Job readiness. What are your skills worth in the marketplace?


If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there”  


(Source: McInnes, L., Johnson D., and Marsh W., How To Manage and Market Yourself,

Cassette Learning Services, Bulleen , Victoria . 1989, p97 )


This article addresses your “job readiness” and it will provide you with the information necessary to begin your job search. The information you collect in this section will enable you to begin locating employers who may have work in your area.


It requires commitment on your behalf by doing the comprehensive research necessary to begin pro-actively looking for work. This workbook will walk you the processes. The time you spend on this section will make your job search easier, and will give you the information necessary to compile your targeting/marketing plan.


This first section assumes you have made a career choice. If you haven't, you need to focus on this or receive some professional assistance.



Job readiness

What are your skills worth in the marketplace?


Checklist - Are you Job Ready?

Have you made a career decision? If so, do you have the skills and experience necessary to do the job and be competitive with others.


        * Do you know your employment strengths, weaknesses and   employment goals?

        * Are you able to talk confidently about your skills, abilities and achievements?  

        * Can you tell me what sort of person you are?

        * What sort of image do you present to others?

        * What is your presentation like in terms of grooming? 

        * Do you show people that you are confident - How?

        * What is the market price for your occupation/skill level?


 In a competitive environment you must be very comfortable and confident in knowing who you are, and be able to talk about your capabilities and what you have got to offer an employer. If you don't know the answer to these questions you are not ready to begin your job search. There are many resources available to assist you through this process.


Try your local Federal, State or Province agencies.


If you don't know what you have to offer, you will never be able to convince an employer that you are the right person for the job.


Do you know the going rate per hour for your occupation/job classification?

Your State, Federal or Provincial Government agencies will have a labour market website and will probably have a link to a union site. This is always a good source as it gives you a benchmark.


If the occupation is competitive, you will need to find out the market value of your job classification


* Ask employment agencies or recruitment firms

* Read the newspapers for similar jobs.





Source : Iris Wood  Pro-Active Human Resource Management 



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