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March17th Bounce Back into Business Services - Part II


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This session of Bounce Back into Business Services highlights networking, social media and interviewing tips for those in career transition.

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March17th Bounce Back into Business Services - Part II

  1. 1. Bounce Back into Business Services – Part II March 17, 2010 Sheila Burkett Tuxedo Park Management, LLC Frank Alaniz Missouri Career Center
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Welcome & Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Follow-up and Breakout </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Your Way into Business Services </li></ul><ul><li>Using Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Tips on How to Ace an Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Success Story </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap-up </li></ul>
  3. 3. Review from Last Session <ul><li>Research occupations on or </li></ul><ul><li>Compare your skills to those required </li></ul><ul><li>Research for employers in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Target your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Application Tracking </li></ul>
  4. 4. Breakout Groups <ul><li>Each Table work as a Group </li></ul><ul><li>Swap Your Resume with Someone Else at the table </li></ul><ul><li>Compare the resume to the Job Order </li></ul><ul><li>Provide FEEDBACK to each other </li></ul>
  5. 5. Networking
  6. 6. Prepare to Network <ul><li>Target Occupation/Industry </li></ul><ul><li>30 second elevator pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Base Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Target Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Your Message </li></ul><ul><li>Positive and Motivated </li></ul>
  7. 7. LinkedIn Profile <ul><li>Update all areas of LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Consider this your online resume </li></ul><ul><li>Go for 100% completion </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with those you know and who know you </li></ul><ul><li>Join Groups – St. Louis Job Angels </li></ul><ul><li>Ask and Give Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Tie in Professional Content </li></ul>
  8. 8. Connect Professional Content <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Feed </li></ul><ul><li>Shareslide PowerPoint presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul>
  9. 10. Reach Out To Your Network <ul><li>Establish a professional email </li></ul><ul><li>Let everyone you know </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You are in transition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give your elevator pitch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify key positions of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best way to contact you if they know of an opportunity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask people where they work and what they do! </li></ul>
  10. 11. Connect with Network <ul><li>Identify Key People </li></ul><ul><li>Ask if you can have 30 minutes for their advice </li></ul><ul><li>Face-to-face </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them your pitch and types of positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask their advice and ideas on your search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask if they will keep you in mind if they hear of an opportunity. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Hang Out with the Right People <ul><li>Attend Business Seminars on Key Topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumnae Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Louis Business Journal Event </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Time in area of Expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Social Events & Parties </li></ul>
  12. 13. Using Social Media <ul><li>Separate professional from personal </li></ul><ul><li>Update Status regularly with professional items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New skills & where you learned them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference helpful sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects working on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog Posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Things that are working for you </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Using Social Media cont. <ul><li>Don’t post negative status updates </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware that some topics can hurt job potential </li></ul><ul><li>Employers are looking at Facebook, YouTube and other public sites for you </li></ul><ul><li>Google Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Networking is Give & Take… </li></ul>
  14. 16. Help Connect Others <ul><li>Pass along Job Posting to others </li></ul><ul><li>Be a Referral </li></ul><ul><li>Share Ideas on St. Louis Job Angels </li></ul>
  15. 17. Ace that Interview
  16. 18. Learn About the Company <ul><li>Job Description </li></ul><ul><li>Employer Brochures, Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Business Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Chambers of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Current Employees </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Branch or Product </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Google for articles on leaders /company /awards </li></ul>
  17. 19. Checklist <ul><li>Dress Professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Notes on Research </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Resume, Application & Personal Data Sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio & Work Samples </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation & Reference List </li></ul><ul><li>Notebook & Pen </li></ul><ul><li>Social Security Card, Driver’s License or State Id </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Money </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence & a smile </li></ul>
  18. 20. Ace That Interview <ul><li>Always Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Give a Firm Handshake </li></ul><ul><li>Balance Eye Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Lean Forward </li></ul><ul><li>Be Aware of Your Arms </li></ul><ul><li>Control Your Nerves </li></ul>
  19. 21. Top 10 Hardest Interview Questions <ul><li>Why did you get fired/terminated? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about problems you encountered with supervisors? </li></ul><ul><li>What qualities do you look for in a boss? </li></ul><ul><li>As a professional, do you have any disappointments? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your edge among other jobseekers who already have professional experience? </li></ul>
  20. 22. Top 10 Hardest Interview Questions <ul><li>What do you know about this company? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you be an asset to this company? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think you will do well at this position? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your observation about this company? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you open for criticisms? How do you take them? </li></ul>
  21. 23. Success Story <ul><li>Go Public – Don’t Be Shy </li></ul><ul><li>Use all the free resources – Library, Support Groups, Online </li></ul><ul><li>Target your industries and/or companies </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on your skill set </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go it alone </li></ul><ul><li>Get Reference Letters on your way out </li></ul><ul><li>Have a plan and a goal </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to employed people in positions of influence and who are successful </li></ul><ul><li>There is nothing to be ashamed about </li></ul>
  22. 24. Wrap Up <ul><li>Action Items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete LinkedIn Profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 Second Elevator Pitch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drawing </li></ul>
  23. 25. Reference Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>