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1 CAREER REVIVAL: Getting Your MOJO Back Presented by Dan King Career Planning and Management, Inc. 3 School Street, Boston, MA

2 Tonight’s Topics How the economic downturn has changed the world-of-work (even for the better) Seven tips for finding meaning in this changed environment Self-motivation and marketing techniques Specific actions you can take now to better your career

3 “A revival is coming (hallelujah!) – -- and you better get ready for it.”

4 What is a Revival? ▫ A bringing or coming back into use after a decline ▫ Restoration to vigor or activity ▫ A returning to life of consciousness ▫ A stirring up of faith by fervid evangelistic preaching at public meetings

5 What is MOJO?

6 MOJO ▫ A charm, spell or magical power: ▫ “I got my MOJO goin’ on” ▫ Sexual attraction: ▫ “Ooh, s/he’s got MOJO ▫ “God help me, I think I’ve lost my MOJO” ▫ A person’s “groove:” ▫ He lost his MOJO when she dumped him, but he’s got it back now.

7 Getting Your MOJO Back Focus on the “light,” not the “noise” Know what matters to you, not just to others Get straight with yourself that you have value Commit to a direction, not a “final resting place” Enlist the support of others Look inward and forward, not outward and backward Be kind to yourself

8 Today’s Workplace Trends and Forecasts Less Job Security Faster Paced Work Environment Quicker Decision-Making Required More Emphasis on Technology Greater Focus on Customer Service Increased Emphasis on Diversity, Work/Family Issues More Contract, Consulting, Temp and Part-Time Greater Need for Experienced Workers Shift to Pay-for-Performance Programs More Flexible Work Arrangements Marketing and Sales Orientation Expanded Teamwork Emphasis Frequent Career Changes

9 Impact of the Recession New attitudes about employer/employee relationship (yet again) Lots of work that still “needs doing” Employers don’t need to pay money to find good people Lots of talented, qualified people Not the most qualified who gets hired, but the one who knows how to best market their qualifications Relationships are now your currency Other impacts?

10 “Marketing 101” for Your Career Product What knowledge, skills and abilities do you bring to your work? Place Where are the work settings that can use your product? Price What is your product worth in the market? Promotion How will you let others know about your product?

11 COLORSKILL CLUSTER Yellow TECHNICAL / SCIENTIFICTECHNICAL / SCIENTIFIC Purple ARTISTIC / CREATIVEARTISTIC / CREATIVE RedDETAIL-ORIENTED Grey FINANCIAL / NUMERICALFINANCIAL / NUMERICAL Light Blue INFLUENTIAL / ENTREPRENEURIALINFLUENTIAL / ENTREPRENEURIAL Maroon LANGUAGE / COMMUNICATIONLANGUAGE / COMMUNICATION Navy Blue MANAGEMENT / LEADERSHIPMANAGEMENT / LEADERSHIP Green HANDS-ON / PHYSICALHANDS-ON / PHYSICAL Pink SOCIAL / HELPINGSOCIAL / HELPING Orange SPEAKING / PERFORMANCESPEAKING / PERFORMANCE Teal VISIONARY / INTUITIVEVISIONARY / INTUITIVE

12 Networking A relationship-building strategy A social process with a business purpose A way of connecting people through a chain of contacts An important business/career skill

13 Actions You Can Take Now Give yourself permission to have fun Develop a contingency plan Update your resume (of course) Take an inventory of your skills (specifically those that you actually enjoy using) Explore other areas to find out what you don’t know Learn how to network in a way that fits your own style Vow to meet two (or more) new people per week Enlist cheerleaders Keep a journal of your progress Other?

14 Each of us has the right and the capacity to create a meaningful worklife … one that stirs our passions and awakens our purpose. So clap your hands, jump and shout, get fervid … and look ahead to a better place, economically, spiritually and vocationally. Your time has come … Dan King Circa 2010


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