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Your Dream Job Road Map

Define Yourself and Choose Your Path

Effective Job Search Weapons

Access the Invisible Job Market

Effective Networking

Resume, Cover Letters and Application

Ace the Interview

Choosing Between Jobs

Negotiate the Final Deal

Mastering Your Job



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The famous comedian Drew Carey once said, “Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called everybody and they meet at the bar.” There’s a great deal of truth to this.

According to a poll by the Society of Human Resource Management in 2015, around one in three Americans said they wanted to leave their job within the next six months. Forty-three percent said they would quit their job if a better opportunity arose and 28 percent said they had already quit their job. (Ref Article” “1 in 3 workers Want to Quit, HR Better Figure Out Why”

There are several reasons a person might hate their career. Most of these are factors outside the control of the employee, such as poor company management, lack of career advancement, boring work, or too much work. Many of these factors can be dealt with by changing jobs or complaining to human resources; however, a lot of them are career or industry related and you might end up facing the same problems in a different job under different management.

What if you could prevent this from happening by choosing a field that you are compatible with and one that is compatible with you? Research the jobs you want by getting all the job details beforehand, understanding your strengths and interests, and learning from the experiences of others.

With a combined 30 years of industry and job search experience, the authors of this book have composed a road map to get you to your dream job or career. Having been through this ourselves, we understand the need for a book like this. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Congratulations on obtaining this book. It’s the first step to getting the job of your dreams. Every great achievement starts off with a well-articulated plan. And because the job hunt can be a chaotic mess, it takes a lot of planning to map out your interests and skills with the job market.


Your Dream Job Road Map

Organizing information in a systematic way is generally seen to be an incredibly boring aspect of our daily lives. Whether it’s organizing a grocery list, making a list of projects at work, or even a simple list of things to do over the weekend, it’s not a part of the day we look forward to. However, organization is a key to success in both our business and personal lives. Making sense of the chaos in our personal and professional lives and simplifying everything down to a list of items is the first step in taking control of your life.

In the same way, the modern job search is a chaotic mess. With millions of job listings and job seekers exhausting multiple online and offline sources, it can be an intimidating proposition for many people. Most rely on popular job forums such as CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com to avoid the greater mess around. They often apply to every single job they find online and clutch at straws. Few rely entirely on their network or newspapers.

Through 30 years of combined job search experience, the authors of this book have come up with a road map to help organize your personal job search. We will take into account your current dreams, skills, needs, and network as well as the current job market and combine these to greatly improve your job prospects.

Each aspect of this road map will be explained in detail throughout the book, we’ll also include insider secrets on how to prepare for interviews, how to access the invisible job network and how to negotiate your job – all of which will be of incredible value to your job hunt.

There are nine steps in this job road map:

p<>{color:#000;}. [Determine what type of job you are interested in
**]You will need to look at all the previous jobs you’ve held. If you’re looking to land your first job, review class projects. Determine what you’ve enjoyed the most about each project. For example, if you loved your accounting class, you might be interested in positions where problem solving, working with numbers or working with money are major parts of your duties. List everything that you’ve enjoyed about each job or project. You might find that there are common elements in your previous experiences. Keep it simple and make a list of the top five items you’re most interested in.

p<>{color:#000;}. Research relevant industries
Determine which industries match your interests. For example, working with money would indicate a career in business or finance, while working with numbers can be used in a broad array of engineering fields.

p<>{color:#000;}. [Complete a skills matrix
**]Investigate a few jobs in your industries of choice that match your interests and passions. Using a skills matrix, determine what skills you possess and what skills you need to learn. Set up a training plan for the skills you must master. Examples of these are seen in later chapters.

p<>{color:#000;}. Update your resume and portfolio
Update your resume so that the skills you value also match with your dream job and are clearly highlighted. For example, if you love accounting because you currently work with money and you have previous experience working with money, expand on the project or position in your resume. We would also recommend a one-page description of the project or projects in your portfolio. Your portfolio should reflect all the experiences that the job requires.

p<>{color:#000;}. Reach out to your current network
Talk to your friends, family and acquaintances to see if they know people in your industries of interest. Complete an informational interview with these contacts to learn more about the position. Ask them for jobs that might be available.

p<>{color:#000;}. Access the invisible job market
Eighty percent of the job market is hidden and jobs are not always posted on public job boards. Through your network and the tips provided in this book, you will learn how to access the jobs that will give you an edge.

p<>{color:#000;}. Apply for jobs
Apply for jobs that are a good fit for your future goals and skills using your updated resume and portfolio.

p<>{color:#000;}. Interview
Be prepared for the job interview with groundbreaking tips provided in this book that will help you land the job you deserve.

p<>{color:#000;}. Negotiate and accept the job
Use the key negotiation tools in this books to get the best possible salary for your skill set.

