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  • 1. Career Change Road Map for [name] [date] Example
  • 2. Road Map for Career Change Define Due Dates 12/16/08 1/21/09 12/9/08 12/23/08
    • Planned
    • In Progress
    • Complete
    Assess Analyze Decide
    • Define job search objective
    • Identify risks/obstacles to meeting objective
    • For top ranked occupations, complete additional research via Internet and informational interviews
    • Key Questions:
    • -What are the specific titles for this occupation?
    • - What skills/experience is required?
    • - Do I currently have the skills/experience to work in this occupation?
    • -If not, what do I need to do?
    • -Does occupation still meet my job requirements?
    • Develop ways to practice being in new role
    • Decide on specific occupation (and position title) in order to develop Marketing Strategy
    • Move to next phase and begin developing Marketing plan for job search
    • Select occupations of interest
    • Complete preliminary research on O*Net (job overview, salary, skills)
    • Map occupations against job requirements and rank
    • Complete self-assessments
    • Take personality and job interest inventories
    • Develop career mission statement
    • Document list of job requirements or “non-negotiables”
    What is my desired result? What unique service do I offer? What occupations deliver this service? Where is the best fit between the service I offer and occupations that deliver it? Example
  • 3. Objective
    • To clarify my mission, life values, strongest skills and work preferences and identify a role that best fits them, so that I can do my most effective and most enjoyable work
  • 4.
    • My preferred work values are:
    • Moral fulfillment
    • Help others
    • Stability
    • Independence
    • Location
    • Help society
    • Knowledge
    • Location
    • Security
    • Time freedom
    • My preferred career needs are:
    • Type of people to work with
    • Management style
    • Hours
    • Benefits
    • Corporate culture
    • Location
    • My preferred skills are:
    • Orderly/organized
    • Systematic
    • Thorough
    • Empathetic
    • Reliable/dependable
    • Persistent
    • Cautious
    • Discerning
    • Focused
    • Detail oriented
    • My preferred functional skills are:
    • Research
    • Organize
    • Encourage/coach
    • Meet deadlines
    • Listen
    • Understand
    • Learn
    • Plan
    • Implement
    • Solve
    • My strongest interest career fields are:
    • TBD
    • My top achievements are:
    • Increasing utilization without layoffs
    • Decreasing time spent on non-value add activities for small business owner
    • Flawless execution of utilization report enhancement under tight deadline
    • Implementing instrument panels to use data driven approach for process management and decision making
    • Reducing rework through standardizing communication process
    • Strongest skills that appear in achievements:
    • Communicating
    • Implementing
    • Organizing
    • Planning
    • Listening
    • Meeting deadlines
    • Understanding
    • Top satisfiers in achievements:
    • Satisfaction in driving for results because I believed in the solution and knew it would benefit others and have a positive impact
    • My top professional goal is:
    • Explore consulting opportunities
    • TBD
    • My top personal goal is :
    • To prepare for short-term mission trip to Guatemala in Feb ‘09
    Self-Assessment Recap
    • My top work satisfiers are:
    • Helping people to resolve problems or meet need
    • Collecting, compiling, organizing data
    • Planning and organizing projects
    • Coaching and encouraging others
    • Keeping things on track; meeting deadlines
    • Researching and resolving issues
    • Clarifying problems or “end in mind”
    • Developing training materials
    • Reflecting and processing ideas (having the time to do this)
    • Keeping stakeholders informed of project status; documenting decisions and issues
    • Preferred job titles which describe my next position are
    • TBD
    • Project Manager
    • Research librarian
    • My preferred knowledge/technical skills are:
    • Gathering, compiling and preparing data specific to:
      • Instrument panels
      • Timelines
      • Voice of customer (or business requirements)
      • Process improvement
    • Planning, organizing and implementing projects specific to:
      • System enhancements
      • Organizational changes
      • Process improvement
    • Coaching and encouraging others specific to:
      • Staff
      • Peers
      • Team members
      • Individual contributors
    • Skills to develop:
    • Decide
    • Delegate
    • Risk
    • Verbalize
    • Adapt
  • 5. I help people achieve results by creating a structured approach to guide them to their goal. Truth Peace Perseverance Service Research Organize Meet Deadlines Encourage
    • Listen/ask questions to clarify business problem or individual's personal problem/goal (P)
    • Study topic of interest and apply learnings (D)
    • Design/conduct surveys (D)
    • Design/implement data collection plans (D)
    • Define business requirements (D)
    • Organize data into Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint Or Word (D)
    • Plan/organize project, such as deliverables, timelines, etc. (D)
    • Develop training manuals for system, process or reporting changes (D)
    • Create reports (D)
    • Organize resources and communicate roles (P)
    • Organize UAT test plans (D)
    • Prioritize tasks (D)
    • Monitor progress; ensure tasks are completed on time (D,P)
    • Anticipate issues and quickly seek resolution (D,P)
    • Document meeting recaps, key decisions, issues log (D)
    • Listen, ask questions to get clarity (P)
    • Offer advice, insights (P)
    • Build up and give courage to do the right thing and to press on (P)
    Mission Life Values Favorite Functional Skills Specific Knowledge within Skills KEY: P=People D=Data T=Things Mission, Values, Skills and Knowledge Context, Learning Harmony Responsibility Connectedness Strength Finders Example
  • 6. The Myers-Briggs Inventory shows that my personality type is ISFJ (Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Judgment); the typical career direction for ISFJ’s is based on the following traits:
    • ISFJs have two basic traits which help define their best career direction:
      • They are extremely interested and in-tune with how other people are feeling
      • They enjoy creating structure and order, and are extremely good at it.
