27 April 2017

Leading a Networking Meeting

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Make it happen!

In the past couple of weeks I’ve heard of a few people whose campaigns have stalled. The root cause of the problem is pretty easy to diagnose: they haven’t had a single networking meeting. My firm belief is that everyone has plenty of reasons to “network.”

Networking meetings are the heart and soul of a successful job search. If you are having problems with networking, if you don’t know what to talk about, if your campaign has stalled, then you can’t miss this week’s meeting. We’ll show you how. And we’ll make it easy (easier).

In fact, we see great examples of preparation for networking meetings all the time. One time, for instance, we helped a client identify a potential boss at a top-five target company. He exclaimed to me and the two other participants, “I played high school football with this guy’s brother, and I’m going to see the brother this Friday night!”

Keith found a great new job; we’ll show you how on Friday.

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JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for more information about the meetings and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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    Using Recommendations to Build Your Brand

    build-your-brandOur topic this Friday is “Using Recommendations to Build Your Brand: How to Get Past the Platitudes and Really Leverage Your References.”

    This week you will learn (or learn more about) how to use testimonials to build your brand. I’ve had several clients credit this specific process and the accompanying tool as the key to landing a new job. I will share these specific examples with you.

    To be better prepared for the meeting, bring letters of recommendation, complementary emails from the past, performance evaluations with strong praise in them, and hand-written “thank you” notes that you have received.

    Seven clients have gotten jobs because they embraced the principles I will teach this week.

    Come Friday to learn the secrets of creating a truly powerful, brand-building set of references! Some of my clients say it is one of the most esteeming things they have ever done.

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    JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

    Click here for directions and agenda.

    See you on Friday!

    – Dave O’Farrell
    Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
    O’Farrell Career Management

    “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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      The #1 Thing Every Job Seeker Must Have

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      O’Farrell’s Pyramid of Success

      What is the #1 thing every job seeker must have? This week I share secrets that will make your job search 40 times easier. One time when I was preparing for this topic, I had a phone call from executive who said that the second-place candidate for a certain position was lacking the #1 thing every job seeker must have. Second place pays about $330 per week in Georgia. If this gentleman had the #1 thing, he’d earn a couple of thousand dollars every week.

      It’s time to step back and look at what’s really important in job search.

      Part one on 7 April: The Learning Zones – The Key to Breakthrough Performance

      Part two  on 14 April: O’Farrell’s Pyramid of Success – How to Land Your Dream Job

      Not only teach will I teach what the most important thing is, I will quickly share #2-5 as well. I will challenge you to leave our comfort zone every day and do the things that are most likely to lead to job search success.

      The bottom line is this: It’s time to stop telling God how big our storm is, and to start telling the storm how big our God is. Come for a blessing this week.

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      JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

      Click here for directions and agenda.

      See you on Friday!

      – Dave O’Farrell
      Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
      O’Farrell Career Management

      “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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        Opening the Interview

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        Here’s someone who makes a great impression.

        Our topic for Friday 31 March is “Opening the Interview – How to make a great first and second impression.” I will explain how and why employers make their initial decision on your candidacy before your butt hits the seat in the interview room. No pressure, huh?

        Make a good impression, and the interviewers will spend the rest of the time affirming their good judgement. Make a poor impression, and you will spend the rest of the interview trying to change their minds. Which position would you rather be in?

        You will learn the three things you absolutely, positively must do to win them over before they start firing questions at you. We will also teach and practice the one true differentiator that will set you apart from your competition – and set the tone for the entire meeting.

        To be better prepared for the meeting on Friday, bring a job lead with you – hopefully for an upcoming interview, but at least for a specific job you’d love to land.

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        JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

        Click here for directions and agenda.

        See you on Friday!

        – Dave O’Farrell
        Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
        O’Farrell Career Management

        “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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          Articulating Past Achievements

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          Be a STAR,
          But think “RATS.”

          Our topic this week, “Articulating Past Achievements: How to Create an Explosive Résumé” will help you to turn it up a notch in your next interview; it will also help you strengthen your résumé. You’ll learn why RATS are so important to a job seeker — in fact, you’ll learn to love RATS and will want them running around you all the time.

          Bring your resume so you can immediately apply what you learn.

          When I taught this topic in October 2003, one participant cited this as the turning point in his job search. Greg reworked résumé as a result of this topic. When I spoke to him on 2/4/2004, he was on his third day on his new job. “The phone started ringing when I took your advice and focused on results. The less you say in a résumé, the more interesting you sound. Use the bare essentials, no more than what you need.”

