An important event for young girls and teens at the Girls’ Festival in San Francisco on 10/15

19 09 2016

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share the news about a powerful and fun Girls’ Festival that WorldWide Women is hosting to help thousands of girls of all ages, covering leadership, STEM, career planning, wellness and more.

Come to the first-ever WorldWideWomen Girls’ Festival
Saturday, October 15
in San Francisco!

Tickets are $10 per person, girls under 12 attend free.

Register now at:
http://www.worldwidewomenfestival.com/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=KIT

Join them for a day of fun, exploration and empowerment!

imageThis festival will bring thousands of girls together to help them discover programs and services available just for girls, make new friends and get inspired to become their best. These programs and services will cover 4 important areas of life: future, possibilities, power and body.

There will be plenty of activities for girls of all ages to choose from throughout the day:

– Participate in workshops, such as “find your dream” career speed mentoring session all day long and “map your future” leadership and skill-building activities.

– Enter contests, including the BizWorld Girlpreneur Competition (a.k.a. shark tank for girls) by September 25th for a chance to win and present their ideas in front of Mark Cuban and Tim Draper!

– Visit exhibits, watch performances by girls’ groups and listen to inspirational speakers.

– Learn about education, STEM, career planning, leadership, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, safety and more.

– Check out science, fashion and art projects created by girls in the makers’ space, and enjoy a Super Cool Girls Fashion Show. Then, take your fitness to a new level with expert sports clinics and demonstrations.

Please help spread the word in social media using the #WWWFestival hash tag.

If you have a young women in your life, this is a must-attend event! Help them on their journey to adulthood!

Warmly,

Sue





KIT List Networking and Job Fair on 10/3 in Palo Alto

13 09 2016

Hi Everyone,

Since we had such a great turnout (several hundred) at the previous KIT List job networking event, I thought it would be a good time to get everyone together again while the weather is still good. Join us and tap into the power of friends helping friends in a warm and informal job networking event that I call “FriendWorking.”

I personally feel uncomfortable with networking, but I find that when you come with the spirit of helping others first, it frees you from the usual awkwardness and you end up feeling more natural and most like your real self! The magic of it is that somehow good things happen to you, too!

Instead of facing a room full of strangers, the concept of FriendWorking makes you realize that most are just friends you haven’t met yet! I have some dear friends whom I met at other events on my own. That’s why it’s worth it to push yourself to get out and meet new people. You just never know!

We’ve had KIT List events in the past, and it’s been wonderful to meet so many of you in person. It’s so much more fun than just connecting by email!

Join us — and bring a friend or two — to meet other professionals who are open to new job opportunities, plus some employers and recruiters who will be attending as well.

All are welcome, whether you’re just getting started in your career (or a recent graduate), or if you’re already well established. Feel free to share this with friends, but we do need you to RSVP.

Note that this is not a formal job fair, but some employers and recruiters will be there and I’ll have tables for them to post jobs and meet with you. This is an informal and relaxed mixer to connect with new people and see how you can help each other through your ideas, personal networks, and job search tips and strategies.

 

Format: A little bit of structure to make it easy to connect!

We’ll be getting people to break into smaller groups to answer a few questions we’ll ask you all to ask and share within your smaller group. This is an important way to meet new people outside of your usual professional circles, so we’ll be encouraging people to connect with others in different fields (e.g. marketing, engineering, finance, sales, HR, IT, etc.). The beauty of this is that you just never know who is going to be the person to connect you to the next job you’ll love — or who you will help land their perfect job!


KIT List FriendWorking Job MeetUp
Monday, October 3rd
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The Patio
412 Emerson, Palo Alto, CA

Please RSVP at: http://meetu.ps/c/2GMgz/wlG7X/a

 

Also, if you like the KIT List to receive job emails or to post jobs, just go to www.KITlist.org!

It’s free to attend, just pay for the food and drinks you order from The Patio’s staff — and please tip them generously!

Bring a friend, your business cards, and your spirit of helping others — and let’s have another fabulous night!

Warmly,

Sue





SGI reunion on 9/26!

7 09 2016

Hi Everyone,

You may already know that the genesis of the KIT List was my personal “keep in touch” email list of my friends at Silicon Graphics.

Many SGIers are still on this list as they’ve moved to other companies. In fact, they’re the whole reason the KIT List turned from my personal email list to a job opportunities email list. It grew just by word-of-mouth to what I jokingly call “72,000 of my closest friends!”
I’d like to make sure we reach all SGI folks (employees and consultants like me!) so they know about this year’s reunion.

I’m sorry! This is not a KIT List event, it’s just for SGI present and past employees, consultants and contractors. However, I am hosting a KIT List networking event on another date, though, on 10/3 (also at The Patio)! Stay tuned for a blog post shortly with the details. 

Monday, 9/26
The Patio
412 Emerson
Palo Alto
5:30 – 9:30 PM

Please RSVP so The Patio can staff up for the night:

http://www.evite.com/event/020CHUTBXNQTQE4DCEPGNMNQVNY7JI

Also, please help me by passing the word to other SGI folks so we don’t miss anyone!

See you on the 26th!

Sue





Follow our new KIT List Facebook page!

6 09 2016

Hi Everyone,

With the recent purchase of Yahoo by Verizon, I created a Facebook page for KIT List job posts so we have a sure way to get jobs out.

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As you may already know, we depend on Yahoo Groups to send out the KIT List job emails out free. I’m trying to find other mail solutions (any recommendations are welcome!), but due to our email volume, we’re WAY over the free limits for all of the email platforms I’ve been researching. With over 72,000 people in our KIT List community, we send out over 62 million emails a year.

I do this as a community service, along with the very important moderator help from my sister, Kelly, and longtime friend, Amy Plunkett. We all have our “real” jobs and do this in our spare time.

