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  • Welcome and Thank you for blood donation. Cut job search time significantly
  • Now tell MANHOLE story.
  • There are a lot of good reasons to network – in addition to cutting your search time down. 25 million jobs never get posted. There’s only one way to access them. NETWORK! NEXT: So let’s start tonight with some good ole fashioned hi-touch introductions. Please find a partner …
  • After they share with one another, bring them back to large group. Write a few of their goals for the night on the BOARD. Share what we can/can’t do. NEXT: What goals we can achieve tonight.
  • Hi-Touch is all about showing up in a present, conscious, personalized way. It’s about follow-through online and off. It’s the old-fashioned things. Thank you notes, face-to-face meetings, real conversations. Showing up in this way will ignite your network in a whole new way. They’ll be energized by your energy and focus. And your network will grow. I want you to feel more comfortable with explaining who you are – your brand. And walk away more connected tonight! NEXT: So let’s do an exercise around your “positioning statement.” First, I’ll tell you what we’ll be doing. Then I’ll tell you exactly what it is and give you an example.
  • Point of exercise – we do this all the time. We just don’t usually consciously think about how to present it strategically. Ask the person to tell you back what you said. Did they get it right? Is this what you want them to walk away with given your audience? Did you give them your business card or ask for theirs? NEXT: But it’s a critical first step in the networking process.
  • NEXT: What’s in it. Here’s an example …
  • NEXT: You can see that knowing who you are and being able to share it comfortably and concisely is important. And it’s not easy. So let’s take a step back and find how this becomes easier for people. Let’s look at a career planning model as a starting point.
  • NEXT: Let’s assume for tonight that you know yourself really well and you’re ready to find work. I find people make one key error at this point. They aren’t always clear about whether they’re still in the “Research Options” stage or if they’re in the ACT stage of networking. So let me define the differences because it will make a big difference in your exchanges. I want to highlight this.
  • Subtle difference, but it’s key. Your audience won’t be confused if you know where you stand. NEXT: What these conversations are about at a deeper level.
  • What we mean by this is everything is connected. You don’t know where one experience or one unplanned meeting will lead. Look for the synergy of what you’re doing. Keep following the opportunities ‘til they lead somewhere. Things can pop up months later, when you least expect it, if you stay connected. Remember, it’s not only a concept, but it’s a lifestyle. The Valley is a pretty independent kind of place – let’s build community!
  • Where’s the synergy? Of your ONLINE and OFFLINE activities? Where’s the thread? Follow it in a quality, personalized, HI-TOUCH way – and your process will build and deepen. It may seem time-consuming, difficult, but it’s the new work & life paradigm. So ease into it. AND Linkedin makes it so much easier. Just make those interactions hi-touch – and ideally, have them lead to offline (in-person) conversations. NEED HELP WITH LINKEDIN – PLEASE SCHEDULE A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH US. NEXT: Let’s look at Planned Happenstance a little more deeply. You’ll see you do it all the time.
  • We need a “plan” to act on planned happenstance! It is a conscious, purposeful and ongoing process. NEXT: Let’s look at it more closely …
  • Get Face-to-Face Be Prepared - Ready to Act - Take Initiative - Find Courage - Stay Positive - Offer Something NEXT: Show up with your BEST SELF
  • You had a lot more of these as a kid. Bring back that inner kid to the process. This can be fun if you know it can turn out well. Any result will be learning, growth. We’re motivated to act when we’re in pain. Use it to your advantage. NEXT: Like a kid, BE CURIOUS!
  • Think about it … how can you get your curiosity EXCITED? NEXT: Curiosity leads to CHANCE – to unplanned career opportunities
  • Careers are not logical and linear no matter what the 1950s propaganda had us believe. It’s been a lot of planned happenstance and You’ve made luck happen all of your life. Think about it … How have … NEXT: Let’s explore this a little more … what if you set an intention?
  • It could be anything … Meet Bill Gates Get a job with one of the recruiters next door. They just want to like you. But you need them to meet you for them to do that. Remember – life is not a dress rehearsal.
  • Make PLANNED HAPPENSTANCE happen in a variety of ways. There are lots of ways to do it. Sometimes our creativity and ideas get shut down when we’re stressed so let this be a good reminder list for you. It’s important to have structure to your days and weeks. Preparing for your next opportunity can be energizing and positive when you approach it from a variety of healthy angles. Know what motivates you … what really gets you going, excited about life and build it in.
  • Take that next step to make something happen. I want you to show up.

Career Generations Presentation 9/13/2011 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. CUT YOUR SEARCH TIME! LEVERAGE A HI-TOUCH APPROACH IN THIS HI-TECH VALLEY Lisa Stotlar and Ellen Shulman, CareerGenerations Giving Blood Works! Tuesday, September 13, 2011
  • 2.
    • If you don’t have one, create a couple for tonight. Blank cards are on the table.
    Business Card
  • 3. The basics …
    • Feel ok and have some stability
    • Resume, LinkedIn are solid & tailored
    • Surround yourself with positive people
    • Get support & guidance (1:1, groups, a coach)
    • Know your style and play to it; have radical self-acceptance!
