Episode 25 - Interviewing 101 - Your Homework Assignment

Just when you thought you never had to do homework again.  If you’re job searching you really need to prepare for the interviewing phase.  In episode 25, we outline what to consider when getting ready for your interviews.  Doing your homework, minimizes the potential for surprises and builds your confidence.  Although it takes time and effort, the pay off is ten-fold.

Check out our O.F.F Toolkit for an essential approach called S.T.A.R. that you should leverage for any interview.  Don’t forget to check our wine recommendation -- it’s a white wine for once!

Episode 24 - Navigating the Maze of Job Boards - Left, Right or Straight Ahead?

For many of us job boards are a new experience and challenge.  Looking for job postings in the newspaper is a thing of the past.  Many of us over 40 and 50 may have been on the receiving end as we requested candidates but using them to find our own opportunities is a different story.

Online job boards like ZipRecruiter, Indeed and Glassdoor and sites that facilitate business connections such as Linkedin are now the new normal.  In this episode, we give some tips on how to navigate the maze and how to use these tools to your advantage.

Don’t stress out! Just take it one step at a time. Remember it’s a journey.

Episode 23 - Welcome back Listeners to Season 2 - Summer Reflections & What’s Next...

Welcome back O.F.F. Listeners.  We hope you had a great summer and were able to get caught up on Season 1 or re-listen to some of your favorite episodes.  

We’re kicking off Season 2 with a summer reflection on what Linda and Shelley did over the summer along with giving some sneak previews of what’s in store for our new season.  

We have our first white wine recommendations by Linda since Shelley doesn’t drink the stuff. So click on O.F.F. Wines to check it out.

Thanks for Listening!

Episode 22 - A Shelley & Linda Rewind - Season 1 Finale

This is our last episode of Season 1 as we take a break for the summer.  But we won’t be completely podcast silent.  We’ll be providing sneak previews of Season 2 and of course continuing our wine recommendations but this time focusing on some nice refreshing white wines.

In this episode, we rewind back to highlight key lessons learned and discuss the progress we’ve made on our journey. We also highlight our listeners who have appeared on past episodes and sent us their stories and golden nuggets.

We'd love to hear your stories and feedback so please use the contact us on our website or just email us at offnowwhat@gmail.com.  Use the summer break to catch up on our episodes or re-listen to some of your favorites.  Remember to check out our O.F.F Toolkit and Wine Recommendation on our website. 

And as always, Thanks for Listening -- Bye!

Episode 21 - Networking With a Little Help from Third Parties

In Episode 21 we finish our series on Networking by getting into the use of recruiters and outplacement services as a way to enhance your network.  

We have our past colleague, Prem back for a third time to give us helpful hints on how to effectively use recruiters and outplacement services to maximize potential opportunities.  He gave some great advise on how to use recruiters to better understand the marketplace and companies, how to identify who are the clowns and how to build a win-win relationship with the non-clowns.  

We also have one of our listeners Jelena, who gave use some golden nuggets on how to deal with recruiters based on her own experience.

Episode 20 - Networking - Getting Social, Part 2

Of course the ultimate goal of building your Linkedin connections is to have them transition into real-life networking. In this episode, we continue our session on “Getting Social” through networking meetings with one of our listeners, Scott.  

Scott shares with us the different type of networking meetings available such as Elevator and Target Meetings, Job Search Boot Camps, Job Fairs, Job Search Work Groups with Accountability Partners, etc. He also talks about two noteworthy networking speakers, Absolutely Abby and Rob Thomas CT.  Check out our O.F.F Toolkit on our website for more information and direct links.

Episode 19 - Networking - Getting Social, Part 1

The ultimate goal of building your Linkedin connections is to have them transition into real-life networking. In this episode, one of our past colleagues, Prem, joins us again to share how he builds connections with strategic partners and past colleagues the old fashion way, in real-life in order to identify and further along potential new opportunities.  It’s not only about helping yourself but also helping others to further their objectives. Networking should always be a two-way street.

Episode 18 - Networking - Navigating the Waters of Linkedin

There are many components to building connection on the Linkedin Network. One of our listeners, Scott share the most effective ways to navigate the Linkedin maze.  We cover how to build and manage up your connections, 500 being the minimum, the benefits of posting and commenting and the three golden rules: Be Purposeful, Be Direct and Be Genuine.  

True success on Linkedin means virtual connections turn into real life connections. Scott also provided us with some great resources on Linkedin for career and job search assistance.  Check out our O.F.F. Toolkit page for the direct links to these resources.

Episode 17 - Networking - The Way of Prem

Networking can be whelming for many people.  So in this episode, we explore the value and importance of networking and how to get started. We have a ONE-OFF discussion with one of our listeners and past colleague who has has been very successful in building his network to seed opportunities and help others.  

We cover the skills and techniques to build your network, how to use them to effectively develop and uncover opportunities and the importance of being authentic as you network.

Episode 15 - O.F.F Tales of Pink Slips and Goodbyes

In this episode we recount four stories from our listeners.  Two of the stories are about how their respective companies delivered the message of their restructuring.  The other two stories focus on the final days at work and how it affected them. These experiences can be very difficult and we hope that their stories show that you’re not alone and you can overcome them. No matter what, you need to stay positive and remember, when one door closes a better one opens. Find your mantra, like Janet:  redefine FEAR, Face Everything And Rise.

Episode 14 - Branding: So What is Executive Presence and Up-credentialing?

In this episode we continue our discussion branding by focusing on Executive Presence and Up Credentialing. So everyone maybe wondering, what hell is Executive Presence and Up-credentialing.  So what do you mean by them?

Executive Presence -- it’s really all about how you make others feel and how you create a persona that make them feel good about spending time with you and smart about hiring you into their organization.  In this episode, we cover the seven essentials of presence.

Up-credentialing-- is about securing your relevance, ensuring that you have something to offer the current marketplace.  Things are changing rapidly so how will your skill sets fit into today’s marketplace? Check out our OFF Toolkit for some great reference materials.

Listen in to learn more on Executive Presence and Up-credentialing.

Episode 13 - Branding: Linked in, Your Viral Profile to the World

In this episode we continue our discussion on branding focused on your Linkedin Profile which now, is your broad-based first impression to the world. Linkedin is such a big part of your job search, career development, and business promotion these days.  It's really important to get it right and we discuss in our podcast what are some of those critical elements for success.

Branding: Marketing Plan - What Makes You, You; What Makes You, Unique?

In this episode, we provide you with another OFF-Shoot segment which focuses on the elements of a good marketing plan.  Your marketing plan should be a concise one pager that provides clarity of who you are and your value equation. Elements of the a good plan should include:

  • Elevator Speech -- paragraph that descriptions who you are and what you can uniquely bring to any opportunity

  • List of your core, key skills

  • List of most recent professional experience - one liners that provide a quick snapshot of your career

  • Education

  • Names of Target Companies and Target Positions

Listen to our podcast to find out more about each marketing plan element and how it can be used.

Branding - Five Key Principles to Remember and Help You on Your Journey

We discuss the five key principles of Branding.  One of our colleagues helped us to distill these down to some key marketing pillars which include:

  1. Don’t Do This by Yourself  

  2. First Impressions are Everything

  3. Self-assessment is Foundational to Building your Brand

  4. Branding, What is Unique and Memorable about You

  5. Networking is NOT an Activity but a Capability

An author that our colleague found very helpful is Dorie Clark.  She has written and posted extensively on personal branding. You can find her on YouTube and Ted Talks.

Branding: Resumes - When the Rubber Hits the Road

In this episode we continue the branding series, with another One OFFs segment with Suzy and how she took a strategic approach to creating and managing her resumes.We learned that resumes need to be fluid and evergreen, only needing  tweaks to be ready for any opportunity. Resume customization is important to make it relevant to the job description and the company’s needs. Little tweaks can have a big rewards.

Branding: Personal Reflection - Getting to Know YOU - Reality vs. Perceptions

Here’s another helpful  approach to do a deeper dive on who you are and what you may want to highlight in your personal brand.   It's called a Fascination Personality Test which is a new way to measure how people perceive your communication style.  This test was developed by Sally Hogshead, who is known as a World-class branding expert. You can take the personality test for free at:  http://www.howtofascinate.com

Branding: Personal Reflection - Making It Happen

As we continue our series on branding and taking that first step of reflection, we feature another one of our listeners who highlights an additional tool to identify what you really want from life both professionally and personally and how it all fits together.

In this ONE OFFs segment, our buddy Betsy talks about how she leveraged two books:  Design the "Life You Love" by Ayse Birsel and "Life by Design" by Miranda Hersey to begin her journey in figuring out what she wants and to reduce the level of anxiety and paralysis she initially felt.  Click on the “O.F.F. Toolkit” navigation bar for direct links to the books’ website.

Branding: Personal Reflection - A Great Place to Start

We are starting a series on branding and before you can create your brand it’s good to take a step back and reflect.  What is it that you really want from life both professionally and personally and how it all fits together.

In this episode, we talk about personal reflection with one of our listeners who shares their experience and what worked for them.  We’re calling these listener segments: ONE OFFs. The key technique that helped Suzy Gladys was a personal casita (little house in Spanish) which she adopted from her work experience.

Personal Casita -- Visual Representation of Your Personal Strategic Plan which includes:

  • Roof: Your Vision Statement

  • Structure: Your Key Strategies

  • Pillars: You r Areas of Focus and Activities Holding Up Your Structure

Click on "O.F.F. Toolkit" in our website navigation bar for a visual and more info on how to use a Personal Casita.

The Aftermath... The Complexity Continues

In this episode, we discuss the emotions and complexity that comes after you’ve left your company around health insurance, severance, financial instruments such as 401K, pensions, etc. and getting your financial house in order.

It can be more overwhelming then hearing the news that you’ve been severed. It's a lot to deal with while trying to figure out your career options and opportunities.  We both had to put some of our job searching activities on hold to get some of it done.

Resource:  www.finra.org - An independent resource for information on financial investment and where you can do a Broker Check.