Help Me Help You: Tell Me What You WANT To Do Next and WHERE You Want To Do It

22 04 2011

Now that I’ve wrapped up my first 2 weeks in my new role as a full-time employee for FILTER, a digital solutions agency for staffing and creative services in San Francisco (and Seattle, LA, Portland), it’s finally time for me to put this request in writing because, quite frankly, helping people connect with employers in my new job pretty much depends on it. JessicaMillerMerrell.com birds

When I meet you out and about at an event, on a BART train, in line at Specialty’s or at a board meeting, please tell me NOT what you’ve done, but what you really WANT to do next and WHERE you want to do it. Give me a few titles or roles I can remember and a few company names I can latch onto so I can keep an eye out for them when I’m out there doing my thing.

And for those in both Seattle and San Francisco, be sure to tell me where you DO NOT want to work as well. We all have our lists of both, so don’t be coy and act like you’ll take any job because, even as bad as things have been, we all know that unemployment has been a much more desirable option than taking a job at a place with a commute that’ll kill you and/or destroy your relationships, or at a place like “the Death Star” (don’t ask).

If you’re worried that you’re limiting yourself by this, when you go to your next event, or send your next “I’d like to meet for coffee to reconnect” email, be sure to tell that person 2-3 different roles and/or company names so you can plant a variety of seeds in your garden. Help them help you! 🙂

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What I Don’t Want to See Again in 2010

20 12 2010

A leave behind list is something I usually start over Thanksgiving weekend. It includes all the things I would like to leave behind at the end of the year so I can start the next one with a clean slate. I’ve included everything on my past lists from bad behaviors (eating after 8 pm), to ineffective financial policies (not requesting payment in advance for certain types of work), to certain types of relationships. Some of my past leave behinds can be found in this blog post from 2008, and a few recent examples include:

-Loyalty to certain rewards programs (So long American Express cards!)

-Engaging in email or status update one-upmanship.

TweetDeck and its tendency to activate the latent ADD in me.

-Trying to befriend people that have no interest in friendship and only want to “leverage” their belief that they “know” me. (“Oh, I know Sandy! We’re even connected on LinkedIn.”)

I’m thinking long and hard about this year’s “What I Don’t Want to See Again in 2010” list, and thanks to what I’ll just call a fairly weird year, I think it is best to keep this one to myself. 😉

Burn your leave behind list in a bonfire this year!When New Year’s Eve rolls around, I’ll take the list and either burn it in a fireplace or bonfire or bury it at the beach. Or, if you don’t have access to anything organic, just flush it down a toilet and say goodbye and good riddance to those things on the list.  It always feels great once it’s gone from view and I highly recommend this exercise as a holiday tradition to start this year.

And, on the flip side, it’s also fun to start a “What I Want To Attract” (or what I’m calling my “What Would Be Heaven in 2011”) list for the New Year, but be sure to keep that one somewhere handy or visible. I either hang it on the refrigerator or keep it as a note in my wallet or on my desktop so it’s always somewhere to remind me of what I want more of in the new year.

Happy Holidays!
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What NOT to do at a networking event

31 08 2010

Here’s a link to one of the locations where my “What NOT to do at a networking event” blog post appeared. Thanks for being a conscientious networker! 🙂 p.s. Here’s another link from when it appeared as a column on WomenEntrepreuer.com.

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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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Learning to Love LinkedIn Tip #8

9 07 2010

When I worked on-site in a business and market development role for a client in 2008 I had 2 monitors on my desk. The first had Outlook and a browser open with tabs for Salesforce.com, Gmail, and whatever else I was focused on at the time. The other monitor had another open browser with a tab open to LinkedIn all day, every day.

I used LinkedIn to prepare for every conference or cold call I had or made, and just as often I used it to look up someone that had called me, or because I can type with more than two fingers, even as they were calling me if their name came up in the caller ID window.

I saved time and acquired knowledge by doing this, and since time is money and knowledge is power, I highly recommend using LinkedIn to research prospective clients, company executives, vendor reps, folks involved in the hiring process for your next dream job or the people that might be sitting in on your agency’s next pitch meeting.

More often than not, you can get the names of these folks in advance because the person that has invited you wants the meeting to be as successful as possible for all parties involved, so they’ll usually send that info along if you ask for it. Sometimes, if the person setting the meeting or call is truly invested in you or your company’s solution, they will just offer this info up, but other times they wait for YOU to ASK, and if you don’t, it will become a little black mark next to your name or the company you represent. Seriously.

Clearly, doing this type of research (homework!) gives you an edge and enables you to find common ground with an individual or even potential areas of similar interest or future collaboration. And, yes, I even look up new Twitter followers (@sandyjk) via LinkedIn. 🙂

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Learn to Love LinkedIn Tip #1

24 03 2010

Make a practice of regularly scanning the LinkedIn status updates of your network in order to keep an eye out for opportunities, expressions of interest or stated needs where you might be able to offer help. I note needs like:

Job candidates needed
Spread the word or re-post requests
Vendor resources requests, etc.

It’s a great way to practice pay-it-forward style networking and is something I see reciprocated more often than I ever expected. I use about 10-15 minutes each day to complete this worthwhile task.

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Recent product feedback worth sharing

19 01 2010

In December, I spoke to the folks of Matt Youngquist’s S.A.F.E. Club at Career Horizons on how to think differently about networking as part of the job search process. I received some really gratifying feedback that I thought I should share because it appears I may have a new “product” in the form of speaking gigs. Yes, I will work for book sales! BTW, the S.A.F.E. Club stands for Serious About Finding Employment.

Dec 16, 2009 – S.A.F.E. Club hosted by Career Horizons, Bellevue, WA

Hi Sandy,
I didn’t get a chance to thank you after the meeting, but I really appreciated your message today. I like your “Pay it forward” philosophy. I’ve kind of been doing it unconsciously (therefore not very well or consistently) for a long time. You did a great job describing how I can intentionally help others without expecting anything specific in return.
I’m looking forward to reading your book.I'm at a networking event--Now What??? by Sandy Jones-Kaminski
Good luck, and I hope to see you again soon.
Wayne R.

Sandy, Just a couple of thoughts in gratitude of your visit this morning:

*I have attended seven of Matt’s shows and this one was the MOST attended.
*I learned from you that Networking is another name for SHARING-something that my work ethic of habitual 12hour days left little time to stretch out beyond my immediate family. Without sharing something greater than ourselves we are all destined to become “sinkers”.
* I learned that ANYONE can do this networking via a CARING attitude…something I can fully relate to as a self stated champion of professional customer service.

Thanx for your investment to all of us to become better community stewards…and better employees/teammates.

Merry X-mas
Marty R.

Hi Sandy. Thank you for the excellent discussion this morning at Matt’s SAFE Club meeting. I am reading your book now and hope to carry on some dialogue to help us both advance our careers! Keep networking!

– Rick S.

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