Welcome to this week’s blog. As many of you know, there is a lot of discussion for the job seeker 50+ in 2020. And, I write success stories and valuable tips for the job seeker on how to write resumes, search for jobs, prepare for the interview, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. If you’re a job seeker 50+ and/or know someone who is, this week's blog is just for you. Read on…
Job seeker 50+ transitioned from Occupational Health Nurse from a manufacturing plant to a School Nurse position for a public school district
This is a true story. Frida worked for a manufacturing plant as an Occupational Health Nurse for 15 years. I met her when she attended a career transition workshop I was facilitating. When I asked if anyone had any questions or concerns, Frida was the first to raise her hand. The first thing she said was “I just lost my job. Now, I’m a job seeker 50+ years old and concerned my age will prevent me from getting another job.” Little did she know her concerns spoke for so many job seekers today.
First, we discussed her positive attributes she would bring to a new employer. Some of her personal traits were detail oriented, knowledgeable, great communicator and listener. She also remained up-to-date with her nurse training and certifications. I suggested she focus on her strengths and accomplishments instead of her age because sometimes attitude is everything. A positive attitude is necessary to reach your potential. Without a positive attitude you cannot.
I remember seeing her again a few months later at the company Alumni Holiday Party. I asked her how she was doing as a job seeker 50+, how the interviews were going, and if she remembered to send the proposal with her thank you letters. She said “I didn’t have a chance, I got hired right away.” She was excited as she told me about her new job. She said “I am now the School Nurse for an entire public school district. And, I have summers off.” She said she realized with her previous concerns she may have missed out on this opportunity. The school district was looking for someone with her experience, motivation and maturity.
In addition to writing Executive results-oriented resumes, I coach Executives on how to interview, network and negotiate to get results. Are you in an Executive job search? If so, I always recommend contacting at least two recruiters specializing in your field and profession.
So, you've contacted two recruiters specializing in your profession. And, you selected companies with direct contact names to start setting up your own informational interviews. Did you send out your networking brief or resume with a great informational meeting letter? Is it now week two or three of making follow up calls?
Are you getting only voicemail and thinking, “Doesn’t the Executive answer their phone?”
Does this sound familiar? If the answer is “yes,” this week’s blog is just for you.
As an Executive Career Coach, I know how difficult it can be to get past voicemail today. When you’re working so hard on your job search campaign and unable to reach the decision maker, it can be frustrating. All the tips below make perfect sense. You may just need a reminder and/or maybe there's a few tips listed you hadn’t tried yet. If it is a simple case of the decision maker not getting back to you, I recommend using one tip each week for the difficult to reach decision makers, when you are only getting voicemail. Here they are ...
1. Always call 2 hours different each time you call back. The decision maker you're trying to reach may be in meetings.
As an Executive Coach, I work with Executives through their career transition and beyond. I write professional resumes and coach professionals on how to successfully network, social network, interview, negotiate the salary and/or move up to the next level at the company. Last week, we discussed how to get past voicemail in order to reach the decision maker when networking and making follow up phone calls. Networking purposely and successfully is the key to reaching your job search goals in today’s job market. This week, we will continue to focus on “Networking for the Executive job search.”
If you have a mutual networking contact, most of you are aware, the percentage of landing the informational meeting is higher than without a contact. I’d like to share with you 3 tips that will be sure to increase your success to land informational meetings on your follow up phone calls without a networking contact.
As an Executive Coach, I have listened to many phone calls while clients made their initial calls in my office. Through listening to client phone calls and hearing the decision maker’s needs on the calls …
Many of you know, I am an Executive Coach and Professional Resume Writer. I write weekly blog's of success stories and valuable career tips to help professionals with resume writing, interviewing, networking, social networking and negotiating.
This week's blog is one of my favorite negotiating success stories. This is the story of Dane. Within his 15 years of hard work and dedication, Dane became the #1 Executive Sales Manager at the Corporate Office of a retail chain in the construction Industry.
After a reorganization and negotiating, he stepped down in salary and position to keep his job.
Dane had a family to support. He accepted the position of Sales Representative as he looked for another sales management position. Now, with lower pay, whenever the executive managers had questions, they came to him. Afterall, he was the problem solver and was still the most valued employee at the company. Dane was in a difficult, frustrating position as he began his job search.
We discussed the importance of networking as his primary focus for his job search. And, we discussed how to maximize his networking skills. After several weeks of networking and interviewing, he got a great job offer with a property management firm for the position of Director of Capital Expenditures.
With creative negotiating, he took on this new company as a client and moved back up to Executive Sales Manager with his current employer.
