How to Deal With “You Are Overqualified” – CSN Weekly Meeting

Not sure how to handle the perception by recruiters that you are “overqualified,” join us at CSN and let’s work through some ideas.

Join us at CSN and hear why.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)
The topic on 6/7/2017 will be – How to Deal With “You Are Overqualified”
 
One of the challenges we have in career transition is overcoming the perception recruiters and hiring managers have that we are “over-qualified” for the job we are applying for. We need to be sure we are applying for the right jobs for us, and then we have to deal with that “over-qualified” issue. This will be an engaging conversation for us all. Join us at CSN to participate in the discussions
For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition?

Pay Serious Attention to the Red Flags of Job Search – CSN Weekly Meeting

Ask yourself this question, “Should I pay attention to the red flags about this job?”

Join us at CSN and hear why.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)
The topic on 5/24/2017 will be – Pay Serious Attention to the Red Flags of Job Search
 
Red flags are bright red for a reason. We are supposed to consider the risk they represent and consider alternatives where appropriate. In career transition there are lots of red flags that should alert us during our decision making process. Join us at CSN, you’ll surely get some great ideas during this session.
For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition?

Create income thru Contract Work – CSN Weekly Meeting

A job is just another way of making money. Let’s discuss some of the other ways. Join us at CSN and hear why.

Join us at Career Support Network to learn how.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)

The topic on 9/14/2016 will be – Your Career Transition Marketing Material
 
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You don’t need a job, all you need is to create revenue. Contract work, Consulting and Project work are just a few ways you can create revenue beyond getting a job. There are many fears associated with creating revenue this way, the biggest is how to answer the benefits issue. Join us at CSN as we share ideas and discuss how to create revenue beyond getting a job.
For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition.

Your Career Transition Marketing Material – CSN Weekly Meeting

Call it what you want, in order to get the job you want, you will need your marketing material. Join us at CSN and hear why.

Join us at Career Support Network to learn how.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)

The topic on 9/7/2016 will be – Your Career Transition Marketing Material
 
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Career Transition requires that you market yourself appropriately. There are lots of different marketing materials that you will need to develop and fine tune as you proceed on this journey. During this CSN Session we will discuss the different materials, how to build them and where to use them. Join us to learn new ideas and to share your ideas with others.
For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition.

Career Transition Networking – CSN Weekly Meeting

Are you afraid of Networking or just not good at it? Join us at CSN and we’ll help you overcome these challenges.

Join us at Career Support Network to learn how.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)

The topic on 8/24/2016 will be – Career Transition Networking
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Networking is a critical part of career transition. During this session we discuss best practices of networking as well as who to network with, where to network and what the purpose of networking is. This session is based on the book, Networking for Mutual Benefit. Join us to learn new ideas and to share your own experiences with others.
For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition.

30 Second Commercials Suck

Let me get straight to the point.

Stop using the old style 30 Second Commercials.

You do not need to validate yourself every time you introduce yourself to others.

Validation should occur only when asked.

 

The supposed best practices of 30 second commercials, as told to us over the past decades has been to state:

#1 – Your name and associated credential.
#2 – Your career goal.
#3 – How have you demonstrated your skills related to your goal.
#4 – Your career qualifications.
#5 – Then ask a question about the other person.

Here are a few problems I have with this style of 30 second commercials, in most instances:

  1. Most introductions where people use their 30 second commercials are not to people who want or need to validate us.
  2. If the other person wants or needs to validate us, let them ask a specific question in that regard.
  3. Most of the time the question the other person has is simply, ‘who are you?’
  4. If they do want to ‘validate’ us, let’s make sure we use the best possible example based on a direct question.
  5. When you feel compelled to use a scripted validation, it often does not come across sincere or real
  6. When you feel compelled to validate yourself, it can sound like you are not completely sure or confident of yourself.

I have never really thought about this before, but I do not think I have ever introduced myself with validation statements.

Today my introduction when someone asks me who I am is; “I’m Teddy Burriss a LinkedIn Coach, Trainer and Public Speaker. My purpose is helping business professionals get real value from their investment into LinkedIn. What do you do?”

Often I even trim my intro down to, “I’m Teddy Burriss, LinkedIn Coach & Trainer. What do you do Monday – Friday 9-5 to enjoy yourself?” Simple with a touch of humor as I hand the conversation back to them.

Ponder these ideas for a moment:

  • How often are you using your 30 second commercial when the person only wants to know who you are, with no need to validate what you say?
  • Let the validation occur in an open conversation rather than a scripted and robotic response.
  • Wait till you are asked for validation and position your reply in context to what you learned about them.
  • Simplify your ’30 Second commercial to a 10 second and make it engaging rather than full disclosure & validation
  • Be a little different and a little better than every other person in career transition and position yourself better in the process.
  • Networking events and even job fairs are all about meeting people and getting into a conversation. Start with a friendly introduction and as the conversation progresses, consider what validation is relevant and important.

I’m way different than most people and realize that my philosophies may not appeal to everyone. However, I’ve found this has worked for me over the past 40 some odd years. Maybe these ideas could work for you as well.

I would love to hear your ideas on this topic. Comment on this blog article, LinkedIn or Facebook Post.

