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Holiday Job Search and Networking Success

Holiday Job Search and NetworkingThe holiday season is approaching. Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas are just around the corner.  If you think it's time to slow down your job search, think again!

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.

During your Holiday Job Search and Networking, more people will be happy to give you contact names or  maybe even know of a job opening.

I remember working with Kevin. Kevin was in sales, however, he just completed a Nurses Aide Certification Program. We discussed Holiday Job Search and Networking. After going to a holiday party, Kevin called me to tell me he ran into an old high school friend who was now the Director of Human Resources at the local hospital in the small town where he lived.  He hadn't seen him for many years. He interviewed the following week and received a job offer.

Here’s another holiday success story with a client named Lori. She and her husband just relocated from San Francisco to Atlanta.  Lori was a Health Care Educator, by profession. We discussed the Holiday Job Search and Networking. Lori and her husband were soon invited to a holiday party. This is where she met the Director of Health Care Consulting Services for one of the big consulting firms. She had several interviews the following week and landed the job in a new profession as a Health Care Consultant.

If this can happen to Kevin and Lori, it can happen to you. Be mindful of Holiday Job Search and Networking. It's about being in the right place, at the right time. It's a great time for you to meet with people you may only see during the holidays. You’ll never know who you may run into during the holiday season.

 

I hope you found this information helpful and encourages you to prepare for your Holiday Job Search and Networking.  If you're a job seeker with a holiday success story to share, please email your story to kim@justresumesusa.com.  I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

Are you the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, or a business owner with the desire to transition to the corporate world.  Or, maybe you are a job seeker or know a job seeker going through career transition. If you answered yes to any one of these situations, I can help you. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career.

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me through my website at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Networking Outside the Box! Step Out of Your Online Comfort Zone

NetworkingAre you an entrepreneur wanting to start a business, or maybe you’re a business owner with the desire to transition into the corporate world.  Or, maybe you're a job seeker or you know a job seeker going through career transition. If you answered yes to any of these situations, this blog is for you. This week’s networking story began last Monday morning when I went to my first NoCoNet meeting for job seekers.

NoCoNet is the largest networking group for the job seeker in Northern Colorado. Yes, NoCoNet stands for Northern Colorado Networking. They are very connected to the community in Fort Collins, Colorado. So, why did it take me so long to attend one of their meetings. Because I have been working virtually for many years and most of my networking today is through the internet including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. This is my comfort zone. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Does this sound like you? If you're a business owner or a job seeker and you're only networking online, read on …

I'd like to encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, get out there and start networking face-to-face. 

Now, I selected this particular day because one of my business networking colleagues, Katy Piotrowski, Founder of Career Solutions Group was delivering a job searching presentation. She told me at our last luncheon, she presents for NoCoNet twice a year.  The last time I presented face-to-face, flip charts were popular. Can anyone out there relate? Yes, before I started working virtually, I was a member and attended many weekly and monthly networking groups and was guest speaker to many groups. And, over the past several years, I have facilitated literally hundreds of career transition webinars using PowerPoint presentations. But I have yet to present a PowerPoint presentation face-to-face. One of the many reasons I attended this meeting was to see how Katy presented.

So, I was at the NoCoNet meeting saying hello to Katy and the Announcer/Member of the Executive Team, Tom Gaul introduced himself to me. He kindly asked Katy to introduce me to the group before she got started. And she did. Katy said “My friend Kim Marino is here today, she is the Career Coach and Resume Writer at JustResumesUSA.com. Kim taught me how to write resumes.” Many attendees gave me a smile as they looked at me. Wow, what an introduction. Katy and I met over 15 years ago, before she started her business. She’s also been the Career Columnist of our local newspaper for about 18 years now.

As she presented, I participated in the discussion a couple times about the interview. Tom came running over to me with the microphone. When Katy’s awesome presentation was over, Richard Sinley, one of the Program Committee members was standing in front of me. He said my contribution to the group that morning was excellent information and he asked if I would like to present on Interviewing, the topic I contributed to the group that morning.

When I stepped out of my comfort zone to attend a networking event, face-to-face, I was invited to be a presenter … 

Then, Katy introduced me to a radio host. Alan Sherwood. His show is called “Successfully Unemployed.”  He invited me to be a guest on his show at the end of the month.

This all happened one day because I stepped outside my comfort zone and started networking face-to-face.

