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Where Do You Start? September 05, 2018 Step 1 Plan Your Career Search Step 2 Know Yourself Step 3 Know the Market Step 4 Prepare Yourself Step 5 Network Step 6 Target Your Search Step 7 Create a Portfolio Step 8 Prepare for Interviews Step 9 Give a Great Interview Step 10 Negotiate Job Offers, Focus on the Future Step 1: Plan Your Career Search September 05, 2018 Making a Career Transition What if you are not starting a career from scratch but rather making a career transition? Some of us choose—or are forced by circumstance—to make a career change later in life. Even if you have developed experience and skills, you still need to approach the career search process with fresh eyes and follow its steps. Developing a career mindset is essential for those who may fear employers will overlook them due to age or other circumstance. September 05, 2018 Knowing the steps involved helps you get a sense of the big picture. It also helps you know what you need to do so you find a career rather than just end up with a job. Part of planning for a career search also entails preparing yourself mentally for the search—identifying and developing the attitudes related to career search success. Finally, understand what actions you can take now to be successful, no matter where you are in your career search journey. This involves such things as avoiding procrastination and setting goals.
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Step 2: Know Yourself September 05, 2018 Personal brand The specific personality traits and skills that encapsulate who you are and what value you bring to employers Step 3: Know the Market September 05, 2018 Informational interviews A career research strategy in which you meet with a person whose career you would like to learn more about September 05, 2018 Task Description Know the Marketplace What is the big picture in the job market—is unemployment high? What types of companies are hiring and for what jobs? What are employers looking for specifically? Explore Specific Career Options Part of finding a career match involves learning what specific careers even exist that may appeal to you. For example, Ben, who is interested in government, writing, and public speaking, will want to explore all the different potential careers focusing on these interests and skills. Focus on Best Practices Finally, following certain tried and true strategies related to career searches, such as engaging in informational interviews, also plays a key part in success. Step 4: Prepare Yourself September 05, 2018 Transferable skills Skills that can be used across industries, not just within one particular career; examples include teamwork/interpersonal skills, communication skills, technical/computer skills, organizational/time-management skills, analytical/critical thinking skills, and leadership skills September 05, 2018 Task Description Gain Skills Now No matter what you are doing, focus on gaining the sorts of transferable skills that will make you an asset to any employer.
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  • Fall '16
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Ben, best practices

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