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New Year, New Direction: Managing a Career Transition

Career assessments and self-exploration resources. Setting goals, planning a job search. Strategies and resources.
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New Year, New Direction: Managing a Career Transition
Assessment Tools and Self-Exploration Resources
Setting Career Development Goals
Planning and Research
Action and Networking

Setting Career Development Goals
OVERVIEW

Goal-setting techniques are used by successful people in all fields.
By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure your progress and continuously motivate yourself to progress toward the vision you have for your ideal work life.
By setting and taking action toward your goals, you will raise your self-confidence and be able to experience positive, forward movement in your career transition.

Planning and Research
Target List-
Create a list of areas in which you'll focus your job search
Keep yourself from losing focus and casting too wide of a net
Allow some tweaking here and there as you do more research and learn from people
Organization and Tracking
For yourself
Get buy-in

Action and Networking
After you've done your self-assessments and set your goals, once you've done your planning and the research for your target list it's time for ACTION!
Assessment Tools and Self-Exploration Resources
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
www.myersbriggs.org
Self-Directed Search (SDS)
www.self-directed-search.com
Strong Interest Inventory
www.cpp.com/products/strong/index.aspx
MyPlan
www.myplan.com
Occupational Information Network (ONET)
www.onetonline.org
My Next Move/ONET
www.mynextmove.org

Presented by Career Services
Shannon Gallo
Manager of Career Services
Kelsey Richardson
Career Advisor
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
AGENDA
Assessment Tools and Self-Exploration Resources
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI):www.myersbriggs.org
A personality assessment developed by Isabel Myers and her mother Katherine Briggs based on psychologist, Carl Jung’s theory of personality
Measures preferences and identifies people as one of 16 different personality types
Different MBTI types enjoy and do well in certain majors and career paths

Assessment Tools and Self-Exploration Resources
Self-Directed Search (SDS):
www.self-directed-search.com
Developed by Dr. John Holland, whose theory of vocation is the basis for many of the career inventories used today
Categorizes people and occupations into six types – Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional
People who choose careers that match their type are more likely to be both satisfied and successful

Assessment Tools and Self-Exploration Resources
Strong Interest Inventory:
www.cpp.com/products/strong/index.aspx
One of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning assessment tools
Also based on Dr. John Holland’s theory of vocation (using Holland codes)
Gives students insight into their interests, preferences and personal styles
Assists students in finding satisfying college majors and careers they can be passionate about

Assessment Tools and Self-Exploration Resources
MyPlan:
www.myplan.com
Assessment Tools – Personality Test (similar to MBTI), Interest Inventory (similar to Strong, outgrowth of Holland’s theory), Skills Profiler, Values Assessment, CareerMatch
Career Planning – Career Database, Video Library, Industry Database, Salary Calculator, Top Ten Lists
Major Exploration – Majors Database, What Can I Do With A Major In…?, Top Ten Lists

Assessment Tools and Self-Exploration Resources
Occupational Information Network (ONET):
www.onetonline.org
The nation’s primary source of occupational information
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor
Database is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation

Assessment Tools and Self-Exploration Resources
My Next Move/ONET:
www.mynextmove.org
Search careers with key words (“I want to be a…”)
Browse careers by industry (“I’ll know it when I see it”) – database of over 900 career options
Answer questions about the type of work you might enjoy (“I’m not really sure”)

Assessment Tools and Self-Exploration Resources
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Self-Directed Search (SDS)
Strong Interest Inventory
MyPlan
Occupational Information Network (ONET)
My Next Move/ONET

http://hrweb.berkeley.edu/learning/career-development/goal-setting/career-plan-vision
Setting Career Development Goals
HELPFUL TIPS

1. Express your goals positively
, rather than framing them in terms of what you don’t want.
2. Be precise
in setting dates, times, and amounts so that you know when you have achieved your goals.

Setting Career
Development Goals
HELPFUL TIPS

3.
Set priorities
so that you know which of your goals to focus your attention toward. This also helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals.
4.
Write your goals down
so that you can visually be reminded of them and you can craft them to be precise and clear.

Setting Career
Development Goals
HELPFUL TIPS

5.
Break down your goals into small, achievable tasks
so that you get frequent opportunities to accomplish them and feel motivated to continue taking on the rest of your goals.
6. Finally, be sure to
set realistic goals
that you can achieve and that are in your own control.

Planning and Research
Target List -
Industries
Pick 3-4 at most so your search and networking can be more targeted
Think less about companies and job titles at this point
Think more about your skills and competencies and how they fit
Planning and Research
Target List -
Organizations
Identify 15-20 different ones should work as a start, depending on how many industries you've chosen
Think about size and culture to choose where you'd likely be most satisfied
Job Titles
Varies depending on your industry and organization lists
Think mostly about your skills and competencies and how they fit job requirements more than stature
Planning and Research
Tools -
What can be used to brainstorm ideas and create the target lists for your focus
Same mechanisms can be used for goal-setting and making decisions
Planning and Research
Tools
Google and Indeed:
Start with broad keyword searches on google, jotting down anything of interest, then narrow down to specifics as you learn more
As you get more specific, use those new terms to further hone in using indeed.com to build the list.
Planning and Research
Tools -
Social Media
LinkedIn: Connections, company pages, and groups
Facebook and Twitter
People
Experts, faculty or advisors
Friends and family
Planning and Research
Organization and Tracking -
Excel, JibberJobber, and ApplyMate
PDF documents or email yourself
Planning and Research
Organization and Tracking:
Time management
Schedule your job search activities and stick to it
Avoid the robot! Find balance
Working job seeker vs. unemployed job seeker
Action and Networking
Job Search Toolkit
Resume and cover letters
LinkedIn and business cards
Website and ePortfolio, etc.
Action and Networking
Job Search Toolkit
Personal Brand and Consistency
Personal Pitch
Brief and focused
Tailored according to audience
Now - Before - Next - Claim to Fame
Action and Networking
Job Search Websites
Meta-searchers
Niche/Industry-focused
LinkedIn
Job Postings
Groups
Action and Networking
Job Search Websites
What about...?
Monster and Careerbuilder
Craigslist
Action and Networking
Informational Interviews
To do research and get advice
Not to ask for jobs!
Phone or in-person
Not done as often as you'd think
Action and Networking

LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
Blogs
Meet-ups
Professional events
Picking up the phone!
Referrals
Contact Us!
Shannon Gallo
Email: shannon.gallo@mail.cuny.edu
Phone: 646-664-8618
Twitter: @SEP_Gallo

Kelsey Richardson
Email: kelsey.richardson@mail.cuny.edu
Phone: 646-664-8619


http://sps.cuny.edu/career_services
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