Employment Networking Groups in Southern CA

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These employment networking groups offer an excellent opportunity to learn job skills and network among other job seekers in the Southern CA area. Each group sends out job leads and offers opportunities for their members to connect. Remember givers gain. Get involved with the organization so that you really get to know the people. When going through the job listings, forward jobs that may be of interest to others and who you feel are qualified. The law of reciprocity comes into play when they find opportunities that you are best suited for your experience.

Association of Senior Executives (AASE)
Exclusively for VP/C level executives to build networking relationships with other VP and C level professionals. Irvine Sports Club, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, CA.

The Boardroom
Job search resources, speakers, support and networking community which empowers people to plan, develop and implement effective career transitions. La Jolla, CA

CafeNet
Provides job, knowledge and in person networking opportunities for managers, directors, vice presidents and C-level executives of high-tech sectors. Meetings in LA, Orange County and San Diego. Must be referred by a member. Send an email to Cindy Pickens for more info.

Canyon Connectors
An informal meet-up in Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, CA to help establish connections and build relationships to develop your professional network.

Career Builders Fellowship @ Crystal Cathedral 
Free weekly meetings for individuals in career transition. Guest speakers on a variety of topics related to career search. Tower of Hope Floor 3, 12141 Lewis Street, Garden Grove, CA 714-971-4000.

Career Renewal Ministry
Personalized assistance for people out of work, considering new employment or looking to improve your existing career. All are welcome – FREE of charge. Job workshops on Thursdays to assist those in need of finding new work. Huntington, Beach, CA

Career Transition Ministries                                                                                            Open to all Southern California residents of the Christian faith. We are a support ministry for professionals seeking their next career stepping stone. Our group meets each Monday in Carlsbad. All career transition meetings and counseling are free. Carlsbad, CA

ETHOS Executive Networking Group 
Group run by HR/OD leader Bob Adamik. Catering toward “C” level executives from a variety of occupations and who are in transition. Networking, speakers and career planning in Irvine, CA. Pre-registration required by email confirmation.

Execunet                                                                                                                                   National meetings for senior level executives in career transition or that are planning a job change. Networking, speakers and job search strategies. Orange County, CA. Monthly meetings at Concordia University, 1530 Concordia, Irvine, CA. San Diego meetings at Tamarak Beach Resort, 3200 Carlsbad Drive, Carlsbad, CA. 28220 Jefferson Avenue, Temecula, CA RSVP to Mark James.

ExecutivesNetwork
Locations throughout the country for executives to network, plus career workshops and membership forums. Director, vice-president or CXO with management responsibility. Irvine, CA

Executives in Transition
Groups for professionals in transition at the $150K level hosted by Judy Thompson of BrownThompson Executive Search. La Jolla, CA

Experience Unlimited, Anaheim, CA
This networking employment club provides training and assistance in self-marketing, networking, resume and interview tactics. prospective employers. You must call for appointment. A Free job training program sponsored by the State of CA. 2420 E. Lincoln Ave., Suite B, Anaheim, CA 714-254-4350.

Experience Unlimited, Corona, CA
A network employment club that offers a free job-training program, sponsored by the State of California. Features workshops, guest speakers and classes. 237 West River Road, Corona, CA 92880. 951-340-4029.

Experience Unlimited, Irvine, CA 
A networking employment club for professionals. Featuring weekly workshops in self marketing, networking, resume writing and interview videotaping. No charge, sponsored by the State of California. Active members receive job listings. 125 Technology Drive, Irvine, CA 92618. 949-341-8076.

Foothill Connectors
Professional networking group for the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire Area whose members are dedicated to helping each other through transition and beyond.

InlandNet
Monthly meetings with speakers and structured networking sessions for professionals in career transition. 16275 Pomerado Rd, Poway, CA

Irvine Job Connection
Weekly meetings with a speaker and networking opportunities.

Job-Hunt.org
Job search resources by state.

