Career Builder

See our Olievenhoutbosch video: Most of the people in the video are operating at very different levels today. You will find them on the web!

Case studies from 2006 showing people succeeding.

The history of ebio and Career Maker System in Social enterprise. Many people got core proficiencies, work choice and work experience. Many of them are successful entrepreneurs today.

The program works in any culture since it works with and pro-actively supports the local culture and leaders. Thanks to the enrichment and expansion of our minds working with HP, who operated in many cultures, mixing the cultures in training and business processes.

It is an investment from the Visagie family and Inala Technology (Pty) Ltd, a company started by the Visagie family. Thanks to Braam de Villiers who supported the program at critical times!

Today ebio, the underlying learning methodology,  is linked with all the inputs and experiences from Prof Japie Kroon NWU South Africa.

Career Maker System is a professional career builder program based on our past in building 28 businesses and starting with what we learned from the Hewlett Packard way from Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard! THANKS BILL to DAVE!

Using the Career Development Guide
Chapter 1
Within the pages of the Walk & Talk guide you will find many very useful tools and processes to assist in getting the most out of your career and personal life. The book is presented in the form of four characters interacting with each other, asking questions, giving answers, supplying more information and adding extra wisdom. On this page you will meet three of these characters, Questioning Qwesty, Clarifying Exclamy, Knowledgeable Bino and Wise Elephant. On page three is a more thorough introduction to the three characters.
This guide aims to assist the reader in building a career like one would build a business, the same knowledge that build successful family businesses build rich and successful careers. View the skills, resources and relationships one accumulates as key building blocks in building a career you want, work becomes fun and one never has to do another days work in your entire life!
We named this book the Walk & Talk guide because one learns the skills required for a successful career and business the same way one learns to walk and talk; by observing and imitating those who already know how to do it! Your desire to walk and talk came from being amongst people who could walk and talk. How do you get exposed to where your talents applied means you never do a days work in your life. In short, identify the skills one needs to achieve a goal, identify the individual or organization that does what you require and engage those resources. Career training, career education and the importance of career networking can be achieved using a straightforward career builder process we call “Identify and engage the resources one needs to build a great career!”
We have compiled this book and it contains processes that strive to assist you in building a super successful career!
PS. Supplement all you learn from this book with extra resources such as the web (we provide many useful links), books, people (start a discussion group at the office), forums ext.
Before setting out on this big journey of discovery as you call it, explain to me how this book is organized. Will I be able to find my way when I want to read about a certain topic or wish to review some material?
The content is organized and presented in two ways to help you obtain the maximum value from reading and using this book.
On the next page you will find a Table of Content which indicates the structure of the book. As indicated on the previous page, the Walk & Talk process concerns itself with three principal role players. The contents is consequently grouped under three main headings relating to the INDIVIDUAL, the COMPANY and the CUSTOMER.
Within these main headings, the topics are organized in a series of categories for ease of reference. The aim is to convey to you the essence of each topic as clearly and concisely as possible.
Besides orientating you about the concepts and tools used in the company, this book is also intended to serve as a reference guide to be used whenever you wish to refresh your memory on relevant concepts and processes as they crop up in your work.
A book of this nature can never contain ALL the information needed for a complete understanding of each topic (although we try :-). Many of the topics will be clarified during training sessions and further discussion groups. We will also use the internet extensively for many more relevant sources of information.
Many of the concepts presented here span the boundaries of the categories used to organize the material for presentation in book format. Many key topics should be read and explored in conjunction with one another. Therefore the various topics and themes are presented as “mind maps” as well to assist you in developing an overall picture of the various ideas and their inter-relationships.
Depending on your current level of growth, you will find the Walk & Talk process a useful tool:
To enhance your understanding of the concepts, skills and tools relevant to your work within a company, your career and in your personal life.
As a quick reference guide to refresh your memory about the tools, processes and diagrams as they crop up in your work.
As a guide to identify personal training and development needs.

Using the Career Development Guide

Chapter 1

Tools and processes

Within the pages of the Walk & Talk guide you will find many very useful tools and processes to assist in getting the most out of your career and personal life. The book is presented in the form of four characters interacting with each other, asking questions, giving answers, supplying more information and adding extra wisdom. On this page you will meet three of these characters, Questioning Qwesty, Clarifying Exclamy and Wise Elephant. On page three is a more thorough introduction to the three characters.

This guide aims to assist the reader in building a career like one would build a business, the same knowledge that build successful family businesses build rich and successful careers. View the skills, resources and relationships one accumulates as key building blocks in building the career you want, work becomes fun and one never has to do another day’s work in your entire life!

Walk & Talk guide

We named this book the Walk & Talk guide because one learns the skills required for a successful career and business the same way one learns to walk and talk; by observing and imitating those who already know how to do it! Your desire to walk and talk came from being amongst people who could walk and talk. How do you get exposed to where your talents applies means you never do a days work in your life. In short, identify the skills you need to achieve a goal, identify the individual or organization that does what you require and engage those resources. Career training, career education and the importance of career networking can be achieved using a straightforward career builder process we call “Identify and engage the resources you needs to build a great career!”

We have compiled this book and it contains processes that strive to assist you in building a super successful career!

PS Supplement all you learn from this book with extra resources such as the web (we provide many useful links), books, people (start a discussion group at the office), forums etc.

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Before setting out on this big journey of discovery as you call it, explain to me how this book is organized. Will I be able to find my way when I want to read about a certain topic or wish to review some material?

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I Answer

The content is organized and presented in two ways to help you obtain the maximum value from reading and using this book.

On the next page you will find a Table of Content which indicates the structure of the book. As indicated on the previous page, the Walk & Talk process concerns itself with three principal role players. The contents is consequently grouped under three main headings relating to the INDIVIDUAL, the COMPANY and the CUSTOMER.

Within these main headings, the topics are organized in a series of categories for ease of reference. The aim is to convey to you the essence of each topic as clearly and concisely as possible.

Besides orientating you about the concepts and tools used in the company, this book is also intended to serve as a reference guide to be used whenever you wish to refresh your memory on relevant concepts and processes as they crop up in your work.

A book of this nature can never contain ALL the information needed for a complete understanding of each topic (although we try :-). Many of the topics will be clarified during training sessions and further discussion groups. We will also use the internet extensively for many more relevant sources of information.

Many of the concepts presented here span the boundaries of the categories used to organize the material for presentation in book format. Many key topics should be read and explored in conjunction with one another. Therefore the various topics and themes are presented as “mind maps” as well to assist you in developing an overall picture of the various ideas and their inter-relationships.

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I Advise

Depending on your current level of growth, you will find the Walk & Talk process a useful tool:

