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Create a Plan and Set Goals

Create a Plan and Set Goals 33.2
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1 This workbook was produced in 2013 by Goodwill/Easter Seals ReEntry programming and iSeek Solutions for use in Minnesota Department of Corrections facilities. This workbook is a companion publication to the STEP AHEAD website of career planning for people with criminal convictions: www.iseek.org/exoffenders/about-us.html. 2 STEP AHEAD Workbook Introduction STEP AHEAD is a program designed to support people with convictions to successfully transition into the community and into employment. The purpose of the STEP AHEAD workbook, website (www.iseek.org/exoffenders/index.html), and transition class is to help job seekers become more prepared and confident with the job search process. This workbook will help you to develop the skills needed to obtain employment. Some of the specific skills include: writing a quality resume, answering interview questions, and filling out online applications. You will be using this workbook to explore your current skills and abilities then match them with available occupations. This workbook will also help you understand some common job search challenges so that you can better prepare for job interviews. In addition, you will learn about the benefits of networking and finding ways to connect with employers. This workbook focuses on four important steps in career planning process: Assess Yourself, Create a Plan and Set Goals, Find a Job, and Manager Your Career. For more information and resources to help with these steps, or to find out how to Explore Careers, or Expand Skills, go to the STEP AHEAD website (www.iseek.org/exoffenders/index.html). 3 4 Table of Contents I. Assess Yourself ………………………………………………………. 7 Skills ………………………………………………………………………………………. 8 Interests ………………………………………………………………………………... 9 Strengths ……………………………………………………………………………….. 13 Work Values ………………………………………………………………………….. 14 Section Review ………………………………………………………………………. 16 II. Create a Plan and Set Goals …………………………………… 18 Employment Planning Worksheet …………………………………………. 19 Job Search Schedule ………………………………………………………………. 20 Section Review ………………………………………………………………………. 22 III. Find a Job ……………………………………………………………… 25 Networking ……………………………………………………………………………. 26 References …………………………………………………………………………….. 28 Applications …………………………………………………………………………… 30 Resumes and Cover Letters ……………………………………………………. 37 Job Interviews ……………………………………………………………………….. 42 Disclosing Your Conviction Record …………………………………………. 47 Section Review ………………………………………………………………………. 54 IV. Manage Your Career …………………………………………… 51 Keeping a Job ………………………………………………………………………… 57 Social Media and Job Search ………………………………………………….. 59 Stress Reducers ……………………………………………………………………… 60 Leaving a Job …………………………………………………………………………. 61 V. Workbook Review and Resources …………………………. 63 Bonding Program and WOTC …………………………………………………. 64 Vocational Rehabilitation Services …………………………………………. 65 Workbook Acknowledgements ……………………………………………… 68 5 Assess Yourself 6 Section 1: Assess Yourself People are more successful and satisfied when their interests and skills are a good fit with the job they have. In this section, you will learn more about your personal skills, interests, strengths, and values so you can choose a job that is a good match for you. Knowing what is important to you will help you find and keep a satisfying job. Assess Yourself 7 Transferrable Skills Directions: Transferable skills are skills that are used in one job and can also be applied to another job. The following are examples of common transferrable skills. Give specific examples of how you have used these skills. Consider how you have used them in previous jobs, volunteer work, hobbies, schools, and more. Don’t forget the skills you have gained from work you have done while incarcerated 1. People Skills. People skills refer to how one interacts with others. If you have good people skills, you are able to communicate well with others. Give examples of how you have used people skills in the past: 2. Leadership Skills. Leadership skills involve taking the lead on a task or managing people or things. Give examples of how you have used leadership skills in the past: 3. Technical Skills. People gain technical skills by working with specific tools, software, or machinery. For example, if you worked with Microsoft Office in a past job or at school, you have gained a technical skill. Give examples of how you have used technical skills in the past: 4. Flexibility skills. Flexibility skills refer to the ability to adjust to diverse situations and environments. Give examples of how you have used flexibility skills in the past: 5. Problem-solving skills. Problem-solving involves recognizing a problem and finding a solution. Give examples of how you have used problem-solving skills in the past: Assess Yourself 8 Matching Interests to Work Options Exercise Like skills, it is helpful to know which types of activities interest you. You can use the activities below to help match your interests to specific occupations. You will use this list to explore careers in another section. STEP 1: Read each statement. Fill in the square next to the activities that interest you. I Like To …do puzzles ( ) …work on cars ( ) …attend concerts, theaters, or art exhibits ( ) …work in teams ( ) …organize things like files, offices, or activities ( ) …set goals for myself ( ) …build things ( ) …read fiction, poetry, or plays ( ) …have clear instructions to follow ( ) …influence or persuade people ( ) …do experiments ( ) …teach or train people ( ) …help people solve their problems ( ) …take care of animals ( ) …have my day structured ( ) …sell things ( ) …do creative writing ( ) …work on science projects ( ) …take on new responsibilities ( ) …heal people ( ) …figure out how things work ( ) …put things together or assemble models ( ) …be creative ( ) …pay attention to details ( ) …do filing or typing ( ) …learn about other cultures ( ) …analyze things like problems, situations, or trends ( ) …play instruments or sing ( ) …dream about starting my own business ( ) …cook ( ) …act in plays ( ) …think things