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04/04/10
Career Workshop Planning.
Filed under: Recent Posts, Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Networking, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 11:34 am

You know the aphorism:  paraphrased as–’Things are
not found unless someone turns over that rock.’

We are planning a workshop next weekend. 
At the SF ACS meeting, we met some area residents
and invited them to come and bring their friends.  Then,
a couple of colleagues who have moved on recently
wondered if their friends could contact me.  Just sent
them an invitation to the same meeting. (It may be a
stretch, since it is a 4 hour ride.  I know people traveled
from OH, WV and MD to last year’s program in PA.)

With the economy the way it is, job seekers are
advised to start earlier and reach out further, distance
-wise and field-wise.

As presenter at the event, one of my main
responsibilities is to establish key take-home
messages.  So this entry shares some thoughts
about what may be stressed.

1.  We are much more organized and dependent
on the Internet and cloud computing.

 - do a vanity google search.  Know what is
in cyber-space associated with your name/
identity.  Clean things up.
      Have a professional web presence
web page, linkable documents, LinkedIn.com
profile that outlines your accomplishments and
ambitions.

 - Construct a resume file that supports your
elevator speech” that you have practiced and
are ready to give
     Resume file consists of a targeted resume
for each position for which you apply and
cover letter, list of references, list of papers,
presentations and patents, and public relations
documents that are elements of your experience-
like research summary, management philosophy,
teaching philosophy, project list, patent summary
and other types of personal perspectives.

2.  Work with your references to have them
be able to help you.  Have their recent address
information and importantly share your interests
and documents giving them up-to-date ideas
of what you seek.  Ask for their help.
    Bring your reference file to interviews.

3.  Find avenues and activities of personal
interaction to meet and work with people.
Move away from exclusively searching on
the Internet.  People hire people.  The
Internet can help but hiring is much more
than the Internet.

4.  Finally, focus and follow-up.  Too
broad a search dilutes your efforts.  Equally,
strong professional follow-up is a
difference maker.

2 Responses to “Career Workshop Planning.”

  1. site admin Says:


    In the challenging economy, I see a few “Haves”
    and many more “Have-Nots” in job seekers.

    What do the seeming “Haves” have that make
    them compelling candidates?

    1. Listen hard to the messages of their leading
    prospective employers
    2. Explore in great depth all possible sources of
    information, insight, even “chatter” about what is
    important to the hiring manager and organization.
    3. Marshall an effective market-yourself-to-them
    strategy, going out of your way to have yourself
    positively noticed. (Especially in mid and senior
    levels).

    Credit needs to be given to Career Trends Blog
    for this comment’s inspiration.
  2. site admin Says:


    The Pittsburgh workshop met and exceeded audience
    needs. Half of the “invited” people, those close to
    Pittsburgh, attended and even helped out at the meeting.
    (Special Thanks to the young lady for taking the
    organizing committee pictures.)

    We asked attendees to participate proactively–
    (a) meet people they did not know and learn from them,
    (b) get at least a half dozen email addresses of others
    to keep in touch with,
    (c) join or expand professional social networking
    (LinkedIn.com),
    (d) identify what your passions are.

    Two volunteers jumped at the opportunity to mock
    interview. Guess what? When the projector stopped
    working at mid morning (probably an automatic shut-off),
    we simply reverted to doing mock interviews.

    Every mock interview session is a terrific learning
    experience for the participant and the audience. At its
    essentials, the mock interview
    (1) examines your tendencies under pressure,
    (2) reveals some verbal and nonverbal foibles,
    (3) brings out tactics to consider when facing unexpected
    situations and
    (4) exposes basic things everyone should do very well in
    every interview (posture, handshake, eye contact, have a
    list of questions to ask, be prepared, want to be there,
    professional appearance, etc..).

    The February, 2011 session has already been booked!

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