Addie For Job Searching

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Looking for a new job? Don’t know where to start? In this presentation, you will learn some valuable tips for finding the job of your dreams, even in the toughest of times. Using a core concept of instructional design—the ADDIE method—you will learn how to develop a job finding strategy that sets you apart from the throngs of applicants out there in today’s market.

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Addie For Job Searching

  1. 1. Surviving the Job Famine: ADDIE for Job Searching
  2. 2. Overview  An Organized Approach to the Job Search  ADDIE  Put it into Practice, Developing Finesse  Resources  Questions Page Copyright © 2009 2 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Marketing Yourself  When looking for a job, gig, clients: What is your first step?  What things do you consider?  Where do you look for help?  How do you promote yourself?  How do you stay motivated?  Page Copyright © 2009 3 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. Marketing Yourself  Set Yourself Apart – The best “YOU” you can be Take the time to look professional.  Keep a positive attitude.  Use a warm, courteous and professional demeanor.  Practice good communication skills.  Expand (and work) your networks.  Be persistent.  Practice finesse.  Page Copyright © 2009 4 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. Marketing Yourself  Finesse 1 finesse (noun)  2 finesse (verb)  Pronunciation: fə-nes 1 : refinement or delicacy of workmanship, structure, or texture 2 : skillful handling of a situation : adroit maneuvering 3 : the withholding of one's highest card or trump in the hope that a lower card will take the trick because the only opposing higher card is in the hand of an opponent who has already played. Page Copyright © 2009 5 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. Method  It’s all about differentiation, and there is a method: ADDIE for Job Searching Analyze  Design  Develop  Implement  Evaluate  Page Copyright © 2009 6 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Analysis Market Analysis - know your audience  Understand the business demographics.  Which companies are likely candidates for your work? What are the concerns of every company right now?  Profit through cost reduction  Profit through revenue increases  Federal and/or state compliance and regulatory issues (risk) Page Copyright © 2009 7 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Analysis: Your Goals  What sort of work do you want?  How do your skills and personality fit to your goals?  Excellent technical communicators sometimes find disconnects: Between skills and goals  Between personality and goals  Between perception of the role and reality  Page Copyright © 2009 8 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Analysis: Your Skills  Your skills analysis: Your job is to figure out how you can impact revenue, reduce expenses or avert risk by ensuring compliance, and to tell your story. How you can help them sell product.  How you can save them expenses.  How your work ensures  federal/state/HIPPAA/ISO/SOX compliance. Page Copyright © 2009 9 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Analysis: Brainstorm  What should you think about (and what can you do) when it comes to improving revenue?  What should you think about (and what can you do) when it comes to cutting costs?  What should you think about (and what can you do) when it comes to compliance and regulation? Page Copyright © 2009 10 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. Analysis: Using Your Networks  Each company has huge amounts of information published about them: Networking  Public Library  Business Journals  Arizona Republic business section  Internet  Page Copyright © 2009 11 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  12. 12. Analysis: Using the Web  Research on the Web is fast.  Participate in discussion groups.  Use sites such as LinkedIn to gather manager names and titles. Find commonalities that allow you to more easily introduce yourself and build your connections. Look for annual reports, financial reports, management  hierarchy, organization charts, company addresses and phone numbers. Cross validate e-mail conventions. It is a deductive process that  takes effort and persistence. Download Internet pictures of potential connections so  prospects have a name and face.  Store it all in an online application and add to it daily. Page Copyright © 2009 12 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  13. 13. Design: Your Strategy  Your strategy should include: Several versions of your resume to fit the different  markets you are targeting. Cover letters to match your “outreach” potential and  roles. Warm e-mails to introduce yourself.  An electronic portfolio (perhaps to leave on a thumb  drive). Online presence such as your own website, blog,  profile on LinkedIn, etc. Page Copyright © 2009 13 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Develop  Design resumes that are tailored to your prospective employers. No errors. NONE!!  If someone does find an error, do not make excuses  and do not get defensive.  E-mails should be customized to your research, define your value and ask for a brief introduction. Spell check.  Make sure your e-mail is coherent!  Page Copyright © 2009 14 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  15. 15. Develop  Create an informal script for “warm” telephone calls. You want warm, professional, friendly, respectful and  assertive (not aggressive).  Compile an electronic portfolio.  Practice your scripts and demo of your portfolio.  Keep your online profiles, websites and blogs current. Page Copyright © 2009 15 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  16. 16. Implement  Send your tailored e-mail. Do not send mass or group e-mails, and don’t bother responding to mass advertised job listings.  Your primary purpose is to get an introduction that leads to an interview. Expect no response to your e-mail 9 out of 10 times.  Follow up the 9 with a phone call. DO NOT give up.   Set a timeline for each target. Set your expectations in increments: introduction,  interview, portfolio review, meetings with team members, HR and so forth. Page Copyright © 2009 16 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  17. 17. Implement  During your meeting, remember: Due to the analysis process, you have a solid  understanding of yourself and the company and how you’re a good fit. You’ve had time to practice and are prepared.  CAUTION: “You are interviewing the company as  much as they are interviewing you.”  Use your compiled research as other “cards” to gain the information you need.  It impresses your interviewer. It solicits more of the “right” kind of information. Page Copyright © 2009 17 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  18. 18. Evaluate  Expect to make adjustments in your job search.  This cycle is iterative. It takes time, work, patience and persistence.  Do not skips steps. Skipping steps, especially during the analysis part, will cost you somewhere down the line.  Ask yourself: Did you execute steps with finesse? Or did you somehow make the interviewer uncomfortable with the fit of your skills to the company needs? Page Copyright © 2009 18 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  19. 19. Results Why use ADDIE? Results.  This gives you a feeling of focus and control.  It sets you apart from the throngs of applicants.  You grow professionally and personally.  You’re more likely to get the opportunity you want. Page Copyright © 2009 19 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  20. 20. Results  ADDIE is a proven method.  You’ll be organized and prepared. It’ll show in interviews.  You will prove your value each step of the way, allowing you to be selective.  There is a method to the madness. It is not fast, but it is sure. Page Copyright © 2009 20 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  21. 21. Putting it into Practice  Role playing exercise Page Copyright © 2009 21 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  22. 22. Resources To learn more, visit these Websites:  Nothing To Do? Here's What To Do! www.docntrain.com/view-resource.php?id=31  30+ Websites to Visit When You’re Laid Off www.mashable.com/2009/02/19/laid-off-sites/  Career Toolbox: 100+ Places to Find Jobs www.mashable.com/2008/12/16/find-jobs/  Job-Hunting? Writers, List Additional Skills! www.mlvwrites.com/2009/02/writers-more-skills-than-writing.html  Top 10 Tools for Landing a Better Job www.lifehacker.com/5157794/top-10-tools-for-landing-a-better-job Page Copyright © 2009 22 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  23. 23. Questions & Comments  Questions & Comments Page Copyright © 2009 23 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.
  24. 24. Conclusion ~ Thank You ~ marketing@docntrain.com www.docntrain.com toll-free: 877-614-8440 Page Copyright © 2009 24 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.

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