  • To enhance your understanding of the concepts, skills and tools relevant to your work within a company, your career and in your personal life.
  • As a quick reference guide to refresh your memory about the tools, processes and diagrams as they crop up in your work.
  • As a guide to identify personal training and development needs.
Career research
Use this process to refine your career research
Which trends should one be aware of?
Do your career research using the Career Builder triangle. Being aware of and staying up to date with the trends applicable to your field of interest ensures you stay dynamically up to date. To find, stay up to date and join trends in your fields of interest, use the Career Builder triangle.
Work in the center
Work is always in the center of dynamic career research, keeping up to date with the trends in the area your enthusiasm blossoms! Keep work in the center. Work that grows and matures your field of interest, your career. People and things are not at the center of your career, the work you love doing, the work that expands your career is in the center. Relationships, communication, resources ext are enablers toward what is needed to achieve successful work!
Organize and communicate
Know what you want
Communicate what you want
Dynamic resumes
Personal web sites
Share where you are
Get input
Set Goals
Have objectives
Tasks planned in your diary
Resources and Structures
Current hub of activity concerned with your trend
Join interest group
Follow applicable web sites
Take part in forums and chat rooms
Sign up for relevant RSS feeds and Ezines
Read white papers published on that trend
Business streams around your trend
Projects, be visible and join
Goals, set your goals
Objectives, what are they
Tasks, define and plan into diary
Deadlines, hold to them or create them
Career research is a dynamic process. To be able to grow ones career, it is necessary to be aware and in touch with your careers’ trends. Use the trust relationships you already have to gain access, or build relationships to get access to the people and knowledge concerned with your field of interest.
One joins a religious institution because of personal interest and conviction. Apply the same process to your field of interest; join structures and groups fitting with your career focus. It is always easier and faster to build relationships in the safe environment of a club or interest group for example.
Have a view of participating and sharing rather than getting the perfect job. The rest follows almost automatically, just take part, share and build relationships in harmony with what you wish to achieve.
Another way of burrowing into what you want to do, focusing your career growth, is to become part of a project that needs the resources you bring. Being visible makes being noticed for fitting projects more possible. Become visible through building your dynamic resume, creating a personal web site, writing well researched articles and publishing them, taking part in online forums and chat rooms. Make your career research visible and communicate where you are and the progress you experience. This process of building a trusted online presence establishes you as an expert in your field as well. Remember, you do NOT have to be old and have two degrees to build an expert presence on the web. The process of establishing yourself as an expert on the web is the best place for every single individual to grow in the area of their interest. Your career research and staying with your trends evolves much faster, you have a written record the world potentially reads and comments on! If you would like to know more about this subject please visit Nicholas’s web site.
Taking part in a group opens the possibility of being adopted by a mentor that fits your requirements. Remember WIFY and WIFM, What Is in it For You and What is in it For Me. You are adopted because you have value to add to your mentor. Being mentored by an expert in your field of interest hooks you into current trends in a big way! A big part of your career research is engaging experts in the areas of your career you would like to expand and hone.
Use your current relationships to get access to the fraternity around your field of interest. Think of friends and their relationships, your family and people they know and at work, who could help you get access?
Doing what you love doing and being part of that fraternity globally ensures you are always up to date. Inevitably you move into and out of trends matching your focus and interest on queue.

Use this process to refine your career research

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Which trends should one be aware of?

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I Answer

Do your career research using the Career Builder triangle. Being aware of and staying up to date with the trends applicable to your field of interest ensures you stay dynamically up to date.

trends-triangle

Work in the center

Work is always in the center of dynamic career research, keeping up to date with the trends in the area your enthusiasm blossoms! Keep work in the center. Work that grows and matures your field of interest, your career. People and things are not at the center of your career, the work you love doing, the work that expands your career is in the center. Relationships, communication, resources etc. are enablers toward what is needed to achieve successful work!

Organize and communicate

  • Know what you want
  • Communicate what you want
  • Have a dynamic resume
  • Get a personal web sites
  • Share where you are
  • Get input
  • Set goals
  • Have objectives
  • Write tasks in your diary

Resources and Structures

  • Current hub of activity concerned with your trend
  • Join interest group
  • Follow applicable web site
  • Take part in forums and chat rooms
  • Sign up for relevant RSS feeds and Ezines
  • Read white papers published on that trend

Business streams around your trend

  • Be visible and join in projects
  • Set your goals
  • What are your objectives?
  • Define and plan your tasks
  • Create and hold to your deadlines
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I Explain

Career research is a dynamic process. To be able to grow your career, it is necessary to be aware and in touch with your career’s trends. Use the trust relationships you already have to gain access, or build relationships to get access to the people and knowledge concerned with your field of interest.

One joins a religious institution because of personal interest and conviction. Apply the same process to your field of interest; join structures and groups fitting with your career focus. It is always easier and faster to build relationships in the safe environment of a club or interest group for example.

Have a view of participating and sharing rather than getting the perfect job. The rest follows almost automatically, just take part, share and build relationships in harmony with what you wish to achieve.

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I Advise

Another way of burrowing into what you want to do, focusing your career growth, is to become part of a project that needs the resources you bring. Being visible makes being noticed for fitting projects more possible. Become visible through building your dynamic resume, creating a personal web site, writing well researched articles and publishing them, taking part in online forums and chat rooms.

Make your career research visible and communicate where you are and the progress you experience. This process of building a trusted online presence establishes you as an expert in your field as well. Remember, you do NOT have to be old and have two degrees to build an expert presence on the web.

The process of establishing yourself as an expert on the web is the best place for every single individual to grow in the area of their interest. Your career research and staying with your trends evolves much faster, you have a written record the world potentially reads and comments on!

Taking part in a group opens the possibility of being adopted by a mentor that fits your requirements. Remember WIFY and WIFM, What Is in it For You and What is in it For Me. You are adopted because you have value to add to your mentor. Being mentored by an expert in your field of interest hooks you into current trends in a big way! A big part of your career research is engaging experts in the areas of your career you would like to expand and hone.

Use your current relationships to get access to the fraternity around your field of interest. Think of friends and their relationships, your family and people they know and at work, who could help you get access?

Doing what you love doing and being part of that fraternity globally ensures you are always up to date. Inevitably you move into and out of trends matching your focus and interest on queue.

Create your own deadline or compelling event
Why would one create a compelling event or deadline for yourself?
Successful company builders know that people can and should be stretched. Unre Visagie built many successful companies. He stretches the people that work with him in building these companies; people discover depths within them they never knew they had. The knowledge successful company builders have is to know when to stop expecting more from an individual and allow that specific growth curve to play itself out. The trick is that anyone wanting to grow their careers can apply this same “pressure” to themselves in building their own successful careers. Have a career builder attitude!
What is compelling events or deadlines?
A compelling event is something that’s going to happen and bears serious consequences on the day of the event, if certain criterion is not met. A deadline is a date or time something must be done; a deadline could be a compelling event. For the remainder of this section we use Compelling Event and Deadline interchangeably; this process is about getting work done, having fun and growing ones career, in the spirit of growing careers, the two terms are the same.
How would one go about setting your own deadline?
Career Builder learned from working with many individual careers. A good place to begin is to grow a win-win mindset! When one has a win-win mindset growth happens almost on autopilot. Ones environment becomes electric and more people become involved in achieving the goals you set for yourself. People want to be part of something that is alive and excels. Build your career by setting your own deadlines. Set your own goals and work hard to achieve these goals. Remember to always stay flexible to absorb opportunities that may arise. Be careful not to chase down ones goals in a destructive manner to the of what’s happening around you. Develop your unique win-win mindset and involve other people; growing their careers in the process of achieving your goals. Such a person is always wanted in any team! Career Builder call this process “Create your own compelling events”, in other words create your own deadlines.
Coaching session implementing Create your own compelling events:
Nadine
Why would one want to create your own deadlines?
Barry
It creates an environment of growth around you. You will need extra resources; acquiring those resources to get the job done will fast-track your growth in career skills. Deadlines, ones you created or otherwise, get the job done and that’s always a good thing J
Nadine
Which career skills will one typically expand when I create my own deadlines?
Barry
Skills like delegation, questioning skills, listening skills and Overcoming ones fear of the unknown to name but a few.
Nadine
How do I create my own compelling events?
Barry
Prioritize your work. Those tasks and projects at the top is the place to begin. Ask questions like:
Do these projects have deadlines?
If not set a reasonable time for them to be completed.
Which extra resources will I need to complete these projects?
Get these resources, use delegation.
Ask yourself what the one with the resources you have needs that you can offer.
If the project does have a deadline, can I complete the project before the deadline date?
Can I create “small” compelling events before the big date that will assist me in completing certain tasks faster?
Create mini projects out of certain aspects of the bigger project.
Nadine
How would I manage these compelling events I set for myself?
Barry
Use organizing and communication processes to do this. There are many tools, CareerDevelopmentPlan and Alephsynergy will have all the tools you need.
Nadine
If I am unable to complete the deadlines I set for myself, how should one handle this?
Barry
Knowing that you worked hard to complete this deadline, the only thing you can do is learn from what happened. Make some time and review what you did, ask yourself questions like:
What could one have done differently?
Which other resources could one have used?
Which of the tools, methods and processes one used worked and which did not work?
Why did they work and, if not, why did they not work?
Which skills did I learn through creating my own compelling events?
Use questioning skills.
Remember to make time and see how much you grew in the process. Do not just focus on the things that did not work…
Take an orange from your backpack of life, sit down on the mountain you are climbing and look back at the view. Appreciate the effort it took to climb to where you are and enjoy the new skills you have learned.

