How to Help Introverts Succeed in the Job Search in the Age of Acceleration with Jane Finkle on Monday, November 9, 2020, 6-8 PM with chapter leader Ken Sher. Link to register is at  The Zoom link will come in your email confirmation once registration is complete. We do not send it out, so record it upon registration. If you are new to the group you must send an email to with your…

The Job Search Trojan Horse with Trevor Houston from Dallas as featured in Forbes 9-11 AM with chapter leader, Deep Damle. $5 fee or free for Bronze/BENG members Register on Salesforce  RSVP on Meetup if you want to see who else is coming.  The Zoom link will come in your email confirmation once registration is complete. We do not send it out, so record it upon registration. If you are new to the group…

Wowed by a Speaker Who Says to "Get Weird"

Have you ever been WOWed by a speaker? I was just WOWed! Running hundreds of events a year, I hear a plethora of speakers and, some are standouts.

At the beginning of 2020, I was on a national summit with some fantastic speakers and authors. Of course, I reached out to connect with all of them on LinkedIn. Some turned into phone calls, and we got to know each other better.

One reached back out to me several months later, and I booked him to speak. He left me wanting more. So, I started by ordering one of his 13 published books (The Story Arc) on Amazon, and it should arrive soon. 

Speaking of Amazon, did you know you could order on and choose the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group as your charity of choice? Amazon makes donations to us quarterly through your purchases.

Our speaker is in the process of writing more books. I will also have to listen to his Your Ultimate Life podcast.

Not only is Kellan Flukiger a gifted speaker, author, transformational leadership mentor, and performance and breakthrough coach, but he is a musician and producer who is a father of ten.

Zooming in from Edmonton, Alberta, he started his elevator pitch as “I help people do things that they don’t think they can do.”

Kellan shared some wisdom with the attendees who were mainly job seekers, but did it in such a way that was motivational, inspirational, and was delivered with energy and enthusiasm. It was unique coming from a man with a story.

Every morning Kellan has a 40-minute ritual that includes 10 minutes each of SPEM:

  • Spiritual – engage in prayer or meditation
  • Physical – stretch and get your body moving
  • Emotional – send a text or message to someone
  • Mental – read a chapter

Here is some food for thought he shared:

  • What do you do?
  • Who needs that?
  • Say the words they need to hear.
  • What do THEY say their needs are, and how do you describe it?
  • Why would they pick you?
  • What is it that you don’t do? Won’t do? Haven’t thought of?
  • Are you trying to do what has been done before, or are you thinking differently?
  • We all have feelings of inadequacy, so get rid of the head trash. 
  • When you care for yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually, you present to others more powerfully.
  • What is the way people feel when they are around you?
  • Set daily goals. You control your activities, so achieve and celebrate.
  • Get help. Don’t do it alone. 
  • Think of yourself as a service business and think of something no other coach would do. 
  • Don’t just offer it, live it! Don’t look for a client. Look for 1) people to love, 2) problems to solve, and 3) opportunities to serve
  • Have fun!

>>> If it was not for LinkedIn, I never would have met this speaker. 

Are you reaching out and connecting with people every day or at least every week?

Are you personalizing your introductions when you connect? 

Are you making referrals and introductions to others?

Are you keeping your searches under 300 a month, so you don’t get a commercial use limit warning?

Are you doing Boolean searches for people on LinkedIn or on Google for LinkedIn?  

Are you staying in touch with your network by wishing them congrats on their new job, a happy anniversary, or a branded happy birthday?

Are you sending someone an article of interest or a nice note?

Are you liking, commenting, sharing, posting, and writing on LinkedIn?

Are you participating in polls on LinkedIn and seeing the results of polls?

If you want to be in the first violin seat or the NFL or MLB, you must practice. If you want to grow your LinkedIn network, you have to practice. 

Here’s the last bit of advice from Kellan > Get weird! Get creative! Stand out differently with light, love, energy, and power. 

I would love to hear how you are getting weird!


Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 6300 members and alumni providing career education and networking. Lynne also writes for,, and

Five Ways to Focus on Self-Care During Your Job Search

Five ways to focus on self-care to integrate into your job search

Finding a new job is challenging enough, but add in the complications due to the pandemic with 10.2% unemployment, and the road to obtaining a new job becomes even harder. You can learn about alternate unemployment statistics here.

With a job search on average taking five months or longer, having tools at the ready to help you deal with anxiety and stress is essential. Yes, you’ll need to brush up on your resume writing and interviewing skills, but it’s also necessary to strengthen your self-care skills.

If you search for a job day after day, week after week, and you’re not building time into your self-care schedule, here are five simple ways to help you.

Call a Professional and Reach Out for Help

If you have healthcare coverage, call a therapist, and schedule an appointment. Talking to a professional can help you learn how to deal with the emotional burdens you are carrying. Long gone is the stigma of calling a professional for help. With telemedicine so prevalent during the pandemic, help is only a phone call away. And if you do not have any insurance, the LiveWell Foundation offers free support or try calling a professional and asking if they’ll help you at a reduced rate. You might be surprised by how generous therapists are during this challenging time.

But if you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide hotline immediately. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Create a Routine and Stick to It

With social distancing in effect and being out of work, finding a sense of normalcy can be even more challenging. Write out a simple schedule and list out a basic routine each day. To help, here is my weekly self-care schedule:

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday:

● Morning run

● Write blog post

● 15-20 minutes meditation

● Read daily affirmations

● Get to bed by 11:00 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:

● Write blog post

● Take a walk, do simple exercises

● 15-20 minutes meditation

● Read daily affirmations

● Get to bed by 11:00 p.m.

