Get your dream job now: Four-day webinar with Penelope Trunk
This webinar will help you get the job you thought was out of reach. It could be a position two levels up or something totally new. I’ll show you how to figure out your best next job and get it. It includes four days of of video sessions and email-based course materials. You can purchase this workshop for anytime, on-demand access. The cost is $195.
I’m going to give you an outline below, of all the stuff I’m going to cover. But one of the things we’ll cover is that you need to solicit advice from people you trust, and then you need to take it, even if it’s hard.
The first piece of advice is that someone said I put too many unflattering photos of myself on my blog. So I hired Tamara Bell, a photographer for the Chicago Bulls, to take my portrait. And I dragged her to the bathroom at my son’s music lesson building because I love the lighting. See? I take advice.
Another piece of advice I received is that I should publish more testimonials. So here they are:
“Take everything you think you ‘know’ about career strategies, throw them away. Penelope Trunk will show you the rules have changed.” – Guy Kawasaki
“I walked away from Penelope’s start-up webinar with an entirely new perspective on what it takes to launch a successful business. Her webinars are not only packed with actionable advice but give you high-level insights that make you approach ideas in entirely new ways.” Cassie Boorn
The truth is that the webinars end up feeling like a week-long retreat where everyone is learning really fast, and it’s super-fun to be on the calls. The chat room is always packed and full of snark and the community feel of these sessions makes me so happy to to do this with you guys.
So here’s the schedule for the next webinar.
Day 1: Find your dream job.
- Uncover your dream job. You can’t get something until you can clearly describe it. Too often we have a vague notion of our dream job, but you can’t get that job—it’s ill defined. I’ll show you a five-step plan for discovering the best job for you by focusing simultaneously on what you love and what is financially rewarding.
- Make a three-month plan. Once you know your dream job, it’s likely a lot closer than you realize. Because a job that’s a great fit for you is much easier to get than a job that is not a great fit. Dream jobs are often the easiest job for someone to land as long as you have a good plan. I’ll show you how to carve a three-month path to get that job you want.
- Achieve your goals faster than you ever imagined. Remember what I was saying about taking advice? It’s essential for getting what you want in your career. But you can’t take advice until you have a great people giving you advice. I’m going to be that person in your life for the four days of this webinar, but I’m going to give you three fail-safe ways for attracting a network of people who can help you get your dream job and flourish in it.
Day 2: Rewrite your resume to supercharge your career.
- Learn my secrets for transforming regular resumes into star-performer resumes. The difference between a good resume and the other resumes is so huge. I’ll explain the system I use for rewriting peoples’ resumes. Once you know how to edit your resume like a professional resume writer you will look at your whole career differently. The true value of great resume writing is that it radically enhances how you see your own skills and experience.
- Get a job you’re not qualified for. Do you know how people move up the ladder really fast? They get jobs they aren’t qualified for. This should inspire you to go after the job you want right now. Not everyone wants to climb the corporate ladder, but everyone wants a job that inspires and engages them. I’ll give you a strategy for getting that job right now, even if you think you’re not qualified.
- Get a promotion and a raise. Most people can get a 20% raise just by rewriting their resume and sending it out. That’s how big the gap is between your best resume and the one you’re using now. I’ll show you how to make yourself look so much stronger in your current job that you can get a higher level job right now.
Day 3: Master the job hunt process.
- Find the hidden job market. The best jobs are not advertised. And the best candidates find jobs through friends. I’ll show you efficient tactics for finding the people who can connect you to jobs, and that will allow you to bypass Human Resources and get straight to the hiring manager. I’ll also show you networking shortcuts for people who hate networking.
- Learn the right answers to every interview question. Most people think interviews are random, unpredictable conversations with special answers for your particular case. In fact, interviews are predictable and there’s a right answer to every question. Once you understand the formulas for interviews, you’ll ace every interview you get. You’ll be ready for even the toughest interview questions.
- Create your own jobs. The best security you have in your career is your ability to create a job for yourself. Whether you want to learn a new skill, gain more independence, or climb up a ladder faster, any of those goals will benefit from creating your own job. I’ll show you proven tactics for creating your own job when no one is offering the one you want.
Day 4: Q&A. Ask me anything.
This night is always the most fun. And in this webinar, you’ll get a taste for what career coaching is like, because I’ll field your questions in real-time and teach you guys how to be career coaches for yourselves.
I’d love to do this but am in London and just can’t stay up that late multiple nights in a row. Is it possible to ‘attend’ a recorded version of this that I can watch in my own time?