Create your own deadline or compelling event

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I Ask

Why would one create a compelling event or deadline for yourself?

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I Answer

Successful company builders know that people can and should be stretched. Unre Visagie built many successful companies. He stretches the people that work with him in building these companies; people discover depths within them they never knew they had. The knowledge successful company builders have is to know when to stop expecting more from an individual and allow that specific growth curve to play itself out. The trick is that anyone wanting to grow their careers can apply this same “pressure” to themselves in building their own successful careers. Have a career builder attitude!

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I Ask

What is compelling events or deadlines?

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I Answer

A compelling event is something that’s going to happen and bears serious consequences on the day of the event, if certain criterion is not met. A deadline is a date or time something must be done; a deadline could be a compelling event. For the remainder of this section we use Compelling Event and Deadline interchangeably; this process is about getting work done, having fun and growing one’s career, in the spirit of growing careers, the two terms are the same.

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I Ask

How would one go about setting your own deadline?

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I Answer

Career Builder learned from working with many individual careers. A good place to begin is to grow a win-win mindset! When one has a win-win mindset growth happens almost on autopilot. One’s environment becomes electric and more people become involved in achieving the goals you set for yourself. People want to be part of something that is alive and excels.

Build your career by setting your own deadlines. Set your own goals and work hard to achieve these goals. Remember to always stay flexible to absorb opportunities that may arise. Be careful not to chase down one’s goals in a destructive manner. Develop your unique win-win mindset and involve other people; growing their careers in the process of achieving your goals. Such a person is always wanted in any team! Career Builder call this process “Create your own compelling events”, in other words create your own deadlines.

Coaching session implementing Create your own compelling events:

Nadine

Why would one want to create your own deadlines?

Barry

It creates an environment of growth around you. You will need extra resources; acquiring those resources to get the job done will fast-track your growth in career skills. Deadlines, ones you created or otherwise, gets the job done and that’s always a good thing.

Nadine

Which career skills will I typically expand when I create my own deadlines?

Barry

Skills like delegation, questioning skills, listening skills and overcoming one’s fear of the unknown, to name but a few.

Nadine

How do I create my own compelling events?

Barry

Prioritize your work. Those tasks and projects at the top is the place to begin. Ask questions like:

  • Do these projects have deadlines?
    • If not set a reasonable time for them to be completed.
  • Which extra resources will I need to complete these projects?
    • Get these resources: use delegation.
  • Ask yourself what the one with the resources needs that you can offer.
  • If the project does have a deadline, can I complete the project before the deadline date?
  • Can I create “small” compelling events before the big date that will assist me in completing certain tasks faster?
  • Create mini projects out of certain aspects of the bigger project.

Nadine

How would I manage these compelling events I set for myself?

Barry

Use organizing and communication processes to do this. There are many tools, CareerDevelopmentPlan and Alephsynergy will have all the tools you need.

Nadine

If I am unable to complete the deadlines I set for myself, how should I handle this?

Barry

Knowing that you worked hard to complete this deadline, the only thing you can do is learn from what happened. Make some time and review what you did, ask yourself questions like:

  • What could I have done differently?
  • Which other resources could I have used?
  • Which of the tools, methods and processes I used worked and which did not work?
  • Why did they work and, if not, why did they not work?
  • Which skills did I learn through creating my own compelling events?
  • Use questioning skills.
  • Remember to make time and see how much you grew in the process. Do not just focus on the things that did not work…

Take an orange from your backpack of life, sit down on the mountain you are climbing and look back at the view. Appreciate the effort it took to climb to where you are and enjoy the new skills you have learned.

Delegate and grow your own as well as other careers
What is delegation?
It is when one is able to give the work you do not enjoy doing to another who does enjoy doing that work, but you stay responsible for getting the job done on time. Successful delegation is when another person excels in their careers because they enjoy doing the work you do not enjoy doing. Read more on the practical application of this process on the Explanation page…
An example:
When we were learning from Hewlett Packard, an HP manager was expected to assist in the promotion of at least two people, from their team, into position higher than his/her own. HP managers transferred their skills through delegating work to those in their team, always keeping responsibility for the work to be done on time. Never abdicating, always delegating.
This ensured the people in Hewlett Packard kept on developing and growing their careers. Inherently Hewlett Packard as a company developed and expanded as well! Hewlett Packard is a greenhouse for developing the careers of its people.
Coaching session implementing delegation:
The team leader for the Alephsynergy is Unre. A member of this team is Nicholas. Aleph publishes the knowledge of successful people and companies on the internet. Unre wants the process of Find a Career Coach written and published as soon as possible. He does not just abdicate the responsibility of getting this process published; he guides when Nicholas gets stuck and is always available to answer questions. The ultimate responsibility of getting the page published remains with Unre.
Unre:
Nicholas, the process of Find a Career Coach needs to be published on the Career Builder web site.
Nicholas:
I have the skills to package and publish the Find a Career Coach process; I do not have the necessary in depth knowledge on career coaching to package this knowledge on my own though.
Unre:
With the team of career coaches at Career Builder we have all the coaching knowledge necessary to complete this process. Ask them to help you build this process, I will assist as well.
Nicholas:
How would I go about getting this knowledge from the team of Career Builder coaches?
Unre:
Make appointments with each coach. Every one of them is experts in a certain aspect of career building. They have had unique experiences in building their own careers and are currently focused on specific areas of building businesses and careers. Learn what these specific areas of career and business building skills are and package this knowledge into the Find a Career Coach process.
Nicholas:
How would I get this knowledge from them?
Unre:
Use the questioning and listening skills from the Career Development Guide. If you don’t fully understand how to implement these skills effectively, come to me with your questions.
Unre does not enjoy writing and clarifying information. He delegates these functions to Nicholas who does enjoy doing this. Nicholas lacks the in-depth knowledge concerning the Find a Career Coach process and relies on Unre and the rest of the expert team to supply this information. The process of Find a Career Coach gets written and clarified.
Unre will be available for questions concerning the Find a Career Coach process. There will be new skills Nicholas needs to learn in order to complete the Find a Career Coach project successfully. Even if he does not ask questions, Unre will set a specific time aside on a regular basis for coaching and mentoring; expecting Nicholas to bring a few, never before asked questions to these meetings. Read more on the Delegation Explained page…

Delegate and grow your own as well as other careers

What is delegation?

It is when one is able to give the work you do not enjoy doing to another who does enjoy doing that work, but you stay responsible for getting the job done on time. Successful delegation is when another person excels in their careers because they enjoy doing the work you do not enjoy doing. Read more on the practical application of this process on the Explanation page…

An example

When we were learning from Hewlett Packard, an HP manager was expected to assist in the promotion of at least two people, from their team, into positions higher than his/her own. HP managers transferred their skills through delegating work to those in their team, always keeping responsibility for the work to be done on time. Never abdicating, always delegating.

This ensured the people in Hewlett Packard kept on developing and growing their careers. Inherently Hewlett Packard as a company developed and expanded as well! Hewlett Packard is a greenhouse for developing the careers of its people.

Coaching session implementing delegation

The team leader for Alephsynergy is Unre. A member of this team is Nicholas. Aleph publishes the knowledge of successful people and companies on the internet. Unre wants the process of Find a Career Coach written and published as soon as possible. He does not just abdicate the responsibility of getting this process published; he guides when Nicholas gets stuck and is always available to answer questions. The ultimate responsibility of getting the page published remains with Unre.

Unre

Nicholas, the process of Find a Career Coach needs to be published on the Career Builder web site.

Nicholas

I have the skills to package and publish the Find a Career Coach process; I do not have the necessary in-depth knowledge on career coaching to package this knowledge on my own though.

