While involved in ‘the challenging waters’ of career transition, the same chaotic, jobless, trying times are very productive times. Don’t waste them by floundering with lack of focus and direction, falling into the dark, depressive attitude of distractions and, worst of all, inaction…
When we are employed, we tend to function under the guidance of our employer’s business plan, or, more specifically, our job description. Our ‘routine’ is defined by:
• Personal accountability to a labyrinth of responsibilities, some structured— some not structured at all—but all contributing to productive work activities…
• We create productivity and efficiency with our sense of time management…
• And as ‘top talent’ professionals, we often take initiative, make process improvements, and contribute to the Company’s growth.
THIS Week’s Session, Thursday, May 10th… Preparing to execute YOUR Personal Marketing Plan
PLEASE NOTE: Scheduling changes listed in “Plan Ahead” Tab.
So, why not recreate all that with OUR OWN PLAN, a Personal Marketing Plan, to move toward job satisfaction, commitment, and appropriate compensation, for the rest of our careers… including any current, short term job search?
If an individual is under-employed, seeking a change, or actually unemployed, they must be visible to potential employers who are seeking their services. Creating this visibility is strategic, personal market planning and execution—in can be marketability without rejection!
And, employed or not, Modify and improve your Personal Market Plan’s implementation model as needed… As you move through your career transition or ‘job search campaign,’ make adjustments as you would a business model.
Personal Marketing is a contact sport.
Following the first three steps, it may feel like you’re ready to take on the job market… but, THE Careerpilot encourages you to be totally prepared before you do.
“Coaching” Your Chosen REFERENCES…
It is essential that you make certain that persons you use as a reference will respond in a positive manner. A good rule of thumb is to select four to six references, including supervisors, indirect supervisors, customers, peers, and possibly someone of stature in your profession.
Contact every person you are using for a reference, get their permission, discuss what type of position you are targeting, and send them a copy of your ‘market-ready’ resume draft. There are times when you can actually negotiate what you want them to say.
Your reference sheet is an addendum to your resume and is taken to the interview, not sent with the resume. One way of looking at contacting your references at this point is that it marks the beginning of your focused networking, the first stage of your more active career transition efforts.
Practice your networking skills while you validate your resume DRAFT, tweaking as appropriate based on feedback from those that know and respect you.