Job Search Courage: Looking Inside & Out for Hope & Help


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Workshop was given at the Biz Times Conference and Expo at State Fair Park Expo Center in Milwaukee. 90 participants.

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Job Search Courage: Looking Inside & Out for Hope & Help

  1. 1. Tom Bachhuber BizTech Conference-Expo _______________________ April 28, 2010 ________________________ Job Search Courage— Looking Inside & Out for Hope & Help
  2. 2. THE SPIRIT <ul><li>To be spiritual means to know and to live according to the knowledge that there is more to life than meets the eye…… </li></ul><ul><li>Richard McBrien </li></ul><ul><li>_________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>What is the soul ?....... </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Oliver </li></ul>
  3. 3. YOU ALREADY KNOW…. <ul><li>Work harder and smarter </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate your value </li></ul><ul><li>Patient and persistent </li></ul><ul><li>Balance time/energy—web, people, subject matter expert, preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Real time openings—90% requirements and have an insider </li></ul><ul><li>Networking key and core </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Truths Remind </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. JOB MARKET STATISTICS & PROJECTIONS <ul><li>--National unemployment 9.7% </li></ul><ul><li>--Jobs added in March 162,000 </li></ul><ul><li>--Wisconsin 8.8% </li></ul><ul><li>--Milwaukee/Wisconsin 10.2% </li></ul><ul><li>--Manpower Study 21%+ 5%- 73% </li></ul><ul><li>--Milwaukee #13 out of 201 “Hiring solid pace.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 foot view </li></ul><ul><li>2. </li></ul>Job Search…Art and Science
  7. 7. Tom Bachhuber BizTech Conference-Expo _______________________ April 28, 2010 ________________________ Job Search Courage— Looking Inside & Out for Hope & Help
  8. 8. COURAGE <ul><li>“ The state or quality of mind and spirit that enables one to face danger with confidence and gain resolution.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Managing Transitions William Bridges <ul><ul><li>3. </li></ul></ul>STAGE ENDINGS TASKS Dealing with loss; grief EMOTIONS & OUTCOMES Anger, blame, fear, shock, denial, regret, self-deception MIDDLES Managing conflict and complexity---looking back and planning ahead Anxiety, confusion, uncertainty, apathy, immobility BEGINNINGS Setting new goals; building hope; proceeding with care Integration, reinventing yourself, new meaning, Success--elation, satisfaction
  10. 10. TRANSITION— F E A R <ul><li>No shortage of fears—we feel it. </li></ul><ul><li>Waves--feeling rejected, forgotten, misunderstood; sometimes anger, resentment, self-pity and even desire revenge. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go it alone. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Parker Palmer <ul><li>“ You can’t avoid fear but you don’t need to be your fear ….you can choose to stand in other places—hope, beauty, family, solace in nature, solitude, a higher power, your mortality…. </li></ul><ul><li>Accept what is……It brings you away from the negativity which is in the mind and moves you toward your true Being.” Eckhart Tolle </li></ul><ul><li>Parker’s analogy to his own depression—a hand of a friend. </li></ul><ul><li>Name our fears…… </li></ul>4.
  12. 12. Parker’s Shadows <ul><li>1.We believe the universe is a battle- ground. </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>5.
  13. 13. F A I T H <ul><li>“ When you’re at a crossroads and you happen to have an old faith hanging in the closet, it’s probably a good time to get it out and dust it off.” </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Bolles </li></ul>6.
  14. 14. <ul><li>“ There is nothing wrong with trying “foxhole religion”. Take it any way it comes.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Religio”—bond with higher power. </li></ul><ul><li>“ It has a habit of mutating into the real thing.” </li></ul><ul><li>Any port in a storm…… </li></ul><ul><li>Dogma, rules, ceremony…… </li></ul>J Jack Falvey 1987 National Business Employment Weekly
  15. 15. Job Search 101 <ul><li>Myths </li></ul><ul><li>Jack Falvey’s Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Research/Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Elevator Speech/Branding </li></ul><ul><li>The Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Net “Working” </li></ul><ul><li>Priorities and Plans </li></ul>
  16. 16. 1.) Job Search Myths <ul><ul><ul><li>If I can present my talents, employers will put me in the right opportunity. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A successful interview is all about chemistry. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most jobs are in print or on the web—80/20 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There’s a “best” job out there for me—if I don’t find it I’ll be unhappy. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. MANY “BEST” JOBS….. <ul><li>“ Our working identity is not a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered at the very core of our inner being. Rather, it is made up of many possibilities: some tangible and concrete (some not), defined by the things we do, the company we keep, and the success we know in our work and lives.” </li></ul><ul><li>7 . Working Identity Herminia Ibarra, Ph.D. </li></ul>
  18. 18. 2.) No Hard and Fast Rules (1987) Jack Falvey <ul><li>No rules—right, wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Too many variables for a prescription </li></ul><ul><li>Keep yourself alive in a network of 10-20 </li></ul><ul><li>Rain, damp and cold ….. </li></ul>8.
  19. 19. 3. RESEARCH Organizational Culture <ul><li>&quot;...the culture of any organization is a deep phenomenon ; culture is complex and difficult to understand, but the effort to understand it is worthwhile because much of the mystery and the irrational in organizations suddenly becomes clear when we understand it...&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>— Edgar Schein </li></ul><ul><li>MICRO-Research —uncover specific occurrences that show progress in a specific organization--in your area of expertise. </li></ul><ul><li>/ </li></ul>9.
