7 day career training schedule
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- Write 3 thank you notes/emails
- Yes the one you wrote to me counts as one
- A thank you note to a mentor, a teacher, or whoever is a good way to build or reinforce your network. With all that is going on right now, a nice note would be well received and it will always stick in someone's head.
- Find 5 jobs you want in the next 2 years
- Find 5 jobs that you would like to get within the next 2 years and study the job requirements.
- This helps us build a “to-do” list of the skills we will need to get them. They may be skills that we have that we need to sharpen or skills that we don't have at all.
- We want to start on this skill set right now
- Find 5 jobs you want 5-10 years from now
- Same as above, this will tell you skills we will want in the future and that goes on our to-do list for down the road but this is a great list to have in our heads when we get a chance to talk to mentors.
- Work on your - “So tell me about yourself”
- This one is tough but like anything, you will get better at it the more you practice.
- This will primarily include
- a little bit of a back story; where/how you grew up, what influenced you to head in this direction, noting any inspirational people or mentors, what you have worked on, a note about your work ethic, challenges, and successes
- What you are up to right now - school, work, projects etc
- What you are looking to do in the future - remember specificity helps
- Build a list of 3 people that you would want to speak to
- It is a good habit to have a list of people or people in a specific position that you would want to be able to spend 30 minutes with. Why? If you do connect with a mentor or anyone that is super impressed with your “so tell me about yourself” and they ask you the question “How can I help you?” you have something to talk about and you are always looking to increase your network. Giving someone a specific goal tells them you are prepared and motivated.
- Build your checklist for finding and keeping a mentor and building/maintaining your network
- How do you reach out, what do you say, how to follow up
- Cultivating a mentor is on you - it will happen or not happen based on your ability to connect and follow up
- Reaching out - Create a list of “prospects” and how you intend to reach out to them.
- What do you say - work on this now so that when you have the opportunity to connect with someone you pull up your email, make some changes and hit send.
- How do you follow up - Remember, we make 3 reach outs before we even think of giving up.
- For a first reach out, if we don't hear back, follow up 7-10 business days later and if we don't hear back after that give it another 2 weeks.
- For a follow-up - If you connect with someone build your reminder system to remember when to reach back out to them - build a system and you will never forget
- A great tip is to use google news to build alerts for the people that you connect with so you can reach back out and say - “Hey Brad - I saw your quote in that Hollywood Reporter article. Congratulations.” It is the small little things like that that will make you stick out in people’s heads.
Here is your 7-day to-do list - If you have any questions, please reach out.