GETTING UNSTUCK      In Your Job Search ProcessLinda (Lin) Phillips, MS, NCC, NCCC, MCC     Career and Life Transition Cou...
A Problem Well Defined…• Identify all possible problems preventing you  from getting the job• Choose the biggest problem• ...
Five Common Problems•   Lost•   Stuck in Traffic•   Dead End•   Overwhelmed•   Mechanical Problems
Build Your Road Map• Have a clear destination  – Know what you want     •   What job or role?     •   In what industry?   ...
Build Your Road Map…continued• Identify and list all qualifying employers   – Currently open positions   – And beyond. Ide...
Stand Out from the Others• Build Relationships  – Get involved:     •   Professional Associations (Encyclopedia of Associa...
Stand Out from the Others…continued• Build Relationships  – Make contact with:     •   Alumni Association / College Placem...
Stand Out from the Others…continued• Create Outstanding Documents  – Design your letterhead…and use it  – Use key words of...
Stand Out from the Others…continued• Follow Up with the employer. . .  –   1 week after sending resume  –   On the date th...
Stand Out from the Others…continued• Innovate  – Prove you fit the employer’s culture (match    messages)  – Incorporate a...
Create an Alternate Route•   Gain new skills•   Keep up with current trends•   Change Industries•   Expand geographic loca...
Create an Alternate Route…continued•   Accept contract work•   Become an entrepreneur•   Volunteer … www.unitedwaydm.org• ...
Get It Together• Get Focused:  – Look Inward    • Values    • Themes    • Abilities  – Look Backward    •   Accomplishment...
Get It Together…continued• Get focused (continued)  – Look Forward     • Ideal     • Self-employed vs. work for another  –...
Get It Together…continued• Get Organized  – Set weekly / daily goals  – Schedule goal related activities each day  – Keep ...
Use Preventive Maintenance• Take a break• Do something for JOY• Eat right• Get regular exercise, build  endorphins• Wake a...
Preventive Maintenance…continued•   Give purpose to your life•   Volunteer… www.unitedwaydm.org•   It’s OK to grieve …priv...
Contact InformationLinda (Lin) Phillips, MS, NCC, NCCC, MCCCareer and Life Transition Counseling        200 Army Post Road...
Getting unstuck (2)
Getting unstuck (2)
Getting unstuck (2)
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  1. 1. GETTING UNSTUCK In Your Job Search ProcessLinda (Lin) Phillips, MS, NCC, NCCC, MCC Career and Life Transition Counseling
  2. 2. A Problem Well Defined…• Identify all possible problems preventing you from getting the job• Choose the biggest problem• Restate the problem as a question. E.g. How can I ….• Brainstorm possible solutions
  3. 3. Five Common Problems• Lost• Stuck in Traffic• Dead End• Overwhelmed• Mechanical Problems
  4. 4. Build Your Road Map• Have a clear destination – Know what you want • What job or role? • In what industry? • What size company? • What geographic location?• Write your elevator statement
  5. 5. Build Your Road Map…continued• Identify and list all qualifying employers – Currently open positions – And beyond. Ideas might come from: • Networking • Yellow Pages • Chamber of Commerce • Industry directories • Internet search • Job postings • DM Business Record “Book of Lists”
  6. 6. Stand Out from the Others• Build Relationships – Get involved: • Professional Associations (Encyclopedia of Associations) • Breakfast Club • Chamber of Commerce • Service Organizations • Fraternities / Sororities • Networking events • Religious Organization
  7. 7. Stand Out from the Others…continued• Build Relationships – Make contact with: • Alumni Association / College Placement Office • Recruiters • Former employers • Friends / relatives / former co-workers
  8. 8. Stand Out from the Others…continued• Create Outstanding Documents – Design your letterhead…and use it – Use key words of the industry / employer in cover letter and resume – Match the order your qualifications to the job ad – Use a QR code to route the reader to your web-site – Print and use personal business cards – Create a business-style e-mail address – Design and use a portfolio
  9. 9. Stand Out from the Others…continued• Follow Up with the employer. . . – 1 week after sending resume – On the date the position is closed – On decision dates – Once a month• Send a Thank You letter following each contact
  10. 10. Stand Out from the Others…continued• Innovate – Prove you fit the employer’s culture (match messages) – Incorporate a QR code on your resume / business card – Meet face-to-face – Offer to help first and get hired later – Give three solutions to a problem the company faces – Provide a work sample
  11. 11. Create an Alternate Route• Gain new skills• Keep up with current trends• Change Industries• Expand geographic locations• Add second choice career• Work a temporary assignment• Be a Consultant
  12. 12. Create an Alternate Route…continued• Accept contract work• Become an entrepreneur• Volunteer … www.unitedwaydm.org• Step back one level• Look at lateral position• Take an internship• Seek professional help
  13. 13. Get It Together• Get Focused: – Look Inward • Values • Themes • Abilities – Look Backward • Accomplishments • Results • Past Dreams • Repair bridges that need to be mended
  14. 14. Get It Together…continued• Get focused (continued) – Look Forward • Ideal • Self-employed vs. work for another – Look upward • What is my greater purpose • What is my calling
  15. 15. Get It Together…continued• Get Organized – Set weekly / daily goals – Schedule goal related activities each day – Keep track. Hint: Use JibberJobber or Becomed.com, on-line organizational tools – Establish an in-home work space• Reward Yourself when you have met your goals
  16. 16. Use Preventive Maintenance• Take a break• Do something for JOY• Eat right• Get regular exercise, build endorphins• Wake and sleep on same schedule• Avoid isolation
  17. 17. Preventive Maintenance…continued• Give purpose to your life• Volunteer… www.unitedwaydm.org• It’s OK to grieve …privately• Get professional help – Career Counselor or Career coach • NBCC.org thecoaches.com coachfederation.org – Mental Health professional
  18. 18. Contact InformationLinda (Lin) Phillips, MS, NCC, NCCC, MCCCareer and Life Transition Counseling 200 Army Post Road, Suite 3 Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-285-1240 www.iowacareercounselor.com

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