Personal Career Leadership (PCL)™

Taking Control, Building for the Future

Class Summary

This powerful series was designed to help you take control of your career and maximize career opportunities. More than ever before, it is the individual’s responsibility to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities that increase value to the organization.

CDV384 1.4
Four 4-hour session
Gary Recchion

Anyone interested in maximizing his/her career opportunities.

  • A personalized marketing action plan for increasing your marketplace value, marketability, and career options.

Session 1

Creating a Laser-Focused Resume

The resume is your most important personal marketing tool. It's the first impression others have of you, and determines your value in the internal and external marketplace.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Create a focused resume that can be tailored to each target opportunity.
  • Use your resume to help structure winning communication approaches in interviews, performance reviews, and networking activities.
  • Building a resume
    1. Purpose
    2. Appearance
    3. Formats
    4. Objective statement
    5. Body
    6. Summary
  • Self Assessment–what am I selling?
    1. S-T-A-R achievements or contributions
    2. Your S-T-A-R List
    3. Contribution Statements
  • Pulling it all together

Session 2

Developing Awesome Interview Skills

Anyone can become a skilled interviewee. This session covers all you need to know to put your best foot forward in a behavioral job interview.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • List the 5 types of interviews.
  • Name the 4 key strategies for doing well in any interview scenario.
  • List strategies for building interview confidence.
  • Demonstrate techniques for building rapport and good “chemistry” in an interview.
  • Match your contributions to position requirements to build value and confidence.
  • Review and practice a S-T-A-R Matrix to handle even the toughest behavioral interview questions.
  • What is the interviewer looking for?–knowing your audience, being prepared
  • The 5 types of interviews
  • Four strategies to win any interview
  • Practice interviews

Session 3

Building Strong Relationships and a Powerful Network

In today’s business climate, technical skills aren’t enough. Individual career success depends more on “relationship” skills and building a business and personal network of contacts and alliances.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of business and personal networks in individual career success.
  • Define “Knowledge Network.”
  • List strategies and actions for building a strong, diverse network.
  • Practice skills to evaluate, improve, and manage your network.
  • Create and rehearse a 1- or 2-minute introduction of yourself for a network opportunity.
  • Describe and practice the 7 key network meeting strategies.
  • The importance of business and personal networks in successful career management
  • Action steps for building a large, diverse, “knowledge network”
  • Skills for evaluating, improving, and managing your network relationships–“up, down, and sideways”
  • Seven network meeting preparation strategies
  • The network meeting–managing the agenda and dynamics
  • Networking and social media
  • Pulling together your network action plan

Session 4

Mastering and Leveraging Change

Many career experts believe the most important skill in terms of success in work and life is the ability to deal positively with change. In this session you will learn change skills that can increase your value to the organization and help you avoid potentially career-damaging mistakes.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by dealing “gracefully” with change and why the ability is critical to your career.
  • Describe normal reactions to change.
  • Recognize the “losses” and “gains” associated with any change.
  • Discuss the 5-stage grief cycle and strategies for moving more quickly to acceptance.
  • Develop an action plan for mastering change and putting it to work for you.
  • How do you view change?
  • Losses and opportunities
  • Navigating the change cycle
  • The 3 stages of change: endings, transitions, new beginnings
  • Working it through without shooting yourself in the foot
  • Action planning