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Professional Dev and Job Hunting Opportunity for UTech, Jamaica Alumni July 20, 2017

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Dear UTech Alumni,

 

Can we help each other?

 

We’d like to think so!

 

But just to be sure, if you don’t mind us asking….

 

  • Would it help to boost your confidence, if you were sure you had a well crafted, value adding resume and/or LinkedIn Profile, which clearly and impressively answers the No. 1 question in a Hiring Manager’s mind “What value will this candidate add to my organization?”
  • Would you feel more hopeful if you had someone to help you develop a job search or career management strategy so you could get on with your life…with better fit between who you are and what you do, plus better compensation-focus-joy-peace?
  • Would it mean a lot to you to be able to handle this…wait…period [the wait to find a job, or the wait to find a better job] without feeling fearful, angry, anxious and uncertain?

If You Answered “Yes!” to Any of the Questions

Then we can definitely help each other!

 

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IN LIFE-WORK-BUSINESS!

 

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Cheryll Messam, CPC
Certified Professional Coach
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica
876-970-5468

 

 

UTech Alumni Job Hunting & Career Tip: Task vs Value-Adding Mindset November 10, 2015

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CAREER & JOB HUNTING TIP

Hello UTech Grads!

Recruiters truly want to know via resume and interview, the answer to the question “What value will this candidate add to my organization?” This cannot be answered clearly by reviewing a list of tasks that a person did in their current or past work or volunteer assignments. When we work or study or volunteer, we are to create…impact. It is the impact (how things changed for the better as a result of our effort) that makes our contribution to an organization or event worthwhile…and measurable.

It is an unfortunate truth, that many of us take jobs and go to work daily with a “task completion” mindset. This is a focus on the job description and duties. We do not know, research or analyze how our particular role contributes value to the overall goals of the organization to which we are employed. That is a “value-adding” mindset. Years pass, and when we need to apply for another job or a scholarship, we are unable to quantify or illustrate clearly the difference our work has made on behalf of the organizations for which we have worked or volunteered.

The ability to clearly quantify our contribution across our work history is key to maintaining competitiveness as a professional

Take action today. Figure out how and why your role in your organization matters. If you are in a dead-end job [many jobs are just that] and you have been given tasks that do not allow you to quantify the value you add, then seriously consider relocating to a more productive role in your organization or looking for a new job as soon as possible. This is the only way that you will be able to compete as a professional as the ‘nature of work’ changes and jobs get more specialized in skill requirements and continue to be scarce.

Speaking of competitiveness as a professional, here are some things to ponder...

What steps have you taken within the last 6 -12 months to acquire or improve skills required of the 21st Century Professional?

Do you know the job outlook for your particular profession in the country, city, state, in which you reside?

Based on industry trends and news, is your current job, skill set, company viable?

Do you know how to strategically use the internet and social media to passively and actively job hunt and grow a viable network of like-minded professionals?

Do you know why it is vital based on career trends for professionals to have an online and social media presence?

What are the scarce skills in your industry or related industries that would make you more competitive in a job hunt?

When was the last time you created an inventory of all your skills?

What is your survival plan in relation to job loss?

The day-to-day management and outcome of your career over your lifetime is the responsibility of the Professional…never the employer. Take action today.

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Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Life & Corporate Coach
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica
876-970-5468

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

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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.

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ASSIGNMENT 1 of 4

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)

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UTech Alumni Job Club: Week 2a – State of the Labour Market Per Job Advts November 13, 2014

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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.

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ASSIGNMENT 2a of 4

State of the Labour Market – What Clues Exist in the Job Advertisement Trends?

Create a Frequency Table to Illustrate Job Market Trends via Job Advertisements for a Minimum of 4 Weeks. (3 – 6 months will provide you with a better data set to see what jobs industries are demanding)

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UTech Alumni Job Club: Week 2b – State of the Labour Market Per Financial News November 13, 2014

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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.

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ASSIGNMENT 2b of 4

State of the Labour Market – What Clues Exist in the Financial and other News?

Create a Table to Illustrate Company/Industry Trends in Financial and other News for a Minimum of 4 Weeks. (3 – 6 months will provide you with a better data set to see what changes are occurring in companies/industries which may signal good/poor job prospects)

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UTech Alumni Job Club: Week 3 – How Can Social Media Support My Job Search? November 13, 2014

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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.

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ASSIGNMENT 3 of 4

How Can Social Media Support My Job Search?

Select at Least One Social Media Strategy to Enhance Your Job Search and Learn It and Fully Implement It.

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UTech Alumni Job Club: Week 4 – Who is In My Corner? November 13, 2014

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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.

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ASSIGNMENT 4 of 4

Who is In My Corner?

Create a Network Directory. Challenge yourself to create a contact list (e.g. Name, Tel, Email, Connector To (insert person or organization), Follow-Up Comments of 100 persons who you can approach to connect you to a decision maker/influencer in a company you are targeting for employment etc. Don’t forget to ask your Job Club partner to connect you with decision makers/influencers. (more…)

How Can a Job Club Help a Job Seeker? November 11, 2014

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Dear Alumni,

What is a Job Club You May Wonder?

A Job Club (aka Job Finding Club or Job Support Group) is a strategy to search for jobs using the context of a group or a partner, rather than searching in isolation. It was invented in 1973 by Nathan Azarin (The Career Counselor’s Handbook – Howard Figler & Richard N Bolles). Some experts believe that it has a 70% success rate i.e. Out of 100 job seekers, 70 will find a job based on this method, but 30 will not, if they use a Job Club as their only job search strategy (What Color is your Parachute? 2012 – Richard N. Bolles). Job Clubs may range in size from 2 to 12 persons, and can have a variety of structures and approaches; with the main aim of keeping job seekers strategically motivated, and in-action towards finding jobs.

Read more at the link below. If you agree there is strength in numbers, we hope that you will be inspired to form your own job club or join one soon.

DOWNLOAD YOUR JOB CLUB GUIDE HERE!

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Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica
876-970-5468
cmessam@utech.edu.jm

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