THIS Week’s Workshop: LinkedIn Task #1…Thursday, May 31st @ 9 AM at The Egg and I

REMEMBER Memorial DayTODAY is a day we all promised to remember… please observe the ‘universal moment of silence’ at 3 PM today.

They serve to give us our freedom… some have given their ALL.  This day honors their service.

And speaking of remembering… This week, Thursday, May 31,  we’ll focus on TASK#1 in your LinkedIn account… Your personal profile.

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THIS week Thursday’s Workshop: LinkedIn Task #1… we meet  at The Egg and I Restaurant in Addison (NW Quadrant of Montfort and Arapaho)… 

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Come prepared to work on your LinkedIn profile… I will be set up by 8:40 to review your LinkedIn Profile if you’d like a quick assessment.  YOUR “follow-up HOMEWORK” is to increase your first level contact list on LinkedIn by TEN NEW individuals… and add ONE NEW GROUP to those you have already chosen.

 Who should attend Thursday’s workshop?

  1. Those who might ask… HOW do I get more benefit from my ‘digital footprint?’
  2. Those seeking a systematic, focused, more predictable way to perform well in their job search;
  3. “Regulars” who need a ‘booster shot.’… and bring a guest;
  4. New Comers and tire kickers… this is a great session to supplement your job search effectiveness with!

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NEXT Week’s Workshop: Achieving CareerFIT…Thursday, May 24th@ 9AM at The Egg and I Restaurant (NW Quadrant of Arapaho and Montfort) in Addison

Please SHARE THIS POST with your network.  This week Thursday, May 24th, we will focus on a strategic, more career-oriented, definition of FIT,  answering your questions and concerns at each step of the way… this is a great place to start for new-comers as the other Core Topics will follow in sequence.

A new offering from DFWCareerpilot Please anticipate our change to every other week scheduling for the summer months, starting in June.

Map to The Egg and I THIS WEEK’s Workshop…  Achieving CareerFIT brings focus to those elusive decisions regarding positioning and targeting your efforts.  The first five steps of the 12 step process, from assessment to beginning the evolution of your LinkedIn Profile, will be discussed.

Who should attend?

  1. Those who might ask… What DO I want to do next in my career?
  2. Those seeking a systematic, focused, more predictable way to conduct any career transition, including simple job search;
  3. Those who feel they need a more dynamic way to answer the question, “Tell me about yourself…” THE most asked question during job search!
  4. “Regulars” who need a ‘booster shot.’… and bring a guest;
  5. New Comers and tire kickers… this is a great session with which to kick-off your job search effectiveness!

Tomorrow’s Workshop: What IS the OTHER Job Market…and why EMBRACE it?

Thursday, May 17th, our workshop provides the introduction and overview of our core philosophy:  Embracing the OTHER job market.  As always, we will start at 9 AM and go about 1 1/2 hours…

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The notion of an “unpublished or hidden” job market is far from new.  However, knowledge of “The OTHER” job market, and your ability to execute your Personal Market Plan in it, will create both focus and productivity in your career transition. 

In the OTHER Job Market, buyers and sellers hold equal responsibility for the recruitment process…

When employers have a need for someone to fulfill a specific role, often the most desired candidates are employed individuals with the credentials they seek. 

Thus the employer must sell their Company to potential employees in the marketplace in order to attract the best of the lot.  Once identified, they simply select their choice and buy their services. In the OTHER market, however, the commodity is productive WORK being assigned to the most qualified individual who ‘fits’ the employers needs. 

Often, this WORK has not been clearly defined yet and the employer has not approved an open job requisition.  Timing is everything in the OTHER job market… meaning that you will probably not get results to brag about in the first day (or week).

Participation in the Other Marketplace of work is most effective when executed as a career strategy, making the whole process a part of what you do within your career… NOT just a job search methodology.

Strategy is the why and what part of your social media activity. Strategy seems abstract and that is why people often go directly to tactics. Tactics feels more like real work. Curb your itch to go for the new shiny tools and make some plans first. Very much like building a house–you shouldn’t buy materials before you have the blueprints of what you want to build.

First get your mindset straight. Using social media means long term commitment. You can’t hack it with a four week blitz. You have to be there for the long haul… Like your PMP, for the rest of your working life.  Your social media strategy and your career strategy are entwined like DNA molecules.

The definition, strategies and tactics of this other market go well beyond those of the “unpublished or hidden” job market … You see, in every marketplace, there are buyers and sellers.  In the traditional job market, the one that our Department of Labor “analyzes,” job seekers are the sellers and their potential employers are the buyers.  The commodity is JOBS and the competition is fierce.

