Holidays are GREAT for Job Networking! Learn from a LinkedIn Expert on 12/11

5 12 2017

Hi Everyone,

Many articles have just come out saying that January is one of the biggest hiring times of the year!

How do you kick off your new year with your dream job?

It might just be through a friend or new acquaintance you see at event during the Christmas and holiday season!

Learn from LinkedIn expert, Oscar Garcia (who was also on our expert panel at a KIT List a few months ago) and get some smart ideas and discover ways to have the holiday festivities give a special boost to your job search!

‘Tis the Season for Networking

Monday, December 11th

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Northside Branch

Space is tight so you must register for this free event to reserve a spot:

Note: Arrive early so you can get a seat since many events at the Library are standing room only. Don’t arrive late since they close the doors at the start of the talk.  

Many companies take breaks over the holidays, but this does not mean that you need to take a break from your work and career. Festive parties and business networking events are abundant during the holidays and you need to take advantage of these opportunities.

Learn from networking pro, Oscar Garcia, who worked at LinkedIn prior to starting his own business, Aspira, how to revive your network, catch up with colleagues, and activate your network for your next job opportunity or promotion.

This is the perfect time to think about the New Year and possibly your new career.

Give YOURSELF a present during this holidays and get a job you love!

Don’t forget, too, the importance of the spirit of paying it forward. So, when you interact with friends and new people you meet, be sure to look out for ways you can help THEM! That creates the real magic!




Learn How to Create an Effective Video Resume on 10/2, in Santa Clara

30 09 2017

Hi everyone,

I want to share another great free event to help you learn how to master video resumes!

I love what Cheryl Lee, branch Manager of the Santa Clara Library does for job seekers and for the community. In fact, she hosted our KIT List expert recruiter panel a few months ago.

Don’t miss this free event — and get the edge for your job search!

Video resumes are allowing hiring managers and recruiters to select the right candidates.



Learn How to Make Your own Video Resume

Monday, October 2

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Northside Branch Library in Santa Clara

The event is free, but space is limited, so be sure to register!

Register now at:

Global Career Summit and Job Fair this Saturday in San Francisco

28 09 2017

Hello everyone,

I’m sharing word about a free Career Summit that is hosted by my friend, Nyna Caputi, the founder of The Expat Woman. This event is open to everyone!

Global Career Summit

Saturday, Sept. 30th

At Galvanize, San Francisco

– A FREE Career Fair with some of the hottest companies in the Silicon Valley. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect and hear from executives working at some of the leading tech companies including Microsoft, Facebook, AirBnB, Twitter, Netflix, Paypal, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Yelp and many more at the event.

– A conference with TED-style talks and panel discussions with 40+ speakers

– A Hackathon creating amazing solutions to career challenges (there is a charge, but use the discount code below).

Use this promo code GCSVIPSPL to get 20% off on your tickets. Note: The Career Fair is FREE.

Structured Networking Meetup for Marketers ‪on 9/20‬ Hosted by Bay Area Content Marketers

12 09 2017

Hi Everyone,

A longtime friend of mine, Rosemary Brisco, is one of the hosts and a co-moderator with Rich Schwerin (from VMware) for a great networking event coming up on 9/20. The cost is just $5 to help offset the cost of food. 

This is event is structured so you can mix well with the others and to help each other meet, connect and help each other find great jobs. 

Structured Networking Meetup for Marketers on 9/20

Looking for a job, looking to hire a marketer, or looking to find business partners? Come to a structured networking event for marketers, hosted by the Bay Area Content Marketing Meetup. Rosemary Brisco (ToTheWeb) and Rich Schwerin (VMware) will serve as the event's facilitators.
September 20, 2017, 
6:30 to 8:00 PM
155 Bovet Road
San Mateo, CA
Cost: $5, which includes food

Please RSVP via MeetUp:

When looking for a job, one of the best things to do is to get OUT and meet new people — and to help each other find the job you'll love!



Come to our “Ask the Recruiter” Expert Panel Event on 7/25!

12 07 2017

Hi Everyone,

Have you ever had a question that you were just dying to ask an employer or recruiter about the hiring process, how to land the right job, or how to get a promotion? 

Now, you’ll have a chance to hear directly from the hiring experts their smartest tips, the mistakes to avoid, and the inside scoop from the employer/recruiter standpoint!

The KIT List is hosting this free event, and I will moderate a panel of five experts from some of the Silicon Valley’s top recruitment firms for permanent, temp-to-perm and contract placements. We’ll have a combination of prepared questions and Q&A from the audience. 

