CSN Weekly Meeting – Who Am I? What Do I Want to Do Next?

Who am I? What do I want to do next?

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 7/29/2015 will be – Who Am I? What Do I Want to Do Next?
 who am I
“Who am I?” is an important question that you need to answer. Without knowing the answer to this question you will not know what jobs you are interested in, what companies you want to work for or how to present yourself on your resume and/or LinkedIn Profile. The better you get at answering “Who Am I?” the more focused you can be on your career transition journey. Join us as we discuss ways to answer this question.
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?

CSN Weekly Meeting – Re-Engineering Yourself

Do you know how to re-engineer yourself for your next great career transition? Join us to discover ideas how to.

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 7/22/2015 will be – Re-Engineering Yourself
 Re-engineering yourself
Re-Engineering yourself is how you take your prior experiences, current skills and potentially new skills and move into a new career. This re-engineering could move you into a different position and potentially into a completely new industry. Re-engineering can occur with a little work or possibly with lots of work, practice, training and/or education. Re-engineering may be the only answer if your prior/current position is related to an outdated business practice or industry. Join us at CSN to discuss ideas regarding Re-Engineering
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?

CSN Weekly Meeting – Dealing with Age Discrimination

Are you unsure of how to deal with Age Discrimination 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 7/8/2015 will be – Dealing with Age Discrimination
Age Discrimination
Discrimination will not go away. We have to know how to detect discrimination and how to deal with it. During this CSN session we will share our own experiences and how we deal with different types of discrimination during career transition. Join us and share your ideas and insights.

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?

CSN Weekly Meeting – Managing the Career Transition Process

Do you have a Career Transition Plan?

Join us at Career Support Network to learn more.

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

The topic on 7/1/2015 will be – Managing the Career Transition Process

Action Plan

 

Career Transition, like any other activity, needs to be done based on a plan. We’ll talk about how to plan your goals and your process so that you create the greatest results during your career transition.We will discuss tasks, measurement, priorities and the stuff you should not have in your Career Transition Plan. Join us at CSN to learn as well as to share your ideas.

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?

CSN Weekly Meeting – Using LinkedIn During Career Transition

Have you figured out how to use LinkedIn during your 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 6/17/2015 will be – Using LinkedIn during Career Transition.

LinkedIn as a Career Tranistion Tool

LinkedIn is an important tool during career transition and beyond. When you learn how to Present yourself, how to connect and how to engage on LinkedIn, you will have a significant advantage over your peers who are also in career transition. It takes time and lots of work, however, learning how to use LinkedIn during career transition will be very advantageous. Join us at CSN as we share ideas and best practices of using LinkedIn during career transition.

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?

If invited, always go to the Interview

You are invited to an interviewIf you are invited in for an interview, go. Never decline an interview. Never.

Here are two short stories that help explain why you should always go to the interview.

Cindy, living in Charlotte NC, called me and asked, “Teddy, a recruiter in Cincinnati, OH wants to interview me for a job. I can do the work, but I am not sure I want to relocate to Cincinnati OH. What should I do?”

With no hesitation I told Cindy, “Go to the interview.” I explained that during the interview she had to be honest with the interviewer. “Let them know that you are not sure relocation is the right thing for you, however you would consider it for the right job, the right environment and the right salary.”

Cindy went to the interview in OH and a week afterwards she got a job offer. It was not enough money and her husband would not relocate. Cindy contacted the hiring manager, thanked him for the offer and politely turned it down.

A few weeks later Cindy got another call for another interview. This job was in Chicago, IL. Again, Cindy called me and asked for guidance. I again said, “Go to the interview and make sure you are honest with them that relocation would only happen under all the right conditions.”

Cindy went to Chicago and had another great interview. Again, in a few weeks Cindy received a job offer. Again, it was not enough for her husband to consider relocating and Cindy turned down the offer politely.

