Landing Story: Judy Sung Sil Kim

Congratulations to PSGCNJ member Judy Sung Sil Kim, who has started her job as a Full time Operations Manager and Recruiting Coordinator for Robustwealth in Lambertville, NJ. She wanted to come back to the next general meeting but cannot, so she has provided these words:

“PSGCNJ’s mission is to provide job seekers opportunities with encouragement, empowerment, education and inspiration to advance their careers. I can fully attest to ALL of these as I not only learned the essential tools, best practices and strategies, through the different speakers and through the ACT training program, but even more importantly, PSGCNJ provided a space for me to be (and stay) open minded to the different possibilities and opportunities and avenues and to let that truth truly sink in.

“The irony of me landing this position and role at Robustwealth is that I applied for this initial position (and another position close to a month later in same company) PRIOR and/or SHORTLY after leaving my job in January and PRIOR to my time with PSGCNJ – with a resume that HAD NOT been adjusted/revised with the things I learned, with no inspiring cover letter speaking confidently to who I was and what I had to offer.

“Yes, me “on paper” (i.e my resume, cover letter, LinkedIn) had also changed and evolved in my two months through the help of PSGCNJ.

“HOW I grew as a person — growing in confidence in what I can offer and the boldness to pursue bigger and better things (not settling and definitely “go big or go home”) and rebuilding my emotional strength during this time, and becoming a much more open and eager individual who will continuously grow and evolve with a great company — was much more important, needed and absolutely necessary during this transition. What also changed was my decision and research process in choosing this company and this opportunity which was in line with the type of employee company culture, the opportunities for growth and even the salary range (NOTE: At one point, I was mass applying to anything and everything and STILL yielding little to no results!!!)

“What ultimately changed was me and what sold them was ME in person (and on the phone interviews) that happened as a result of the encouragement, empowerment, education, and Inspiration from each of you (as I personally talked to you one-on-one) and from what I participated in and practiced during the various group activities. The “Me” I am now, is a direct result of what I did together with you all, and through your encouragement to keep contributing and being a support to others during this time and helping me to embrace this time of change and transition.  Furthermore, I have made a strong commitment to myself to embrace another one of PSGCNJ’s values of “we believe careers are an evolving, lifelong endeavor,” I will continue to pursue the necessary certifications in process improvement, project management and HR to support the growth with this company and anyone I work for. As I know this role at this start up with quickly evolve and grow in awesome ways in the next few months, I want to be committed and proactive in my own professional development on my own time and equip me with the expertise and tools I need to support change and ongoing improvement. ”

— David Milkes

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Digital Marketing Skills for Job Seekers: April 16 Presentation

On Monday, April 16, Randy Fisher will present “Let’s Get Visible: Digital Marketing Strategies to Connect with Hiring Managers and Influencers.”

Learn how to rise above the competition by differentiating yourself through targeted
blogging, on-point messaging, compelling images, and web videos on popular digital
media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Randy Fisher shares his knowledge of using social media and digital marketing to attract visibility and attention from hiring managers and key influencers.

Randy is the owner of DigiWise Career Services, a business that helps people and organizations increase their visibility and profile, and increase performance. He has a background in communications, digital marketing and learning and development. He has been applying his digital marketing expertise to develop job and entrepreneurial

— David Milkes

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Great “trick” interview question

I had a good interview yesterday and I wanted to share one of the questions posed by the HR director:

If you called up one of your references right now, what professional advice would they give you?

Away from the pressure and immediacy of the interview, I can now see the question as a derivative of “what are your weaknesses?” But in the moment I mostly thought of what positive things my references would say about me. I started with, “They would say keep up the good work, keep doing what I valued in you as a subordinate, I had my co-workers’ and managers’ backs” then I did mention a weakness. But then improved it with, “I know the good things you offer: show them off.”

It turned out OK because the other panelist in the interview (yes, it was one of those) said, “Most people would answer that by addressing weaknesses, but you turned it into emphasizing your strengths.”

As a side note, I gave each of the panelists a testimonials document as a leave-behind with my reference contacts, which is exactly what they were going to ask for next. I formatted the leave-behind in the style of the company’s web site.

I hope this helps!

— David Milkes

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The Other Side – Dealing Successfully with Recruiters: April 9 Presentation

You are in transition and need a recruiter. You call them, speak with them and send them your resume. Then you wait and wait and….. You are angry because they have not called you back with a job opportunity. Why are they not doing their job or are they?

Let’s examine what the recruiters do and properly set your expectations for them. Once you examine and understand the recruiter’s job, you will be in a better position to conduct and evaluate your job search process.

Join us on April 9, 2018 as Marty Latman, called by many people as the “Best Networker”  discusses “The Other Side – Dealing Successfully with Recruiters.

Marty Latman, is the Executive Director of Latman Advisory Services LLC. From business
consulting to financial advisement to professional career development, Latman Advisory
Services is dedicated to helping you achieve your personal or business goals. Marty takes a collaborative approach as he works closely to meet the unique needs and goals of each client. With 40 years of experience in nearly 20 different industries, he has successfully navigated a variety of issues. Latman Advisory Services LLC, helps organizations improve their performance and increase their “bottom line”, provides individuals with career coaching advancement advice and helps companies find individuals who help them enhance performance. This rich background has helped Latman Advisory Services LLC achieve high levels of client satisfaction and success.

— David Milkes

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PSGCNJ Meeting for April 2 CANCELLED

Due to the weather, the PSGCNJ 10:30 meeting for April 2 is cancelled.

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Pizza with a Purpose: CPK To Donate 20% to PSGCNJ April 16

CPK Flyer header

California Pizza Kitchen at the Bridgewater Commons is helping us once again with an all-day fundraiser on April 16. Bring a copy of this flyer and present it to your server (or cashier for take-out orders), and CPK will donate 20% of the check to us!

Note that there are two vouchers in the document; each patron can only use one.

A bunch of us are planning to do lunch at CPK, but the offer is good from 11AM – 9PM, so send the flyer to everyone you know! Thank you.

— David Milkes

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Sharpen Your Interviewing Skills, March 26

On March 26, join the Training Committee as it offers you a fun and interactive opportunity to enhance your ability to answer the “tough” interview questions. This session will incorporate a Speed Networking activity. So bring your CAR stories and get ready to share them as you answer thought-provoking interview questions.

Great interviewing skills are a key component in your journey towards obtaining an offer of employment whether for a full-time position or a contract “gig”. They ensure you can clearly and concisely communicate the knowledge, skills and abilities you can contribute to future employers.

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