When someone you admire and whose career you have followed for years says something like "great advice," you wear that smile (internally and externally) for what seems like ever. :)
I've been saying this for quite some time, but there is nothing more amazing than being able to do what you love day in and day out. Being able to help others identify and achieve their career goals has been a passion of mine for decades.
When someone you admire and whose career you have followed for years says something like "great advice," you wear that smile (internally and externally) for what seems like ever. :)
This month we are going to focus on the importance of networking and why it is often overlooked as a critical step in job search process. I know it may not be your favorite topic but it is extremely important, especially if you’d like to be considered for a greater quality and quantity of opportunities.
I have heard these common objections over and over again…
I don’t have an elevator pitch and really don’t want one because they always sound so scripted.
I feel uncomfortable at networking events because I’m an introvert and have a difficult time meeting people.
I don’t really have the time to attend a networking event. I am always rushing home after work to pick my little one up from daycare.
Do any of these sound familiar? If so, then please do me a favor and stop overthinking it.
I completely get it, though, because I have been known for overthinking certain things.
I’m also not a fan of sounding like anyone other than Kristina.
And…I consider myself an introvert.
And…I have very little time for the “extra stuff” as the working mother of two.
I spent many years of my professional career feeling stagnant because of my fear of networking, which (in hindsight) stemmed from low self-esteem, which stemmed from not knowing my true value. I had no idea just how much I brought to the table. I had no idea just how much organizations would benefit from my knowledge and passion for the industry.
My turning point came when I landed a role in a large organization that put me in a position to speak to small groups and at large conferences. I had to step completely out of my comfort zone and be someone I thought I wasn’t – someone who commanded the attention of the audience with an authentic message that stemmed from a genuine desire to be instrumental in the success of others. Someone who was more than qualified to educate and inspire.
What does this have to do with networking?
Someone saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. Someone sat me down and highlighted my achievements, experience, awards, certificates, licenses, and beautiful smile. Yes, the latter is true. :) Someone called me out on all of my objections to allowing my light to shine.
I needed all of that to help me understand my true value, which then boosted my self-esteem, which then completely removed my fear of networking. And guess what happened next…
I began networking without even thinking about it. That’s what I want you to do. My hope is that you get to the point where networking happens effortlessly and not just in a formal setting, either. It happens at the grocery store and at the nail salon. It happens on your train ride to work and in the cafeteria at your job.
Yes, you read that right. Networking is simply a matter of building professional connections, which is something you should do at your current place of employment.
Want to know how I landed a six-figure opportunity that allowed me to continue working from home?
I connected with a colleague via a professional networking tool you may have heard of before called LinkedIn. :) At the time, we worked on the same team recruiting financial services professionals. She eventually left for another opportunity. When she heard of an opening that seemed like the perfect fit for me, she reached out to me via LinkedIn. That simple.
Do you know your value and how much you truly bring to an organization?
Do you know just how important your skills and experience are?
Knowing and being comfortable with all of your amazingness makes networking a breeze.
Let’s put some time on the calendar to dig deeper because a Power Hour may just be the thing you need to step up your professional networking practices to position you for success.
Sharing is caring so take a moment to share with us your experience with networking and what helped you become comfortable with it. While you’re at it, go ahead and share this post with your network as someone else may need to hear this story.
As always, wishing you nothing but the best…
If you’re a working mom you probably find yourself in the following situations:
• You’re constantly strapped for time
• You’re out of shape but can’t find the time to work out
• You feel isolated from your friends
• Your wardrobe is a joke
• You can never stick to your budget, if you even have one
Overwhelming, isn’t it?!
You’d love to meet with your girlfriends over brunch to chat about everything from your new gym membership that you have yet to use, to the budget that you can’t seem to stick to…and everything in between including your drab wardrobe that you haven’t updated in years and the new job that’s going to provide you with the disposable income to make all of this a reality.
You don’t just want to vent, though. You want those conversations to be productive. There has to be someone at the brunch table who has the answers. Someone who can share their expert tips on how to make it work.
What if you could do all of that from the privacy of your own home in your pajamas?
Now you can!
Meet the amazing moms joining us at the brunch table by clicking HERE!
Do you find yourself using the phrase “responsible for” repeatedly when highlighting your work experience on your resume?
The list below will help you step completely outside of that box and use more vibrant phrases to really set you apart from the many other applicants. Begin your bullet points with these phrases and quantify the specifics whenever possible.
Let’s take this post a step further.
If you are not performing any of these activities within your current role, it is time to start. Our focus this year is on being more strategic in our chosen fields. We will no longer move from organization to organization without a clear idea of what we have accomplished in our current role, what more (if anything) we can accomplish, and what our ideal role looks like.
