Job Fair in San Jose next Wednesday, November 4th

30 10 2015

Hi Everyone,

I want to share news about job fairs, networking events, and other free career resources that are available in the greater Bay Area and beyond. If you hear of something, please email me and I will share it with our KIT List community!

It’s really worth it to go to job fairs, since I can speak from personal experience — I found a job myself early in my career at a job fair. Meeting the HR teams personally is a tremendous advantage. 20130711-153337.jpg

So, put on your best professional attire, print out a bunch of resumes, give yourself a positive pep talk for confidence building, put a smile on your face and…GO!!!

There are a series of job fairs coming up through HIREevent in San Jose (11/4), San Francisco (12/7), Modesto (11/17), and Sacramento (12/8). The full list can be found at www.hirevents.com.

Here are the details for the San Jose job fair:

Silicon Valley HIREevent
Wednesday, November 4th
Noon – 4:00 PM
Biltmore Hotel
2151 Laurelwood Road
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Even if you think you may be too senior to go to some of these events, I always think it’s worth it to just get out and interact with new groups of people with whom you’d never have exposure. Also, the companies there have jobs all levels, so you just never know what might be the perfect fit for you!

If you aren’t an extroverted type of person (and even extroverts feel uncomfortable at these types of events, by the way!) grab a friend for mutual moral support and make the effort to go.

Half the advantage of doing this is simply getting out of the house. If you are in between opportunities, it’s always important to just…get…out!

Take advantage of the many opportunities for networking groups and professional organizations to get exposure to people in your particular field. It’s worth it to go to the lunch or dinner for your local professional business organization.

A different way to look at networking 

I firmly believe in the concept of what I call “Friendworking” since I am not fond of the word networking. Like most people, I feel uncomfortable with usual way of networking, even though most people would consider me an extrovert. In truth, everyone feels uncomfortable and awkward at these types of events, and I somehow felt that it seemed self-serving.

I found a way to turn it around in my own mind so that I could feel authentic and really tap into the true power of helping people. It creates this magical momentum that actually ends up attracting good things for yourself as well.

The idea of Friendworking is to go instead with an attitude of “I’m going to go there to help and connect others.” It puts you in a stronger role of a host, looking out for others and making THEM feel more comfortable, introducing them to other people at the event, and having a “What can I do to help YOU?” attitude. This actually changes your demeanor and body language, and you’ll actually feel more relaxed! I wrote more about it in a previous blog post:

https://kitlist.wordpress.com/2009/06/06/it%E2%80%99s-your-%E2%80%9Cfriendwork%E2%80%9D-not-a-network/

Try out the concept of Friendworking yourself, and remember that even in a room full of strangers…that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet!

Have some fun with the process, go with an attitude of helping others, and see what happens!

Warmly,

Sue





Meeting this Saturday: “Getting a Job in the Digital Age: The Anti-Advice Talk” by Noted Anthropologist

12 05 2015

Hi Everyone,

There’s a great event coming up this Saturday by our friends with the Career Actions Network, which is a remarkable organization through MPPC (Menlo Park Presbyterian Church), that provides free services to help get people connected into jobs.

Presented by an anthropologist, Ilana Gershon, who was a visiting professor at Stanford, this is relevant information to those who want to change jobs (not only people who lost their jobs, but also the employed 50% who want to change jobs).

As a visiting professor at Stanford, Ilana spent last year researching job transition in Silicon Valley. She collaborated with the Career Actions Network while she was doing her research, and she is currently on their Advisory Board.

This is worth attending. Pass
the word and bring a friend!

Warmly,

Sue

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MPPC Career Actions Meeting 5/16:
“Getting a Job in the Digital Age: The Anti-Advice Talk” by Noted Anthropologist

New Attendees pre-register here (its free): www.careeractions.org

Saturday, May 16

ODCMV Fellowship Hall at 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, CA

Agenda:

9:30am: Coffee/networking

9:55am Topic: Getting a Job in the Digital Age: The Anti-Advice Talk

Guest Speaker: Ilana Gershon

About the presentation:

What do you need to do to get a job in this digital age? Do you need a LinkedIn profile? Are hiring managers looking for your personal brand? Ilana Gershon is an anthropology professor at Indiana University who thought asking job seekers, hiring managers, recruiters and HR how hiring works might shed some insights into what is actually going on in contemporary US as hiring and the nature of work changes. She did a year of fieldwork in the Bay Area, trying to figure out what has changed about hiring since the 1980s. Find out what an anthropologist has to say about hiring these days.

About the speaker:

Ilana Gershon is a cultural anthropologist at Indiana University interested in how new media transforms highly-charged social tasks, such as breaking up or hiring in the United States. She has written about how people use new media to end romantic relationships in The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media. Her current research addresses how new media shapes hiring in post-recession U.S. companies.

