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Kim Dority & Scott Brown               SLA Rocky Mountain Chapter                         October 18, 2012© 2012 Kim Dorit...
2Yeah - it’s stressful          © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
Me = My job   © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown   3
Me ≠ My job   © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown   4
Change WILL happenIt is scary                          AND                                                   It is excitin...
Change WILL happenThe situation is NOT about you           The process IS about you            © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott B...
So about that process…. Today we’ll focus on:  Step 1: Getting ready for change – taking care of   administrivia  Step 2...
Step 1: Getting ready for change     Gather up your stuff from the office     Collect your contacts and bookmarks, RSS f...
Getting ready (con’t) Save or print   Resumes, important documents, PERSONAL    material on your system   Current and la...
Getting ready (con’t)    Make sure your resume is in order (resumes)    Make sure you’ve got a killer LinkedIn profile a...
Shifting focusto what’s next   Transitioning the    work   Responsibility vs.    letting go   The freedom of    clearin...
Step 2: Figuring out where you are Your professional equity is a combination of:      Your skills and expertise: What do ...
Where you are: Roles & SkillsWhat are all of your qualities and roles?             © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown   13
Roles & Skills (con’t)              What are all of your roles?   Librarian (or       Citizen                         M...
Roles & Skills (con’t)What are the skills of those roles?   Librarian                Volunteer                        M...
Building on your roles & skills    List your skills - ALL of them    List what you liked from past and current roles   ...
Step 3:Figuring out where you might be  Based on your previous assessments and   inventory, what do your potential options...
Where you might be…Some questions to ask:     What other jobs/organizations are out there?     What have I found fulfill...
Step 4: Learning moreTo learn more about your potential options and choices, you’ll probably want to     Research industr...
20Research industries and companies –          and avoid pain!            © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
Industry informationinformation sources  Top 10 company  1. College resources  2. Directories of industry profiles  3. Ind...
Industry information information sources  Top 10 company                               (con’t)   6.   Internet research   ...
Testing your assumptions•   Informational interviews•   Job shadowing•   Volunteering•   Part-time jobs•   Freelance/indep...
Learning more…about invisible jobs  Invisible LIS jobs are sometimes tough to    “unearth,” but more and more LIS    profe...
25Yes, they’re really there       © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
26© 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
Step 5: Putting yourself in          the path of opportunity      Get visible      Monitor your environment      Be pre...
The path of opportunityIf your research revealed knowledge gaps you need  to address, consider:    •   Additional formal c...
The path of opportunityIf your research revealed a need to build  connections in your target professional  community, cons...
The path of opportunityIf your research revealed a need to build visibility  among your target prospects (potential  emplo...
So back to where we started….Remember when we said that change is scary, but also exciting? What are some ways to find the...
The most important thing: take care of yourself You cant help others if your oxygen mask isnt on               © 2012 Kim ...
Strengths and resources   Use your network     Stay connected     Stay active     Keep options open   Ask for help   ...
Strengths and resources Unwind/unravel from  the job Give yourself a break Take time off if possible Energize yourself...
Pop quiz: key take-aways? Job change is inevitable, but you can prepare for it By inventorying where you are – and your ...
Key take-aways (con’t) By putting yourself in the path of opportunity, you’re  likely to come across more opening doors ...
37          Upcoming webinars• Transferable Skills: Identifying and Marketing Your UniqueValue to Non-LIS Employers, Novem...
38Questions© 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
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What Do I Do Now? How to prepare for - and take advantage of - possible job changes

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  1. 1. Kim Dority & Scott Brown SLA Rocky Mountain Chapter October 18, 2012© 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 1
  2. 2. 2Yeah - it’s stressful © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  3. 3. Me = My job © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 3
  4. 4. Me ≠ My job © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 4
  5. 5. Change WILL happenIt is scary AND It is excitingGuy Mason © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 5
  6. 6. Change WILL happenThe situation is NOT about you The process IS about you © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 6
  7. 7. So about that process…. Today we’ll focus on:  Step 1: Getting ready for change – taking care of administrivia  Step 2: Figuring out where you are – inventorying your professional assets  Step 3: Figuring out where you might be – assessing potential options and choices  Step 4: Learning more – researching potential options and choices  Step 5: Putting yourself in the path of opportunity © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 7
  8. 8. Step 1: Getting ready for change  Gather up your stuff from the office  Collect your contacts and bookmarks, RSS feeds, email newsletters, online groups, registrations and logins  Make sure that all of your accounts and contact information go to a personal, rather than employer-supplied, e-mail account  Figure out the unemployment application process before you need it © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 8
  9. 9. Getting ready (con’t) Save or print  Resumes, important documents, PERSONAL material on your system  Current and last year paycheck history, stock option history and status (as applicable)  Performance reviews, training history  Health benefit elections (do medical appointments now!)  Vacation balance (…being respectful and mindful of company physical and intellectual property) © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 9
  10. 10. Getting ready (con’t)  Make sure your resume is in order (resumes)  Make sure you’ve got a killer LinkedIn profile and you’ve joined the groups that relate to your potential areas of interest  Get the “just in case” word out discreetly  If you want to work with recruiters or staffing agencies, research the best ones now, before you need them  Detach emotionally © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 10
  11. 11. Shifting focusto what’s next Transitioning the work Responsibility vs. letting go The freedom of clearing your plate © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 11
  12. 12. Step 2: Figuring out where you are Your professional equity is a combination of:  Your skills and expertise: What do you know, and what have you done with it?  Your professional network  Your professional brand Now is the time to inventory your assets in each of these categories (More on leveraging your network and brand in the third webinar of this series) © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 12
