Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition


The Effective Job Search Skills Manual is structured to give people the edge and the skills necessary to find meaningful work, quickly. Packed with proven, practical and effective techniques and advice, the manual is a valuable reference source which will likely prove to be of enduring value.

Designed to support a job search workshop, the Effective Job Search Skills Manual can be adapted to satisfy the specific requirements of client organizations or professional firms alike.


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Product Details - Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition

Author: Peter Gerstmann
Publisher: PGA Group
Edition: Current, Revised Continually
Can be Tailored/Branded? Yes
Spiral Bound: 82 pages, Letter/A4 Size
Other Bindings Available? Yes
Acrobat PDF Version Available? Yes
Language: English
Price: Free with PGA Group Workshop and Outplacement Service. Also available separately, with or without tailoring/branding, price on request


Product Description - Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition

The Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition has been produced to accompany the Effective Job Search Skills Workshop, offered by PGA Group Consulting Psychologists. However, the manual can be tailored or produced by the publisher for an organization to use in-house, or for use by professional firms or consultants.

The Effective Job Search Skills Workshop content and duration are tailored to clients’ specific needs, objectives and budget. The workshop involves and engages participants with hands-on exercises and activities. These are based on a proven model which has brought job hunting success for many people, sometimes under difficult circumstances, often not at a time of their choosing.

The Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition is not intended for use outside the context of a workshop or similar environment. Instead, the book, Tricky Job Interview Questions and Answers: How to Handle Interviews and Get the Job You Want, also published by PGA Group, is aimed at the individual, or for use as a stand-alone resource. The book draws from the experience of its author, psychologist Peter Gerstmann in running highly successful outplacement activities, and from the Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition. Tricky Job Interview Questions and Answers is stocked in many major public and university libraries around the world.

The publisher, PGA Group would be pleased to discuss the provision of an Effective Job Search Skills Workshop for your organization, or on your behalf (perhaps on a sub-contractual basis). We would be pleased also to consider producing a version of the Effective Job Search Skills Manual for your own use (adapted in accordance with your communications guidelines or house style, and incorporating your logo or branding if you wish; we are highly flexible). Please find a contact form below for your convenience. PGA Group’s address, office ‘phone details and direction information appears on our contact page.

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Preface - Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition

Losing one’s job is something which can, and increasingly will happen to large numbers of people, not just once but possibly several times during their working lives.

Unemployment and redundancy are likely to become more common, not only when the economy takes a downturn, but also as the accelerating rate of innovation and change brings about changes in job definitions, and as mergers, acquisitions and takeovers create a need for restructuring within organizations.

Whether wrapped in extended notice periods, ‘golden handshakes’ or dismissed at half an hour’s notice, redundancy means enforced job loss.

Organizations that have a caring attitude and who are willing to direct good professional practice towards their people are willing to provide benefits beyond that required by law.

Providing a Job Search Workshop is a way of helping employees understand that it is the job that has been made redundant, and not the people themselves as individuals.

In fact, those individuals still possess the valuable skills necessary to find a new job. Our role is to help redirect these skills and past achievements towards the challenge of finding an even better opportunity for the future.

We can help with guidance and advice about the direction an individual’s career could take or what job would suit their personality, skills and interests best. We have established a track record of helping individuals identify their needs, to make a positive career choice, and to redirect their valuable skills and past achievements towards the challenge of finding their next opportunity.

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Workshop Introduction - Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition

Below is an example of a typical Effective Job Search Skills Workshop introductory session agenda - from the Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition. The Effective Job Search Skills Workshop content and duration are tailored to clients’ specific needs, objectives and budget. The example below is from a redundancy outplacement workshop.

The Effective Job Search Skills Workshop introductory session involves and engages participants with hands-on exercises and activities. These are expanded upon throughout the remainder of the workshop. The workshop content and activities are based on a proven model which has brought job hunting success for many people, sometimes under difficult circumstances, often not at a time of their choosing.


Introduction

  • Who we are

  • Why are you here?

  • Where are you going?

  • How will you get there?

  • Your feelings and attitudes towards the redundancy

Self Awareness and Personal Audit

  • Evaluation of strengths and weaknesses

  • Identification of main personal ‘selling points,’ and what each individual has to offer

  • Specification of needs and expectations

CV/Resume Preparation

  • Objectives and styles of CV/Resume

  • Showing how the CV/Resume can ‘sell’ the person

  • Describing how factors can be turned to one’s advantage

Job Search Action Planning

  • Creating an action plan

  • Identifying organization prospects

  • Cold shot speculative application writing

  • Replying to job advertisements/postings

  • Speculative telephone calls

Interview Process

  • Employers’ interview models

  • Editing one’s work/life history and promoting one’s main ‘selling’ points

  • Rehearsing responses to interview questions

  • Interview ‘dos and don’ts’

Conclusion


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Table of Contents - Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition

Below is an example of a typical redundancy Effective Job Search Skills Workshop manual table of contents - from the Effective Job Search Skills Manual, Workshop Edition. The Effective Job Search Skills Workshop content and duration are tailored to clients’ specific needs, objectives and budget.

The Effective Job Search Skills Workshop content involves and engages participants with hands-on exercises and activities. These are expanded upon throughout the remainder of the workshop. The workshop content and activities are based on a proven model which has brought job hunting success for many people, sometimes under difficult circumstances, often not at a time of their choosing.


Table of Contents

Workshop Programme

Phase 1
Step 1 - Achievements
Step 2 - Skills and Traits
Step 3 - Success Stories
Step 4 - Two Satisfying Jobs
Step 5 - Strengths and Weaknesses
Step 6 - Job Skills
Step 7 - Fantasy Jobs
Phase 2
Step 1 - Preparation of CV/Resume
Step 2 - The Telephone
Step 3 - Interviews
Phase 3 - Job Search Campaign
Step 1 - Recruitment Consultancies
Step 2 - Personal Contacts
Step 3 - Direct Approaches to Companies
Step 4 - Answering Advertisements
Step 5 - Job Offers and Acceptance

Self-awareness - Personal Audit

What I Require From Work: Summary
The Achievement
Your achievements will come from:
Service Achievements
General Management Achievements
Personnel Relations Achievements
A ‘good’ achievement will do one or more of the following:
Achievement Exercises
Skills Checklist
Self-inventory
Your Skills
Things I Love to do
Your Best Selling Points
Career and Achievement Highlights to Date

CV/Resume Preparation

The Career History Or Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume
Action Words
Sample Functional CV/Resume
Sample Chronological CV/Resume
Sample Performance CV/Resume
How to Compose a Covering Letter with a CV/Resume
The Broadcast Letter to a Target Company
Hazards of a Mail Campaign
Example Cold Shot Letters

Job Search Action Plan

Stages in Job Search
Action Plan
Target Company Information Form
Possible Action Map
Job Application Control Sheet
Future Job Search Areas
Immediate Planned Action
Results Achieved

Interview Process

At the Interview
Interview Questions
Questions You May Be Asked
Questions You May Want to Ask
Questions You Should Ask the Interviewer
Questions You Might Want to Ask
80 Potentially Tricky Questions
Your One-and-a-half-minute Commercial
Tele-Marketing Yourself
Advice Interview
Research Interview
Cold-Calling


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