In May or June, she will have a new edited collection of imagined career advice for real jobs around the world. If you want to know how to be a professional wrestler in Mexico or a magician in Paris, pick up a copy of A World of Work: Imagined Manuals for Real Jobs (Cornell University Press, 2015).





Project Management Bootcamp sign ups for classes starting 4/7

26 03 2015

Missed it last time? Due to its popularity TechSF, a service of BAVC, theBay Area Video Coalition, is offering another free intensive Project Management Bootcamp (with job connections included) starting April 7th!

Many people from the KIT List signed up for the last Bootcamp and they’ve asked us to post this to our community again. This is an excellent opportunity to get some key training to open doors for you in the world of project management!

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Project Management Bootcamp

Do you excel at managing projects? There are over 12,000 project management jobs in the Bay Area starting at $50K annually and nearly 10,000 jobs starting at $70K a year.

Get certified and get paid to do what you do best. Plus, you’ll have your own personal job coach for up to one year who will connect you with employers looking for project management candidates.

When: April 7th-May 28th, Tues/Thurs 6pm-9pm
Where: AcademyX, downtown San Francisco

Apply here (http://bavc.tfaforms.net/320905) if:
– You have some project management experience
– You are passionate about organization
– You love making order out of chaos
– You have a High School Diploma
– You are at least 18 years old
you are a U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the U.S.
– You have been laid off, are unemployed or underemployed

Questions?

Email admissions@bavc.org





Shutterfly Recruiting Open House – Tuesday, Sept 23 in Santa Clara

18 09 2014

Hello Everyone,

Shutterfly is hosting a Job Fair on 9/23. the details are in their invitation below!

Warmly,

Sue

Shutterfly Recruiting Open House – Job Fair

Tuesday, September 23rd
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Shutterfly Inc. invites you to join us at our Recruiting Open House to learn more about our career opportunities!

Join us on Tuesday, September 23rd where you will have the opportunity to meet our hiring managers, employees, and recruiting team for all of the Shutterfly Inc. brands: Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Wedding Paper Divas and Treat.

We are hiring in the following departments:

– Accounting
– Business Development
– Creative Services
– Engineering
– Finance
– Marketing
– Merchandising

For a complete list of available positions, please view our available positions here: http://www.shutterfly.com/jobs

*Please indicate which roles you may be interested in learning more about in the Cover Letter section of the application.

Before you arrive at the event, be sure to Pre-Register by applying online.

http://hire.jobvite.com/j/?cj=ooavZfwM&s=KIT_List

Be sure to take a look at our Available Positions to see if there is a job that matches your interests and experience (http://www.shutterfly.com/about/positions.jsp?esch=1).

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Shutterfly Inc. and meet our wonderful teams.

Please feel free to share this invite with others that you would like to join the event. All are welcome!

We hope to see you at the event on Tuesday, September 23rd at the Santa Clara Marriott!





Our SGI Reunion is this Monday, 9/22, in Palo Alto! Please RSVP.

18 09 2014

Hello Everyone,

For those of you who know the story of the KIT List, it started as my personal “Keep in Touch” (the meaning of the KIT name!) email list of my friends at Silicon Graphics. It grew simply by word-of-mouth to what I jokingly call 71,000 of my closest friends!

But for those of you who are present and last SGI employees or consultants (like me!), I wanted to make sure you knew about this year’s SGI reunion I’m organizing.

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Here are the details:

SGI Reunion
Monday, Sept. 22
The Patio
412 Emerson, Palo Alto
5:30 – 9:00

Please RSVP via the Evite at:
http://www.evite.com/event/020CXOF6IQI7M4WTSEPEGRT2ZVCOAU

It’s no-host, so it’s free to attend and you just buy your own drinks and food — or you can be a hero and buy some friends a drink!

We’ll be meeting on the back patio…and the weather is promising to be warm and balmy that evening.

Please pass the word to other SGIers so we don’t miss anyone!

I’m sorry, but this is for SGI folks only, though I will organize a KIT List networking event at another time. I’m just rushing to get this in while the weather is good!

Take care, everyone,

Sue





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





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





Free training for PMP (Project Management Professional) certification in San Franciso

29 04 2014

Hi Everyone,

Someone from the KIT List was kind enough to send this information to me about an opportunity for job seekers to get the much-valued PMP certification…free of charge.

NOTE: If you know of other free or close-to-free job search or career develoment resources, please let me know and I’ll post it on the KIT Resources email list. If you’re not already subscribed to it, you can join by sending an email to KITlistResource-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Please go to the links below to find out more about the PMP program — you do need to qualify for the funding, but the site will help you through the process.

One of the smart things to do when you’re out of work is to increase your value by building new skills. A PMP certification has long been recognized as an important accreditation.

Also, there are other great training programs through TechSF (http://www.bavc.org/techsf), so be sure to go to their site to find out more about their other services to job seekers!

Warmly,

Sue

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Register for TechSF & get funded to train in Project Management!

