Successfully Manage YourJob Searchas aProject<br />Earl Nichols, PMP		           June2010<br />Copyright 2010 by Earl H. N...
What defines a Project?<br />
A project is…<br />TEMPORARY in nature<br />A UNIQUE Product or Service<br />Embraces PROGRESSIVE ELABORATION<br />
What is the GOAL of 	Project Management?<br />
The GOAL of Project Management is to…<br />Achieve the DESIRED RESULT<br />On TIME and <br />Within BUDGET<br />
Why apply Project Management processes to a Job Search?<br />
…to achieve the desired result (the RIGHT job) …in the least amount of time …and at the least cost.<br />
What are common examples of projects in everyday life?<br />
What are common examples of projects in everyday life?<br /><ul><li>Taking a vacation </li></ul>(especially to a newdestin...
 Buying a new car
 Finding a Job!</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
Develop a Personal Vision<br />Review past experiences for “peak experiences”<br />Research and determine Personality Type...
Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
Professional Objective - <br />What kind of work do you want to do?<br />Cost Accountant, Internal Auditor<br />Industrial...
Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Target Market - What organizations do you want to work for?<br /><ul><li>Geographic Locat...
Industry or type of organization
Oil/gas, energy; transportation; E&C
Global for-profit; non-profit; federal/state/local gov’t
Size
Global
SMB – Small or Medium Business
Partnership/Sole Proprietorship</li></ul>Aim for 40-50 organizations, but focus on 3-5 at a time.<br />
Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Core Message – Your “30 second” commercial<br /><ul><li>What are your qualifications?
What distinguishes you from everyone else?</li></ul>Three “Talking Points” - ala Bill Clinton<br />
Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Accomplishment Statements<br /><ul><li>Describe challenges you faced in prior job situations
…RESULTING IN…
The results that YOU help to achieve WITH quantified benefits.</li></ul>Build a document with all accomplishment statement...
Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Other Job Search Resources<br />Basic<br /><ul><li>E-mail account
Cell phone
Business Cards
Networking Contacts
Notebook or journal
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Successfully Manage Your Job Search Project June 2010

  1. 1. Successfully Manage YourJob Searchas aProject<br />Earl Nichols, PMP June2010<br />Copyright 2010 by Earl H. Nichols. All rights reserved.<br />
  2. 2. What defines a Project?<br />
  3. 3. A project is…<br />TEMPORARY in nature<br />A UNIQUE Product or Service<br />Embraces PROGRESSIVE ELABORATION<br />
  4. 4. What is the GOAL of Project Management?<br />
  5. 5. The GOAL of Project Management is to…<br />Achieve the DESIRED RESULT<br />On TIME and <br />Within BUDGET<br />
  6. 6. Why apply Project Management processes to a Job Search?<br />
  7. 7. …to achieve the desired result (the RIGHT job) …in the least amount of time …and at the least cost.<br />
  8. 8. What are common examples of projects in everyday life?<br />
  9. 9. What are common examples of projects in everyday life?<br /><ul><li>Taking a vacation </li></ul>(especially to a newdestination)<br /><ul><li>Wedding
  10. 10. Buying a new car
  11. 11. Finding a Job!</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
  12. 12. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
  13. 13. Develop a Personal Vision<br />Review past experiences for “peak experiences”<br />Research and determine Personality Type<br />The objective of these exercises is to find work that generates PASSION!<br />Get Organized<br />Initiating<br />
  14. 14. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
  15. 15.
  16. 16. Professional Objective - <br />What kind of work do you want to do?<br />Cost Accountant, Internal Auditor<br />Industrial Business Development, Project Management<br />IT Management<br />Make it CLEAR and SPECIFIC and INTERESTING to you.<br />Get Organized<br />Planning<br />
  17. 17. Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Target Market - What organizations do you want to work for?<br /><ul><li>Geographic Location – how far from home/travel %
  18. 18. Industry or type of organization
  19. 19. Oil/gas, energy; transportation; E&C
  20. 20. Global for-profit; non-profit; federal/state/local gov’t
  21. 21. Size
  22. 22. Global
  23. 23. SMB – Small or Medium Business
  24. 24. Partnership/Sole Proprietorship</li></ul>Aim for 40-50 organizations, but focus on 3-5 at a time.<br />
  25. 25. Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Core Message – Your “30 second” commercial<br /><ul><li>What are your qualifications?
