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In her new book Your Job Search GPS: Navigate to Your Career Destination in 10 Steps, Pat Troy-Brooks reveals her 10 step plan to motivate, educate, and inspire you to remove limiting beliefs and explore the extraordinary possibilities that exist within you, while laying the groundwork for you to achieve career success and create the life you really want to live! You will become empowered in your job search and take control of your destiny by learning how to...

  Utilize 21st century job search strategies.
 
Uncover your true passion, work value, and skills through career assessments.
  Utilize technology, social networking and more to enhance your results.
  Re-invent yourself and re-tool in order to grow with the changing employment landscape.
  Brand yourself and differentiate yourself from the competition.
  Connect directly with hiring managers.
  Overcome barriers to employment, such as lack of education, criminal conviction, over-qualification, under-qualification, and more.
  Start your own business in a bonus chapter for aspiring entrepreneurs.

PLUS: Motivational stories and affirmations, insight into the changing employment landscape, research and statistics, and much more.


Introduction
So much has changed in the job search landscape many job seekers are discouraged and frustrated with the process. The book's Introduction outlines what’s changed and what the job seeker can do about it. In the author’s no nonsense approach, ground rules are established, the time commitment is outlined, what’s needed to organize your search and what it takes to achieve career success. What follows is a comprehensive program structured to break down the career exploration process into 10 manageable steps. Each step provides guidance on all facets of the career search process.

Step 1: You Are Here
When using a GPS or map, before you can figure out where you need to go and how to get there, you must first identify where you are. This principle also applies to your search for employment. Before you can continue on the path to a new career, you must first assess where you are, who you are and what the path ahead looks like. Many people don’t even know how they got started on a particular career path. It is said that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step” and Step 1: You Are Here is the beginning of your exciting new journey. In this chapter, you will complete assessments to uncover your passion, work values, transferable skills and much more. You will set goals and develop a plan of action for success.

Step 2: Confidence
Behind the Wheel
Everyone, at one point or another, has self-esteem issues. Whether you are unemployed or unfulfilled in your work life, it can make you feel down and out. The truth is it takes time and effort to build self-esteem. Step 2: Confidence Behind the Wheel is just what you need to get positive and energized about your future. This chapter focuses on practical techniques to identify your uniqueness, how to build your self-confidence and your journey to the “IT factor.” You will be inspired and learn methods to you boost your self-esteem and confidence.

Step 3: Packing for
your Journey
A powerful résumé and cover letter are vital tools to capture the attention of hiring managers. Step 3: Packing for the Journey provides in-depth details on 21st Century résumé writing and other job seeker correspondence such as cover letters, thank you notes and job seeker business cards. Learn how using keywords in your résumé can increase your chances of being called for an interview.

Step 4: It's a Small
World After All
In today’s competitive market, most jobs are filled through networking and referrals. Most people don’t realize just how vast their network is or how to work it. Step 4: It’s a Small World After All will change that and teach you how to tap into your contacts and connect with people who can help you achieve your career goals. Communication skills, how to set up social media profiles that are employer-friendly, how to develop a powerful elevator speech, and how to connect at networking events are covered in this comprehensive chapter.

Step 5: Ready, Set,...
Internet!
In order to conduct a successful job search, you must be internet savvy. Step 5: Ready, Set...Internet! covers all aspects of the electronic segment of the job search. You will learn how to set up a free e-mail account, select an appropriate e-mail address, utilize social networking sites to enhance results, use job boards effectively, build your brand, manage your digital footprint, and other techniques to leverage technology.

Step 6: Cruising
Through Interview
Avenue
Interview techniques of the past are no longer effective. Step 6: Cruising through Interview Avenue teaches you how to articulate your value to employers. In this chapter, you will learn how to secure interviews, make a lasting impression on hiring managers, answer and practice interview questions, brush up on your interviewing skills, dress for success, and much more.

Step 7: Situations
Matter: Overcoming Detours and Road Blocks
Whether you’ve been laid off or fired, have a disability, been convicted of a crime, have bad credit, have no high school or college degree, are new to the workforce, have been out of a job for a long time, are aging or a teen, are unqualified or overqualified, this step prepares you to address your specific hurdle with confidence. You will learn practical strategies to overcome these barriers and achieve career success.

Step 8: On the Road to
Faith: Making It Happen
The road to gaining employment is not an easy one. In fact, it could very well be the most difficult time of your life. Negative headlines in the news and the rejection experienced while seeking employment make it challenging to keep a positive mindset. In order to survive it, you must remain positive, think on your feet, be creative, and have faith that the future holds something brighter for you.  Step 8: On the Road to Faith: Making It Happen will equip you with tools and techniques to handle rejection and remain positive on your journey to becoming employed.

Step 9: Pathway to
Compensation Boulevard
Just because you are unemployed doesn’t mean you should take just any old compensation package an employer offers you. You need to seriously evaluate your financial value and not be afraid to ask for it, while at the same time be conscious of the fact that asking for too much could jeopardize your chances of landing the job altogether. Step 9: Pathway to Compensation Boulevard will guide you through the process of salary negotiation.

Step 10: You've Reached Your Career Destination Once you achieve your goal of gaining employment, you must develop a plan to stay employed. Step 10: You Have Reached Your Career Destination...How to Stay the Course offers retention strategies to position yourself as a valuable member of your new team. Employer expectations and techniques to handle sticky situations in the workplace are explored

Addendum: Be Your
Own Boss: A Guide to Entrepreneurship
As an entrepreneur for over 15 years, the author, Pat Troy-Brooks shares her insights on what it takes to own a business and valuable information for starting a business.

 

 

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