Project Management Bootcamp

https://bavc.org/project-management-bootcamp-may-12th-july-31

This intensive evening training beginning May 12th and finishing July 31st will target preparing students for the industry standard certification exam (PMP), as well as cover the following topics: project management theory of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing projects; using Microsoft Project software; career assessments, workshops, and counseling.

Prerequisites: a secondary or four-year degree; demonstrable project management experience

Find more information at bavc.org/tech-sf

Register for TechSF to get started!

Questions?
Contact natalie@bavc.org





Introducing the Career Actions Network. Next meeting is November 2nd.

29 10 2013

Hello Everyone,

I was on a speaker panel recently with Al Hulvey, one of the heads of the Career Actions Network, which is a very effective and free service that is being offered by Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC).

The church has an excellent program of meetings with expert speakers on job search strategies, plus small accountability groups, and a résumé and referral network.

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You can sign up on their network now — and I also encourage you to attend their next Large Group meeting on 11/2/13 with the topic, “Hire Yourself an Employer.”

See the end of this email for the topic and speaker info.

Here’s their link:

http://mppc.org/connect/information-job-seekers

These are the key actions you can take to access their great (and free!) resources:

1. Attend a Large Group Meeting.

When: On the 1st and 3rd Saturdays
9:30 to 11 a.m. at MPPC’s Fellowship Hall
1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, CA

The aim of the large group meeting is to provide practical training on job search skills and networking. This large group setting offers:

– Presentations by experts to help you improve your job search
– Networking with a broad cross-section of professional disciplines
– Resume review with instant feedback
– Opportunities to join a Success Team and participate in our Job Referral Network

2. Join a Success Team.
CAM (Career Action Ministry) offers on-going small group support and encouragement through weekly Success Team meetings. These groups of 5-10 job seekers provide:

– A regular meeting structure that avoids isolation
– A forum for sharing ideas, contacts, and job leads
– A sympathetic group to practice interviewing techniques or other job search skills
– A trusted team to share individual problems for referral to other MPPC ministries or community resources.

3. Become part of the web-based Career Actions Network.
A unique feature of the CAM program is our job referral network. Members of the congregation have opted in to provide job leads and referrals. Register to create a profile and post your resume.

The next Large Group meeting:

Saturday, November 2
Guest Speaker: Dennis Romley
Presentation Topic: Hire Yourself an Employer

About the Presentation:
Go Hire Yourself An Employer (originally a book title by Richard Irish) is a powerful concept and the theme for Dennis Romley’s talk. Dennis will dissect the job search process and zero in on getting the interview. He offers concrete advice on how to nail each interview. Key is what Dennis calls the “ladder to success” which will translate personally to each one of us regarding our process of searching for a job. Participants will leave this discussion with an awareness of our choices in getting more of what we want in each situation as well as great materials for preparing and interviewing powerfully.

About the Speaker:
Dennis Romley is the founder and principal of Threshold Consulting, a firm dedicated to organizational change & development and strategic management of human capital. Recent assignments include: transition consulting and career coaching for Career Curve clients, design and delivery of Collaboration and Ideation workshops for product conception and improvement, and talent retention strategies for an organization under fire.

Dennis applies his skills as a strong negotiator, compassionate leader and team collaborator to produce the results needed when he is called in to support organizational change. He has over 30 years experience in strategic and global roles that include Senior Vice President at Roche Pharmaceuticals, Vice President SRI International/SRI Consulting and Director at Raychem Corporation (now Tyco). Dennis is a mentor and coach with senior leaders to encourage positive team and organizational dynamics. With global leadership and training experience in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Japan, Dennis is able to apply best practices across cultures and teams.

Warmly,

Sue





Try Out a Great Job Networking Group, C-SIX Connect

13 08 2013

Hello Everyone,

Job search can be a challenging and often isolating experience.

Getting out, meeting with like-minded professionals and helping each other is a powerful way to get you, and others, into work you’ll really enjoy!

I’ve had the honor of knowing Hamid Saadat, who founded C-SIX Connect out of his spirit of generosity and desire to help others.

C-SIX has weekly networking meetings on Thursdays over a light lunch. They have guest speakers and great networking opportunities in a warm and informal setting.

Also, C-SIX has some special events where you can meet directly with hiring professionals, and they will review and give input on your résumé. Hamid said they will have another event in the Fall, so stay tuned.

I highly recommend that you go to a C-SIX networking lunch soon!

You may often as you like, and I’ve found that the more times you attend a networking group and build friendships, the more effective it is for everyone. It’s far better to conduct your job search with friends and people who will inspire and encourage you!

Here are the details:

Networking for local job seekers, sharing job leads, make contact requests, and workshops.

Day / Time:
Every Thursday
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

20390 Park Place
Saratoga, CA 95070

Cost:
$10 (includes program, light breakfast/lunch)

Website:
www.csix.org

I hope you try it out this week! Tell Hamid hello and let him know you’re from the KIT List.

Take care,

Sue

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