  20. 20. <ul><li>Mandatory 30 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>Who you are; what you do well and how you can add value and make a difference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memorable </li></ul></ul>4.) Elevator Speech
  21. 21. Branding Statements <ul><li>“ I’m a CFO for Zein Products who’s good at streamlining operations and profit improvement in manufacturing start-ups.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ My successful work has been in brand management and now I want to apply those accomplishments to non-profit fund raising.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Motivating underachieving students to be confident and competent in math was my strength as a teacher---I’m ready to use these skills to design financial planning programs for Boomers .” </li></ul>10.
  22. 22. 5.) Net- “Working” <ul><li>It’s not schmoozing…….Start with believers. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask great questions--open-ended, numbers, proper nouns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CURIOUS AND SERIOUS- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BECOME A COLLEAGUE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Asking the right question. Saying the right thing. At the right time. To the right person….to create INTEREST and IMPACT . ….. PREPARATION…… OBVIOUS VALUE </li></ul>
  23. 23. Value of Networking <ul><li>“ We learn who we have been and who we might become –--in practice, not in theory—by testing fantasy and reality, through exploration, experience and examination , not just by looking inside ourselves.” </li></ul><ul><li>Herminia Ibarra, Ph.D. </li></ul>11.
  24. 24. 6.) “The” Resume <ul><li>Look “Good” </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect-- punctuation, grammar, spelling </li></ul><ul><li>Make Connections- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Action Verbs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business Case </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proper nouns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Numbers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes/Results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Executive Summary </li></ul>12.
  25. 25. 7.) PLANNING & PRIORITIZING <ul><li>Job Boards, Super boards, Matching boards, Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Get smarter; new skills </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing for meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching & Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Some things we can’t plan for….. </li></ul>13.
  26. 26. <ul><ul><li>Planned, prioritized methods—only part of the solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not a predictable process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use imagination, instinct, intuition…. </li></ul></ul>Zen of Job Seeking (Howard Figler, Ph.D.) 14.
  27. 27. Believe….in something….. <ul><li>“ If you’re in transition and you happen to have an old faith hanging in the closet of your heart, it’s probably a good time to bring it out and dust it off.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dick Bolles </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Economy <ul><li>Green shoots--Banks are lending, Companies investing and Consumers spending and saving; Worst is behind us </li></ul><ul><li>Jobless claims 3 month low </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment is creeping down…….. </li></ul><ul><li>Manpower Report for Milwaukee </li></ul><ul><li>“ Economic want is the handmaiden of new ideas.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> “ Optimism for a Pessimistic Time” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The last time we were this pessimistic—1982-83—we were on the cusp of building the new great economy.” </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Knetter, Dean, UW School of Business </li></ul><ul><li>“ We are resilient….we are positive in the face of adversity… </li></ul>
  29. 29. WHAT’S IT GOING TO TAKE? <ul><li>“ I’m one of those eternal optimists—This challenging economy is giving all of us time to step back and say-- OK, those other opportunities that we’ve thought about—what is it going to take?” </li></ul><ul><li>___________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Isbister, </li></ul><ul><li>President of General Metal Works </li></ul>
  30. 30. Finding A Job Finding Faith <ul><li>“…… He gradually abandoned hope for a suddenly perfect life in some perfect place always elsewhere than where he actually was. He surrendered himself to the slow heart work of seeking his faith one day at a time and one night at a time in the place where his eyes opened and shut…he got up and fell down, he got up and fell down, he got up over and over again.” </li></ul><ul><li>_________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Patrick Hart, Jonathon Montaldo </li></ul><ul><li>The Intimate Merton </li></ul>
  31. 31. DEFINING COURAGE <ul><li>“ The state or quality of mind and spirit that enables one to face danger with confidence and gain resolution .” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. BELIEVING IN COURAGE <ul><li>. “Courage helps us accept what cannot be changed and to struggle through what needs to be changed. Courage helps us to gently say what we believe, to hold on to what we know is of value despite the risk of rejection, doubt or failure. Courage empowers us to try again when there seems to be only repeated failure. Courage is never learned overnight. It’s being brave enough to face what life sends us. Sr. Joyce Rupp </li></ul>
  34. 34. YOUR NEXT MOVE? <ul><li>“ When things are confounding and complicated, we get partial visions. We must pause, reflect and do the next thing —we will know what that next thing is.” </li></ul>17.