This week, MND welcomed another great group of guests to speak to clients for Connections Friday; consultant and social entrepreneur Rodney, serial entrepreneur John, nonprofit human resources professional, Saverio, sales entrepreneur and Board member Cindy, and leadership development professional David shared their career journeys and tips to success.
For social entreprenur Rodney, "doing right by the world" was extremely important when looking for employment. In order to explore both entrepreneurship and this passion, Rodney built up his own business. He stressed to our clients the importance of accepting that it is okay to fail, and that you can learn from that. He also noted how relationships you build can often lead to jobs; he has only ever applied to one job in his life, the rest have come through networking!
Our next guest, John, referred to himself as a "serial entrepreneur". He went into the military after high school to pay for college and then became a teacher for a number of years. What he really wanted though, was a job with ultimate security: running his own business. As an entrepreneur, John is not a stranger to rejection. He told our clients that it is important to be okay with hearing "no". He also used an excellent analogy to dating to describe how we are all salespeople! "Anyone who has dated is in sales," he said. We sell ourselves to potential partners just as we sell ourselves for the job. John motivated clients with this quote as well: "Design with the end in mind"-- thinking about your future and working backwards is the best way to be strategic about reaching your employment goals.
Human resources professional Saverio has worked in his industry in many sectors, including corporate, education, and now nonprofit. He reminded clients that "attitude is altitude". "Often times," he said," a positive attitude can outshine a very experienced resume. Never discount that your attitude matters!" Saverio stressed the importance of setting SMART goals and writing them down to bring them to life.
Board member and sales entrepreneur Cindy, shared about her career journey and life transitions and how they led her to understand the importance of networking and connections. Cindy started her own business young and even cleaned houses on the side to make a living. When her company merged, she became the first female account executive, but was soon let go. With a young son at home, she decided to get her nursing degree, taking two jobs to support her family, while attending school. After a year however, she decided to go back into her industry and was approached by the sales company where she now works, a job she absolutely loves. Cindy told clients that networking is key. "Connections are everywhere," she said. "When you want to go fast, you go alone, but when you want to go far, you go as a group."
Our last speaker, David, a leadership development professional, started in sales and learned about organizational operations and good/bad leadership. However, in the process of getting his Master's degree, David stumbled into addiction. While on his path to recovery, David learned that everything is about self-image. He told our clients how this experience helped him say "I am great, without swallowing hard." After realizing this, his business grew. David also stressed the importance of networking and making connections and also that of getting in touch with what you care about. "Believe in yourself," he said, "and let your heart lead you to people and opportunities."
All of our guests shared how beneficial it is to create a LinkedIn profile and use it to connect to other professionals and find job opportunities. They shared valuable resources for starting your own business and urged clients to volunteer and stay engaged throughout their period of unemployment. Thank you to all our guests for your time and tips!
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