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Successfully Manage Your Job Search Project

  1. 1. Successfully Manage YourJob SearchProject<br />Earl Nichols, PMP September 2009<br />
  2. 2. What defines a Project?<br />
  3. 3. What defines a Project?<br />Temporary<br />Unique Product or Service<br />Progressive Elaboration<br />
  4. 4. Have Project Experience?<br />Built a road?<br />Designed a building?<br />Put a man on the moon?<br />
  5. 5. Why apply Project Management to a Job Search?<br />
  6. 6. Phases of a Job Search project<br />
  7. 7. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
  8. 8. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
  9. 9. Professional Objective - <br />What kind of work do you want to do?<br />Cost Accountant, Internal Auditor<br />Industrial Business Development, Project Management<br />IT Management<br />Make it CLEAR and SPECIFIC and INTERESTING to you.<br />If you are “open” about your job, the employer will be “closed!”<br />Get Organized<br />Planning<br />
  10. 10. Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Target Market - What organizations do you want to work for?<br /><ul><li>Geographic Location – how far from home/travel %
  11. 11. Industry or type of organization
  12. 12. Oil/gas, energy; transportation; E&C
  13. 13. Global for-profit; non-profit; federal/state/local gov’t
  14. 14. Size
  15. 15. Global
  16. 16. SMB – Small or Medium Business
  17. 17. Partnership/Sole Proprietorship</li></ul>Aim for 40-50 organizations, but focus on 3-5 at a time.<br />
  18. 18. Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Core Message – Your “30 second” commercial<br /><ul><li>What are your qualifications?
  19. 19. What distinguishes you from everyone else?</li></ul>Three “Talking Points” - ala Bill Clinton<br />
  20. 20. Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Accomplishment Statements<br /><ul><li>Describe challenges you faced in prior job situations
  21. 21. …RESULTING IN…
  22. 22. The results that YOU help to achieve WITH quantified benefits.</li></ul>Build a document with all accomplishment statements as a living reference. Organize it in chronological order. Take it with you to interviews.<br />
  23. 23. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
  24. 24. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />
  25. 25. Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Other Job Search Resources<br />Basic<br /><ul><li>E-mail account
  26. 26. Cell phone
  27. 27. Business Cards
  28. 28. Networking Contacts
  29. 29. Notebook or journal
  30. 30. Advanced
  31. 31. “Thank You” notes
  32. 32. References
  33. 33. Complete Work History
  34. 34. LinkedIn account
  35. 35. Brand Statement</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Planning<br />Other Job Search Resources<br />REALLY Advanced!<br /><ul><li>Web Site –
  36. 36. Responding to discussions
  37. 37. Twitter
  38. 38. Blog
  39. 39. Presentation</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Other Project Planning Areas <br />Time<br />Cost<br />Quality<br />Communications<br />Procurement<br />Risk<br />Scope<br />
  40. 40. Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />Get Going<br />
  41. 41. Get Organized<br />Executing<br />Get Going<br />Sources of Job Leads<br /><ul><li>Recruiters
  42. 42. Job Boards
  43. 43. Personal Network</li></ul>20/20/60 Rule of Job Sources<br />Source: Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink<br />
  44. 44. Get Organized<br />Executing<br />Get Going<br />Networking<br /><ul><li>Build a list of personal contacts – shoot for 250
  45. 45. Focus initially on inner circle and move out
  46. 46. Pay attention to contacts in influential positions</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Executing<br />Get Going<br />Networking Process<br /><ul><li>One-on-one conversations
  47. 47. Must feel natural and comfortable for both parties
  48. 48. Focus on the other person and look for mutual interests
  49. 49. Share BRIEFLY what you are looking for
  50. 50. When appropriate, share Target Market
  51. 51. Ask for “WHO SHOULD I TALK TO NEXT?”</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />Get Going<br />
  52. 52. Get Organized<br />Monitor and Control<br />Get Going<br />Job Search Work Teams… contribute<br /><ul><li>Accountability
  53. 53. Creative ideas
  54. 54. A part of your core network
  55. 55. A Support Group</li></li></ul><li>Get Organized<br />Phases of a Job Search project<br />Get Going<br />Get HIRED!<br />
  56. 56. Get Organized<br />Final Thoughts<br />Get Going<br />Get HIRED!<br />PLAN your work, then WORK your PLAN<br />NETWORKING generates up to 80% of jobs, so where should you spend YOUR time?<br />Had a good interview? DON’T STOP your job search until you ACCEPT an OFFER!<br />Don’t go it ALONE – join a TEAM!<br />
  57. 57. Reference Materials<br />“Thank you” to the following people for their contributions to this presentation, and to my job search in general:<br />Orville Pierson, author<br /><ul><li>The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search
  58. 58. Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job</li></ul>Rick Gillis, author and speaker<br /><ul><li>REALLY Useful Job Search Tactics</li></li></ul><li>“Extra Credit” Things to Check Out<br />Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink<br />Ever thought about leaving the corporate world for a life devoid of politics, commuting, inept bosses, threats of being fired? Ever considered becoming an independent agent? If so, this is the book for you.<br /><br />Executives Network is an organization led by Molly Wendell, who went almost two years looking for a job with NO offers, then changed her approach, and within months had received 30 OFFERS. This website has a bunch of articles about her approach to job search. Also, watch her YouTube video interview that summarizes her experience. Search on YouTube for “Molly Wendell Denver” for that interview.<br />
  59. 59. Successfully Manage YourJob SearchProject<br />Earl Nichols, PMP September 2009<br />