The Great Executive Makeover Contest Is In Action Now!

In an effort to help and support deserving out-of-work professionals make the right impression and create the right “buzz” to finally get in front of the right people and find a new opportunity, Seniors4Hire.org, RezBuzz.com and Laurie Pehar Borsh/ECMG – Personal PR Productions announce the launch of THE $10,000 GREAT EXECUTIVE MAKEOVER CONTEST. The contest has been developed to support a well deserving executive or professional, 50 and older, who has been laid off due to corporate downsizing or closure. The goal is to help and support an exceptional, yet down on luck senior professional land a job using contemporary personal publicity/marketing strategies and social media and online networking practices along with traditional methods.

In order to participate, interested parties must register with or already be a member of http://Seniors4Hire.org (there is no charge to join) then complete a member profile and submit their story on www.RezBuzz.com by October 15th, 2009. Contestants are asked to write about why (video tapes are also going to be accepted on RezBuzz—a video resume network) as to why he/she needs a professional brand makeover and promotional program for a job search effort.

The winner with the most compelling story will be announced October 30th 2009.

As more and more corporate recruiters and search professionals continue to add value to their sourcing and recruiting efforts by building their core competencies and organizational capabilities around online sourcing and research, it is now very important to produce and deliver responsible, professional quality personal professional branding and publicity.

Senior executive and professionals who are serious and committed to finding the right opportunity must now differentiate themselves and provide an intensive personal brand that can and will last through the course of one’s career.


PERSONAL PR FOR NON-EMPLOYMENT SEEKERS: Now is NOT the time to “hunker down” and be invisible!

As any of you may or may not know, I am constantly pounding the pavement to educate professionals (all levels) on the importance of having PERSONAL PR/Web 2.0 and Personal Branding  in place now and for the entire span of one’s career!  Putting good Personal PR into place is not just for people who need to look for work, business or press. If you have not noticed, the way in which the world of business rolls these days is very different.  Just because you are WORKING does not warrant the fact that you can go underground.

I just got a wonderful note from the Editor of Execunet (this goes to a  great number of people of course) — it sets the stage and tone of my message perfectly. The issue here again, is having the time to be able to stage one’s own personal promotion when one is buried, or deeply focused, etc.  A personal publicist/promoter/producer can help create the stage and keep it in lights!

September 21, 2009

Dear Laurie:

We’re always cautioning executives not to “hunker down” at work. They also shouldn’t bend, cower, hide, kneel or crouch. But the current economic environment may make employees feel like throwing on a cloak of invisibility to avoid being noticed, believing they will escape the lay-off list.

Yet, during periods of job growth and prosperity, career planning and maintenance are often overlooked because of the perceived abundance of opportunities available.

Those who are fearful keep their head low to miss the ax; those who are busy at work have their head down in deep focus. But denial and complacency share a characteristic: inaction, which can derail a career for those who are unprepared.

Despite the recent economic instability, fewer corporate leaders feel prepared for job search than they did in years prior. According to ExecuNet’s 2009 Executive Job Market Intelligence Report, just 43 percent of executives claimed they are ready to look for a job, compared to 56 percent in 2008 and 69 percent in 2007; another 24 percent reported this year they were unsure if they are ready to look for a new position.

It could be that “prepared” seems less defined against a recessionary backdrop, and fewer executives feel confident about how to launch a job search campaign in this market. But many of the old rules still prevail, albeit with some amplification and 21st century tools:

  • Focus, define and envision what your next role looks like.
  • Create messages that communicate the problems you solve to your target audience.
  • Identify the online and offline opportunities where you can best help others.
  • Become known for your expertise so others can refer and recommend you.

Robyn Greenspan
Editor-in-Chief
ExecuNet
Robyn.Greenspan@execunet.com
295 Westport Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
800.637.3126

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. HSM has extended a special 2-for-1 offer to Executive Insider readers for their annual World Business Forum, held October 6 and 7 at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, featuring President Bill Clinton, George Lucas, Paul Krugman, T. Boone Pickens and many other inspirational leaders. 

