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NOW look who’s coming to “You Can Get Hired!” Join us at our next Get Hired Event — Tuesday April 4th, 2017 from 9:00am to 11:30am in Maple Grove

Valuable networking opportunities with the Twin Cities’ hottest employment experts, and a chance to get your toughest job-search questions answered if you pre-register today. Attendance for these events is limited to room size and we always fill up. Don’t wait, register today and save yourself a seat.

Eventbrite - 04/4/17 You Can Get Hired! - Joanne Meehl & Gracie Miller

*Career Coach Joanne Meehl Reveals to YCGH attendees the networking secrets she usually saves for clients only*

Joanne Meehl Career Services, Job Search Queen and Resume Queen talks about “Elegant Networking”

All kinds of career and job search experts tell those of you in job search to “network, network, network”. But we don’t tell you how! Old rules say “give your resume to everyone”. Joanne disagrees, and instead talks about connecting human-to-human in an elegant way that honors relationship over “what can I get?”. She will reveal some tips and methods and, “the right words to use” that she usually reserves only for her clients. Afterwards, you will know how to elegantly GET the networking appointment, what to DO during that appointment, and what to do AFTER the appointment so that both you AND your contact win!

So what is it? And how to do it in an elegant way so that you will not be forgotten? Register now and come to this session so you can learn how to make your networking COUNT and land your next great job!

Elegant Networking

  • HOW to make the right appointments with the right people in your network
  • How to create your credibility with them around what you can DO
  • How to continue to touch base with them so they don’t forget you
  • How to best “use” your network
  • Be comfortable being yourself as you job search, not faking it as “someone else”
  • Get amazing results

Eventbrite - 04/4/17 You Can Get Hired! - Joanne Meehl & Gracie Miller

New to You Can Get Hired in 2017

Gracie Miller

Career Clarity Now…is a dynamic 40-minute creative Master Class. You WILL walk away with greater clarity about not only what you want to do, but how to do it.


By rolling our passions and skills together and taking an honest look at our deal breakers, we come to creative career options you never would have considered otherwise. You will receive a complimentary guide to go along with the workshop titled “4 Steps to Creative Clarity” that is yours to keep.

What are YOU on Earth to do?

Struggling to come up with a career that uses all of your passions, skills and experience?

Get ready to identify and create a career you will love!

Join Gracie on April 4th and she will impart

“4 Steps to Creative Clarity”

  • Identify your Greatest Passions
  • Identify your Marketable Skills
  • Identify Professional Dealbreakers.
  • Then, Roll your passions and skills into creative career options
  • Create SMART goals around those options and
  • Break down goals into manageable steps to get into your new career or business.

Get ready, because change is coming! Register now-you won’t want to miss all that Gracie has to offer, and at no cost to you for this 3 hour workshop!

Eventbrite - 04/4/17 You Can Get Hired! - Joanne Meehl & Gracie Miller

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 (www.leshill.info) and Mediator Anita Motolinia (www.anitamotoliniamediation.com) 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 www.face2.net

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 www.face2.net

Join us!

Joanne Meehl, F2F Founder and Facilitator

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11292 86th Avenue North, Suite 101

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Originally Posted January 25th, 2016 @ 04:01pm by: Joanne Meehl

handshake_closeupAfter many years in the job search field, and almost 13 on my own, I have seen many things from candidates that work wonderfully in their searches.

And things that they put in their way.

One unnecessary hurdle is hiding an old entry-level job because the candidate believes it wasn’t that long ago so it shows them as too inexperienced for the next step in their career. I’ve seen this from senior managers ready to be a Director, or Directors ready to be VPs.

This is not wise. First, everyone knows you started somewhere in your career. But when you leave out “the first step”, smushing your earlier Specialist job into the later Manager role, you are hiding one key thing about yourself: that you were promoted and have had a meteoric rise. That’s what is outstanding about you! So why hide it?

If you’re doing so because you think you don’t have the room to give many details about the job, don’t worry: you needn’t add much material there. It’s in the next job listed that you say, “Promoted to this management role based on outstanding performance in my work as Specialist”. Adjust that statement for your level and you will then be communicating to your reader — of your resume or LinkedIn — a wonderful achievement.

Recruiters in particular like to see your career path until now. They want to see where you started and what you’ve done since; the decisions you’ve made and the successes you’ve had. And little speaks more of success than being selected by your senior management to handle more tasks and people: a promotion.


Joanne Meehl, Guest speaker for You Can Get Hired on April 5th, 2016 from 9-11:30 a.m.  Register Here!