Thanks

 

Jung Typology Test – Personal Assessment

Myers-Briggs Lite

Sel-Below is a quick lite version of a Myers-Briggs assessment that you may find useful.

It takes less than 10 minutes to go through and the results pages are chock full of useful insights into your results.

Jung Typology Test

Take the assessment, review your results and the Explanations of the different Personality Types and the Learning Styles of each Personality Type.

Then for a little fun, review the prayers below for each Personality Type. You’ll enjoy them.

Prayers for Myers Briggs Types

ISTJ: Lord help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 11:41.23 am e.s.t.

ISTP: God help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive.

ESTP: God help me to take responsibility for my own actions, even though they’re usually NOT my fault.

ESTJ: God, help me to not try to RUN everything. But, if You need some help, just ask.

ISFJ: Lord, help me to be more laid back and help me to do it EXACTLY right.

ISFP: Lord, help me to stand up for my rights (if you don’t mind my asking).

ESFP: God help me to take things more seriously, especially parties and dancing.

ESFJ: God give me patience, and I mean right NOW.

INFJ: Lord help me not be a perfectionist. (did I spell that correctly?)

INFP: God, help me to finish everything I sta

ENFP: God,help me to keep my mind on one th-Look a bird-ing at a time.

ENFJ: God help me to do only what I can and trust you for the rest. Do you mind putting that in writing?

INTJ: Lord keep me open to others’ ideas, WRONG though they may be.

INTP: Lord help me be less independent, but let me do it my way.

ENTP: Lord help me follow established procedures today. On second thought, I’ll settle for a few minutes.

ENTJ: Lord, help me slow downandnotrushthroughwatIdo.

Amen.

(ht to Kathy Vohs for sharing these prayers with us)

 

Email Address Best Practices during Career Transition and Beyond

I regularly hear about folks in career transition being advised on what email address to use during job search.

Some of the advice I hear is astute while other advice is misdirected, and irrelevant, in my professional opinion.

Let’s break down some of this advice and guide you with best practices that can help you during your career transition and beyond:

#1 – You should not use an AOL, Compuserve or other old platform email address.

This is good advice for a few reasons:

– Some recruiters and hiring managers in certain industries may look at you as out of touch with new technology
– You are missing out on the added functions of email platforms like GMail, Outlook. Calendar, Docs and Contacts are just a few of the functions that can be useful in these newer platforms.

#2 – You should not use your current employer’s email system during career transition

This is a wise suggestion also for a few reasons:

– Most folks do not want their employers to ‘see’ their job search communications. Your employers email system allows them to look at all of the email.
– If and when you leave your current job, you will leave a trail of conversations and possible future conversations in an email system you no longer have access to.

#3 – You should create a unique email account only for job search.

I do not recommend this option for many reasons:

– It adds another email account to manage
– As you network, make connections and build relationships during your career transition, once you complete this task you will need to advise your network of an email address change, or lose these connections.
– If a current connection introduces you to a new connection, shares your resume and/or current email address, confusion could result from you introducing yet another email address.

#4 – You should not use an (ISP) Internet Service Provider Email Address.

This is not just a career transition issue. Generally speaking I recommend not using an ISP email account that you may lose if you relocate. Simplify your life by getting either a public domain (GMail or Outlook) email address that you can keep under your conditions, not based on where you live or your own email domain (with your website) that you ‘own’ as long as you pay for the domain registration and email service. Don’t make this decision just because you are in career transition. This is a business decision.

#5 – Do not use an inappropriate email address.

I agree with this advice.

  • SexyGirl4567@triad.r.com
  • SixPackGuy@gmail.com
  • LuciousMomma@outlook.com
  • HotChick@bellsouth.com

Depending on the type of job you are working towards, these email addresses may not represent you well. A business professional, hiring manager or recruiter may perceive you less than professional with an email address like these.

For most people, I don’t recommend personality or character email addresses. This is more than just a career transition issue.

I encourage you to think more personal identity email addresses. Furthermore, consider personal Handle identity. Example, my email address is TLBurriss@{mydomain.com} TLBurriss is the identity handle I use for all of my social media, websites, Skype, Google+, WebEx, Eventbrite, etc, etc. A great branding opportunity starting with your email address.

Consider all of the advice you get, even from me, during your Career Transition. Think about how it could benefit you. Make a decision that you feel helps you the most.

What email address change have you made during your career transition?

Dream into your Next Career

I had the pleasure of sharing “Dream, Dream out Loud and Share your Dreams with Complete Strangers” last night (8/27/15) at the Professionals in Transition meeting.

The room was packed with nearly 30 people in attendance.

Here is the Video I recorded of this presentation. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed sharing the message.

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CSN Weekly Meeting – Information/Support Resources Available in Career Transition

Do you know all of the resources available to you during career transition?

Join us at Career Support Network to learn how.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)

The topic on 7/15/2015 will be – Information/Support Resources Available in Career Transition
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There is a plethora of resources available to folks in career transition. The challenge is knowing what these resources are and how to find them. We will share ideas and hear new ideas about various career transition resources available to us, where they are and how to benefit from them. Join us at CSN to share your ideas and learn from others.
For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition?