Career and Job Search                              Planner                                           ©Linda Raleigh       ...
CAREER/JOB SEARCH PLANMY CAREER/JOB SEARCH GOALTo gain an entry level post in Human Resources with an employer who values ...
WEEKLY PLANNERName:                                                    Date:Key areas to work on             What do I hav...
Daily Planner:                  8.00 am      9.00 am   10.00 am 11.00 am 12 noon   1.00pm   2.00pm     3.00pm   4.00pm   5...
JOB SEARCH RESOURCE GUIDE    1. JOB FIT        My Best Self        Dream Future        Comparing Competence        My Favo...
LEARNING LOG – REVIEWWhat has happened this week in your job search that has been a good experience for you?What do you wi...
Reflected Best Self ProfileI am currently taking stock my abilities to help me find a suitable job. As part of my careerre...
DREAM FUTUREAlthough real life involve compromises and trade-offs, it is still helpful to try to imagine whatan ideal life...
COMPARING COMPETENCEJOB REQUIREMENTS                       HOW DOES MY COMPETENCE FIT?                                    ...
MY FAVORITE WORKING CONDITIONSYour Favorite Working ConditionsOrUnder what circumstances do you do your best work?Start wi...
Column A                       Column B                        Column CPlaces I have worked in mylife                     ...
Success CriteriaComplete the table listing your success criteria (examples included based on our discussions). Success cri...
Job Criteria/ Trade Offs – Ranking exerciseExtrinsic Criteria                                       RankSalaryTrainingWork...
Coaching Conversations – James Flaherty “Evoking Excellence in Others”Focus – What Are My ResourcesFrom your own observati...
Evoking Excellence in Others – James FlahertyFocus: Gaining Strength – Initiating       Invent, by declaration, an intern...
Cover Letter FormatFirst paragraph: Tell why youre writing, in such a way as to arouse the employers interest. Usethis par...
CV CHECKLISTSTRUCTURE       Personal Details       Job Objective/Focus       Career Summary       Professional Experie...
CV - Personal Branding    1. My top 5 strengths are?    2. What have people been saying about me all my life?    3. My pas...
Elevator Speech - ExampleAnswer the following questions:What do I want do?e.g. I want to be a Customer Services Representa...
.INTERVIEW CHECKLISTCONTENT                                OBSERVED EXAMPLEMeets key criteria of job (see jobdescription/e...
Interview Questions You May Be AskedBefore attending an interview you should think about your responses to the following q...
Are you accepted into a team quickly?Hopefully you can answer a resounding "Yes" to this question.Can you act on your own ...
*   Whats XYZs policy about employees advancing their education?*   Does XYZ offer employee training?*   How would you cha...
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  1. 1. Career and Job Search Planner ©Linda Raleigh dcdresearchproject.comLinda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  2. 2. CAREER/JOB SEARCH PLANMY CAREER/JOB SEARCH GOALTo gain an entry level post in Human Resources with an employer who values diversitywithin an hour travel time and who can offer further training.MY AGREED COMMITMENTe.g. two mornings a week = 6 hours on my days offorevery day for 3 hours a dayLinda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  3. 3. WEEKLY PLANNERName: Date:Key areas to work on What do I have to do What I achieved1. Job Fit Does this job match my skills andCareer Assessments abilities and is it what I want to do?Job Descriptions Who can I ask more about this job?ObservationsInformational Interviews Do I know someone who does a job like“Trade Offs” this?2. Search Strategy Am I using all the resources I need toTraditional Job Search find job opportunities?Job Web Sites Who can I talk to about jobEmployer Web sites opportunities?Job AdsJob Fairs How many calls have I made this weekJob Agencies about job opportunities? Am I staying in touch with people in myHidden Job Market network who can help me?Networking contactsInformational InterviewingCold/Warm callingJob Leads3. Personal Marketing How many CVs have I sent/given out forPlan job opportunities that I am interested in? Did I send a cover letter that matchedDevelop CV the job?Develop cover letter(s)Elevator Pitch Did I follow up my application with a phone call? Did I send a thank you letter following interview or informational interview?4. Interviewing and Are my references lined up?Negotiating Am I prepared for interviews?Interviewing PreparationSalary Research Do I know the current pay for this job?Pre-employment checksEmployer Guide for Have I discussed my DCD needs with my employer?Specific LearningDifficultiesFollow Up Notes: Please use Daily Planner to schedule activities and look up resources.Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  4. 4. Daily Planner: 8.00 am 9.00 am 10.00 am 11.00 am 12 noon 1.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm 4.00pm 5.00pmMonday Update Update Draft Draft cover cover CV CV letter letterTuesdayWednesday Coffee with A N Other re job infoThursdayFridayLinda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  5. 5. JOB SEARCH RESOURCE GUIDE 1. JOB FIT My Best Self Dream Future Comparing Competence My Favourite Working Conditions Success Criteria Trade Offs 2. SEARCH STRATEGY What are my resources What am I initiating http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/ 3. PERSONAL MARKETING Cover Letter format CV checklist CV Branding Elevator Pitch Work products/portfolio 4. INTERVIEWING AND PRE-EMPLOYMENT Interview checklist Interview Questions Specific Learning Difficulties – Employer’s GuideLinda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  6. 