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Motivation & Challenges

  1. 1. Pounding the Pavement Motivation for Success And Overcoming Challenges
  2. 2. Motivation <ul><li>The definition of motivation is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A force, stimulus or influence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motivation means different things to different people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What does motivation mean to you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What motivates you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EXAMPLES: Seeing results, compliments, money, a sense of appreciation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why is motivation important? <ul><li>Motivation is the force that makes us do things. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a result of our individual needs being met that gives us the inspiration to complete the tasks. </li></ul>Likelihood of getting hired based on motivation
  4. 4. Simple Ways to Increase Motivation When people are not motivated with their job search, they have less energy, are more likely to resist change, and are less likely to take that extra step. Lack of motivation is often caused by frustration and feelings of powerlessness – even if people have the power in reality, if they do not see themselves as having it, motivation can be lacking. People must feel that they control their own destiny. Read or listen to motivational material Associate with positive people Exercise Take a break Stay positive Don’t give up
  5. 5. Networking <ul><li>Use the holidays to your advantage. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone that you talk to should know that you are looking for a job and also what type of job you are looking for. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Networking (continued) <ul><li>Don’t pass up attending those holiday social events. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accept all the invitations you receive. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The holiday season is a good excuse to touch base and a good time to expand your network. </li></ul><ul><li>Send holiday cards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sending a greeting card to networking contacts, recruiters and employers you have interviewed with is a good way to connect with those who can help with your job search. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 7 Destructive Habits to Motivation <ul><li>Thinking, saying and doing negative things </li></ul><ul><li>Acting before thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Talking more than listening </li></ul><ul><li>Giving up easily </li></ul><ul><li>5. Trying to bring others down to a negative level </li></ul><ul><li>Wasting time </li></ul><ul><li>Taking the easy way out </li></ul>If you want to have a fantastic life, never engage yourself in these 7 destructive habits.
  8. 8. Did you know…? <ul><li>In most employment surveys, ATTITUDE is listed as a top concern by employers. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Attitude? <ul><li>“ I thought it was all about meeting the qualifications?” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Here’s the scoop: Employers would rather hire someone with a good attitude and teach him/her the skills needed, than hire someone who has the skills but also has a bad attitude. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s easier to teach the skills necessary to perform the job duties than to change an attitude. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Did you know…? <ul><li>People receive negative feedback and advice more than 25,000 times during their lives! </li></ul><ul><li>“ At the beginning of every task is an attitude!” And remember…nothing gets done until you get up! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Challenges that need to be dealt with before starting your job search <ul><li>Having a working phone number with a way for an employer to leave you a message (with an appropriate message) </li></ul><ul><li>Have a reliable childcare plan established </li></ul><ul><li>Have a positive attitude! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Challenges that need to be dealt with while doing your job search <ul><li>Be prepared to explain gaps in your employment history </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to explain why you left your last position </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to explain convictions or criminal records </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to share past education and work experiences </li></ul>
  13. 13. Challenges that need to be dealt with once you’re hired <ul><li>Have reliable transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Consider furthering your education if it would benefit your new position </li></ul><ul><li>Have a reliable childcare plan (including a backup plan) </li></ul><ul><li>Following company guidelines and policies </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Wheel of Success Dependability Attitude Ability Network Presentation Motivation
  15. 15. Identifying Your Strengths <ul><li>These are the 6 areas of the Wheel of Success. Just like a car tire, the Wheel of Success does not work if there is a hole in it. It takes only one hole in your wheel to not get hired. For the wheel to work, you must “patch up” the holes and fill them with more air. </li></ul>Eliminate and Remove any concerns from prospective employers’ minds!
  16. 16. 6 Areas of the Wheel of Success <ul><li>Motivation: Are you motivated to succeed? </li></ul><ul><li>Dependability: Are you reliable? </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude: Will you bring positive energy to the workplace? </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation: Do you represent the company well? </li></ul><ul><li>Network: How does your network benefit you? </li></ul><ul><li>Ability: Are you able to do the job? </li></ul>
  17. 17. You need to provide the “job search keys” and allow your Employment Specialist the opportunity to teach you how to use them effectively!
  18. 18. What challenges are you facing in your job search?
  19. 19. ATTITUDES are contagious! Is yours worth Catching?