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Having a personal business card can be extremely helpful when you are networking for your next job.
I would recommend picking a good sturdy weight paper for your business cards. Don’t print your own on regular copy paper and cut them out! Choose a clear font that is easily readable. Make sure list your name, and your most up-to-date contact information — your phone number, email and LinkedIn URL.
Instead of a position or company, consider listing a branding statement. A branding statement would be a tagline or value proposition statement – letting people know what you want to be known as and what you want to be known for.
Keep those cards in some sort of easily accessible protector – you don’t want to hand out bent-up and dirty cards! Another idea would be to keep a small pen handy, so you can write notes on their card when you get it, to remind yourself of what you talked about. That can be very useful when you follow up the next day!
Let me know how I can help you with your job search at JulieMendez@jsmcareercoaching.com.
Are you terrified of networking? Do you feel it’s “not for you”??? Here are a few tips that will help set you up for success!
Here are a few of my all-time favorite questions for job seekers to ask in interviews!
You should always make sure that you have at least three success stories in your back pocket, ready to share at all times. These should highlight how you can help them solve a problem that they have, or address their top concerns of today!
Need help with those success stories? Email me at JulieMendez@jsmcareercoaching.com so I can help!
Can you help? I’ve applied for a small business grant from Chase to expand my Career Coaching business. I need 250 votes to be considered. Please support me and vote!! THANK YOU! Below, I’ve shared with you what I wrote on my grant questionnaire!
Tell us about your business and what makes it unique. Please provide a general description of your product, customers, competitive landscape, and overall performance.
Once called “a Career Coach with street smarts,” my goal is to encourage job seekers in identifying their dream and pursuing it with ingenuity, passion, and determination. I believe it is my calling to aid clients in finding fulfilling work that utilizes their unique talents. I absolutely LOVE what I do.
In addition to several years in the recruiting industry, my background also includes a bit of a gypsy lifestyle following my spouse’s career around the world, with even a stint working as the Community Liaison Office Coordinator at the US Embassy in Rome, Italy. This background has given me a unique perspective into the recruitment process and the job search strategy that gets a candidate back to work (in a job they love) quickly.
One of my greatest rewards is receiving calls from excited clients when they are holding their offer letter. I also love it when a person, once worn out by traditional job search methods, feels the exhilaration of making contact with the “insiders” in a company who can help them land their dream job.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Describe both your greatest achievements and biggest challenges.
I decided to become an entrepreneur to have control over my destiny, but also to have a portable career that I could take with me and work no matter where we lived (moving every few years due to spouse’s government position). I found this “job” is the best way that I personally have in truly making a difference in the lives of others.
My greatest achievement is always when a client, any client, calls me and tells me they’ve landed their dream job because of the work we’ve done together. Nothing else could compare.
My biggest challenge? Not enough hours in the day! There are so many things I could do, but just can’t because there is no way I could fit it all in. I need a clone! (Or two or three!)
How is your business involved with the community you serve? Examples include: giving back to the community, sourcing locally, and/or contributing to economic development via hiring.
I often volunteer as a guest speaker at local non-profit jobseeker support groups and at job fairs, sharing my expertise in training the unemployed in the job search process. I am often called upon for my knowledge in interviewing, resume and job search strategy, and in utilizing LinkedIn for your job search. I also volunteer by coaching young girls leadership skills through a national organization. Raising up new women leaders has become a new passion of mine!
What would a $100,000 grant mean to your business and how will you utilize the funds? Please be as specific as possible.
With this grant, I would hire additional support staff (opening up my time to work directly with more clients). I would also create a new website that would focus directly on marketing my expert speaker portion of my business. This grant would also give me the ability to expand my online services and webinar offerings – allowing me to assist job seekers across the country. I would also be able to focus on completing and marketing the two jobseeker-focused books I have in process. I would love to create an in-depth job search full-day seminar program, that could be repeated and replicated in various regional areas.
What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term growth plans for the business? How will this grant contribute to your plan?
My short-term plans include expanding my professional speaker services exponentially – opening up more opportunities to help even more jobseekers on a large scale. I would also like to create more online services (webinar-based, for example).
Long-term I plan to publish two books specifically geared to jobseekers (currently in process). I would also love to create in-depth job search full-day seminar programs, that could be repeated and replicated in various regional areas.
The voting deadline is June 19, 2015 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists. Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $2 million to 20 small business across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive access to a small business webcast by Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to LinkedIn headquarters. The 20 grant recipients will be announced in September 2015. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants visit www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com.
These articles came up amongst my resume writer group recently, and given how much we as career coaches and resume writers are sitting in front of a computer, it created some lively discussion!
That conversation started me thinking that many job seekers (or currently employed career changers) might be in the same boat, stuck sedentary in front of a computer for far too long a day. So, I wanted to share with you a few tips that I’ve employed myself! (Let me put the legal caveat in here that I am not a doctor, and none of this constitutes medical advice!)
I’ve been struggling with this the past few years, but I think this year I am FINALLY doing better. Some things I’ve done that have helped:
The absolute best thing you can do for your job search, however, is to SPEND AS LITTLE TIME SITTING AT YOUR DESK AS POSSIBLE. You should be out of your house, networking, multiple times per week! Get out and about, as much as you can! See, networking is good for your health! 🙂
Fortune recently came out with their 2015 List of “100 Best Companies to Work.” And in honor of that, I thought I would share a few other “best places” lists that I’ve collected! Do you know of additional lists that are not listed? Please let me know – I’d love to add them!
Here are a few hiring statistics I received from ExecuNet. I thought you might find them interesting!
Good news! The results of our annual Executive Job Market Survey are in and recruiters project a 17% growth in assignments in 2015. Here at ExecuNet, we’ve already seen a 10% increase in hiring activity. And here’s where the jobs are…
Top 10 Fastest Growing Areas for Executive Hiring in 2015
1. Business Development
4. General Management
5. Operations Management
9. Research & Development
4. Pharma/Medical Devices/Biotech
5. Internet & eCommerce
6. Business & Professional Services
7. Consumer Products
10. Financial Services
by Jane Roqueplot
Understanding DISC styles is understanding predictable behaviors of both the motivation for our goals, and the diversions from our goals. Goal setting and the motivation to reach those goals are based on behavioral styles and personal characteristics.
Below is a general breakdown of each DISC core style and tips as each applies to fitness and motivation.
D-style people are goal, task, and results-oriented. They are driven and competitive and often prefer to work alone. So how does this apply to motivation and fitness?
I-style people prefer interactions with others and will prefer to not work alone. They want tasks to be fun and engaging, but may have a difficult time focusing on anything tedious, repetitive, or perceived as “not fun”. So how does this apply to motivation and fitness?
S-style people are relationship-oriented, but in a more private way than the I-style. They often prefer to work with others, but would prefer the person be close to them with whom they’re already comfortable. Routine, safety, and security are very important. They’re very patient, good at multi-tasking and can work at a slow and steady pace until the task is done. So how does this apply to motivation and fitness?
C-style people are task-oriented and prefer to work alone. They have a strong attention for detail and are able to engage in deep focus. Precision and doing things correctly are very important. So how does this apply to motivation and fitness?
For those of you that are considering starting your own business, or in the process, or perhaps are focusing on building your business, here are some great factors to focus on!
To have a strong, vibrant, thriving business, your company is going to need these things:
(list ideas from Scott Hill, Franchise Consultant)
Have you created a business strategy to focus on each of these topics? Coaching can provide a framework to evaluate and fine tune your plans and propel you toward your goals. Email me at JulieMendez@jsmcareercoaching.com. Working on your own doesn’t have to mean going it alone!