Unre

With the team of career coaches at Career Builder we have all the coaching knowledge necessary to complete this process. Ask them to help you build this process, I will assist as well.

Nicholas

How would I go about getting this knowledge from the team of Career Builder coaches?

Unre

Make appointments with each coach. Every one of them is experts in a certain aspect of career building. They have had unique experiences in building their own careers and are currently focused on specific areas of building businesses and careers. Learn what these specific areas of career and business building skills are and package this knowledge into the Find a Career Coach process.

Nicholas

How would I get this knowledge from them?

Unre

Use the questioning and listening skills from the Career Development Guide. If you don’t fully understand how to implement these skills effectively, come to me with your questions.

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Unre does not enjoy writing and clarifying information. He delegates these functions to Nicholas who does enjoy doing this. Nicholas lacks the in-depth knowledge concerning the Find a Career Coach process and relies on Unre and the rest of the expert team to supply this information. The process of Find a Career Coach gets written and clarified.

Unre will be available for questions concerning the Find a Career Coach process. There will be new skills Nicholas needs to learn in order to complete the Find a Career Coach project successfully. Even if he does not ask questions, Unre will set a specific time aside on a regular basis for coaching and mentoring; expecting Nicholas to bring a few, never before asked questions to these meetings. Read more on the Delegation Explained page…

Building a career is similar to starting a small business
We have found that being a career builder one face very much the same risks as when starting a small business. Some of the most compelling risks when starting a small business include:
The maturity of the concept used when starting a small business
The strength of the team starting a small business
Supply chain maturity and stability
The network supporting one in starting a small business
Certainty and clarity on the distribution channel
Proven demand from an identified end client
Are emotional hooks on the end client, suppliers and the support channel in place in place?
Does the purposed concept fit with the end clients’ expectations?
We have built many businesses and hope to bring this knowledge to a global audience of career builders. We are currently in the process of packaging this knowledge to fit the needs of a career builder. This knowledge will also be of great value to small business owners. We will keep our visitors up to date via our RSS feed and ezine.
For more on the risks of a business please visit:
The risks of business on Alephsynergy.com
The stages of growth in an entrepreneurial company (W&T guide)
We will keep you updated via our RSS feed.

Building a career is similar to starting a small business

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I Advise

We have found that being a career builder one face very much the same risks as when starting a small business.

Some of the most compelling risks when starting a small business include:

  • The maturity of the concept used when starting a small business.
  • The strength of the team starting a small business.
  • Supply chain maturity and stability.
  • The network supporting one in starting a small business.
  • Certainty and clarity on the distribution channel.
  • Proven demand from an identified end client.
  • Are emotional hooks on the end client, suppliers and the support channel in place?
  • Does the proposed concept fit with the end clients’ expectations?

We have built many businesses and hope to bring this knowledge to a global audience of career builders. We are currently in the process of packaging this knowledge to fit the needs of a career builder. This knowledge will also be of great value to small business owners.

For more on the risks of a business please visit:

The risks of business on Alephsynergy.com

The stages of growth in an entrepreneurial company

We recommend getting acquainted with the Career Development Guide:
The Walk and Talk table of content
Using the Career Development Guide
Preface to the Career Development Guide
The Cast of Characters in the Career Development Guide
The Career Development Guide was developed from the fundamental knowledge that cause a business to succeed or a career to thrive. Career Builder has identified the knowledge the top half percent of successful individuals and businesses apply daily. The Career Development Guide consists of this knowledge and was compiled by career and business experts over a period of ten years.
Lets use communication as an example. One should ask the question, am I able to constructively give and receive feedback? Bridge the feedback gap. Do you sometimes find yourself in a tight spot because the request and the result do not match? By practicing ones listening skills and questioning skills heaps of problems will just vanish! We have compiled the knowledge successful career builders apply daily to turn challenges into opportunities, use the Walk the Talk guide.
Communication skills are only one of the many topics covered in the Career Development Guide. We have published a free version on the web and know you will find the greatest career building value in its pages.
The Career Development Guide was developed over years of learning and gathering the knowledge contained in its pages. The development cost for the Career Builder guide was close to $200 000 and a version is freely available on Career Builder!
When you apply the information contained in its pages, please let us know how we can better this knowledge to address your career challenges more efficiently.

We recommend getting acquainted with the Career Development Guide:

The Walk and Talk table of content

Using the Career Development Guide

Preface to the Career Development Guide

The Cast of Characters in the Career Development Guide

The Career Development Guide was developed from the fundamental knowledge that cause a business to succeed or a career to thrive. Career Builder has identified the knowledge the top half percent of successful individuals and businesses apply daily. The Career Development Guide consists of this knowledge and was compiled by career and business experts over a period of ten years.

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Let’s use communication as an example. One should ask the question: am I able to constructively give and receive feedback? Bridge the feedback gap. Do you sometimes find yourself in a tight spot because the request and the result do not match? By practicing one’s listening skills and questioning skills heaps of problems will just vanish! We have compiled the knowledge successful career builders apply daily to turn challenges into opportunities, use the Walk the Talk guide.

Communication skills are only one of the many topics covered in the Career Development Guide. We have published a free version on the web and know you will find the greatest career building value in its pages.

The Career Development Guide was developed over years of learning and gathering the knowledge contained in its pages. The development cost for the Career Builder guide was close to $200 000 and a version is freely available on Career Builder!

When you apply the information contained in its pages, please let us know how we can better this knowledge to address your career challenges more efficiently.