  


“Perspectives on Marketing” is a unique spin on the “he said/she said” format, giving both the agency side and the client side.

Jason (Jay) Miletsky is the CEO of PFS Marketwyse creater and co-author of the Perspectives Book Series. The series covers such topics as marketing, branding, and how to increase sales. Marketing is not an exact science, and marketing issues are often interpreted, defined, and approached differently by different people, creating the potential for a disconnect in communication. This is particular true of the client/agency relationship, which oftentimes looks at a single marketing issue in radically different ways. “Perspectives on Marketing” is a unique spin on the “he said/she said” format, giving both the agency side (with Jason Miletsky – CEO, PFS Marketwyse) and the client side (with Mike Hand – Director of Sports Marketing, Hershey’s). It covers of a number of topics that deal with marketing and the client/agency relationship. It examines over 100 compelling and important marketing issues that marketers deal with on a regular basis, such as how to best measure ROI, how to determine the best means for reaching an audience, and how to craft the most effective message. Each topic is approached from both points-of-view in a conversational, point/counter point style. This unique approach provides a frank, insightful, and enjoyable look into the whole of the marketing process, and helps promote understanding between the marketer and the client. For every copy of a Perspectives title sold on Amazon on Wednesday, September 9, $1.00 will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey. If sales reach 2,000 copies, Course Technology PTR will double the donation. Get your Perspectives Books at www.getperspectives.com today! Also be sure to listen to the Perspectives Show here on Blog Talk Radio (GetPerspectives).

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Jason Miletsky – CEO of PFS Marketwyse creater and co-author of the Perspectives Book Series.

Jason (Jay) Miletsky is the CEO of PFS Marketwyse creater and co-author of the Perspectives Book Series. The series covers such topics as marketing, branding, and how to increase sales. Marketing is not an exact science, and marketing issues are often interpreted, defined, and approached differently by different people, creating the potential for a disconnect in communication. This is particular true of the client/agency relationship, which oftentimes looks at a single marketing issue in radically different ways. “Perspectives on Marketing” is a unique spin on the “he said/she said” format, giving both the agency side (with Jason Miletsky – CEO, PFS Marketwyse) and the client side (with Mike Hand – Director of Sports Marketing, Hershey’s). It covers of a number of topics that deal with marketing and the client/agency relationship. It examines over 100 compelling and important marketing issues that marketers deal with on a regular basis, such as how to best measure ROI, how to determine the best means for reaching an audience, and how to craft the most effective message. Each topic is approached from both points-of-view in a conversational, point/counter point style. This unique approach provides a frank, insightful, and enjoyable look into the whole of the marketing process, and helps promote understanding between the marketer and the client.

For every copy of a Perspectives title sold on Amazon on Wednesday, September 9, $1.00 will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey. If sales reach 2,000 copies, Course Technology PTR will double the donation. Get your Perspectives Books at www.getperspectives.com today! Also be sure to listen to the Perspectives Show here on Blog Talk Radio (GetPerspectives).


How to get Blood from a Stone: How to Sell More in a Tough Economy – From my Blog Talk Radio Program!

Whether you want better personal publicity or more sales, you need to know about John Chapin (www.completeselling.com) and his (co-authored) book The Sales Encyclopedia. I know I took away a ton of great tips and ideas from my interview with John yesterday 8/19/09!  Be sure to listen to the pod cast from myExecutive Profiles Program on Blog Talk Radio:

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John Chapin on My BlogTalkRadio Program: How to get Blood from a Stone and Sell More in a Tough Economy

Whether or not you are a sales professional, you are in probably in business or looking to promote your business or your own personal brand.  LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST for some great tips! 

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John Chapin on How to get Blood from a Stone: How to Sell More in a Tough Economy

Want to know how to Sell More in a Tough Economy?
Once plentiful budgets have been slashed or dried up altogether, the number of prospects and customers has dwindled significantly, and the boom felt in many industries during recent years has come to a screeching halt as customers and prospects take a wait-and-see attitude with the current economy. So what can be done? Must you wait and hope the economy turns around in time? No! You need the Sales Encyclopedia, by John J. Chapin and others… buy it on www.completeselling.com or Amazon!