    • Ideally, the ISFJ will choose a career in which they can use their exceptional people-observation skills to determine what people want or need, and then use their excellent organizational abilities to create a structured plan or environment for achieving what people want.
    Source: Example
  • 7. As an ISFJ, career satisfaction means doing work that:
    • Requires careful observation and meticulous accuracy, where I can use my ability to remember facts and details
    • Lets me work on tangible projects that help other people, often requiring great accuracy and attention to detail
    • Lets me express my compassion and devotion by working hard behind the scenes, but where my contributions are recognized and appreciated
    • Is done in a traditional, stable, orderly and structured environment, where the results are practical and service-oriented
    • Requires that I adhere to standard procedures, use practical judgment, and follow through in a careful, organized way
    • Lets me focus all my energy on one project or one person at a time, working on products or services that have observable end results
    • Gives me a private work space so I can concentrate fully for extended periods of time and with a minimum of interruptions
    • Lets me work primarily one-on-one, helping others, or with other people who share my personal values and beliefs
    • Requires me to be organized and efficient in completing my assignments
    • Does not require too frequently that I present my work in front of groups of people without having adequate time to prepare well in advance
    Source: Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type , by Paul T. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger Example
  • 8. Position Requirements Example
    • Benefits – medical, dental, etc.
    • Salary: TBD
    6. It meets my salary and benefits requirements
    • Within 15 miles of my home
    7. It meets my location requirements
    • n/a
    5. I have the skills and experience to start applying for these jobs (or jobs that will eventually lead me to these types of jobs) within the next 30 days
    • Helping, supporting or assisting emotionally healthy adults in a one on one situation who want and appreciate my help in fulfilling an immediate need with a tangible outcome
    2. It uses my preferred way of interacting with people
    • Research
    • Organization
    • Meet deadlines
    • Encourage others
    • Project management, process improvement
    1. It uses my favorite skills and leverages my past experience Description Requirement
    • Religion
    • Education
    • Business
    3. It is within my field of interest
    • Conscientious people working on well-structured tasks
    • Provides security and predictability
    • Are clearly structured and organized
    • Maintain calm and quiet, with a sense of privacy
    • Require thorough approach with adequate follow-through
    • Are personalized, kind and considerate
    • Offer a service-orientation
    4. It is my preferred work environment
  • 9. List of potential positions based on various sources (e.g., Strong Interest test, etc.). Note: Highlight positions indicate those that interest me. Starred positions are the top positions that interest me. Example
  • 10. Mapping Positions to Job Requirements Key 1 – Does not meet 3 – Somewhat meets 7 – Meets 1 1 2 3 4 Example TBD 3 3 1 1 TBD 1 TBD 1 3 Leverages past experience 54 TBD 3 3 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 Researcher 36 TBD 1 1 7 7 1 1 3 7 7 Historian 54 TBD 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 Careers/Occupational advice/Therapy 52 TBD 3 3 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 Librarian/Archivist 50 TBD 1 7 3 7 7 7 7 7 1 Administrative Assistant -- 42 -- 36 -- Total TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Location TBD 7 TBD 7 TBD Field of interest TBD 3 TBD 7 TBD People interaction TBD 1 TBD 7 TBD Encouraging TBD 3 TBD 1 TBD Salary & Benefits TBD 3 TBD 1 TBD Can begin job search TBD 3 TBD 1 TBD Work Environment TBD 7 TBD 3 TBD Meeting Deadlines TBD 7 TBD 7 TBD Organization TBD 7 TBD 1 TBD Research Skills Need to specify Assistant Grant Coordinator Need to specify Religious Education Teachers: Pre-school Need to specify – would be a support role Clergy and Religious Comment Position
  • 11. Top ranked positions that use my favorite skills
    • Librarian/Archivist
    • Grant Coordinator
    • Researcher
    • Black Belt
    • Career Counseling
    Encouragement Research Organization
    • Admin Assistant
    • Project Manager
    Italics = past positions Example