How to Find a Career Path You Love with Alex Resnick from California with chapter leaders, Kim Gaughan and Doug Amlin on Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 6-8 PM. Free for Bronze or BENG members or $5 nonmember fee. Join as a member supporting this nonprofit community and attend all our speaker meetings for free for a year as a BENG member at https://greatcareersphl.org/membership Register on Salesforce  http://bit.ly/PAGCG4thThur  Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqc-itrTgqEteVcxRg-sgLBIDWMQzoDGzl (verification of paid Bronze/BENG…

Reinvention in Challenging Times: Plan for Successful Life & Work Transitions with Christine Stadler from Ohio on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 9-11 AM with Entrepreneurial Chapter Leader, Lynne Williams. Free for Bronze or BENG members or $5 nonmember fee. Register http://bit.ly/PAGCGSpecialEvents Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEufuyvqDMoH9XntjBPW9ZEARyF6Q4pGZlq (verification of paid Bronze/BENG membership or $5 nonmember payment will occur to enter Zoom Room)   PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION The process of reinvention Exploring Various Paths – A new encore career…

Sales & Account Management Professional Notes Value in Bronze Membership

Sales & Account Management Professional Notes Value in Bronze Membership

Tell us about yourself and your career.

I have been in sales for over 25 years.

Why were you looking for a job?

I left the last job due to a difference of opinion between a new coach and me. That was almost a year ago.

How did you discover PAGCG?

I found PAGCG through a networking event in Great Valley, and Lynne Williams was there. I instantly did everything I could to become Lynne’s groupie and found her to be so helpful. She would ask people where they wanted to work, and often, Lynne knew someone at one or more companies and offered to connect them. I quickly became a Bronze member. Lynne helped me with her LinkedIn workshops, tips for resumes, having a positive attitude, and focusing on a career change.

How did PAGCG help you in your job search?

I enhanced my job search by first updating my LinkedIn profile according to Lynne Williams’ brilliant instructions, and I redid my resume for each different ad I answered, using Les Segarnick’s perfect method.

How did you find your job? How long did it take?

It took 11 months of looking. I was looking for a place that fit me and I fit them; it wasn’t just about money. From the day I found an opening that seemed perfect, it took two business days to get an offer. I looked on LinkedIn at this company’s employees and found one I “knew”. We were connected and we had met, but I just couldn’t remember where or when. Over the years I attended many network events for HR, most recently SHRM. He interviewed me first and a day later I was interviewed via Facetime by the man who is now my boss. He made me an offer on that call.

What kept you motivated during the job search, especially during the downtimes?

I went to many of the events, and I’m happy I did. The hosts, speakers, and the other people there who were also looking for work were so supportive, down-to-earth, and helpful. I made many connections.

What were the lessons that you learned during your job search?

Become a Bronze member of PAGCG and go to the events (they are all virtual for now). Grow your network.

Do you have any networking tips or tricks that you can share?

Grow your network. These events are a lifeline.

What will you do in your new role?

My new employer is national. My job is to call clients and prospects nationally; I’m the only one doing this; I filled a brand new position. My boss calls me his “secret weapon” and has big plans for me. I love this company and everyone in it. Most of the people have been there for 10 and 20 years.

What is one takeaway or nugget of wisdom that you would like to share?

Never give up. Create a system and work it. My system is an Excel tracker for jobs applied, a Word file for each prospective ad and my responses as well as phone calls and emails.

How to Set Up a LinkedIn Profile

How do you set up a profile on LinkedIn? It’s easy. Start with going to https://www.linkedIn.com and just begin.

With over 722+ million people on LinkedIn as part of the world’s largest business networking platform, many people are still not on it, so it’s time to jump on board. 

Click here for some screenshots and step-by-step instructions of a recent profile set up (with private information blacked out). 

Even though it is very intuitive and you read and follow the prompts provided, many people are still intimidated by the platform because they don’t know what they don’t know.

