Some spots open for ProMatch career services this Weds. 6/25 and Weds. 7/2

19 06 2014

Hello Everyone,

I’ve received rave reviews from KIT List members about ProMatch, a free service from the California EDD, that has many features to help professionals with career growth.

ProMatch has some openings for its orientations this Wednesday and next, 6/25 and 7/2.

Please show up on time since it’s a first-come, first-served basis.

ProMatch is impressive and many of our KIT List members vouch for how the program focuses professionals on getting back into great jobs.

ProMatch is offered at no charge — it is part of America’s Job Center of California collaboration between the state’s EDD Experience Unlimited program and the NOVA Workforce Investment Board.

I encourage you to attend the Wednesday orientation and benefit from ProMatch’s excellent array of tools, workshops, success teams, professional career coaches and speakers to help you conduct a smarter job search.

Warmly,

Sue

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ProMatch Career Resource Center

You are a professional. You realize that you need to be on the inside track to land the next job in your career.

But to tap the hidden jobs, you need support. The kind you get from a strong network.

When you join ProMatch, you get all the networking support you need at no charge:

– Professional networking opportunities to tap into the hidden job market

– Small group success teams who hold you accountable and support you in your search

– Workshops where you hone your resume, practiceyour interviewing and grow your network

– No-fee sessions with professional career coaches and guest speakers waive their high fees for you

Get started at one of these ProMatch orientations:

Wednesdays
8:15 to 11am

No reservation needed. Just show up (on time!) at:
ProMatch Career Resource Center
505 W. Olive Ave. Suite 737
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
http://www.promatch.org
Phone: (408) 730-7671

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Free Presentation on 6/21: “How to Start a Business in Silicon Valley”

18 06 2014

Hello Everyone,

Here is an excellent free event this Saturday, 6/21, for those of you who may have a whole new future by starting your own business!

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) has a terrific career and jobs program though their Career Action Center and services. They have events every first and third Saturday in Mountain View, CA.

They’ve got a great topic this Saturday, 6/21.

Check out their site for their services (many of my own friends have sung its praises) and the info for this Saturday’s free event is below.

It’s SO worth it to get out and meet smart people and learn effective strategies for taking charge of your career.

Go for it!

Sue

http://mppc.org/calendar/career-actions-ministry

Saturday, June 21
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.,
Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC)
Mountain View (CA) Campus, Fellowship Hall

Guest Speaker: Jenny Huang and Peter Sanchez of the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center

Presentation Topic: “How to start a business in Silicon Valley”

About the presentation:
Assess your entrepreneurial profile, understand the legal requirements, permits and licenses needed to start your business, get started on your business plan, and learn about the wealth of resources available to help your small business get started, grow, and thrive.

About the Speakers: Jenny Huang has over 20 years of experience as a marketing consultant, a brand marketer and communicator in the hardware, software and telecommunications industries. She brings a rich background in branding and marketing, and a passion in assisting any growing start up or progressive company in building a strong brand identity and marketing foundation essential for leadership and differentiation in a competitive, global market environment. Her thorough and laser-focused approach to problem solving helps companies prioritize critical elements to launch a successful business and drive growth through consistent innovation and execution. She is the Founder and CEO of a boutique strategic marketing consulting practice based in Mountain View. She also serves as a business advisor assisting clients who seek help in start-up assistance, marketing strategy and message development, business planning, market research and access to capital.

Peter Sanchez has a wealth of experience in residential real estate, technology, education and banking. He is retired Manufacturing Engineer from Inter Corp and is the Co-Founder of a housing development non-profit. He has co-founded various businesses including Pacific Bay Capital Group, College Now, Friends of MESA and Silicon Valley Venture Partners. He is very active in the community and promotes entrepreneurship within his professional space of influence. His has a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Tech. Electronics from San Jose State University.

About the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center:

The Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center (SV-SBDC) is dedicated to the success of entrepreneurs in the Greater Silicon Valley Area, which includes Santa Clara and South San Mateo Counties.

They offer a wide variety of services for present and potential small business owners,including no-charge expert counseling, low-cost training, information resources, events and seminars.

SBDC business advisors can assist you and your business in becoming lendable and may introduce you to appropriate funding sources. They can crystallize your thoughts on growth strategies, guide you through tough human resource decisions, and map out strategies to increase your sales and profits. All counseling services are confidential and free of charge.

