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Communicating clearly and “commandingly” is vital to your job search as well as in your life.

This means not only speaking well but listening well, too, for understanding. Otherwise conflict can result. And in job search, you want to be able to communicate how you fit their job. Clearly.

Business Coach Les Hill ( and Mediator Anita Motolinia ( will be our guests this day, each offering their very different perspectives on communication for clarity and effect. I’ve gotten a preview of their material which is rich and generous so be here for this panel!

We live in a time when how you come across is as valued as what you bring so don’t miss this meeting for practical methods on how you can command the attention of others so that you can further your job search and career.

This is the speaker topic at Face2Face on Thurs, March 2nd, at Congregation Bet Shalom, Minnetonka, 10am-12:30pm — directions and info at

Get your answers from our duo of experts. The meeting is free. Light refreshments provided.

The meeting:

10am – Doors open for networking, and for checking the database. Coffee and other light refreshments

10:15 – Meeting starts with a brief GOOD NEWS, about those who have landed their new job OR landed an interview OR made a great new connection — all good news!

10:25 – Jamie Lind, independent health care consultant, on what’s available to you in these tumultuous times that’s not COBRA

10:27 – Wes Roper of Frannet, an engineer who’s the most unusual business expert you’ve never met!

10:29 – Joanne Meehl with her Tip o’ the Day

10:35 – Networking clusters — here’s where you can make your connections to your next job, by talking in depth with fellow members about your successes, not about history. Also: New Member Orientation

11:20 – Break

11:25 – Two panelists on Communicating Commandingly

12:30 – Wrap-up and closing quote

Meeting is at Congregation Bet Shalom, ​Thursday, ​March 2nd, 2017. FREE. Space is limited! 10am-12:30pm — business casual dress — directions, meeting fee info and more in the brochure at

Join us!

Joanne Meehl, F2F Founder and Facilitator

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After Losing Your Job…7 Tips for Job Searching Success  what-next

Everything has been going along just fine with your career—nothing exciting, but things are stable. But, are they really stable? Do you know what’s around the next corner in your company? And, are you established enough in your career just in case something does happen? Most companies, many industries, and the economy in general are constantly evolving. What does this mean as a worker in this twenty-first century? It means that you have to be prepared for uncertainty and a potential job change.

As a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), I have partnered with over 1,000 clients in developing forward-thinking, eye-catching, and industry-appropriate resumes and cover letters. Unfortunately, many of those clients contact me only when they have lost their jobs and need to quickly rework a 20+ year-old resume or are starting with no documentation. Along with needing a new resume, there are other things to consider if you lose your job.

#1 – Don’t be ashamed of the job loss. First, a job loss can happen to anyone. Companies, merge, businesses close, and organizational needs change. Tell people that you are actively seeking new employment opportunities. Did you know that most jobs are found via networking and existing contacts? It’s a much better way to find a job then replying to hundreds of job postings online.

#2 – Be sure your resume is up-to-date. Although it was mentioned before, it deserves repeating. If you have let others know that you are seeking a new job and they ask for your resume, it doesn’t look good to make them wait for an updated document. Be sure to include your most recent job and know that you don’t have to list why you left that particular position.  

#3 – Get a new email address. Many of us are tied to our job email address, which is obviously gone if you have lost your position. And, home email addresses could be checked by multiple people in the household. Instead, open a new email account that is used specifically for job hunting. Then, you can be sure you will be the only one checking the email account. And, always use your name or a portion of your name as the email address. Don’t use your graduation year, birth year, or other information that could detail your age. Keep it professional and simple.

#4 – Join LinkedIn as your preferred social media outlet. LinkedIn is a professional resource for social media content, updates, company profiles, and job searching. If you already have Facebook, Twitter, and other profiles, then be sure there is nothing out there that could harm your job search. While it is true that everyone has a personal life, it is also true that a quick Google search of your name will generate hits on your social media profiles.

#5 – Attend networking events. Again, most people find job opportunities through contacts they know. If you can attend a local chamber of commerce expo or a local networking group, take the chance and do so. And, if those aren’t available to you, then schedule a lunch appointment with a contact you haven’t seen for awhile. The more people that know you are seeking opportunities, the more eyes and ears are out there assisting you with your job search.

