1. Next Steps for the "Un"employed


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This is the first presentation(overview) of a several part series from a job search training class.

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1. Next Steps for the "Un"employed

  1. 1. Unemployed <br />and Uncomfortably Employed<br />(Under-Employed<br />unconfidently Employed<br />&<br />unhappily Employed)<br />Next Steps for the “Un”employed<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Next Steps for the “Un”employed<br />A bit about me<br />Overview<br />Attitudes<br />Assess Yourself and Your Situation<br />Plan Your Marketing Strategy<br />Prepare Your Documents, Tools, Techniques<br />Implement Your Search<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Who Am I To TEACH This Class?<br />3<br />A Bit About Me<br />
  4. 4. Academic Credentials<br />Life Credentials<br />Certified Professional Human Resources Manager (PHR) as well as a member of the NC Bar<br />Taught Career Development for Engineers and Professional Networking for Introverts through UNC Charlotte <br />Taught Employment Law at the Keller Graduate School of Management<br />Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring from York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto<br />Taught Career Development seminars to businesses such as Pitney Bowes<br />Taught Environmental Law careers classes at the Environmental Law Institute<br />Have had a formal job search coaching practice since 1995<br />I’ve secured 47 Paying Jobs (many part-time) with 31 distinct employers<br />“Let go” 5 times<br />Age 30: While on Educational Leave (another job offer before completing school)<br />Age 37: Loss of Major Contract (Laid-off in June; Started new Job in July, ~1 month but required moving)<br />Age 43: Company Failed (Laid-off in December, Temporary Job in June; full-time job March of Following year – 15 months)<br />Age 45: Company downsized (Laid-off end of November; started new full-time job in August of following year – 9 months but required moving)<br />Age 49: Company downsized (Laid-off end of December; started new full-time job the next day : January 1st)<br />4<br />Who Am I?<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Overview<br />
  6. 6. Assess Your Situation and Yourself<br />6<br />Are You Unemployed, Under-employed, Unconfidently Employed, Unhappily employed?<br />Situational Considerations<br />Are You Still on the Payroll?<br />Have You Been Offered Severance?<br />Financial Reality Check?<br />Personal Considerations<br />What Went Wrong?<br />What Next? - Transition Options / Preferences<br />
  7. 7. Plan Your Marketing Strategy<br />7<br />Step by Step Process, but You Need to Tailor to You<br />Exempt or Non-Exempt?<br />Industry Experience / Preferences?<br />Field(s) of Experience / Preferences?<br />Income Needs / Desires?<br />Geographic Restrictions / Preferences?<br />Employer Restrictions?<br />30 Second Brand Statement (“Elevator Speech”)<br />
  8. 8. Documents<br />1-Page Marketing Plan Summary<br />Resumes <br />Cover Letters<br />Email Address, Footer & Draft Notes<br />Reference Sheets<br />Thank You Notes<br />8<br />Prepare Documents, Tools, Techniques<br />
  9. 9. Tools<br />Techniques<br />Job Progress Database<br />Contacts Database<br />Resume Database<br />Departure Statement<br />Phone Screen Skills<br />Interview Skills<br />SOAR or STAR stories<br />9<br />Prepare Documents, Tools, Techniques<br />
  10. 10. S O A R<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Implement Search Tactics<br />11<br />Unsolicited<br />Passive – Resume Posting<br />Assertive - Mailings<br />Advertised<br />Online <br />Newspaper<br />Recruited<br />Job Fairs <br />Headhunters<br />Networked<br />
  12. 12. Networked: Math Test<br />12<br />The average search is 4-6 months and requires talking to ~25 different decision makers before getting hired by 1 of them. It takes an average of 15 other people (friends, acquaintances, and insiders) to put you in touch with 1 decision maker. <br />15 x 25 = 325 conversations<br />5 months (21 x 5) = ~105 working days<br />325 conversations / 105 days = 3 to 4 job search conversations a day<br />That’s 3 to 4 job search conversations every work day until you get a job<br />
  13. 13. Positive versus Negative<br />Flexible Versus Rigid<br />Friendly versus Aloof<br />Vocal versus quiet<br />Outgoing versus introverted<br />13<br />Attitudes<br />
  14. 14. Manage Your Emotions<br />14<br /><ul><li>Be prepared for the emotional highs and lows of the job search cycle
  15. 15. Keep a positive attitude
  16. 16. Find a friend you can vent your frustrations to (probably other than a spouse)
  17. 17. Seek help from friends, pastors, professional counselors, or physicians if you are feeling very anxious or overwhelmed
  18. 18. Make a Conscious Effort to Smile – It Reflects Back</li>