CareerSMARTZ A career solving problems is a life well spent!
CareerSMARTZA career solving problems is a life well spent! 

Find Employment...

By James C. Gonyea and Larry Goldsmith

In this section of the CareerSMARTZ program, we will guide you in finding employment that matches your career goal and mission, as well as your employer preferences.

To begin using this program...

  1. Read the Introduction below.
  2. Scroll down and download and print the Index below.
  3. Scroll down and download, print, and start with Task 1 below.

Introduction

Note: It is especially important that you first have a career goal in mind before attempting to find employment.  Conducting a job search with no clear goal in mind has proven to be unsuccessful for most job seekers.  Therefore, if you do not yet have a career goal, we suggest you first complete the Select a Career Direction section of the CareerSMARTZ program.

The self-directed program found here has been used by thousands of students and adults nationally and internationally for more than four decades and is the basis of many commercial career guidance programs and materials.

 

To help you find employment, we will guide you in completing the following tasks (in the order presented):

1. Define Your Talent

2. Promote Your Talent
3. Target Potential Employers
4. Determine Your Employment Value
5. Resolve Your Employment Obstacles
6. Apply for Employment
7. Interview for Employment
8. Start Your New Job Professionally

 

 

NOTE: This program cannot be completed in a single session.  Spread the tasks out over several days or weeks.

While job seeking typically requires time, effort, and dedication, many of the above tasks can be completed in an hour or two.  We have organized the process into individual steps to carefully guide you to a successful completion.


You must complete the program in the order presented above as completion of one task prepares you for the completion of the next task. 

Directions for completing each task and for recording your results will be provided in a series of downloadable PDF files (see below).  PDF files can be read on both Windows and Apple computers.  However, to read PDF files you need a PDF reader.

 

Visit here to download a free PDF reader.

 

To keep your download materials organized, we suggest you print and store them in a 3-ring binder with tab dividers labeled 1-15.


There is NO time limit for completing this part of the CareerSMARTZ program – proceed as quickly or as slowly as you wish.  Some past users have pushed themselves to complete the program in only a few days or weeks of part-time work, while others have spread the work out over several months.  In today’s world, job-seeking may take longer than you think, so be prepared for a long haul.


How fast or slow you go is up to you.  However, considering the importance of finding the right job, and the pain caused by a poor choice, we strongly encourage you to give this program adequate time to work its magic!

Index and Tasks

PDF Files

 

Please complete the following tasks in the order presented.  Click on the PDF icons below to download.

Index – Download and print this document.  It contains a listing of all materials for this part of the CareerSMARTZ program.  Use it to organize your materials, especially if you wish to use a 3-ring binder to save your materials.

Index
CSB 3 Ring Index.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [140.3 KB]

Task 1: Define Your Talent.  Use these guides to describe your talent – the knowledge and skills you can offer to employers.  Also known as “your professional brand.”

Define Your Talent
CS21.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [248.7 KB]
My Talent Profile
CS22.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [151.3 KB]

Task 2: Promote Your Talent.  Use these guides to publicize your talent to the employment marketplace to be seen by employers and employment recruiters who are searching the Internet for new hires.

Promote Your Talent
CS23.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [214.8 KB]
My Online Talent Portfolio
CS24.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [174.9 KB]

Task 3: Target Potential Employers.  Use these guides to find potential employers who match your career goal and employer preferences.

Target Potential Employers
CS25.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [259.2 KB]
My Target Employers
CS26.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [223.2 KB]

Task 4: Determine Your Employment Value.  Use these guides to determine how you can be of value to each of your potential employers.  In other words, discover why they should hire you!

Determine Your Employment Value
CS27.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [232.8 KB]
My Employment Value
CS28.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [180.1 KB]

Task 5: Resolve Your Employment Obstacles.  Use these guides to identify the obstacles that might prevent you from gaining employment and how to overcome each obstacle.

Resolve Your Employment Obstacles
CS29.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [231.6 KB]
My Employment Obstacles and Solutions
CS30.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [195.4 KB]

Task 6: Apply for Employment.  Use these guides to present your talent to potential employers.

Apply for Employment
CS31.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [292.6 KB]
My Employment Applications Logbook
CS32.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [192.9 KB]

Task 7: Interview for Employment.  Use these guides to prepare for, conduct, and follow-up interviews with potential employers.

Interview for Employment
CS33.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [231.1 KB]
My Employment Interviews Logbook
CS34.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [185.1 KB]

Task 8: Start Your New Job Professionally.  Use this guide to start your new job on the right foot and set the stage for success in your new position.

Start Your New Job Professionally
CS35.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [231.9 KB]

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