JOB OF THE WEEK
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Am I really LinkedIn?
I really like the idea of LinkedIn. I think the people at LinkedIn are doing a great job in providing a website where professionals can write one another about ideas or new trends about their industry. I like the community feel to the site, and getting to know new people that I have, at least professional interests, in common.
Yet I received an email from someone I have never met in person, asking if I knew anyone who worked at a particular company. I do, and I'm pretty sure he can see that I do. He wants an introduction because he is applying for a job and would like to correspond with an insider. In theory I have no problem in doing this. In theory.
The person I know at the company is a very good friend of mine, and I believe that an introduction will carry some weight with her. And this is what is causing my hesitation. I cannot recommend the person who wrote me, because I don't know them. But he didn't ask for a recommendation, just a introduction. But I believe that even an introduction is a type of recommendation, even if only implied.
Plus the woman at the company is extremely busy, do I want to add to her plate for someone that I don't know? Even if I explain the situation with her, how I never met this man but would it be okay if I made the introduction, I think she would say yes, because it was me asking. I feel that makes me at least partly responsible for anything that may happen. A responsibility I am afraid I am unwilling to take.
What really bothers me about all of this, is that I really want to help the person who wrote me. I want to help anyone and everyone to get a job. And with people I know well, I really do try and find them jobs whenever I can. But I find my resolve failing with people who I don't know well. To the point where I don't feel comfortable even making an introduction.
I feel like the worst kind of hypocrite, believing in the idea of LinkedIn, yet not following through when given the opportunity.
In talking with others, I find that most feel the same, though they feel bad about it too.
A few weeks ago, a Human Resource professional wrote a column about the pain behind every decision they make. I understand more about what he wrote now than I did before.
I apologized to the man who wrote me, and I wish I could live up to the promise of LinkedIn, but I cannot. I wonder, how many people can.
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"I've worked with Mary for ten years, her integrity, professionalism and ability to hire great people is unmatched. She finds exceptional talent and always goes the extra mile to make sure both the employee and the company are equally satisfied." Susan Mitchell VP HR Tribune Co.
Make sure you start with a clear, concise attention getting resume, a great updated LinkedIn profile with good recommendations on it.
Make connections with recruiters in the industry; but don't expect them to do all of the work for you. As I have mentioned over and over... network! Do your homework, build your network. Make the effort to sell yourself in a unique way so that people will remember you. What are your distinguishing "features" and "benefits", what are your qualifications that will benefit that recruiter, hiring manager and company? ALWAYS use examples from real life. This will add color and credibility to your conversations.
For example as a sales executive:
Feature - presentations skills
Benefit - you understand how to present material in persuasive and interesting a way to drive results, show examples of results
Feature - negotiation skills
Benefits - you know how to bring a sale to closure in a way that the buyer feels good and feels that they made a smart purchase for their station or company - give examples of tough negotiations that you have had success in closing
Feature - management skills
Benefits - your people love you, the team is a high performing team, and your staff gets promoted, you produce results for the company show numbers and growth give real life examples
Know yourself inside and out, understand how to make a case for the company you are interviewing with to want to hire you, because you will be an asset and a great employee who drives results for them!
ALSO, make sure you have a strong knowledge of the industry and the company you are interviewing with. The worst interviews are the people who come in unprepared. I am always amazed when an executive comes in unprepared. To me, that is unprofessional, and a clear sign that you are not really interested in the opportunity.
Do your research; get to know the company you are interested in from every perspective and every angle. Take the time to ask around about them, check out their website, their mission and vision, their products and how they position themselves in the market place.
"Google" the profiles of the people you will be interviewing with. Check out their LinkedIn profiles and make sure you know who they are and what they have done.
Listen to what they have to say and ask thoughtful, meaningful questions. Some employers think "out of the box" and will consider someone who is a good cultural fit with a lot of potential and some will not. It depends on a lot of things, resources to train, other skills in the department and on the team etc, etc.
If the job is not a perfect fit for your skills, try and figure out a way that you can overcome this objection in a thoughtful intelligent way. Most smart, seasoned professionals can learn new skills, but how you will do that in a new environment and area of the business is the question. It's a must to think through this and know how to answer effectively.
If the employer is not open to this don't push it, but it is worth exploring. If you have 80 percent of what they are looking for, come up with actionable and innovative ways to overcome the 20 percent that you may be lacking. This shows a willingness to learn and creativity which many employers will find attractive.
After the interview, send a thank you email within 24 hours AND hand written thank you notes within the week. Make your follow up respectful and courteous. Have patience with the process. If you have truly put your best foot forward and you're a good skill set and chemistry/cultural fit for the company, the rest will fall into place and hopefully you will get the job!
Mary Olson-Menzel email@example.com Partner, Ascend Executive Search www.ascendexec.com 20+ years of experience working in corporate America and executive search consulting. She specializes in senior level recruitment across digital, print, broadcast and cable media and runs Ascend's New York office.
I have horrible handwriting, how much does that hurt me when filling out a job application?
It typically doesn't hurt at all, unless the job requires "excellent handwriting". Most people these days do so much on the computer that great handwriting is turning into a "lost art"anyway. As long as your handwriting is legible and neat, you should be fine. Its your skills and your chemistry fit with the company that you are interviewing with, that will ultimately be the decision maker.
I search the job sites and company career opportunities sites daily. How important is it to be one of the first responders, or can it work against me. Any strategy here?
Usually when you apply on line to a company, your resume gets loaded into a database where the internal recruiters can do "key word" searches to find the ideal candidates that they are looking at for a specific role. Being a "first responder" is always better - you never know how quickly the position will get filled and you don't want to miss your window of opportunity.
Most of these searches as I mentioned are key word searches, so make sure your resume reflects the key skills listed in the position description or it won't even be flagged at all.
Another thing that I would advise you to do is to look at who you are connected with in the company that you are applying to - through linkedin or through your own networks. Reach out to them immediately and see if they can get your resume in front of the recruiter and the hiring manager. This will set you apart from any on line ad that you answer. Use your connections!
Mary Olson-Menzel firstname.lastname@example.org is a Senior level recruitment and coaching across digital, print, broadcast and cable media.
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Effective immediately, Jennifer Caserta was elevated to President/GM of IFC by AMC Networks. Most recently, Jennifer served as EVP/GM. Jennifer is based at company headquarters in New York and reports to Ed Carroll, COO of AMC Networks.
Crown Media Family Networks (CMFN), a unit of parent company Crown Media Holdings Inc. and owner of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel named Chad Harris as SVP/Business Development, a newly-created position. In addition, Rob Perna was also named VP/Financial Planning and Analysis. Both Chad and Rob are based in Studio City, CA and report to Andy Rooke, EVP/CFO.
Premium cable network, here! TV has reorganized its executive leadership team by appointing Josh Rosenzweig as SVP/Original Programming and Development based at the company's New York office. Furthermore, John Mongiardo has become the network's SVP/Broadcast Operations based in Los Angeles.
Aaron Martinez takes on the new role as Manager/Public Relations at REELZCHANNEL. Aaron has been with the network since April 2009 joining as Copywriter and then moving to a public relations role. In his new position, he will be in charge of designing press plans and booking media tours as well as playing an integral role in event publicity for REELZCHANNEL.
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