Making an Impact on Your Career
With today's increased outsourcing causing downsizing and reorganization, employers are looking for ways to better utilize their employees' talents while empowering them to take charge of their own careers. The most effective process for career growth is through enhanced training in career development and planning. Research has found that when individuals are actively involved in establishing their career plans, they are more productive and feel more in control of their destiny.
Making an IMPACT helps employees (and those seeking employment) clarify their career objectives and develop realistic action plans to achieve them. Participants will have an opportunity to look at their total package of marketable skills and target developmental opportunities within their current jobs and/or explore career mobility options. They will build effective skills portfolios and identify the natural strengths they have to offer. Success and job satisfaction come easier when the work they do matches their natural behavioral style, skills and interest.
Employees can no longer look to the organization for long-term job security they must position themselves for long-term employability. Long-term employability means no longer thinking of oneself as a job description but as a package of marketable skills that can be transferred from one job to the next. It means keeping job skills competitive and being willing to reinvent, retrain, and respond to the new workplace.
To meet this challenge employees must have access to career development systems that help them develop the skills demanded by the change of pace in their organizations. Making an IMPACT will create a climate where employees take responsibility for their own career development.
Making an IMPACT is as a progressive approach to career development which is presented in five 1/2-day workshops. Each workshop builds on the previous session. A brief overview of each workshop is as follows:
WORKSHOP #1: TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR CAREER
- Complete a career assessment package.
- Explore career strategies - the environment, the challenges, and the rewards.
- Introduction to the career "gap planning" process.
- Understand natural strengths, and ideal work environments.
- Prioritize strengths, skills and functional competencies.
- Explore past accomplishments and times of peak performance.
- Explore career interests and career mobility options.
- Target career opportunities and conduct informational interviews.
- Utilize an effective system for setting realistic and motivating career goals.
- Identify career limitations and strategies for overcoming obstacles.
- Understand the purpose of a career development plan.
- Discuss examples of developmental opportunities: informational interviewing, mentoring resources, networking, formal training, self-study, shadowing, work observation, field & developmental assignments.
- Explore methods of conducting research and informational interviews on job market targets, trends and opportunities.
- Learn networking strategies and techniques for launching a successful PR campaign.
- Build excellent job search habits: organization, motivation, and implementation.
- Review the most popular resume formats: chronological, functional, and electronic.
- Learn the key components of an effective resume and cover letter.
- Explore tips on how to "showcase" your strengths and give measurable results.
- Explore the various stages and types of interviews.
- Learn how to make a positive first impression and quickly achieve rapport.
- Review the five most often asked interview questions.
- Learn how to respond to open-ended questions and present yourself as a problem-solver.
- Learn how to turn the interview into an offer.
Each participant will receive a resource manual for use during the course as well as on going career planning and career mobility. They will also receive a Career Planning Insights computer-generated report. Based on individual's responses to the career planning assessment package, their personalized report will detail:
- Personal Characteristics
- Personal Strengths
- Basic Needs
- Adapted Style
- Present Goals
- Present Wants
- Ideal Environment
- Checklist for Communicating
- Strengths and Weaknesses
- Work Environment
- Success Insights Graphs
- The Success Insights Wheel
- Job Indicator
The Training Connection's comprehensive system goes beyond career planning and into how to package and market oneself to prospective employers. It provides a step-by-step process to help participants prepare convincing and appealing presentations both verbally and in writing.