Contact SV-SBDC at http://svsbdc.org/ or 408-351-3610.

Directions to 1667 Miramonte Ave. in Mountain View, CA

Contact: Marcia Davis-Cannon

http://mppc.org/calendar/career-actions-ministry





The Questions Managers Want You to Ask During a Job Interview

13 06 2014

Hi Everyone,

I just saw this on Mashable with some good pointers for job seekers.

Here’s the link, and I’ve also included the whole article below:

http://mashable.com/2014/06/09/job-interview-questions/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

Wishing you successful interviewing!

Sue

The Questions Managers Want You to Ask During a Job Interview

By Ritika Trikha

 

It’s a query that can give an ill-prepared job seeker pause: So, do you have any questions for me?

Interviewers will judge you by your questions. Almost all employers wrap up job interviews by turning the tables and offering candidates an opportunity to showcase how well they understand the role, how interested they are in the opportunity and what plays to their passions points.

When the time comes to flip roles and grill your interviewer about the potential job, it can be tempting to ask pressing questions about salaries, hours and workload. But asking questions about vacation time, salary reviews and benefits might be red flags — and worst-case scenario, they might cost you the job.

When asking your interviewer questions regarding compensation or scheduling, there’s an imminent risk of being perceived as self-serving. Questions that are more focused on achieving results, helping the company grow and showing how well you’ve researched the role are the most wow-inducing. The goal is to end with a bang and leave a solid impression.

We asked managers what they actually want to hear candidates ask during an interview. Below are a few of their responses.

1. “How has [the company you’re interviewing for]’s product impacted you directly?”

“This question shows that the candidate wants to work in a place where people are passionate about what they do. They don’t want to come to work just to get a paycheck. They want to know how employees interact with the product and how it has personally impacted their lives.”

— Ragini Parmar, hiring manager at Credit Karma.

2. “How would my role affect the business in the short-, medium- and long-term?”

“First, this question demonstrates that the candidate isn’t just thinking about themselves, but rather where they fit into the strategy of the business as a whole. It switches the conversation from being about what the company can do for them to what they can do for the company.”

–- Erin Patterson, talent acquisition at Moxie.

3. “Why did you join [your company]?” In other words, a very polite version of “Why should I want to work here?”

“Top candidates are generally interested in what the interviewer found so attractive about the company they now work with. When a candidate wants to know why I dropped everything to join Spoon, they’re really getting a read on whether or not the opportunity is truly compelling.

This question specifically tells me that a candidate is thinking about the long-term future and isn’t interested in just another job — a good indicator that they take their work seriously and will only move for the right opportunity. They likely want to know about the company’s product story, current revenue, short- and long-term plans, culture and team in place.

If hiring managers aren’t prepared with honest and persuasive reasons why they joined their current firm, top candidates can quickly lose interest and move on.”

— Colin McIntosh business development at Spoon.net, a web-based computing platform.

4. “What gets you out of bed every day and excites you to come to work?”

“I love this question for two reasons. One, it’s a little bold. It’s personal in nature, and I’m not interested in hiring someone with whom I can’t connect on a personal level. But it also is a great way for a candidate to get a sense of what it’s like to work with us — what the office environment is like, what we’re passionate about, what our values are. Plus, implicit in the question is that they’re ready and willing to also get out of bed excited and ready to work.”

— Joshua Dziabiak, cofounder and COO of The Zebra, a digital auto insurance agency.

5. “What are the biggest trouble-spots you’re hoping the person in this position can help you with?”

“So much of job interviewing is focused on what’s great about the job, great about the candidate, etc. It’s refreshing to be asked what pain-points the person we hire will have to be able to handle. But remember, if you ask this question, be prepared to offer a few potential solutions or ideas for the issues raised by your interviewer. It’s a really interesting question, but job seekers need to be ready to think on their feet once they ask it!”

— Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, a telecommuting and flexible job site.

6. “What are your organization’s strengths and weaknesses compared to your competition?”

“Candidates are usually evaluating multiple firms and making their own comparisons to figure out which one is the best fit for them. This is a savvy question because the candidate is asking for an assessment and perspective on what makes Deloitte strong, while also trying to see how objective we can be about our own organization.”

— Patty Pogemiller, talent acquisition and mobility leader at Deloitte LLP.