How to Pivot During the Pandemic. New ways to work!

29 05 2020

Hi Everyone,

Kelly and I finished our 4th video (a very DIY home production!), “Pivot During the Pandemic” to help our KIT List friends…and any others who’ve been impacted by this pandemic.

Though COVID-19 has hit jobs, the economy and all of our lives, this is actually the perfect time to rethink your work.

Watch the video here:

KIT List Corona Video 4

Some jobs will not return for a while — so it’s vital to pivot your direction and thinking to find newer and better ways to work! This can be the time that propels you into something better. Perhaps starting your own business, or to find other ways to put your talents and interest to work in something fresh and rewarding.

Join Kelly and me in a lively discussion with online business strategy expert, Elyse Tager. Elyse helps people to pivot their thinking to create new opportunities through launching their own business — or growing their business from being a “solo entrepreneur” to building a larger company by thinking like a CEO!

Also, Elyse has offered a free 15-minute consultation call for any of our KIT List folks or for others who view the video.

ElyseTager.com
Elyse@ElyseTager.com

Feel free to share ideas and resources in the comments section of the YouTube video or you can add ideas on the KIT List Facebook page, too.

We’re in this together!

Sue and Kelly Connelly
KIT List Moderators (and sisters!)





Free seminar on 5/15: “Transitioning Careers: How to Make the Leap”

14 05 2020

Hello Everyone,

Oscar Garcia, the LinkedIn expert who has been on KIT List panel events and on the recent KIT List Corona Video #2 is hosting a free webinar tomorrow.

His talks are always inspiring and informative — especially as many of us rethink our work during this pandemic.

Register free here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transitioning-careers-how-to-make-the-leap-tickets-104881675916

Transitioning Careers: How to Make the Leap
Friday, May 15
12:00 PM (Pacific)

Presented by Oscar Garcia Aspira Consulting

You decided to make the “big leap” into your next career! Where do you start? How do you make the right choices? How do you transition your work experience to a new job?

This free webinar will help you gather your experience, and teach you how to make a smooth transition.


Webinar Topics
1. Lessons Learned from 11 Career Transitions
2. How to Make the Leap
3. Fine Tune Your LinkedIn Profile

Agenda
12:00-12:05 Welcome
12:05-12:35 Webinar
12:35-1:00 Q&A

I hope you are all staying safe during this unique time and that you are able to find the opportunities this time will also give us as we think of new ways to work.

Warmly,

Sue

#COVID-19, #Jobs, #Career





Our Corona Video 3 is out…”Good news about jobs and growth amid COVID-19!”

16 04 2020

There is hope and great opportunity despite the pandemic.

Watch our Corona Video 3 to hear industry expert, Rene Siegel, CEO of Connext, share fresh input she heard from client companies who have frozen full-time job reqs but are pushing for much-needed help through remote consultants and contractors. She also relates promising news from a substantial financial report on a brighter economy that’s coming sooner than expected.

My sister, Kelly Connelly, who co-moderates the KIT List with me, is my video partner for this weekly series on what we all can do to make the best of this pandemic.

Kelly helping Easter BunnyIn this video, we also report on our adventures as the Easter Bunny’s helpers on a stealth mission on Saturday night to show just some of the ways we can connect with our neighbors and build stronger communities — while using safe methods and social distancing. We can still have fun and make a difference if we get a bit creative!

Watch the video now.

Please feel free to share ideas on what you are doing during this remarkable time to help others, how to find a great job, or how to make good use of the time and opportunities while the world shelters in place together!

You can also add your comments and resources ideas to the comments section on YouTube for the video, or on our KIT List Facebook page.





How to get a job during the Pandemic, free skills training, and fun ideas to connect to neighbors!

9 04 2020

Hello Everyone,

The second YouTube KIT List video is now out! In it, hear tips from LinkedIn expert, Oscar Garcia, on how you can use this unique time to land the job you’ll love.

There is still a LOT of hiring activity going on, so don’t be discouraged and use this remarkable situation as a special opportunity to reach out!

Corona video 2My sister (and co-moderator!) Kelly and I also share URLs in Video #2 for free Ivy League classes and other ways to build your skills or expand your creative mind during this shelter-in-place time.

You can also see our first video where we talk about why we’re doing this video series during the outbreak:

These Corona Virus Videos are also a way for you to share ideas and resources with the KIT List community and to our colleagues and friends. Please write your suggestions in the comments section of the videos, or on the KIT List Facebook page or blog. We will profile great ideas you share in the next video.

This is also an important time to get to know your surrounding neighbors. Often we might know a smiling face and a first name, but this is a key time to connect and look out for each other (at a safe distance!).