The new Facebook page will allow us another way to reach all of you, to feature a job post per day (we don’t have a way to automate it yet to send out ALL jobs yet, so we will feature some jobs in thr meantime), and to send out other important messages.

Please “Follow” or “Like” our new page, and we appreciate your sharing job posts so we can help more people find a great job.

As always, new people can join the KIT List and receive job postings by email by going to http://www.KITlist.org

NOTE: I just set the date for the next KIT List “FriendWorking” Job Networking Event for Monday, 10/3 at 6:00 PM at The Patio in Palo Alto.

You can RSVP via the MeetUp invitation at:
http://meetu.ps/c/2GMgz/wlG7X/a

Thank you for being an important part of our KIT List community and I look forward to seeing you on 10/3!

– Sue





KIT List Job Networking MeetUp on 3/22 in Palo Alto

19 03 2016

Hi Everyone,

With the flurry of layoffs in so many companies recently, I thought it would be a good time to get everyone together again to tap into the power of friends helping friends in a warm and informal job networking event that I like to call “FriendWorking.”

I personally feel uncomfortable with networking, but I find that when you come with the spirit of helping others first, that it frees you from the usual awkwardness and you end up feeling more natural and most like your real self! The magic of it is that somehow good things happen to you, too!

Instead of facing a room full of strangers, the concept of FriendWorking makes you realize that most are just friends you haven’t met yet! I have some dear friends whom I met at other events on my own. That’s why it’s worth it to push yourself to get out and meet new people. You just never know!

We’ve had KIT List events in the past, and it’s been wonderful to meet so many of you in person. It’s so much more fun than just connecting by email!

Join us — and bring a friend or two — to meet other professionals who are open to new job opportunities, plus some employers and recruiters who will be attending as well.

All are welcome, whether you’re just getting started in your career (or a recent graduate), or if you’re already well established. Feel free to share this with friends, but we do need you to RSVP.

Note that this is not a formal job fair, but an informal and relaxed mixer to connect with new people and see how you can help each other through your ideas, personal networks, and job search tips and strategies.

We’ll provide a little bit of structure to make it easier to mix, getting people to break into smaller groups to answer a few questions we’ll ask you all to ask and share within your smaller group. This is an important way to meet new people outside of your usual professional circles, so we’ll be encouraging people to connect with others in different fields (e.g. marketing, engineering, finance, sales, HR, IT, etc.). The beauty of this is that you just never know who is going to be the person to connect you to the next job you’ll love — or who you will help land their perfect job!


KIT List FriendWorking Job MeetUp

Tuesday, March 22nd

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The Patio

412 Emerson

Palo Alto, CA

Please RSVP at: http://meetu.ps/2VZvnC

Also, if you like the KIT List to receive job emails or to post jobs, just go to www.KITlist.org!

It’s free to attend, just pay for the food and drinks you order from The Patio’s staff — and please tip them generously!

Bring a friend, your business cards, and your spirit of helping others — and let’s have a fabulous night!

Warmly,

Sue





Job Seekers’ Seminar on “Creating Your Great Elevator Pitch” on 12/3

13 11 2015

Hello Everyone,

There is a great Job Seekers’ seminar coming up on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

This seminar is sponsored by CSIX Connect, which is a terrrific job search and networking group for which I have a lot of admiration. CSIX’s founder, Hamid Saadat, was kind enough to share his job search expertise with the KIT List community on one of the TV programs I hosted, called “Get That Job!” If you’d like to see the YouTube video of the show, and hear Hamid’s sage advice along with another HR hiring expert, Tom Brouchoud, Head of Talent Acquisition at EMC and former Director of Global Talent at Sandisk. You can watch it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHSlVMUbNuE

Please pass this information on to other friends who want to create an effective Elevator Pitch that will attract the right job to them!

Warmly,

Sue

CSIX logo
Job Seekers’ Seminar

Your Elevator Pitch: Making Your ’30-second Commercial’ Really Work for You!
Thursday, December 3, 2015
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Saratoga Federated Church
Richards Hall, located at 20390 Park Place
Saratoga, CA 95070

The cost to attend this meeting is $10 — cash only, no checks or credit cards. The fee covers program, lunch, tax, and tip.

RSVP at the CSIX Meetup site:
http://www.meetup.com/CSIX-Connect/events/226029593/

Dee Marik

Delores Marik Ph.D.

The Job Seekers’ seminar will be part of CSIX Connect’s regular weekly meeting. It will be presented by another great friend of mine, Delores (Dee) Marik Ph.D., with whom I had the pleasure of working when I was consulting at Hewlett-Packard. Dee now has her own coaching practice — and I can tell you from personal experience how great she is in career coaching and resume advice since she gave me excellent feedback on my own resume! You can find out more about Dee and her coaching work at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marik

This seminar will focus on your Elevator Pitch, also known as “Your 30-second commercial.” Dee will discuss what an elevator pitch is, why you need one, and when you should use it, and how to make it work best. Plus, there will be an opportunity for you to create and practice your elevator pitch during the meeting.

The CSIX weekly meeting agenda is as follows:

10:00 – 10:30   Arrival of attendees, check-in, open networking
10:30 – 10:40
   Meeting starts, new member introductions
10:40 – 10:55
   Job leads, contact requests, announcements, etc.
10:55 – 11:10
   Open networking
11:10 – 12:00
   Speaker presentation
12:00 – 1:00
     Lunch and table networking

CSIX Connect is a Silicon Valley job searchers’ networking and support group that meets every Thursday at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  If you are actively looking for a job, it’s a smart idea to join them on a regular basis!

For further information about CSIX Connect, including information about parking restrictions and future programs, please visit http://www.csix.org.





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