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Career Personal Development

Career Personal Development

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Published by: asanka136 on Oct 28, 2009
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Useful articles to help you in your career
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How To Get A Job Fast
OverviewIn today's unpredictable economy, the idea of job securitywith any company would seem to be a thing of the past.Large company layoffs, golden handshakes, mergers,leveraged buyouts, company acquisitions and similarbusiness moves have left people of all ages out of a jobthey need to live.While there may be some compensation upon being let go fromthe firm you work for, this money won't last forever. Or,if eligible for unemployment benefits, this also has afinite period of time attached to the check. Sooner orlater, job hunting will be necessary.But it's not only individuals who have been turned out ofjobs that this booklet can help. How happy are you in thebusiness you're in? Do you long to do something else withyour career? If so, you're not alone. You have plenty ofcompany in wanting to change one's goals and focus in life.Perhaps you've just turned 40 and realize that you're intothe second half of a working career you've never reallyliked. Studies have shown that working in a job becauseyou have to, not because you like it, can have some effecton an individual's life span. Why take years off your lifewhen you don't have to?The problem for most people in these situations is thatthey're not sure where to start. They've either beentossed into this situation unexpectedly and are trying tomake decisions on the run or they know that they at leasthave a paycheck, so they postpone thinking about trying tofocus in on a job hunt for something they truly like to do.Well, cheer up! This booklet will help you re-focus,identify the skills you have, narrow down the type of workyou like to do and give you a number of outlets to gatherinformation from in prospects of landing that job that willtake you through contentedly into your retirement years.The best news is that this doesn't have to be a long, drawnout process. You can label your transferable skills andacquire helpful data within a few days! It's not a year ortwo effort we're talking about.The secret is knowing where to look, what to ask and how tonarrow down the type of job you'd not only enjoy, but bepretty good at, too! So much of this is understanding whatmakes you tick! Who better to identify this than you?
This booklet will give you some pointers in doing it, butit will be up to you to take the time to really analyzewhat it is you like and want to do. Knowing your strengthsand weaknesses will give you the power to change your life!Identifying Your SkillsWhat are you good at?Have you ever thought about it? In a truly critical,analytical way? Have you actually sat down and listed yourskills and capabilities?This may seem basic, but it's not. Even if you'veattempted to start a list, it is very likely you didn't gofar enough or deep enough and thus missed a few outlets foryour skills that might very well unlock the key to yourcareer future.The following exercise can help you truly identify theskills you currently use (or maybe not use) and this willset the stage to see if they're transferable to anotherindustry.There are three major categories of skill identification.You deal with people, things and information everyday. Ineach category, this requires a skill or combination ofseveral skills. You might not even realize the extent ofyour ability in an area. You probably know what you're notgood at or what you don't like doing, but pinpointing exactskills is not necessarily easy.People. Let's divide your skills at dealing with peopleinto working with individuals and working with groups.Individuals: In working with individuals singly, are yougood at:* communicating in direct conversation or on the phone?* communicating well by the written word?* helping, serving or receiving and carrying outinstructions?* referring people, or helping put two people together?* advising, monitoring, coaching or counseling?* teaching, instructing, training or tutoring?* persuading, motivating or selling?* assessing, evaluating or interpreting others?* diagnosing, healing or treating?Groups: In working with organizations, companies orassociations, are you good at:* making presentations?* communicating by written word like a newsletter?* public speaking?* leading or moderating a group discussion?

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