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  • 1. How to Find Your Next Job Part 1 September 23, 2010

2. Agenda

  • Introductions, Welcome and Overview
  • Assessing Your Skills
  • Bridging the Skills Gap
  • Identifying the Best Opportunities
  • Understanding Company Culture
  • Selling Your Skills as a Service
  • Testimonial / Discussion
  • Assembling Part 1 ofyour Career Plan
  • Wrap-up and Preview of Tomorrow

3. Career Plan

  • Explore YOU with skills assessment
  • Understand Occupation and Opportunities
  • Identify Transferable Skills
  • Career Training, Education and Experience
  • Putting YOU on paper
  • Networking and a Mentor
  • Presenting You
  • Tracking Progress

4. Assessing Your Skills

  • Read previous performance reviews
  • Ask for feedback
  • Document key task, activities and accomplishments for each position
  • Think volunteer and day-to-day life, not just professional
  • Understand what you like versus dislike

5. Finding Your Occupational Profile

  • CareerOneStop.org
  • Browse Occupations (left hand corner)
  • Select Specific Occupation
  • Select State Missouri or Illinois
  • Occupational Profile will Display
  • Recommend viewing in Printer-Friendly Version

6. Sections of Occupational Profile

  • Description
  • Wages try not to focus on this section
  • Trends
    • Growth
    • Openings
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Tasks & Activities
  • Tools & Technology
  • Education & Training

7. Assess Your Skills

  • Highlight All you LOVE to do.
  • Highlight in a different color all those you CAN do.
  • Highlight in a different color all your STRENGTHS (based on others feedback).
  • Mark those that you can do but need to improve.

8. Position Yourself

  • Where are your GAPS?
  • Can you or will you close the GAPS?
  • What training do you need?
  • Update skills to close gaps

9. Companies Who Hire

  • CareerOneStop.org
  • Under MORE RESOURCES select Americas Career Infonet
  • Select Employer Locator
  • Select location, occupation
  • Research Companies
  • Watch on InDeed.com

10. Positions & Postings

  • MissouriCareerSource.com
  • Search by Job Titles NOT keywords
  • READ Carefully
  • Typically three sections
    • Company Info
    • Position Description
    • Position Requirements
  • Find Key Points

11. Job Search Resources

  • Sample Job Application
    • http:// bouncebackstl.org/wordpress/?p =966
  • Application Tracking System (Job Search Log)
    • http:// bouncebackstl.org/wordpress/?p =606

12. Company Culture 13. Why Explore Corporate Culture?

  • Helps you understand yourself
  • Increases your potential of getting hired
  • Ensures right match with skills and personality
  • Greatest opportunity for success when in the job
  • Everyone is unique so dont go with others perception, create your own!

14. What is Corporate Culture?

  • Shared values and practices of the employees
  • May not match published culture
  • The companys personality
  • How people do their work
  • Culture sets how we behave

15. What is Corporate Culture?

  • Sub-cultures can exist
  • Industries have culture too
  • The culture can change over time
  • Values
  • Ethics
  • Beliefs
  • Personality Traits

16. Understanding Impact

  • Ignoring the culture or working against culture will lead to failure
  • There isnt a RIGHT or WRONG culture, just a right or wrong FIT
  • Company Values, Beliefs and Ethics must be compatible with Individual
  • A company with unethical or illegal business practices; or sick culture will self-destruct.

17. Research A Companys Culture

  • Company Website
  • Public Relations Materials
  • People in your Network
  • The CEO or Owners
  • Corporate structure
  • Rankings
  • Public filings
  • Wetfeet.com & glassdoor.com

18. Questions to Ask

  • What is the energy of the company?
  • What is your leadership style?
  • How do people solve problems in the organization?
  • Is the company innovative?How?
  • Support for professional growth?
    • Education Reimbursement
    • Additional Responsibilities
  • Rate of turnover?

19. Questions to Ask

  • Employee morale?
  • Style of dress?
  • Length of work day?
  • Support for work/life balance?
  • Ease and frequency of communication internally?
  • Why is there an opening?What happened with the person who previously had my position?

20. Words that might describe an Organization

  • Driven
  • Aggressive
  • Friendly
  • Engaged
  • Defensive
  • Passive
  • Responsible
  • Tough
  • Fair
  • Active
  • Analytical
  • Open
  • Productive

21. Selling Your Skills As A Service 22. A Few Statistics!

  • Small firms 52% of sales
  • 50% of private sector output
  • Small business exports 96% of all US goods
  • Small business receives 35% of all federal contracts
  • In 2007 there were an estimated 21.7 million self-employed

Department of Labor & US Census 23. ContractorvsConsultant

  • Specific Skill or Role
  • Limited Focus
  • Work at the direction of others
  • Fills skills void
  • Strategic / Leadership
  • Advise and provide direction on effort
  • Multitask
  • Multiple Projects at one time

24. Self-Employed

  • Independent Contractor OR Service Company
  • 1099
  • You are the PRODUCT
  • Price your PRODUCT
  • Conduct Market Research
  • Market the PRODUCT

25. Pros&Cons

  • Flexibility
  • Preview multiple companies
  • Increase experience
  • Pay per hour
  • No benefits
  • Travel
  • No job security
  • Constantly marketing self

26. James Will 27. Assemble Your Career Plan

  • List of STRENGTHS
  • List of Accomplishments that show strengths
  • List of Transferable Skills
  • List of Occupations and Job Titles
  • List of Companys who HIRE those jobs

28. Assemble Your Career Plan

  • Training/Education Plan
  • Detail Job Application
  • Job Search Tracker
  • Setup File System

29. Resources

  • Bounce Back St. Louis:Bouncebackstl.org
  • MERIC (MO Economic Research and Information Center): Missourieconomy.org
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics:Bls.org
  • Careeronestop.org
  • www.business.gov/industries/self-employed/

30. Resources

  • Wetfeet.com & glassdoor.com
  • Investor Relations -http://www.irin.com/cgi-bin/main.cgi
  • http://www.corporateinformation.com/
  • Personality Tests:http:// www.similarminds.com/personality_tests.html