6. LEARNING LOG – REVIEWWhat has happened this week in your job search that has been a good experience for you?What do you wish had gone better this week?What did you learn from this experience?How will this affect what you do in the future?Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  7. 7. Reflected Best Self ProfileI am currently taking stock my abilities to help me find a suitable job. As part of my careerreview I want to construct a profile of my strengths and the contributions I have made toothers. This profile is based on work completed at Michigan Ross School of Business on theReflected Best Self. I am asking/inviting you to help me do this. I wonder if you could sharea brief story (or two) with me about when I was at my very best in your eyes.It will be really helpful to me if you could describe the situation, explain what I did, said etc.that made my contribution so important.I made an important contribution to ……………………………. by…………………..What did I do?What did I say?What was the impact on others?What did you value most about me in this situation?Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  8. 8. DREAM FUTUREAlthough real life involve compromises and trade-offs, it is still helpful to try to imagine whatan ideal life situation would be like. Imagining your fantasy future can give you a basis forevaluating real possibilities as they develop in your life. Comparing the ideal to the realityhelps you to better understand the compromises you might be making by accepting aparticular situation.In this exercise try to imagine what an ideal day in around two years time would be like. Seeif you can picture what you would be doing and answer the questions below. Give as muchdetail as possible. 1. What time do you wake up? 2. Where are you? 3. What is your room like? 4. Go to your wardrobe and describe the clothing you put on? 5. What do you do before you leave? 6. Where are you going? 7. What time do you leave? 8. How do you get to where you are going? 9. Describe the building where you study or work? 10. How long do you study or work? 11. What are you studying or working at? 12. Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? 13. Who will you be meeting or socializing with today? 14. What other images does this exercise bring to mind? 15. What do you like best about this time?Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  9. 9. COMPARING COMPETENCEJOB REQUIREMENTS HOW DOES MY COMPETENCE FIT? What did I do and to what standards? In what circumstances did I do this? What knowledge did I develop? What personal abilities did I develop? Think CAR – what was the ‘Challenge’, what did I do ‘Action’ and what was the ‘Result’ – benefit to my employer.Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  10. 10. MY FAVORITE WORKING CONDITIONSYour Favorite Working ConditionsOrUnder what circumstances do you do your best work?Start with all the things you disliked about all your previous jobs using the following table. Column A may begin with such things as: “too noisy, “nowindows” or “too much supervision”.When you get to Column B, you should rank these factors in their exact order of importance to you.When you get to Column C, the factors are already prioritized. Your only job here is to think of the positive form of the factor that you hated so muchin Column B. It is not always the exact opposite. For example, “too much supervision”, listed in Column B, does not always mean no supervision, inColumn C. It might just mean: a moderate amount of supervision, once or twice a day. Column A Column B Column CPlaces I have worked in mylife Distasteful Working Distasteful Working The keys to my effectiveness Conditions Conditions ranked at work I have learned from the past Among the factors or The opposite of these that my effectiveness at qualities listed in column A qualities, in order: work is decreased when I these are the ones I dislike have to work under these absolutely the most (in order I believe my effectiveness conditions of decreasing dislike) would be at a maximum if I could work under these conditions:Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  11. 11. Column A Column B Column CPlaces I have worked in mylife Distasteful Working Distasteful Working The keys to my effectiveness Conditions Conditions ranked at work I have learned from the past Among the factors or The opposite of these that my effectiveness at qualities listed in column A qualities, in order: work is decreased when I these are the ones I dislike have to work under these absolutely the most (in order I believe my effectiveness conditions of decreasing dislike) would be at a maximum if I could work under these conditions:Adapted from “What Color is Your Parachute”, by Richard N. BollesLinda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  12. 12. Success CriteriaComplete the table listing your success criteria (examples included based on our discussions). Success criteria are the specificpersonal and professional imperatives we must have to feel successful.List your previous, current and possibly future career optionsAssign a numerical value between 1 and 10 to how well these criteria are satisfied in each jobThoughtfully determine and list the specific personal and professional imperatives you must have to feel successful.Rate criteria 1 – 10 with 10 being the highestSuccess Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Option 5 Option 6CriteriaTOTALSource: Capitalizing on Career Chaos, Helen HarknessLinda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  13. 13. Job Criteria/ Trade Offs – Ranking exerciseExtrinsic Criteria RankSalaryTrainingWorking hoursIntrinsic CriteriaJob content e.g. ethicalPeople I work withPlease include any criteria that you feel is importantLinda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  14. 