From the Bullpen2017-09-14T22:34:02+00:00
From the Bullpen – Career Tips for seeking your next job or ideal candidate by Dave Ankenbrandt.

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From the Bullpen

How to work with a RecruiterFrom the Bullpen

When you call in the office please identify yourself. For example, “Joe Smith for Dave Ankenbrandt.” We get so many calls a day we need you to give us your first and last name. Dave knows a lot of Joe’s!

Bring your resume when you meet us.

Turn off your phone or silence it.

Be prepared.

1. Get your work history story together.

2. Rehearse your story make sure it flows.

3. No negatives. Keep your story positive.

4. Bring your portfolio – samples of your work.

5. Dress to impress – we want to make sure you look the part before we send you out.


Clean that DESK! messy desk

Seriously, can you see the color of your desk? Do you have stacks of random paper on the floor because your desk is so crowded? It’s time to spring clean!

1. Remember these piles – for REVIEW, FILE, TRASH.

2. Everything goes into one of those categories. Be brutal – if you have not filed it in 2 years and it’s not important anymore it goes in TRASH.

3. For REVIEW pile –  OK you really don’t need this pile do you? It’s for people who can’t let go. So, take a closer look, like a 10 second look, and then FILE it or TRASH it. No mercy.

4. Once you get the FILE pile done – FILE it. Don’t leave it in a pile.

5. TRASH pile – throw it out.

6. Set up folders for all important categories so you can sort your mail, paper, etc. daily.

7. Outlook will automatically sort your mail – turn it on. Outlook can automatically put all the notices from groups you don’t need min. by min. updates from in a folder to review later. Even in this day and age of instant communication, do you really need to see everything right now?? Most things can wait.


The Elevator Pitchelevator pitch

Interviewed a HR Director, Robert S. – oh, he’s looking for a job if anyone needs a good HR Director. We started talking about all the ways we network – LinkedIn, Facebook, seminars at outplacement firms, alumni networks, and all the various groups affiliated with LinkedIn. We talked about likes and dislikes of networking and the one thing he said he really missed is the elevator pitch.

I had to ask – elevator pitch? It’s the 30 seconds you have in an elevator to pitch the Vice President you just happened to run into. It’s your commercial, your 15 minutes of fame in the world of finding a new job or getting a better job.   So, Bob (we were on not so formal terms by now) gave me his pitch. It was a good one.

We all need a good “elevator pitch”. You need it for your Facebook page, LinkedIn page, for the 30 seconds standing in front of the networking group.  Yes, even in this email/texting/instant messaging age we still sometimes have to talk to people. You need a stutter-free pitch that demonstrates who you are quickly without too much fluff. Have you refined your elevator pitch lately?  Work on it and get it down pat, it’s a good thing to have.


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