Career Advancement and Transition, Cardea Women's Forum


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Presentation by Julie Greenberg, Bobbie LaPorte and Karen Colligan at the Cardea Women's Center Women's Forum on September 26, 2009. The Career Advancement and Transition session.

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Career Advancement and Transition, Cardea Women's Forum

  1. 1. Women’s Economic Forum: Opportunities for Weathering the Storm -Cardea Center for Women Career Advancement and Transition Session September 26, 2009 1
  2. 2. Career Advancement & Transition Session Presenters: Bobbie LaPorte, RAL & Associates Karen Colligan, PeopleThink Julie Greenberg, Facilitator: Mariah Cherniss 2
  3. 3. -Bobbie LaPorte, RAL & Associates 3
  4. 4. What’s Happening Now? We are in an extended, broad-based recession Jobless recovery – with many jobs going away Many professionals in extended search; no active career management 4
  5. 5. What Are Your Options? Keep doing the same thing Give up – retreat and retrench Take charge of your career – change equals opportunity 5
  6. 6. Keys To Reset & Recharge Your Job Search Be Very Clear On Your Goals What are your skills, interests, motives and values regarding work? What company culture and setting is the best fit for you? What is the value of your experience and expertise to employers i.e., your “sweet spot Goal – two to three job targets 6
  7. 7. How do you go about this? Take time to reflect, assess and inventory your skills and experience Tell the story of your career to date Catalogue your accomplishments: your personal “highlight reel” Research industries, companies for the best “fit” HAVE FUN WITH THIS!! 7
  8. 8. It’s Not About You! Look to family and friends for support Get involved in your community Be grateful for what you have – the “tipping point” 8
  9. 9. It Is About You! Stay healthy; take care of yourself Take time out for yourself; your job search cannot be 24/7 “Being” vs. “Doing” time 9
  10. 10. Copyright by Randy Glasbergen, www, 10
  11. 11. And This Too Shall Pass… Consider this time in the overall “big picture” of your career 11
  12. 12. -Karen Colligan, PeopleThink 12
  13. 13. First Things First… How much time will you devote to your job search? Make a plan: How many hours per week? What strategies will you use? How will you measure?
  14. 14. How? 1. Network 2. Target Market 3. Resume/Bio 4. Informational interviews 5. Search Firms 6. Social Networking Sites
  15. 15. Network Networking is the #1 job search technique. Get your message out. That means…get out of the house and away from your computer. Make a list of people in your network: Friends, relatives, co-workers (past and present), business/professional associates, alumnae, organizations.
  16. 16. Network Network List: Place them in contact order – Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 Reach out to your network and provide them a clear and concise message of the target opportunity you are looking for. Tell everyone you know and always ask “Do you know someone else I should speak with?”
  17. 17. Target Market What market segments are you interested in? List the companies within those market segments Potential position/function/role Plan approach
  18. 18. Resume/Bio Be certain your resume/bio is: Focused, attractive, correct (no spelling or grammar errors), concise and achievement-oriented. It should be forward-looking, highlighting skills and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to perform your target position.
  19. 19. Informational Interviews Make a list of “Areas of Interest” that you might want to pursue. Determine if you or someone in your network can connect you to a person in that industry/company. Set up a 30 minute conversation. Be prepared – Be on time – Send a thank you note.
  20. 20. Search Firms This is one piece of your job search plan. Get recommendations from colleagues and friends.
  21. 21. Social Networking Sites Linked-In Profile Recommendations Research companies and jobs Facebook Be careful about information you post.
  22. 22. What’s Next? 1. Focus 2. Make a job search plan 3. Maintain a consistent activity level 4. Get out of the house and away from your computer 5. Stay positive
  23. 23. Last…and not least… Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Help them to help you…
  24. 24. Thank You… Karen Colligan 415.440.7944
  25. 25. -Julie Greenberg, 26
  26. 26. What Do You Do? • Finance • Accounting • Legal • Graphic/UI Design • Engineering • HR/Administration If you are looking for Welcome to a job or a promotion Sales & Marketing! 27
  27. 27. The Interview (aka: the sale) There are 2 questions the interviewer is trying to answer: 1. How can this person help me and my company? 2. Do I want to work with this person? 28
  28. 28. Acing The Interview Be Prepared! Do research on: The company: what issues is it having Know why you are interviewing at THAT company for THAT job Practice: Do mock interviews with friends (reverse roles!) Ask thoughtful questions The best person for the job is NOT the one who gets it- the best sales person does! 29
  29. 29. Negotiating Salary Closing the sale Know your partner & the times Just because the economy is bad does NOT mean you shouldn’t negotiate This is a negotiation It’s not just about the salary Men are 4x more likely than women to negotiate 30
  30. 30. Salary Resources (old school) 31
  31. 31. Salary Resources (what’s new) 32
  32. 32. To the Future! • Stay positive & be creative • Get organized & get out there • After you get a job, continue to network and build your brand • Give back & help others 33