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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 Tool Kit for Twitter Newbies

 Twitter Tips from JustresumesUSA.comAs a professional resume writer and career coach, I know how important it is for job seekers to use social networking in today's job market.  I love Twitter. Twitter is a great place to connect to people daily you may never have a chance to talk to anywhere else in the world. Twitter is a place where you can give valuable advice and wisdom to those who ask for help. It’s a global forum of people where you can connect to colleagues and ask questions.  There are features on Twitter you’ll want to know when you first sign up.

You don’t want to miss out on using Twitter, a fabulous tool to connect to people immediately. 

So, where do you start? What do you need to know now? Whether you are a career coach, resume writer, recruiter, LinkedIn specialist, job seeker, mom or in any other profession, below are invaluable tips I discovered and wish I knew when I first got started on Twitter. 

The following 8 tips will help you connect quickly and maximize your daily use of Twitter right away. Here they are …

1. Build a following by helping Twitter users find you, who will want to follow you.

2. Find companies and colleagues you'd like to get to know and join in discussions with them.

3. Include your #profession in your Twitter profile. If you're a #blogger, include #blogger to your Twitter profile.  (The # are hash tags, explained below.)

4. Register on Google Alerts to find other companies using Twitter.

5. Check your “@Mentions” tab throughout each day.

6. Sign up on justunfollow.com.

7. Retweet when you find a tweet you like and would interest your followers.

8. Create Lists which will organize and categorize your Followers.

 

Build a following by helping Twitter users find you, who want to follow you.  How do you find specific Twitter users? You can find specific Twitter users by typing key words in the Research section. This will bring up all timelines with those key words. For example, if you're an environmental engineer looking for a job and you type the key words “recruiter seeking environmental engineer,” you’ll find the recruiters writing tweets to the world “seeking environmental engineer.”  Okay, you found your tweeters, now what?  Next, reply to 10 or 12 tweets each day. Include a link to your website or LinkedIn profile so they can easily find you.  Then click on their website, check out their blog and make a comment about their blog you found useful. Next click to Follow each one. When they see you are following them, went into their website and took the time to read one of their blogs and commented, they will want to Follow you. 

This is one of the ways you can build a Following, land interviews and find a job. And, a great marketing strategy for your job search in 2011.

Are you wondering why I recommended only 10 or 12 tweets a day when there are more than 75 tweeters right there? Here’s why. All your current Followers will get each reply you send to your new tweeters. Believe me they will not want their Timeline filled with your 75+ replies to all the recruiters you Tweeted.  I learned this the hard way. I remember being so proud of myself that first day when I replied to 47 tweeters.  The consequence may be to lose one or two of your Followers. Typically, your Followers will be forgiving the first time when they realize you’re new.

 

Find companies and colleagues you'd like to get to know and join in discussions with them.  You can search for companies that interest you. This is a great place for you to engage in conversation with the employees at the company.  I do not recommend asking for a job right away. By engaging in conversations, let them get to know you first. And take the time to get to know them. Getting to know people internally at companies on Twitter could turn into a great networking contact. In addition to having fun with the process, this can help you prioritize which companies are a better fit for you.

 

Include your #profession in your Twitter profile. And, include the words #blogger to your Twitter profile, if you are a #blogger.  The number sign (#) is called a hash tag. The hash tag helps like-minded Tweeters find you or people looking for Tweeters with the # next to a word. For example, I recently added #Blogger to my Twitter profile and within 24 hours, more than 20 Twitter Followers with blogs on their websites started following me.

 

Register on Google Alerts to find other bloggers using Twitter. Google Alerts is free and a great way to find other websites and articles from companies that interest you. And you can use this as a tool to stay abreast on the latest news at the company. When you register on Google Alerts, you will receive emails with the articles and website of the key words you select. For example, if you want to find articles about “talent management,” Google Alerts will email these articles to you if you choose these key words. Pretty cool tool!

After you receive emails from key words that interest you, read and comment on the blogs in the articles you like and retweet them to your Twitter Followers. This is another way to gain followers that compliment you. 

 

Check your “@Mentions” tab throughout each day. @Mentions is where Twitter collects tweets with your name mentioned and places them in @Mentions. For example, anyone who responded with a question or a “thank you” from the 10 to 12 tweets you replied each day will be in @Mentions. This is the best place to track people responding back to you. Always reply back as soon as possible.

 

Sign up on justunfollow.com. justunfollow.com is FREE and a great find.  My web marketing colleague, Jan Rossi at GetYouStartedeMarketing.com told me about this website.  I recommend it for everyone.  It’s a website that shows you all the people who are NOT following you.  After you begin Following the 10 to 12 tweeters each day, check back after a few days or a couple weeks to see if they are Following you back.  If they are not, unfollow them.  It’s protocol to match within 50% how many people you are Following versus the followers you have developed over time.  I recommend Following people you’re interested in Following and Follow all the people who are Following you.