There are a few solutions for that so you can get LinkedIn and not be left out.

  1. Ask Google, “How do I set up a LinkedIn profile?”
  2. Search on YouTube
  3. Search on meetup and Eventbrite
  4. Join me at the monthly LinkedIn workshops on Zoom (limited to 100) on a Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM. Believe it or not, the three hour workshops are free to you as a library patron, sponsored by the Friends of the Chester County Library. LinkedIn Part 3 is on Nov 28th, Part 1 on Dec 5th, Part 2 on Jan 16th, and then every third Sat after that in 2021. Click here to register. 

Upcoming November Online Zoom Events

Register per the instructions on the website. Join our meetup (see step one of this Google doc). To attend the speaker meetings for free for a year, become a Bronze or BENG member. Your membership or sponsorship supports our nonprofit to help job seekers in career transition and self-employed and employed with career management. Consider sponsoring a job seeker in need and help pay it forward!

  • 11/16 Career Success Group
  • 11/16 Virtual Job Seeker Support Meeting
  • 11/16 Business Executives Networking Group (BENG) Meeting
  • 11/17 Your Networking Toolbox
  • 11/17 Lehigh Valley Business Executives Networking Group
  • 11/18 PowerThinking Resiliency Building Call
  • 11/18 Job Market Outlook, Hiring and Onboarding
  • 11/18  Business Executives Networking Group (BENG) Meeting
  • 11/19 Q & A on Careers In Nonprofits
  • 11/19 Optimizing Your Resume
  • 11/19 Business Executives Networking Group (BENG) Meeting
  • 11/19 Beating the Applicant Tracking System
  • 11/20 Blogging to Tell Your Story

Author BIO

Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides career education and networking. Lynne also writes for vista.today, montco.today, and delco.today.

New Jersey HR Business Partner Drives to Pennsylvania to Learn and Network

Tell us about yourself and your career.

My name is Joseph Turkowski and my background and undergraduate education focus were Math/Computer Science. After graduating, I began my career as an Actuary Trainee. From there, I moved to tech support, tech training, systems administration, project management, and then management. Next, I planned and executed a career transition to Human Resources. An HR opportunity became available, and I transitioned to an HR Manager role. I have been in HR for 10+ years now. An unusual and fairly unique career path!

Why were you looking for a job?
I was looking for a new opportunity closer to home.

How did you discover PAGCG?
My network connection, Ken Lang, introduced me to Lynne Williams and we met at a deli in New York City before she headed to LinkedIn to meet with a group of veterans. Lynne shared information about Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group (PAGCG) services and what it offers.

How did PAGCG help you in your job search?
PAGCG helped in many ways; here are just a few:
· Expanded my network in the Philadelphia market
· Fine-tuned and polished my resume
· Fine-tuned and updated my LinkedIn profile

How did you find your job? How long did it take?
I found my job posted on LinkedIn. My job search was approximately three months.

What kept you motivated during the job search, especially during the downtimes?
Networking and learning kept me motivated. I expanded my network groups outside of Central NJ and NYC. I took several leadership classes on LinkedIn, volunteered as a Career Advisor, and supported a disabled family member.

What were the lessons that you learned during your job search?
Never give up, always stay positive, take breaks, and pace your job search. Think of it as a marathon versus a sprint.

Do you have any networking tips or tricks that you can share?
Measure your success and adjust if you do not produce the results you desire. For example, if your goal is to meet three new people at the next networking event, seek out those you may be able to help. Send an introduction email to connect on LinkedIn and share your knowledge of what may help them. Measure your response rate and adjust as needed.

What will you do in your new role?
My new role is an HR Business Partner supporting our Engineering and Project Management teams. My focus is on building trusted relations across the employee life cycle from recruiting, onboarding, career growth, and development, to retirement.

What is one takeaway or nugget of wisdom that you would like to share?
Track and measure your job search success weekly. Adjust as needed. As a Bronze member, there are several job search trackers available.