Looking for a new job? Don’t know where to start? In this presentation, you will learn some valuable tips for finding the job of your dreams, even in the toughest of times. Using a core concept of instructional design—the ADDIE method—you will learn how to develop a job finding strategy that sets you apart from the throngs of applicants out there in today’s market.
- 1. Surviving the Job Famine: ADDIE for Job Searching
2. Overview An Organized Approach to the Job Search ADDIE Put it into Practice, Developing Finesse Resources Questions PageCopyright 20092Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 3. Marketing Yourself When looking for a job, gig, clients:What is your first step? What things do you consider? Where do you look for help? How do you promote yourself? How do you stay motivated? PageCopyright 20093Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 4. Marketing Yourself Set Yourself Apart The best YOU you can beTake the time to look professional. Keep a positive attitude. Use a warm, courteous and professional demeanor. Practice good communication skills. Expand (and work) your networks. Be persistent. Practice finesse. PageCopyright 20094Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 5. Marketing Yourself Finesse1 finesse (noun) 2 finesse (verb) Pronunciation: f-nes 1 : refinement or delicacy of workmanship, structure, or texture 2 : skillful handling of a situation : adroit maneuvering 3 : the withholding of one's highest card or trump in the hope that a lower card will take the trick because the only opposing higher card is in the hand of an opponent who has already played.PageCopyright 20095Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 6. Method Its all about differentiation, and there is a method: ADDIE for Job SearchingAnalyze Design Develop Implement Evaluate PageCopyright 20096Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 7. Analysis Market Analysis - know your audience Understand the business demographics. Which companies are likely candidates for your work? What are the concerns of every company right now? Profit through cost reduction Profit through revenue increases Federal and/or state compliance and regulatory issues (risk)PageCopyright 2009 7Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 8. Analysis: Your Goals What sort of work do you want? How do your skills and personality fit to your goals? Excellent technical communicators sometimes find disconnects:Between skills and goals Between personality and goals Between perception of the role and reality PageCopyright 20098Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 9. Analysis: Your Skills Your skills analysis: Your job is to figure out how you can impact revenue, reduce expenses or avert risk by ensuring compliance, and to tell your story.How you can help them sell product. How you can save them expenses. How your work ensures federal/state/HIPPAA/ISO/SOX compliance.PageCopyright 2009 9Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 10. Analysis: Brainstorm What should you think about (and what can you do) when it comes to improving revenue? What should you think about (and what can you do) when it comes to cutting costs? What should you think about (and what can you do) when it comes to compliance and regulation?PageCopyright 2009 10Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 11. Analysis: Using Your Networks Each company has huge amounts of information published about them:Networking Public Library Business Journals Arizona Republic business section Internet PageCopyright 200911Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 12. Analysis: Using the Web Research on the Web is fast. Participate in discussion groups. Use sites such as LinkedIn to gather manager names and titles. Find commonalities that allow you to more easily introduce yourself and build your connections. Look for annual reports, financial reports, management hierarchy, organization charts, company addresses and phone numbers.Cross validate e-mail conventions. It is a deductive process that takes effort and persistence.Download Internet pictures of potential connections so prospects have a name and face. Store it all in an online application and add to it daily.PageCopyright 2009 12Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 13. Design: Your Strategy Your strategy should include:Several versions of your resume to fit the different markets you are targeting.Cover letters to match your outreach potential and roles.Warm e-mails to introduce yourself. An electronic portfolio (perhaps to leave on a thumb drive).Online presence such as your own website, blog, profile on LinkedIn, etc. PageCopyright 200913Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 14. Develop Design resumes that are tailored to your prospective employers.No errors. NONE!! If someone does find an error, do not make excuses and do not get defensive. E-mails should be customized to your research, define your value and ask for a brief introduction.Spell check. Make sure your e-mail is coherent! PageCopyright 200914Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 15. Develop Create an informal script for warm telephone calls. You want warm, professional, friendly, respectful and assertive (not aggressive). Compile an electronic portfolio. Practice your scripts and demo of your portfolio. Keep your online profiles, websites and blogs current. PageCopyright 200915Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 16. Implement Send your tailored e-mail. Do not send mass or group e-mails, and dont bother responding to mass advertised job listings. Your primary purpose is to get an introduction that leads to an interview.Expect no response to your e-mail 9 out of 10 times. Follow up the 9 with a phone call. DO NOT give up. Set a timeline for each target.Set your expectations in increments: introduction, interview, portfolio review, meetings with team members, HR and so forth. PageCopyright 200916Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 17. Implement During your meeting, remember:Due to the analysis process, you have a solid understanding of yourself and the company and how youre a good fit.Youve had time to practice and are prepared. CAUTION: You are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. Use your compiled research as other cards to gain theinformation you need. It impresses your interviewer. It solicits more of the rightkind of information.PageCopyright 2009 17Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 18. Evaluate Expect to make adjustments in your job search. This cycle is iterative. It takes time, work, patience and persistence. Do not skips steps. Skipping steps, especially during the analysis part, will cost you somewhere down the line. Ask yourself: Did you execute steps with finesse? Or did you somehow make the interviewer uncomfortable with the fit of your skills to the company needs? PageCopyright 200918Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 19. Results Why use ADDIE? Results. This gives you a feeling of focus and control. It sets you apart from the throngs of applicants. You grow professionally and personally. Youre more likely to get the opportunity you want.PageCopyright 2009 19Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 20. Results ADDIE is a proven method. Youll be organized and prepared. Itll show in interviews. You will prove your value each step of the way, allowing you to be selective. There is a method to the madness. It is not fast, but it is sure.PageCopyright 2009 20Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 21. Putting it into Practice Role playing exercise PageCopyright 200921Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 22. ResourcesTo learn more, visit these Websites: Nothing To Do? Here's What To Do! www.docntrain.com/view-resource.php?id=31 30+ Websites to Visit When Youre Laid Off www.mashable.com/2009/02/19/laid-off-sites/ Career Toolbox: 100+ Places to Find Jobs www.mashable.com/2008/12/16/find-jobs/ Job-Hunting? Writers, List Additional Skills! www.mlvwrites.com/2009/02/writers-more-skills-than-writing.html Top 10 Tools for Landing a Better Job www.lifehacker.com/5157794/top-10-tools-for-landing-a-better-job Page Copyright 200922 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved. 23. Questions & Comments Questions & Comments PageCopyright 200923Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd.All rights reserved. 24. Conclusion ~ Thank You ~ firstname.lastname@example.org toll-free: 877-614-8440Page Copyright 2009 24 Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. All rights reserved.