Networking defined and why it matters

27 07 2011

Find out how I define networking and why I think it matters by watching the interview I did with Steve Piazzale, Ph.D., the host of  “You’re Hired!”

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How NOT to leave a job

8 07 2011

I’ve been wanting to write a post about how one should NOT leave a job for a while now, but I’ve been too busy at my new job. And then, what do you know? Glassdoor went ahead and shared a blog post from @myfootpath for me! It’s titled, “How To Resign On Good Terms,” and they did a fine job of it.

I especially like the emphasis on giving more than 2 weeks notice when you’re in a higher level or key position. Believe it or not, I know someone that after 8 years actually gave what amounted to less than 2 weeks notice and left when their only back-up was on a planned vacation. It was very sad.

All too often, what I don’t think people consider is just how many bridges they’re burning when they leave without enough notice, don’t help find a replacement or thoroughly document the status of their projects, accounts or work. And, I’m not referring to the bridges in management because, unfortunately, and all too often, they just move on quickly since they don’t typically “do” the person’s work anyway. I’m talking about the bridges that will really matter…those that connect you to your co-workers. Now that’s the group with which you need to be concerned because you never know where they are going to turn up again or how you might need their help in the form of intel, contacts, a reference or a referral from them down the road.

Today, reality is, our 6 degrees of separation are more like 3 or 4 degrees, and more often than not, you will bump into each other again. Don’t let the last thing people remember about you be how you left them high and dry to clean up the mess you may have left behind. Besides, it’s just seriously bad karma, so please take heed people and read the Glassdoor post!

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Sometimes you just need a recharge

10 03 2011

Sometimes your job search or career progression can get stale and stagnant and a full-on recharge may be the only solution to getting it moving again. How do you start? My advice is to ponder the answers to the questions below and you’ll likely find some specific things to revisit.

-Does the “brand called you,” aka your personal brand, reflect what you want it to online as well as in person?
-Are your resumes the best they can be (plural intentional)?
-Are you organized?
-Are you clear about what you want to accomplish this year or in the next 5 years?
-Have you identified your specialty?
-Are you flexing your networking muscle?

If you realize that you could use some help after answering the above, feel free to contact me. I’ve always been eager to share what I’ve learned from the years of management responsibility, executive team experience, hiring (and firing), and even having to fight for my job. I enjoy helping people with transitions, goal setting, career changes, professional development and even retooling a personal brand and/or online presence.

Using a healthy sense of humor and my experience as a mentor, cheerleader and adviser, I can help restore anew your focus and determination. Plus, I LOVE helping others see and realize what’s possible and 1:1 coaching is one of the best ways I know how to do so.Hire Sandy Jones-Kaminski to help recharge your career Did you know I even offer a career recharge coaching program? Well, I do! 🙂

Ready to start? Check out my Career Recharge Special:
6 individual coaching sessions for only $499!
Save over $250! Recharge your job search or career today!

If you are ready to get started, please submit PAYMENT INFO in advance here. Call 415.613.8508 or email me to schedule your first consultation (via phone or Skype).

(I’m happy to set up a time to talk via phone to briefly discuss what you want to accomplish and so we can determine if I truly am the best person to help you. And, if I’m not, I’ll likely have a referral for you.)

Recos:

“I went to Sandy for consultation on career and business matters and got more great advice from her in two hours than most people could give in a month. Sandy is very savvy with knowing how to effectively network and use numerous digital and social media platforms to full advantage. She also gave me encouragement and suggestions in pursuing my passion for photography. I now have a beautiful website that features my photos as well as some great advice on how to market them.”
-Heather R.

“Sandy is simply a networking rock star. She has a gift to help each person on their hunt on an individual level and does not do a one size fits all approach whatsoever. She not only gave me terrific advice (which I used) but helped me chose the right job and even followed through after to make sure I was happy. There are few people out there like Sandy. If you are searching for a job or looking to make a change, she will help you get to the right job for you.”
-Teresa G.
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SF Bay Area only – 50-4-50 special

3 12 2010

As a SF Bay Area folks only special, I’m offering a 50 minute career search, brainstorming or business development strategy session for only $50.

I bring fresh ideas, valuable new strategies, keen insights and loads of actionable advice in these sessions and would welcome the opportunity to help you plan for 2011. Maybe you just need to shake things up a bit and get an outside perspective or some new ideas about how to grow your biz or find a job you actually want? Below is what one happy client had to say:

“I recently received marketing & business consulting from Sandy at Bella Domain. Using her services for the first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I can truly say that I am very happy with the results of our meeting. I already have significant business experience and I am launching a new venture, but Sandy took me to places I would not have thought of. My time with Sandy was very well spent and I am in the process of working on her recommendations. She provided expert knowledge and great value. I am sure I will be working with Sandy again as my new business progresses. Thanks again Sandy.”

– Patrick

“I went to Sandy for consultation on career and business matters and got more great advice from her in two hours than most people could give in a month. Sandy is very savvy with knowing how to effectively network and use numerous digital and social media platforms to full advantage. She also gave me encouragement and suggestions in pursuing my passion for photography. I now have a beautiful website that features my photos as well as some great advice on how to market them.”
-Heather

The details: I’m offering 50 minutes of focused, brainstorming or one-on-one networking strategy coaching (for job search or biz lead gen) as well as connections/introductions on a personalized and via a CASH-only or pre-paid via PayPal basis.  Email me to set up a time for a CASH-only appointment or to book a time slot via credit card/PayPal, please PAY IN ADVANCE  (non-refundable if less than 24 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise, 50% refund) – by JUST CLICKING HERE.Use PayPal - they take everything!

Please contact me directly to schedule your session,
and be sure to include your name, email, cell phone number, and your top 3 Pacific time slot choices. After you’ve paid for a slot(s) via PayPal, I will be automatically notified, but you still need to send your desired time slots and contact info asap.

