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Managing your job search is a complex project. You need to plan for it an an agile and lean way.

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  1. 1. ManageYour Job Search Johanna Rothman New: Hiring GeeksThat Fit @johannarothman 781-641-4046
  2. 2. © 2013 Johanna Rothman The ProblemWith a Job Search 2 It’s a big complex project It’s overwhelming Your emotions are all over the place It’s so easy to get interrupted It doesn’t end until you have an offer in hand Which means you have to iterate
  3. 3. © 2013 Johanna Rothman Why Learn a New System? A complex project requires a system that breaks down the complexity into something that works for you You need to prepare for your success 3
  4. 4. © 2013 Johanna Rothman Plan to Iterate How you look for a job Where you look for a job On your resume On your networking On everything 4
  5. 5. © 2013 Johanna Rothman We Have a System for Iteration It’s called “agile” Helps you get feedback But agile is built for cross-functional teams You are not a team; you’re a person 5
  6. 6. © 2013 Johanna Rothman You Need a System for Flow Personal kanban helps with flow Helps you see small achievable steps to get to the next place 6
  7. 7. © 2013 Johanna Rothman You can use personal kanban inside one-week iterations to manage your job search project 7
  8. 8. © 2013 Johanna Rothman Let’s See an Example 8
  9. 9. © 2013 Johanna Rothman9 A Possible FirstWeek for a Newbie
  10. 10. © 2013 Johanna Rothman A Possible SecondWeek 10
  11. 11. © 2013 Johanna Rothman Keep Iterating 11 You might iterate on your resume: Write draft 1 Get review from Sally, John, and Dan Do several other things in order (1, 2, 3) while you are waiting, such as request references Later, write draft 2.That would be a separate sticky
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  13. 13. © 2013 Johanna Rothman DecideWhat’s Next 13 You decide what to do next week based on your accomplishments and what’s important now You don’t over-commit You write down everything you need to do You retrospect to assess your progress
  14. 14. © 2013 Johanna Rothman KeepYourTodos Small We like to make progress We are not good at multitasking The way to keep your spirits up and to make progress is to keep your todos small You won’t get confused with an interrupting phone call You can make progress with small chunks of time 14
  15. 15. © 2013 Johanna Rothman Retrospect Many ways to reflect Plus/Minus/Change Proud/Sorry Facilitated Conversation MindMap of your week Quantitative data of your week Five whys 15
  16. 16. © 2013 Johanna Rothman Tips to MakeThisWork You can finish every todo in two hours or less You can finish the week’s work in the time you have for your job search Your todos are independent from each other 16
  17. 17. © 2013 Johanna Rothman AvoidTheseTraps Keep going Perfection is the enemy of the good Don’t beat yourself up Don’t have too much work in progress (todos in the In Progress column) Know that you will never have the perfect resume 17
  18. 18. © 2013 Johanna Rothman What Questions DoYou Have? 18
  19. 19. © 2013 Johanna Rothman Let’s Stay inTouch... ManageYour Job Search on leanpub Hiring GeeksThat Fit on,,Amazon Much more on Pragmatic Manager: Please link with me on LinkedIn 19