With over 21 years of sales experience in some of the toughest markets ever seen, Sales Expert, John Chapin can both motivate and educate your organization to sell more and significantly increase business in any market, including the one we’re in currently. John has sold in three industries where he was the #1 Sales Rep in two of those industries and in the top 1% in the third.

Prior to starting Complete Selling Inc., John sold bank equipment for Diebold, Inc. where he became the top salesperson in New England during his first year. John Chapin has extensive experience in both face-to-face and telemarketing sales. He is an award winning public speaker, among his accomplishments and was voted the 2nd best speaker out of 127 Toastmasters Clubs in Massachusetts.

Read more at www.completeselling.com or email John’s rep: TamiBlodgett@gmail.com.


Baby Boomers can also create a fantastic personal publicity program with new media… (it’s there for the taking)

What more can I say… we are ALL SUBMERGED in a world of social media. We all live, breath, feel, touch it -whether we like it or not (I NOW HAVE 70-SOMETHING YEAR OLDS ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER – I plan to be in that mix until I am at least 95). That said, we had all better get used it. Right? Hunker down and “work with it” – make it useful to build our careers and businesses.  Coming from the “old media” days, I remember when I got a FAX MACHINE in my office and everyone and their Uncle would bother me day in and day out to use it – that seems like YESTERDAY.  19 years later (dating myself), I have learned to adapt to and love this new social media world. While I still like the “old-style ways” of publicity, promotions and marketing (in my blood — although I choose not to fax as much now), I am getting quite used to these NEW SOCIAL WAYS and actually kind of loving it.  That said, I am slowly but surely taking clients up the new media path and so far they are very willing to let me help them take them on this new journey—it truly is the best way to find permanent personal pr if it’s delivered and managed correctly.


Getting a handle on your SEO and SEM will create best on-line publicity for better talent recruitment and placement!

In a weak economy like this, job boards and search engines get used more than ever before (Read).

So recruiters have more applicants than ever.  So why doesn’t your applicant quality for niche roles seem much better?

The answer begins with two questions: 1) How well are job postings being seen on job boards, as well as major search engines like Google and Yahoo, and job-specific engines like SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com?  and 2) What about the company’s online brand exposure (Web 2.o/Personal PR)?

Yes, dull job postings are a part of the problem!  Most lack the “what’s in it for me” motivating appeal that lets a passive candidate visualize the role, challenge, environment, etc. and want to get off their rear and apply for the job!  Even if you rewrote a job posting to make it “sing,” that’s not going to solve the dilemma in the age of Web 2.0.

Nowadays, professionals don’t necessarily think to go to a completely different kind of website for jobs.  They naturally search in the same place they go to find everything else:  their favorite search engine.

NOTE:  Google alone has over 150 million searches per month for jobs!

Or if someone uses a job-specific search, it’s increasingly on a job aggregator site that pulls job postings from multiple boards:  Indeed and SimplyHired are now both in the top 7 of *all* US job-related sites. In either case, job postings get buried almost immediately.  Did you know that approximately 60% of on-line users don’t look past the first page of their search engine results?  And almost 9 times out of 10, users don’t venture past the first three pages of search results?  Today, it’s not how new your postings are that determine their visibility, but their search relevance.  Even most career websites are pushed far down the results where you’d like to rank high, deflating your employer brand.

Here’s a recommendation:  Consider this 90-minute webinar next Thursday, Aug. 13, that will really explain search engine optimization (SEO) and marketing (SEM) for recruiting and employer branding. Learn how to leverage these two things to your advantage. 

Save the date for: 

“SEO & SEM for Recruiters: An Introductory Guide to Improve Your On-line Visibility.” 

Whether you want to do it on your own, or you already use a consultant (me, for instance!), this session will give you the confidence to make intelligent decisions and act purposefully:

http://aces.arbita.net/webinars/SEOSEMforRecruiters-aug09

THIS WEBINAR LETS YOU TAP AN EXPERT!