Fast forward a few months. The two people who interviewed Cindy were talking about an upcoming industry event. One of them mentioned Cindy and the other said, “I interviewed her too. She would have been good for my business.” While talking one of them decided to send Cindy’s resume to a mutual friend in Fort Mill, SC who could use Cindy on his team.

Within another week Cindy got an interview in Fort Mill, SC right down the street from where she lives. The pay was similar to there other jobs, the work was the same and best of all, she did not need to relocate. Her husband was happy.

The second story is about a friend named Bill.

Bill got a call for an interview. Bill was sure the job was not going to pay what he really wanted. The recruiter wanted Bill to meet the business owner. Despite the concern of the low pay Bill agreed to meet with the owner. During the meeting the business owner discovered that Bill would be a better fit for a position that he had not considering filling yet. The business owner changed the subject to the other job which was a perfect fit for Bill. Bill got hired for a job that had not been posted yet because the business owner got to meet him.

Why do I share these stories with you? To get you to never turn down an interview. You have no idea how the conversation will go, what possibilities may develop or who else you may meet because of the conversation.

Go for the discussion, the connections, the conversation – go for the interview. Be honest, be polite, be open to ideas.

Career Transition is all about new conversations. Interviews are great places to have conversations.

Let me know if you have had a unique interview experience.

If you need help with this area of your career transition journey, let me help you with my Career Transition Program or my Quick Start Career Transition Program.

Do your Social Media Profiles represent you?

social-mediaThree things are occurring with social media that are having an affect on your career transition.

# 1 – Social media is rapidly growing and an integral part of our society. This can not be disputed or ignored. Therefore, you need to learn how to use these tools during career transition.

#2 – Recruiters and business professionals use these tools every day. You can pretend that what you do on social media will not be used by businesses and recruiters, or you can embrace social media as career transition tools and take full advantage of them.

#3 – Social media applications rapidly change. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram make changes frequently. You need to stay aware of the changes and learn the new features.

Regardless of which social media sites you use you must manage them and learn how to use them properly. Here are a few tips that can help you create value during your career transition and beyond.

Tip # 1 – Adopt this edict: “Never do, say or engage on social media, in a way you don’t want to be seen, heard or perceived in life.” This applies to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube as well as LinkedIn. Ask this question each time you post anything, “How will this post, video, comment or share affect my chances of getting a job?” Since social media is used for all areas of life (family/friends, community, career/business) your social media activity will be very diverse. It needs to always be positive, friendly and social. Recruiters want to hire people they can like, trust and respect.

Tip # 2 – Assume that what you post on social media can be seen by everyone. Yes, there are privacy settings that can help you control who sees your post; however, unless you know the privacy settings of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Vine, etc, your online content could be accessible by recruiters. Embrace the potential of your content being viewed and take advantage of social media to present yourself as a “top shelf” candidate.

Tip # 3 – Because of the rapid changes in the social media applications you need to stay aware of the changes and take advantage of new features. Use the new features available in LinkedIn to make your profile more discoverable, connect with people who are relevant to you in many ways and share/engage on content that is relevant to your career or business. Learn how to do this from the many resources available.

Tip # 3 – Social media is not for airing your “dirty laundry.” Be positive, friendly and sociable online and increase the possibility that a recruiter will like, trust and respect you enough to move you forward in the hiring process. Enough said.

Tip # 4 – Make your social media activity public. Don’t hide anything. If you want to hide something you posted on social media, remove it or never post it. Going 100% public on social media can be a great benefit for your career transition and beyond.

Embrace social media as an integral part of society and use it to present, connect and engage for life, community, career and business. Learn to do this correctly and you’ll be far more successful.

How has your social media profile and content helped you in your career transition?

If you need help with this area of your career transition journey, let me help you with my Career Transition Program or my Quick Start Career Transition Program.

How To – Making LinkedIn Connections

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A LinkedIn connection can be a great way to expand the awareness of who you are and what you are all about.