In the videos, Kelly and I share ways we’ve connected with my own neighborhood while Kelly stays at my house during SIP. It’s been great to have her here while she recovers from foot surgery!

We are even planning some stealth work on Saturday night to help the Easter Bunny by planting plastic eggs filled with candy in the front yards of young neighborhood kids — with their parents’ permission, of course! We’ll be using gloves and masks to assemble and deliver them. But I can’t promise that I won’t dig into some of the chocolate for my own consumption as well. 😉

Kelly and I wish you all continued health and safety, and that you have a wonderful Easter and  Passover,

Sue and Kelly Connelly
sue@kitlist.org
kelly@kitlist.org




The COVID-19 pandemic and how we can all help. Starting a YouTube channel for ideas and resources.

2 04 2020

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Watch our video

I truly believe that we will emerge stronger and better in the fact of this historic challenge and opportunity.

Wishing you and your families health and protection. We’re all in this together!

Sue and Kelly Connelly

sue@kitlist.org

kelly@kitlist.org

 





Join us for free panel on “How to Get a Promotion” on 2/10 in Santa Clara

6 02 2020

Hello Everyone,

The Northside Branch of the Santa Clara Library is a great spot where we’ve had some KIT List panels. The library hosts a wide array of interesting and useful events, and I’ve been asked to join a panel of career experts who will share their advice and strategies for advancing in your job by getting a promotion.

Please join me, along with some expert career leaders, for a lively panel discussion next Monday night!

You must register using EventBrite in order to attend. Please see the Library posting below for details. I hope to see you there!

Warmly, 

Sue 

“How to Get a Promotion” Panel
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Monday, 2/10


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

Register here

Eventbrite registration is required.*

Employment is at an all time high and now it is time to think about moving up in your career. We’ve assembled an all-star career panel (line up subject to change) that will share tips, strategies, and actionable items to get you to the next level!

Sue Connelly, Founder and Moderator of The KIT List

Sue is a Silicon Valley legend! Thousands of technology professionals have found jobs through her Keep-In-Touch List that she founded in 1997. She has over 72,000 subscribers from all over the world who rely on her list to get their next job opportunity or promotion.

Jane Fan

Human Resources Recruiter

Jane is a seasoned Human Resources professional with firm background in the full-cycle recruiting process: prescreen/interview, offer, negotiate, and place candidates for assigned requisitions.

Oscar Garcia

Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Aspira

Oscar is an introvert turned international speaker. Oscar has given over 300 seminars and trained over 10,000 professionals. His clients range from startup incubators, to educational institutions, and brands like Aruba Networks, Palo Alto Networks, McKesson, Genentech, Wells Fargo, the US Embassy, the University of California Berkeley and Stanford University. 

René Shimada Siegel

CEO of Connext

For two decades, René has made life easier for hundreds of technology clients with specialized contractors ranging from recent grads to senior strategists. Current clients include Adobe, Google, LinkedIn, Salesforce, and Workday. René is a member of the Forbes Communications Council and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Lucas College of Business at San Jose State University.

* A ticket does not guarantee entry to the program if you do not arrive on time. Any leftover seats will be given away to the waiting list after the doors open. Doors will close ten minutes after the event begins or after the event reaches capacity. 

* Your attendance to this program grants permission to the City of Santa Clara to take your photograph and/or your child’s photograph for marketing purposes.





An Important Way to Share Your Talents for Social Good!

13 06 2019

Hi Everyone,

I’ve heard from so many incredibly talented professionals that although they’ve dedicated their careers to doing great work for wonderful companies, they feel something is missing.

They want their work to have more intrinsic value — to make a positive difference in the world in a more direct way.

You can do just that through Encore!

I want to share this important organization with our KIT List community. Please also pass this on to friends and colleagues!

This is an excellent opportunity for mid- to late-career professionals looking to contribute their skills to the social impact sector of non-profits and government organizations.

There are Encore Fellowships that match seasoned professionals with high-impact, paid assignments.

Encore Fellowships provide a match to an organization needing your talent.

Fellows provide capacity-building expertise to non-profits to strengthen their organizations.

Some of the Many Benefits:

  • Explore the social impact sector, learn how to transfer your skills to a new career path. 
  • Earn a paid stipend of $25,000 for 1,000 hours of work, typically part-time for a year.
  • Receive education, establish new contacts and create a personal network, and join a cohort of peers.

 

Close to 60% of Encore Fellows continue in their host organization full- or part-time, 8% continued with consulting within the social sector, with another 8% serving on a board after their fellowship ends.

Since 2009, thousands of Encore Fellows have provided over 2 million hours of service, at a fraction of their market value, contributing the equivalent of more than $200 million to not-for-profit organizations in over 50 metropolitan areas.