  13. 13. Where you are: Roles & SkillsWhat are all of your qualities and roles? © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 13
  14. 14. Roles & Skills (con’t) What are all of your roles? Librarian (or  Citizen  Mentor whatever your job is)  Volunteer  Musician Father  Leader  Repairman (at home) Husband  Manager  Finances © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 14
  15. 15. Roles & Skills (con’t)What are the skills of those roles? Librarian  Volunteer  Mentor  Project  Event planning  Managing management  Task force work  Teaching  Training  Research  Coaching  Research  Interviewing  Networking  Stakeholder  Creating and  Evaluating work administering  Etc.  Web 2.0 tools surveys (wikis, blogs)  Etc.  Etc. © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 15
  16. 16. Building on your roles & skills  List your skills - ALL of them  List what you liked from past and current roles  List what you didn’t like from past jobs and roles  List what you don’t like about your current job This will help you take the next step, which is to assess your potential options and choices © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 16
  17. 17. Step 3:Figuring out where you might be Based on your previous assessments and inventory, what do your potential options and choices look like?  Same type of job? Or….  Same type of company? Or….  Same industry? Or….  Any existing or imminent life circumstances you should take into consideration? © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 17
  18. 18. Where you might be…Some questions to ask:  What other jobs/organizations are out there?  What have I found fulfilling (or not) in my current job/position?  Are there other jobs/positions available in my community or do I need to move elsewhere?  Am I willing to move for a better job, position, opportunity?  Would I prefer to move elsewhere? If so, where?  Do I need to pursue further education for the types of jobs that I want next? © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 18
  19. 19. Step 4: Learning moreTo learn more about your potential options and choices, you’ll probably want to  Research industries  Research companies  Research types of information work  Consider/explore alternative work structures © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 19
  20. 20. 20Research industries and companies – and avoid pain! © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  21. 21. Industry informationinformation sources Top 10 company 1. College resources 2. Directories of industry profiles 3. Industry-specific business magazines 4. Professional associations 5. Industry observers and analysts © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  22. 22. Industry information information sources Top 10 company (con’t) 6. Internet research 7. Your network 8. Social media 9. Government resources 10. Local resources © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  23. 23. Testing your assumptions• Informational interviews• Job shadowing• Volunteering• Part-time jobs• Freelance/independent work © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  24. 24. Learning more…about invisible jobs Invisible LIS jobs are sometimes tough to “unearth,” but more and more LIS professionals are ending up in these roles  Embedded librarianship  Embedded/integrated information professionals  What are these positions called?  Sample keywords and job titles  “Off the beaten track” sources © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 24
  25. 25. 25Yes, they’re really there © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  26. 26. 26© 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  27. 27. Step 5: Putting yourself in the path of opportunity  Get visible  Monitor your environment  Be prepared to act  Take the initiative © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 27
  28. 28. The path of opportunityIf your research revealed knowledge gaps you need to address, consider: • Additional formal coursework • Informal, non-credentialed options • Certifications • “Casual learning” options (e.g., HTML for Dummies) • Opportunities in your current job to learn more or gain more experience © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  29. 29. The path of opportunityIf your research revealed a need to build connections in your target professional community, consider: • Joining the local chapters of professional associations • Doing informational interviews • Connecting through teachers, guest speakers, mentors, vendors you work with in your job © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  30. 30. The path of opportunityIf your research revealed a need to build visibility among your target prospects (potential employers), consider: • Becoming active in relevant LinkedIn groups • Getting active in your local association chapters • Volunteering • Possibly (depending on current job) noting your interest in your LinkedIn profile © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  31. 31. So back to where we started….Remember when we said that change is scary, but also exciting? What are some ways to find the positive in the negative?  Understand, accept and embrace change  Focus on new energy, opportunity for engagement and passion  Embrace new challenges for the renewal they provide  Reach out to new friends  Understand this as a gift of personal growth (even if it’s a gift we’d all prefer to return now and then!) © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 31
  32. 32. The most important thing: take care of yourself You cant help others if your oxygen mask isnt on © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 32
  33. 33. Strengths and resources Use your network  Stay connected  Stay active  Keep options open Ask for help  This is OK Make yourself available  Training/mentoring  Consulting  Listening © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 33
  34. 34. Strengths and resources Unwind/unravel from the job Give yourself a break Take time off if possible Energize yourself © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 34
  35. 35. Pop quiz: key take-aways? Job change is inevitable, but you can prepare for it By inventorying where you are – and your professional equity – you can get a good sense of what you might want to do next By researching and assessing industries, companies, and your personal preferences, you’ll be able to identify potential options and best choices © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 35
  36. 36. Key take-aways (con’t) By putting yourself in the path of opportunity, you’re likely to come across more opening doors By taking care of yourself, you’re likelier to thrive, not just survive, through changeRemember, as Charles Darwin pointed out,“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown 36
  37. 37. 37 Upcoming webinars• Transferable Skills: Identifying and Marketing Your UniqueValue to Non-LIS Employers, November 15, 2012, 2pm ET• So Tell Me About Yourself: Personal and ProfessionalBranding for LIS Students and Professionals, December 20,2012, 2pm ETSign up at http://rockymountain.sla.org/tag/virtual-programs/ © 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
  38. 38. 38Questions© 2012 Kim Dority & Scott Brown
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