Our panel will share their expert advice from working with companies including Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, Nike, HP, Cisco, Microsoft, VMWare, Intuit, NetApp, Adobe, Stanford Health Care, Bank of the West, Wells Fargo, Kaiser, Blue Shield, Safeway, Varian Medical Systems, Brocade, and Gigamon, to name a few.

Join us at the beautiful Northside Branch of the Santa Clara Library in their large events room.

There is a space limit of 100 so please register for this free event, and be sure to arrive early to get a seat since this will be standing room only (if you can’t get in, then join us for the free mixer afterward). 

Tuesday, 7/25
7:00 – 8:30 PM  

Northside Branch Library
695 Moreland Way
Santa Clara CA 

There is no charge, but please register and arrive early:

Post-Event Mixer:
8:30 – 9:30 PM at 
Yan Can Asian Bistro (Across the street from the Library) 
The mixer is free; just pay for your own food and drinks. Some of the panelists will join us as well. 

This is a special opportunity to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask — and to get beyond the basics!

You are welcome to share this invitation with friends and colleagues, too. 

We hope to see you there!

Sue and Kelly Connelly 
(Yep, we’re sisters!) 
Your KIT List Team

Attention Consultants: Participate in the WIC Best Practices Survey — and Get a Free Copy of the Report

27 03 2017

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been a longtime member of Women In Consulting (WIC), which is a terrific organization for consultants and business owners — for women and men.

One of WIC’s many powerful resources is their annual Best Practices Survey.
Over the years, it’s offered excellent insights into the evolution of Bay Area consulting businesses, such as billing trends and rates, consulting expertise and specialties, structure and operations.

Take the Survey and Get a Free Copy of the Report. 

The survey is open March 14 to April 7, 2017 and takes only 10 – 15 minutes to complete at:

You do not need to be a member to participate — and participants will receive a free copy of the survey results when it is released in June.

Also, everyone who participates is entered into a drawing for a free WIC workshop or general meeting.

Whether your business continues to expand, has experienced a slowdown or turnaround, or is consistent with last year, please share your experiences.

Feel free to pass the survey link along to other consultants outside of the WIC Community. The more people who complete the survey, the more meaningful the results will be. Male consultants are welcome to participate, too!

Important Details

The survey closes April 7, 2017 and takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

All participants who complete the survey receive the results (normally a member only benefit!) and are entered into a drawing to win one of five prizes (whether or not they’re WIC members): a seat in any future WIC workshop (1 winner) or a voucher for one recorded webinar (4 winners).

All information collected in the survey is confidential.

The survey asks some detailed questions about your business for 2016:

  • Total revenue for 2016
  • Average hourly rate (if applicable)
  • Average retainer fee (if applicable)
  • Average project fee (if applicable)
  • Target hourly rate in project fees (if applicable)
  • Number of subcontractors used
  • Total amount paid to subcontractors and/or employees

In addition to the report that WIC sends to all participants, they will also present the results at a members-only meeting held at Michaels at Shoreline on Thursday, June 15.

If you’d like to take this opportunity to join WIC as a Premium or Leaders Network member prior to the meeting, you will be able to attend the meeting and benefit from the many other resources and informative meetings WIC provides to consultants.

Thank you in advance for participating, and please forward this to other consultants you know..…the more the merrier!

Thanks, everyone,


1/17 Networking Event: Using Social to Land Your Job from a LinkedIn Expert

14 01 2017

Hi Everyone,

I heard Oscar Garcia, former Community manager at LinkedIn, speak at the Santa Clara Library a few months ago and was very impressed with his tips and strategies which he shared. I learned things I didn’t know about! I’m going to this event, too!

The Santa Clara Library is hosting another event with Oscar — combined with a networking opportunity to put your social skills to work in a comfortable and in-person environment.

Kick off the new year with some effective and positive networking — and land your dream job.

Here’s to a very special 2017 for all you!

– Sue

Networking 101: Socializing to Get Your Next Job (Free Event)

Tue, January 17, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST (networking after)

Santa Clara Library – Northside Branch
695 Moreland Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Register (space is limited):

Most people are finding their next job opportunities or promotions through their network. Gone are the days of sending in your resume through the computer. It is not about “what you know” as much as “who you know” that could get your next job.

Learn from Oscar Garcia, CEO of Aspira (and former Community Manager at LinkedIn) on how to cultivate and maintain a thriving network to find our next opportunity.

Then following Oscar’s presentation, there will be a networking after-party at Yan Can Asian Bistro in Rivermark where you can work on your socializing and networking skills (it’s just across the street!).

This program is sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.