Monthly Meeting

The Breakfast Club NJ Presents: “Secrets Recruiters Don’t Want You To Know”

Presented by Abby Kohut

Saturday May 13th 2017, at 8:00am ET

Synopsis:

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Presentation:

“Secrets Recruiters Don’t Want You To Know”

During this presentation, you will gain insight into what corporate and agency recruiters look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. These days, you must do more than applying on job boards. There are far more candidates applying for the same positions, so you have to differentiate yourself. You will learn what recruiters like and don’t like, what teeny tiny corrections make a huge difference, and the best strategies for moving past your competition in 2017. Some of the topics you’ll learn are:

• Deep dark secrets about why keywords really matter and how to choose them
• What to say during a phone screen to get a “yes”
• When you should and should not mention the Tampa Bay Rays during an interview
• Secrets about thank you letters and how they can make or break your success

About the Speaker: Abby Kohut

Abby Kohut

Abby Kohut

Abby Kohut, who is known in the job search world as Absolutely Abby, is the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC and author of “Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets.” In the past 24 years, Abby held corporate recruiting positions in a variety of industries and is responsible for helping 10,000 people get hired. Her website AbsolutelyAbby.com, which was selected as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes, teaches candidates secrets the Absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters won’t tell you. AbsolutelyAbby.com was also mentioned on CNBC as one of three top websites for career changers.

Abby is one of the “Top 100 Influential People Online” according to Fast Company Magazine and is known as”Ask Abby” on LinkedIn. She has provided job search tips on Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. Recently, CEOWORLD Magazine rated Abby “One of the Top 25 Women for your Job Search” and Business News Daily rated @Absolutely_Abby as “One of Top 10 Twitter Accounts Every Jobseeker Should Follow”.

Since 2012, Abby has been on a mission to help one million job seekers and is currently driving around the USA on a nationwide tour to accomplish that goal.

About the Meeting:

Networking begins at 7:30 am, meeting starts promptly at 8:00 am. There is a $10 fee at the door to cover the cost of the room. Be sure to tell your friends and bring them along. Be a part of our growing network of Job Seekers, Hiring Managers, Recruiters, Career Coaches, and people who want to be able to help themselves and each other.

Event Location:

Days Hotel Conference Center 195 Rt. 18 South, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 732-828-6900

Meeting Format:

7:30 to 8:00 – Registration & Open Networking 8:00 to 8:15 – Welcome and housekeeping 8:15 to 9:15 – Presentation by the guest speaker – Limited to 60 minutes 9:15 to 10:15 – Elevator Pitch – 30 Seconds about yourself, who you are, what you are looking for, target companies (3-4), how we can help you, how you can help others. Follow the rule of the Three B’s of Public Speaking: Be informative; Be brief; Be seated. 10:15 until you choose to leave – Open Networking, follow up with people you are interested in meeting following their elevator pitch, exchange business cards, peruse the library, arrange follow up meetings, etc.

The Breakfast Club NJ – 10 Points for Good Member Citizenship

1) Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com) 2) Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly 3) Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible 4) Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net) 5) Join groups Facebook group, Google +, and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net) 6) Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com) 7) If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com) 8) Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful) 9) If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com) 10) Help fellow members whenever possible

  1. Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  2. Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly
  3. Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible
  4. Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)
  5. Join groups Facebook group and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)
  6. Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)
  7. If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  8. Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)
  9. If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)
  10. Help fellow members whenever possible

RSVP We look forward to seeing everyone let’s make this a great meeting for our members that are in transition and welcome those that have landed

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How to Make the First Impression in an Interview

“Nobody impresses me for the first sixty days on the job.” This was a saying that all of those working with me in the corporate world would hear me say over and over. I wanted to express that there’s a difference between the impression a job seeker leaves initially—even as early as during the interview—and […]

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When to Not Use Social Media

Social media for your business or profession is no longer optional. When you have a presence on social media, you make it easier for your clients & prospects to find and connect with you. By connecting with your clients on social media, you’re more likely to increase customer retention and brand loyalty. However, there are some times when using social media to communicate is not appropriate. Let’s discuss some of those occasions in this post…

Having Sites Where You are Not Active
Having social media sites where you are not active can be viewed more negatively than not having a social media presence. Without a social media presence, you may not easily be found online. Or, you may not effectively promote your products and services to your clients. However, clients finding inactive sites may decide that you are not effective at doing your job. Or, you do not complete what you have started.

If you are new to social media, start using social media slowly. Start with 1 social media site. Only add a new social media site when you are comfortable with your ability to effectively use that site. 

