Surviving Employment, Finding and keeping the job


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This is the presentation used in the first of four job-related sessions in conjunction with the New Beginnings Life Skills Tuesdays in Kennesaw. This session covered growing in your career or industry, expanding your relevance, and a basic employment regulations overview.

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  • Welcome to Surviving Employment, the first in a four part session for job seekers and potential candidates.
  • Poll – who here is unemployed now?
  • You’re not alone.
  • Georgia is worse than the average of the US.
  • And underemployment has been higher in the last six months than the past few decades.
  • Who feels possibly that they lost their last job due to some factors which may not have been completely appropriate?
  • Also no surprise given recent trends, an aging workforce and a tougher job market.
  • But we’re here to look forward, not backwards.
  • Legal disclaimer: I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice!
  • A little about me
  • Today’s agenda
  • Growing in your career takes action.
  • If you want to progress in HR, seek out employee benefits industry news like this
  • Another example of free HR industry alerts online.
  • The IRS has an alert service on a wide range of topics.
  • Example of a great industry resource for sales or marketing people.
  • Another random example from a Google search for “paper industry news”.
  • Very brief sampling of certifications available in a multitude of industries.
  • Softskills or other knowledge you may need can be found within the details of job descriptions for roles you’re interested in pursuing.
  • Get familiar with your public library and take advantage of the mass amount of free resources.
  • Random sampling of books available at my local library today.
  • In the job search or in the job, demonstrate superior attitude.
  • Coming next week: Linking Up to LinkedIn!
  • Surviving Employment, Finding and keeping the job

    1. 1. Welcome to Life Skills Tuesdays, a ministry outreach of New Beginnings United Methodist Church Surviving Employment
    2. 2. Poll
    3. 6. Poll
    4. 10. <ul><li>Nanci Lamborn, SPHR </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Professional in Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>20 years Insurance Industry Personnel Management </li></ul><ul><li>Global Financial Software Company Generalist </li></ul><ul><li>Published Freelance Writer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Careerbuilder’s Workbuzz </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> jobs column </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Underwriter Magazine </li></ul></ul>
    5. 11. agenda <ul><li>Growing in your current role, improve your relevance and increase value. </li></ul><ul><li>Labor regulations / Employment law </li></ul><ul><li>Homework assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & Answers </li></ul>
    6. 12. grow
    7. 13. Growing in a role <ul><li>Investigate what the business does. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek out industry publications sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Dig into what is readily available to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines, journals, newsletters, online. </li></ul>
    8. 19. Growing in a role <ul><li>Investigate what the business does. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek out industry publications sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Search for certifiable designations. </li></ul><ul><li>Dig into what is readily available to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines, journals, newsletters, online. </li></ul><ul><li>Valuable industry education options. </li></ul>
    9. 20. Automotive: AAP, AFIP, ASE, CAFM, MAAP Construction: CAASH, CAPS, CGA, GMR, HCCP, RCS Financial: AIF, CPA, CMA, CFM, CIA, CFE, EA, CGFM Insurance: ARM, CEBS, CIC, CISR, CPCU, SPIR Hospitality: CFMP, FMP, CHA, CMP, CRFP Sales/Marketing: CSE, CME, SCPS Staffing: CPP, CSP, CTS, PHR, SPHR, TSC Technology: CISSP, CWNA, NACSE, SNIA, XMLM Professional Certification Designations
    10. 21. Growing in a role <ul><li>Investigate what the business does. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek out industry publications sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Search for certifiable designations. </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate soft-skills required to advance. </li></ul><ul><li>Dig into what is readily available to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines, journals, newsletters, online. </li></ul><ul><li>Valuable industry education options. </li></ul><ul><li>Time mgmt; coaching; active listening. </li></ul>
    11. 22. <ul><li>- strong assessment and organizational skills </li></ul><ul><li>solid communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>ability to negotiate and mediate </li></ul>Soft skills education <ul><li>- working knowledge of Crystal Reports </li></ul><ul><li>familiarity with RFP process </li></ul><ul><li>deliver PowerPoint presentations to clients </li></ul>Other relevant education
    12. 24. <ul><li>Complete Java 2 certification study guide </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Excel 97 Visual Basic </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Excel VBA programming for the beginner </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing for dummies </li></ul><ul><li>What color is your parachute? </li></ul><ul><li>Building the awesome organization : six essential components that drive entrepreneurial growth </li></ul><ul><li>Out front leadership : discovering, developing, & delivering your potential </li></ul><ul><li>Business etiquette for dummies Change without pain : how managers can overcome initiative overload, organizational chaos, and employee burnout </li></ul><ul><li>Getting things done when you are not in charge </li></ul><ul><li>Influence without authority </li></ul><ul><li>Management for dummies </li></ul>
    13. 25. Share everything.  Play fair.  Don't hit people.  Put things back where you found them.  Clean up your own mess.  Don't take things that aren't yours.  Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.  Learn some and think some and play and work some every day. Attitude is everything Robert Fulghum
    14. 26. Key Employment Regulations <ul><li>FLSA – Fair Labor Standards Act </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Governs wage & hour law including minimum wage, overtime regulations, child labor. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EXEMPT employee means standard salary regardless of hours; no overtime earned. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NONEXEMPT means paid by the hour; eligible for overtime if over 40 hours worked in a week. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulated by Department of Labor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 27. <ul><li>FMLA – Family Medical Leave Act </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Covered employers allow eligible employee up to 12 weeks unpaid leave in a 12-month period for: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>birth of a newborn child of the employee; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>placement for adoption or foster care; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>employee’s own serious health condition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulated by Department of Labor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>Key Employment Regulations
    16. 28. Key Employment Regulations <ul><li>ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act </li></ul><ul><li>ADEA – Age Discrimination in Employment Act </li></ul><ul><li>COBRA – allows for health insurance continuation* </li></ul><ul><li>EPA – Equal Pay Act </li></ul><ul><li>HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act </li></ul><ul><li>* COBRA covers private employers of 20+ employees, & all government workers. If you didn't have health insurance through your employer, you have no COBRA rights when you leave. (new laws on the way) </li></ul>15 or more employees under Title VII and ADA 20 or more employees under ADEA 50 or more employees under FMLA Virtually all employers under EPA
    17. 29. Key Employment Concepts <ul><li>Georgia is an “At Will” employment state </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ termination for any reason or no reason at all” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unemployment pay is never automatic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If fired for controllable cause, it may be denied. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping benefits requires weekly action. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    18. 30. Homework
    19. 31. Homework Assignment #1 <ul><li>Get access to an industry publication resource </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade Journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email distribution list </li></ul></ul>
    20. 32. Homework Assignment #2 <ul><li>Identify one skill or qualification you need to advance, and take one step towards it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Checking out a library book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for a seminar/webinar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inquire at work about training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet up with local interest group </li></ul></ul>
    21. 33. Homework Assignment #3 <ul><li>Make your list of professional or industry contacts / colleagues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current/former coworkers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfied clients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfactory vendors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Association peers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We’ll use this next week </li></ul>
    22. 35. Questions?