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THIS WEEK’s Workshop: Embracing The OTHER Job Market…Thursday, May 17th @ 9AM at The Egg and I Restaurant (NW Quadrant of Arapaho and Montfort) in Addison

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This week Thursday, May 17th, we will overview the entire 12-step process, answering your questions and concerns at each step of the way… this is a great place to start for new-comers as the other Core Topics will follow in sequence.

A new offering from DFWCareerpilot Please anticipate every other wqeek scheduling during the summer months… also, I’ll be re-tooling the handouts to be more centered on the use of technology and social media.

Map to The Egg and I THIS WEEK’s Workshop…

Who should attend?

  1. Those who might ask… What the heck is the OTHER Job Market?
  2. Those seeking a systematic, focused, more predictable way to conduct any career transition, including simple job search;
  3. “Regulars” who need a ‘booster shot.’… and bring a guest;
  4. New Comers and tire kickers… this is a great session with which to kick-off your job search effectiveness!

BEING PREPARED To Close The Deal

Remember tomorrow’s Event: Closing The Deal…Thursday, May 10th @ 9AM at The Egg and I Restaurant (NW Quadrant of Arapaho and Montfort) in Addison…

A famous coach, of Green Bay Packer fame, spoke frankly when he said, “Perfect practice makes perfect.”  Mr. Lombardi’s intent was CLEAR.  He wanted his players to concentrate on PRACTICE, drilling on the “little things”, the basics, so that they became instinct during the heat of real life. Such is productive mindset during any career transition, specifically related to your ability to relate your well positioned “story” to others, answer questions effectively, conduct productive negotiations, and, in general, fine tune your personal salesmanship skills. 

So what are those basics that will prepare you and ‘set you up’ to effectively “close the deal?”

1. Practice your two minute drill every chance you get…. it’s the fundamental building material of your communication strategy–your verbal collaterals!
2. Practice your exit and qualification statements… most all potential employers and networking contacts will want to know your current situation and why you are available.
3. Practice answering both common and tough questions… including pre-offer negotiation tactics.

The most asked question during career transition is, “Tell me about yourself.”  Appropriate use of your two-minute drill and related verbal strategies, your “verbal collaterals,” is a key ingredient to personal salesmanship…
• A verbal resume…  A tightly focused, upbeat telling of “your story” told in a high impact two minute format.  With practice, can be easily personalized to your listener.
• An “elevator pitch”…  A succinct summary of your qualifications for a specifically positioned function or opportunity.  With practice, can become quite spontaneous.
• Brag bytes…  Wordcraft various collections of words, phrases and sentences to capture memorable moments or accomplishments–the best you have to offer.  “…saved 80% cost-per-hire…”  Used in MSWord Auto Text Format can be quite efficient when building high impact correspondence as well.
• Personal Portfolio…  Your collection of certificates, examples of work, reference letters, etc that can bring life and interest (not to mention PROOF) to your story.

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Please SHARE THIS POST with your network.  This week Thursday, May 10th, we will piggy back on last week’s MoneyTalk session with a focus on interviewing and MONEY TALK II-Post Offer Negotiation Approach.  This stuff is worth your practice time in anticipation of that terrific offer you’ll get!

Who should attend tomorrow’s workshop?

  1. Those who want to perform more effectively in actual interviews–get to the offer!
  2. Those who might ask… HOW do I optimize any offers I will get?
  3. Those seeking a systematic, focused, more predictable way to conduct any interview and discussion of salary;
  4. “Regulars” who need a ‘booster shot.’… and bring a guest;
  5. New Comers and tire kickers… this is a great session with which to supplement your job search effectiveness!

THIS WEEK’s Event: Closing The Deal…Thursday, May 10th @ 9AM at The Egg and I Restaurant (NW Quadrant of Arapaho and Montfort) in Addison

Please SHARE THIS POST with your network.  This week Thursday, May 10th, we will piggy back on last week’s MoneyTalk session with a focus on interviewing and MONEY TALK II-Post Offer Negotiation Approach.  This stuff is worth your practice time in anticipation of that terrific offer you’ll get!

A new offering from DFWCareerpilot Please anticipate a change in schedule for the summer months… following Memorial Day weekend, we will shift to meeting every other week in our workshop mode.

Map to The Egg and I So, Come prepared to work on YOUR most difficult or challenging questions that you’re asked either on the phone or within actual interviews.

As it is important to be prepared for pre-mature discussion of salary…

“He who mentions money FIRST, loses!”

When an offer is extended to you, you should feel prepared to respond appropriately AND consider optimizing the package offered.

Who should attend?

  1. Those who want to perform more effectively in actual interviews–get to the offer!
  2. Those who might ask… HOW do I optimize any offers I will get?
  3. Those seeking a systematic, focused, more predictable way to conduct any interview and discussion of salary;
  4. “Regulars” who need a ‘booster shot.’… and bring a guest;
  5. New Comers and tire kickers… this is a great session with which to supplement your job search effectiveness!