There are many strategic points in your career where you need to take charge. For example:
- Changing jobs
- After a job loss
- Entering the workforce following military service
- Entering the workforce as a recent college graduate
- Re-entering the workforce after an absence
Whatever stage your career may be in, there are fundamental skills that will move you to the front of the line. These are acquired skills – no one comes out of the womb knowing how to conduct a well-planned, successful job search! But you can learn and excel by developing smart, sound strategies in the following important areas:
1. Résumé Development: Your résumé needs to be dynamic and engaging. How? First, by having a Career Profile at the top that briefly summarizes and highlights your work experience. Second, below the Career Profile, list your Areas of Expertise.
2. LinkedIn Profile: This is currently the #1 way that recruiters and hiring managers source their job openings, and how other professionals learn about you. Unlike your résumé, your LinkedIn profile can be written in the first person in a friendly, conversational tone. It’s a great way to connect with readers!
3. References: You will need to have a list of references ready when a job offer is about to be made. The basic list contains 2 professional and 1 personal reference.
4. Networking: Even in the world of social media, networking is still the #1 way to find leads to job opportunities. The old adage is still true: it’s not what you know but who you know. Tell people in your network that you’re looking for Leads and Information (not a job) and follow the A-B-Cs: Always Be Connecting!
5. Interview Skills: The list of most-asked interview questions has remained fairly stable over time. Asking about your strengths, weaknesses, accomplishments, and salary requirements are all questions that people will ask you, and you need to be prepared! So practice, practice, practice!
6. Negotiating: Are you prepared to negotiate a job offer? Without being ready, willing, and able to negotiate, you are potentially leaving money on the table. After receiving a job offer, there are strategies you can develop and actions you can take to obtain the best compensation package available. You can design a successful career at any point in your career. Make the decision to Take Charge Now!
These career components are available as a full-day seminar, half-day seminar, in modular segments, and one-on-one coaching.