Friday, December 08, 2017

Holiday Networking

Here is a great article from Cindy McCabe on Holiday Networking. Get out there and share your story!

Merry Christmas!
-Jim


Sunday, December 03, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, December 4th - How to Use Recruiters & Agencies in Your Job Search

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday, December 4th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. Our special guest speaker is Sandy Heath, owner of Sandra Heath & Associates. Her topic will be "How to Use Recruiters & Agencies in Your Job Search". Every job seekers should have reputable Recruiters and Staffing Agencies in their toolbox to augment their search efforts. Sandy is an expert in this field and her agency is one of the best in Cleveland. 

Please come with lots of questions!

Keep Pressing on in His Grace,
-Jim

Monday, November 20, 2017

Presentation Outline for Tonight's Meeting

Here is an outline of Chris Stadler's presentation for tonight's meeting for your reference. We hope to see you at this great session!

“Your Next Path – Considerations for Less Traveled Roads”
                This will be a facilitated discussion about three paths that job seekers may want to consider as they continue their journeys:
·        Changing fields – assessing your current skills, background and experience and applying them to another field; we will share some real world examples and consider the pros and cons
·        Changing sectors – transitioning from the for-profit world to nonprofit (and vice versa) – our presenters will chronicle two personal examples of such transitions with a focus on assessing the pros and cons
·        Entrepreneurship – is it for you? What does it really mean to be your own boss? Assessing the skills, attributes and risk tolerance for making such a move

All God's Best,
-Jim

Saturday, November 18, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, November 20th: Your Next Path - Taking the Carer Road Less Traveled

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday, November 20th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. Our special guest speaker is Chris Stadler, President, BDS, Inc. Her topic will be "Your Next Path - Taking the Career Road Less Traveled". She will explore career options outside of the traditional "work for a paycheck" mindset. Have you ever thought of managing or owning your own business?

Please invite a friend or anyone you know who is in transition to this great session. The meeting notice is attached for your reference.

Grace and peace,
-Jim

Sunday, November 05, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, November 6th - Networking Like a Pro

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday, November 6th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. Our topic will be "Networking Like a Pro". With the holidays soon upon us it is a great time to network and uncover great job opportunities going into 2018. Come and fine-tune your networking skills so you can get out there and engage with people who know where the best hidden jobs can be found!

Keep Pressing on in His Grace,
-Jim

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Job Search is a Project Plan Without an End Date - Are You Working Your Plan?

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I received this note the other day and thought this was a great note to share with others.

Dear Interview Doctor,
I am in the process of either changing jobs or doing consulting in Quality Management. Since 85% to 90% of companies have not made the transition to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard, this may be a good opportunity for me. After helping my last company, I have a solid understanding of what needs changed to make that transition. I just purchased your e-book, which may help. Any advice would be helpful. John
Dear John,
I am sorry that you are in this situation but the best way to respond is with a plan.  My best suggestion is to create a job search marketing plan! The same steps involved in changing jobs will support consulting goals as well so no actions are wasted.
Consider these steps:
1) Clarify the problem your target company probably has based on your knowledge and experience. Sure, we are guessing a little but you probably have a good idea what is the problem you can solve.
2) How specifically can you solve that problem? This is the WIIFM – “what's in it for me” from the company's perspective. This is also what you will talk about with people.  You do NOT want to talk about your job search or no one will want to talk to you. How could your ideal company most effectively utilize your knowledge, skills and abilities? What are deliverables in what time frame that could solve the company’s problem? Is there a contract option available too? Is that an option? How would you structure that? This is all background information that you will now have at your fingertips when you speak to people.
3) Identify by name those target companies that meet your parameters.  These are companies that you believe could utilize you to solve the problem you are pretty sure they have. Until we do that research you are only making an educated guess. But we need to start with some sort of list. We will use this list for outreach.
4) Now start your research. Research the company on Google, their website, LinkedIn and other social media sites. Who is the decision maker - the person who could hire you? Who do you know who works there? Who knows someone who knows someone? Who works there who might be a peer or in a subordinate role? Read some LinkedIn profiles to get an idea of what those people are like. Read press releases to identify projects. Extrapolate the issues behind those press releases.
5) Create a project plan that allocates some time every day to researching the companies on your target list. Start your outreach 5 companies at a time. When one company falls off the list for being undesirable or a dead end then add another so you always have at least 5 companies on your action list.
6) Take action. Reach out to connect to people at the company with whom you can have a conversation about the problem you think they probably have and that you are an expert in. “Talk” via email inside LinkedIn about business issues, professional to professional. Exchange LinkedIn emails about the topic until you feel comfortable asking for coffee. Then at coffee talk further about that business issue, not about your job search. You want the person to think you are a whiz at that professional stuff (because of course you are! ) so they either want to engage you, really keep you in mind or make introductions to other folks because they think you are great (because you are!)
Does this make sense? It really works. Not on our time schedule but it works. Remember job search is a project plan without an end date. All you can control is the plan, not the outcome.

What do you think? Can you do this? The Interview Doctor can help you create a personalized Job Search Marketing Plan that supports your job search. Check out our helpful Networking Guide for valuable tips on how to bring your Job Search Marketing Plan to life!!



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, October 16th: Cold Calling - How to Make It Fun & Effective

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday, October 16th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. Our special guest speaker will be Marilee MacAskill who is a Dale Carnegie Trainer. Her topic will be "Cold Calling - How to Make It Fun and Effective". We all have to make networking calls and calls to approach potential employers and hiring managers, and to be honest, most of us do NOT like doing it! Come learn how to make Cold Calling more effective in your job search and to how overcome the fear of the phone!

Looking forward to seeing you at tomorrow's meeting!

All God's Best,
-Jim

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This Woman Got a New Job by Posting on LinkedIn - Ask for Help!



Monday, September 11, 2017

How Can I Find a Job That I am Good At?




Sunday, September 10, 2017

NEXT MEETING: Monday, September 11th - LinkedIn Best Practices

Hi Everyone:
Our next meeting is Monday September 11th at 7:00pm in Room 209 at Grace Church. We will be having an open discussion on "LinkedIn Best Practices". PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP OR DEVICE to review your profile.

NOTE: Ladies Latte starts at the same time as our meeting so please come early to get a parking space!

Please continue to pray for all those affected by the hurricanes.

Grace and peace,
-Jim