John Hall’s Career Course
Taught by Career Coach John Hall, this popular course is designed to help individuals focus on their career target. Participants will work in teams of seven to eight and are guided by an experienced career coach. The course goes into depth on all aspects of career development and success. With info on assessment instruments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, job search strategies, the development of a five-year career plan that includes a mission statement, milestones and performance objectives. Taught periodically throughout the year. Contact John Hall 949-387-2004. jhirvine@aol.com

Laguna Niguel Connectors
Help business professionals in the local community get connected. Evening mixer format and morning structured networking event. Laguna Niguel CA

McDermott and Bull
Meeting for senior executives that are in transition and are looking for their next career opportunity or that are committed to maintaining and growing their current network. Members include past and current CEO’s, Presidents, CFO’s and Vice Presidents from Southern California’s leading companies that have achieved a base salary of at least $150,000. Teleconferences,quarterly mixers, executive roster and small meetings, Irvine, CA. If you would like to be considered for membership, send your resume to Denae Butte, Director of the Executive Network at butte@mbsearch.net.

Networking Unlimited
Network with professionals from a variety of industries and backgrounds to help build long-term relationships and support businesses in Orange County.

Newport Irvine Networkers
Regular morning mixers, plus other events and programs for professionals in career transition. Tustin, CA.

Saddleback Church
Meet Monday evenings at 7:00pm. Recruiters attend the first of the month and inform the group of open positions. Career workshops and classes. 1 Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA 949-609 8000. Free.

San Diego Connectors

Fridays 7 AM – 9 AM  La Jolla Village Dr, SD, CA

Temecunet
Networking group for professionals to connect – both virtually and ultimately in person – to cultivate business contacts, find opportunities, and share social networking best practices. Temecula, CA

Twas the Day of the Interview

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‘Twas the day of the Interview, I had prepared
Though I still felt a bit nervous and slightly scared
My accomplishment statements were written with care
And I had my best suit cleaned and ready to wear

My resume had been simplified and revised
I even got rid of the typos and the lies
Key skills were highlighted to my targeted job
I had been practicing and was clearly no blob

I ran out the door, and thought… I will do my best
I sprang into my car and drove toward the west
Arriving at the company’s site in a flash
Spit out my chewing gum and threw it in the trash.

The receptionist ushered me in with a smile
Do you want coffee? You’ll be here for quite a while
Actually what I really wanted was a beer
I replied no, and hoped someone would soon appear

The HR director came in, smiled and said hi
I knew in the moment I was their woman/guy
Though the many interview questions they came,
She queried and paused and even called me by name

“Tell me about yourself? What did you do?  How long?
Why did you leave? What have you done since you’ve been gone?
Hmm, Who do you know? Ohh, Why should we hire you?
Now again from the top what do you want to do?

As my voice began to squeak and mouth became dry
I reinforced the real reason behind the why
I had been so successful throughout my career
It was my strengths and skills I wanted her to hear

And then, out of the blue I heard her clearly proclaim
You would be great, lets see if others think the same
My mouth fell open, and I almost shrieked with joy
Down the hallway she led me to the boss named Roy

Dressed business casual with Cole Hahn loafers on his feet,
Said he was really pleased to have the chance to meet
And that there were a “bunch of monkeys” on his back,
What could I do to get him on the success track?

His eyes, they twinkled, as I shared my plan
He nodded when I told him, I know that I can
He chuckled when I asked him for the position
After all that was my intention and mission

He told me what to expect in the salary range
The tables had turned and this was a positive change
I had researched the position and was ready
Quietly, I sat there and held his glance steady

You’re making me an offer on the job? I asked
Then sat and played cool keeping my emotions masked
Negotiations began and I kept my wits;
We established base salary then benefits

He spoke the words I had waited so long to hear
”I’d like to offer you the job for the New Year”
I shook his hand and told him yes, said that was great
It was a perfect day that would guide my fate

I left the office feeling a sense of relief
It does really work if you have the right belief
Working your strategy is what you have to do
I GOT A JOB AND MUCH SUCCESS TO ALL OF YOU

Written by Heather Wieshlow 12/2004
Turning Point Coaching and Consulting
www.aTurningPoint.com
Heather@aTurningPoint.com
949-643-5505

The Twelve Days of Transition

12 Days of TransitionOn the first day of Transition, Career Coach Heather sent to me 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the second day of Transition, Career Coach Heather sent to me Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the third day of Transition, Career Coach Heather sent to me Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the fourth day of Transition, Career Coach Heather sent to me Four Twitter Uses, Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the fifth day of Transition, Career Coach Heather sent to me Five Job Search Things. Four Twitter Uses, Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the sixth day of Transition, Career Coach Heather gave to me Six Business Card Places, Five Job Search Things. Four Twitter Uses, Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the seventh day of Transition, Career Coach Heather gave to me  Seven Great Resume Tips, Six Business Card Places, Five Job Search Things. Four Twitter Uses, Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the eighth day of Transition, Career Coach Heather gave to me Eight True Life Work Signs,  Seven Great Resume Tips, Six Business Card Places, Five Job Search Things. Four Twitter Uses, Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contactsto see.