The hardest step to implement any plan is the first step. You have to take it. Once you do that, you are well on your way to achieving your goals. In the job search roadmap, the first step in this plan is the fun part. You get to determine what you want to do, figure out your interests and then you match it up with industry trends.












Define Yourself and Choose Your Path

Choosing your industry


Which industry should you choose? This is the million-dollar question. Many highly successful people seem to have fallen into a field by chance, but given the technology available today, it’s much easier to analyze the different available fields and find your dream career. Ask the following questions in your decision-making process, then come up with a list of careers and sort them out by your level of interest.

p<>{color:#000;}. Which careers are growing?

p<>{color:#000;}. Career databases, such as Onet (www.onetonline.org), have a list of all the industries along with growth rates and average salaries

p<>{color:#000;}. Google search “fastest growing careers”

p<>{color:#000;}. Which careers are you passionate about?

p<>{color:#000;}. Which courses did you enjoy most at school?

p<>{color:#000;}. What did you enjoy doing the most at your last job?

p<>{color:#000;}. Which careers closely relate to your previous experiences?

p<>{color:#000;}. What skills do job positions in different careers require?

p<>{color:#000;}. What transferable skills do you have that can be used in those jobs?

p<>{color:#000;}. Which careers do your family and friends work in?

p<>{color:#000;}. These are the industries in which you already have a foot in the door

What are the essential skills for the career?

Search for 10 jobs that you’re most interested in using sources like Monster.com, LinkedIn and CareerBuilder.com. It’s important that these jobs interest you. Then make a list of the skills you need for each of these jobs. Be sure to include the number of years of experience required per position. From this list, determine which are the skills you actually possess, then fill in the skills matrix included below.

Skills Matrix (unfilled)

What skills do you have?

Create a list titled “Skills I Have,” these are skills you should emphasize in your resume and portfolio. Then make a list of interview stories for these experiences using the “STAR” format. These stories are experiences you have had that clearly demonstrate utilization of these skills.

What skills do you need to train for?

You will also need to create a list titled “Skills I Need,” this will form the basis of your training plan. If a required skill in the job posting requests a degree, such as a Bachelors’ of Science in Engineering, then you will need to look at getting a degree. If a required skill in the job posting asks for a certain number of years of experience, there are several ways to catch up and gain experience to impress the employers. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

p<>{color:#000;}. Do a few pet projects that demonstrate your expertise and document them clearly. You’ll have to be able to explain them in the “STAR” interview format.

p<>{color:#000;}. Apply to internships in your area of expertise.

p<>{color:#000;}. Volunteer your skills to employers in the industry that interests you.

Let’s look at an example: Bob has been a mechanical engineer for five years and is looking to make a career shift into a new field. Let’s join Bob through the steps we just discussed that will give him direction in his selection.

Step 1: Choose your industry]

p<>{color:#000;}. [Which fields are growing?
__]Bob visits www.onetonline.org and spends a few days researching which fields are growing. He discovers that computer analysts, wind engineers and programmers are some of the fastest growing careers with 10 to 15 percent growth per year and have a healthy median salary.

p<>{color:#000;}. Which careers are you passionate about?
Bob has been interested in computers and programming since high school, but he instead chose a career in mechanical engineering.

p<>{color:#000;}. Which careers closely relate to your previous experience?
Bob can use some of his mechanical engineering skills as a wind engineer, especially in building infrastructure around windmills. He has also done several projects programming machines for his previous company.

p<>{color:#000;}. [Which careers do your friends and family work in?
__]Bob’s close friends work as programmers in different industries, so he calls them and asks them about the pros and cons of their jobs. He also hosts an informational interview with a solar engineer and a computer analyst and asks them a variety of questions about the job and the industry.

As you can see, Bob has completed extensive research into what his preferred career should be. Based on his research, he is confident that he should become either a wind engineer or a programmer. Ultimately, he decided against pursuing a career as a computer analyst because he has little experience from his current field and he is more passionate about the other two fields.

While conducting informational interviews, Bob realizes that as a computer programmer he can move between multiple industries based on his interests. He could program wind mills later on, if needed. For now, he moves on to step two.

Step 2: What are the essential skills?

The next step for Bob is to complete a skills matrix. He looks up five different job postings on CareerBuilder.com and creates a list of requirements. He enters each requirement into the skills matrix, as shown below.

Skills Matrix (Filled)

Bob lists all the skills he needs in red and lists the skills he currently has in green. Skills listed in brown are the ones he has been trained in, but will need further practice or experience.

Step 3: What skills do you have?

In this step, Bob documents how his previous skills and experiences can be used for his dream job as a programmer. This is an important step for Bob as he realizes he is much closer to his goal than he initially thought. He browses through all his old projects and documents to check for work examples. He spends nearly a week completing this process.