Yes, you can listen to recordings. Each night will be recorded and you can listen whenever you want.
Is there a video portion that will be released as well or slides that will be made available?
Anyone who pays for the seminar will have access to the videos and other course materials.
The dates aren’t consistent in the post. Is it Mon-thu, April 15-18th?
Yes. It’s the 15-18. Really, sometimes even I am shocked at the level of errors that slip onto this blog. Thanks for catching that.
Sorry but totally unrelated comment.
I love LOVE the MailBag section, but why isn’t it updated anymore?
Have you decided to stop it? That would be a pity, but I’d really like to know so I’ll stop checking it out twice a week. You’ll save me the disappointment.
Okay. thank you for the encouragement. I’ll keep doing it. I’ll post something today. I actually have a whole folder full of questions I wanted to use. I think I just needed a nudge from you. So thanks.
I’m glad someone else asked, ’cause I was wondering, too! :) Thanks!
I love the MailBag section too.
Yep, me too!
Hi Penelope — Is this good for people who want to be self-employed? I am starting my own business in an unusual niche and I really like your nontraditional thinking.
If you know you want to be self-employed you should probably sign up for the Start Your Own Business seminar instead. It’s a nontraditional approach to self-employment so that you increase the odds of success on your terms.
The seminar was a while back, but you can buy access to the videos and all the course materials, and if you have questions after, you can send them to me – I’d be happy to answer them.
Here’s the link:
I didn’t realize I could still buy access to the materials from your past seminars! Why don’t you have a page that explains this and lists all your seminars?
Thanks for asking that, Crystal.
I’ll be looking further down for the answer.
I am wondering whether you can see a way this may be a fit for my 26 yr old son with a creative writing degree, who has worked as a fine dining waiter for 4 yrs since, and has become trapped in the night shift lifestyle, desparate to get out but thoroughly confused about how. This description appears to fit the already amply employed type who is advancing?Thanks. Love your blog!
This would be a great fit for him. A lot of times people are lost because they don’t see a path to the place where what they love to do and money intersect. This seminar will help a lot with that.
Would this seminar be appropriate for a recent university grad (my son) with an English degree who doesn’t know what he wants to do and is currently unemployed? Thanks very much – and I think your blog is fantastic!
Yes. It’s a great seminar for him. What he needs to be able to do is imagine a job he wants to try and then write a resume like he’s qualified. Then, he’ll get the job and if he doesn’t like the job, he’ll do it again.
The seminar will help him get started doing this so he’s not stuck.
What will you be covering that is NOT covered at the blog and/or at a coaching session? Since these all sound like familiar themes. (From a blog reader and coaching client looking for reasons to sign up.)
This seminar is an introduction to lots of topics. When I’m on a coaching call I can figure out in about five minutes which of these topics the person needs to figure out the most in order to get what they want.
But we can’t cover all these topics in one coaching call. So this seminar is a lot more broad than a one-hour call.
I have touched on all these topics, in one way or another, one my blog. The information is much more organized and tactical in the seminar.
Hi Penélope Iam From South America
I am an Architect i have my own studio with a partner
and i Also have a real estate Company With my husband
The real estate Company goes very good but my studio Needs to go to next level right now and have good jobs!!
Is this course good to me?
Also i speak fluent English but It is not my mother toungue would you think that would be a problem?
Hi, Mariana. If you can read the posts on my blog then you can probably follow along fine with the videos.
I think what you are looking for is a better way to market your studio. You might want to try the Start Your Own Business seminar (the link is in my reply to a comment above).
But really, I think what you need is a way to differentiate your studio in a way that allows you to sell your services to a market segment that you can clearly define and target.
So you probably need to hire a brand building type person to to help you think about market segmentation and service specialization. That’s the best way for you to get more clients. I do that as a consultant or maybe you can find someone you are already working with.
This sounds like a good fit for a SAHM, past homeschooler, has a degree but doesn’t know exactly what to do with her future.
How often do you offer this class?
I probably won’t offer the seminar again. Part of what makes the seminars so fun is that I only do them once, so it feels fresh and exciting to me and to everyone who signed up.
Penelope, can you create a page with links to ALL of your seminars? I just bought the personality type one, and I was looking for a page with all of them listed and I don’t see one.