Note: If you’re in the downtown San Francisco area, sessions can be held at NextSpace SF. If you’d prefer, or are in the East Bay or Valley, then we’ll chat via phone or Skype. I’m looking forward to hearing from you! p.s. Non-SF Bay Area folks should still free to call me if they’re also in need, we’ll work something out! 🙂

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Learning to Love LinkedIn Tip #10

29 11 2010

My #10 and final tip for 2010?

Read this blog post titled, “20 LinkedIn Case Studies for Personal Branding” from Kyle Lacy. I spotted it on the Personal Branding Blog. I’m grateful that Kyle culled these stories and saved me the trouble! I think my favorite is #11 because it mentions that Jeff Ragovin of Buddy Media “..found success with quality not quantity.”

I’m certain reading this motivating post will generate some new ideas for career as well as business development activities for the new year. Enjoy! P.S. If you need help developing a strategy for applying any of these to your 2011 goals just email me!

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Back by popular demand – 50-4-50

25 08 2010

Due to popular demand, I’ve made time slots available during September and October for my 50-4-50 offer. As you may recall, earlier this summer, for 2 days out of each week, I started offering friends of friends and professional contacts a 50 minute career search, brainstorming or business development strategy session for only $50. (Standard rates are typically $75-$150/hr, depending on type of project.)

Plenty of folks took advantage of the opportunity, and walked away from their session(s) with valuable new strategies, insights and loads of actionable advice, and I was very happy I could help. It seems sometimes people just need to shake things up a bit and get an outside perspective or some new ideas about how to grow their biz or find a job they want. In case you’re not sure what kind of value I can offer, below is what one gal I held a consultation with had to say:

“…In our 1:1 meeting, Sandy was open and friendly and easy to talk to. She gave me a treasure trove of ideas which I had not thought of and contacts who are influential in the area. I value Sandy’s expertise and wholeheartedly trust her counsel. She definitely can think out of the box and is sincere in wanting to help others…”
– Flora

“I recently received marketing & business consulting from Sandy at Bella Domain. Using her services for the first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I can truly say that I am very happy with the results of our meeting. I already have significant business experience and I am launching a new venture, but Sandy took me to places I would not have thought of. My time with Sandy was very well spent and I am in the process of working on her recommendations. She provided expert knowledge and great value. I am sure I will be working with Sandy again as my new business progresses. Thanks again Sandy.”

– Patrick

“I went to Sandy for consultation on career and business matters and got more great advice from her in two hours than most people could give in a month. Sandy is very savvy with knowing how to effectively network and use numerous digital and social media platforms to full advantage. She also gave me encouragement and suggestions in pursuing my passion for photography. I now have a beautiful website that features my photos as well as some great advice on how to market them.”
-Heather

And after a recent speaking gig, I received this:

“Sandy’s not comfortable with the title, “Guru” – but that’s exactly what she is… A networking GURU, with the moxie and insights to truly help people improve their networking skills. Sandy’s straightforward approach is a breath of fresh air, as it lets both her and anyone she’s consulting get to the heart of the matter and start solving problems. Sandy recently spoke with my networking group, and everyone left smarter than when they arrived.”
– Kelly, One Connection Away

PayPal for all types of paymentsThe details: I’m offering 50 minutes of focused, brainstorming or one-on-one networking strategy coaching (for job search or biz lead gen) as well as connections/introductions on a personalized and pre-paid via PayPal only basis (they take all credit cards – link below).  To insure you get your preferred slot (see list of openings also below), please PAY IN ADVANCE via PayPal (non-refundable if less than 24 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise, 50% refund) – by JUST CLICKING HERE.

After you’ve paid for a slot(s), please contact my assistant at pifparty@gmail.com to schedule your session. Be sure to include your name, email, cell phone number, and your top 3 Pacific time slot choices from the list below.

Thursday, Sept 2nd – 9, 10, 11 am or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 pm
Tuesday, Sept 7th- 9, 10, 11 am or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 pm

Thursday, Sept 9th – 9, 10, 11 am or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 pm
Tuesday, Sept 14th- 9, 10, 11 am or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 pm

Thursday, Sept 16th – 9, 10, 11 am or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 pm
Tuesday, Sept 21st – 9, 10, 11 am or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 pm
Thursday, Sept 22nd – 9, 10 am
Tuesday, Sept 28th – 9, 10, 11, am or 1, 2, 3 pm SOLD OUT

OCTOBER: fairly open – just email me! (time slots as noted above)

Note: If you’re in the Seattle San Francisco area, all sessions will be held in the library area of the Mercer View Community Center on Mercer Island at NextSpace SF. If you’re out of state or in the East Bay or Valley, then just we’ll chat via phone or Skype.

Thanks all, and please consider sharing this offer with other folks that could use this kind of help as well right now.
Cheers,
Sandy
p.s. More testimonials can be found HERE.

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Engage Online and Off

23 08 2010

Keeping up with the rise of social media, both personally as well as professionally, has clearly created stress for some people, but for many of us it has created loads of new consulting and job opportunities that never even existed before.

For example, a whole new category of jobs under the umbrella of social media has started to appear on most of the job boards out there

Social Media salaries on simplyhired

simplyhired's social media salaries page

and thanks to Mashable I found a timely post that describes ways to find employment and then shine as a Social Community Manager. I’m sharing it here because a favorite topic and activity of mine is encouraged in one of the 10 tips:

8. Engage Online and Off


Though online community is important, connecting with people in-person will help strengthen the relationships you build, Zack from Howcast said. Go to the places where community managers come to exchange ideas and network. “Don’t discount the real-life community,” she said. “Find your tweetups and where people with your interests are meeting in real life.”

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