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  • 1. Successfully Manage YourJob SearchProject
    Earl Nichols, PMP September 2009
  • 2. What defines a Project?
  • 3. What defines a Project?
    Temporary
    Unique Product or Service
    Progressive Elaboration
  • 4. Have Project Experience?
    Built a road?
    Designed a building?
    Put a man on the moon?
  • 5. Why apply Project Management to a Job Search?
  • 6. Phases of a Job Search project
  • 7. Get Organized
    Phases of a Job Search project
  • 8. Get Organized
    Phases of a Job Search project
  • 9. Professional Objective -
    What kind of work do you want to do?
    Cost Accountant, Internal Auditor
    Industrial Business Development, Project Management
    IT Management
    Make it CLEAR and SPECIFIC and INTERESTING to you.
    If you are “open” about your job, the employer will be “closed!”
    Get Organized
    Planning
  • 10. Get Organized
    Planning
    Target Market - What organizations do you want to work for?
    • Geographic Location – how far from home/travel %
    • 11. Industry or type of organization
    • 12. Oil/gas, energy; transportation; E&C
    • 13. Global for-profit; non-profit; federal/state/local gov’t
    • 14. Size
    • 15. Global
    • 16. SMB – Small or Medium Business
    • 17. Partnership/Sole Proprietorship
    Aim for 40-50 organizations, but focus on 3-5 at a time.
  • 18. Get Organized
    Planning
    Core Message – Your “30 second” commercial
    • What are your qualifications?
    • 19. What distinguishes you from everyone else?
    Three “Talking Points” - ala Bill Clinton
  • 20. Get Organized
    Planning
    Accomplishment Statements
    • Describe challenges you faced in prior job situations
    • 21. …RESULTING IN…
    • 22. The results that YOU help to achieve WITH quantified benefits.
    Build a document with all accomplishment statements as a living reference. Organize it in chronological order. Take it with you to interviews.
  • 23. Get Organized
    Phases of a Job Search project
  • 24. Get Organized
    Phases of a Job Search project
  • 25. Get Organized
    Planning
    Other Job Search Resources
    Basic
  • Get Organized
    Planning
    Other Job Search Resources
    REALLY Advanced!
  • Get Organized
    Other Project Planning Areas
    Time
    Cost
    Quality
    Communications
    Procurement
    Risk
    Scope
  • 40. Get Organized
    Phases of a Job Search project
    Get Going
  • 41. Get Organized
    Executing
    Get Going
    Sources of Job Leads
    20/20/60 Rule of Job Sources
    Source: Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink
  • 44. Get Organized
    Executing
    Get Going
    Networking
    • Build a list of personal contacts – shoot for 250
    • 45. Focus initially on inner circle and move out
    • 46. Pay attention to contacts in influential positions
  • Get Organized
    Executing
    Get Going
    Networking Process
    • One-on-one conversations
    • 47. Must feel natural and comfortable for both parties
    • 48. Focus on the other person and look for mutual interests
    • 49. Share BRIEFLY what you are looking for
    • 50. When appropriate, share Target Market
    • 51. Ask for “WHO SHOULD I TALK TO NEXT?”
  • Get Organized
    Phases of a Job Search project
    Get Going
  • 52. Get Organized
    Monitor and Control
    Get Going
    Job Search Work Teams… contribute
    • Accountability
    • 53. Creative ideas
    • 54. A part of your core network
    • 55. A Support Group
  • Get Organized
    Phases of a Job Search project
    Get Going
    Get HIRED!
  • 56. Get Organized
    Final Thoughts
    Get Going
    Get HIRED!
    PLAN your work, then WORK your PLAN
    NETWORKING generates up to 80% of jobs, so where should you spend YOUR time?
    Had a good interview? DON’T STOP your job search until you ACCEPT an OFFER!
    Don’t go it ALONE – join a TEAM!
  • 57. Reference Materials
    “Thank you” to the following people for their contributions to this presentation, and to my job search in general:
    Orville Pierson, author
    • The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search
    • 58. Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job
    Rick Gillis, author and speaker
    • REALLY Useful Job Search Tactics
  • “Extra Credit” Things to Check Out
    Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink
    Ever thought about leaving the corporate world for a life devoid of politics, commuting, inept bosses, threats of being fired? Ever considered becoming an independent agent? If so, this is the book for you.
    ExecutivesNetwork.com
    Executives Network is an organization led by Molly Wendell, who went almost two years looking for a job with NO offers, then changed her approach, and within months had received 30 OFFERS. This website has a bunch of articles about her approach to job search. Also, watch her YouTube video interview that summarizes her experience. Search on YouTube for “Molly Wendell Denver” for that interview.
  • 59. Successfully Manage YourJob SearchProject
    Earl Nichols, PMP September 2009