Find a career coach in your environment
Find a career coach with the right relationships to develop your career and expand your career choices. Career Builder identified the essential career builder skills; use them to turn any career challenge into a career growth opportunity.
When experiencing frustration or fear in your career use these emotions as opportunities to fast track your career growth; use them to pro-actively grow your career!
Find a career coach ». Career Builder assisted and is still assisting thousands of people in their career growth. We worked with more than thirty entrepreneurs and coached them through the process of building successful running companies. We are still working with this group of entrepreneurs and their companies as well as a new group of young entrepreneurs. Any successful business takes seven years to build. Career Builder coaching processes are forged in the fire of building these successful businesses and the development of the people running them; these processes are being used in many other companies as well.
We have found a few cornerstone skills to be essential in building a thriving career or business. Career Builder shares these with you before going onto our Find a Career Coach process. We discuss these skills in the form of coaching sessions on the Career Builder Coaching page and in more detail on the Actionable Career Skills page, these skills include:
Delegation
Create your own compelling events
Fear of the unknown
Pathologies
Frustration is just a trigger
Click here for the complete list…
Successful people and companies have a natural way of handling challenging situations. Career Builder observed, applied and understands this natural process.
Career Builder’s Walk and Talk method of career coaching was developed working with the best. Studying at Harvard Business School (Owner/President Management program) we came to understand the application of these processes in companies even better. Some of the Harvard Business School case studies included companies like Hewlett Packard, Volvo, Taco Bell, PepsiCo and many others. In the early seventies we were exposed to and learned from Hewlett Packard’s company processes; later this knowledge were implemented in our own companies.
We developed career coaching contracts and learned which processes worked and which did not. All these experiences with career coaching led us to the current simple set of skills we base our career coaching processes on. You can own and direct these processes to build your career. Work in a group when implementing these processes or take part in the Career Builder community forums; it always works best to implement a process with a group. The group can be directly or indirectly involved; or contact a Career Builder coach.
Where would you like to go?
Find a career coach
The difference between coaching, mentoring and councelling
Learn more about mentorship
Learn more about career councelling
At Career Builder we identified a few simple cornerstone skills we base our career coaching on. Click here for a complete list of these Career builder skills. We share these with you before going onto the Find a Career Coach process:
1. Delegate and grow
What is delegation?
Delegation is when one is able to give the work you do not enjoy doing to another who does enjoy doing that work, but you stay responsible for getting the job done on time. Successful delegation is when another person excels in their careers because they enjoy doing the work you do not enjoy doing or do not have time for. Read more on delegation…
A coaching session on delegation.
An article on delegation written by a Career Builder coach.
Read a case study on delegation:
Barry du Plessis
Leigh Harrison
2. Create your own compelling events / deadlines
Three tips to fast-track your career you can use right now:
Get a career coach by becoming a “sort of” expert in their interests and talk to them about these interests.
Find someone that loves the work you hate, delegate to them while staying responsible for this work.
When frustrated, ask yourself what is causing the frustration? Address this challenge before it explodes.
Successful company builders know that people can and should be stretched. Unre Visagie built many successful companies. He stretches the people that work with him in building these companies; people discover depths within them they never knew they had. The knowledge successful company builders have is to know when to stop expecting more from an individual and allow that specific growth curve to play itself out. The trick is that anyone wanting to grow their careers can apply this same “pressure” to themselves in building their own successful careers. Have a career builder attitude!
Read more on creating your own compelling events and learn from a coaching session on deadlines and compelling events….
3. Fear of the unknown
Making career choices based on what is unknown is always a source of uncertainty for most. We fear that which we do not know. Imagine looking down a very dark tunnel running straight down into the earth. You are expected to jump into this hole, you expect this of yourself or others expect this of you. To you this hole looks like it just goes down forever, a never ending drop into a very deep abyss…
Actually the hole is only two meters deep, but you don’t know that because you only see the black opening! We are too afraid to jump into this hole simply because we know nothing of it.
Read more on Fear of the unknown, you will also find a coaching session others learned from…
3. Find a career coach
Finding a career coach with the right relationships to develop your career and expand your choices is a simple one; it might not be quick though. One will practice engaging different people for the skills and knowledge you require from them, through being of value to them. Over time one becomes practiced and comfortable with the process of engaging experts, using the necessary skills in a natural way. If you have not yet, read through the list of skills Career Builder identified as fundamental career skills. This list matured through years of career and business building.
A good place to start is to have a broad understanding of coaching, mentoring and counseling:
Coaching
Mentoring
Counseling
When working with an expert as a mentor, be aware not to fall in the trap of counseling.
Engaging an expert person for they’re knowledge, resources and skills, there are a few skills one will use:
Emotional awareness
Signal to transform into a positive mindset
Turn all emotional experiences into selected actions
Growing a win-win mindset
Interpersonal skills through actions
Covey’s Seven Habits of highly effective people
Giving and receiving information
Responding to anger signals
Productive listening
Effective questioning
The next step
Get to know the expert’s environment. Following is a list of possible actions to take, add or remove actions that fit your unique situation.
Read about the individual in books, newspaper, magazines and on the internet.
Talk to others about the individual.
What is this person interested in, hobbies, current projects, which topics is of interest to him/her?
Strive to spend time within the circles where he or she spends time.
Through gathering this information, always try to identify places where you will be able to add value to this individual. How would be able to make a positive difference to this individuals life? For example, the expert individual you would like to work with likes to build model aircraft. You are able to acquire such models at a discounted price. You have something of value to offer!
Remember to always be professional in your approach! Build relationship in an open manner, don’t be clandestine about your dealings, you might look like a stalker!
Talk to the expert every chance you get, share with them that you would love to learn from them. Ask how they think you would be able to add value them in exchange for their time. Always have a few suggestions how you would be able to add value.
Ask for advice and practice your “expert acquiring” skills at our community forums.
Find a career coach will grow and mature over the next months. Sign up for our Career Builder Ezine if you would like to stay up to date.
The complete list of Career Builder skills:
Delegation
Deadlines or Compelling events
We fear what we do not know or understand
Pathologies
Frustration is just a trigger
Flexible and adaptive way of handling people
Work in the center, not the individual
Having an “Everybody benefits” attitude
Burnout
Stress
Motivation

Find a career coach in your environment

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Find a career coach with the right relationships to develop your career and expand your career choices. Career Builder identified the essential career builder skills; use them to turn any career challenge into a career growth opportunity.

When experiencing frustration or fear in your career use these emotions as opportunities to fast track your career growth; use them to pro-actively grow your career!

Find a career coach

Career Builder assisted and is still assisting thousands of people in their career growth. We worked with more than thirty entrepreneurs and coached them through the process of building successful running companies. We are still working with this group of entrepreneurs and their companies as well as a new group of young entrepreneurs. Any successful business takes seven years to build.

Career Builder coaching processes are forged in the fire of building these successful businesses and the development of the people running them; these processes are being used in many other companies as well.

We have found a few cornerstone skills to be essential in building a thriving career or business. Career Builder shares these with you before going onto our Find a Career Coach process. We discuss these skills in the form of coaching sessions on the Career Builder Coaching page and in more detail on the Actionable Career Skills page, these skills include:

  1. Delegation
  2. Deadlines or Compelling events
  3. We fear what we do not know or understand
  4. Pathologies
  5. Frustration is just a trigger
  6. Flexible and adaptive way of handling people
  7. Work in the center, not the individual
  8. Having an “Everybody Benefits” attitude
  9. Burnout
  10. Stress
  11. Motivation
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I Explain

Successful people and companies have a natural way of handling challenging situations. Career Builder observed, applied and understands this natural process.

Career Builder’s Walk and Talk method of career coaching was developed working with the best. Studying at Harvard Business School (Owner/President Management program) we came to understand the application of these processes in companies even better. Some of the Harvard Business School case studies included companies like Hewlett Packard, Volvo, Taco Bell, PepsiCo and many others. In the early seventies we were exposed to and learned from Hewlett Packard company processes; later this knowledge was implemented in our own companies.

We developed career coaching contracts and learned which processes worked and which did not. All these experiences with career coaching led us to the current simple set of skills we base our career coaching processes on. You can own and direct these processes to build your career. Work in a group when implementing these processes or take part in the Career Builder community forums; it always works best to implement a process with a group. The group can be directly or indirectly involved; or contact a Career Builder coach.

1. Delegate and grow

What is delegation?

Delegation is when one is able to give the work you do not enjoy doing to another who does enjoy doing that work, but you stay responsible for getting the job done on time. Successful delegation is when another person excels in their careers because they enjoy doing the work you do not enjoy doing or do not have time for. Read more on delegation

2. Create your own compelling events / deadlines

Three tips to fast-track your career you can use right now:

Successful company builders know that people can and should be stretched. Unre Visagie built many successful companies. He stretches the people that work with him in building these companies; people discover depths within them they never knew existed. The knowledge successful company builders have is to know when to stop expecting more from an individual and allow that specific growth curve to play itself out. The trick is that anyone wanting to grow their careers can apply this same “pressure” to themselves in building their own successful careers. Have a career builder attitude!
Read more on creating your own compelling events and learn from a coaching session on deadlines and compelling events….

3. Fear of the unknown

Making career choices based on what is unknown is always a source of uncertainty for most. We fear that which we do not know. Imagine looking down a very dark tunnel running straight down into the earth. You are expected to jump into this hole, you expect this of yourself or others expect this of you. To you this hole looks like it just goes down forever, a never ending drop into a very deep abyss…
Actually the hole is only two meters deep, but you don’t know that because you only see the black opening! We are too afraid to jump into this hole simply because we know nothing of it.
Read more on Fear of the unknown, you will also find a coaching session others learned from

Find a career coach

Finding a career coach with the right relationships to develop your career and expand your choices is a simple one; it might not be quick though. One will practice engaging different people for the skills and knowledge you require from them, through being of value to them. Over time one becomes practiced and comfortable with the process of engaging experts, using the necessary skills in a natural way. If you have not yet, read through the list of skills Career Builder identified as fundamental career skills. This list matured through years of career and business building.
A good place to start is to have a broad understanding of coaching, mentoring and counseling:

  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Counseling

When working with an expert as a mentor, be aware not to fall in the trap of counseling.

Engaging an expert person for their knowledge, resources and skills, there are a few skills one will use:

The next step

Get to know the expert’s environment. Following is a list of possible actions to take, add or remove actions that fit your unique situation.

