THIS WEEK’s Workshop: Implementing Your Personal Marketing Plan… Thursday, December 4th, 8:45 AM @ The Egg and I Restaurant in Addison

Thursday, December 4th we will ‘conduct’ a job search in real time, drawing from actual experience of our participants.  This session provides an excellent OVERVIEW of our 12 step Process to regulars and new comers alike.  Our focus is on effective time management to create focus and efficiency in job search efforts.  We’ll be rolling in OPTIMIZING your LinkedIn usage.

Who Should Attend?

  1. Anyone who wants to create a strategic plan for the rest of their working life… job changes will occur!
  2. Job seekers who find themselves in a rut…rapidly crashing into the black hole of depression
  3. Any job seeker looking to create focus within their search efforts
  4. Any professional to give substance to their next steps
  5. Newcomers to DFWCareerpilot… including tire-kickers

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NO Workshop This Week: Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Day LONG WEEKEND

The following week, however, we’ll return to our normal location…The topic?

Implementing Your Personal Marketing Plan... Thursday, December 4th, 8:45 AM @ The Egg and I Restaurant in Addison.  We will ‘conduct’ a job search in real time, drawing from actual experience of our participants.  This session provides an excellent OVERVIEW of our 12 step Process to regulars and new comers alike.  Our focus is on effective time management to create focus and efficiency in job search efforts.  We’ll be rolling in OPTIMIZING your LinkedIn usage.

Who Should Attend?

  1. Anyone who wants to create a strategic plan for the rest of their working life… job changes will occur!
  2. Job seekers who find themselves in a rut…rapidly crashing into the black hole of depression
  3. Any job seeker looking to create focus within their search efforts
  4. Any professional to give substance to their next steps
  5. Newcomers to DFWCareerpilot… including tire-kickers

A BONUS for those that read this deep into our blog, here:  Tuesday, December 2nd, I will be presenting at Dennis O’Hagen’s Group in Plano (St. Andrew’s on Plano Pkwy… 8:15 to 10 AM)  Job Search during the HOLIDAZE.

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NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS Week’s Workshop: Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan… Thursday, November 20th, 8:45 AM @ Cafe De’France

This week only… due to scheduling conflict, we will meet at Cafe De’ France at Preston and Summerside–two lights North of Campbell.    We will explore:  Are you TOTALLY Prepared For an Efficient and productive job search?  

This session provides an excellent, albeit quick, OVERVIEW of preparing for an efficient job search, for regulars and new comers alike.  Our focus is on effective time management to create focus and efficiency in job search efforts. We also look at the importance of personal accountability to ACTION!

We meet regularly at The Egg and I Restaurant in Addison (NW quadrant of Arapaho and Montfort… 1 block east of the Tollway)… but, this week only… Cafe De’France on Preston and Summerside.

Who Should Attend?

  1. Anyone who wants to create a strategic plan for the rest of their working life… job changes will occur!
  2. Job seekers who find themselves in a rut…rapidly crashing into the black hole of depression
  3. Any job seeker looking to create focus within their search efforts
  4. Any professional to give substance to their next steps
  5. Newcomers to DFWCareerpilot… including tire-kickers

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Preventative Podiatry For Job Seekers: Don’t Shoot Yourself In The Foot!

The ONE thing everyone must do the moment they get fired or quit is…

…NOTHING.

Do I need to repeat that?  Put another way… For at least the first few weeks DO NOT be guilty of any of the following, reactive behaviors:

  • Find any job you can get your hands on
  • Start interviewing like crazy
  • Take the first offer that comes to you
  • Panic and run around in circles
  • Tackle the “honey do” list around the house

Avoid the temptation. All this is going to do is fritter away early opportunities, ground your high expectations, and repeated bring you back to ‘ground zero.’ That is not what I call progress.

To be productive in career transition, there are several steps of preparation to accomplish before undertaking the journey called “JOB Search.” First off, deal with your emotions and any actual fear by realizing a couple things:

When you’ve stopped avoiding real life, realize that you have the rare opportunity to be unhurried and intentional about what you choose to do next.  You have a clear and open widow to actually understand what you’re here to do. To slow down, think, reflect and take stock of what you’ve learned and do something meaningful with it.

This opportunity is AWESOME… The problem is many that find themselves in career transition don’t see it in quite the same light… A pessimistic sailor complains of the changing winds…

 An optimistic one expects a change to more favorable conditions…

 The more practical ones simply adjust their sails!

-THE Careerpilot, navigating the challenging waters of career transition

Expect and respect changes in your career. Then do something with the opportunities presented. A professional individual can manage their own careers by always having awareness and vision of “next step.”  Here are a few ideas to help you ‘adjust YOUR sails…’

  1. Dream. When was the last time you sat down and dreamed huge, without someone telling you were crazy? Go out in nature, maybe lie out on your back and stare at the clouds. Think of the craziest biggest (and smallest) dreams you’ve ever imagined. What did you use to imagine before the world told you it wasn’t possible? Go back to your days as a five-year-old if you must. Write everything down, recording your thoughts and the emotions you feel… OWN THEM, with no filtering.
  2. Get inspired. Surround yourself with people you admire or go off all alone with your favorite music or motivating movies. Pick anything that’s been on your list or you know will get you inspired. Take note of where your mind takes you.
  3. Travel. And do something different when you get there…or along the way. ‘Launch yourself’ and get as far out of town as possible. Without experiencing an entirely new way of doing things, you will surely still be avoiding your fears…taking the path of least resistance… listening to what everyone else thinks you should be doing about your job search ahead.
  4. Write. Buy a journal or open up a blank doc on your computer and begin to write what comes to mind. Make it a daily routine. Better yet do it on your travel adventure. You’re welcome to use a blog or forum if you’re used to it… or make the choice to learn HOW TO do it. Start in the morning when your mind is clear and take notes throughout the day as things come to mind. Maybe you’ll come back to what you wrote. Maybe you won’t. What matters is that you start to reflect.

