EMPLOYMENT READINESS QUIZ
1. I have identified and/or chosen a TARGET job or a few target industries that interest me.
2. I know what motivated me in past jobs (i.e. skills I was using; tasks that energized me; customers and coworkers, etc). to identify patterns that will help me in the future.
3. I have identified my top 5 skills, strengths, values and interests that will uncover ideal job opportunities.
4. I have developed a personal brand that features my USP (unique selling points) and ROI (potential return on investment to employers).
5. I have identified numerous job search strategies and minimized my online job search to 1 hour daily or 20% of my job search activities.
6. My work history has helped me to decide how I am a fit for an employer, industry or organization, after reviewing my successes in past jobs.
7. I understand what kind of “corporate culture” is the best for me (public, non-government; big, medium or small sized businesses; slow, medium or fast pace; variety or routine; regular or occasional direct feedback from boss/supervisors; products and services are acceptable).
8. I know what my criteria are for deciding to accept a job offer. (SWOT analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats or uncontrollables).
9. I have developed an employment plan, which includes daily action steps to achieve my goals.
1 I have identified a “bucket list” of at least 10 desirable employers or industries.
1 I have identified a plan B in case my preferred employers or industries are not hiring right away (i.e. make a the sacrifice of accepting a “bridge job” that will lead me to my eventual job goal). This means taking risks.
1. BEFORE creating a tailored resume, I have researched the company web site, created Google news alerts for companies I wish to work for and used 3rd party sites such as Glassdoor.com to view former employees’ opinions about working for a specific company.
2. I have a resume that includes at least 70% accomplishments and achievements and does NOT read like a job description or “laundry list” of what I have done in the past.
1. I have identified possible interview questions (i.e. behavioural)
2. I have identified mini-stories and STAR’s (situations, tasks, actions and results I took in pervious jobs or training) to mention in my interview.
3. I have identified questions that I wish to ask interviewees.
1. I have pledged to tap into my internal network (primary, secondary and tertiary) to practise the “six degrees of separation” and gather contacts and job leads.
2. I have sent networking letters and emails to my network of contacts, asking them to connect me to other potential leads and contacts in my desired field.
3. I have created at least 1 social media/networking account (i.e. Twitter, Linkedin, Ning, etc) so that recruiters and hiring managers can find me online.
4. Using social media, I have networked with “people of influence” such as subject matter experts (i.e. recruiters, reputable people in my desired field, etc) to help me move forward with my job search.
5. I have developed a 60 second “elevator” pitch that tells other people what my USP (unique selling points) are, so I can accumulate contacts and get a job FASTER.
Are your READY? Contact me on how your job search is going. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa C. Martin www.military2civilianemployment.com