  • Read about the individual in books, newspaper, magazines and on the internet.
  • Talk to others about the individual.
  • What is this person interested in: hobbies, current projects, which topics is of interest to him/her?
  • Strive to spend time within the circles where he or she spends time.

Through gathering this information, always try to identify places where you will be able to add value to this individual. How would you be able to make a positive difference to this individual’s life? For example, the expert individual you would like to work with likes to build model aircraft. You are able to acquire such models at a discounted price. You have something of value to offer!

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Remember to always be professional in your approach! Build relationship in an open manner, don’t be clandestine about your dealings; you might look like a stalker!

Talk to the expert every chance you get, share with them that you would love to learn from them. Ask how they think you would be able to add value them in exchange for their time. Always have a few suggestions how you would be able to add value.

Ask for advice and practice your “expert acquiring” skills at our community forums.

Explanation of the following skills will follow shortly:

  1. Delegation
  2. Deadlines or Compelling events
  3. We fear what we do not know or understand
  4. Pathologies
  5. Frustration is just a trigger
  6. Flexible and adaptive way of handling people
  7. Work in the center, not the individual
  8. Having an “Everybody Benefits” attitude
  9. Burnout
  10. Stress
  11. Motivation
What to do before you start a job search
Following is a list of job search sites we found to be the best:
International job sites:
Yajoo! Hot jobs
Monster
CareerBuilder.com
South African job sites:
Career Junction.co.za
PNet.co.za
United Kingdom job sites:
Monster.co.uk
Jobbsite.co.uk
American job sites:
Monster.com
JobbankUSA.com
Asian job sites:
JobAsia.com
Before you consider starting a search, writing your resume or aiming for that promotion
You have to read this!
What every serious career builder must do before starting their job search!
A job search can turn your life upside down, or you can decide to turn it right side up! Remember to peel an orange. Read on…
Table of content:
1.Introduction
Why would one fail?
Why do only some succeed?
2. Why are you looking?
You might not have to!
3. Some presentations
A Work Triangle to use daily
4. Have a PLAN!
Questions and your answers build a puzzle
Mind like water
Peel an orange
Get the lay of the land
What do you need for the journey?
Pack your bag
Head on out into the blue!
Remember to PEEL AN ORANGE!
5. What next?
6. A Global community of support
7. Other resources
What every Career Builder must know before starting a job search, writing that resume or aiming for a promotion!
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Introduction
Know what you want and it will be obvious to others, making your job search that much easier or getting that promotion you want!
If one does not have a plan when looking for that next career move, planning your job search, working to get that promotion or compiling ones resume; the manner in which one presents self is rarely the best it could be. Have a plan.
People with a plan succeed in what they set out to achieve. Ask yourself the question – Where do I see myself in five years, three years, in the next six months? Spend some time on this question, write your answers down and elaborate on them; we give a list of questions to get you started later on in the document. Write everything that comes to mind, if it means almost writing a small book on the things that triggers in ones mind, then GREAT! The more one has to work with in creating a plan, the better. You will also have the material with which to write your resume and starting your job search.
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One of the biggest causes of a failed job search, landing a less than perfect job or not getting that hard earned promotion is because ones direction is unclear. As in the story of Alice in wonderland:
Alice : “Which road should I take?”
Rabbit: “Well, where are you going?”
Alice : “I don’t know.”
Rabbit: “Well, then I suppose any old road will do.”
I might have my characters a bit mixed up, but the concept remains simple. Know which road, mountain pass or turn-off to take when presented with the choice; or else “Any old road will do” and 99% of the time that road will take you to “Any old place.”
Remember to peel an orange every now and again.
Why are you looking?
Some of the reasons you will find yourself in a job search position is either
You have learned all you could in your current job and want to move on, starting to plan your job search already.
You feel you have earned that career promotion and are looking for the best way to get it.
You have finished your studies and are looking for the best first career move, your first and very crucial job search.
Whichever one it is, before the job search breathes its first breath, formulate your plan.
You might not have to be looking
If you are already working with a company you might not have to be busy planning your job search, read on…
Complete the whole process of putting together your plan. Read this page from beginning to end and follow the guidelines on it. At the appropriate time, complete your resume; it will become clear when this is.
Make a list of all the companies you would like to go and work with. Do a bit of research on each of these companies, if it is convenient, talk to someone currently employed by these companies. Write down why you would like to work with these companies and what you don’t like – the pros and cons. Why do you think these companies will be able to provide you with a better environment to achieve your career goals?
This whole process of gathering info should not take you longer than a few days – one does not want to spend too much time on this.
Why all this trouble?
We found that taking incremental steps toward achieving your career objectives is often times the best way to go about growing your career. And the company you are currently working with might be a goldfield in disguise!
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Some presentations
Have a look at the following presentation, it was created for a local project we are part of, but should trigger some thoughts.
Work triangle presentation for a specific project.
Here is a simple graphic explaining the process in short.
Have a PLAN
Before taking a job search head-on, every Career Builder should have a plan of action. Every individual intuitively knows what they want; we all have a unique in-built map. The most challenging thing is to make sense of that map and to know how to get where you want to be!
Here at Aleph we have accumulated substantial knowledge on how to build careers and businesses; it is packaged into our Walk & Talk guide and a version of this guide is freely available on Careersdevelopmentplan.net. Every person has unique belief systems, needs and perspectives and will always take on a job search in a wonderfully unique manner. The one universal truth – if you don’t now where you are going, any old road will do… We have worked with many individuals and assisted them in putting together a plan; we have worked with the experts who understand these processes and packaged their knowledge into our Walk & Talk guide for careers. We spent the last years fusing all the theoretical knowledge into a whole. Careerdevelopmentplan.net is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with the world one individual at a time; we are working to create a community where people will freely share their career experiences and build one another!
If you want to know more about this community, please click here.
PLAN – before the job search
Clear your mind , one needs to get all the information on the table concerned with where you see your career heading. The best way to do this is to ask another person to assist you, preferably a trusted, more experienced and older individual to ask you the list of questions listed below as well as their own questions. It is always best to talk ones mind to another individual, if they just listen and ask questions, you are able to hear yourself and structure your thoughts. Talking to another person will clarify your plan and make your job search or next career move clear and implement-able.
Here’s a list of some of the questions we use in our coaching sessions:
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Do you feel sufficiently challenged by your current career position?
If no, what is missing?
If yes, how could you make better use of your opportunities?
Are you currently where you want to be in your career?
If no, where would you rather be?
If yes, what are the reasons for planning a next career move?
Are you happy with your current salary?
If no, what do you think you are worth and why, what can you change to get paid what you are worth?
If yes, do you think you could grow your life income and how?
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There are other questions later in this report concerned with more detailed actions to take toward planning your job search or getting that promotion. The purpose of the above list is to give one a big picture view of where you are currently, where you are headed and where you would want to be ideally.
With all the above said and done its time to sit back and spend some quality thinking and writing time. Go and make yourself a warm cup of something nice and slowly read through all the answers you wrote down. If more thoughts and information trigger in your mind, write them down as well.
This initial process of clearing ones mind is very important. One should have a mind like a pond when formulating the plan on which you will base your next best career move; then start your job search. You are able to formulate a big picture and peacefully, skillfully integrate the detail and fit the pieces of this exciting puzzle of growth into the whole!
“…the “mind like water” concept… When you throw a pebble into a pond, what does the water do? It responds with total appropriateness to the force and mass of the rock. It does nothing more and nothing less. It doesn’t overreact or under-react. It doesn’t react at all. It simply interacts with whatever comes to it and then returns to its natural state.” – David Allen, Getting Things Done
In our team we like to remind one another to stop climbing the mountain of life, sit down, look back and peel an orange; else you might get way too tired, fall over a cliff and have to walk all the way back up again! We all have a very unique road we walk and sometimes the mountain in front of us seems to be very, very big indeed. We just keep on walking, climbing, anything to get over this mountain and onto the next one!
Climbing these mountains means learning and growing, this is sometimes hard, but we rarely stop and take note of the wonderful things we learn from climbing. We don’t sit back and peel an orange. Regularly take a breather, choose an orange from your rucksack, sit back, look back, relax and enjoy the view; life is a journey, not a race.
Once you have answered the list of questions above, you have peeled your orange and are ready to have a look at the panorama in front of you; you have surveyed your map in earnest and have a good idea of how to go about your job search or promotion plan. Now, the only question remaining is where do you want to be on that map?
From answering the questions or sitting back and peeling an orange, one should have a very good idea of the lay of the land. Where are the valleys and the peaks? Which route would be the best one to take to get to my destination? Remember the easiest route is very rarely the best route. Determine which road has the most supplies on the way to your next stop. Which road is the most scenic and the most fun to take? Life is a journey, not a destination.
Now we need to determine what one should pack for this journey. What am I going to need to go about my job search or promotion plan the best?
What does one need for the journey?
For example, there is a very high cliff between me and my first stop; I will need a rope and some climbing gear. In life it is not much different. Let’s say you want to get a promotion or plan a job search. Here is a list of detail questions to get you going:
Which skills does an individual in that specific position need?
What am I going to do to get those skills?
Who do I have to get to know to be able to understand what would be required from me to get the promotion or the job?
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This is a get you going in the right direction list of questions. If you want one of our coaches to take you through this process in detail please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.
These are guiding questions in determining what equipment one needs to get to the next stop. Remember to walk and plan one day at a time. Have a big picture in mind, not a big plan implemented in one day idea. Baby steps will get one there!
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Pack your bag
Which equipment comes first, what will I need first and what will I need later? By now one has a very good idea of where you are headed and what will be required to get there. Now all that remains is to determine which one of these things/skills, identified as necessary to reach my first stop, will I need first and what do I need to do to get it packed into my bag? What is the action steps necessary toward achieving this first task, then objective, then goal and then packed in my backpack ready to go!
Maybe one needs to go to a communication workshop to sharpen specific skills. Delegation should also be very well understood by all Career Builders. What about listening skills, questioning skills? Are these skills up to scratch? For a complete list of the skills forming part of a Career Builders’ foundation, feel free to use our Walk & Talk guide.
Head out into the blue!
Your bag is packed and you are ready to head out toward that first stop. It is sometimes so easy to get stuck in one place. Don’t get caught by the fear of moving out into the unknown! If your backpack is packed as well as you can possibly pack it with what you think is necessary, then head out, don’t tinker with more supplies and better knowledge. The lighter you are packed, the more fun it will be to get to the next stop. You won’t get as tired either and will appreciate the awesome view even more! There will be many resources and opportunities on the way to stock up and go again. If one recognizes an opportunity along the way and know it will add to your journey, take it!
Just don’t get sidetracked from from your ultimate destination, but stay flexible, have fun, know what you want to achieve today and fit the surprises into your plan. It’s always more fun when one stops and has that chat with fellow travelers.
And remember to PEEL AN ORANGE!
What next?
Once your plan is first round completed, you know where you want to go and you have the action steps to get there, start building your resume. A resume should be an ongoing part of a Career Builders life. One uses it as a measurement, update your resume every three months and see how you have grown and mastered new knowledge! It is a peel an orange moment and builds confidence. Even if you are not planning a job search, keep your resume up to date.
A great way to get words for describing yourself is doing a few self discovery exercises on the web. The results from these questionnaires contain words that you can use in your resume to describe yourself. We give a short summary of this at the top of our resume page as well. In future publications, we will give more in-depth information on the process of determining what kind of work environment suits your unique person the best. Here are links to two such questionnaires:
Tickle.com
MAPP assessments
Recruiters are more and more using the web to verify an individual’s credibility. If they type your name into the Google search engine, yours should be in the top ten, preferably the very first on the list. Here are three individuals we are working with and created their web presence for them:
Nicholas Grobler
Unre Visagie
Dawie Roux
Type these names into Google and they are in the top ten. Getting your name on the web is becoming of higher and higher import before starting a job search. It builds credibility and the articles you publish on your web site concerned with your field of expertise, makes it obvious to a recruiter that you know what you are talking about. Have a look at our page on how to build a personal site.
If you have not come to realize that you can achieve your short term goals at your company, then now is the time to implement that job search. When one has a plan, identifying the next company you would enjoy working with almost becomes dropping of your resume at their door. Since you would have spoken to experts with access, you have identified the gaps you have and are working with experts to close these gaps. You have communicated your plan and cannot be ignored. Use our resume process to get you started on building a working resume.
Remember to refer back to our free version of the Walk & Talk guide for career building resources! Our guide will also be of huge value in implementing your job search.
If at any time you feel stuck, our coaches are available to “unstuck” you. Please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.
Global community of support
We are in the process of establishing the needs of fellow Career Builders across the globe and want to launch a forum. We envision this forum to be a place where Career Builders come to get input from others on career challenges they are facing. It would be fantastic if we could get your input on what such a forum should contain. Please send us your input.
Other resources
These resources can assist you in formulating your plan, planning your job search and building your resume.
Careerbuilder.com
Monster.com
Alec.co.uk
We have included links to more web sites in the free report that can assist one in getting ready for a job search, writing your resume as well as the job search itself.
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What to do before you start a job search

