Straight Talking: How to a get a well paid Job
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Straight Talking: How to a get a well paid Job

Planning and creating a bright future by developing the right strategies, tactics and attitude to win that job job
4.5 (1 rating)
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Created by Philip Atkinson
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 35 mins on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand that how they present themselves physically to recruiters is critical in gaining employment
  • Comprehend the basics of communications psychology in projecting themselves to others for employment
  • Analyse how best to present themselves very much as a unique brand who has many things of value to offer employers
  • Develop personal confidence in their planning and positioning for specific interviews
  • Analyse personal strengths and limitations using a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats process
  • Prepare to handle difficult questions and objections from potential employers and recruiters
  • Develop a positive mindset and attitude, approaching the interview as an opportunity to shine in front of any potential employers
  • Gain a good understanding and foundation in using body language to leverage their personal power in interviews
  • Develop a strategy to stand out from competitors
  • Understand how to use Linkedin as a positive social network
  • Predict difficult questions and rehearse responses
  • Understand ’competency based interviewing’ and preparing to deal with difficult questions
  • Prepare yourself mentally for the interview
  • Learn to work with and seek feedback from others when rehearsing and preparing for interviews
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  • You need to have some motivation to start again at a foundation level to build up your confidence. You skill at acquiting a job of your choosing will be down to practising and rehearsing the content of the videos.

This short and punchy course focuses upon the essential activities when applying for a job in any industry.  It is applicable to all age groups. It does not matter what age you are, whether you are leaving college, returning to work after a career break, or bringing up a family.  Perhaps you are in the mature age bracket seeking employment after layoff or redundancy, or just seeking part-time employment.

This approach offers something to everybody.  Most of the content concentrates on the social psychology of how people present themselves in public and, in this instance, to recruiters.   It offers many common sense solutions, but also highlights elements of research in social psychology that have direct relevance to getting that elusive job.

The presentation and the lectures are forthright, straight talking and firmly ask the student to take responsibility for their future and take action.

Students taking this course will need to work through the exercises found in the PDF downloads and, together with the video series, should amount to 3 hours initially.  We strongly suggest that students ‘practise’ additionally especially regarding:

  • Identifying, redefining and redesigning ‘self’ and the image the student wants to project as a valuable brand  and ‘asset’ offering potential employers unique talents
  • Developing your Personal ‘Brand’
  • Adding exceptional value to your employer by outlining the benefits of employing you
  • Working through a personal SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) and taking action to put forward your strengths
  • Rewriting a vibrant and attractive resume or CV
  • Building rapport with recruiters and employers, and turning interest into employment
  • Identifying potential interview questions and how best to respond to difficult questions
  • Assessing potential competency based questions that are likely to be asked, and preparing a positive and upbeat response
  • Preparing to project one’s strengths and personality through positive body language

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is applicable for all ages and for all occupations or jobs and especially for those who are having difficulty seeking employment
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Curriculum For This Course
Lecture 1: Introduction: Strategies & Tactics for getting 'the' Job
8 Lectures 35:08

Lecture 1:  Introduction - Strategies & Tactics for getting ‘the’ Job

For many people, getting a job is a real challenge.  Here we talk about some of the harsh realities and how this impacts, whether a recent school or college leaver or in the twilight of their career.   This session introduces the student to applying for a job, planning and preparing for the interview, projecting yourself as a desired brand and person, and developing the right attitude.  This lecture prepares the student for developing their expertise by asking some difficult questions.

Preview 07:25

Lecture 2: Brand You: Brand You – Making ‘You’ a Valued & Marketable Commodity

This session is about making the student a brand and a valued member of staff to the hiring organisation.  It asks the students to undertake a SWOT analysis assessing personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. 

Lecture 2: Brand You: Brand You – Making ‘You’ a Valued & Marketable Commodity

Lecture 3:  Developing a Strong & Powerful Resume or CV

Here, the key is developing a powerful resume or CV that stands out from the competition.  It also confronts the issue of how you present yourself on social media sites, and the action you can take to leverage yourself.

Lecture 3: Developing a Strong & Powerful Resume or CV

Lecture 4: Marketing Yourself to Best Advantage

This lecture concentrates on marketing and self-assessing the ‘brand you’ concept introduced earlier.  It focuses particularly on Linkedin.

Preview 03:21

Lecture 5: Gaining Experience to Promote Yourself

If you don’t have experience, how can you get a job that requires prior experience?  Here, Philip discusses how you can get that experience and how to answer competency based questions that will be coming at you at the interview.

Gaining Experience to Promote Yourself

Lecture 6: Preparing Yourself  to best advantage for the Interview

Critical to getting that job is performing well at the interview.  This session focuses on the planning and preparation before completing any application forms or attending an interview.  Here, competency based interviews provide the much needed ground work to get that elusive job.

Preparing Yourself to best advantage for the Interview

Lecture 7: Plan and Rehearse the Interview to your Success

Planning is important, but rehearsal for the interview is critical.  The advice here is; don’t leave your rehearsal until the day of the interview.   You need to prepare yourself for responding to those difficult questions.

Plan and Rehearse the Interview to your Success

Lecture 8: Body Language & Performing to Perfection

This final session highlights the importance of body language in how you communicate at interviews.  Here some detail is explained in terms of the power of nonverbal communication in creating a strong and positive impression with recruiters.

Body Language & Performing to Perfection
About the Instructor
Philip Atkinson
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Delivering Change & Learning Strategies for Personal Growth

If you have seen any of Philip Atkinson’s videos you will know he is keen advocate of personal change and believes that anybody can do anything if they put their mind to it.  Prior to running his consultancy and training business, he taught organization psychology at several business schools and never lost the buzz for running active workshops on group and personal development.  Philip loves presenting vibrant and lively sessions and believes that it is a fundamental personal need for people to actively and creatively develop their own learning skill and habits.

Most of Philip’s work is split between working with big corporates on Business Transformation projects and coaching and developing senior managers, personal influence and persuasion strategies for self-empowerment.

Philip is based in Scotland in the UK and he works throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.

He has written 7 business books and had published over 300 Journal articles which are freely available on his websites.

Currently, he is transferring many of his training courses into programs which he believes will be valuable for Udemy students and business customers.