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.

Warmly,

Sue

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: https://nsvideocareer.eventbrite.com

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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.

https://goo.gl/uniKoE





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:
https://www.meetup.com/preview/Bay-Area-Content-Marketing/events/242621991?_cookie-check=Cygp-2ShzC_0-cQ3

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!

Warmly, 

Sue 





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: https://nskitlistpanel.eventbrite.com


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: www.tinyurl.com/wic2017

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,

Sue





5 Ways to Building Meaningful Connections on LinkedIn

21 12 2016

Hi Everyone,

When I saw the “Top Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area on LinkedIn” with my friend Jayne Brodie’s wonderful face on that list, I asked her to share her methods for doubling her network with our KIT List community. Read on!

– Sue

I have actively been using LinkedIn for the last 3 months to grow my business, and have learned very quickly that making strong connections on LinkedIn is very similar to making strong and meaningful connections live.linkedin

During these past few months, I’ve doubled the size of my LinkedIn Network, increased the size of my personal sales by 18%, and made some powerful and profitable new connections; and equally important, my sales funnel is full.

Now more than ever with the holidays in full swing, it’s a great time to leverage LinkedIn as a way to solidify connections and keep in touch.

Here are My 5 Steps to Building Meaningful Connections:

  1. Clearly identify your target market – who are you looking for?
    Before you start your search using LinkedIn, first create a profile (in Word or Excel) of your ideal connection and then list keywords to search for them.  Be clear about who you’re looking for and what their key traits are…some examples would be entrepreneur, wellness coach, personal trainer, jewelry designer, whoever is a candidate for buying your services, or connecting you to someone who would buy or fill a need that you have in your organization. You can narrow this down by zip code or geographic area as well if your services are local, or go national or international if they are not.
  1. Look for people that are active on LinkedIn, with over 500 connections.
    Since you are using this platform to network you want to find others that are doing the same. In both the laptop and mobile devices, this feature is in their profile summary at the top of their profile page.
  1. Create “Advanced Search” criteria to narrow your search down and find commonality with your market.
    You can do this by zip code, what college you went to…any key phrase. On a laptop or desktop, this feature is located to the right of the search bar at the top of the page. (At this time, this feature is not available on mobile devices.)

Advanced Tip: You can look for multiple areas in common with connections as well which boosts response rates. Example: If you market to personal trainers, you could look for personal trainers that are also alumni of your college, have a specialty within their profession, or that share another common interest or have a really specific need you could fulfill.  This gives you multiple touch points to begin your connection with. You want to show you’ve done your homework (it’s a fast process) and stand out from the crowd.

  1.  Reach out with a personalized message about what you have in common with them and why you want to connect.
    Don’t send out the standard LinkedIn connection message, and don’t pitch your services right away! Your goal is to build rapport, relationship, and create a true connection. Not everyone will respond. It’s truly a numbers game and you have to reach out to enough people to find those true connections.

Advanced Tip: When you hit the “Connect” option a drop down list will come up with options about how you know this person / why you want to connect. I always choose “friend” so LinkedIn doesn’t question that connection. Go down to the “Include a Personal Note” section and type in a personal note.

Example: With the personal trainer example we started with, here’s what I would write if I coached personal trainers and was looking for connections: “Hi Paula! I saw your profile and wanted to connect as we have so much in common. We are both alumni of XXX and I work with Personal Trainers!” That’s it!  You will stand out by creating curiosity and being relevant. By going the extra mile and really creating that relationship (and interest) up front, your acceptance rate will be higher and you’re inviting a conversation right away.

  1. When the connection is accepted, reach back out and start a conversation.
    I never say anything about myself until asked, I ask questions about them — what they do and how LinkedIn is working for them, what types of clients do they work with, or how is business going? Whatever seems most relevant to them by what they’ve put out there on their profile. Sometimes this means going back and forth five times, sometimes once. When the conversation gets going, I always take it offline with a phone call or coffee. The chat feature is amazing to start the ball rolling, but it’s not a true conversation tool.  The key is to leverage it to then begin the real conversation offline.

When there is engagement after a few back and forth messages and if it’s a good match, take it offline so you can have a real conversation. The messaging component of LinkedIn has opened up so many doors, but it’s still a messaging platform. Conversation creates connection.

Top Tips to Keep The Momentum Going

  1. Set a time on your calendar to work LinkedIn every day.
    15 minutes a day will go a long way. Make a goal to reach out to 5 new people a day and start connecting. If you can make it 30 minutes it will go that much faster. The key is consistency.
  2. Over time your messaging folder will be really full. Avoid the temptation to just follow up and stay in the chat feature.
    To keep that sales funnel full, you must be doing two things…adding new people to it AND following up with those with whom you’ve started conversations.
  3. Once I started offline conversations, I moved these connections over to my regular CRM system so I could track them and keep everything systematized in terms of follow up.
    The good news is you will build a lot of new connections…and make sure you have a way of tracking them that works for you.

 

About the Author:   

jaynebrodie_1401282909_39Jayne Brodie is a lifelong entrepreneur. After a long and successful career owning an ad agency, she made a career change after turning 50. You can learn more about Jayne and connect with her on LinkedIn. She was able to reach the “Top Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area on LinkedIn” by the daily activity listed above and continues to leverage LinkedIn in support of her rapidly growing business, coaching women entrepreneurs on how to create residual income streams alongside their busy lives.





Two great panels and networking events plus a Career Fair on 12/5 and 12/8

1 12 2016

Hi Everyone,

Even with your busy schedule during the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to get out and mix with new people, connect with hiring experts and learn more tips and job search stratagies. 

Companies DO hire, right through the holidays. 

I know of someone who got a job offer on New Year’s Eve! 

Get a great head start on lining up a job you’ll love in the new year by attending one (or both) of these events hosted by The Expat Women. They’ve had great events that are open to men and women.

It’s worth it to get out there and widen your network and learn from the experts.

Warmly, 

Sue

Get Hired!! Career Fair & Panel with Recruiters & Hiring Managers

December 5 at 6:30 PM at Dev BootCamp

San Francisco

Join us for an evening of networking, a career fair, an interactive panel discussions and presentation from recruiters @ Facebook, Capital One, Yelp, Reddit, DAQRI, Nelson Staffing, Wells Fargo, Moovweb. 
The event is open to women and men of all professional backgrounds. 

Get your tickets now: https://gethireddbc16.eventbrite.com


Tech Talks and Job Networking at Merceds-Benz R&D

December 8 at 6:00 PM

Sunnyvale

Don’t miss this presentation on Job Search Tips and working at Mercedes Benz R&D. 
Network with recruiters from Mercedes-Benz and hear a panel discussion on working in the tech industry. 

The event is open to women and men of all professional backgrounds. 

Get your tickets now: https://wittmercedesbenz.eventbrite.com