BoomerJobTips – Curated Career Content for March 15

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‘Court’ a Hiring Manager Without Seeming Like a Creep

Use LinkedIn to get on the radar of your target companies.

LinkedInIn the professional world, much of what is experienced is passive recruiting – where recruiters are out looking for talent among those who are already employed (and not job-seeking). This practice is similar to being courted, which produces good feelings. Though one may still turn down the offer, the fact remains – it is still nice to be pursued.

(This article originally appeared on US News Money and Careers Section February 27, 2014)

Many professionals are starting to take overt actions in preparation for this “courtship.” They begin by asking which companies they would like to be a part of and which cultural dynamics line up with their own.

Build a target list of companies. The first preparatory step is to create a list of companies that hire candidates with your skill-set. Which companies might hire you?

Utilizing LinkedIn’s advanced search helps many people research applicable job titles, highlighted skills and referenced certifications. An example of this is a project manager who has PMP certification. He or she can generate a LinkedIn advanced search where the last name contains PMP while at the same time specifying the desired location using zip code.

Look at local business journals and newspapers for their annual best places to work reports. Investigate these lists carefully, as a company that is great to work for today may not be one tomorrow. Company culture is an ever-shifting dynamic, and many who have worked at these places would not agree that they are ideal. There is a reason why “past performance does not necessarily predict future results” is a popular sentiment.

Vet the target list. A list is not worth much unless it’s acted upon, so the next step is just that. Connect with a target company’s current employees by requesting lunch or coffee meetings. Try to gain a clear understanding of their satisfaction. They may even be willing to introduce you to their colleagues.

Conversely, it is worthwhile to also speak to people who have left the company. Finding these people on LinkedIn by using advanced search and selecting “past but not current” in the company field makes this process easy. These folks are often the most honest about company culture, and are therefore worth the time and effort to pursue.

Remember that building a company list takes time and periodic re-evaluation. Contact lists should be grown with care and precision, adding to them maybe once every week or two.

Take this concept even further by asking for an introduction to the company recruiter. The above steps should be taken when one is not looking for a job, thus creating a more open conversation flow. The whole point is to broaden your network now so that you know where opportunities may exist in the future.

Promote a personal brand. The next step in this process is to promote a personal brand. Who needs to know that you know your stuff? When answering this question, also consider where people spend time on social media. It might be Facebook or Twitter, and don’t forget the professional value of LinkedIn. Most professionals and companies have profiles on this website, and this fact, combined with the extensive advanced search capabilities, makes LinkedIn an incredibly helpful tool in sharing personal brand. It’s wise to join the same groups that people on your list have joined, so that you may contribute actively and establish yourself as having the character and vision your personal brand exemplifies.

Twitter’s list feature is also good for tracking the activity of those with whom you care to associate. Systematically retweet and favorite some of their compelling content. In this manner, you will be noticed without being considered a stalker.

This concept of being where your target list of people are is no different than how teens hang out where their friends or crushes are. It improves the chances of being noticed in a less aggressive manner. You don’t want to appear to be a jerk.

Hiring managers at your target companies will learn that you know your stuff. This is a slow, methodical process. There is a tremendous parallel between finding a date and finding a new job. We all want to be asked out.

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

(This article originally appeared on US News Money and Careers Section February 27, 2014)

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People at Work – A Blessing or a Curse?

People-at-WorkPeople at Work

Do you like the people you work with? Do you like your team?

I just had a conversation with a gentleman who left his last two jobs because of the people he worked with.

Job #1 - He was a contractor and was told to do his job. He was not privy to information that the rest of the team had. He felt like an outsider. He is very social, and having people around him was crucial. He left when a better opportunity came up.

Job #2 - He moved to another company where he was to institute structure and change where there had never been any before. While doing this, he also had to manage a team of sales people. He totally misread the situation, and quickly became the “bad guy.” He was let go after six months on the job.

Now, he is looking for a new job. His team was a curse!

(More: Why do you want to leave? Is it your team?)

We had the discussion about what his ideal team looked like. In this case, the people around him were absolutely critical to his success and, more importantly, his happiness.

Years ago, I learned how important the people at work are to me.

I left a position at IBM in the mid 1990s where I worked with a superb team. I soon learned that the team I was leaving had been a true blessing!

I left this job because I was bored, and instead, took a position as a consultant for IBM. I was on a year-long project where new consultants would cycle in and out every few weeks. These people were either unhappily married, unhappily single, or unhappily divorced. Do you get the picture? They were not a fun group of people to be around. That group of people were a real curse.

Though they were smart and talented, they had miserable personal lives because of the constant travel. WOW! I missed the team from my old job. They were a true blessing to work with!

I like a team of talented people, where there is little hierarchy, and everyone is focused on what is best for the team.

Reflect back on when you worked with a great team.

What were the characteristics of the people in that group?

Maybe your best team was one that you never saw! If you like to work alone, that might have been the right mix.