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          JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

          Click here for directions and agenda.

          See you on Friday!

          – Dave O’Farrell
          Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
          O’Farrell Career Management

          “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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            Improving Your P&L Skills (Questioning Skills)

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            To get more of this: $, do more of this: P&L.

            Want to be a more effective networker? Want to be more engaging when you score a big interview? Want to move your campaign forward and uncover the hidden job market? Then come to JobSeekers this week to improve your questioning skills.

            This week’s session on Friday 17 March – “Improving Your P&L Skills: Improve This and You Will Improve Your Personal P&L!” – will make you more effective in your networking and interviewing of course, but it will also make you more effective in all your communications – as a parent, spouse, salesperson, entrepreneur or whatever. Come to JobSeekers to learn and apply the principles of good probing and listening. You’ll be glad you did!

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            JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

            Click here for directions and agenda.

            See you on Friday!

            – Dave O’Farrell
            Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
            O’Farrell Career Management

            “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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              Preparing for an Interview

              InterviewHave you ever been called in the morning for a face-to-face interview in the same afternoon? Our topic tomorrow is “Preparing for an Interview.” The purpose of the session is to review and discuss some very important things you can do to get ready for an interview.

              We’ve had terrific success lately at my office preparing clients for interviews. Two gentleman and one lady have final interviews this week. One lady we trained last week received a job offer this week. Another gentleman has an interview next Monday. My all-time favorite story was with a gentleman who hired us to do a full-scale, three-hour role play with him. He landed a job as president of the U.S. division of a Dutch company.

              Come this week for a taste of this successful strategy.

              To be better prepared for the meeting, bring your preparation notes for an upcoming job interview. If you don’t have an interview scheduled, bring notes from an interview you’ve already been to, or, bring a job lead for a position at a target company.

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              JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

              Click here for directions and agenda.

              See you on Friday!

              – Dave O’Farrell
              Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
              O’Farrell Career Management

              “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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                Developing and Delivering Your Exit Statement

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                Hey fish, why did you leave?

                “Why did you leave your last job?”

                This one question has prevented many of you from landing a job; I’ve seen it a couple of times very recently. To make matters worse, some of you don’t even know you are not receiving offers because of this one simple question. To be better prepared for the meeting, bring your answer to this question: Why did you leave your most recent position? The one before? And the one before that?

                Our topic for Friday 3 March is “Developing and Delivering Your Exit Statement.”

                We will also cover four more difficult questions that may be causing you to crash and burn in the interview room.

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                JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

                Click here for directions and agenda.

                See you on Friday!

                – Dave O’Farrell
                Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                O’Farrell Career Management

                “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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                  16 Ways to Make a Message Persuasive

                  PersuasiveOur topic for Friday 24 February 2017 is “16 Ways to Make a Message Persuasive.” Marketing and advertising professionals use many ways to make a message persuasive. So does your competition. If you aren’t, you are getting left behind. This week you will learn how to blow your competition away!

                  Bring your marketing hat this week; you are the product! We will learn and practice some techniques and skills to ensure that the hiring company remembers us in a very positive way. This week’s session will make you more effective in your networking and interviewing of course, but it will also make you more persuasive in all your communications – as a parent, spouse, salesperson or entrepreneur.

                  Bring an extra copy of your résumé for this week’s application activity.

                  Learn how to make your message persuasive at JobSeekers this week.

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                  JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

                  Click here for directions and agenda.

                  See you on Friday!

                  – Dave O’Farrell
                  Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                  O’Farrell Career Management

                  “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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                    Changing Careers

                    Changing Careers


                    Where are you headed?

                    Has an employer ever told you, “We’re going to hire someone with more experience?” Our topic for this Friday is “Changing Careers: How to Break into a New Function or Industry.” I personally changed careers many years ago, and since then, have been blessed to help 1000+ other people change careers too. I will share the four secrets to making a successful career change.

                    My informal polls reveal that two-thirds of all job seekers are thinking of changing fields or industries (or both). We will discuss strategies to be more effective in making the shift. It will be good advice for all job seekers, but particularly for those who are changing careers. To be better prepared for the meeting, do these three things:

                    • Develop your story about why you have a burning desire to break into this new career.
                    • Think of (or find) a person who is already in your target field and industry that can coach you on how to break into your new career.
                    • Find at least one association that represents your projected function or industry.

                    Btw, be sure to read Even Jesus Changed Careers.

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                    JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

                    Click here for directions and agenda.

                    See you on Friday!

                    – Dave O’Farrell
                    Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                    O’Farrell Career Management

                    “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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