JD Networking Group
Jobs Driven Networking Group Wheaton, ILApril 18th Topic: Applying Habit Routines & Agile Scrum Concepts to Job Search!
Presenter: Paul Cameron, Founder of SpeedUpMyJobSearch.com & President of DriveStaff, Inc.Are you making the progress you hoped for in your job search? Ever thought, “I know what to do, I just can’t make myself do it!”? It’s time to get it done! I’ve combined select pieces of 4 philosophical approaches to productivity and life into a single career productivity system, and on Thursday, I will share it with you!After years of adding more and more courses into SpeedUpMyJobSearch.com covering every detail of the job search process, I’ve come to realize that the program doesn’t need another course, it needs a productivity system and mental approach to persevere through the process.Although this will be the new structure for my program, removing the 27 courses and replacing them with a simple 3 step system with On-Demand access to the individual lessons embedded into my Trello pipeline system, on Thursday I’ll be sharing the whole strategy with you. Join us to re-energize your efforts and get more results faster.
4 Philosophies + Faith = PHASE 1 of Career Productivity!
This is the primary methodology behind SpeedUpMyJobSearch.com currently, I just didn’t know it had a name. It’s the process of turning hopeful outcomes into statistical estimates, selecting the option with the highest probability of happening, and then purposefully manipulating the odds to maximize your chances of success. — Inspired by the book, “Smarter, Faster, Better” by Charles Duhigg
Scientists have proven that we are completely dependent on our habits to survive, and that often they are so deeply ingrained in us that we can’t help but repeat them. However, they have also proven that we can reprogram them into GOOD habits to help us achieve our objectives.
— Inspired by the book, “The Power of Habits“, by Charles Duhigg
Agile Scrum was developed as a project management framework for software development teams allowing them to quickly adapt to constantly changing requirements. However, its applications are far-reaching. Although Scrum is for teams, not individuals, there are 2 concepts I’ve found to be effective for individual job search plans and daily habits. — Inspired by the book, “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time”, by Jeff Sutherland
Esoteric Systems of Awareness
While there have been countless Esoteric Systems over the last 2,000 years from a variety of organizations, one in particular provides a structure we can use to better understand our circumstances; a structure used by many of the founding fathers of the country we live in today. Simply by improving our level of awareness, not only can we notice more opportunities in places we didn’t see them before, but our intuition about new encounters can greatly improve as well. As a leader in this organization and a member of their education committee at the state level, I’ve come to know and appreciate how effective the application of this practice can be, and I believe it would be helpful for job seekers to use.
1 – As in, THE One. Relying on our faith in God during times of trouble.
I realize this is where some people might get off the train. However, faith can be instrumental to your focus and perseverance through challenging endeavors, so we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. There is even scientific evidence showing how faith in a higher power can be the primary variable to successfully persevering through a major life challenge. Although I make no secret of the fact that I am a Christian, this will not become a theological debate about religion. I just want to share some data, backed by research, about how faith can be an important part of this journey. As my friend Joy Maguire-Dooley likes to say, “Hire a Higher Power; you don’t have to do this alone.”
In putting it all together, this is more of a Career Productivity program than a simple job search program. As you could imagine, there is a great deal more here to unpack than time will allow on Thursday, but we will get through as much as we can.
Additionally, I’ve built these philosophies directly into tangible action items within my Jobs Pipeline Tool in Trello. You can identify Offer Probabilities, Story Points, Habit Cues, and even habit changing questions directly into each position card in the board. Once you land, the automated connections of Trello to Google Calendar, and to email, reminder intervals, and the one-person scrum team concepts can be utilized to continue strengthening our professional networks in perpetuity throughout a productive career.Through all of our career endeavors, if we could base our decisions on realistic probabilities, and deliberately establish productive habits, yet stay agile enough to continue improving ourselves, being self-aware of our limitations and untapped abilities, we can fulfil our destinies as we were intended to. Let’s start that journey on Thursday.
This meeting could spark some conversations and questions, so it may run longer than our normal 40 minutes.
Meets: 3rd Thursday every month from 12:00pm to 12:50pm to discuss networking tactics and search strategies. Meetings are FREE to attend in person.
Does your company have a referral program? Join us. Meet people. Need Job leads? Join us. Just need to grow your network? Join us.
A repository of all JDNG presentations are currently available in the JDNG Archive for members of SpeedUpMyJobSearch.com, backed by more than 350 recruiting firms across the United States, and more than 100 people like you have written testimonials about the training.
Previous speakers have included Lee Junkans (top left), Joy Maguire Dooley (top right), Robert Podgorski (bottom left), Jim Klink (bottom middle) and Jim Fergle (bottom right).
Who should attend this event?
Anyone who would like to strengthen their search skills and expand their networks.
This is for:
- Job Seekers: People looking for connections, leads, and networking skills.
- Job Givers: Employers with job openings or employees of companies offering referral bonuses to help fill their company’s job openings.
- Job Havers: People who are currently employed wanting to keep their networks strong for business opportunities and potential future job searches. Since the average employment tenure is less than 3 years, you’ll likely need a strong network someday. Start building it here!
What should I bring?
Bring a notebook/pen to take notes, and if you have business cards and handbills, please bring them. Also, this is cafeteria style room with lunch tables, please feel welcome to bring lunch to eat while listening to the presentation. We will not be serving food.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Paul Cameron can be reached at [email protected].
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, bringing your ticket is not required.
What are my parking options?
There is a free (but small) parking lot connected to the building, free parking on the street, and a very large parking garage with 300 free parking spots one block West on Wesley St.
If the Mason parking lot is full (it usually is), then exit the lot, take a left, go to the next block and take a left to the lot. The arrows below animate this exciting journey to the big parking garage.
It’s 3-minute walk away, a 5-minute stroll, and 10-minute meander. Go at your own pace. See you Thursday!