Gizmo’s Career Care

When our Members are considering changing jobs or careers, we’re here to help. We want to make sure we help them save Time and have Peace of Mind while they embark on this new journey.

Prerequisites: Experience assisting Leo or Clif with consulting 3 Members

Difficulty Level: Gizmo Career Consultant

Estimated Time: 2 hrs for initial discovery visit

Expected Outcome: Member feel comfortable with their path-forward and their new journey

Tools Required: computer with internet access; whiteboard; printer

Steps to Perform

  1. Help Member Relax with a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or a bourbon.
  2. Ask Member about their life, dreams, goals, objectives. Get them thinking outside the box. If you could do anything...anything...what would it be?
  3. Help Member brainstorm their skills, experience, hobbies, etc. There is something for everyone in this world. The internet allows any product or service the ability to connect to customers.
  4. Have a Nerd act as scribe to collect all ideas and concepts discussed.
  5. Discuss how people find jobs today. Linkedin, Facebook, Google, Headhunters, Personal branding, etc.
  6. Learn how the Member wants to project themselves to the rest of the world.
  7. Learn about the Member’s desired flexibility of schedule and pay
  8. Discover Member’s desired wage to cover their cost of living. Help them determine what their time is worth.
  9. Document all of the Member’s goals and objectives including percent effort for an amount of pay. Our goal is to save our Member’s Time and give them Peace of Mind. We want them do have enough to do what they want, when they want and how they want.
  10. Future steps
    1. Update your resume and cover letter. Make sure your resume has the necessary keywords that hiring managers (and importantly, applicant tracking software) are looking for in your field. Resumes can get outdated very easily, so if you haven’t looked for a job in a while, be sure to make sure all the dates and job titles are correct but more importantly, don’t just add to it! Make sure to remove outdated resume items as you grow more senior and advanced in your career. As you apply to very different kinds of jobs, you might want to tailor your resume to each position — it could make or break your chances of getting an interview. Finally, don’t neglect to put some time and effort into writing a compelling note to a recruiter or hiring manager. No matter how great your resume is, it won’t matter if it never gets opened because you flop on your introductory email.
    2. Make sure your LinkedIn profile looks as good as your resume and you have plenty of endorsements from colleagues. More generally, do a review of your online reputation and your social media accounts and clean up whatever you think does not reflect well on you as a job seeker (yes, that means you may have to delete certain summer party photos on your Instagram account). Don’t forget that it’s not all about managing downside. You can also make your social media profiles more attractive to a prospective hiring manager.
    3. Start searching for jobs and do your research on potential companies, their policies, culture and benefits (including paid parental leave if you think you may need it in the future), and jobs that offer work-life balance (if that’s important to you).
    4. Get in touch with headhunters and recruiters. Network, even if you hate to network. Or, you can attend conferences instead of networking events.
    5. While waiting for those hiring managers to call you back, see if any of these overlooked career resources can help your search. Also, you don’t have to actually wait until you have an interview in order to do some interview prep. Make sure you’re prepared to answer the most common interview questions, especially tough, open-ended ones like “Tell me about yourself” and “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
    6. During your interview process, be aware that if your first round is a call that there are certain things that are especially important for over-the-phone interviews. Don’t forget to prepare questions to ask of your interviewer — not doing so could make you look unengaged or uninterested in the role.
    7. Finally, as tedious as it may seem, you must send a thank you note after every interview and make sure you follow-up the right way. Arguably this can be just as important as the impression you made during the interview process itself, particularly if the hiring manager is having a difficult time deciding between candidates.
    8. Be prepared to ask colleagues and former managers (if applicable) for references in advance so that you don’t slow down the job offer process hunting down people who are willing to speak on your behalf.
    9. Figure out your salary request and prepare to negotiate. This is the time to make sure you get paid what you’re worth! If you’re not sure what a fair salary is, do your research on salaries by company and position.