I still hate writing my name in the third person. Anyway...
Friday (November 7, 2008) I was contacted by reporter James Schugel to see if I would be interested in answering a job search related question they had received from a viewer.
I think my answer was, “Heck Yeah!!!”
Thankfully I was already in Downtown Minneapolis so I headed over to the WCCO studio (they are the local CBS affiliate):
The segment was to be 1-2 minutes and James was looking for three tips for job seekers. “Three???” I said. “I usually do this in 45 – 90 minute presentations. And I am not short on words.”
But James is a very experienced reporter and said lets have a conversation and through that I will get the material for the story.
Here is the link to the story (they do not allow for embedding video):
There is one big tip I should have suggested but under the pressure of lights and camera slipped my mind.
When contacting companies explain what you can do for them. Do you have experience growing profits, streamlining something, cutting costs, etc. Something that shows you can bring value.
Save what you want for a later conversation. Too often candidates talk about vacation, benefits, and other things that are important to them (and rightly so) but this market has turned these past months and companies are in the driver’s seat.
Turns out the woman in the video who had the question, Fiona Quick, I know through Twitter (@quick13). When she was interviewed earlier in the day (before I got the call) she had already shown them my blog. Very nice of her.
Speaking of Fiona, Click Fiona Quick to see her LinkedIn profile. If you happen to be an employer seeking a CRM Administrator/Analyst/Manager with SalesForce and Database skills contact her. Or send me an email and I can out you in touch with her.