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UTech Alumni Job Club: Week 1 – What Do You Have to Offer? November 13, 2014

Posted by utechalumni in Alumni Relations Office, JOB CLUB, Job Search Tips.
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Dear Alumni,

Below please find one of four (4) assignments that we share with you with full confidence that if completed, will significantly enhance your job search strategy. Completion of all four assignments will provide the following benefits:

  1. Clarity on your skill set that you have to offer the labour market – Will enable you to increase the variety of jobs you apply for.
  2. Clarity on the local &/or overseas labour market trends based on your analysis of job advertisements and financial news relevant to your job or industry of choice – Will help you verify the demand for your targeted job position; and verify if it is time to change fields, pursue higher education, change your job search strategy, or pursue an entrepreneurial venture.
  3. Clarity on how to use social media in your job search strategy – Will help you increase your job search strategies in a contemporary way – The more relevant strategies you incorporate inclusive of using information & communication technology, the greater your chances of attracting a job.
  4. Creation of 100 contact database to facilitate your networking strategy – Will help you be strategic in approaching persons to connect you to opportunities and circulate your resume.



What Do You Have To Offer?

Create Skills Inventory – A table of what you have to offer the world and your preferred work context i.e.

  • The skills and interests that motivate you (whether you are currently good at them or not, because you can always learn and improve)
  • The kinds of persons you wish to work with/serve
  • The environment you wish to work in (e.g. indoors vs. outdoors, with high interaction with people, with high interaction with machinery etc)
  • The salary you prefer based on your realities

Once you have identified the above, conduct research (online, subject matter experts, labour market/career news & information to determine what fields/job titles represent the characteristics you identified about yourself in all categories.)

*This is the most important exercise because it requires you to think critically about what you want and what you have to offer with regard to building your career. The skills inventory will expand your thinking about what jobs to pursue &/or what business to create or partner with, or what additional skills to learn in order to achieve your career goals.

NB: There are assessments online which can help you to efficiently and accurately do a skills inventory. (Do research and see also the UTech Alumni Relations Job Search-Career Online Resources Doc)


Focusing on the breadth of your skill set vs. labeling yourself by job title, enables you to generate more ideas about  job options to pursue in your job hunt or what additional education/training you will need to achieve your career goals. The changes in technology, the poor global and local economy and its impact on the labour market, demand that job seekers be more flexible, more creative in thinking and approach to employment and income generation.


If you choose to do this assignment, and we hope you do, use your initials for anonymity online and year of graduation e.g. CM ’14 and let us share and learn together and support each other in our job search/career goals. We invite you to use the comment option for this post to share:

  • What you have discovered about your skills and interests; and how that will influence your job search
  • Replies or comments on the responses of other alumns
  • Questions you may have on creating your skill inventory and finding jobs or business ideas that match your skills and interests
  • Job opportunities you may know of which match a skill or interest posted by other alumns
  • Any useful comment, content (Audio, Visual or Print) or article that is relevant to this topic

PLEASE NOTE: If you are are member of the UTech Alumni Job Club on Facebook, we ask you to post your comments there for the benefit of all group members. It is a closed networking group and so there is no need for you to post anonymously in the group.



Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Life & Corporate Coach
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica


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