What will you focus on in your current role this quarter? Are there new projects you have an interest in owning or partnering with others on that will prove to breathe new life into your resume? Go ahead and share with us in the Comment section below.
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I realize that many of you already know I am a full-time Recruiter for a financial services organization. There is one part of my job, though, that I don’t talk about too often and that is sourcing. In a nutshell, it is the practice of finding and engaging solid passive candidates or those who have not actively applied for a specific job opening. I completed extensive training to earn my TTSM (Total Talent Sourcing Methodology) certification and the tips I share with you here in this post are based on my experience in multiple industries.
I can talk for days (and days…and days…and days) about the importance of having a solid resume before you begin your job search, but let’s take it a step further today. You are truly missing out if all you do with that resume is apply for posted positions that you find on LinkedIn or Indeed or SimplyHired or any of the many well-known job search sites.
Why are you not posting it for Sourcers TO FIND YOU?
I recently conducted a Resume 101 Workshop for several local job seekers here in my county who were eager to hear about my tips for improving their resumes to increase the likelihood of being selected for an interview. I remember the looks on their faces when I let them know I spend 90-95% of my sourcing efforts on…
Wait for it…
LinkedIn! The bulk of candidates in my industry have LinkedIn profiles that allow me to search with ease using specific targeted keywords. It is fairly simple to transfer the data from your resume into a LinkedIn profile that will give countless Recruiters access to you and vice versa.
For me, it’s a no-brainer. Not sure if it’s the ideal platform to assist with your specific job search? Give it a try anyway. Create a profile (or have us do it) then download your copy of the LinkedIn Profile Booster by clicking HERE to ensure your profile increases your chances of landing the ideal opportunity.
Want to know the other platform I have used a great deal in the past to find solid candidates?
Indeed! This is a great sourcing tool for finding good candidates in a number of industries. I used it most often when searching for administrative professionals and customer service representatives, but it can be extremely helpful for Sourcers trying to fill a variety of roles.
If you are reading this and your resume is not on both of these sites, I’d definitely add it to the list of things to do sooner than later. As I’m sure you have heard before, time is money. The more time you allow to pass without doing all you can to land that opportunity, the less money you will earn this year.
Focus on being consistent with doing the necessary activities to shorten the length of your job search. Posting your resume on these sites should be a priority. Of course, I am here to answer any questions you might have.
In the meantime, go ahead and download your LinkedIn Profile Booster below.
This can absolutely be the year you move forward with landing the ideal career opportunity with the ideal job duties, pay, and work-life balance. It exists and your mission is to find it…sooner than later…before it’s filled.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen my tweets referencing a new year, a new resume, and a new job search.
Let’s take that a step further because New just isn’t enough.
A new resume can actually exclude you from consideration for an opportunity if it’s just New. Make sure it is also:
A new job search can leave you deflated after a few weeks if it’s just New. You need to also make sure it’s strategic. Have you factored in your values and required minimum compensation? Don’t apply for a job just to see what happens. It’s a waste of your time and the employer’s time. Know exactly what you want and need before you begin your search.
Instead of focusing on landing a new job, I challenge you to place more focus on ensuring your job search is strategic and you are armed with a resume that positions you for success.
Would you believe me if I told you that most Recruiters I know have their resumes reviewed by other Recruiters prior to submitting them to a prospective employer for consideration? I firmly believe there is no better second set of eyes to review your resume than that of a recruiting professional for obvious reasons…and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Recruiter. :)
I imagine that some of you might have questions at this point. While this is great high level information, you may want to know about your specific job search and resume. I hear you loud and clear!
You have a couple of options…
Option 1 (FREE):
Take a moment to watch the Resume 101 webinar where I spent an hour picking apart a resume from top to bottom and discussing some of the possible reasons your resume might not be selected for further consideration.
Option 2 (also FREE at the moment):
Schedule a 20-minute discovery session to discuss your specific search and determine if/how I might be of assistance. Click HERE to view current availability for scheduling.
There is a good chance that many of you who made resolutions for the New Year resolved to land that ideal job you’ve been wanting (and needing) all year. You’ve either concluded that there is no room for growth in your current organization or that your pay isn’t remotely close to your worth or that you’d simply rather take your career in a different direction.
My first suggestion to you is to ensure you do your homework before seeking new employment. The grass is not necessarily greener on the other side and you may be overlooking opportunities within your current organization.
Research already done?
Here are three essential elements of any successful job search:
1. People – Personal connections are absolutely vital to your job search, especially if your resume isn’t amazing in every way. Lack some of the experience and/or education to be competitive for the position? Personal connections will help you get your foot in the door and in front of the decision makers. Do you have any idea of how many jobs are filled without even being advertised? The employees of those organizations do and the best way to get that intel is to connect with them.