A Few Examples of Experts Needed

The Silicon Valley region has some of the following needs from host organizations. New positions are constantly added and skills in IT, operations, finance, marketing and HR are all needed, so be sure to check their website!

  • A CFO-level professional to work with a CEO of a large, youth-serving organization on presenting the right financial data in meaningful ways to stakeholders.
  • A seasoned marketing professional for an education organization.
  • An IT executive to work with a large community foundation on new systems to implement for a transaction processing environment.
  • A director-level finance professional to work on analyzing the profits and losses of services and products from a large community foundation.
  • Someone to create a business model for a non-profit focused on media and community access from existing products and services.
  • A finance/operations professional to develop and manage a streamlined process for internal and external grant reporting; and best use Salesforce to manage donors, grant reporting, and operational effectiveness for a housing organization.

The Process:

Fellow candidates apply to the program. Once they have applied, they will be contacted to discuss their interests and fit. Matching can take several weeks to months, depending on applicant skills, interests and geographical preferences and host needs. If you’re interested, learn more and apply here!

If you want to put your deep expertise and talents to work for a great cause, consider an Encore Fellowship!

Warmly,

Sue





Take the WIC Consultant (and contractor) Survey and get a copy of the report! Survey closes 6/10.

28 05 2019

Hello Everyone,

If you are working as a consultant, or on a contractor status, please participate in this annual survey by June 10th to provide important data — and you will also get a copy of this very insightful report as well!


Each year, our KIT List community has been a key part of providing data by participating the WIC Annual Best Practices Survey. 


The more people who complete the survey, the better the results. Please pass this invitation along to other consultants and contractors you know!


WIC (Women In Consulting, which is open to men and women!) gets rave reviews about how this survey inspires and guides consultants in their businesses, gives them insights into the latest consulting trends, and helps them benchmark their consulting practices against those of top consultants nationwide.


Everyone who participates receives a copy of the results, and entered into a drawing for a 1-year Basic Women In Consulting membership, or one of four vouchers to access a WIC webinar recording. 


All consultants are invited to participate – regardless of gender, area of focus, length of time as a consultant, etc.


Whether your business expanded, experienced a slowdown or turnaround, or was consistent with prior years, WIC wants to hear about your experiences. 


Take the WIC Survey now!

https://wiconsult.org/BPS2019

The survey closes on June 10th.  


Important Details:

– The survey takes ~10 minutes to complete.


– Information collected during the survey is confidential and anonymous.


– All participants who complete the survey receive the results (normally a members-only benefit!) and are entered into a drawing to win one of five prizes (whether or not they are Women In Consulting members): a 1-year Basic Women In Consulting membership (1 winner) or a voucher for one recorded webinar (4 winners).


– Participants will also have exclusive access to LI and FB Groups with personal case study information, the complete report and video overview of the results and recommendations.


– The survey asks some specific questions about your business. You will complete it more quickly if you have access to your accounting and compensation reports.


Contact admin@womeninconsulting.org if you have any questions or encounter any problems.


Thank you for participating. WIC appreciates your time and values your input!


Warmly, 


Sue 



About Women In Consulting 

Women In Consulting offers consultants and small business owners a vibrant, diverse, and powerful community to help them build strong businesses. Its collaborative culture enables members and community subscribers to connect and share experiences and best practices with like-minded professionals. To find out more or to attend an event go to www.womeninconsulting.org 





You’re invited to two events! Job Strategies Expert Panel on 5/20 and Salary Negotiations on 5/21.

15 05 2019

Hi Everyone,

I’ll be on a panel along with some savvy industry experts on how to land your dream job (or get a promotion!) on Monday, May 20th.

The second event the following evening will cover Salary Negotiations.

Both events are free and you are welcome to come — and to share this invitation with friends and colleagues. Due to space limits, you must register first!

Two Events 5.20.19

Job and Career Panel Sponsored by LinkedIn Local
Monday, May 20th
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Northside Branch of the Santa Clara Library
695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara, CA

Join us for a lively and informative panel discussion sprinkled with important tips that could make the difference in nailing your next job, with some great stories as examples — and a few laughs as well!

Hear from the expert panel:

  • Oscar Garcia, the ever-engaging and inspiring Linkedin and networking expert and founder of Aspira
  • Sue Connelly, the founder of The KIT List
  • Krista Mollion, our LinkedInLocal Bay Area Host
  • Albert Qian, the founder of Albert’s List
  • Connie Brock, the former Program Manager at ProMatch (which has been an excellent resource for many KIT List members!)

Register* (for adults ONLY) at:
https://nslinkedinlocalmay2019.eventbrite.com

NOTE: Registration does not guarantee entry if you’re not on time for the program and the doors close. 

