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12 Steps to a New Career

 
Are you:
  • Currently in transition and/or searching for a new job?
  • Considering or actively exploring changing careers?
  • Mid-career - In a staff, manager, director, executive, or professional role?
  • Looking for guidance that is specific to you?
  • Wanting to understand what you need to do, when you need to do it, why you need to do it that way, and see examples of how to do it?
If you resonate with the above, 12 Steps to a New Career is written specifically for you. The guidance, examples, and process in this book are the ones you need to follow. You won't have to translate how general advice relates to your situation. I'll explain how the job market works at your level, what your resume needs to look like, and how to take control of your job or career search. You won't be left guessing how to translate the advice to your situation because it is written with you in mind.
12 Steps to a New Career is divided into five sections that take you through the career change process as follows:
 

Section 1 - Finding who you are and what you bring to the table

1. Take Stock
You will identify your values and goals and learn how to key in on what you want from your next job. This will help you make better decisions about your next job and cause others to see you as being in charge of your career.
 
2. Achievements
You will discover your achievements and be able to describe them in ways that others will see you as the resource they need.
 
3. Skills
You will identify all your skills and prioritize the ones you prefer to use most often.
 

Section 2 - Identifying and evaluating your employment options

4. Career Options
By getting clear on your career options, you will be able to energize or refocus your efforts, whether you have chosen a job search or a career change.
 
5. Self-Employment Options
You will examine whether self-employment is an option for you now or at some time in the future and will be able to compare and contrast the options to see which might be right for you.
 

Section 3 - Marketing yourself effectively: What, Why, and How

6. Resumes
You will learn how to prepare a persuasive resume that makes a powerful statement about you. You won't need to make several different versions. You only need one that supports your career objectives.
7. The Job Market
How should mid-career individuals approach the job market? I'll strip away the hype and explain what works best, where you should spend most of your time, and how to use each approach most effectively.
 

Section 4 - Mastering the different ways you communicate with others

8. Networking
You must get others to support you and open doors that you cannot open on your own. I'll help you broaden yournetwork and leverage your contacts so that they will want to help you.
9. Communicating
If you don't make a strong impression the first time, you may not get a second chance. Don't leave it to chance. I'll help you discover what to say, how to say it, and how to listen to yourself when talking to others so that you make a positive and lasting impression on others.
10. Interviewing
Candidates who fail at interviews usually do so because they were unprepared. I'll help you prepare to be the leading candidate.
 
11. Negotiating Your Salary
You may have limited opportunities to negotiate your salary. I'll help you prepare in advance so you know how to respond to questions that won't diminish your options.
 

Section 5 - Keeping yourself focused and on track

12. Creating your strategic plan
We will help you create your strategic plan and develop milestones that ensure you stay focused and maintain control over your job or career search.
 

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