14. Coaching Conversations – James Flaherty “Evoking Excellence in Others”Focus – What Are My ResourcesFrom your own observations and research 1. What are your greatest strengths professionally and personally? 2. Who is part of your network of support? What specific support does each person provide 3. What does it take for you to live the way you do? Specifically address the question in terms of :  Monthly expenses (include yearly items such as property taxes etc. by dividing them by 12)  Hours dedicated to job (include travel), work at home, your spouse/lover, your children, meal preparation, cleaning, maintenance of home, clothes, car etc.  Emotional energy  Hours devoted to self care  Any other costs, physical, mental, or monetary 4. What resources do you have to address all the costs listed in #3 above 5. What are you learning in this exercise?Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  15. 15. Evoking Excellence in Others – James FlahertyFocus: Gaining Strength – Initiating  Invent, by declaration, an internal separation in yourself. Divide yourself into two persons, one who acts/reacts and one who observes and is passive in life.  Using the following questions, begin to observe yourself in life. Observe quietly, passively. Observe your internal states as well as what you show to the world.  At the end of each day, scan through your day and note what happened and how you reacted. You may want to write notes so you can begin to notice patterns. 1. What actions, conversations, or relationships did you initiate? 2. What other actions, conversations, or relationships were there that you wanted to initiate but didn’t? How are you justifying that? 3. What actions, conversations, or relationships will you initiate next? 4. What are you learning about yourself an initiating? How and when will you take what you are learning into action?Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  16. 16. Cover Letter FormatFirst paragraph: Tell why youre writing, in such a way as to arouse the employers interest. Usethis paragraph to display your specific knowledge about the company youre writing to. Youmust grab the employers attention. Avoid openings such as "Im writing to you in response toyour ad for a nutritionist in the Sunday Los Angeles Time. Identify the job title or general areayoure interested in. The reader shouldnt have to guess what kind of job youre looking for.Second paragraph: Briefly describe your professional and/or academic qualifications. Citeexamples of your qualifications for the position sought. Draw on the power of your resume andrefer to it-better yet, expand on it. Avoid trite, overused phrases, such as "as you will note in myenclosed resume" or "I have taken the liberty of enclosing my resume." If you are short on jobexperience, mention extracurricular activities, especially examples of leadership, specialprojects you worked on, or the fact that you worked your way through school. If youre ahomemaker returning to the workforce, dont forget to include volunteer work and family-management skills.Third paragraph: Relate yourself to the company. Provide details as to why you should beconsidered. Use this paragraph to show off your research on the company and the industry. Ifyou cant research the company, then use this paragraph to expand on your qualifications.Fourth paragraph: Request action. Ask for an interview appointment. Suggest dates on whichyoure available. Tell the employer that you will call to make an appointment. Be sure to followup! Its a lot harder for the employer to ignore a request for action than a wishy-washy "call meif youre interested" approach.Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  17. 17. CV CHECKLISTSTRUCTURE  Personal Details  Job Objective/Focus  Career Summary  Professional Experience  Education  Membership AffiliationsFORMAT  Pretty  Balanced - top/bottom; side/side  Consistency of font – Headings and body  Visual Pattern  White space  Bullets – avoid polka dot effectCONTENT  Reads like advertising copy  Omits superfluous  Active voice /action verbs  Prioritize info  Accurate, brief, clear  NO negatives  KeywordsMOTIVATION (to buy)  Challenge, Action, Results (CAR)  Features and benefits  Is the reader interested?  What does the reader need?  Substantiate claims  Buying Motivators o Make money o Save money o Save Time o Make work easier o Solve a problem o Be more competitive o Build relationships/image/customers/vendors o Expand business o Attract new customers o Retain existing customerLinda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  18. 18. CV - Personal Branding 1. My top 5 strengths are? 2. What have people been saying about me all my life? 3. My passion is? 4. In what area can I be considered an expert? 5. What single core strength/talent makes me distinctive? 6. Who is my target audience and what is important to them – what keeps them up at night? 7. What is the ROI (return on investment) I can offer an employer? 8. Who is my competition and how do I differ from them? 9. What are my top 5 competencies? 10. What have I done to demonstrate them? Facts? 11. What do my peers say about me? 12. What part of my work do I love? 13. Oprah’s brand is rich, compassionate, humanitarian, humorous, warm, caring and powerful. What is your brand?Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  19. 