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Here's What You May Have Missed-July Career Services

Tuesday, July 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alysa Craig
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The FEI Career Services Community extends its congratulations to newly installed FEI Boston Chapter President John Rogol and Career Services Committee Chair Jack Sheehan and wishes them well as they take the reins for an exciting new season beginning in September.  The Community also extends its thanks to outgoing Chapter President Tim Coakley and Committee Chair Jim Reilly for their hard work and enthusiastic support that helped sustain and extend the impact of Career Services.


Jack called the meeting to order, welcoming all attendees and expressing thanks to Tim and Jim for their contributions as they turned responsibilities over to Jack and John.  John welcomed all attendees and shared news about the upcoming FEI calendar for the new season beginning in September.


Committee member Ed Musmon had the pleasure of introducing our guest speaker, Dr. Paul Powers, a management psychologist and consultant, executive and career coach, and an internationally-published author who discussed "Overcoming the Emotional Obstacles to Effective Job Hunting."


Drawing from his real-world experience as a clinical psychologist for the Veteran's Administration, Paul was "doing outplacement before it was even called that."  He emphasized that with career changes come challenges, uncertainty, and obstacles that we all have in common and how we respond will make a significant difference in how we cope with the change and how successful we are in landing that next opportunity.  Paul emphasized the following:

  • You have little control over timing.  However, you do have control over your plan.
  • Plan your work and work your plan.
  • Have a clear, crisp goal.
  • Pursue the least desirable targets first.
  • Be conscious and methodical on how you allocate your time to your search.
  • Being between jobs allows more time to focus on your plan.
  • Use face to face meetings to ask for help. Don't over-rely on Social Media and job boards.
  • Recognize that rejection is a primary aspect of a job search. Don't take it personally.
  • Understand the "myth of the perfect candidate.' No single candidate excels at everything.
  • The hiring manager wants every person that they're interviewing to be the right candidate.
  • The most diligent planner get the most leads.
  • The most effective interviewer gets the offer.
  • The most effective negotiator gets the best package.
  • Arm yourself with information and give it to your next fellow job-hunter.

After a Q&A with Paul, the attendees took advantage of some time for open networking.


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