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Refocusing Your Job Search in 2012

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Dave O'Farrell
President, O'Farrell Career Management
Executive Director, JobSeekers of Peachtree City

Refocusing Your Job Search

O'Farrell will share the five keys that form the foundation of every successful campaign:

§ How to deliver a clear, concise and powerful message that helps others help you.

§ How to evaluate the effectiveness of your résumé and LinkedIn page.

§ How to attack the job market using a strategic and balanced approach.

§ How to differentiate yourself from other equally qualified candidates.

§ How to leverage the most important 20 seconds in an interview.

O'Farrell knows what works (and why) and what doesn't (and why not). Whether you are new to HR or a grizzled veteran, this session will give you the keys to evaluate your effectiveness, adjust your game plan, and achieve success.

Are you ready to leave your comfort zone? Accept the challenge and join us!

When:  Monday, March 19, 5:30 PM

Where:  Piedmont Church Conference Center - 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta

Details www.jobseekers.org


Hints and Tips from Dave OFarrell to Get That Job In 2012

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WHO: Dave O'Farrell is the President of O'Farrell Career Management company where he runs one of the most effective job search programs in the Atlanta area

Wwa WHAT: Dave, will help you refocus your job search. Bring a networking friend and be prepared to learn more in one hour than you have in months of job seeking.

WHEN: Monday, 5:30 PM, March 19th

WHERE: JobSeekers - Piedmont Church, 527 Piedmont Road, Marietta, GA

MORE INFO: www.jobseekers.org


Finding Companies, Contacts and Titles

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“Finding Companies, Contacts, and Titles” - “you have more information available than you think”. Tony Dye, experienced IT Professional will guide you on a tour so that you can become an expert at navigating the Internet using Linked In and other tools to find any information you need to take your job search to the next level. Tony is so confident that he challenges job seekers to bring their toughest challenge to see if he can locate the information for you.

Monday, March 5. Meeting starts at 5:30 PM Sharp! You will be greeted by a team of HR professionals. Great snacks and drinks free.

570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, GA around back at the Conference Center

Check us out at www.jobseekers.org

Also, Max Wagerman will share his story and it is an unfortgetable one. Come and be ready to be inspired

Max is the oldest of 3 boys and was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee and afterwards carried on the family tradition, as he became the 3rd generation in his family to work in the consumer products business. He is owner of Maximum Resources, importer of consumer products from China that are sold to Big Box Retailers, Home Depot, Lowes and Wal-Mart. They sell their products through a network of more than 100 independent manufacturers' representatives around the country.

Max and his wife of 23 years, Mary Lee, live in the Atlanta area and have two daughters, Anna Lee 19, and Caroline 21. In his spare time Max is an avid college football fan and plays softball.

Also, networking, and interview practice for those with a job interview coming up next week - bring job description, Company Profile, and your resume - send e-mail to stroud_r@bellsouth.net ahead of time to reserve your spot for an interview run through. 


Refocusing Your Job Search in 2012

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You've heard fromt the rest now get it from the best.  JobSeekers proudly presents Mary Wolski, a professional career coach, who will help you get your career search re-focused for 2012.  In addition, Wayne Cross, former Vice President of HR for Moorehouse College will be telling his story.  Phil Stroud, Vice President of People for Tip Top Poultry, will provide an inspirational moment on "How to Thrive While you Wait".

The agenda for this meeting is:

5:30 PM Sharp!  Small group networking

6:30 PM Hour of Power with testimony and inspirational topic

7:15 PM - Refocusing Your Career Search in 2012

Get all meeting details at www.jobseekers.org

If you are a past job seeker and no longer need this please forward to someone who may be able to benefit from it.  If you would like to be removed from the distribution list send an e-mail to stroud_r@bellsouth.net with "Remove" in the subject line.  Thank you.

 


When You Get That Job Know How To Negotiate Your Salary

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Come to JobSeekers Monday, February 6 at 5:30 PM for light snacks but more importantly, food for thought as you get ready to get that new job.  Check us out for details at www.jobseekers.org

 

You have never negotiated salary before, so how do you handle it at the most important crossroads in your life???  Gain tips and techniques to get the salary you deserve.

 

Greg Dillon will tell you how you can come through a salary negotiation with fair pay for your skills and experience along with strategies that can enhance your chance of getting more than you thought possible.

Greg Dillon

Director of Business Development

College of Management

Georgia Institute of Technology

 


JobSeeker Meeting Monday, Jan. 16 job seekers do not want to miss this new year special

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 If you are a numbers person, you will love the statistical analysis that Ted Daywalt provides in a look back at the job market over 2011, but more importantly, where he predicts the jobs of 2012 will be.  If you are a serious job seeker this is a must see presentation!