19. Elevator Speech - ExampleAnswer the following questions:What do I want do?e.g. I want to be a Customer Services RepresentativeThe reasons I can do this…..e.g. because I am a friendly helpful person whoenjoys solving problems.I really want to do this work because…. I enjoy making people’s lives easier andmore pleasant.My capabilities benefit others/employers because....I am always looking for waysto help people and I am patient in trying to find ways to do this.My unique capabilities are (list three)…I am patient and helpful and will help keep customers loyalI am pleasant and polite and will ensure customers get a friendly experienceI am good at solving problems with technology so can help customers quicklyPut it all together…I am a friendly helpful person who enjoys solving problems and I enjoy makingpeople’s lives easier and more pleasant. I am always looking for ways to helppeople and I am patient in trying to find ways to do this. I want to be aCustomer Services Representative and my patience and helpfulness will helpkeep customers loyal. Because I am pleasant and polite customers will alwaysget a friendly experience with me and I am good at solving problems withtechnology so I can help customers quickly.Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  20. 20. .INTERVIEW CHECKLISTCONTENT OBSERVED EXAMPLEMeets key criteria of job (see jobdescription/employeespecification)Relevant answersCommunicates clearlyIllustrates competence byreference to detailed examples- storiesIMPRESSIONAppearanceFacial ExpressionEye contactGesturesPostureVoiceSUMMATIVE FEEDBACKINTERVIEWER:DATE:Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  21. 21. Interview Questions You May Be AskedBefore attending an interview you should think about your responses to the following questions. Youranswers may depend on the job or company in question, so you should go through your responses justbefore each interview. Wherever possible, give an example to support your answer.Why do you want this job?Think carefully about this question. Stress the positive aspects which have attracted you to applying for thisposition. Do not mention any negative aspects of the job in question.What can you contribute?This is your chance to shine. Tell them about your achievements which are relevant to the new position youare applying for.Why do you want to work for this company?Emphasize the positive reasons why you want to join their company, but avoid aspects such as more moneyor shorter hours. These would not endear you to a prospective employer.What do you know about this company?This is your chance to impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their company. Give them a rundownof their products/services, sales figures, news, company figures, customers, etc.Why should we employ you?The answer to this question will be based on your achievements or experience which relate to the company.At the end you could add that you think there is a good fit between you and the job, and do ask theinterviewer for their opinion.How would you describe yourself? / How would others describe you?Pick your best attributes and achievements.What was your greatest success? How did you achieve it?You should pick an achievement which is related to their needs.What has been your biggest failure?Try to pick a failure which you were later able to correct or something that is not really important.Do you work well with others? Or are you a loner?Some jobs mean that you have to work very closely with other people whilst other jobs mean that you arelargely working on your own, so you need to say that you are happy in both situations.Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  22. 22. Are you accepted into a team quickly?Hopefully you can answer a resounding "Yes" to this question.Can you act on your own initiative?You should say that you can. You could ask how much responsibility you would have.How many hours are you prepared to work?You would be prepared to work the necessary hours to get the job done on time.What interests do you have?Your hobbies and interests can tell an employer a lot about you, including whether you are sociable orsolitary, and whether you can take on leadership roles. So you should think about which interests will paintthe right picture of you given the position you are discussing.What level of salary are you looking for?Be very careful when you answer this question - you do not want to appear to be greedy. If you are applyingfor a specific vacancy you could ask them what the salary range is and target the upper range. If they askyou this question fairly early on in the interview you could delay answering by saying "It is hard to discusssalary without first knowing a little bit more about the job and the responsibilities."What will your referees say about you?Say that you expect excellent references.From the candidate to the interviewer:Sample Interview Questions to Ask about the Job* Would you please describe the ideal candidate for this job?* What are the day-to-day duties of this job?* Do you have anything to add to the job description that XYZ advertised?* What is a typical workday like in this position?* How would you describe the working environment?* Who would be my immediate supervisor and where does he or she fit into theorganization?* Why was this new position created?* How does an employee know he or she is performing this job to expectations?Sample Interview Questions to Ask about the Company* Do you foresee any significant changes in XYZ Company?Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012
  23. 23. * Whats XYZs policy about employees advancing their education?* Does XYZ offer employee training?* How would you characterize XYZ Company?* Would you please describe XYZs strengths and weaknesses?* What can you tell me about the employees who work here?Sample Interview Questions to Ask in Summary* Is there anything else I should know?* Is there anything else youd like to know?* Do you have any feedback?* Do you have any concerns? What can I do to alleviate them?* When can I expect to hear from you again?* May I follow up with you by phone or email in about a week?* If you decide to extend an offer, when would you like for me start?* What’s the next step?Linda Raleigh/dcdresearchproject2012

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