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YOUR SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH, by Tom Murray Exec. Director, Career Transitions Center. How to decide –” it used to be either /or, now it’s multiple choice”, Nesbitt. WHAT IT TAKES TO GET A JOB. Decide what you want to do Know yourself honestly Prepare good written materials

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YOUR SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH, by Tom MurrayExec. Director, Career Transitions Center

How to decide –” it used to be either /or, now it’s multiple choice”, Nesbitt


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WHAT IT TAKES TO GET A JOB

  • Decide what you want to do

  • Know yourself honestly

  • Prepare good written materials

  • Develop and implement a marketing plan

  • Network everywhere

  • Interview successfully

  • Negotiate desirable terms of employment


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WHAT DO YOU LOVE TO DO?

  • If you were a child of the Rockefellers, and didn’t have to work…

  • If you could do anything you wanted to do…

  • What are your hobbies or leisure interests?


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FIRST YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE

What life stage are you at?

Is it consistent with your age?

Can you evaluate your skills honestly?


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Oral-sensory

Muscular-anal

Locomotion-genital

Latency

Puberty/adolescence

Trust/mistrust

Autonomy/shame

Initiative/guilt

Industry/inferiority

Identity/role confusion

ERICKSON’S CHILD STAGESSTAGES ISSUES


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Young adulthood

Adulthood

Final stage

Intimacy/isolation

Generativity/ stagnation

Integrity/ despair

ERICKSON ADULT STAGESSTAGE ISSUES


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Provisional adulthood

First adulthood

Second adulthood

Age of mastery

Age of integrity

18 to 30

30 to 45

45 to 85

45 to 65

65 to 85 +

SHEEHY – ADULT STAGES


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Love and warmth

Appreciation/gratitude

Curiosity

Excitement and Passion

Determination

Flexibility

Confidence

Cheerfulness

Vitality

Contribution

ATTITUDE FOR SUCCESSten emotions of power (Robbins)



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SOME COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE INSTRUMENTS

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (preferences and components of preferences)

  • Strong Vocational Interest Inventory (Occupational themes, interests and similarities)

  • Thurstone Temperament Schedule (charactieristics of temperament)


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SOME IN-HOUSE INSTRUMENTS

  • Murray’s Lifestyle Survey (what is important to you at your current stage in life)

  • Skills Assessment

  • Health Survey

  • List of positive adjectives (strengths)


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MOST EFFECTIVE – SIMPLY ASK YOURSELF (Bolles)

  • Develop an obituary for the completely self-fulfilled life (Creative Behavior Workbook)

  • Prepare your “Lifetime Achievement Award” speech – what will it say?

  • Write a “Here I Stand” statement, what do you stand for, what aspects of your beliefs and values are unchangeable


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Size of company

Location

Group or alone

Management

Technical

Past, present, future

Expert or generalist

Stable or ambiguous

TRIAL AND ERROR, the only way to find the “right” job


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UNDERSTANDING NEEDS AND WANTS

  • Intellectual needs (Herzberg)

  • Salary needs or wants

  • Belonging needs (Maslow)

  • Health needs, longevity survey

  • Spiritual goals

  • Skills to be developed

  • Strengths to nurture, list of adjectives


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WHAT WILL MOVE YOU FORWARD or…(Bolles)

  • Purpose or lack of

  • Tools or instruments (tickets)

  • Motivation (internal)

  • Time (invested in the search)

  • Clinical depression can hold you back

  • Your attitude is apparent to all


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WRITTEN MATERIALS

Resume

Cover letters

Handbill or life statements


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YOUR RESUME

  • Summary: who are you, what have you done, what do you want to do

  • Professional achievements

  • Education

  • Other: What makes you interesting?


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YOUR COVER LETTERS

  • Problems to be solved

  • Who are you

  • How will you follow up


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HANDBILL CONTENTS

  • Summary about you

  • Significant achievements

  • What you would like to do

  • Who you want to meet (titles or names)

  • Companies you wish to contact


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ORAL PRESENTATIONS OF YOUR SKILLS

Networking interviews

Job interviews

Negotiating sessions


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NETWORKING

  • Most jobs come through networking

  • Prepare your “handbill” or “life statement” different from your resume

  • Get out and meet people whom you know and who are recommended by those you visit

  • Don’t ask for a job in a networking interview


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TESTING YOUR WORK ASSUMPTIONS

  • Informational interviewing (networking)

  • Research in books, magazines, newspapers

  • Internet research

  • Annual reports

  • Someone in profession

  • Someone in desired company


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INTERVIEWING

  • Prepare well for interviews

  • Look good in appearance and demeanor

  • Set a goal before you go into the interview

  • Take responsibility for the interview outcomes

  • Write notes to interviewer immediately afterwards – add additional dimensions


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NEGOTIATING

  • All of life requires good negotiating skills

  • Networking requires negotiation

  • Job offers can be negotiated

  • Become a skilled negotiator

  • Know what is essential and what you are willing to give away

  • Negotiate for a win-win conclusion



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Take your time

Arrange temporary structures

Don’t act for sake of action

Recognize discomfort

Take care of yourself in little ways

Explore other side of change

Find out what is waiting in the wings of your life

Use transition as impetus for new learning

Get someone to talk to

Recognize that transition has characteristic shape

TRANSITION CHECKLIST (Bridges)


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Self-fulfillment

Psychological maturity

Good physical health

Happy marital relationship

Ethical sensitivity

Competent parenting

Competence in vocation

Contributing to community

Fulfilling sexual relations

Close same sex friends

Leadership, power

High income

CORE VALUES FOR SUCCESS (Doug Heath)



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FIRST PRINCIPLE

  • Everyone can get a job

    Even lawyers, maybe…

    Especially if we don’t live our sad stories


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SECOND PRINCIPLE

  • Everyone can look good

  • Grooming and hygiene are a start

  • Clothing that is appropriate and really fits

  • Bearing – project confidence

  • Attitude comes through more clearly than skills or knowledge

  • Project energy

  • Smile


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THIRD PRINCIPLE

  • You need definable goals, maybe not job goals but at least life goals

  • Convey strengths, s sense of direction, self control

  • Be able to answer – who am I, what are my values, beliefs, interests, etc.


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FOURTH PRINCIPLE

  • Convey competence

  • “Only postal clerks take jobs, everyone else creates their own

  • What can you do better than anyone else?

  • What solutions will you bring to the organization?

  • Will you be an asset to the team?

  • How will you demonstrate your achievements?


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FIFTH PRINCIPLE

  • It is not necessarily the best qualified person who gets the job

  • It is the person who does the best job of presentation

  • Presentation includes: workplace skills, occupational competencies, human skills


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SIXTH PRINCIPLE

  • Getting a job is a full time job

  • It takes networking to meet people who might lead you to one with authority to hire you

  • It requires good written presentations

  • Rehearse answers to basic interview questions

  • Find a confidant who will help you reflect honestly on your presentation skills


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SEVENTH PRINCIPLE

  • Maybe you want to start your own business

  • Take courses from Lloyd Shefsky or Steve Rogers

  • Be in charge of your own work life


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IMAGINING YOURSELF AS A SUCCESS

  • As a successful employee

  • Living a successful life

  • In successful relationships

  • As a contributor to society

  • As a mentor to others


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BEST WISHES FOR A GREAT LIFE

Life is a do it yourself project – don’t wait, live it!


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