#6 – Never badmouth your ex-employer. Never. Ever. Do. This. Have you ever heard the saying, ‘don’t burn your bridges?’ Well, this rings true when seeking employment. The more you badmouth your ex-employer, the more you are viewed as a critical, sad, and annoying ex-employee. Furthermore, you never know who may know the people and/or company that you are criticizing. It doesn’t matter if what you are saying is true—just don’t do it.

#7 – Take on part-time work, freelance projects, or volunteer opportunities. If you are unsure of your career direction or can’t seem to find the perfect full-time job opportunity, then grab the chance to volunteer with an organization close to your heart, find a part-time opportunity that meets your family needs, or be open to the idea of freelance work. These short-term gigs show future employers that you kept busy during your time away from the full-time workforce and still honed your skills while networking with entirely new groups of people.

Remember that you are not the first person to lose their job and you certainly won’t be the last. By keeping a positive attitude, being proactive, and establishing a network of people that are also seeking opportunities for you, you can be on your way to a new opportunity that may meet your needs even better than your previous position.


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Personal Professional Branding

How to build your professional brand

Personal branding is an elusive topic to most people, yet it is important for career success. Wise professionals with career success know it can mean the difference between landing that dream job and never getting noticed.

So what do you think of when you hear the word “professional brand?” Simply stated, a brand is a promise of the value you’ll deliver. “You may think you don’t need a brand, but the reality is that you already have one,” says Jana Fallon, vice president, Executive Development for Prudential Financial. “By managing that professional reputation you already have, you increase your chances of being known for qualities that can land your dream job or get you noticed by a company you have always wanted to work. If you do start actively managing your brand, you can find real power in knowing and sharing what your unique differentiators are.”

Fallon recommends five specific actions you can take today to improve your brand reputation.

B = Build

Build your brand by first defining what you want that brand to be. To make this simpler, it should include no more than three or four characteristics that describe what you offer or aspire to offer. It is good to be aspirational but it also must be realistic. If you are having trouble getting started, begin by asking people you trust what they immediately associate with you. Ask for honest feedback and listen to what you hear.

R = Reflect

Reflect on your strengths and liabilities frequently. What is the unique value that you have to offer and what do you aspire to be? Think about your strengths and what you do really well. What do you want to be known for in business? What differentiates you? Use those reflections to establish your unique brand. Perhaps you want to be known as a very curious, engaged consultant. Or perhaps your unique brand is one of intelligence, candor and strong ethics.

A = Actions speak

In order to sustain your brand, you have to act accordingly. Your behaviors and the decisions you make daily impact your brand. Be bold in defining your brand and then have the courage to live up to that brand promise. If you are finding it challenging to start living your brand, find someone that has a style, behavior or an approach that you admire. Emulate what works. Try it yourself and see if it feels right for you. Experiment until you find your own authentic behavior.

N = Network nonstop

To get others to recognize your brand, you have to market yourself. This clearly takes time and effort, but it can be done effectively if you follow these key steps. To share your brand, network in the organization you work in, outside work with other professional contacts and in your community. Make yourself visible to those that can influence your career.

The key to a successful professional brand is having strong “word-of-mouth marketing” from friends, coworkers, customers and other contacts. Having a strong brand means finding ways to network and manage what those contacts know and then say to others about your capabilities.

D = Decide today

“Decide to make managing your professional brand a priority,” Fallon says. “Carve out time each week to fine tune and evolve your defined brand. Make time to reflect and try out new behaviors and to expand your network. There is real power in knowing where you are focused and letting others know for what you aspire to be known.”

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Law Enforcement Jobs

Know what employers want before applying to be in law enforcement

(BPT) – With the economy improving, more job opportunities are appearing, giving today’s students openings to show prospective employers their skills and professional talents. However, the job market is still competitive, and students need to know – and then acquire – the skills prospective employers want.

In the law enforcement industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts demand for police officers and detectives will increase 5 percent through the year 2022. This growth will make jobs available, but applicants must expect competition for these jobs.

Having knowledge of what traits and skills law enforcement agencies across the country want in candidates will help students strongly compete for open positions. Carl Cooper, chair for the Criminal Justice Program for Westwood College’s Chicago O’Hare Airport Campus, shares background information provided by members of Westwood’s program advisory council as well as training officers and supervisors from the Chicago Police Department, Harwood Heights Police Department and Franklin Park Police Department:

Writing and communication skills for law enforcement

Report writing is an important part of the job for law enforcement officers, and departments are looking for officers who can communicate well in those reports. They have the potential for being reviewed by other officers, by the media, involved in court cases, and reviewed by many other professionals, which is why good communication skills are so important. What may surprise some applicants is that these writing skills are exactly that – often handwritten. Many departments don’t have the high-tech computer systems found in the detective shows on TV, making computer skills less important than effective communication skills, both written and oral.


Police officers may face many ethical issues on a daily or weekly basis, and how an officer behaves in these situations could affect an individual, business or even the community as a whole. Westwood College requires all criminal justice students to complete an ethics course to ensure they’re prepared for the law enforcement working environment.

Community involvement

Many police departments require their officers to live within the community. Officers involved in the community are more effective in their careers.

“Students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at Westwood College are shown how effective the community involvement is during their tenure at Westwood,” Cooper says. “For example, this past holiday season, students worked with the Franklin Park [Ill.] Police Department to collect toys for 13 adopted families in the community. Students also helped officers wrap and deliver the toys, seeing first-hand the community connection those families made with the department.”

Physical fitness for law enforcement applicants

Applicants shouldn’t be surprised that physical fitness is a requirement for most positions. Physical fitness prior to and during the testing process is critical if you want to get the career of your choice. Students wanting to be competitive for those open positions should begin additional physical training on their own.

These helpful hints about the law enforcement market, and what’s expected of candidates for jobs, were designed to help candidates have an edge when applying for those open positions. And even with the job market improving, that edge is important to getting the best position possible.

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I’m often asked “When’s the best time of year to start a job hunt?”

There really is no one “job hunting season”. But know that it usually takes longer than you expect, so starting a search near Memorial Day with the expectations that you’ll be in a new job for July 4th would be, for most people, unrealistic. I tell most job-seeking professionals who are between jobs to expect a three-month campaign, and if they’re working full-time, due to less time available for networking, ​a transition taking about six months is not unusual.

Job fairs usually follow the calendar of the school year. In other words, they are usually not scheduled during the summer or close to the December holidays. While I think job fairs are usually a mixed bag at best, some are well-run with quality companies who have real jobs. Better to use the job fair ad to see what companies will be there, then check their web sites to see if there are jobs in your career area. Not every open job is posted but what’s there will give you an idea of what their needs are.

There are certainly times of the year where it’s more difficult to sit down with network contacts or hiring managers. Mid-December through the first of January is tough because of their many out-of-the-office commitments. But many recruiters are available at this time of year so try to reach them then.

It’s not as easy to reach networking contacts or hiring managers from late June through mid-July. This is when many people are away on vacation. While this may continue through the summer, the toughest period is the two weeks around July 4th.

So plan ahead when you’re hoping to make a transition. While the time of year might not have a huge impact, hitting your stride when people are around will be to your benefit.

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Clients often ask about finding “best companies” lists, especially “Best Companies to Work For” lists. One key source is your regional weekly business journal. Business journals often gather info then publish lists on an annual basis. And business sections of regional newspapers, as well as national business magazines, publish their lists. Organizations that serve groups such as minorities, older Americans, and the disabled put out their own lists.

Of course, there are many lists online. and other sites list “best companies to work for”.
And the best way to learn, first-hand, about good companies is while networking. Ask your connections if their company or organization is good to work for, and why they feel that way. If a company’s culture and goals match yours, it’s a good bet you’ll be happy there.