On the ninth day of Transition, Career Coach Heather gave to me Nine Websites to View, Eight True Life Work Signs,  Seven Great Resume Tips, Six Business Card Places, Five Job Search Things. Four Twitter Uses, Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the tenth day of Transition, Career Coach Heather gave to me Ten Points of Intro, nine Websites to View, Eight True Life Work Signs,  Seven Great Resume Tips, Six Business Card Places, Five Job Search Things. Four Twitter Uses, Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the eleventh day of Transition, Career Coach Heather gave to me Eleven Thoughts to Ponder, Ten Points of Intro, nine Websites to View, Eight True Life Work Signs,  Seven Great Resume Tips, Six Business Card Places, Five Job Search Things. Four Twitter Uses, Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

On the twelfth day of Transition, Career Coach Heather gave to me Twelve Stuckisms Unstuck Eleven Thoughts to Ponder, Ten Points of Intro, nine Websites to View, Eight True Life Work Signs,  Seven Great Resume Tips, Six Business Card Places, Five Job Search Things. Four Twitter Uses, Three Key Points, Two Interview Links 1 2 And 101 Networking Contacts to see.

Written and compiled by Heather Wieshlow, 2012 www.aTurningPoint.com

 

Inspiration, education and just plain fun websites to check out

1001229772Looking for a break? Need a bit of inspiration for the day? Want to learn something new? This list of websites offer something for everyone and give you an opportunity to learn, play and be inspired.

Bored.com
Need to distract your mind for a bit, this site offers all kinds of diversions for a break.

Inspirational Quotes
365 days of inspirational quotes

New Dimensions
Produces the longest-running and most successful independently produced interview program in the history of public radio. Leading-edge thinkers, scientists, artists, healers, ecologists, spiritual leaders, and social architects in award winning, deep dialogues.

Workjoke
Work jokes from various profession.

WS Radio
World wide network internet talk radio featuring a variety of inspirational and learning topics.

Khan Academy
With a library of over 3000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, all for free.

The Last Lecture
In September 2007, a university professor who is dying of cancer gives his final lecture to his students. This video has been downloaded more than 10 million times and shows how important life is for living.

TedTalk
Experts, leaders and visionaries of our time in a short format speaking on a myriad of topics.

Validation Video
A fabulous video that shows the power of validation

The best places to get your business cards for Career Transition and Business Opportunties

bigstock-Man-With-Cardboard-Sign-Lookin-26678816A business card can leave a lasting impression on a new contact so it is important to be able to present yourself in a professional, manner that represents your brand and let’s people know what you do. Here are some companies that offer quality business cards and marketing material so that you can present your best impression.

BizCard

Choose from designer business cards templates or choose from your own, plus mini business cards and square business cards.

GotPrint.net

Business cards and a full selection promotional items, banners and signs

Moo Cards

Create and customize premium business cards, minicards, greeting cards, postcards and inspirational items.

Tiny Prints

Business cards, stationary, photo books and gifts.

 Vista Print

Business cards, marketing material, customized clothing and much more.

 Zazzle.com

If you can imagine it, you can customize it. Everything from business cards, to mugs, t-shirts, bags and much, much more.

You never know when you need an up-to-date resume

Whether you are looking for a job or are currently in a position, having a dynamic resume is essential to your career as a professional. Job search, networking, interviewing and linkedin profiles begin with the elements of strong resume. A resume takes time and is truly a work of art and one format definitely does not fit all. Below are very important questions to ask yourself about your resume…if it doesn’t meet the criteria, it is time to do an update.

Format – Is the format you are using the best one to showcase your experience for the position you are seeking? Do you have a regular resume, a networking resume and possibly a video resume?

Relevancy – Is the information that you’re putting in your resume pertinent to the specific position you are applying for? Are your accomplishments concise, strong and keyword rich? Have you highlighted key areas of strength and downplayed downsides in your career?

Design – Is the design of the resume attractive, clean and enticing for the reader to read through to the end? Do you have adequate white space, consistent line spacing and font size? Is your resume 1-2 pages and highlights the most important accomplishments that you have related to the position? Is it organized and logical?

