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The Basics of a Highly Effective Job Search (Members Only) (Ended)

Five-Session Workshop

Date, Time, and Location:
Monday, May 15, 2017 (add this event to your Outlook Calendar)
9:00 am - 11:00 am
33 N. LaSalle Street, Lower Level (Vault), Chicago, IL 60602,   (Driving Directions)

Keith Owens - Current Instructor & Former Program Director at CareerPlaceTM

Program Description:
Thinking about or searching for your next great job? Looking to make a career change or wanting to manage your career better? No matter what your job status is, everyone should have a persuasive, audience-focused resume, value/branding statement, LinkedIn page, and know what their strengths are and be able to confidently present them. Above all, it's about having and executing a proactive job search plan.

Creating a Job Search Project Plan (2 hours) - Monday, May 15, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
If you don't know where you're going any road will get you there. What kind of work are you looking for? Where do you want to work . . . what kinds of organizations? What is it in your background that qualifies you for this type of work?

You must clearly understand and communicate this information in order to have a truly effective job search - one that results in a job that is the type of work you want to do, in an organization you want to work for, and in the shortest amount of time.

Before you can effectively network, write a resume, create a LinkedIn profile and interview, you need to be clear on what it is you want to do, where you want to do it, and why someone should hire you. The first place you must be writing all this down is in your job search project plan. Without a plan you are just wandering around hoping that you run into a good job, or that one runs into you.

A project plan will allow you to be engaged in a highly focused, proactive job search. This workshop will provide you with the outline and steps you need to take to quickly develop such a plan. Topics to be covered include a:

  • professional objective with clearly defined job functions
  • positioning statement that states why you can do this type of work
  • list of core competencies that support your positioning statement
  • specific, well defined target market that is the focus of your search
  • list of target companies/organization where you are focusing your search

Getting the Interview . . . and Nailing It! (2.5 hours) - Monday, May 22, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:30am
The interview can get you the job, but how do you get the interview? For that matter, how do you get the phone screen that leads to an interview? And how do you write an effective resume and cover letter that will help get that phone screen? It all comes down to . . . every step of the job search process . . . persuasive communications.

You will leave this presentation with practical tools that will help you get the interview and nail it. Our focus will be on the importance of addressing the audience's needs in the job search "selling" process . . . the What's In It For Me? . . . by crafting and delivering messages that make it clear that you bring strengths to the hiring company that will add real value. The presentation and handouts will highlight three key communications aspects of the job search: the 15-20 second "value statement;" developing targeted/effective messages for cover letters and interviews; and having the confidence to take control of the interview by anticipating and preparing to effectively deal with the "tough questions."

Resume - Creating Compelling Messages (2 hours) - Monday, June 5, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Everyone is an expert on how to write a resume . . . it's the way they wrote theirs.

All aspects of job search require compelling, audience-focused messages. This is especially true for the resume, which serves as the foundation for cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and interview preparation. This session will cover the essential core messaging aspects of effective resumes - the value statement and strength/SSAR stories. It will also present options for overall structure/content and some important "dos and don'ts." Participants will leave the session with clear guidelines on how to develop or rework a resume that best fits their job search.

Cracking the Code of a Job Description (2.5 hours) - Monday, June 12, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
A job description can range from a few cryptic lines in an email to a 10-page wish list on steroids. How do you decipher the information in job postings so you can truly understand what the company wants? Once you can, you will be able to create the effective selling points about your strengths and skills that are key to focusing your resume, writing a strong cover letter and preparing interview notes that are vital to getting that job.

In this session, you will learn techniques to help you quickly identify the key strengths that are truly important to the hiring organization, information that is very often buried in the paragraphs, bullet points and "corporate speak" of job descriptions. Once you can do this, you can write a targeted value statement, cover letter and interview talking points that clearly and directly address the needs of the hiring manager.

Compensation Conversations (2.0 hours) - Monday, June 19, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The topic of compensation - what you have made, what you are expecting to make, what the offer will be and how you respond - comes up in all phases of job search, from networking to online applications to interviewing to the final offer.

Job seekers need to understand how to communicate about compensation so they can better determine if an opportunity will meet their needs, effectively move ahead in the interview process and, ultimately, maximize the offer they will agree to.

In this session, we will review the various steps of the application/interview/offer process and discuss tactics and language to use during the various types of "conversations" that occur during job search. The goal is to help enhance two-way understanding - what the employer has to offer and what your expectations and priorities are - during a wide range of compensation conversations.

Members - Free
* This is a five-session workshop. If you miss 3 or more classes you will be charged a no-show fee of $20. Function tickets cannot be used for this event.
(Member pricing underwritten by CFA Society Chicago)

Attire: Business Casual

Registration: Register online below

Monday, May 15, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday, May 22, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Monday, June 5, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday, June 12, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Monday, June 19, 2017: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
*Please arrive a few minutes early as program will start promptly at 9:00 am every week

Hosted by: Professional Development Advisory Group

Speaker Bios:
Keith Owens Keith Owens is the former program director and current instructor at CareerPlaceTM in Barrington, Illinois. Owens presents The Basics of a Highly Effective Job Search, a six-part series, at The Community Career Center of Naperville. Following a 35-year career in public relations and corporate communications, Owens transitioned to helping people in job search to develop more targeted and persuasive processes and messaging. For the past few years Owens has helped job seekers prepare for a variety of "selling" situations by developing audience-focused messages and stronger presentation and interviewing skills.

*Special Notes Regarding Fees:
Credit card is required to guarantee ALL reservations. Day-of-event registrations accepted on-site only if applicable and space available. There is a $5 surcharge for walk-ins. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5:00 pm, May 10. If guests fail to cancel before the deadline and/or fail to attend the event they will be charged a $20 fee (please refer to details under fees).

Passport Program
Members of any CFA society may attend at the CFA Society Chicago member rate. If you are only a member of CFA Institute, you do not qualify for the society member rate.

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