Following is a list of job search sites we found to be the best

International job sites

Yahoo! Hot jobs

Monster

CareerBuilder.com

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What every serious career builder must do before starting their job search!

Introduction

Know what you want and it will be obvious to others, making your job search that much easier or getting that promotion you want!

If one does not have a plan when looking for that next career move, planning your job search, working to get that promotion or compiling ones resume; the manner in which one presents self is rarely the best it could be. Have a plan.

People with a plan succeed in what they set out to achieve. Ask yourself the question – Where do I see myself in five years, three years, in the next six months? Spend some time on this question, write your answers down and elaborate on them; we give a list of questions to get you started later on in the document. Write everything that comes to mind, if it means almost writing a small book on the things that triggers in ones mind, then GREAT! The more one has to work with in creating a plan, the better. You will also have the material with which to write your resume and starting your job search.

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I Advise

One of the biggest causes of a failed job search, landing a less than perfect job or not getting that hard earned promotion is because one’s direction is unclear. As in the story of Alice in wonderland:

Alice : “Which road should I take?”

Rabbit: “Well, where are you going?”

Alice : “I don’t know.”

Rabbit: “Well, then I suppose any old road will do.”

I might have my characters a bit mixed up, but the concept remains simple. Know which road, mountain pass or turn-off to take when presented with the choice; or else “Any old road will do” and 99% of the time that road will take you to “Any old place.”

Why are you looking?

Some of the reasons you will find yourself in a job search position is either

  • You have learned all you could in your current job and want to move on, starting to plan your job search already.
  • You feel you have earned that career promotion and are looking for the best way to get it.
  • You have finished your studies and are looking for the best first career move, your first and very crucial job search.

Whichever one it is, before the job search breathes its first breath, formulate your plan.

You might not have to be looking

If you are already working with a company you might not have to be busy planning your job search, read on…

Complete the whole process of putting together your plan. Read this page from beginning to end and follow the guidelines on it. At the appropriate time, complete your resume; it will become clear when this is.

Make a list of all the companies you would like to go and work with. Do a bit of research on each of these companies, if it is convenient, talk to someone currently employed by these companies. Write down why you would like to work with these companies and what you don’t like – the pros and cons. Why do you think these companies will be able to provide you with a better environment to achieve your career goals?

This whole process of gathering info should not take you longer than a few days – one does not want to spend too much time on this.

Why all this trouble?

We found that taking incremental steps toward achieving your career objectives is often times the best way to go about growing your career. And the company you are currently working with might be a goldfield in disguise!

Have a PLAN

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I Explain

Before taking a job search head-on, every Career Builder should have a plan of action. Every individual intuitively knows what they want; we all have a unique in-built map. The most challenging thing is to make sense of that map and to know how to get where you want to be!