Consistency – Is the information you presented in your resume honest, accurate and positive? Have you avoided irrelevant or duplicate information? Have you used strong verbs to begin your accomplishment statements and demonstrate your ability to do the position?

Grammar and Spelling – Have you kept your tenses consistent and removed personal pronouns? Have you edited, edited then edited again and received a professional opionion to make sure that everything is correct and consistent?

Branding – Have you created a unique brand with the content of your resume? Does it reflect your personality, style, values, determination, desire to achieve and unique appeal?

Wow Factor! – Could you use testimonials, pictures, graphs, color, logos, and other creative touches to make your resume stand out?

Your resume is one of the most important documents you will have in your lifetime and bottom line must convey a reason for a future employer to call you.

See what to look for in a Career Coach

Powerful Questions and Techniques to move from being Stuck in a Rut to Kicking Butt

We have all been stuck in our lives at some point and experienced the dissatisfaction that comes from not achieving results, experiencing our full potential and having an inner sense of fulfillment. We may have felt inadequate, disappointed, lonely and even frustrated but not understood how to move forward effectively and tackle our challenge. This post outlines the top reasons why people get stuck and questions that can be the catalyst to getting out of the rut and kicking some butt.

What is a stuckism?

N.   The reason one is stuck in their endeavors and are confused, scared, paralyzed or unable to take concrete action and move forward toward a positive outcome.

#1   Lack of Confidence, Trust or Belief in Oneself 

Experience – If you had 50% more confidence than you do right now…what would you do?

#2   Lying to Ourselves

Truth – What truth do you avoid saying out loud?

#3   Unclear Direction

Clarity- What specific steps do you need to take?

#4   Negative Inner Thoughts or Behavior Patterns

Possibility – When is your story not true?

#5  “Nuts & bolts” Logistical Issues

Knowledge – Where do you have “I don’t have an Eraser for my Pencil Syndrome” issue?

Listen to Heather Wieshlow talk about how to move from being Stuck in a Rut to Kicking Butt 

#6   Not the right Type of Support or Environment

Energy – What are you tolerating in your life?

#7   Not taking Responsibility or being Accountable

Power – If you took responsibility what would you have to give up?

#8   Need for Approval…Fear of Judgment

Acceptance – What are you most afraid of when someone judges you?

#9   Disconnect from Heart, Spirit & Creative Resources

Connection – If a six year old was looking at your situation, what would their advice be?

 #10 Decision Paralysis

Certainty – What circumstances have allowed you to make the best decisions of your life?

 #11  Overwhelm, not enough Bandwith

Progress – What matters most at this time? 

 #12  Perceived Loss or Consequence

Perspective – If you were writing your autobiography, what would you say about your perceived loss?

Why interviewers ask those crazy, weird interview questions

Last week, I spoke on a Career Coaching Panel at Saddleback Church and was asked why employers ask those crazy, weird questions that seem to have nothing to do with the job requirements. If you have ever been asked one of these questions, it definitely makes you wonder what in the world they are thinking. Here are my top 15 reasons why employers ask these types of questions.

1. The interviewer wants to understand how you deal with a situation that is unclear and ambiguous.
2. The interviewer wants to understand how you think and how you utilize problem solving skills.
3. The interviewer is assessing your Emotional Intelligence skills like creativity, leadership and teamwork.
4. The interviewer wants to understand how you make decisions and gain insight into your inner world.
5. The interviewer wants to understand your communication skills including your ability to ask for clarification, insightful questions that you may ask and the ability to convey information despite being in a stressful situation.
6. The interviewer wants to see if you pay attention to details and your surroundings.
7. The interviewer wants to see if you attempt to answer the question, get easily frustrated or give up easily.
8. The interviewer wants to see how informed you are and if you prepared for possible curve ball question.
9. The interviewer wants to check your level of honesty and ethical behavior.
10. The company wants to have a reputation for asking oddball questions so that the perception is that only the top candidates get in.

Watch this funny video and see the candidate squirm because the interviewer knows that he is not totally being honest.

11. The interviewer does not know how to properly interview candidates.
12. The interviewer has never figured out the question themselves and is in search of the answer.
13. The interview wants to engage in intellectual debate.
14. The interviewer has a hidden agenda.
15. The interviewer has a twisted sense of humor and just wants to see you squirm.

Part 2 – Watch for the next post… The crazy, weird questions companies ask