  26. 26. What distinguishes you from everyone else?</li></ul>Three “Talking Points” - ala Bill Clinton<br />
  27. 27. Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Accomplishment Statements<br /><ul><li>Describe challenges you faced in prior job situations
  28. 28. …RESULTING IN…
  29. 29. The results that YOU help to achieve WITH quantified benefits.</li></ul>Build a document with all accomplishment statements as a living reference. Organize it in chronological order. Take it with you to interviews.<br />
  30. 30. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
  31. 31. Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Other Job Search Resources<br />Basic<br /><ul><li>E-mail account
  32. 32. Cell phone
  33. 33. Business Cards
  34. 34. Networking Contacts
  35. 35. Notebook or journal
  36. 36. Advanced
  37. 37. “Thank You” notes
  38. 38. References
  39. 39. Complete Work History
  40. 40. LinkedIn account
  41. 41. Brand Statement</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Other Job Search Resources<br />REALLY Advanced!<br /><ul><li>Web Site – www.YourName.com
  42. 42. Responding to discussions
  43. 43. Twitter
  44. 44. Blog
  45. 45. Presentation</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Other Project Planning Areas <br />Time<br />Cost<br />Quality<br />Communications<br />Procurement<br />Risk<br />Scope<br />
  46. 46. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />Get Going<br />
  47. 47. Get Organized<br />Executing<br />Get Going<br />Sources of Job Leads<br /><ul><li>Personal Network
  48. 48. Recruiters
  49. 49. Job Boards</li></ul>60/20/20 Rule of Job Sources<br />Source: Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink<br />
  50. 50. Get Organized<br />Executing<br />Get Going<br />Networking<br /><ul><li>Build a list of personal contacts – shoot for 250
  51. 51. Focus initially on inner circle and move out
  52. 52. Pay attention to contacts in influential positions</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Executing<br />Get Going<br />Networking Process<br /><ul><li>One-on-one conversations
  53. 53. Must feel natural and comfortable for both parties
  54. 54. Focus on the other person and look for mutual interests
  55. 55. Share BRIEFLY what you are looking for
  56. 56. When appropriate, share Target Market
  57. 57. Ask for “WHO SHOULD I TALK TO NEXT?”</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Executing<br />Get Going<br />Completing applications<br />Interviews<br /><ul><li>Prepare
  58. 58. Practice</li></ul>Negotiating compensation<br />
  59. 59. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />Get Going<br />
  60. 60. Get Organized<br />Monitor and Control<br />Get Going<br />Job Search Work Teams… contribute<br /><ul><li>Accountability
  61. 61. Measure your progress toward your GOAL
  62. 62. Creative ideas
  63. 63. A core network
  64. 64. A Support Group</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Monitor and Control<br />Get Going<br />Board of Directors<br />Preferably, select individuals who…<br /><ul><li>Are in the work force;
  65. 65. Are experienced with job search;
  66. 66. Share your values;
  67. 67. Are leaders in your industry or profession.</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />Get Going<br />Get HIRED!<br />
  68. 68. Get Organized<br />Final Thoughts<br />Get Going<br />Get HIRED!<br />PLAN your work, then WORK your PLAN<br />NETWORKING generates up to 80% of jobs, so where should you spend YOUR time?<br />Had a good interview? DON’T STOP your job search until you ACCEPT an OFFER!<br />Don’t go it ALONE – join a TEAM!<br />
  69. 69. Reference Materials<br />“Thank you” to the following people for their contributions to this presentation, and to my job search in general:<br />Orville Pierson, author<br /><ul><li>The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search
  70. 70. Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job</li></ul>Jerry Fusco<br /><ul><li>Landing Your Ideal Job and Landing It Faster: by Maximizing Return On Invested Time</li></ul>Rick Gillis, author and speaker<br /><ul><li>REALLY Useful Job Search Tactics</li></li></ul><li>“Extra Credit” Things to Check Out<br />Do What You Are by Paul Tieger<br />This book has helped hundreds of thousands of people find truly satisfying work. Do What You Are introduces Personality Type - how you process information, make decisions and interact with the world around you - and shows you which of the 16 types describes you best.<br />ExecutivesNetwork.com<br />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.<br />
  71. 71. Successfully Manage YourJob Searchas aProject<br />Earl Nichols, PMP June2010<br />Copyright 2010 by Earl H. Nichols. All rights reserved.<br />

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