Brief description of the content of each workshop module.
Introduction to your Job Search
A job search is a project. It has a beginning and an end. It requires that you, as the job seeker, develop then carry out a plan that incorporates a clearly laid out series of steps.
The project plan requires that you keep track of a lot of information, that you set a monthly and weekly schedule of what you plan to do (if you don’t how will you know if you completed everything you must?).
Self-study and introspection
The prospective employer needs to understand how you can make their organization, and them, personally, successful. How is this done? By identifying the accomplishments you’ve achieved in your family, social and work life. You’ll identify the problems you faced, list the personal tools and skills you used to resolve them, and describe the outcome. Past success predicts future success. Make the most of what you’ve done.
Study your personal needs; your likes & dislikes; your goals & objectives. Discuss them with your family.
The Marketing Plan
The marketing plan incorporates two elements:
- Resume(s). Expected as a matter of course by many, if not most employers, these documents can do more to eliminate your candidacy that almost anything else. We will discuss, and show you, how to take what you’ve learned about yourself to prepare highly tailored resumes that fit and support the position you want at the employers you choose to approach.
- The “Tri-Fold-Brochure” is an innovative alternative to the traditional resume, which, placed in the hands of the highest ranking employer representative (ideally the “hiring manager”) provides a compelling “reason to interview”.
In a well-executed search, FOCUS is the key to success. You will use what you learned about yourself in the first module to choose prospective employers. The days of “blasting” resumes to every company of a 6 county area are over. In reality, it never worked. We will teach you to:
- Select and study 10 - 12 companies of interest. Decide if they need what you have to offer, whether their “culture” is right. Use your network & the internet. Identify key personnel, and you’ll find ways to contact them.
- Make decisions about who you want to work for. You’ll keep them on your list, or, if the “fit is not right, you’ll delete them and add another.
Networking is where the “rubber meets the road”. Every job seeker is a salesperson with one product, and with a need to make just one sale. There are several types of networking, and we’ll help you understand how to make the best of what you can be.
- Informal networking. Friends, family, former co-workers.
- Formal networking with “warm” contacts. Organized networking meetings sponsored by professional organizations.
- Formal networking with people you don’t know, at companies you have interest in. Frequently these contacts and conversations are a product of the first two… but not always.
To get a new position requires that you “Get Noticed” in a favorable manner (the steps above this one), then “Get Interviewed” Here we’ll talk about HOW to interview, and what to do afterwards.
How to keep the conversation on the important stuff…How you can benefit them.
- What to say, and what not.
- What to take with you, and what not.
- How to deal with requests for references.
- How to practice for your interview.
- Follow-up. It’s almost as important as the interview itself, so you need to do it well.