This is part of step 2 in the Cure for Career InsanityDetermining what you really want in your next job, which includes getting to work with people you want to be around!

What does your ideal team look like?

Does this sound interesting? Are you suffering from Career Insanity?

I will be blogging on these five steps for the Cure for Career Insanity over the next few months. I plan to launch the Cure for Career Insanity Webinar series in May. This will be a very affordable (under $25) five part webinar series which will be recorded and offered as an online course. If you are interested in learning more please register to receive updates!

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Career Content for March 8

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Target the Company and Quit Chasing the Job

Target the Company?

Target the CompanyYes, you heard me correctly…target the company and quit chasing the job.

This is the philosophy of the Targeted Job Search which I will be writing about over the next month.

As a baby boomer, I was raised to be loyal to my employer. When the right opportunity came about, it would typically be offered to me. If I wanted to change jobs, I would go to the newspaper, trade publications and, later ,job websites for job ads.

Sound familiar?

I would apply for the job and hope to get an interview.

Job Listings

When you go to Monster.com, Indeed.com or any company website with positions listed, how many of those positions are real?

In my opinion, some are, but most are not. A lot of public companies are required by law to list positions. They likely already have their candidate when they post the position, or they may never actually fill the position.

Quite chasing the job!

Now, 85% of positions are filled through referrals. Therefore, build a target list of companies that you want to work for and build a referral network.

The Targeted Job Search

I teach my clients to target the company they want to work for and then network their way in. When a position opens up or is created, you want the hiring manager to think of you! You want them to already know who you are,  your skills and values.

There are 4 steps to the process:

1 – Build the Target List

You need to build a target list of companies that can hire you. Who hires people like yourself in your geography?

In a later post, I will write about how to build this list, but it can be as simple as asking your friends where they work and are they happy.

2 – Research Your Target List

Once you have a list of 15-25 companies, investigate each to company to see if you want to work there. You will do this by contacting employees who currently work there and former employees. Yes, you will contact former employees and ask them why you left!!

3 – Connect on LinkedIn with Recruiters and other HR professionals

In the world of recruiting, hiring recruiters and other HR professionals are the mesh that hold things together. They are usually connected to everyone in their company.  When you are connected to an internal recruiter all of their connections become 2nd degree connections for you. Also, recruiters move from company to company, and carry their connections with them.

4 – Build Your Referral Network

Reach out and connect with employees in your target companies. Specifically, reach out to employees in the functional area where you want to work. Connect with them on LinkedIn and then approach them to meet in person. Ask for AIR—Advise, Insights, and Recommendations.

In building your referral network, you will want to meet as many people who have either direct hiring responsibilities or are key influencers in the hiring process.

If you methodically target the company and not the job, you will have a steady stream of employment leads.

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What are the Characteristics of a Good Boss for You?

What makes a good boss for you?

Good BossNotice I did not ask what makes a good boss.  I asked what makes a good boss for you! This is very individualistic.

Last month, I wrote about 5 Traits to Avoid in a Boss. I asked you to get very clear on what you do not like about your current boss.

Now I want you to get really clear on what you want.

I have clients who want and need someone who is very collegial—almost a peer.

I have other clients who very much want someone who is in control.

What I find most common among my clients is the desire to have a boss who is politically astute and gives them complete control to do what needs to get done. It is what I call, “Get out my way and let me do the job” Syndrome.

My favorite boss was Theresa who managed the IBM AIX Briefing Center in Austin.  She was phenomenally good at hiring superstars and then leaving them alone to do their jobs.  If anything went wrong or there was a political conflict, she was right there to back us up. She was not technically competent to make technical decisions, so left those to her team. She was the best manager I have ever had.

I have often run into young engineers who thought their bosses had to be a better engineer than them.  I would tell them that is simply not true. Some of my best bosses in my technical career were technically incompetent. They were great managers of technical people. It is a different skill set.

I ran into the same thing in schools.  Teachers thought principals needed to have extensive and successful classroom experience.  Boy. that is so not true.  It takes a totally different personality makeup to be a successful principal than a successful teacher.

What makes a good boss for you?

What characteristics do you value in your boss?  Who has been your best boss and what made them so good?

During the interview process, how do you ensure you will ultimately get the boss you want?

You have to ask the right questions!

Ask the hiring manager about their management style. Ask everyone else you interview with about the hiring manager’s management style. Did you get consistent answers?

If you have a panel interview, ask the hiring manager to describe their management style, but I specifically want you to pay attention to the body language of everyone else on the panel. Did they start to squirm?

Think back to when you were happy at work and you had a boss you really liked.

What are the characteristics that made them a really good boss?

What about Corporate Reorganizations?

We will see in later steps in the Cure for Career Insanity that understanding corporate culture will be key. In some large corporations, reorganization seems to be a constant phenomenon. If having a boss to your liking is on the top of your requirements list, then going to this kind of corporation is probably not a good choice.

This is part of step 2 in the Cure for Career Insanitydetermining what you really want in your next job, which includes getting a good boss!

