Career experts at Ready! Set! HIRE!! say networking and positivity critical
The more than 200 attendees of Ready! Set! HIRE!! heard job-hunting tips from a variety of industry experts including recruiters and career coaches. “(It's) one thing to find ‘job,’ another to find a ‘position,’” says Marty Latman, one of the panelists.
By Kenna Caprio
The “six amigos” is an affectionate term coined by Fairleigh Dickinson University alumnus, adjunct professor and career coach Eli Amdur for the group of career experts that he turns to when providing advice and commentary.
He introduced the group, which comprised the panel for Ready! Set! HIRE!!, to a crowd of more than 200 people including alumni, students and area job-seekers at Dickinson Hall on the Metropolitan Campus.
For two hours, the career gurus fielded questions from moderator Amdur and the audience, offering answers speaking to their areas of expertise. Advice ranged from ways to use social media effectively to the benefits of networking face-to-face to finding professional (and affordable) job-hunting help.
Though the speakers sometimes disagreed on tactics, three main tips emerged from the discussion: create a strategy, get out there to network and keep a positive perspective.
Start with the goal and work backwards, advise Marty Latman, chairman of the Bergen Chapter of Financial Executive Network Group and Diane Young, Certified Empowerment Coach and founder of Unemployed Optimists, a networking and support group.
“Before you can write your resume, (take a) good hard look at who you are,” says Young. Ask yourself a tough question: “What direction do I want to go in?” she continues.
Because, of course, “unless you know where you’re going, you’re going nowhere,” adds Alex Freund of Landing Expert Career Coaching Services.
Once job-seekers decide on a strategy — be it narrowing down the field of companies to send resumes to or turning to a career coach or recruiter for industry suggestions and help — turn to those contacts!
“Do not hide when you land (a position). Always be connected,” says Janelle Razzino, president of the recruiting firm Razzino Associates. After all, “being in transition is permanent; landing is temporary,” says Latman.
Each panelist chimed in on networking, suggesting that job-hunters use social media as a networking tool, but focus most efforts on face-to-face meetings.
“I’m a huge fan of personal networking — a lot of people do not know how to do that,” says Juanita Turner, the “Resume Guru” at Women’s Rights Information Center.
Join professional, neighborhood and industry groups to reap the benefits of face-to-face interaction.
Also, keep a running list of contacts. “Collect names of people who know the value of your work,” says Turner.
Then, when reaching out to them, “don’t ask for a job — ask for advice,” recommends Director of Career Development on the Metropolitan Campus Cathy Love. “Develop that rapport.”
Finally, stay positive. “People have been too, too down — (it’s) draining. Go in with positive outlook,” says Turner.
Think to yourself, “‘there is every reason that I will get hired.’ There’s nothing about you to be ashamed of,” says Young.
Ready! Set! HIRE!! was co-hosted by the offices of Career Development and Alumni Relations.
In two weeks, Career Development’s main event — the Spring 2012 Career Fair —comes to Rothman Center, from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 28. Dress to meet prospective employers and bring resume copies.
“A solid, tight resume is first line of defense. It has to interest the employer and be clear, concise and compelling,” says Turner.
Janelle Razzino (second from left) addresses the crowd. The panel also included (from left) Marty Latman, Alex Freund, Cathy Love, Diane Young and Juanita Turner.