• (2006) Julie Griffin Levitt, Your Career, How To
Make It Happen, 6E.
PART I: Planning Your Career
CHAPTER ONE OBJECTIVES:
Reach Your Full Career Potential
1. Use affirmation statements and positive self-
talk to help achieve your goals.
2. Identify techniques for successfully setting
and achieving your goals
3. Improve your assertive behavior and apply it
to your job search.
4 POSITIVE THINKING HABITS
1. Deliberately motivate yourself every day.
2. Project energy and enthusiasm.
3. Practice positive expectations until it is habit.
4. Dwell on past successes.
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the
stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened
a new heaven to the human spirit
Helen Keller (page 4)
2. Imagine yourself succeeding in your goal.
3. Make the picture detailed and visualize
4. Incorporate pictures, words, actions and
5. Be able to recall the image instantly.
Stop SHOULDING Yourself!
Stop negative self-talk
I’ll try I will
I should I will
I must I will (adapted from p. 5)
Practice positive self-talk. Congratulate yourself.
I did a good job I CAN do this.
is Critical in Your Job Search
1. Employers hire people who behave
confidently and are able to convey their job
qualifications comfortably and clearly.
2. How assertive are you?
3. Being assertive requires a healthy self-
Wednesday - Homework
THREE THINGS FOR NEXT MONDAY . . .
Use one of the techniques for developing assertiveness, write
down what you did and share the results with the class.
Enhancing your self-esteem. Make the two lists as instructed
and the Action Plan. Share with the group or your counselor if
you are comfortable.
Use one of the PROACTIVE behaviors, write down what you did
and share the results with the class.
Professional E-mail Homework
1. Create on Yahoo, Gmail or AOL a professional
email address for yourself that you will use
only for job searching and career building.
2. First_Last_0628 (where the numbers are
day and month – NOT YEAR – of your
3. Send an email to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name in the subject line.