Make connections using the principles of TRUHE (transparent, relevant, useful, honest & engaging) and LinkedIn connections can become mutually beneficial.

Remember these rules of Making LinkedIn Connections:

  • Do not send LinkedIn connection requests to people you do not know. Knowing someone does not mean you had shaken hands or talked. You just have to know enough about the person to send a connection request, and they need to know enough about you to make accept the connection request.
  • Your goal is to make meaningful and mutually beneficial connections on LinkedIn. You do not want to just collect connections, despite anything anyone tells you. There is no mutual benefit in doing this and if you try it people will begin to ignore you.

In this post are two of the key sets of activities of Making LinkedIn connections

  • How to find relevant people
  • How to make a connection

Step 1  – How to find People on LinkedIn

There are 6 ways to find People on LinkedIn. Finding someone on LinkedIn is the first step:

  1. Search for their Name in the Search Box on the Home page of LinkedIn. Type the name slowly and don’t press enter or Click Search too quickly. Sometimes if you have the name exactly as they entered it into LI the individual profile will show in the popup list. If not, click on the Search Icon and LI will bring up a full list of possible names.
  2. You can use Advanced Search in the event you don’t know how they spelled their name. In Advanced Search you can look for someone in lots of different ways. First Name, Last Name, Company, Location, Title, etc, etc.
  3. Peruse your existing connections and their connections. The list can not be “searched”, but it is in alphabetical order by last name. Once you find a name you can look at their public profile to determine A) it’s the right Person and B) they are someone you know or want to know.
  4. Search the Members of Groups you are in. Group Member lists have an Advanced Search function similar to the Advanced Search on the Home Page of LinkedIn.
  5. Search for a Company and then peruse the list of Employees. Company Employee lists are also searchable after you click on “See all Employees in your Network.
  6. Last (& the least relationship building way) – Peruse the “People you May Know” section of LinkedIn (usually on the right column of the home page.

Step 2  – Requesting a LinkedIn Connection

Remember the rules from above about Making LinkedIn Connections

  1. If you use the “People you May Know” section of LinkedIn, only send them a connect request from there if you are 100% sure you know the person and they know you. Use this too often without making a connection and LinkedIn could Restrict your account. Always type in a TRUHE Personal Note to the individual.
  2. Use the Connect Button from an individual’s Profile Page. This is the best way to send out a LinkedIn connect request because you can see their Profile and you can select a relevant “How do you Know” choice as well as see some of their profile in order to type in a really TRUHE® Personal Note to the individual.
  3. What to do if you do not know the person – LinkedIn has a function that allows you to send an Introduction Request. I suggest that you do not use this function. Instead do this:
    1. Look and see what mutual connections you have
    2. Either call or email one of them and ask them
      1. How well do they know the person you want to connect with
      2. Is this person someone you think I should connect with.
      3. If they do not know the person well, then do not ask for an introduction, instead, check with another mutual connection, if one exists.
      4. If they know this person well and they agree the person would be a good connection, ask them to do the next step
      5. Ask your friend to send an email (outside of LinkedIn) to the person you want to connect with, have them CC: you on the message. Ask them to introduce you to this person in a polite, friendly & professional manner. Ask them to at least accept the LinkedIn connection, or better yet, to talk with you soon.
    3. The Benefit of this type of an introduction is that it’s far more personal (even if via email) and it get’s you the person’s email address.
    4. Once you receive the email, wait a day or so for a reply from the future connection and then follow up with your own email
    5. Lastly in this process – Send a LinkedIn connection request using Other and their email address. In the Personal Note – mention your friend and a relevant reason for the connection request.
  4. Another process you can use to make LinkedIn connections is to email the people you know and introduce them to your LinkedIn Profile.  In your message indicate that you are excited about using LinkedIn to share knowledge, ideas and that you want your professional connections & friends to join you there. Put your LinkedIn Custom URL in the body of the message and ask them to check out LinkedIn and your Profile and to send you a LinkedIn connection request if they want to join you on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a great place to build your circle of contacts as long as you stay TRUHE to the purpose of Mutually Beneficial.