through before making decisions ( ) …work with numbers or charts ( ) …have discussions about issues like politics or current events ( ) …keep records of my work ( ) …be a leader ( ) …work outdoors ( ) …work in an office ( ) …work on math problems ( ) …help people ( ) …draw ( ) …give speeches ( ) R I A S E C Assess Yourself 9 STEP 2: Add the columns at the bottom of chart above. Write down the number of filled circles for each letter. Write down the number of filled circles for each letter here. R = Realistic Total: _______ I = Investigative Total: _______ A = Artistic Total: _______ S = Social Total: _______ E = Enterprising Total: _______ C = Conventional Total: _______ STEP 3: The three letters with the highest scores are your Interest Profile. Record your interest profile below. Your Interest Profile: STEP 4: Use the “Matching Your Interests to Work Options” section of the STEP AHEAD website to learn what your interest profile means (www..iseek.org/exoffenders/assess-yourself/matching- interests.html). Then use the table on the next page to determine which industries would be a good fit for you to work in. Underneath the table are examples of jobs within the individual industries that may interest you. For example, if you are “Realistic,” you may be interested in the agriculture industry. Therefore, you may want to look for a job as a groundskeeper. Assess Yourself 10 R I A S E C Agriculture Agriculture Arts & Communications Education & Training Arts & Communications Architecture & Construction R Information Technology Education & Training Human Service Hospitality & Tourism Manufacturing Architecture & Construction Science, Technology & Math Transportation Information Technology Manufacturing Science, Technology & Math Transportation Agriculture Education & Training Education & Training I Information Technology Marketing & Sales Information Technology Science, Technology & Math Science, Technology & Math Arts & Communications Arts & Communications Arts & Communications Arts & Communications A Education & Training Education & Training Marketing & Sales Education & Training Marketing & Sales Hospitality & Tourism Marketing & Sales Education & Training Education & Training Arts & Communications Education & Training Arts & Communications S Human Service Marketing & Sales Education & Training Hospitality & Tourism Business & Management Marketing & Sales Human Service Marketing & Sales Marketing & Sales Arts & Communications Arts & Communications Arts & Communications Arts & Communications Business & Management E Hospitality & Tourism Marketing & Sales Business & Management Information Technology Business & Management Marketing & Sales Hospitality & Tourism Marketing & Sales Architecture & Construction Business & Management Architecture & Construction C Manufacturing Information Technology Business & Management Transportation Manufacturing Marketing & Sales Transportation Agriculture: landscapers and groundskeepers, power plant operators, farmers, animal caretakers Architecture & Construction: construction workers, highway maintenance workers, plumbers, electricians Information Technology: computer support specialists, computer engineers, web developers, information system managers Manufacturing: forklift operators, precision assemblers, machinists, metal workers Science, Technology & Math: engineering technicians, social science research assistants, safety engineers, manufacturing engineering technologists, natural sciences managers Transportation: freight handlers, small engine mechanics, auto body repairers, supply chain managers Education & Training: library assistant, adult and vocational education teachers, university teachers, instructional coordinators Arts & Communications: prepress workers, camera equipment repairers, musicians, graphic designers Hospitality & Tourism: cooks, counter attendants, janitors, restaurant managers Marketing & Sales: customer service representatives, salespeople, sales supervisors, real estate agents Human Service: clergy, sociologists, mental health counselors, hairstylists, and barbers Business & Management: receptionists, management analysts, interpreters and translators, office managers Assess Yourself 11 Likes and Dislikes Directions: Answer the following questions in the spaces provided. 1. Describe your present lifestyle. What are your hobbies? What do you do when you not working or in school? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 2. What part(s) of your life do you enjoy the most? Time with your family? Learning new things? Hanging out with friends? Other? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 3. What part(s) of your life do you dislike? Do you expect this to change soon? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 4. Who are the most important people in your life? How do they influence your decisions? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 5. If you have work experience, what did you like and dislike about your current or past jobs? List 3 likes and 3 dislikes. Likes Dislikes 1. 1. 2. 2. 3. 3. 6. List four careers you have thought about doing. Describe why you are interested in each one. 1) _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ 2) _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ 3) _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ 4) _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Assess Yourself 12 Strengths Often times an employer will ask you what your strengths are. Some of you may ask yourself, “What are strengths?” Strengths are the skills and things that you do well. You may feel uncomfortable talking about things that you do well to a potential employer; however, it is important to discuss your strengths in job interviews so you can stand out from other applicants. Directions: Look at the list of strengths below. Check all the strengths you think apply to you and include as many as you can. Add any others you can think of. Honest Productive Friendly Problem Solving Punctual Creative Dependable Positive Attitude Cooperative Can Be Trusted Like Responsibility Hard and Fast Worker Neat Appearance Accurate, Quality Work Willing to Learn Willing to Work Overtime Works Well Under Pressure Neat Work Habits Follows Directions Well Learn Quickly Flexible Rarely Gets Angry Can Work Without Constant Supervision Works Well With Others Experience Working with Specific Tools and Equipment Can Use Office Software Experience in Specific Service (i.e. Food, Cleaning etc.) Fluent in Another Language Experience Managing Groups, Money, Time, etc. Others: Directions: On the lines provided below write down three strengths from the list above that you could share during a job interview. Then briefly explain how you have demonstrated each quality. Potential employers want to hear how you have applied and succeeded with your strengths. By giving concrete examples you are showing and demonstrating your character. 