On Saturday I presented this to about 150 people at St. Anastasia in Troy for a Re – Employment seminar put on by Matthew Karrandja. His goal was to give financial planning, social media training, and some resume advice to the community. He is planning on having a faith based network.
He also has a website which he is hoping to promote. I am going to be a part of his content team. We are looking to keep the good talent in MI and not move. Everyone has heard of the brain drain and a lot of professionals are moving out of MI.
We need good news and this is going to be a platform to help people in transition. I met Matt through a Linked In connection, then we went to lunch for a meeting and I thought I couldn’t help him since Trialon is automotive employment and here I am a social networking person. Turns out this was actually a great fit! He has been a great asset and full of great advice.
I am a student of Kevin Donlin and I met David Perry his partner through Linked In. This is where I have practiced the lessons in which I am sharing and if you need ideas I suggest you follow them on Twitter, add them on Facebook and Linked IN. They are really smart people. What is on this presentation is only a touch of what they teach. I combine it with the power of your online presence.
Let’s get everyone working together and make a difference in MI!
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On April 21, 2009 I took Kevin Donlin’s method and put it into action with this presentation. His method is always to start working before it is needed to show your expertise and to solve a problem before they know they have one. I met Kevin later that day at the MSU Alumni sponsored event “How to find a job in tough times.”
I was supposed to be at a NHLTweetup but I did not want to go because Kevin’s method has helped me. Early in my social media endeavors I commented on a blog post after I downloaded and dissected one of his white papers called “The Simple Job Search Manifesto” from the http://www.thesimplejobsearch.com and I have been convinced ever since. This was a connection which brought me to my first podcast, then featured in a newspaper column in MN, and then that day I was interviewed about Social Media in the Christian Science Monitor which is located in Boston, MA. I am happy to have met and to know him and even when I don’t think he is paying attention on Facebook he is thinking about me.
I used this when I was kind of confused to what kind of meeting I would be having with Hunch Free. We had an informational interview already over the phone a few days ago and I was really interested in how to sell a Social Media strategy to a Community College. This is just to enhance a campaign which is already being used and is just my ideas in action. I am not sure if they can be used in the campaign.
Our meeting was triggered by a change in status on his Linked IN profile because I was looking for ideas on how to create my own. Am I going to do this or pursue other ideas I really do not know. In the meantime, I am actively networking and meeting people.
So I brought with me this plan to showcase my skills. Jimmy Gwizdala was impressed and wasn’t really sure what to think. I had emailed this presentation first because I was not sure if he was going to be bringing his laptop or not and then I also put it on a disc. So he had a traveling copy if he connects with someone he can pass this on.
I wasn’t offered a job but I was offered an opportunity to freelance. I am NOT going to take it and I need to find a niche so I can charge something. I am still passionately looking for a FULL TIME position but I want to keep learning in the process and this is a great way to do so!
Great Opportunities happen when you create them!
You can decide your own destiny you just need to have the desire to do what you want! I am kind of scared but I know this is a great opportunity to gain some experience. Looks like I am NOT going to take that opportunity I still need a plan for my business if I am going to start one.
Have you freelanced? Started your own biz? What are your suggestions?
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