-workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linked In </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Boards </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Setting the Target <ul><li>What are must haves in a job? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compensation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work hours? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career progression opportunities? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do I want to do on a daily basis? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my success drivers? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of culture is right for me? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Target Company List <ul><li>Make the list in pencil </li></ul><ul><li>Share the list with networking contacts, friends and colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Get the word out: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone Campaign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail Campaign </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Build an Activity Plan <ul><li>Network Meeting Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 per week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prospecting Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 new contacts per week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resume Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 resumes submitted each week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Don’t forget to follow-up, and look for new ways to connect.” </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Networking Tracking System <ul><li>Create a spreadsheet and enter all contact information with the following key fields: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mutual Connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last Contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notes </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Resume/Application Tracker <ul><li>Keep a log of where and when you send information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key Contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow up letter sent date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last contact </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Expense and Mileage Tracker <ul><li>Keep record of expenses from networking meetings and a log of mileage accumulated during the job search. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Activity Generating tools <ul><li>Linked In </li></ul><ul><li>Formal Networking Events: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JSFG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvest Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pat Frew </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protrain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry specific groups </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Back to Branding… <ul><li>Create personal business cards to hand out at networking events. </li></ul><ul><li>Get a professional photo taken to post on Linked In and job boards. </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to sell yourself and put together a brand book: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommendation Letters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Samples of past work </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Give Back <ul><li>Look for ways to help other co-workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Spend time each week volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicate time for family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Take care of you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Interview Tips <ul><li>Be yourself and know your story. </li></ul><ul><li>Research the company and get a feel for the business, culture and customers. </li></ul><ul><li>Come prepared with PAR Stories: Problem, Action and Resolution. </li></ul><ul><li>“People Get Hired for Character.” </li></ul>
  21. 21. Follow-Up <ul><li>Thank you letter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight an event or stress point from the meeting. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on problem solving and how you can help. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sincere and show that you were listening. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Don’t stop… <ul><li>Just because you had an interview, does not mean you will get the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive responses do not necessarily mean employment. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep going and continue to generate activity. </li></ul><ul><li>“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it whether you get back up.” </li></ul>
  23. 23. Create Incentives and Celebrate <ul><li>Treat yourself to something each week for meeting your goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate with co-workers and family along the way. </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule time to get out of the office with activities not related to the job search. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Keep Your Sanity.. <ul><li>Definition of Insanity: </li></ul><ul><li>“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”- Albert Einstein </li></ul><ul><li>Continually look for ways to improve and be willing to make changes to your plan. </li></ul>