Do you feel your career needs a kick-start? Do you want to learn what motivates you and to know where you are going next? The world of work is changing fast and the 'job for life' is a long forgotten myth. 'Employability' has become the key word in a competitive world of short term contracts and frequent career changes. People today must be flexible in the skills and attributes they bring to the labour market This book, perceptively written and full of practical advice, tells you exactly what employability means and how to achieve it. Written to appeal to the broadest spectrum of readers, it will prove invaluable whether you are starting out on your career, returning to work, looking to change direction or coping with redundancy or early retirement. Learn to understand your motivations and grow confident in what you have to offer. In this relentless world, not even the employed are secure but must keep retraining to keep up with the accelerating pace of new work methods and technology. The unemployed must also hone their personal skills to transfer to the next challenging opportunity.
Table of Contents
Moving from employment to employability; Understanding how these changes are affecting me; Understanding the future of work; Progressing from stone-age club to gold watch; What is a job?; The decline and fall of the job; What has happened to make job certainty disappear?; Restructuring the workplace in the 21st century; Handling the issues - the government response; Handling the issues - the personal response; Facing up to the issues; Self-check questions; Case studies; Checklist summary; Action points; Getting to know yourself - what you are; Charting progress; Milestones; Recalling experiences; Considering my achievements; Identifying those who have influenced me; Self-check questions; Identifying what you do; Filling in the labels with the roles you hold; Maintaining your employability; Creating your own PEST; Being a rounded person; Rating your confidence in your employability; Case studies; Checklist summary; Action points; Getting to know yourself - who you are; Starting to feel comfortable with being you; Life mapping; Identifying our needs and desires; Listing your needs and desires; How will I be remembered?; My epitaph; Case studies; Checklist summary; Action points; Motivation at work; What motivates me?; Elton Mayo - acknowledging the human element; Abraham Maslow - satisfying in-built needs; Clayton Alderfer; Douglas McGregor - alternative ways of managing people; demotivation; Recognising values; How motivating employees can rescue an industry; Case studies; Checklist summary; Action points; Understanding what I have to offer; Understanding what employers seek; Developing your transferable skills; Identifying your transferable skills; Becoming a swot; Devising your own SWOT; Describing ourselves; Case studies; Checklist summary; Action points; Developing your skills; Needing to offer more than qualifications and experience; Communicating effectively; Networking; How good are you at team-working(Belbin roles)?; Team-working with colleagues; How good do you think you are at being a team-player?; Seizing opportunities to enhance your skills; Opportunities you can seize; Mentoring; Case studies; Summary checklist; Action points; Assessing your attitude to life; Recognising yourself; Identifying my personal values; What is your attitude to life?; Are you an optimist or a pessimist?; Emotional intelligence; Knowing what suits you; Personality Types (Myers-Briggs approach); Checking the lifeboat; Case studies; Checklist summary; Action points; Where am I going next?; Making the most of choices; Accessing support networks; Managing time; Managing stress; Marketing yourself; Maintaining your employability; Applying for jobs; Completing the application form; Devising your curriculum vitae; Writing your letter of application; Preparing for your interview; Case studies; Checklist summary; Action points; Action planning; Devising an action plan; Keeping me in mind; Prioritising activities; Talking myself up; Evaluating progress; Evaluating by considering key points; Case studies; Checklist summary; Postscript; Useful addresses; Glossary; Further reading; Index.
Roderic Ashley has experience as both a lecturer and Staff Development Officer at the University of Swansea. He now provides consultancy and training services to a wide range of organisations and has written many publications.