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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 …

Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! Negotiating? Be Creative. Think Outside-the-Box

Negotiating Story from JustResumesUSA.comMany 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 hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. 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 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 …