Posted: December 14th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Career Coach, Job Search Networking, Personal Branding, Social Networking | Tags: adriana llames, bill kiss, careers, craftsman, Personal Branding, sears, social media | Comments Off on Career Advice and Job Search TIps from Sears CMO
When I began my business I had no idea that the luxuries of a flexible work schedule and being the boss came alongside being the janitor, IT department and paying more taxes than I’d ever thought imaginable. Owning a business has quite a few drawbacks but this week I was blessed with a business owner bonus.
I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner with two heavy-hitting senior executives, the CMO of Sear’s Tools & Hardware and CMO of Sear’s Online & eCommerce. These two guys run the famous Craftsman brand and a Fortune 100 retail website for an iconic brand. Sears may be a bit stale, sorry guys, but it’s a brand many American’s love. In fact, we still own Craftsman tools that my grandfather, rest his soul, bought when my mom was growing up.
As we chatted over salad and salmon, they dished out their recipe for a successful career in today’s digital world inside Corporate America.
- Engage Socially – social media is the future. get engaged online, chirping and chatting to connect with brands that are moving forward (and hiring).
- Eyes Open – when working inside Fortune 500 organizations, if you look for walls, you’ll find them. If you look for opportunity and open doors, you’ll find that also. Do the latter.
- Opportunity – it exists and is best accessed via networking. Executives at this level are working double time right now and to capture their attention, you need to be personally networked in to see them, and it’s best if it’s around a key initiative.
- Flexibility – make it easy to meet with them near/at their location when they can meet you rather than near you and around your schedule.
- Backbone – if you’re an expert in your area, then they expect you’ll have a backbone and not back down at the first sign of pressure.
- Results – what can you do for me lately is common inside Corporate America’s walls today. if you deliver, you’ll do well.
Bill Kiss, is the Chief Marketing Officer of Tools & Hardware, which includes over 400 brands and 30,000 products, and the Blue Tool Crew. He has agreed to do an in-depth interview on personal branding, social media, networking and how they’ve played a role in his 2011 hiring and 2012 hiring plans. Our in-depth interview on his executive hiring practices will be released on January 2, 2012. Like adrianallames career services on facebook to get access to this exclusive content!
Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Career Transition Networking, Job Search Networking, Personal Branding, Social Networking | Tags: career coach, job search, job searching, Personal Branding, q4 job search tips | Comments Off on 5 Actionable Tips for 4th Quarter Job Search Success
Fall brings crisp leaves, apple cider, kids in costumes, families around holiday tables and a drop in job search. For some reason all these things are great except that last one. Why is it that job seekers, both employed and unemployed, relax their search efforts during the 4th Quarter?
Regardless of the reason why, here are some tips on what to do to remain successful during what job seekers think of as a “useless” and “dead” search quarter (hint: plenty of people get hired during Q4).
Tip #1: Do Nothing Different
According to Professor John Millikin of the W.P. Carey School of Business, you should do nothing different. He said, “It may make sense to mentally pull in your expectations for a fourth-quarter start date, but not your efforts. Some companies who operate on a calendar fiscal year may be waiting to hire until the first quarter, but that is certainly not always the case. When companies are hiring, they are basically hiring for the long haul. I was hired in the fourth quarter and have hired people in that quarter, as well.”
Tip #2: Network, Network, Network
This is an important tip during every quarter however, as Melanie Winograd with The Impact Group points out, 4th Quarter has parties and holiday gatherings which makes it a great time to use who you know to identify gaps in organizations that you can fill.
Tip #3: January Hires are recruited in Q4
Lauren Milligan with ResuMAYDAY mentions that while January may be one of the busiest hiring months, the candidates that land during that month come into contact with companies during November and December. If you’re going to land during Q1, you’ll need to be searching actively during Q4.
Tip #4: Keep Interview Skills Fresh
Candidates land interviews, and jobs, in 4th quarter, which means it’s essential to keep your skills fresh. Jeff Gordon, publisher of I Want An Education, recommends you practice their interview skills to enhance them, arrive early when invited to an interview and look your best.
Tip #5: Go Social
If anytime was going to be the time to overcome your fear, and possible frustration, with LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, make it your 4th Quarter job search objective. Social networks are where 67% of companies are investing their recruiting dollars next year and where over 80% of companies source their candidates. Spend more time integrating social media into your search; even it’s just posting that you’re “learning something new today about social media and your search”. It’s a step in the right direction.
Posted: October 26th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Career Coach, Job Search Networking, Social Networking | Tags: adriana llames, career coach, facebook, job search, linkedin, social media strategy | Comments Off on LinkedIn and Facebook: What’s the difference?
This afternoon I spent 2 hours working side by side with one of my apprentice coaches and my intern showing them how to build a ‘pimped out’ professional LinkedIn profile. To change things up, we headed to Starbucks rather than working at the office. While we were working, a gentleman (Ben) leaned over and asked “Are you guys ghostwriters?” I smiled and said, “Only for LinkedIn and resumes.” He then asked for a card; he had just finished an interview.
LinkedIn’s Not For Me
Since we’d just stepped next door from the office, I grabbed my laptop and phone but not my cards (bad, bad idea). To make sure he had our information, I asked Irvine to email him. When she sent it to him, he commented “Oh great, I could use your help. I need a new job although I don’t think LinkedIn is for me; Facebook is the same anyway.” To which she said, “LinkedIn is more of a professional networking site whereas Facebook is for family and friends.”
I was busy working with Barb and only found out about the exchanged third hand at the end of our meeting later (when I was so proud I gleamed with joy). Irvine was spot on in her assessment. Many professionals I meet, speak with and coach respond to the idea of networking and connecting on LinkedIn with “it’s not for me” or “my company doesn’t really use LinkedIn” or “LinkedIn isn’t used in my industry/profession.” If I only had a dollar for every time I heard that I’d be…well, far better off financially than I am now.
Consider these facts: 100MM+ professional, registered users including executives from every Fortune 500 company. 200 countries. 50% users are U.S.-based; 50% users international. The only social network to go public. If you, your industry or your company isn’t using it – who are all those people on there? And for goodness sake, why would you NOT want to connect with them?
Facebook – What it is and is Not
When Irvine said to Ben that Facebook is great for family and friends she was absolutely right. It’s a perfect place to connect with old friends from elementary school, new friends from your neighborhood, family members in other cities, states, countries, etc. Using Facebook as a job search utility is also a good option, when done within a strategic and savvy search model. Given that Facebook changes it’s privacy settings often, and sometimes without notifying it’s user base, and that often times you’re friends with colleagues, this social network is best used as a friends and family connection base. Your pictures and posts are more personal on Facebook and they may not be something you want a potential employer, hiring manager or colleague to see.
The Difference: Professional and Personal
The main difference between LinkedIn and Facebook is why you use them and who you connect with on each network. LinkedIn=professional networking to connect with colleagues and professionals. Facebook=socializing and connecting with friends and family. Confusion creeps it’s head when they crossover and thanks to networking, employee referrals and the power of word of mouth, Facebook has become a great engine for penetrating people’s personal social circles both for companies, hiring managers and recruiters. That’s okay if you allow it and want it. To dismiss LinkedIn is to toss out 100MM potential career contacts that can lead to a new opportunity; that makes much less sense.
Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Job Search Networking, Social Networking | Tags: adriana llames, adriana llames career coach, career coach, hiring, interview, job listings, jobs | Comments Off on Get Hired Now! 10+ Exclusive New Job Listings
We all hear that 85% of jobs go unadvertised and 73% of companies prefer to hire candidates that are directly referred because they fit better with the culture. That’s precisely what this privately funded Chicago-based mobile application company is doing for their entire team. When I met with the founder and leader of the company, Paul, last week to find out about their openings he opened up about the fact that their efforts to find anyone online were short lived and fruitless.
As I sipped on my coffee at 9a.m. and he opted out, hoping to return home for a nap before starting his real day (he programmed until the wee hours of the morning), he shared with me that the current programming talent was top notch – think Google and Facebook- they’d all gone to school together and when called, they answered. Now they need fresh talent and are looking for it through the WOM (a.k.a friends and family) network; that’s how I got the call. I know Paul from years back when we would BBQ and relax together at a mutual friend’s house. We’ve kept up over the years on none other than Facebook.
If you’re looking for an energetic company, appreciate and embrace a fast-paced culture and thrive in an an entrepreneurial environment focused on growth and client-driven development, check out the list of positions below from C.O.O. to Customer Service Representative. Salary, benefits and, for the right candidate, even relocation is offered.
Chief Operating Officer | Develop CRM processes, establish back office functions including logistics development, play a key role in the forecasting and modeling with sales plans, strategic plans and budgets. Lead HR/Finance/Benefits/Operations/Operations functions and serve as a member of the Executive team. Strong background in establishing new policy/procedures. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PCOO to email@example.com
Controller/Finance Director | Establish compensation plans for sales team and executive team in collaboration with C.O.O.; Manage A/P and A/R in addition to accounting and taxes for the company. Direct all purchase order processing. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PFIN to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical Project Manager | Establish deadlines and adhere to set deadlines; fix bugs; organize and prioritize feature set development and deadlines. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PTPM to email@example.com.
Graphic Designer (2) | Visual design of user interface including customer specific icon development; template design(s). Create marketing slicks and presentations. Expert skills in Photoshop/Illustrator/PowerPoint. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PGD to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Level Programmer (2) | Work with Customer Service Reps on product management, collaborate with senior programmers on product bug fixes, etc. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PJLP to email@example.com.
Customer Service Representatives (2) | Manage post-sale relationship with customers, maintain continuous quality assurance of product and handling inbound customer calls with B2B clients. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PFCSR to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile User Experience Engineer | Develop mobile, tablet and desktop product flow, Establish customer requirements through gathering customer needs and analysis. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PMUEE to email@example.com.
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