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Personal Management for the Job

Self-esteem, Goal Setting, Motivation, Personal Development,
Career Planning and Development, Life Skills

Personal Management skills allow individuals to be more effective workers. Maintaining a good self-image, knowing how to set and meet personal and career goals, and being able to arrange one's personal life so that it does not interfere with one's job performance are important assets that individuals bring to their jobs. Employees who lack these skills can produce a work environment of repeated errors, absenteeism, and poor quality products which can be obstacles to change within an organization.

Workers must be prepared to participate as members of communities as well as members of the workforce. Participation in the community requires personal relationship skills, social responsibility, cultural understanding and flexibility, all of which are important on the job as well.




Self Esteem (S)
PS1 Understand how one's self esteem affects performance
PS2 Learn from one's mistakes
PS3 Accept appropriate criticism and praise
PS4 State personal needs clearly and assertively
PS5 Channel emotional reactions constructively
PS6 Take appropriate risks

Goal Setting-Motivation (G)
PG1 Identify personal and work values
PG2 Identify attainable and realistic long-term needs that motivate personal growth

Personal Development (P)
PP1 Use employment-related forms, i.e., applications for social security, W-4s, I-9s
PP2 Prepare job applications, resumes, and letters of application
PP3 Identify and use appropriate sources of information about job opportunities
PP4 Prepare for and participate in a job interview
PP5 Understand and use general work-related vocabulary, i.e., "experience," "swing shift"
PP6 Identify appropriate behavior and attitudes for keeping a job, i.e., punctuality, respect for others, good grooming, self-control
PP7 Understand the need to handle multiple responsibilities, including the need to balance family and work lives
PP8 Deal with change, i.e., flexibility, adaptability, updating skills, positive attitude toward growth
PP9 Assume responsibility for personal performance
PP10 Organize resources, i.e., money, time, personnel

Career Planning and Development (C)
PC1 Relate education and life experiences to career choices
PC2 Identify occupational requirements in job areas of interest, including self-employment
PC3 Identify where and how to get specific labor market information
PC4 Determine the kind of preparation and training needed, i.e., apprenticeship, college, vocational training, home study, to get a job and subsequent promotions
PC5 Do a self-assessment of values, occupational interests and personal preferences
PC6 Make effective career decisions and identify career ladder for choices
PC7 Develop an action plan to include their attainable short and long-range goals, priorities, and a contingency plan and implement it within a given time.

Life Skills (L)
PL1 Apply principles of comparison in the selection of goods and services
PP2 Understand methods and procedures used to purchase foods and services, e.g., cash, credit, catalog
PL3 Understand methods and procedures used to obtain housing and services and related maintenance, i.e., rent, lease, buy
PL4 Manage money, i.e., major purchases, savings, credit
PL5 Understand basic laws and resources that protect workers and consumers, i.e., labor regulations, consumer protection laws, anti-discrimination laws
PL6 Understand procedures for the care, maintenance, and use of personal possessions
PL7 Understand and handle diverse communication technologies, including the telephone, postal service, published and broadcast information
PP8 Use a computer including interpreting computer generated information
PL9 Understand how to locate and use different types of transportation and interpret related travel information
PL10 Understand concepts of time
PL11 Use community agencies and services
PL12 Use leisure time resources and facilities
PL13 Use resources for personal growth and awareness in such areas as cultural awareness, gender awareness, and effective parenting
PL14 Understand common ailments and seek appropriate medical assistance
PL15 Understand medical and dental forms and related information
PL16 Understand how to select and use medications
PL17 Understand basic health and safety procedures, i.e., first aid
PL18 Understand basic principles of health maintenance, i.e., nutritional information, cleanliness and hygiene, mental well-being (stress management), physical well-being

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