F ROM L AYOFF TO J OB S EARCH : Navigating the Jungle Maureen Nelson, M.A. One Stop Career Link
What this Class Is/Is Not
Introductory Activity: On the Path
Big Game Hunting: 3 Important Cycles
Using a Map to Find Your Way
Staying on Course: Strong Currents
Survival of the Fittest!
Postcards from the Edge
A Hero’s Welcome & Evaluations
What This Class Is
A pointer toward resources to…
Help you move beyond negative effects of a layoff
Figure out what you want to do
Fill in gaps on your resume
What This Class Is Not
We will not be covering…
Draw a picture of where you were, where you are, and where you want to be
ACTIVITY: On the Path 10
Introducing Guide & Team
Your Path: Your one-minute “story” (how long since you worked, are you temping/ volunteering/ schooling/ caretaking?)
Kind of job you’re looking for
What you hope to get out of today or one question you want answered
Big Game Hunting
The Career Development Cycle
Change Management Cycle
Job Search Cycle
Career Development Cycle Goal Setting Work/Life Balance Workplace Relationships Mentoring/Being Mentored Professional Development
Preferred Work Conditions
Blocks and Barriers
Brainstorm Job Titles Industry Research Investigate Job Listings Target Local Employers Real World Exploration — Info Interviews — Prof Assns Evaluate Research Prioritize Needs Target Objectives Decision Making Create Action Plan Networking Résumé/Cover Letters Interview Skills Salary Negotiation Support System Self- Assessment Career Management Job Search Tools Career Research Goal Setting Layoff? New Job? Promotion? Career Change? — In same industry — In new industry Change Management
Change Management Cycle, or The Six Stages of Change
“ Change is walking naked into the land of uncertainty.” Robert Quinn Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within
Where are you? Loss Doubt Discomfort Discovery Understanding Integration Fear Shock Anger Anxiety Hope Future- focused Bruised Ego Confidence
Developing Psychological Resilience
How do you bounce back from life’s disappointments?
How do you learn to hear “no” and keep going?
What plans do you have if your job search is a long one?
Realize job loss is normal: It happens to everyone
Has a layoff or firing ever resulted in an unexpected positive effect for you?
Job Search Cycle
2: Look for job openings
1: Create resume and cover letter 3: Apply to companies [Repeat Steps 3 & 4 as needed] 4: Interview Get offer!!
How to Shake It Up
Approach companies you want to work for — even if they’re not advertising openings
How would you look for work if you couldn’t use the job boards?
Expand your network by attending job clubs and using Linked In, Spoke, etc.
Use unusual tools & approaches (Visit the shamans)
ACTIVITY: A Visit to the Shamans
“ What would make it fun?”
“ Use Your Six Thinking Hats” “ Give yourself a Whack on the Side of the Head” “ Hide Your Resume” “ Take a snapshot/ Tell a story” 15
Debrief: A Visit to the Shamans 15
Break: 10 minutes
What if you don’t know what you want to do next? Where’s the map of my life??
Using A Map (Assessments) To Find Your Way
Sources of Assessments
Private career counselors
College career centers (if they serve the public)
Books, e.g., Llewellyn and Holt’s The Everything Career Tests Book*
Internet, e.g., EDD website
* Covers work environment, suitability to running a business, management, work/life balance
The Classic Assessments
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Strong Interest Inventory
Campbell Interest & Skill Survey
Interests and Skills: CA EDD http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/ ?PAGEID=3 See Step 1: Self-Assessment Occ Matches: O*NET Descriptors http://online.onetcenter.org/find/descriptor Use drop-down menu and buttons
Personality: MBTI Myers Briggs Type Indicator
http://www.humanmetrics.com/ See Jungian Typology Test
Personality: Keirsey Temperament Sorter http://www.keirsey.com/ For both: 16 possible types
11 assessments in one
Available through One Stop
Alternative: Deep Questions
Figler, Bolles, Nemko, et al
“ 35 Most Revealing Questions About You” from Cool Careers for Dummies
Staying on Course: Strong Currents
Survival of the Fittest! Counteracting Isolation JOB
Enlist others in your job search
Linked In and other networking sites
Avoid Silicon Timesuck
Join “job clubs”
Volunteer: TALK to people
Take classes: TALK to people
Attend professional meetings
Attend business events
Networking “ In Mail” Online resume Work samples Links to sites/blogs Recommendations Company research Interest groups Q & A’s
Job Hunters’ Groups
One Stop’s Job Search Strategy Group
Experience Unlimited Success Teams
Grace Works / Grace Cathedral
Job Forum, SF Chamber of Commerce
Groups at Jewish Vocational Service
Bay Area Career Center
Postcards from the Edge: What did you do during your big safari into unemployment? (Employers want to know)
Filling in the Resume Gaps
Upgrading skills / taking classes
Leadership in professional organizations
Presenting / speaking
A Hero’s Welcome!!
You made it home (or you will soon)
Good luck to everyone!
About Your Presenter
Maureen Nelson is Senior Career Counselor at Oakland PIC One Stop. She previously worked at the Goodwill One Stop Career Link in San Francisco. She has led workshops and written articles on career topics for over 10 years. She blogs on Take Charge of Your Career.
Before becoming a career counselor, Maureen worked in publishing. Maureen was voted “Author with the Most Impact” by the National Career Development Association in 2008. She has a master’s degree in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University and is co-author of Getting Your Ideal Internship.