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Statistics tell us that we are all connected to each other with as few as only six people (or six referrals) between us. Let’s think about this 6° of separation for a moment…

In addition to there being only 6 people between us in a network of connections, we know that over 85% of jobs are created for or secured by job seekers who actively engage in effective networking. Yet, many job seekers still resort to trying to find new jobs by the least effective style of job search known to job search; they read job boards exclusively, filling out applications, sending out resumes to cold contacts, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting. And, unfortunately, if those same job seekers don’t know how to effectively complete electronic applications, or to develop resumes for scoring by Automatic Tracking Systems, they will still be waiting for a call-back for several days or months after the position for which they applied has already been filled. And they may still never know if their applications or resumes were delivered to the correct electronic destination because they never followed up.

OK, so we shouldn’t be surprised that doing things the same way they’ve always been done will produce results that are no different from those produced in the past. But it would seem that equally elusive is the concept that there is a difference between having contacts and having a working network of individuals who will help you build a working network that will ultimately lead you to your next job or career position.

You can have 5,000 or 20,000 contacts on LinkedIn or social media, for example, or 1,000 business cards stashed in a shoe box, but that doesn’t mean you have a network that will do you any good during job search or while building your career for the long haul. Being networked means having people in your life who know enough about you to talk about you with people in their own personal and professional networks. Being effectively networked means having a connection or a relationship with someone with whom you’ve shared contacts of your own that may help another person reach a specific network need. Having a network means being actively engaged in the lives of other people.

You are not networking during job search by sitting at home reading about jobs, talking on the phone with peers to complain about how hard it is to job search, or worse, to commiserate about the poor condition of the job market. Not finding a new job is not because of your age, the color of your hair or even your skin color or body shape. Not finding a job is the result of not talking to other people to learn about their jobs and how they decided to do the work they do, or why they don’t do something they enjoyed 10 years ago but don’t enjoy today. Communicating with other people allows you to learn about company personalities, the what, why and where of jobs people within your network hold and how they got to where they are. Networking helps you learn about yourself by learning about others. Networking is allowing first degree contacts (family, existing friends, teachers, insurance reps and the guy working in the local grocer) know that you want to learn more about what they do, why they do it and with whom they can connect you to help you learn more about the local economy, what employers are doing well, which ones are moving in, expanding, moving out or closing shop. Without other people in your life with whom you network during a job search, you are working in a vacuum and are likely getting sucked up by negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are capable of being emotionally and sometimes physically dangerous to your personal short- and/or long-term career growth.

Don’t do this to yourself. Get out there. If you can, take classes to meet people and get to know each other mutually so everyone has an opportunity to grow from the experience of connecting with other human beings. Participate in job-search support, transition, and networking groups—but don’t make the mistake that simply attending these events means you are actually “networking”. You must be making eye contact and doing something memorable, like striking up a conversation that leads to meaningful connectedness.

Don’t allow someone to tell you that introversion is holding you back. You may be introverted, but introversion is not about reaching out to others. Introversion is about where you get your energy with respect to being around and interacting with other people. Interestingly, for all the noise about the challenges presented in job search when someone is as an introvert, there are statistically far more extroverted people than there are introverts. But it isn’t only introverts who sometimes struggle with developing effective, working networks. Truth-be-told, extroverts are often as unwilling to establish functional networks because they are shy, or withdrawn for any number of reasons.

It is my personal premise that no one is too introverted to network. Shyness on the other hand is a behavior that can hold someone back from reaching out to or getting to know others socially. Shy people are capable of learning new ways to function, and networking is a skill that can be learned. And, like other things that can be learned, the more you practice networking, the more proficient you become, and the easier it gets to meet and interact with new people. Don’t hide behind excuses. Inhibited or shy, quiet or not accustomed to visiting with other people is admittedly extremely difficult for many people, but with some help from close friends and family, and active members of your working network, or even a counselor or coach if necessary, you can learn and practice communication skills, and you can get in touch with that person who is the sixth person out who may hold the keys to your next job.

Networking is an extensive exertion of energy. It can be exhausting. Networking can drain you of your energy at the end of several hours if you are truly an introvert. But no matter the reason that may be preventing you from truly networking, the barriers can be overcome and effective networking can be achieved. It is imperative that you develop, nurture, and use an ever-evolving working network of your own making to become part of the 85% of job seekers who successfully find that person who is their 6th degree of distance from their next job opportunity.

Kim is an Outplacement Job Transition Specialist who speaks for You Can Get Hired, and will be one of our featured speakers on May 5, 2015. You can find her on Personal LinkedIn, her company LinkedIn or through her website. Please see our Events page to register and learn more.