Coastal Carolina University, Wall Connections Presentation October 2009 http://www.coastal.edu/business/connections/ Jumpstarting Your Career: Leverage What You Do Best
..will be a long continuous journey of success, failure, renewal, change and learning
<ul><ul><li>Researching and Inquiry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Embracing a Global Context </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for the New Workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Making the Most of Your Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Jumpstarting Your Career </li></ul>Today: 5 Roads You Must Travel
<ul><ul><li>You have immediate access to so much information about people, industries, trends, companies, and cultures. Yet how much time do you research and inquire? </li></ul></ul>Researching and Inquiry
<ul><ul><li>Are you globally aware? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The dynamic changes in our economic, political, social, technological and environmental landscape will have an enormous effect on your career and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how you think about “career”. </li></ul></ul>Embracing a Global Context
Learning Skills for the 21 st Century Partnership for 21 st Century Skills: http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/ Core Subjects 21st Century Themes Life and Career Skills Learning and Innovation Skills Info, Media and Technology Skills Language Arts English/Reading World Languages Arts Math Economics Science Geography History Gov’t./Civics Global Awareness Financial Literacy Economic Literacy Business Literacy Entrepreneurship Civic Literacy Health Literacy Flexibility Adaptability Initiative Self Direction Social Skills Cross-cultural Skills Productivity Accountability Leadership Responsibility Creativity Innovation Critical Thinking Problem Solving Communications Collaboration Information Literacy Media Literacy Info & Communication Tools Literacy
<ul><ul><li>Four generations occupy the current workplace. Each with unique needs and expectations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The workplace will never be the same… </li></ul></ul>Preparing for the New Workplace
<ul><ul><li>Companies are reinventing themselves not only to stay competitive, but to rethink how to attract, develop, engage and retain staff with an eye towards the future. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are starting with Gen Y @ work… </li></ul></ul>Making the Most of Your Opportunities
<ul><ul><li>Successful careers start with aspiration, passion, discovery and the understanding that this is really hard work. You will gain a real advantage if you have a plan… </li></ul></ul>Jumpstarting Your Career
Be Reflective Jumpstarting Your Career: 4 Keys to Success Get Inspired Develop Brand YOU! Build Relationships
-Where do you want to be 6-12 months from now? -Where do you want to be after 2 years of working? -What gaps do you need to fill on your resume? Set Goals -Choose a city before choosing a career -Consider the importance of proximity to family and friends -Consider the cost of living and compromises you’ll have to make Think Location First -What are you most passionate about? Let your passions and values guide your career search. -Take a Myers-Briggs test to identify your personality type: www.personalitypathways.com -Know the kinds of work you love and hate. Don’t include work you didn’t like on your resume or you may be asked to repeat it. -Your first job may not be your dream job, but it’s a stepping stone. Think strategically about your longer term goals and what skills you need to develop to achieve these goals. Be Clear About Your Passions -Brainstorm your most important characteristics about both life and career -Prioritize this list -Don’t compromise your values Know Your Values Be Reflective
-Develop an inspirational & motivational playlist. You may want several to fit your mood while researching companies, writing cover letters, or traveling to the interview -Create a short list of favorite quotations -Visit the self-help or career section at your local book store -Read lots of career blogs (Brazen Careerist, SixFigureStart, Marci Alboher) Motivate Yourself -Learn about the company you desire inside out including its vision statement and business strategy -Read industry-specific blogs & columnists -Research industry-specific association groups -Know your interviewer -Conduct a competitive analysis…who’s the competition and what are their strengths/weaknesses? Research Mode -Where do you go to learn about what’s new and hot? Magazines/Periodicals? Websites? Exhibits? -Be aware of national and global trends by traveling, reading international newspapers, and talking to your friends & family -Spend time people watching Trend Spotting Get Inspired!
-Choose carefully, someone in the industry you seek is best -Communicate your goal(s) clearly -Consider what you have to offer, mentorships should have reciprocal benefits -Ask your mentor to critique your resume Find a Mentor -Don’t be afraid to reach out via email, but try to move quickly to an in-person meeting or phone call (it’s not so different from online dating) -Research your contact…start with a Google search -Always follow up with an email thank you note regardless of how the meeting went. 6 degrees of separation holds true Take Initiative -Develop a professional profile on LinkedIn (best way to showcase accomplishments) and Brazen Careerist (best way to showcase ideas) -Be sure to create a professional email address ( [email_address] isn’t a good choice) -Think strategically about using Facebook. If using FB, make sure your profile is career-friendly. Leverage Social Media Build Relationships
-Do your research before contacting or meeting with a recruiter and make it obvious that you’ve done your homework -The easiest way to prove your curiosity is to actually be curious. Your ideas will help to demonstrate your curiosity. -Come to the interview prepared with questions. Prove your curiosity -Every bullet should be quantifiable -Choose accomplishments that highlight work you ENJOY -Be prepared to tell the story of each accomplishment Focus your resume on measureable accomplishments -Know the business you’re seeking to enter and brainstorm 2-3 ideas that you can speak to during an interview -If necessary, offer free consulting or free part-time work as a way to break into an industry. -Develop a reputation as an “ideas person” -Be ready to prove that you can ideate AND execute Be known for your ideas -How can you differentiate yourself from other students with the same major and minor? -Are you an “expert” in a particular area? -Craft your resume so that you are perceived as a specialist. Choose buzzwords carefully. What’s your niche or specialization? Develop Brand YOU!
“ There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” - John F. Kennedy “ The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.” - George Bernard Shaw