Yeah. I should do that. Maybe that will be my project for this weekend. Thank you for the suggestion. You can search in my sidebar for the other seminars by typing in “seminar”. I know that is really lousy marketing. Maybe my next seminar will be how to market seminars. Hahaha
I’m wondering if this seminar would be for me. I’m a burnt out middle school English teacher (I’ve actually emailed you before) with almost 8 years under my belt. I have a degree and am 12 hours into a 36-hr masters program to teach ESL (to adults–no more kids and adolescents). I’m saving money so I have a cushion after I leave my job, since I’ll have a salary until the end of August, but I’m not sure what to do next. My plan is to get my masters in ESL and teach adults, but I’m really not certain of my future right now. All I know is that I can’t take the stress of classroom teaching in our public school system anymore.
Could you become a personal tutor to high-earning immigrants to help them improve their English? They can pay you well, they’re highly motivated to learn, and it would be one-on-one instead of in the classroom. I’m an American expat living in the Netherlands, and my peers are willing to pay a lot of money to Dutch tutors. I imagine the same is true of highly skilled immigrants in the US.
Would you consider doing a registration giveaway, promotion or contest for those of us that can’t seem to muster up an extra $150 right now? I would LOVE love love to attend your seminar.
I think I am lost! Or maybe I’m not but think I am? I’m studying writing part-time at university and working part-time in a job (insurance) I dislike for a company I utterly detest. I despise my employer so much I feel like I never want to work for another company ever again. Regardless of this, I have been attracted to freelancing before my current hateful job. A comment above made me unsure if I should do this one or the self-employment seminar? I would of course do both if my finances were more robust!
PS – the portrait of you above is lovely : )
You should stop studying writing at a university because there is no point. You can’t be taught to be a good writer. You become a good writer by writing a lot. And if you are not internally driven to write – as in no professor is telling you to write – then you are not a writer. So people should not go to school for writing.
Also, if you want to make a living as a freelance writer you need to just go get a job writing – it’ll be like 300-word posts for $10. You’ll start that way and you will be good at getting traffic so then you’ll make more money from writing. But the freelance writing world is really really hard and you shouldn’t do it for the money. You should do something else for money and write on the side.
So what you need now is a job. You should take the seminar so you can figure out what job to get that is not writing, and then write a resume to get that job.
From a year in the future…
Cassandra ~ several far better (and way less-expensive) resources for “learning to be a writer” than University: Carol Tice’s “Make A Living Writing.com” blog, Linda Formacelli’s Renegade Writer.com blog, or their joint support group for writers: http://FreelanceWritersDen.com/dap/a/?a=4088, which is unfortunately not open for new members right now.
The free content on their blogs is great, anyway.
Happy writing to you, for money or just for fun!
If you are good at marketing and PR writing, you can make more money than at “creative” writing. And if you can write good website content, you can make even more. Read “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug then volunteer for an organization you believe in to re-write their website content. Put that on your resume along with the results (increased their traffic, increased conversions, whatever) and then apply as a freelance web writer/consultant to several other companies. But that will take a while, so in the meantime, take Penelope’s advice and do the seminar to find a good job while you establish yourself.
Thank you for also taking the time to respond to me. It’s probably obvious I’m in a bit of a career/life funk at the moment, and the fact that you took the time to impart some practical (and useful!) advice really means a lot. Well done on being awesome!
Cass : )
This is some pretty freaking solid advice!
Oooh, since today is Penelope Takes Advice Day, can I put in another request for that post on MBTI types and homeschooling styles?
Thanks Penelope. I just signed up!
A little advice couldn’t hurt, considering the difference between a 15% and a 20% raise. That said, I’m on the technical (software developer!) side of things, so… I’ve already had a couple of interviews through recruiters. Hasn’t worked out yet, but there’s lots of work out there… for now.
I’d be interested in your take on recruiters, actually. I’m sure there are good ones, and there are bad ones, but sometimes it’s hard to know what they’re *really* thinking, or what motivates them as a whole.
I sent in an email asking about gifting this seminar to someone. Anyway I can get info about it before the price increase? Thank you!
I signed up for this because it sounds exactly like something I need. I’m turning 26, and will have worked at my first job for 2 years this June, and frankly I’m more than a bit lost. Just a couple of questions about the seminar – how does it work exactly? (I’m on a time zone that 12h ahead, and my office has draconian internet policies, so I’m going to have to catch the videos at home), do we get to show you our revised resumes, and, will you also cover the topic of job-personality match ?
I am an isfp and would be interested to know what kind of jobs would suit me. Looking forward to this!