Only Use Sites That Add Value for You
Be active only on the social media sites where your clients and competitors have a presence. 
Developing a presence where your clients are is quite obvious. It gives you the opportunity to increase your social media marketing effectiveness, and maximize your return for the time you participate on social media to  promote your service offerings to clients.
Developing a presence where your competitors may seem less obvious. However, it is equally important. Your prospects are searching for the information and services they need. It’s the same information and services that your competition offers. If you want clients and prospects to find you, you need to be where they are searching. Not convinced? Drive down any street to look for a fast-food restaurant. You’ll find several within a few blocks. The fast-food restaurants already figured out that you will likely not make your dining selection until you see the available restaurants in front of you.
When it’s Better to Engage with People 1-on-1
Online interactions do not replace personal interactions. Social media can thrust you into a wider audience. But interacting directly with your clients and prospects once a connection is made will create a stronger bond than with social media alone. Your clients will learn more about you, your service offerings and value proposition via direct conversations. They will begin to trust you which will increase the opportunity to convert that conversation into a sales transaction.

Use Social Media For Business or Personally, not Both
If your primary driver for using social media is for business, then don’t (or at least minimally) use it personally. Social media is a very public platform. You may be posting comments or opinions just to friends and family. However, social media does not have such limits. It’s likely your commentary will be found by your customers. It your posts and views do not align with your business or clients (e.g your political or social views), it will be perceived negatively by your clients.
When Going Through a Legal Issue (business or personal)
When you are going through any legal issue, either personally or in business, it’s very likely that your opponent will gather all available information about you that can help them make their case. While we think that means negative information, positive information you post can be dangerous for your case as well:
  • Venting about the issue in progress can have a damaging effect during the negotiation. You may be using social media to vent frustration, complain about the progress of the case or negotiation, or you may be posting negative information about your opponent. When you opponent finds this negative information, they may likely use it against you.
  • Showing off your successes can have a negative impact as well. Posting pictures of your new expensive car, discussing the nice vacation from which you just returned, or informing your reader that you inherited money can impact a case where you want to limit an expenditure. As an example, if you are being sued for a large amount of money, you may make it harder to defend the amount in the suit if you boasted about the expensive car you just bought.
Social media is a wonderful tool for networking and marketing. However, even social media has a risky side, with its use or the information found sometimes having a negative impact. Therefore, use social media wisely.

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The Secret Behind an Excellent Interview

What is the secret behind an excellent interview?  Be brief. Now that the secret is revealed, I will support my tenet with a few facts. Actually, you can do what I did: I watched some television with a stopwatch to see how long an answer people provide for a question. As samples, I used, among […]

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The Biggest Change in Hiring

Unpredictability and uncertainty in the business world shorten employment tenure. There are several reasons for this: The fast-paced and ever-changing evolution of technology is generating competitive pressures. Consumer tastes are changing and demanding new products and services. And world events are destabilizers; revolutions, wars, floods, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis, and reactor meltdowns are examples. Employers find […]

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Monthly Meeting

The Breakfast Club NJ Presents: “Preparing for the Job Hunt: The Essential Checklist”

Presented by Valerie S. Williams

Saturday April 8th 2017, at 8:00am ET

Synopsis:

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RSVP

Presentation:

“Preparing for the Job Hunt: The Essential Checklist”

It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” — Whitney M. Young
Before you submit your next resume, there are some things you can do to make the process smoother and submission faster. This session will help you by giving you the ultimate job hunt checklist. This session will also give you networking tools, ways to showcase your skills, and supporting documents to help you track your progress.

About the Speaker:
Valerie S. Williams

Valerie S Williams

Valerie S Williams

Valerie S Williams identified her career after playing with her Texas Instrument computer hooked up on a little black and white TV. During middle school she interviewed a woman who worked at Radio Shack about women working in the computer field. She decided to and did become a programmer by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She began teaching computer skills and worked on projects programming in Lotus Notes and Microsoft Access. After her first transition and networking with high school friends Valerie changed careers by moving into a new industry and working with new technology in a start-up company. After her second transition and networking, her new position led her to manage multiple programming teams and several support groups with international team members. During this time, Valerie became certified as a Project Manager Professional and supported her team to work on their own professional development. During Valerie’s third transition she learned the process for looking for a new career changed and she is currently working as a contractor as she finds her next career. While attending multiple networking events and seminars though she heard many great speakers, each of which focused on a specific topic. To help manage all of the tasks in looking for a new career she created a list of things to do and tips that she picked up from each speaker. Valerie will share of these tasks and tips with you today.

About the Meeting:

Networking begins at 7:30 am, meeting starts promptly at 8:00 am.

There is a $10 fee at the door to cover the cost of the room.

Be sure to tell your friends and bring them along. Be a part of our growing network of Job Seekers, Hiring Managers, Recruiters, Career Coaches, and people who want to be able to help themselves and each other.

Event Location:

Days Hotel Conference Center

195 Rt. 18 South, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

732-828-6900

Meeting Format:

7:30 to 8:00 – Registration & Open Networking

8:00 to 8:15 – Welcome and housekeeping

8:15 to 9:15 – Presentation by the guest speaker – Limited to 60 minutes

9:15 to 10:15 – Elevator Pitch – 30 Seconds about yourself, who you are, what you are looking for, target companies (3-4), how we can help you, how you can help others. Follow the rule of the Three B’s of Public Speaking: Be informative; Be brief; Be seated.