Last Thursday I attended The Academies monthly Thought Leader Forum with presenter Tim Tyrell-Smith. Tim is a dynamic speaker, packed with great tips on marketing your business. Tim asked the group if anyone had a story on speaking. A couple participants gave their stories. I thought of this week’s experience. I didn’t jump in on time to participate on this topic. Afterwards, I talked to Tim about possibly writing a blog on what I almost said to his group and here I am writing a blog on last week's networking experience.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and are inspired to take a step outside your comfort zone by adding face-to-face networking to your marketing strategies. If you have success story or a comment to share, please write your comment or email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Job Seeker’s 3 “Must Have” Networking Tips! The 30 Second Commercial

NetworkingI 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 Twitter, 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!

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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.

Networking3. Create a networking business card.

 

1. Let the potential networking contact know you’re not just looking for a job. It’s important when you’re preparing a 30 Second Commercial to include, “I’m not just looking for a job. I’m networking, looking for contact names." Why? There are a lot more people who may know someone working at the company or in the industry you are interested, then people that know of a job opening.

2. Make it clear to the potential networking contact you are interested in a contact name of someone they may know at a specific company or specific industry. It’s important you ask “Do you know anyone at the ABC Corporation or in the ABC industry. Why? This is an opportunity for you to tap into the unadvertised job market and set up your own informational meetings, before the potential jobs get posted. There is no competition which is one reason this process works so well.

3. Create a networking business card. It’s a good idea to have networking business cards with you ready to hand out to the people you meet at all times. This networking card is similar to a business card without the company name. Include your contact information, i.e., your name, phone number, email address social networking information for LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook along with a descriptive job title. For example, Health Care Executive Manager. Vistaprint.com will print networking business cards for free. You just pay for shipping.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're a job seeker with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Executive Job Search Networking! 3 Tips to Land Informational 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 …

 

I discovered 3 common responses from decision makers. And, created 3 not-so-common answers for the Executive to successfully land informational meetings

 

These 3 tips will increase your chances of landing the informational meeting without having a mutual contact, simply be meeting the decision maker’s immediate needs.  I recommend the Executive make follow up calls immediately after you send your resume or networking brief and informational cover letter.  Here are the 3 most common responses and answers for you to respond. 

 

1. If they say “I’m busy at the moment.” I recommend the Executive SAY this …”I sent you information, is it okay if I call back in a couple days after you received it?”

 

2. If they say “We have no openings.”  I recommend the Executive SAY this … “I understand, I am not JUST looking for a job right now, I am networking and looking for contacts and would really like your expertise and I find networking more effective, meeting face-to-face.  Do you have 15 minutes to meet with me in the next week or so?”

 

3. If it is clear that they are too busy to meet in person, I recommend the Executive SAY this…”Do you have time to schedule a phone meeting with me?”

 

If they say “I’m busy at the moment." Respond by letting them know you sent information and ask if it’s okay if you call back in a couple days. This response is mutually beneficial for three reasons …

First, you’re respecting the fact they are busy at the moment.

Second, they just gave you permission to make the next follow up call after they receive your resume or networking brief. 

Third, they are now expecting your call.

 

If they say “We have no openings.” This can be a very positive response for the Executive setting up informational meetings.

This is a common response when the decision maker has a need, but hasn't had the time to discuss it with Human Resources yet.  This is where you are in the right place, at the right time.  I found while listening to the initial calls, when the decision maker says “We have no openings,” they typically are thinking …

"They have a need for an Executive and would like to meet with you, but do not want the pressure of you thinking there is a job open.” 

Why? Because there is no job open, not yet, anyway. And, they want to meet you to see if you’re a good fit before they let you know they have a need. With the response of being respectful and honest by letting them know you really are networking and only interested in setting up an informational meeting, you probably will land that informational meeting.  And, they will let you know "at the end" of the meeting by asking you if you're interested in having Human Resources interview you for a potential, upcoming job opportunity.

 

If it is clear that they are too busy to meet in person, ask if they have time to schedule a phone meeting.  If they're not interested, thank them and move on to your next call. If you're still interested in the company, however, continue to look for a contact through networking or social networking, via Facebook, LinkedIn or join the company discussion's on Twitter to get to know employees at the company. And let them get to know you. I wrote a blog two weeks ago on the Job Seeker's Toolkit using Twitter.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information useful. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage other job seekers. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …