Job Support Groups (SF Bay Area)

I picked up this listing, I know its incomplete, but it will give you a start.
Job Support Groups 2012. PDF.

A “New” Job Search Blog

DFN: There’s lots of information out there on job search; times at a premium, I’ve found another blogsite that looks like its a good source of job search information, SecondAct.
As you get into a job search, you’ll see lots of list, top 10 job hunting strategies, 5 top things not to say in an interview, top 7 places to work in the Bay Area, etc. Many
times these list just seem to be recycled information. The author of this article which appeared on Second Act (Michelle Rafter) explains in easiy understood language
steps which if followed will serve you well in your own job search. Second Act HTTP is — http://www.secondact.com/.

SecondAct
Your 2012 Job Hunt Checklist
By Michelle V. Rafter||December 14, 2011 ||0 Comments

Job hunting has changed dramatically in the past five years. Resumes have gone virtual. Networking happens on Facebook, and companies text job openings to prospective employees’ cellphones.

If you’re unemployed and looking, or working but want to know what else is out there, give yourself an edge by using the latest job-hunting strategies and tools. Here’s a checklist of things to do before starting a job search in the New Year:

1. Revamp your resume.

Research jobs that are in demand, then play up experience you have that dovetails with those trends. Use job-specific keywords to push your resume to the top of recruiters’ search results. Stick to career highlights, but be prepared to provide details in an interview. It might not sound important, but pay attention to your resume’s design. Don’t cram in too much — the easier your resume is on the eyes, the more likely a recruiter will read it.

2. Join online networks, starting with LinkedIn.

Social networks are some of the first places recruiters go when they have jobs to fill, and if you’re not there, they won’t know about you. If you only have time or energy for one, start with LinkedIn. Fill in your entire profile, but avoid over-used business phrases such as the ones on this list of top 10 buzzwords that LinkedIn released this week. Add a recent photo. Ask previous employers or companies you’ve worked with as a contractor for recommendations. List programming or other work-related skills in your profile so your name pops up in when companies use the new LinkedIn Skills search tool to find potential employees.

3. Create a business card.

Besides your name, a card should include a professional-sounding email address and phone number. Change the outgoing voicemail message on your home phone to something appropriate for business, or list your cell number instead. If you have a website related to your profession, put the URL on your card; otherwise, include a link to your LinkedIn profile. When you’re going to a job fair or interview, take more cards than you think you’ll need so you don’t run out — or hand out virtual cards (see No. 7 below).

4. Find a job chat on Twitter.

Use these virtual conversations to find companies that are hiring or network with recruiters and fellow job seekers. Twitter chats happen in real time, with members using a hashtag associated with a particular discussion to ask a question and follow what others are saying. Job chats include #jobhuntchat (Mondays at 10 p.m. Eastern), #careerchat (Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Eastern) and #HireFriday or #HFChat (Fridays at noon Eastern).

5. Research companies before approaching them.

Job boards have made submitting a resume so easy, employers are inundated. If you’re applying for jobs online, do your homework on a company first to make sure it’s a good match. Then, include a cover letter that reflects your knowledge of the business and why you’d make a good addition to the team.

6. Find an in.

Even in the age of social networking, the old adage that it’s who you know still holds true. Once you’ve identified a potential employer, review your contacts online and off for friends or acquaintances who work there or have in the past. Ask them for advice or an introduction. Join a LinkedIn Group for your industry or profession, and reach out to group members who might be able to introduce you to a hiring manager.

7. Go mobile.

Smartphones have become job hunters’ go-to virtual assistants. Use your phone to scan mobile versions of popular job boards or get automated text messages when new jobs open up at companies you want to work for. Download job-hunting apps, including Bump, which lets you exchange business cards or contact information by "bumping" phones together, Job Interview Prep flash cards to quiz yourself on possible interview questions, and Google Maps Mobile to avoid traffic jams that could make you late for an interview.

8. Start a blog.

Create a blog on some aspect of the field you work in to show a potential employer you’re up to speed on industry trends and comfortable using newer technologies. Keeping a blog also can be helpful when making a midlife transition, as career changers in an annual blogging challenge that I host have discovered. You can easily set up a free, professional-looking blog through websites such as WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr.

9. Consider nonprofits.

Forty-two percent of 3,000 nonprofits surveyed by Idealist.org earlier this year expected to hire more staff in 2011. Midlife professionals can apply what they learned in their first careers to encore jobs at nonprofits, according to careers experts. Here are 10 Top Sites for Nonprofit Jobs.

10. Track job-hunting expenses.

The IRS makes it challenging for job hunters to write off expenses, but it pays to try, so you can keep money in your pocket and out of Uncle Sam’s. You’re eligible if you’re looking for a job in your current industry, file the longer 1040 form, use Schedule A to itemize deductions and have job-hunting and other miscellaneous expenses on Schedule A that amount to more than 2 percent of your adjusted gross income. You can’t write off buying a new suit for an interview, but you can deduct for mileage if you drive there.

How do download your Linkedin Contacts in a CSV file

You gotta ask why you would want to download your contacts from Linkedin:

a. Keep track of your contacts in Linkedin, just in case something happens in cyberspace
b. More easily see who you know a “XYZ” company
c. Conduct more personalized ‘marketing campaigns’, ie job search

Instructions that should enable you to fairly easily download your contacts from Linkedin into a ‘CSV’ file:

1. Go to linkedin home page
2. Click on the connections tab on the main menu
3. On the connections page, in the lower right, you’ll see a phrase “export connections” should be to the immediate right of the number of sent invitations
4. Click on the “export connections” link
5. You’ll go to the export connections tab, should be set to “microsoft outlook CSV file”, but if its not, click on the pop down menu and choose this option
6. Assuming it is set to “microsoft outlook CSV file”, click on the export button
7. Duplicate the ‘secruity’ codes and hit the continue button 8. Click on the open button, and the csv file should open up into excel 9. FYI, scroll to the right you’ll see a lot of interesting info, title, company, maybe phone numbers.
10. Save this file to your hard drive.

Best regards,

Doug Neeper
925.451.4541
doug.neeper@gmail.com

The future is known

01/13/2012 – The future is known

I left Solar Millennium LLC December 9, 2011. The company is essentially bankrupt and is downsizing in order to preserve a small amount of cash reserve while it sells its development properties to another company. I’ve just finished a short-term consulting engagement with Service West. Helped the VP of Finance create a consolidated forecasting model which will be used to monitor net income results on a monthly basis and cash flow on a weekly basis. I’m currently conducting a very active job search for my next Financial Planning and Analysis opportunity. Contrary to rumors of its demise, the job market (at least for Accounting & Finance) is alive an well. If you’re in a job search, I’d encourage you to check out Job Connections and become a member (see my affiliations tab for more information / link).

Best regards,

Doug Neeper
925.451.4541
doug.neeper@gmail.com

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