When MY GUYS (I am a big fan) and SOCIAL MEDIA GURUS (when it comes to recruiting),  Shally Steckerl and  Glenn Gutmacher of theJobMachine, Arbita Consulting & Education Services (ACES) http://aces.arbita.net have a question about search engine optimization (SEO) or marketing (SEM), they turn to one expert at Arbita ACES:  Nicole Bodem. 

With seven years of SEO experience, the last 2.5 of which specializing in recruiting, Nicole Bodem is a guru at helping you increase your online visibility.  (Check out her recent excellent blogpost at http://aces.arbita.net/Optimizing-your-Social-Media-Profile about optimizing your social network profiles, too.)  Just as importantly, she clearly explains what’s in the way of your recruiting success online, and how you can do many of the improvements yourself, regardless of budget. “Nicole is clearly among the best in this space, cuts through the clutter and tells it straight,”said Shally. “When she makes a search recommendation or implements something herself for a client, I know it’s going to make a real difference in their online recruiting results.”  Today’s tools also allow you to understand where your job postings appear and who’s coming to your career website as a result.  Now, the metrics and platforms to track source exist — and don’t depend on flawed candidate self-reporting.  You can determine which channels deliver the right talent.

What surprises most recruiters is that it’s not just job boards you need to focus on.  Through a combination of SEO and SEM, you can tilt the playing field your way by targeting relevant passive talent on search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, job-specific engines like SimplyHired and Indeed, social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as job boards. Even if you’re new to SEO or SEM, this online workshop on Aug. 13 at 1pm US EDT will cut through the hype and give you the understanding to take action, not dependent on any particular vendor or product.  Make a noticeable difference in your job posting and career website success.  Get details about “SEO & SEM for Recruiters: An Introductory Guide to Improve Your Online Visibility” and register today for just US$99.97 at http://aces.arbita.net/webinars/SEOSEMforRecruiters-aug09

 HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN 90 MINUTES NEXT THURSDAY (8/13/09):

– A clear understanding of the difference between SEO and SEM:  how each channel works, what it costs and how to control it

– Real-world examples of good and bad job ads, including tips and techniques you can implement immediately

– Effective ways to optimize your job advertisements, ensuring your latest postings have strong presence on the major search engines

– Analytical tools to track responses and understand which metrics are important to track

– How to evaluate your website for search engine friendliness, including which technologies to avoid that may prevent search engines from finding your job postings

– The 3 cornerstones of SEO — technical, content and trust — and how to remove barriers so all three are present, with some simple changes you can make today to increase your search engine visibility

– Quality score:  Bidding is not everything with search engine ads: your competitor can pay less yet still get more clicks! Learn how that works.

Recruitment and really all SEO and SEM are key to have in order to succeed in the Web 2.0 age.  They are the route to the success metrics that talent operations increasingly need to deliver to management.  I realize this is new territory for many, so  to make it easy for you:  The folks at ACES are so confident this webinar will make a difference in your recruiting and sourcing success, that if you decide afterwards it wasn’t useful, Shally has agreed to let you take a completely different Arbita ACES webinar workshop anytime in the next year, at no charge or obligation.

So what else can you learn by getting a handle on SEO and SEM?:

– Precisely control and track your job-related keyword spend

– Generate metrics for your site visitors & where they’re from

– Target talent by location and other criteria – even those seeking jobs among your competitors

– Customize your messaging to applicants

– Drop Your Cost per Click and per Applicant

– Turbocharge Your Employer Brand

This professional seminar offers you, without travel and from the convenience of your own computer, an ideal way to learn the latest ideas surrounding search engine optimization and marketing for recruitment.  With hundreds of millions of job-related searches done on search engines, job boards, job aggregators and other web properties per month, it only makes sense to learn how to use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) to your advantage.  And there’s no easier or clearer way to get your jumpstart than this webinar on Aug. 13 by Arbita’s acclaimed SEO/SEM guru, Nicole Bodem: http://aces.arbita.net/webinars/SEOSEMforRecruiters-aug09