• 10 Tips for New Grads

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    [Double click on video to view in full screen] In these tough economic times, jobs are hard to come by. It is not uncommon for young adults (22-30), who have recently graduated from college, to be living at home and worried about their future. The majority of young adults are spending their time searching the job boards, sending countless resumes into a black hole without response. Typically, parents are helpless to contribute because the job search process is vastly different from what they experienced upon entering the work force. This is where we specialize. Unlike some of the standard larger firm whose target client base is corporate and caters to executives and seasoned professionals, we focus on those who are new to the job search process.
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  • Our Value Proposition

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    There is an old saying “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you will feed him for life.” This is the core of our business proposition. We work with our clients to teach them the skills of the job search process which will last them a lifetime. Becoming proficient in these skills will permit our clients to develop their own resumes, cover letters, elevator speeches, branding, search strategies, networking strategies and effective interviewing practices throughout their work career.
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  • One-on-One Coaching

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    This is intended for the client who wants to address specific areas of the job search process. In general, it's more time efficient and allows the client to work on those areas that they need the most help on. For example, an ideal application for one-on-one coaching is working with the client who needs help addressing 'Career Direction'. Career Direction requires a more customized approach than other aspects of the job search process.
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Unsure of Career Choice-content area 1An unfortunate reality is that many young people (and some of the older ones too) have no clue in respect to career options.  For most, it began with ‘randomly’ selecting their college major.  No structured process, no assessments, and very little guidance from their college advisers. Although it would have been advantageous to have this guidance during college, it’s not too late.  We work with our clients using our structured Career Engineering process.  We work with our clients using personality, core value and a personal requirement assessment to define their individual needs (what they are looking for in a career).  Our next step is to identify their strengths and experiences to define their individual contributions (what they bring to a prospective career).  Together, we brainstorm career options and input the information into our customized Career Decision Making Matrix™.   Next, we go through a thorough analysis until the client is confident that we have identified the career they were meant to have.

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Not getting interviews-content area 2A resume and Monster.com are not an effective job search strategy!  A successful job search strategy needs to be robust, comprehensive and set you apart from the competition.  The foundation or first phase of the search strategy is the ability to define and market yourself.   What makes you stand out? What successes have you had in your life?  Why should someone hire you?  What do you bring to a prospective employer to help them solve their problems?  This first step is a requirement or prerequisite for developing your marketing tools (resume, brand, elevator speech, cover letter, etc.) required for the other aspects of the search process: career choice, the job search itself, networking and interviewing.   This is where we come in.  We work with you to develop the skills necessary required to excel in the job search process.

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Not nailing the interview-content area 3Hiring a new employee is a significant investment for a company.  In addition, the competition is fierce.  So how do you stand out? First, we work with you to cover the fundamentals of the interview.   You can do this by being prepared! Maximize the elements of the interview that you can control. How do you dress?  What do you bring to the interview?  Whats questions should you ask the interviewer(s)?  When should you get there?  How do you followup?

Next, we work with our clients to address the unknown.  That is, being prepared to address the unknown.  Without knowing what questions the interviewer(s) will ask, we help our clients develop answers to any questions that could come up.  We minimize the possibility of stumbling with an answer.  In addition, we address the issue of nervousness and fear.  Not how to avoid it, but  to use it as a strategic advantage.

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David Gladstein

3226 Brandess Drive

Glenview, IL 60026

dave@coachingcollegegrads.com

Business phone: (847) 564-0762

Cell phone: (847) 909-3226

 

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