The purpose of the routine is to make it simple enough so that you can easily remember it each day. Between searching for jobs and making network calls, the fewer decisions you need to make each day about self-care, the better.

Call a Friend

Reach out to a friend and talk with them on the phone, daily if needed. Social interaction is at an all-time low due to the coronavirus, but a simple phone call (or Zoom) can make all the difference. Be honest with your friend, talk about what’s on your mind, and be a generous listener. It’s a give and take.

Being a good friend is a two-way street. 

If talking on the phone isn’t your thing, schedule a socially distant walk. Meet up with your friend, go for a walk, and just talk. A nice long walk while talking with your friend is a great way to help your mental health and also get you physically active.

Talk into the Mirror

A few months ago, a friend recommended that I start reading affirmations to myself in front of a mirror. I cringed at the thought of standing there and reading positive thoughts each morning. When I first tried it, I felt embarrassed and a bit odd doing it.

After reading the affirmations for two weeks, I realized that daily practice made me feel better and helped build my self-confidence up for job searching and interviews. Not sure where to start?

Here’s one of my favorite:

“I know my value is inherent in and outside of my work.”

I recommend writing down (by hand) two affirmations for the following categories: relationships, careers, purpose, wellness, and mindset. To help, here are 31 powerful affirmations by Liz Huber on Medium

Write It Out

If you haven’t written a journal before, here’s a simple technique to get you started. You can use a pen or a computer. I prefer the laptop. Sit down, close your eyes, and start writing. If you’re dealing with a problem (i.e., finding a job during a pandemic), write about how you feel, get your worries on the page, and exorcise them. Give yourself a few minutes to write about whatever you want. There’s no judgment, no shame, just the words and you.

When you’re finished, rip up the page and throw it away or shut the computer off without saving, and move on. Let it go. Use the time to process and think through how you feel and then move on.

A few minutes spent writing each day will help you focus better, strengthen your writing ability, and also give you a healthy way of dealing with stress, worry, and anxiety.

One More Thing

And because I like to give more value than what I promise, here is a sixth recommendation: try some yoga. If you’ve never given yoga some serious consideration, be sure to check out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. She has more than 8 million subscribers, and her videos are free. She’ll walk you through the basics, and if you’re a beginner (like me), fear not. She’s a great teacher, and I’m getting the benefits of both relaxing my body and mind through only 15-20 minutes of time.

Summing It All Up

Yes, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, unemployment is high, and finding a job is challenging with having to deal with ATS, Zoom interviews, and all the other complexities of the modern job search. Take time to go through these simple recommendations and build them into your weekly schedule. Creating positive and healthy habits is good for your long term mental health. Good luck with your job search, as well as incorporating self-care practices into your life. 

Author Bio

Ron Vitale is an accomplished director of digital project management and has successfully overseen the launch of more than a dozen websites who is currently seeking employment opportunities.

His colleagues have come to know him as a diplomatic problem-solver with a proven ability to envision people’s web needs and then launch viable new web-based systems on time and under budget.

Ron is also the author of more than 15 fiction and non-fiction books and uses his author career as a platform to learn new technology and online marketing techniques. Feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn.  

LinkedIn General & Jobseeker Factoids

Did you know there are a couple of hashtags to use on LinkedIn as a job seeker? Keep reading!

Did you know there was a LinkedIn directory where you can look yourself up? When I discovered this little factoid, I was on L Page 1463, and now I am on L page 1501. Why? Because every second, two people join LinkedIn.

If you want to see what page you are on, here is the link and you check by your first name –

If you want to keep tabs on what is going on on LinkedIn, check out their blog at You can subscribe by clicking in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. You can further customize by topic of interest at

A couple of articles with a lot of LinkedIn statistics and facts I recently came across is from Kinsta and is worth a read – click here, and another from Omnicore is here.

Andy Foote from Chicago shares some valuable content about LinkedIn on his website so check that out too.

Do you have a company page where someone says they work(ed) for you or attended your educational institution and really didn’t? This act may have been purposeful or it may have been completely innocent and in error. If you ask them to remove themselves and they do not, you can fill out this form on LinkedIn.

The hashtags for job seekers are #ONO and #opentowork

#ONO stands for open to new opportunities, and this can be in your headline or within your profile. It is searchable. Just type #ONO in the search bar and see, for yourself, what pops up.

#opentowork is also an option where you can let your network know you are open to new opportunities. Read this article, as well as other related articles on LinkedIn’s knowledge base for further details. 

You can make this #opentowork feature public, so everyone sees it on your profile, or you can choose to make it open to recruiters only. Choosing open to recruiters would be the better choice if you are employed and privately looking for a job

If you choose to share it with all LinkedIn members and make it open to the public, there is  a new #opentowork photo frame available on LinkedIn. The perception of this photo frame might be either desperate for a job or ready to work. As we are each entitled to our own opinions, you decide what is best for you.  

If you are a job seeker, make sure you look for urgent need jobs that companies are trying to fill. Are you still hoping to stay safe at home and work remotely? There is a list of over 300 links for remote jobs and resources, and this supports a local nonprofit that helps job seekers, and you get so many other valuable benefits.


Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 6300 members and alumni providing career education and networking. Lynne also writes for,, and