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HR is increasingly known within companies as the Talent Acquisition and Retention center. In other words, it’s no longer the HR of old, busy only with compliance paperwork. While paperwork is indeed a part of what they do, their role is now viewed as vital in getting the right people into the company or organization, and therefore increasing the bottom line.

Result: Today, you must be prepared for the behavior-based interview. This is the dominant interview “style” used by companies today, and since HR is training hiring managers to interview this way, it’s in your best interest to know what to expect. They use this method because it more accurately gets them to see if you really have the talents and skills they need to get the job done.

While we could spend this entire space on behavior-based interviewing, let’s just say it’s focused on you providing examples about your strengths and achievements. In short, interviewing isn’t about the interviewer’s gut feel any more: instead, you need to perform.

The cost of a bad hire — whatever the reason — is enormous. If someone ends up being a “wrong hire”, then the whole organization suffers, because it’s estimated that it costs three times that job’s salary to re-do a search for the right person to fill it. That loss is in hard dollars spent on salary, benefits, bonuses, relocation packages, and so forth, not to mention lost time spent by those who interviewed you.

That’s why they’re being so careful, and why you are going through multiple interviews.

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by: Steve Bohler

The most important ingredient for a successful career is a job which you enjoy and have the right talents for. But unfortunately, most of the people get stuck in the wrong job and are unhappy with the way their career has been moving. If you are one such person, then it is best to go for a career counseling program to land yourself into a dream job rather than being unnecessarily trapped in the wrong one.

Out of all the ingredients for a successful career, the most important one is to fit your job. The people at the top of their careers are the ones who are fortunate enough to land themselves in a job they find meaningful and enjoy — A job which suits their talent and skills. But unfortunately, most people get stuck in the wrong job and however hard they try, it becomes very difficult to excel in and enjoy their work.

Since a wide variety of options are available today, it often, instead of being an advantage, becomes a lot more complicated to decide. At such times, it more or less seems like a Pandora’s box (i.e, a state of dilemma and confusion). Thus, one of the main reasons why people land into the wrong job is that most people are clueless as to which careers will compliment their interests, talent and skills and neither do they get an appropriate advice.

If you are such a person who is frustrated with the way your career route has been heading, then you might be very well aware of all that I am trying to say. And it is rather unnecessary to continue with such a job and let yourself drown in a state of boredom, stress and unhealthy competition. Sign up for a career counseling program which will help you in getting out of the trap. It will help you to change your life course in a more meaningful way.

During the sessions of a superior career counseling program, apart from talking about you and your career related problems, they will also conduct various career aptitude tests in order to understand your talents and interests. These tests are prepared with the view of various aspects of human behavior, personalities and all the career options available. This helps in getting a broad view of your personal style, level of knowledge, qualification, experience, natural interests, financial expectations, analytical ability and other goals in life.

All the information is compiled in a structured manner and used for evaluation along with their well researched and designed analytical techniques. Through this program, there are likely to be some unexpected and surprising revelations about you and your options. This will make you uncover your hidden passions, develop an optimistic sense of purpose, and understand which field of work fits you perfectly where you can be happy and successful.

So what are you waiting for? Go for an appropriate career counseling program so that every morning you can wake up with enthusiasm and a sense of passion for your work. You can find some reputed adult career counseling programs online, an effective alternative to the traditional form of counseling. Online programs are targeted towards approaching on ideal solutions, which are more than just changing or polishing you resume and networks.

About The Author

The author of this article is associated with The Oxford Program, a leading, international online career counseling program, which offers career test online.


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Four simple tips to help you land a great job

(BPT) – Whether you’re just graduating and entering the job market for the first time or you’re changing careers, job searching is never easy. And if you’re among the more than 1.5 million college grads looking for work this year, you will need to work smarter to stand above the crowd and land that dream job or internship. In today’s high-tech society, many potential employers are turning to social media to learn more about you.

“Before you even walk through the door for your first interview, it is highly likely the person waiting on the other side has seen more than just your resume,” says Lauren Berger, CEO of “The way you present yourself online speaks volumes to hiring managers about your tech savvy and comfort level with social media – both critical skills demanded by virtually every employer.”