    • Schedule things everyday (exercise, 1:1 meetings, groups, library, coffees, volunteer)
    • Stay open to serendipity everyday
    • Network 90% - Traditional search methods 10%
  • 4.
    • Dot Coms ... Dot Me …
    • Hound.com About.me 
    • NatsJobs.com
    • SimplyHired.com
    • Indeed.com
    • Jobster.com
    Good Sites
  • 5. WHY NETWORK?
    • Life becomes easier.
    • Share Interests and Common Values
    • Meet Interesting People & Find Opportunities
    • Gain Knowledge
    • Cuts your search time significantly!
    • Connection is good for you! We’re all linked.
  • 6. FIND A PARTNER
    • Shake hands, share your names, and ask:
    • What brought you here tonight?
    • What do you hope to get out of tonight?
    • What recent accomplishment are you proud of?
  • 7. Goals for tonight …
  • 8. Practice your Positioning Statement
    • Jot down your positioning statement.
    • Each partner takes a turn sharing his/her statement.
    • Listener: give some gentle feedback if it’s not clear or you’re unfamiliar with your partner’s line of work.
    • Brainstorm people/places they may want to contact.
    • Thank them for sharing.
    • Exchange cards if you’re comfortable doing that.
  • 9. A Positioning Statement …
    • Creates a PICTURE of you for your listener.
    • It’s part of your brand.
    • Answers the questions:
    • Tell me about yourself and
    • What do you do?
    • And for tonight, let’s add:
    • What you’re looking for.
    • Tailored to the listener so it’s relevant.
    • Takes only 15-30 seconds to share.
    • Clear statement = reduced search time.
  • 10. What’s in it?
    • Profession ~ I’m a Manufacturing Operations Mgr.
    • Abilities ~ I’ve got strong supervisory skills and always focus on cost management, quality control and customer satisfaction.
    • Unique Qualities ~ I’m particularly proud of how I create “high involvement” teams that deliver bottom line results.
    • Type of Organization ~ I’ve been at both large and small companies. I’m excited about bringing what I’ve learned to a growing organization like XYZ.
  • 11. Looking at things in a context … Self-Assessment Generate Options Research Options Act Problem Evaluate Decide Set Goals #1 Values #2 Favorite Skills #3 Interests Personality Needs Web Books People Ourselves People Books Web & Job Postings Assessments Act from a focused, researched place, not a quick fix
  • 12. There’s a difference between …
    • Exploration
    • Can Lead to Networking & Job Opportunities
    • Job Hunting
    • Target companies, yet you’re still open to other Options.
    • Naturally includes Research.
    • RESEARCH
    • NETWORKING
  • 13. Informational Conversations
    • RESEARCH
    • Peers
    • Unfocused
    • Exploring
    • Planned Happenstance
    • with anyone!
    • Follow the Thread
    • NETWORKING
    • Bosses
    • Focused
    • Know the titles
    • Planned Happenstance with anyone!
    • Follow the Thread
    Scheduled Scheduled Unscheduled Unscheduled
  • 14.
    • Takes effort, and there will be dead-ends,
    • but it will cut your search time significantly.
    Follow the Threads …
  • 15. SYNERGY Hi-Touch throughout … Cuts your Search Time
  • 16. PLANNED HAPPENSTANCE
    • What is it?
    • Planned:
    • Arrange the parts - plan to follow up on interests
    • Happen:
    • To occur by chance - believe something can happen
    • Stance:
    • An attitude - be open to experience & be opportunistic
  • 17. Planned Happenstance at its Best
    • Everyone’s life is affected by chance. See it as a positive. As good career planning!
    • Show up. Be curious. Pursue things. In-person, like tonight, and through LinkedIn, etc.
    • Expect opportunities, connections. Believe something positive can happen.
    • Be approachable and ready. Tennis clothes & gear means you’re ready to play. This is not fate; you make it happen.
  • 18. SHOW UP WITH YOUR BEST SELF
    • Curiosity
    • Persistence
    • Flexibility
    • Optimism
    • Risk Taking
  • 19. CURIOSITY
    • How could …
    • Your curiosity get excited?
    • Chance events contribute to your curiosity?
    • You act to enhance your curiosity?
    • You explore the career implications of
    • your curiosity?
  • 20. Unplanned Career Opportunities
    • Benefit from chance.
    • ACHIEVE CHANCE.
    • It doesn’t just happen.
  • 21. Think about it …
    • What chance event do you wish would happen?
    • What can you do now to increase the likelihood of it?
    • How would your life change if you did that?
    • And if you … did nothing?
  • 22. BOOK YOUR CALENDAR WEEKLY
    • Workit.com – business events
    • Meetup.com – for almost anything imaginable
    • Athletic Club or nearby park – movement
    • Volunteer
    • Religious
    • School for career & Workshops for personal growth
    • Social Life
    • Support (therapist, clergy, career coach, job search support groups, etc.)
  • 23. NEXT STEPS
    • Leverage a Hi-Touch Approach.
    • Take your BEST SELF next door.
    • Do the Networking Assessment.
    • Design a plan that works for you.
    • Read the books that will help.
    • Access community resources.
    • Sign up for a free career consultation.
    • Stay open and ready for Planned Happenstance!
  • 24. HAPPY NETWORKING! Happy New Discoveries …