Please remember these tips on Making LinkedIn connections

You can read more articles about LinkedIn thru the How to use LinkedIn Listing

If you want to learn more, please reach out to me in LinkedIn thru my Personal Profile or Company Page. Email me at TLBurriss@TeddyBurriss if you need to.

You have to re-engineer yourself

This is part 7 of the 16 post series

I have heard career coaches use the following phrases in regards to that next job, “Do you want to ride the same horse in the same pasture, a different horse in the same pasture, the same horse in a different pasture or a different horse in a different pasture?”

I’m not sure where this phrase came from, but it simply means – “What the heck do you want to do and where do you want to do it?”

If you are either unemployed or considering a career change, this is a big question that you need to answer before you start looking for that next job. Otherwise, you have no idea what you are looking for.

If you decide that you want to ride a different horse, or get into a different industry, sometimes this requires learning new skills, systems or processes.  In the career transition world we call this “re-engineering.”

If we further defined re-Engineering, it can mean at least three things:

  1. Complete skill set & education change
  2. Adding a few new skills
  3. Polishing up on old skills

Regardless of the work that you have to do to re-engineer yourself, you must include this task into your job search program in order to get that next great job, unless you are going to keep doing the same thing in the same industry.

Re-engineering can be done lots of ways, many you may not have considered:

  • Go back to college
  • Attend classes at your local Community College
  • Online studies
  • Intern or volunteer in an environment where you can learn from someone else
  • Read lots of books

The worst thing you can say, at any age or regardless of how much re-engineering you want to do is, “I can’t do it.”

If you want that job, then work to get it, regardless of how much work it is.

Forward my Resume please

Networking for Mutual Benefit is a key part of the job search.

Introducing yourself to others who may be able to introduce you to good job opportunities can only happen if you network well. This activity is important to get your resume in front of the right person. Especially since over 80% of all jobs are not published. Your friends, family and growing network contacts are the path to these jobs.

Here are some tips for doing this:

  1. Make sure the person you are talking with learns enough about you.
    You do not want someone to talk about you unless they know enough to be able to introduce you to the right people. They do not need to know your life history, but they do need to know the key points about your skills, experiences, passion and career goals.
  2. Ask them to briefly review your resume so that they know what it says.
    You may have told them one thing, but your resume may say it differently, or include something that you did not tell them. Talking with you about your resume content can help make sure they are better informed to share your resume with the right people (not organizations, but people).
  3. Have your networking contact only share your resume where it is relevant and with people they know.
    There is no value to the job seeker to use networking as another means of getting your resume scattered around town. This is what Monster, Careerbuilder, Ladders, LinkedIn and the other Job Boards are for. Having your resume delivered directly to someone who can benefit by seeing it is far more important and successful to both the job seeker and recruiter/hiring manager. Also, anyone knowing the true value of networking for Mutual Benefit will not flood their contacts with random and irrelevant resumes. This is rude and can tarnish a good relationship.
  4. Ask your networking contact tell you where they plan to send your resume before they do so.
    This is important for the job seeker for a few reasons. You may not want your resume shared at a business where you do not want to work, especially if you are still working and the business is a sister or partner company. Additionally, you want to be able to follow up afterwards and talk directly with the person your resume was forwarded to.
  5. Thank your networking contact anytime they share your resume.
    A good honest thank you followed by an offer to help them in any way goes a long way to nurture the relationship you have with a new contact as well as a long time friend.
  6. When you email your resume to anyone with the intent of sharing it with others make sure your email is a great cover letter for the person who ultimately gets the message. Don’t clutter the email message up with irrelevant or personal information to your connection. When typing the email to your connection, write it as if a recruiter or hiring manager is reading what you type, because most likely they will.

You need to use Networking for Mutual Benefit® to get your resume in front of the right people. Do this right and you will see that it works.