Since 1999 Mr. Daywalt has been the president and CEO of VetJobs, the leading military employment site on the Internet, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and recognized as the top military employment site by CareerXRoads, WEDDLE’s, Workforce Management Magazine, AIRS, Reader’s Digest, BusinessWeek and AOL. Mr. Daywalt is regularly cited and interviewed in the press, including USA Today, New York Times, 60 Minutes, Military Times, PBS Frontline, Huffington Post, Andy Dean America Now, many radio shows and local newspapers and FOX Business News. 

Mr. Daywalt is published and is an in demand speaker and consultant for various business organizations, government agencies and universities. His specialties include recruiting and retention, the Internet, employment, economic trends,. Mr. Daywalt was one of the CEOs invited to the White House Jobs Summit in November 2009 and testified before the President’s Special Commission on the National Guard and Reserve. 

 

 In addition, we are pleased to have Ms. Judi Adams, Principle of RightChanges, and author of a ground breaking book,  "Found a job yet?  And other questions not to ask. " .  Ms. Adams will be sharing her story which is guaranteed to bring encouragement to all job seekers.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Don't miss the networking and opportunities to get one on one feedback from Career Coaches, Vice President of Human Resources at one of the largest companies in Cobb County, as well as other HR experts.

Go to www.jobseekers.org for meeting time and place


Things NOT TO DO when trying to get that job

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by Liz Ryan

The desperate post-interview phone call, the proclamation of self-doubt, and more blundering ways to negate your chances of winning the job

Despite the healing economy, employers are often slow to post openings and make hiring decisions. It's a frustrating situation that can cause eager job candidates to act in counterproductive ways, scotching promising opportunities. Here's our list of 10 real-life job-search misfires we hope will serve as cautionary tales for job-hunters. Don't replicate these counterproductive deeds.

Inflicting Gratuitous Interrogation

I was reviewing résumés and found one that stood out in a positive way. I e-mailed the sender and asked whether he had a minute to talk by phone. "I might," he wrote back. "Where is the company located, what is the starting salary, who is the CEO, and how long have you been in business?" That was the end of the correspondence; our street address was on our home page, the salary was listed in the job ad, and the company story (including inception date and leadership bios) was in the About Us section of our site. In his haste to make sure his time wasn't wasted—a reasonable goal, in my opinion—the gentleman asked me to answer four questions he'd have already had answers to if he'd done a bit of homework. Lesson: It's perfectly fine to guard against time-sucking or even bogus job ads, but do it in such a way that you don't shoot yourself in the foot.

Forgetting Who You're Interviewing With

The executive director of a small not-for-profit shared this tale with me. "I miraculously got enough money from my board to hire a marketing director last year," she said. "I was over the moon. I had one precious job opening to fill. I interviewed five people, three of them from industry and two from the not-for-profit world. One of the industry folks was super-smart and insightful. Sadly, she knocked herself out of the running about halfway through the interview." "How?" I wanted to know. "I asked her to tell me one story that illustrated how she rolls. I told her to think about our five-person agency and what we need in marketing, and tell me a story from her career that would make it clear she belongs here. She told me a story about a 24-month intranet development project involving 60 people across functions and six or seven levels of organizational sign-offs. I was nearly asleep by the time she finished. I think this lady really needs a big company atmosphere." The job-seeker's intranet story screamed "I don't understand scrappy not-for-profits at all." Lesson: In your written job-search communications and especially on an interview, keep your stories and questions relevant to the hiring manager's issues.

Selling Yourself Short

A friend at a placement agency told me this story. Last summer she had a candidate on the short list of two finalists for a plum sales management job. She'd just gotten off the phone with the hiring manager, who said, "I have to sleep on it, but I think your guy Frank is getting the job tomorrow," when Frank himself called her. "Don't be mad at me," Frank said. "Oh, no," said the agent. "What did you do, Frank?" Frank had gotten fearful and had called the hiring manager to say, "If you don't want me in the sales manager spot, I'll take a sales territory assignment." The manager hired him into the territory job and hired the other finalist for the sales management job. The placement agency lady never told Frank how close he'd come to the higher-paying, bigger job. Lesson: Stay the course. You'll never show an employer what you're worth, or persuade them they need you, by groveling.

Letting Minor Adversity Vanquish You

"I am so frustrated with my job search," said a man I met at the library. "I had an interview last week, and when I got there at 20 after 5, the front door was locked," he said. "Did you go around to the back?" I asked. "Did you call or text HR or the hiring manager?" "No, I went home," said the gentleman. "When I got home, there was a message telling me the front door would be locked and I should go around, but I had left home before that message arrived." "Did you reschedule?" I asked him. "No, I figured the opportunity was lost." "Call them!" I said. He did, but they'd filled the job already. Lesson: Corporate hiring types are no different from anyone else; they make mistakes. On one job interview back in my 20s, I walked around the whole building looking for an open door for a 5:30 interview, and I finally walked across the loading dock to get in. Show your resourcefulness by rolling with the interview punches.

Sending a Generic Thank-You

I interviewed a brilliant young man for a business development role. "Look, Barry," I said. "I want to make sure we're on the same page. Over the next couple of days, send me an e-mail message and tell me what you heard today. It doesn't need to be long. Just write a couple of paragraphs about what you see as our competitive situation and how you'd approach the assignment so that I know we'd be in sync." Barry happily agreed. An hour later, I got the generic post-interview thank-you e-mail from Barry, saying, "Dear Ms. Ryan, Thank you so much for chatting with me today. I'm excited about working for your company and know I'll do a great job." Today we would call that an epic fail in the showing-comprehension department. Lesson: Whether the hiring manager asks you to, or not, make sure your post-interview thank-you recaps the conversation in an intelligent way, pointing out what the company is up against and how you're equipped to tackle those challenges.

Offering a (Doubly) Misguided Information Packet

A reader called me for advice, saying, "I'm targeting a product manager opening at Company X. I'm going to a trade show where they'll be exhibiting." We talked about visiting the company's booth and chatting up employees. A week later she called again. "I visited the booth but everyone was busy, so I left a packet for the sales manager." "Hmm, for the sales manager?" I asked. I thought about a sales manager's likely level of interest in a non-sales employee's job-search packet dropped off during a chaotic trade show. What was in the packet? "I left him a note with an article I wrote for an industry journal several years ago," she said. "Was the article about Company X?" I asked. "No," she said, "it was a story about software documentation." Unfortunately, Company X is not a software company. Busy working people are deluged with information. Job-search overtures need to be specific. My caller could have gotten her hiring manager's name via a short conversation if she'd stuck around that booth until the trade show crew had a minute to chat. The unrelated article didn't help her case and was likely tossed in the recycling bin. Lesson: Your target person is the hiring manager. Other, random people in the organization typically don't make great conduits unless they're friends of yours. And whatever materials you send must make it clear what you want and why anyone should care.

Frantically Self-Doubting

The CEO of a tech startup called me. "What about this?" he said. "I ran an ad, and a lady wrote right back to me with a great e-mail message. I replied to say, 'I'd love to talk when you have time.' She wrote back to tell me that she's not all that technical, and I replied to her saying that we need more than just technical people. She wrote again to make sure I knew that she's really not all that technical. By this time I was trying to figure out why she responded to the ad at all, but her résumé was great, so I said, 'Let's just get together and take it from there.' Then she wrote back to ask me if there were going to be technical tests during the interview. We don't use anything like that, but I had lost faith at that point and gave up. Please tell your readers to go with the flow. There's no point in acing yourself out of job opportunities because you fear you might get tossed out at some later point in the process." Lesson: Work the process. At a minimum, you'll make valuable contacts, learn some new things, practice your interviewing skills, and give yourself a reason to get dressed up.

Surrendering to Salary Worries

"I got a call for a job interview, but I didn't go," said Samantha, a woman I chatted with at a networking event. "Oh, why's that?" I asked. "They told me not to come in if I need to earn more than $75K, and I'm really focusing on jobs that pay $80K and up," she said. "Seriously?" I asked. "You skipped the interview over that $5K gap? Are you being overwhelmed with interest from employers?" "Heck no," she said. "I haven't had an interview in months, but I figured I'd hold out for the number." If Samantha had gone to the interview and started a conversation, she could have learned enough about the organization and its issues to talk them into another $5K in base or bonus or some other valuable exchange medium. Lesson: When you're invited to a reasonable job interview, go! If it doesn't sound perfect at first hearing, that's O.K. Life is long, and priorities and investment levels turn on a dime. You'll never know if you don't show up.

Saying Yes to an Illogical Request

A client of mine, Maurice, wrote to me, dejected. "I should have taken a stronger stance," he said. "What happened, Mo?" I asked him. "This corporate recruiter called and talked to me for an hour, and I guess I passed through that gate O.K.," he said. "She called me back and asked me to write a marketing plan for the company. I haven't even met those people yet. I went crazy and wrote a 20-page marketing plan and sent it to her. Then, radio silence for three weeks." Maurice fell into the trap called Give Them Exactly What They Ask For, No Questions Asked. You'll never show your value that way. A generic marketing plan is almost useless, and a thoughtful, customized one requires collaboration with the client. Trying so hard to please, especially in the early stages of the selection pipeline, is a bad strategy. Lesson: When you're asked to deliver X, Y, or Z during a job search, remember that you're an important part of the equation. Maurice could have said, "It would be irresponsible of me to write a marketing plan with so little information about the business, and apart from that it wouldn't be fair to the people who have paid me for marketing plans in the past. Let's set up a time for me to talk with the marketing VP and discuss her marketing-plan needs then."

Utterly Failing to Prepare

I interviewed an editor candidate who said, "I think I could really help you." "Marvelous!" I said. "How? Where could our publication improve?" "You mean your publication specifically?" she said. "You got me there. I didn't actually look at it. I'm not a reader." Lesson: Don't apply for jobs that don't interest you.

Liz Ryanis an expert on the new-millennium workplace and a former Fortune 500 HR executive 


Get your early Christmas present at JobSeekers

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Honestly folks, I have been involved with JobSeekers for 11 years now and I have to tell you to please come see us on Monday, December 19th.  Christopher Coleman will share his dramatic story - how much more dramatic can you get than being born dead!  But that is just the beginning.  This is the best Christmas present you could ever give yourself and it is absolutely free.  This is the only time of the year I say bring your spouse, or bring a friend to hear Christopher's story.  You will leave feeling you can handle anything that comes your way after hearing Christopher's amazing story.

Then, to put some icing on the cake, we have a newly published author, Judi Adams of RightChanges covering part 6 of our 7 part series.  The topic is;;

  Sorting

  • Interview preparation
  • Different interview types
  • Phone vs. in-person interviews

Interview challenges 

We start Monday, December 19th at 5:30 PM and wrap up at 8:15 PM at Piedmont Church, Conference Center.  Check us out on the web www.jobseekers.org and use it to invite a friend.


Looking for Jobs in All the Wrong Places?

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Mon Dec 5: Marietta & Kennesaw – Looking in All the Wrong Places? Where to Find a Job!  www.jobseekers.org for more details

If you have been limiting your job search to jobs you find on-line, you are missing out on 85% of the available jobs and for the 15% of the available jobs you see on-line you have less than a 30% chance of landing a job. The good news is that you can increase your chances of success.

Join Job Seekers at Piedmont on Monday Dec 5thto hear Judi Adams present “Looking in All the Wrong Places? Where to Find a Job!”  Ms. Adams is a dynamic speaker and highly successful job search coach. 100% of the clients who have completed her Personal Coach Series landed in jobs they wanted. 100%!

This is the fifth of a seven part series that will definitely increase your chances of being employed. You do not need to attend all seven sessions but you will be thankful if you do.

  • Find out why you only have a less than 30% chance of finding a job on-line
  • Learn why only 15% of the available jobs are on-line and where to find the other 85% 
  • Find out how to increase your chances of success

Give away: Drawing for a $70 Atlanta Business Chronicle 2011 Book of Lists

All in attendance will receive a free Atlanta Business Chronicle Book of Organizations (BoO). The BoO lists places where you can network with your future peers and potential hiring manager. The BoO is no longer in publication so come and receive this valuable, limited quantity, job search tool.

Date: Monday Dec 5th

Schedule:

5:30 PM – Special Breakout sessions

    Ask HR

    Ask the job coach

    Networking

    Résumé Review

6:30 PM - Main Event

    Speaker

Address:
    Piedmont Church
    570 Piedmont Road
    Marietta, GA 30066
    Conference Center – back of the property

 


State Representative to speak at JobSeekers, December 5

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Monday, December 5 beginning at 5:30 PM at Piedmont Church - check us out at www.jobseekers.org

Georgia State Representative, Ed Setzler has a message that every job seeker needs to hear!

  

We have a dynamic series guaranteed to help any job seeker navigate the job transition process.  We have covered "Attitude", "Aptitude", "Altitude", "Marketing Materials" and now we are going to present "Searching" - successful networking, finding the hidden jobs, and informational interviewing.  This will be presented by founder and president of RightChanges, Ms. Judi Adams.

 

There will also be excellent networking opportunities, and a chance to talk one on one with a Career Coach and Vice President of Human Reources 


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