Does this sound interesting? Are you suffering from Career Insanity?

I will be blogging on these five steps for the Cure for Career Insanity over the next few months. I plan to launch the Cure for Career Insanity Webinar series in May. This will be a very affordable (under $25) five part webinar series which will be recorded and offered as an online course. If you are interested in learning more please register to receive updates!

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Career Content for March 1

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Social Networking for Business Success – Book Review

Social Networking for Business Success

businessAre you starting a business? Are you running an existing business?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, you are probably thinking about how you could use social networking to promote, sell, or get visibility for your company and products.

This is the book for you!

I am a big fan of Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers, and Hannah Morgan, Career Sherpa. When they released their book, Social Network for Business Success, last September, I immediately bought a copy. What I like about the book is that Miriam and Hannah wrote a book they wished they’d had when they started their own businesses.

The introduction states:

“We wrote it to be useful whether you are just thinking of starting a business “on the side,” or if you have a company that’s doing well but are ready to launch it to the next level.”

What I found useful in the book is, besides giving you guidance in using Social Media and doing business in general via the Internet, they direct you to resources that they have found useful. I highlighted sections in just about every chapter that I plan to go back and review.

Useful Online Resources

For example, in chapter 3, What Social Media Does For Your Business, I found the section called Review Third-Party Twitter List a valuable resource. They listed a variety of online tools/websites that made it easy to identify key players in your field.

In the same chapter, they have a section titled Find And Own Your Name Online. They listed two websites (KnowEm.com and Namechk.com) that you can use to research the availability of names on hundreds of social networks. I found a lot of social “real estate” where I needed to claim my name!

Offline Resources

In chapter 7, called Research the Competition, there is a section called Professional Organizations Who Help Small Businesses. What impressed me here is that they have a section on Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). These SBDCs are typically housed in Universities but are funded by the U.S. Small Business Advisory (SBA). We have one of these organizations at Texas State University, and I have sent numerous clients to them for help with their business plans and mentorship.

Other Chapters

There are chapters on:

  • Creating Your Website
  • How to Choose the Best Social Networks for your Business
  • Creating a Buzz for your Business
  • Social Sharing – Tools and Applications
  • Monitoring Your Activity – Tools and Tips
  • and lots more!

What I like about Social Network for Business Success is it does not tell how to do it but directs you to the resources that will tell you how to do it!

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The Career Playbook Series: Boomers + Second Half Plays

PlaybookCareer Playbook

Do you have a playbook for your career? I wish I’d had a playbook when I started my career!

What about now?

Do you feel a little lost and not sure where to go next?

For many of us who are over 50 years of age, the concept of career has changed. It is now just about making enough money to pay the mortgage and put food on the table.

The work world has changed. The concept of being hired for a full time job and receiving a steady paycheck is rapidly disappearing.  For most baby boomers, this is really scary.

(More : Over 50 and long term unemployed – What do you do?)

What if you had a Baby Boomer Career Playbook that laid out your options going forward?

I was recently introduced to Carleen McKay who is with Ageless In America and the San Diego Mature Workforce Coalition.

Carleen has launch the first of a series of playbooks. It is called The Career Playbook Series: Boomers + Second Half Plays.

The concept behind this playbook is to give you real life examples of what you could do if you exited the traditional world of full time employment.

The book contains real stories from real people (names were changed to protect the innocent!).

You do have options rather than going to work full time for an employer! For many, going to work full time is no longer an option.  This book provides powerful stories and lessons about baby boomers who have taken a different path.

  1. Portfolio Workers – Juggling preferences
  2. Starting Over – When the job you once held no longer exists
  3. Starting Out – Entering the workforce for the first time at 50+
  4. Learners – Repositioning through learning
  5. Virtual Workers – Working from here, there and anywhere but an office
  6. “Freelancers” – Temps, free agents, contractors
  7. Interim Executives – Leaders of change
  8. Global Workers – Working from everywhere
  9. Job/Work Cyclers – Managing multiple changes
  10. Barterers – Collaborating and gain-sharing
  11. Good Workers – Doing what matters for others
  12. Subject-Matter-Experts – Focusing on expertise
  13. The Buyers – Small businesses or franchises
  14. The Innovators – Entrepreneurs and solopreneurs

Download it now! It is free!

Other Playbooks

Carleen is helping others create playbooks. Here are two playbooks that are in the works:

The Playbook for The Young Women of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math)

Less than half of young people entering STEM careers are young women.  Role models and the stories of successful Millennial women in these careers are, in my opinion, the prime motivator to encourage women into the careers that will dominate the future.

 The Playbook for Interns

It’s intention is to encourage internships in order to ensure employ-ability upon college graduation.  While written primarily for anticipated graduates; all stages of internships will be addressed.

Take a moment and download The Career Playbook Series: Boomers + Second Half Plays and let me know what you think.

Does this help you along in your career journey?

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Career Content for February 23

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