Job seekers: Are you using all of the online tools available to you, to aid you in your search for the perfect career opportunity?  Chances are you are not, but there are so many resources out there in today’s internet-driven society, it is hard for job seekers to know which are useful and which are sub par.

Now here is the good news is, I did all of the research for you, and found the best ones!

I can’t give away all of my secrets, but I broke down the job application process into some major categories:

Application Stage:

Job Searching Tools

Resume Editing Tools

Interview Stage:

Researching Companies Tools

Networking in Your Industry Tools

Preparing For Your Interview Tools

It was a pleasure teaching this workshop last week at the Pasadena Workforce Training and Development Center. Training participants on how to better their chances of finding opportunities they want, and actually getting interviews. And training career coaches on technological tools to make them work smarter, not harder.

We will be hosting another workshop like this one in Los Angeles soon, so keep your eye on our calendar of events!  

Thanks JULIE MCELRATH and Jordan Ton for hosting me!

Cheers,

Maggie

 

Last Tuesday we hosted an Employer Panel at our Patriotic Hall Location. 30 Veterans attended, and four companies participated, all Entertainment companies who were interested in hiring veterans and answering questions about how to get into the corporate Entertainment business. Participating were The Walt Disney Company, Live Nation / House Of Blues, NBC Universal, and Paradigm Talent Agency.

We had our panelists cover a variety of pre-screened questions sent in from our wonderful veteran participants. H ighlights on what was discussed below:

Setting realistic expectations, your first job isn’t your forever job! Be prepared to work long hours for little pay, but act like you’re getting paid $100k and it shows.

What makes you qualified to work in the industry? It’s a white collar apprenticeship! Mailroom to CEO, if you’re good at what you do it doesn’t matter.

How to build a network, give before you take! Your relationships will take time, but the dividends will grow over time too. Don’t be afraid to talk to people in the industry, take them to lunch or coffee, and ask for information before a leg up.

Mobility in the industry, learn as much as you can! Do your homework and be flexible, when the time comes you can jump on the opportunity.

Entry level opportunities, you’ll be a secretary or an assistant, but you’ll get the best experience and know the business once it’s time to apply for that promotion.

Thank you to to our panelists for taking the time to brave LA traffic, take their evening and give our veterans these great insights: Katie Jo Sheek , Walt Disney Ben Scott, Paradigm Talent Agency Kyle Skelly, NBC Universal Christopher Dyer, SHRM-CP, LiveNation/HOB.

 

Also, special thank you to our amazing community partners who put on the event with us! Jamie Rimphanli , Charles Smith, and Herbert Thau Alicia Long-Baker When organizations collaborate we get more done!

Cheers,

Maggie

Wow!! Last week was MAGICAL at the USC Veterans Career Fair, co-sponsored by U.S.VETS Career Network and the University of Southern California (USC). The room was buzzing with energy. Employers mingled with students, recent grads, veterans and their families. We has over 200 participants and 45 employers come out and network.

Special thank you to all of our employer partners who came out: Boeing Angela Infante Cedars-Sinai Stephen Bettini Amazon, Southern California Edison (SCE) Jawana McFadden BMW Group Bay Alarm Company Emily Pizinger Kaiser Permanente Raytheon Northrop Grumman Ron Brand PayPal St. Joseph Center Farmers Insurance Northwestern Mutual PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS, S.C. Teledyne Scientific & Imaging Young’s Market Company IBM Union Bank West Monroe Partners U.S. Secret Service Target Team Rubicon Synchrony Financial Pacific Park Management, Inc. JM Eagle Guitar Center Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Farmer John – Clougherty Packing, LLC Enterprise Rent-A-Car Expediters International Coro Southern California and more. 

And a special thank you to the USC Career Center, USC Veterans Association and Veterans Alumni Association. We can’t wait until next year!