Here at Aleph we have accumulated substantial knowledge on how to build careers and businesses; it is packaged into our Walk & Talk guide and a version of this guide is freely available on Careersdevelopmentplan.net. Every person has unique belief systems, needs and perspectives and will always take on a job search in a wonderfully unique manner. The one universal truth – if you don’t now where you are going, any old road will do… We have worked with many individuals and assisted them in putting together a plan; we have worked with the experts who understand these processes and packaged their knowledge into our Walk & Talk guide for careers. We spent the last years fusing all the theoretical knowledge into a whole. Careerdevelopmentplan.net is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with the world one individual at a time; we are working to create a community where people will freely share their career experiences and build one another!

If you want to know more about this community, please click here.

PLAN – before the job search

Clear your mind , one needs to get all the information on the table concerned with where you see your career heading. The best way to do this is to ask another person to assist you, preferably a trusted, more experienced and older individual to ask you the list of questions listed below as well as their own questions. It is always best to talk ones mind to another individual, if they just listen and ask questions, you are able to hear yourself and structure your thoughts. Talking to another person will clarify your plan and make your job search or next career move clear and implement-able.

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I Answer

Here’s a list of some of the questions we use in our coaching sessions:

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Do you feel sufficiently challenged by your current career position?
    • If no, what is missing?
    • If yes, how could you make better use of your opportunities?
  • Are you currently where you want to be in your career?
    • If no, where would you rather be?
    • If yes, what are the reasons for planning a next career move?
  • Are you happy with your current salary?
    • If no, what do you think you are worth and why, what can you change to get paid what you are worth?
    • If yes, do you think you could grow your life income and how?

If you want one of our coaches to take you through this process please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.

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There are other questions later in this report concerned with more detailed actions to take toward planning your job search or getting that promotion. The purpose of the above list is to give one a big picture view of where you are currently, where you are headed and where you would want to be ideally.

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I Advise

With all the above said and done its time to sit back and spend some quality thinking and writing time. Go and make yourself a warm cup of something nice and slowly read through all the answers you wrote down. If more thoughts and information trigger in your mind, write them down as well.

This initial process of clearing ones mind is very important. One should have a mind like a pond when formulating the plan on which you will base your next best career move; then start your job search. You are able to formulate a big picture and peacefully, skillfully integrate the detail and fit the pieces of this exciting puzzle of growth into the whole!

…the “mind like water” concept… When you throw a pebble into a pond, what does the water do? It responds with total appropriateness to the force and mass of the rock. It does nothing more and nothing less. It doesn’t overreact or under-react. It doesn’t react at all. It simply interacts with whatever comes to it and then returns to its natural state.

– David Allen, Getting Things Done

In our team we like to remind one another to stop climbing the mountain of life, sit down, look back and peel an orange; else you might get way too tired, fall over a cliff and have to walk all the way back up again! We all have a very unique road we walk and sometimes the mountain in front of us seems to be very, very big indeed. We just keep on walking, climbing, anything to get over this mountain and onto the next one!

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Climbing these mountains means learning and growing, this is sometimes hard, but we rarely stop and take note of the wonderful things we learn from climbing. We don’t sit back and peel an orange. Regularly take a breather, choose an orange from your rucksack, sit back, look back, relax and enjoy the view; life is a journey, not a race.

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I Explain

Once you have answered the list of questions above, you have peeled your orange and are ready to have a look at the panorama in front of you; you have surveyed your map in earnest and have a good idea of how to go about your job search or promotion plan. Now, the only question remaining is where do you want to be on that map?

From answering the questions or sitting back and peeling an orange, one should have a very good idea of the lay of the land. Where are the valleys and the peaks? Which route would be the best one to take to get to my destination? Remember the easiest route is very rarely the best route. Determine which road has the most supplies on the way to your next stop. Which road is the most scenic and the most fun to take? Life is a journey, not a destination.

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Now we need to determine what one should pack for this journey. What am I going to need to go about my job search or promotion plan the best?

What does one need for the journey?

For example, there is a very high cliff between me and my first stop; I will need a rope and some climbing gear. In life it is not much different. Let’s say you want to get a promotion or plan a job search. Here is a list of detail questions to get you going:

  • Which skills does an individual in that specific position need?
  • What am I going to do to get those skills?
  • Who do I have to get to know to be able to understand what would be required from me to get the promotion or the job?

This is a get you going in the right direction list of questions. If you want one of our coaches to take you through this process in detail please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.

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These are guiding questions in determining what equipment one needs to get to the next stop. Remember to walk and plan one day at a time. Have the big picture in mind, not a big plan implemented in one day idea. Baby steps will get one there!

Pack your bag

Which equipment comes first, what will I need first and what will I need later? By now one has a very good idea of where you are headed and what will be required to get there. Now all that remains is to determine which one of these things/skills, identified as necessary to reach my first stop, will I need first and what do I need to do to get it packed into my bag? What is the action steps necessary toward achieving this first task, then objective, then goal and then packed in my backpack ready to go!

Maybe one needs to go to a communication workshop to sharpen specific skills. Delegation should also be very well understood by all Career Builders. What about listening skills, questioning skills? Are these skills up to scratch? For a complete list of the skills forming part of a Career Builders’ foundation, feel free to use our Walk & Talk guide.

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Head out into the blue!

Your bag is packed and you are ready to head out toward that first stop. It is sometimes so easy to get stuck in one place. Don’t get caught by the fear of moving out into the unknown! If your backpack is packed as well as you possibly can pack it with what you think is necessary, then head out, don’t tinker with more supplies and better knowledge. The lighter you are packed, the more fun it will be to get to the next stop. You won’t get as tired either and will appreciate the awesome view even more! There will be many resources and opportunities on the way to stock up and go again. If one recognizes an opportunity along the way and know it will add to your journey, take it!

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Just don’t get sidetracked from from your ultimate destination, but stay flexible, have fun, know what you want to achieve today and fit the surprises into your plan. It’s always more fun when one stops and has that chat with fellow travelers.

And remember to PEEL AN ORANGE!

What next?

Once your plan is first round completed, you know where you want to go and you have the action steps to get there, start building your resume. A resume should be an ongoing part of a Career Builders life. One uses it as a measurement, update your resume every three months and see how you have grown and mastered new knowledge! It is a peel an orange moment and builds confidence. Even if you are not planning a job search, keep your resume up to date.

A great way to get words for describing yourself is doing a few self discovery exercises on the web. The results from these questionnaires contain words that you can use in your resume to describe yourself. In future publications, we will give more in-depth information on the process of determining what kind of work environment suits your unique person the best. Here is such a link:

MAPP assessments

Recruiters are increasingly using the web to verify an individual’s credibility. If they type your name into the Google search engine, yours should be in the top ten, preferably the very first on the list. Here are three individuals we are working with and created their web presence for them:

Nicholas Grobler

Unre Visagie

Dawie Roux

Type these names into Google and they are in the top ten. Getting your name on the web is becoming of higher and higher importance before starting a job search. It builds credibility and the articles you publish on your web site concerned with your field of expertise, makes it obvious to a recruiter that you know what you are talking about. Have a look at our page on how to build a personal site.

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If you have not come to realize that you can achieve your short term goals at your company, then now is the time to implement that job search. When one has a plan, identifying the next company you would enjoy working with almost becomes dropping of your resume at their door. Since you would have spoken to experts with access, you have identified the gaps you have and are working with experts to close these gaps. You have communicated your plan and cannot be ignored. Use our resume process to get you started on building a working resume.

Remember to refer back to our free version of the Walk & Talk guide for career building resources! Our guide will also be of huge value in implementing your job search.

If at any time you feel stuck, our coaches are available to “unstuck” you. Please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.

Global community of support

We are in the process of establishing the needs of fellow Career Builders across the globe and want to launch a forum. We envision this forum to be a place where Career Builders come to get input from others on career challenges they are facing. It would be fantastic if we could get your input on what such a forum should contain. Please send us your input.

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