The key is to constantly get your ideas out of your head. Only then will you be able to make real sense of them.

  1. Learn about yourself.All these steps are designed to help you better understand who you are – to help you find the things you may have never realized you were looking for. To understand your values, strengths, natural talents, passions and figuring out how you actually define success, something that most people never make the time to do. That’s not going to be you. Learn with no expectation and no agenda. Only under those conditions is where one’s purpose can emerge.

Note that by following the advice above, you will arrive at a much more efficient and productive FIRST STEP in effective job search and career transition: ASSESSMENT.

This week… Thursday, November 13th, we will build on last week’s “Achieving CareerFIT” and explore how to develop high impact and in-sync Personal Marketing materials, like a resume or LinkedIn Profile.

THIS Week’s Workshop: In-Synch Personal Marketing Collateral Materials… Thursday, November 13th, 8:45 AM @ The Egg and I in Addison

Building on the concepts of ACHIEVING CareerFITness, this week’s Event will focus on content issues for high impact, productive collateral materials like a job seeker’s resume, verbal ‘pitches,’ and their LinkedIn Profile.

Actions requested:

Bring hard and soft copies of your current resume draft… bring your laptop (or other wi fi-enabled editing tool) if you want to do some self-inflicted, hands on editing of your resume or LinkedIn Profile… everyone will have the opportunity to practice their verbal collateral materials.

The 411…

Let’s consider the difference between good and GREAT.  Why agonize over the creation of “the perfect resume?”  You’ve seen sketch artists capture the real you in a matter of minutes… A traditional resume communicates what you have already done… sort of a historical epitaph of your past.  It is very easily written from old job descriptions.

However, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), a Dutch painter, was NEVER in a hurry.  A masterpiece takes time.  I have never known anyone, including professional resume writers, who are capable of developing and writing a high impact resume within an hour or two.  The upside of getting a resume out quickly is that you don’t sacrifice early opportunities.  Such a “quickie” may work well… especially if you’re seeking a commodity job in a soft job market.  You need a job fast, right???

  Wrong.

  • The time that you spend developing a GREAT Resume Template is some of the most valuable time that you’ll spend while in career transition.  A “GREAT” Resume is a dynamic documentation of your communication strategy, the vital epicenter of your Personal Market Plan. 
  • The downside of a “quickie resume” — when your true objective is to find work requiring professional talent and skills — is that the output is seldom very compelling and persuasive, truly fitting your career objectives.  And in today’s digital marketplace, your quickie resume may have extended shelf life, once “mined” from the giant, online resume/job banks.  It’s a monster of a problem.
  • Developed in parallel with your two-minute drill strategies and your LinkedIn profile, your resume will have clearly positioned and targeted marketing collateral that will serve you well.  Yes, written and verbal collaterals that are in synch with each other, will create and dispense your marketing message.

This week’s workshop encourages you to communicate what you are capable of and motivated to do in the future, using your past as supportive evidence.  Its easy to make a resume look and read well… but does YOUR resume truly “FIT” your career objectives?  By learning and following the guidelines suggested this week, you will find the “journey” to your destination, successful career transition, to be smooth sailing.  

Plan to attend this THURSDAY at 8:45 AM…

Who should attend:

  1. Job seekers who have not achieved productivity in their ONLINE efforts
  2. NEW Job seekers who need to develop their collateral ‘arsenal’
  3. Those that understand they must ‘tweak’ their resumes from time to time… but don’t understand HOW
  4. DFWCareerpilot ‘regulars’ with specific questions

NEXT THURSDAY’s Workshop: Achieving CareerFIT… Thursday, November 6th at 8:45 AM @ The Egg and I Restaurant in Addison

Just what IS a good CareerFIT for you?

To achieve a good “fit” between you and any future opportunity, you have to ask yourself some basic questions about yourself and your prospective employers. The fit depends on how well the jobs meets your needs and how well your skills and abilities meet the employer’s needs. The employer will make a decision and extend an offer to you: now it is time for you to make your decision.

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Thursday, November 6th, we will focus on assessment activity leading to your communication strategies. …  My colleague, Brian Allen will co-present.  Your Careerpilot has created collateral development: resumes, correspondence, etc. as a separate topic for our next event.

This is a great place to start for new-comers as the other Core Topics will follow in sequence… THIS WEEK’s Workshop…  Achieving CareerFIT brings focus to those elusive decisions regarding positioning and targeting your efforts.

The first five steps of the 12 step process, from assessment to beginning the evolution of your LinkedIn Profile, will be discussed.

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Write out the factors that are important to you in a job… actually write out your list.  During your career transition, learn the value of setting your offer criteria, a key element of your Personal Market Plan:

  1. Creates an objective target for your efforts ahead;
  2. Gives you a meaningful set of questions to ask during research and networking;
  3. Provides an objective way to analyze and react to offers as they occur.

To manage your career wisely has you extending the same concept.  Consider some of the factors listed below … Examine each factor through the questions listed – and then ask, “does this opportunity fit me?”

Please let me know you’re planning to attend by filling out this quick RSVP… THX