We will definitely cover how to use your Myers Briggs type to figure out the best job for you.
As for the resume, there are hundreds of people signed up for the seminar, so it would be impossible for me to read everyone’s resume.
Hopefully you’ll learn enough in the seminar to feel smart about rewriting your own resume. That’s my goal.
But if you still don’t feel confident, you should probably do an individual coaching session with me and we can rewrite your resume in that hour.
Picture good. Snark bad.
I have been reading your blog for a while now. I have gotten great advice most of the time. I just signed up for the seminar and I am really hoping that it will be worth it (my husband thinks it is going to be a waste of time).
I would not say that I am stuck at a job that I don’t like but I DEFINITELY know that I do not want to do it for much longer. I work in Sales for a well-recognized multinational company and the only way of climbing the ladder is kissing some *beep* and relocating far away.
I look forward to it. Thank you.
Hi Penelope, can you cover how should a Feeler prepare for an interviewer done by a Thinker.
Short, direct answers.
That is a very nice picture of you.
Is this appropriate for a 57 year old former marketing communications professional who has been out of the market place for eight years due to illness and really, really hating her job? I am considering reentering the workplace, not to make a million dollars, but to contribute to retirement funds and prove to myself I can get paid to do work that I like.
I wrote you a while back about pursuing my dream job in luxury brand management—your upcoming seminar is like heaven’s answer to my questions! As I live in Singapore, the timing is a bit off(I start work here at 9am-10am Singapore time, the time of your seminar), aside from access to the video replays, will you be taking questions in advance from participants like myself since I can’t attend the seminars real time? Let me know so I can sign up immediately.
I’ve signed up for the sessions – can’t wait! One question – will we get email instructions on how to login, etc…I have my paypal receipt, but there was no follow up communication triggered with information, meeting invitations, etc, which is a bit of a gap in the sign-up user experience. Please update the post to let us know what to expect after sign-up. Thanks!
Ditto….. will we be receiving information for loging on via paypal?
Agree – I’ve signed up and was about to leave the same comment.
+1. Also curious about how tailored the workshop might be for attendees needs. Should we send out some questions/comments etc.? Or it is just the Q&A session at the last day? If so, could you give us a glimpse on the dynamics for that last day?
I’ve already signed in, BTW. Looking forward for the workshop next week!
I love the idea of this because I think, “Finally. Someone will help me figure out what to do next.” But I read the plan for the seminar and get stuck at that first bullet, because, really–how can you help me discover the best job for me when I don’t even know what I want? I’ve been reading your blog for years, and other blogs, and books, and going to seminars… I still don’t know what I want. Will you be planning a seminar for that?
I do hundreds of coaching sessions and in almost every session it takes me ten minutes to know what the best job is for that person.
Knowing the best job for you is not nearly as difficult as coming to terms with the reality of what that means for the other parts of your life. For example maybe you’ll never be happy having kids. Or maybe you’ll never be able to live where your spouse needs to live, or maybe you’ll never make money.
In the seminar I’ll be able to show you how to figure out the best job for you. Coming to terms with it, if it’s a hard reality for you, is something to do in a coaching session rather than a seminar.
I’ve paid for the seminar but not through Paypal as I do not have a Paypal account. Will I receive further information through the email address I gave with my payment?
I’m so excited/terrified about this. I talked myself into signing up, which now means once I have the tools and have spent the money to register, I need to actually act. Thanks, Penelope, for the push and the candid support.
Do you recommend we know our meyers briggs type before attending the seminar?
Can you do the text online? If so who do you recommend?
In the confirmation email I send after you pay, I include a link to a Myers Briggs test for you to take before the seminar.
Beautiful picture, by the way.
This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Many thanks!
I have signed up for the webinar and I am super excited. I payed with paypal but now I am not sure what to do now. How will I access the webinar?
Hi. Lindsey. I think I just sent you a confirmation email with more instructions. I see all the signups – they go directly to my in box.
I just realized this starts tonight and I’m traveling for work. Can I go ahead and register? I can catch two sessions live and from what I read – I can grab the others via audio/video replays somehow? I am struggling with this right now so this would be some timely help for me!
Thank you for the great encouragement! Wish I could attend one of your seminars.
How young is too young for this seminar? My daughter is starting highschool and would love to figure out what area to go in to.
I just paid for “Get your dream job now: Four-day seminar with Penelope Trunk”. How do I access the videos?
Are you repeating this Penelope?
Hi, This seminar looks great, is it still running? The access now link has an error…