He begins by creating a list of all the green/orange skills he possesses:

p<>{color:#000;}. JavaScript

p<>{color:#000;}. JQuery

p<>{color:#000;}. HTML/CSS

Then he creates a portfolio of work examples for each of the above skills. All of his skills are documented in the STAR interview format as well as in his resume (to make sure he does this right he reads Chapter 6 of this book).

Step 4: What skills do you need to train for?

This is the most difficult step for Bob. He realizes there is an incredible amount of time and effort needed to switch careers. He begins by making a list of skills he lacks and calls his friends in the field to ask them what it takes to learn them. Then he prioritizes each skill using the Skills Prioritization Matrix and comes up with a training plan.

The Skills Prioritization Matrix takes into account the number of times each required skill shows up on the skills matrix and the value (1 to 5) a seasoned professional would assign to the skill.

The skills that he requires are:

p<>{color:#000;}. VB .Net / C# .Net

p<>{color:#000;}. MVC

p<>{color:#000;}. Pearl

p<>{color:#000;}. Python

p<>{color:#000;}. Entity Framework

p<>{color:#000;}. iOS Apps SQL

p<>{color:#000;}. SharePoint

For the Skills Prioritization Matrix, Bob counts the number of times each skill appears on the skills matrix to find the “Skills Prioritization Matrix” for each job. He then asks his programmer friends to rank each skill in order of importance from 1 to 5. The total of both values marks the relative importance of each skill. Below is what he found.

Skills Prioritization Matrix

Bob decides that he wants to start training for the first three skills before moving on to the others. He sets up a training plan, which involves attending a programming boot camp as well as completing pet projects. He is willing to pay $16,000 for the boot camp for three months; however, other alternatives he considered included learning it online for free or enrolling in a four-year college course for $80,000. Training plans will differ for different people based on their needs, their funds and their fields of interest. Make sure you take into account any costs and time associated with each option.

At this point, you (like Bob) have a good idea of what you need to train for and what skills you already have. Before you embark on the painstaking job search, have a look at what other job seekers have gone through so you are not surprised when you encounter the same. In fact, you might have already been through some of these issues. This is described in detail in Chapter 3.







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Career 3.0: Career Planning Advice to Find your Dream Job in Today's Digital Wor

This book is a comprehensive collection of the latest strategies in career planning to reach and impress hiring managers at your desired employment destination. Highlights of this amazing book: Map out your job search using our career roadmap Get a leg up on your competition by using the hidden network Build a resume and cover letter combination that is customized to your dream job, and gets noticed by company HR personnel and hiring managers Master negotiation tactics to get you the highest possible offer Make sure the first steps you take in your new job take you on the right path to career success. Our yearlong research of the best career books found them lacking in many respects. For one thing most of them are not suited to the age of social media and do not provide sufficient guidance on how to find a career in a digital age. We also found it frustrating that there was little actionable or guidance on how to secure a job and career that you would actually love. In this book, we have simplified the job search process and through research and experience have developed effective approaches to career planning. From page one of the first chapter, the roadmap, to the final chapter on mastering your job you will not be able to put this book down. The roadmap developed in chapter one provides logical step by step framework to reach your career dreamland. You will think about your job search in a new way and reduce your job search time by many months. As you journey through the book you will come across the chapter on effective job search weapons. We consider this a must read because in many ways job hunting is a battle that favors people with grit. My co-author and I can attest to the many failures and frustrations we faced in our own job search. One of the chapters we think most job seekers would find most beneficial is on the invisible (or hidden) job market. I always knew that some jobs got filled before being publicly advertised but I was shocked to learn that 80% jobs are not publicly advertised. The jobs that are not made public are what we call the invisible or hidden job market. Unfair, I hear you say. We agree. And it is even worse than that - of the remaining 20%, hiring managers may already have someone in mind before they are advertised. At this stage you are probably wondering when we would talk about resumes and cover letters. After all, this is supposed to be a career book. The chapter on resumes and cover letters gets to the point and shows you how to customize your resumes and cover letters to achieve maximum impact. In the ‘ace the interview’ chapter we show you a powerful technique to prepare and answer interview questions. The recommended STAR approach provides a framework that is both logical and easy to follow. Now that you have aced multiple interviews and received multiple job offers, how do you choose between jobs? How do you negotiate a fair salary? We have you fully covered here as well. You will learn about how to use the ZOPA (zone of possible agreement) and the reservation point to help you obtain the great salary you deserve. Your family, employer and the world are waiting to see the best of you and we know you aspire to the same as well. Therefore, unlike most career books we want you to reach beyond obtaining a job to mastering your job. We aptly conclude the book with a roadmap on how to master your job. We believe in you and think you should become a master at your job, no matter what it is. Your chances of fulfilling your dreams will increase and the world would be a much better place.

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  • Published: 2016-08-29 11:50:12
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