How did this happen? And why? During the reorganization, Dane's current employer was sold to an international company. He liked the new management team and they liked him. The new owners wanted Dane back in Executive Sales Management. They needed him. His current employer made him a counter offer. With creative, out-of-the-box negotiating ideas, I suggested he bring this new company on as a client with bonuses and commissions and keep both job opportunities. Dane's current employer worked on an Agreement which allowed him to oversee the property management company as his client and move back up to the Executive Sales Management position. His new client picked up the tab for his car allowance and cell phone expense. And, my client got the salary increase he always wanted and more! Cool story? With creative, out-of-the-box thinking, this can happen to you, too!
I have had requests for quick tips on networking. Many of you know I am an Executive Career Coach and Professional Resume Writer. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, networking, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition. Today, I’ll share with you the importance of the 30 Second Commercial and the 3 “Must Have” tips to include in your 30 second commercial.
Why the 30 Second Commercial is important for job seeker's networking!
Your 30 second commercial is often referred to as the “elevator speech.” As a job seeker, you want to be ready, at a moment’s notice, with your “30 Second Commercial” as you run into people in your daily life. I call these people "angels along the way." Why? Because metaphorically speaking, when one door closes, new doors are opening up for you. And, I would like to help you recognize the doors as they open. For example, without being prepared with your 30 Second Commercial, you may never know the person who was standing behind you in line at the grocery store was the one with a contact for your next job. So, it is important to think “Networking minded” by being prepared at all times to let people know you are networking.
In addition to social networking on Facebook and LinkedIn, it is wise for you to be networking with your banker, doctor’s office personnel, veterinarian office, cleaning lady (you don’t know whose houses she's cleaning, now do you?) She could be cleaning a business or house of someone you’d like to work, or knows someone else.) Maybe it’s your neighbor. Remember, it's not who you know, it's who they know that may lead you to the next great job!
Here are the Top 3 “Must Have” Networking Tips for your 30 Second Commercial.
1. Let the potential networking contact know you’re not just looking for a job.
2. Make it clear to the potential networking contact you are interested in a contact name for a specific company or specific industry.
If you're new to my blog, I'd like to welcome you. Many of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition.
Last week we exposed the first 4 Resume Writing Myths. This week in Part-2 we will expose Resume Writing Myths # 5 through #8 of this 3-part series. Again, I am discussing 4 of the top 12 resume writing myths each week. These Resume Writing Myths are from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.
Resume Writing Myths! Part-2
5. Always include your GPA.
6. Without a degree, it’s best to leave your Education off the resume.
7. Community Service is not important on your resume.
Many of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career.
In Part-1 we exposed the first four resume writing myths. These resume writing myths included 1-page versus 2-page resumes, chronological resumes, accomplishments and employment history.
In Part-2 we exposed resume writing myths five through eight. These resume writing myths included your education and GPA, community service and functional resumes.
Today we will expose the final four resume writing myths in this 3-part series. These 12 Resume Writing Myths are all from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.
Resume Writing Myths! Part-3
9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.
I would like to pay a Tribute to our greatly gifted icon and talented Human Being by writing my favorite quotes of wisdom spoken in his Commencement address. Steve Jobs delivered this speech, June 2005 at Stanford University. I am also including a link to Steve Jobs Commencement address on youtube.
QUOTES FROM STEVE JOBS
1. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
2. "Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking."
3. "If you live every day as if it were your last, someday you'll be right."
Why? There are two big reasons why you should be prepared for the Holiday Job Search and Networking. The first reason is because most job seekers are taking a break from Holiday Job Search and Networking and there is a lot less competition. The second reason is most companies are hiring through the holidays to ramp up for the first of the year. I have had many clients land interviews and receive job offers in November and December. Holiday Job Search and Networking is a great time for you to connect at party’s and gatherings with friends and family members.
In this week's blog, I will share with you great tips on how to prepare for your Holiday Job Search and Networking. I will also share with you a couple of great client success stories.
Below are Great Tips for Your Holiday Job Search and Networking Success
Tip#1. Prepare Networking business cards and bring them with you to hand out at the Holiday parties and gatherings. For example, when you're Holiday Job Search and Networking as a sales manager, your networking business card may say “SALES MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL” with your contact information, i.e., phone number(s), email address and LinkedIn URL from your resume. I recommend going to Vistaprint.com. They print many business card styles for free. You only pay for shipping.
Tip#2. Have your 30 second commercial or elevator speech ready to connect to people through the holidays. For Holiday Job Search and Networking, your 30 second commercial will be something like this … “I’m exploring Sales Management job opportunities in the Denver market, however, I’m not just looking for a job, I’m networking, looking for contacts. Do you know anyone in the ABC industry or ABC company? May I use your name?" This way you can call and set up your own informational interviews where you may have a job created for you in the process.
Are you in executive leadership? Have you thought about the people in your inner circle? Who are they? What are their characteristics? It’s a process to intentionally create your inner circle. You can start where you are right now. Be clear of what you need. Do you need a mentor? You can be good on your own. No one does anything great alone.