2. Activity – If you’re unemployed, your job search needs to be a full-time job. That level of dedication has been proven in many cases to significantly shorten the length of your search and get you back to work sooner than later. If you are employed, you still need to commit to some sort of daily job search activity. Need help with that? A Power Hour is likely the best option for you. Click HERE for more details.
3. You – No, “Captain Obvious” is not my middle name. :) Far too often job seekers forget that they are a critical component in their search. The strategic and authentic you will ensure you do not simply accept an offer that isn’t in line with your career goals. What do YOU want to do? How much do YOU need to earn? What level of work-life balance do YOU require? The days of settling are long gone and it is time to be more strategic.
You’ve identified the elements, but now it’s time to take action. I’ve included some additional complimentary resources below to help.
If, of course, you need more personalized assistance, I’d encourage you to put some time on the calendar for us to connect by clicking HERE. Also feel free to shoot me an email with your question and it just might be anonymously featured in a future blog post.
I have so much to share about 2015 and 2016 and my hope is that it will encourage someone to push just a little harder and encourage one another with the deepest level of sincerity.
As I sit here to write this final post of the year, I feel immensely full of excitement and enthusiasm and passion and drive and motivation…and the list goes on and on.
My word for 2015 was NO…with a period and sometimes an exclamation mark.
No, I will not accept that job opportunity that isn’t in line with what I command as a certified HR professional.
No, I will not entertain your gossip, your negativity, or your comfort with mere existence. Aim higher.
No, I will not share every piece of my life on social media and don’t expect me to hit Like on every daily selfie you post.
No, I won’t feed into your ongoing complaining about a lack of time and being uber-busy. We all have full plates. Prioritize and be okay with knowing that everything (and everyone) is not going to make it to the top of that list…and that is OK.
Now that I’ve said NO, I am ready to say YES to my success and the success of others. With that said, I couldn’t limit 2016 to just one word.
Support and Encourage.
I’ve heard it repeatedly said that there is enough shine for everyone. There is enough empty space in this universe for all of us to live out our purpose according to His Will. Our life experiences have provided each of us with a very unique message to deliver and there is someone who will only receive it from us.
There is far too much competition in the world of entrepreneurship and not nearly enough collaboration. We know there are tons of coaches, but that doesn’t mean that multiple coaches can’t partner together to deliver their unique messages based on their unique experiences to the same audience.
Please know that this message not only applies to entrepreneurs, but also to those of us in the working world who start our day around 8ish and end around 6ish on a good day. Encourage your co-worker to do her absolute best. When she inherits a new project, offer to help if you have capacity. I’d be willing to bet there is something you can do, even if it’s to cheer her on from the sidelines.
When your fellow mompreneur is excited about a new product or upcoming webinar offer to share it with your friends and social media followers.
“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” – Madeline Albright
I’ve heard that quote several times throughout the year and I’m sure some of you think it’s a bit harsh. Help comes in different forms and is not always synonymous with a hand-out. How can YOU help?
Let’s be clear about one thing…
If you lack passion and enthusiasm, how am I supposed to get excited about your new project? Get excited and your support system will get excited with you.
With that in mind, I am SUPER EXCITED to share an upcoming event with you that is my way of providing another layer of support and encouragement to all of my readers. On February 27th at 10am, I am hosting a working mom’s virtual brunch packed with expert tips on everything from personal finance to health and fitness to entrepreneurship for the busy working mom. Of course, we'll chat in detail about your strategic job search for 2016 as well.
First and foremost, I have to thank the amazing Confidence Coach, Tina Moore-Brown, who presented the initial idea of me hosting a virtual event such as this. She challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone on a number of occasions, and for that I am so grateful.
Next, I must thank the wonderful and incomparable Audrey Adams who said, “I was thinking about your event and I think you should call it a virtual brunch.” My face lit up and I haven’t stopped smiling since then. Many thanks to her!
That is the level of support and encouragement I want to pass on to others this year and every year going forward. Join me and commit to doing the same.
Early registration is now open! Space is limited so register today!
I’m sitting here at my mom’s desk looking at my 9yr old play with my brother’s (who happens to be 28 now) Lego set. He played with these as a kid and that makes them even more interesting to my little one. She asked me what I was working on and I let her know I was clearing some mental space to begin writing my weekly blog post.
“You should talk about family time, Mommy. People need to drop what they’re doing this week and focus on spending quality time with their loved ones because you never know when they’re going to take their last breath.” –Caitlyn
So, here it is. This is probably the shortest blog post I’ve written in a long time. I’m signing off to curl up in bed to play with Legos and continue to enjoy quality time with my family.
Roses are red.
I love my mommy
and she loves me too. :]:]
With lots of love, Caitlyn. Bye .