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JobThoughts® Career Pack

JobThoughts® Career Pack is one of two assessment reports you receive.  The first thing that you will discover is the Career Pack is in narrative format i.e., everything in this report will be explained so that you can apply it.

The Career Pack has six reports: 1) You Job Strengths, 2) Your Job Search Coach, 3) Job Sorting Guide, 4) Your Interview Coach, 5) Jobs To Seek & Jobs To Avoid, and 6) Selling Yourself Into The Job.  At the beginning of each report, in a greyed box, is an explanation of that particular report.  You will no it is the explanation when it starts, "About this report:".

Your Job Strengths

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The first report in the Career Pack, Your Job Strengths, discusses eight specific job strengths: mental strengths, strengths of direction, strengths of organization, strengths of process, strengths of sensitivity, strengths with people, strengths of teamwork, and strengths of openness.  Keep in mind these strengths are with you always.  Whether discussing jobs you have had, the job you have, or the job you are seeking these strengths are a part of you.  Using Your Job Strengths report identify in your own words, if you can, one strength from each of the eight areas.  Next, prioritize or list those strengths from number one my best strength to number eight my least strength.  What does this mean to you in the job you are in or the job or career you are seeking?

Your Job Search Coach

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Your Job Search Coach is the second report in the Career Pack.  This part is a very broad report covering 19 job search elements (e.g., Pursuing Your Job Search, Your Job Search Urgency Of Action, Your Job Search Planning, Collaborating With Your Team, etc.).  This report is designed as a coaching tool, a tool to move you through the job or career search process.  While some elements of this report will be found in any well defined and developed coaching report, this report is based upon how you responded to the entire JobThoughts® assessment.  As you review Your Job Search Coach report use a highlighting pen to highlight the tip(s) in each of the 19 job search elements.  DO NOT highlight the entire element!  Only highlight the tip(s) you find relevant to you (e.g., Statement: You have the advantage of being very direct and assertive with what you want.  Tip: It is important for you to pick the right times to push for what you want.  Tip: Try out ways to pitch yourself with friends, experienced job counselors or business people you know.).

Job Sorting Guide

Next, is the Job Sorting Guide.  This Guide has 21 paired opposite "Capabilities" separated by a six-point scale.  The purpose of this report is to assist you in analyzing a job you are in or a job or career you are seeking by comparing reading resource information about the job or career, specifically in the areas of "Capabilities" and compare the information obtained from your resources to your Job Sorting Guide.  

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How do I know if I should steer clear of the job or career?  As an example let's take a look at the first pair of opposites: Non-Selling Jobs vs Selling Jobs.  If you are looking at a job or career in sales, or a producer or marketer and your scale is either in the first or second box near Non-Selling Jobs, I would ask why?  Moreover, I would look carefully at other stated capabilities and how I compared.  This can be done at another time.  On the other hand, if on my scale it indicated that I was within one or two boxes of Selling Jobs, I would consider it a match - at least for the jobs I was looking at and the findings of other capabilities.  

If my capability on the scale is in one of the two boxes between the opposite capabilities, it is telling you that neither capability came out ahead and there is a need to look at other capabilities associated with the job or career.  Being in the center two boxes does not mean the job or career capability is negative or neutral.  You must analyze that single capability in light of the totality of capabilities associated with that job or career.  Additionally, wherever you fall on the paired opposites be sure to review your Your Job Strengths report to see what strengths in addition to capabilities you are bring to the job or career you are searching.  

Your Interview Coach

Whether experienced in interviewing or new to it, many refer to it as the dreaded interview, but the interview need not be dreaded, especially with Your Interview Coach report.  This report carefully crafts suggestions for you based on your identified personality traits.  Your Interview Coach report "will not tell you to change, but it will suggest ways in which you can present yourself as effectively as possible."

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Your Interview Coach report may provide this suggestion, "You are extremely assertive.  You speak directly, and people usually have little doubt about where you stand.  If your interviewers are equally direct, they are likely to view your assertiveness as a valuable strength.  However, many interviewers in the earlier stages of a hiring process may be more moderate in terms of their own assertiveness.  Those individuals may find you intimidating and may even describe your manner as somewhat arrogant.  It is important to match your delivery to your audience."

Jobs To Seek & Jobs To Avoid

Jobs To Seek & Jobs To Avoid report almost sounds superfluous or unnecessary, but this is one report that that may make you stand out from others in your job search or selecting a career track.  Be sure to read the About this Report section in Jobs To Seek & Jobs To Avoid.  This section provides an excellent description of the report contents and concludes with "…while it (JobThoughts®) may not define any outstanding strength (based on your assessed traits and abilitieis) for you, it means that you have no real disadvantages (because of your skills, knowledge or work ethic) for any job.  For example an individual may find this statement in the report, "You work best in jobs that do not require planning or scheduling for success.  Avoid jobs that require detailed paperwork or tight time management."

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Read through each of these sections.  You may choose to highlight the statements that relate to Jobs To Seek in green and Jobs To Avoid in orange.  Analyzing each of your subsections in this color coding manner provides a fast color coding approach you can use when comparing your Jobs To Seek & Jobs To Avoid report data to the job you are seeking or career you are contemplating.

Selling Yourself Into The Job

After you have completed your research and analysis and have selected the job or career you will be seeking you will move into a new mode - selling yourself.  As the About this report for Selling Yourself Into The Job indicates for some people this is a relatively easy task.  These people will go through the report take the coaching advice from this report, integrate the information with their research and JobThoughts® results and start selling themselves into the job.  However, many job and career seekers are not sales people and have greater difficulting integrating all of the results within JobThoughts® reports and their research findings and come up with some sort of sales plan - let alone be the one to implement it i.e., go out and sell yourself into the job.

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In Selling Yourself Into The Job keep in mind the best sales people are not necessarily born sellers.  They research, they analyze, they come up with a plan, oftentimes develop a script, practice, and only when they are ready go out and sell.  As the old adage goes, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice.  Practice.  Practice." 

 Selling Yourself Into The Job applies to researching not only the job or career, but the company or companies you are considering.  This portion can be done through networking or prospecting (i.e., find those in the field and learning from them).  Selling Yourself Into The Job provides some excellent advice based on your identified personality and traits.  Second, in developing your resume you must consider it as your sales or marketing document.  Herein you look at the research you have done as well as your JobThoughts® reports.  Third, when developing a business letter or letter of application consider itmore than an introduction, but an advertisement.  Next, when planning for your interview you must be able to both tell a story, but answer  specific questions.  Again, this is where your research comes into play.  Consider the many questions a person may have about your background, personality, skills, and experiences.  Write your story down then practice, practice, practice!

Selling Yourself Into The Job provides many more recommendations on selling yourself.  This is the culminating report.  This is the point that you put it all together so you can go out and reach your goal

Not Enough?

If  you need to see more about JobThoughts® I recommend the following links: 1) JobThoughts® an interactive sample report and 2) JobThoughts® Tools.

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