I’ve mentioned before some power tips on using your Elevator Speech so here is a quick rundown how to put the it together. This speech could be part of your initial impression with someone, especially at professional networking events where people are looking for a certain type of person. If you are that person, pounce on this opportunity.
You are at the registration table of a networking event, you quickly scribble your name on a blank name tag, and then slap it onto your left shoulder. Big mistake. You just missed out on networking effectively. Your name tag is a great networking tool that should be made with some smart thinking.
“87% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, so it’s a good bet that your next employer will look for talent there.” – Dan Fannigan, CEO at Jobvite.
Dan’s company, Jobvite – a SaaS platform for the social web that companies use to find and hire people, discovered this statistic when it conducted a recent study. It’s a good thing to know this fact because it seems LinkedIn is becoming the best method of networking, recruiting, and sharing your resume in the job hunt. Here are some simple actions Dan gives to boost your LinkedIn profile so recruiters find you, and your profile sells itself.
Now that you have learned how to create and super charge your elevator speech. Here is a quick, yet very effective template to use. This script will help you simplify and laser focus your speech into a clear and concise personal commercial so you can communicate to anyone your skills and desired employment. Continue reading “Elevator Speech Example”
Quick! You’ve just met somebody, and they are that crucial contact you were looking for in your job search. Now, what do you say to them? How can you convey to this person who you are and what you are looking for? Easy, use an elevator speech. It’s the 30-second mini-commercial about yourself, and a great tool to to extend your own personal brand to anyone you meet. Whether you are helping some random stranger, bumping into someone at a networking event, or having lunch with for an informational interview, have this speech ready.
The most important thing to have on LinkedIn is a great profile. This means having your profile completeness as close to 100% as possible. It isn’t hard to accomplish this so keep working at it until you are there. A complete LinkedIn profile will have all the information someone will need to learn about you and what you do or want to do. It is a provider of numerous benefits.
LinkedIn is a great tool to find jobs in Buffalo and WNY. It has become great place to build your online identity and connect with other professionals. I include my LinkedIn profile on my Resume in lieu of my home address.
Networking is an important activity when searching for Buffalo jobs. Luckily, the post Effective Networking Tools gives you a list of tips so you can network successfully. One of the most important tools is a personal business card. Sure, you may had a business card from your employer, but in today’s world, we are our own personal brands that require our own, personal business cards.
Recently, Forbes magazine released its list of Best & Worst cities for finding a job. Buffalo ranked second (tied with Rochester). Forbes determined their ranking based on a survey of data from Indeed.com, which calculated the number of postings per thousand people of jobs that paid $50,000 or more. This is where the data may be true but is misrepresenting.
A great way to make new contacts is by simply networking. I’ve listed the various types of networking groups below. When looking for a contact or job, you can network with people who are in the same industry, but it’s also beneficial to go to general networking groups with others that could also assist you in your job hunt. Continue reading “Buffalo Job Networking Groups”