With technology playing an established role in our lives and social networks easily accessible to potential employers, establishing a strong “digital footprint” and personal brand is crucial to success. So how can you use technology to land that first job and make the best first impression?

Here are some top tech tools and social media tips for landing your dream job:

* Get organized. While it may seem like a minor detail, one of the first things you should do is get a professional email address. The college email or cutesy address you created back in high school won’t impress a job recruiter. is free and easy to use, allowing you to quickly get organized so you never miss an important message from a potential employer. With tools like Sweep to help you filter and sort emails, you no longer need to worry about daily deals or newsletters junking up your main inbox. Windows 8 also lets you pin your favorite career websites to your Start screen, with live tiles that show your latest emails and appointments in real time and other apps to help you stay connected to your networks.-

* Leverage your networks and set informational interviews. Make a target list of employers you’d like to work for and do some research about them using sites like LinkedIn, identifying one executive from each company that you’d like to meet. Try to find alumni from your school or other acquaintances who work there. Reach out to them, explain that you’ve just graduated, and ask if they will take five minutes to sit down and tell you how they got started and give you some advice.

* Put your best “digital foot” forward.- You have one chance to make a first impression – make sure it’s a good one. This means not only dressing professionally, but using your style (both online and off) to demonstrate your personal interests. Building your personal brand and establishing relationships within the industry will help open doors to opportunities you may not have discovered otherwise. Make sure that your online presence is up-to-date and also reflects your best attributes. This includes maintaining consistent resume and work experience information across your networks, to build familiarity among possible recruiters.

* Lead with your strengths.- Ask your friends and previous employers what your strengths are, and use specific examples during your interview to highlight them. You can also use this opportunity to demonstrate your experience with technology. If you are consistently told how well-organized you are, share a previous work experience that demonstrates how you used technology and what value this brings to the employer. Consider upgrading to a new Windows 8 PC and bringing it to the interview to show off your portfolio of work. This instantly demonstrates you’re on the cutting edge of new technology – a value for any employer.

With the influx of graduates in the job market this year, these seemingly simple tips can help you stand out from the crowd and boost your chances of finding that great job. Visit the Windows Blog for more information and helpful tech tips.

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IT jobs - you can get hired

IT Jobs: A promising Future
by: Irishnewjob

Information technology has entered almost in all sphere of our life. From electricity bill payment to shopping all are related and effected by IT in some way to other. Industries are automating their task to cut down manual labor cost. Home appliances, industrial machines, watch, automobiles are using software to enhance the quality of products. As a result demand of IT professionals is high in market.IT jobs are promising, it offers hefty salary package with immense opportunity to grow and expand your career. If you are expert in your field and have good knowledge on your subject then you can easily get handsome salary package. All you need to have to build your career in It industry is right degree and skill, it is the only qualification you need to make your career in IT industry. If your are fresher and looking for primary level IT jobs then internet could help you in finding your avenue but for specialist level and higher standard IT jobs you have to rely on your professional contact as most of the organizations did not disclose higher level job opening at job portals.You can start your IT career as a software engineer, web developer, database manager and IT Hardware professional. To accelerate your IT career it is important to update your skill from time to time. Learn industry level skill and enhance your capability. Course offered by SAP and Oracle are very promising though it is not easy to clear these exams but once you become SAP or Oracle certified professional you value will increase in the industry.Searching IT Jobs is not a tough job there are various online portals and IT recruitment companies dealing in IT jobs. Job portals are more useful as there you can see different openings posted by numbers of IT companies. IT jobs are promising; it is one of the well-paid industries with fast growth rate. Start hunting for your dream IT job with online portals and give right shape to your career.Send your resume to online job portals for IT job and get hired by best IT companies.

About The Author

Searching IT Jobs is not a tough job there are various online portals and IT recruitment companies dealing in IT jobs. Job portals are more useful as there you can see different openings posted by numbers of IT companies. IT jobs are promising; it is one of the well-paid industries with fast growth rate. Start hunting for your dream IT job with online portals and give right shape to your career.

Send your resume to online job portals for IT job and get hired by best IT companies.

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