10:15 until you choose to leave – Open Networking, follow up with people you are interested in meeting following their elevator pitch, exchange business cards, peruse the library, arrange follow up meetings, etc.

The Breakfast Club NJ – 10 Points for Good Member Citizenship

1) Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

2) Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly

3) Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible

4) Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)

5) Join groups Facebook group, Google +, and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)

6) Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)

7) If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

8) Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)

9) If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)

10) Help fellow members whenever possible

  1. Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  2. Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly
  3. Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible
  4. Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)
  5. Join groups Facebook group and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)
  6. Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)
  7. If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  8. Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)
  9. If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)
  10. Help fellow members whenever possible

RSVP

We look forward to seeing everyone let’s make this a great meeting for our members that are in transition and welcome those that have landed

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Social Media for Authors

It used to be that authors would write their book, hand it to their agent, and let the publisher do the work of editing, publishing, distributing, and marketing it. Now, authors can use social media to perform the tasks of publishing, distributing, and marketing on their own more easily. This also enables new authors to self-publish when passed over by the traditional publishing companies.

Sadly, if you are not found online, you are functionally irrelevant. The same can be said about your work. Social media allows people to share and promote information by using the internet and other communications channels. Among those communications channels are your website, social media sites, email marketing and e-commerce. Searching the internet, you can find websites, social media sites and other content meant for any industry. Since I am presenting “Social Media for Authors” to the 2017 Winter Writers Weekend in New Hope, Pennsylvania on March 4, 2017, I chose to discuss this topic at this time.

Your Website
Writers (all professionals) must have a website. Today, more and more consumers use the internet to search for the products or services they need. Hence, your readers expect you to be there. A professional website gives you and your publications credibility. It’s your platform to demonstrate your interests, knowledge and expertise to your readers. If you and your work are not yet known, this is where people begin to find out about you.

Social Media Sites for Authors
Amazon – Amazon started as an online bookseller in 1994 via Amazon.com. It has since grown to become the largest internet-based retailer in the world. Amazon offers 2 self-publishing services:

  • Kindle Direct Publishing is a free program that helps authors self-publish their book as eBooks.
  • CreateSpace is a fast and easy way to self-publish paperbacks. It also offers on-demand printing, eliminating the need for you to maintain inventory.
goodreads is a social media site that lets users track and rate books, and network with other readers. The site is free for readers. Authors can also promote their books via pay-per-click advertising.
Issuu is a digital publishing platform for magazines, newspapers, portfolios, catalogs, corporate literature, DIY guides, community programs and more. It’s free to use with a publishing limit of 100MB, and paid subscriptions are available when you want to exceed the free limit.
Scribd is a digital documents library that allows users to publish, discover and discuss original writings and documents in various languages. The site is free to use and try for 30 days. Then, there is a moderate monthly subscription after the free period.
Email Marketing
Email Marketing is using email to send newsletters, offers, invitations, event notices and more to grow the visibility of your brand and business. If new to email marketing, start by using the email addresses of your friends, family and coworkers. Then add your networking contacts and people that ask to connect with you. Most people have email, and email is the most popular app on smart phones. Therfore, email marketing is less expensive and more effective than traditional mail campaigns. When using popular email marketing software such as MailChimp and Constant Contact (the two market leaders), you will have access to their analytical tools that will show you the performance of your email campaigns.

E-Commerce
E-commerce is the purchase and sale of products or services via electronic channels such as the internet. It’s also known as “online shopping”, and allows your customers to electronically buy goods and services from you with no barriers of time or distance. E-commerce can be implemented on your website, via your social media sites, or via one of the available e-commerce service providers such as ebay, Amazon.com, Shopify and many others.

To benefit from social media, you need to build a clear strategy that takes into account what you’re trying to achieve, who your customers are and what your competition is doing. As an author, use any or all of the tools I identified in this post. Start with your website. Then, add one social media communications channel. As you become comfortable using that one communications channel over time, consider adding another. Before you know it, you with have a robust social media strategy and have significantly grown your online presence.

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How to Win in Today’s Job Market

It is well-known that in today’s economy, job seekers face unprecedented challenges. One of them is the large numbers of applicants chasing just a few openings, but another is their lack of understanding of the rules of the competition. Many discount the fact that employers use different methods of selecting final candidates by applying certain […]

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How Many LinkedIn Connections One Needs?

Many people ask me how many LinkedIn connections one needs.  I’m a huge proponent of increasing the number of connections on LinkedIn. I voice that strong opinion every time I make a public presentation on a relevant subject or speak with anyone looking for advice on finding a job. At times, I find opponents to […]

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How to Turn Networking into Interviews

People in transition know that 60 to 80 percent of job seekers get their next positions through networking. Consequently and whenever possible, they focus their daily activities on such networking. But despite their—sometimes admittedly awkward—efforts, nothing comes of it. The reason is that they don’t have an understanding of the actual purpose of networking and […]

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