 

Retweet when you find a tweet you like and would interest your Followers.  I recommended earlier today to retreat articles from the blogs you find interesting.  I also recommend retweeting any tweets you receive with other links or tweets you find interesting, as well.  Remember this … the tweets you receive are only coming to you, not your Followers.  It’s up to you to retweet the information to your Followers.  For example, if an event is coming up or information you’d like to share with your Followers, retweet the information back to them.

 

Create Lists which will organize and categorize your Followers. It's good practice to create Lists for your Followers.  For example, as a job seeker, you may have a list for the best recruiters, career coaches, resume writers, and companies,

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips to share, you're welcome to email me at Kim@justresumesusa.com.

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. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com

 

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 Kim@JustResumesUSA.com

 

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

 

Age 50+ Business Owner Transitions to Corporate Job through Networking

Networking results in a Great Job with Higher PayAs many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips on networking, how to write resumes, prepare for the interviewsalary negotiating, volunteering and public speaking. This is the success story of Cal and how one of his networking contacts led him to his ideal job.

 

Cal just sold his small trucking business and wasn’t quite sure how to apply networking to his job search. 

He was looking for a Sales Manager position and found his opportunity through networking.  This is what happened.

Cal’s daughter, Annie, was a dental hygienist. She cleaned patient’s teeth while networking for her dad. One day when she was networking with a patient in the dental chair, she discovered he was an acquaintance of one of her dad’s buddies. “Don’t you just love it when the dentist or dental hygienist asks you questions when your mouth is wide open, stuffed with dental tools?”    Would you like to hear more? Read on …

JustResumesUSA.com a Networking Blog PostAnnie told the patient that her dad was networking looking for networking contacts.  She asked if he knew anyone in the construction industry.  And he did. Cal was very excited about this new networking opportunity.  The following week his networking contact emailed him the contact information. 

He made a call for his first informational meeting, interviewed and received a job offer.  Not just any offer.

The salary was $10K higher than he originally was looking for with a $85K base pay, $5K quarterly bonuses and full benefits, including the perks of fishing and hunting trips with clients which fit right into his ideal lifestyle.  This position put Cal in the front runner group involved in acquisitions at the company. It was a very visible position with great potential for further advancement. He also was a candidate to network with another one of my clients, Dane as they both used the same vendors for different purposes.  Quite a success story. 

Are you a job seeker?  What are you waiting for?  Go out there and begin your own networking campaign.

This is a great opportunity to utilize Social Networking.

How? Go to LinkedIn. Select the companies you're interested in working for and set up your own informational meetings with the decision makers. You can also go to Twitter. Follow companies you're interested in on Twitter and join in the conversations.  Let the internal employees and decision makers get to know you.

Networking is not about finding a job.  It's about developing relationships with people

 

Hiring for Hope - Networking Blog Post from JustResumesUSA.comIf 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. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com.

 

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  .  .  .

 

Military to Civilian Job Success!

Welcome to this week’s blog.  As a professional resume writer and career coach, I write blogs for job seekers going through career transition.  You will find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition.  Today I will be touching base on tips for job seekers looking for work after serving in the Military and how to use the skills gained from the Military Service. This blog will include tips on writing the resume, interviewing and networking through informational meetings for Military job seekers. These same rules apply for job seekers making a career change to a different industry.

 

Today's blog is a true success story about John. When John came home from serving in the Military, he first got a job as a Store Manager for one of the big retail equipment and office supply chain stores.  When I met him, he had recently been fired from that position after two years at the company. John said he was looking for a similar position.  He was concerned because he was fired by a boss who did not like him and this work was all he knew besides his military training. Sound familiar?   Read on …

 

In my opinion, John was positive, a highly skilled store manager and a great employee.  He was very creative, organized and a motivating team leader.  He was always creating efficient ways to save money for the company.  His boss asked him to do something one day that didn’t work out and he became the scapegoat in the situation.  This is why he lost the job.

 

I noticed John was still speaking the Military Language

I asked him if he would like me to interview him to write a resume for a civilian job using his Military experience.  He said “Yes, I would.”  John’s primary skills came from the Military so we needed to refocus his resume to speak the civilian lingo. We discussed his Military experience and training in budgeting and finance and created a functional resume highlighting these skills and utilized civilian language in his keyword list and accomplishments throughout his resume.  After we completed the resume, John told me he was in the Air Force Academy“This is a high honor,” he said to me. I suggested he start contacting the members he knew from the Air Force Academy and he did.  John did so well networking through the Air Force Academy he never needed to network or look for work anywhere else.

 

John needed a lot of interviewing training to help him transition from Military to civilian language. He interviewed well after a few mock interviews as I helped him eliminate the F-16 fighter jet lingo, critiquing each meeting less and less over time. Within weeks, John had been successfully interviewing with his huge network of Air Force Academy Graduates.  He was so excited when he told me "I landed a great job at one of the federal government agencies as a Budget Analyst.  In addition to a huge increase in salary, I will earn a raise in nine months with a promotion in one year due to my Military status." In addition to this great news, John also received a sign-on bonus giving him the highest starting pay for this position.

 

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. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com.

 

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 …