1. ________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Assess Yourself 13 Work Values A value is something that is of great importance to you. Directions: Look through the list and check those values you would need to be happy at work. Then circle the three values that are the most important to you. As you set your job goals, keep these values in mind, especially the three you have circled as most important to you. Understanding your values can help you select a job that is a good fit for you. Job Satisfaction:  Enjoy and feel good about the work  Able to use talents, skills, and that I do abilities  Family and friends approve of  Access to the tools, training, and what I do other resources  Challenging and interesting work  Opportunities for advancement  Work for a company with a within the company good name  Be able to direct and supervise others Money:  Good wages  Good benefits (Sick leave, insurance,  A workers’ union vacation etc.)  Chance to advance in my job  Job is located in a specific area Work Environment:  Safe working conditions  A lot of activity in work area  Clean work area  Get along well with everyone  Quiet work area  Work with culturally diverse people Supervision Style:  A lot of supervision  Have a supportive and fair  Some supervision supervisor  Little supervision Time:  Same hours and days to work  Opportunity for overtime  Others: ______________ My Top Three Values: Assess Yourself 14 I Would Fit Well in the Following Jobs Directions: Now that you have determined your skills, interests, and values, make a list of the jobs you would want to apply. Then explain why you think they would be a good fit for you. Job Why the job would be a good fit for me Assess Yourself 15 Review Section 1: Assess Yourself Now that you have a better idea of what your goals and interests are, you can choose the positions best suited for you. Occupations that match your strengths, interests or values should be the main focus of your job search. Please provide some feedback about what you learned in this section below. 1. What did you learn about yourself and your abilities by taking the assessments? (e.g. skills, interests, strengths, and values) ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 2. How do you plan to use the information you learned in this section? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Fact: Studies have shown that hiring ex-offenders results in a greater retention rates. Employees with criminal records are more likely to stay with an employer longer, avoiding employee turnover. For example, a study done at John Hopkins hospital found that their employees with a criminal background had a far better retention rate over a 40-month period than their non-offender 1 employees. They also found that these employees had the same evaluation scores as their non-offender 1 employees. Many of the employees with criminal backgrounds received promotions and 1 increases in pay within those 40 months. 1 Alternative Staffing Alliance, “Persuading Employers to Hire Ex-Offenders.” Alternative Staffing Alliance Annual Conference Panel, October 2010. Assess Yourself 16 Assess Yourself: Your Notes Assess Yourself 17 Section 2: Create a Plan and Set Goals In this section, you will focus on the important details of what you really want when looking for a job and how to use a schedule to benefit your job search. By using these tools, you will be able to organize your search into a step-by-step process and manage your time wisely. Although you might not use all the suggestions offered, you will get an idea of how your search can be more concentrated. Create a Plan and Set Goals 18 Employment Planning Worksheet Date available for work: _________________________________________________ Three jobs I would like to apply for right away: 1. ________________________________________________________________ 2. 3. Cities/locations I am willing to work in: 1. 2. I want (check two):  Permanent work  Full-time work  Temporary work  Part-time work Minimum acceptable pay: per hour Preferred Shifts: st nd rd  Days (1 shift)  Evenings (2 shift)  Overnights (3 Shift) Benefits I must have:  Health insurance  Paid time off  Life insurance  Other: Do I have a valid driver’s license?  Yes  No Do I have transportation to work? Yes  No If not, how will I get to and from work? Physical limitations (as noted by doctor):  Lifting restricted to pounds  Limited sitting or standing  Low noise level  Wheelchair accessible  Clean air (no dust or fumes)  Other: Cultural accommodations needed: I want:  Close Supervision  Some Supervision  Little Supervision  To Supervise Others I prefer to:  Work alone  Work with others Create a Plan and Set Goals 19 Job Search Schedule Directions: Plan your job search schedule. Make sure to include the following: • Contact your local WorkForce Center • Attend a job fair • Search for jobs on the Internet • Follow-up on job leads • Attend Job Club • Fill out number of applications • Research employers you are interested in • Follow-up with employer after interview • Read newspapers like Employment Guide, JobDig or Star Tribune • Attend job interview • Make new contacts (phone or in-person) • Practice interview questions • Attend job search or related trainings • Ask permission to use employment references • Update your resume • Reach out to your network • Write your cover letter • Attend professional organization meetings Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Create a Plan and Set Goals 20