Santa Clara City Library has teamed up with LinkedInLocal Bay Area to provide potential job seekers tools to increase their network. We have assembled an all-star job and career panel that will help you get to your next promotion or job opportunity.

About LinkedInLocal:
LinkedInLocal is a community driven initiative, of super-keen LinkedIn users, not affliated with Linkedin company, to take online connections offline, by hosting local professional networking events worldwide. In just one year, it has really taken off and at last count has 20,000 members in 61 countries, with almost 650 hosts and co-hosts. Read more here and about the SF Bay Area group  here.

 

Salary Negotiation Seminar
Tuesday, May 21st
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Northside Branch Library
695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara, CA

Salary negotiation is one of the most difficult skills for job seekers to master. According to Monster.com, 43% of workers think they are underpaid. Learn how to get paid adequately negotiate your salary!

Learn how to:

  • Effectively research your position’s peak compensation.
  • Figure out your opening job offer.
  • Advocate for your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Decide when to accept or decline a salary… and do it gracefully without scaring your future employer.

Register* (for adults ONLY) here: https://nssalarymay2019.eventbrite.com

*A ticket does not guarantee entry to the program if you do not arrive on time. Any leftover seats will be given away to the waitlist after the doors open. Doors will close immediately after the event begins or after the event reaches capacity. Your attendance to this program grants permission to the City of Santa Clara to take your photograph and/or your child’s photograph for marketing purposes.

 

See you next Monday at the panel event! And you’re also welcome to sign up for the Salary Negotiations event the next evening.

Here’s to finding a job that you’ll love!

Sue

 





3 Tips for Building a Healthy Network

11 04 2019

By René Siegel, CEO, Connext

Hello Everyone! I asked René Siegel, a long-time supporter of the KIT List who hires consultants for high tech clients, to share her best tips on job networking. René has also generously shared her time, wisdom and wit at a KIT List event on a panel of hiring experts. Read on and try these out!
– Sue

Building your personal network sounds as simple as finding people you like or with whom you have something in common. We think of them as our posse, our community, our peeps. Perhaps people who inspire us.

But here’s what people don’t tell you about networking. Your circle can also be a cage. You can surround yourself with the same people, for years and years, without making sure they’re the right people for you, right now.

Smiling group.jpgHere are three tips for building a healthy network:

1. More is not better.
You may assume the more connections and opportunities you have the better. I have thousands of connections but only a few dozen are truly my dearest colleagues, the ones I rely on to inspire me and always have my back. It’s like weeding your garden. You need to keep pulling the weeds or they will overtake and ruin your garden. Working with people you already trust increases your chances of success and reduces headaches. You don’t have to delete them, but, you can say no (no, thank you) to bad business and bad people as you carefully build your brand.

2. Take me or leave me.
Many people only come around when they want something from you—like the ever popular “Can I pick your brain?” request. Be selective with whom you share your expertise. Sometimes it can lead to a lucrative opportunity, but mostly you’re just adding coins to the karma bucket and that’s okay, too. Delete those who drain your mojo. And if you’re going to be generous with your time and expertise, don’t be afraid to ask for something in return like a referral or recommendation.

3. The more diverse, the better.
No matter the stage of your career, you need to proactively meet people who are different than you. Different ages, different industries, different expertise, different backgrounds. After a 20-year career working with lots of 20-year veteran colleagues, I started speaking to university classes. That led to a part-time teaching role that re-energized my business model! You’ll be far more marketable if you’re surrounded by diverse people who challenge what you know with their ideas and experience.

Everyone in your circle might not be in your corner. It’s your responsibility to attract the right people and repel the wrong ones. Be picky about the people you invest your time with and go the extra mile for.

There are bad clients and crazy bosses who may want to take advantage of you. People can suck the life out of you—if you let them.

You should be picky about the people you invest your time with and go the extra mile for. Not everyone deserves that from you.

 

 About the Author

Rene Shimada Siegel at SRK Headshot Day
René Shimada Siegel is extremely passionate about empowering colleagues and advocating for the next generation of communicators. She is the CEO of Connext, Silicon Valley’s marketing and communications consultancy. For two decades, her company has made life easier for hundreds of technology clients with specialized contractors ranging from recent grads to senior strategists. Current clients include Adobe, LinkedIn, Google, and Salesforce. René also passes on her real-world experience to students as an adjunct public relations professor at San Jose State University.

As an entrepreneur, René’s been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, Newsweek Japan, CNBC, and Dan Pink’s Free Agent Nation, among others. She’s also been a regular columnist for Inc.com and a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, career strategies, and personal branding.

Anyone interested in learning more about Connext can reach René at rene@connextme.com.