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August 31, 2015

Dear Friends:

This week, AH Jobs List is entering its 17th year of helping professionals connect with great jobs throughout Colorado! Every day I hear from job seekers as well as employers who use AH Jobs Li
st to either find a job or find a new employee! This list was initially created as a hobby, posting a handful of positions with a distribution list of about 300 people. Today, AH Jobs List posts more than 1,000 jobs per-month and through our subscriber base, web clicks and social media following, reach more than 100,000 professionals each week!

Thanks to everyone for their continued support. AH Jobs List has (and continues to be) a grassroots, pay-it-forward, networking endeavor; everyone who has come to AH Jobs List to find a job has heard about it from someone else. If you know of someone looking, please connect them with AH Jobs List. If your company is hiring, post a job and I promise, you'll reach one of the most diverse, professional group of job seekers anywhere.

 


Play In Traffic! Talk to Strangers! 

What are the fears that are hindering your job search?

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about fears and shyness. 

"Andrew, you can you strike up a conversation with anyone," she said. "By the end of a 5-minute conversation, you've drawn out more details about a complete stranger than that person has probably talked about in a long time. You know where they are from, what they do, where they went to school, what music they like, how many kids they have and what common interests you share. You've created a friend for life!"

I thought about it and my friend was right. I'm nosy. I have a sense of curiosity I sometimes just can't resist. Usually it serves me well, but I also know not to chat up my row-mates on a 5-hour flight. There's an invisible yet well recognized wall of 'leave me the hell alone' that is pretty universal.

If we've spent our entire lives shying away from the unknown, how could we function as adults? As professionals, how could we effectively pursue our ambitions by avoiding strangers or other elements that might seem scary? Avoiding all risk and refusing to attempt to conquer or at least manage our fears is a very limiting way to live.

Do you remember as a child that fearful warning from your parents? "Don't talk to strangers!" Or how about, "Don't play in traffic!"

Most of these warnings were obviously designed to protect us from the very real and present dangers, but in reality, they imbedded within us irrational fears that continue to shape our lives as adults.

The roots of these social phobias can be traced to many things.

Psychologists will point to very legitimate reasons why, as adults, we limit ourselves with the fears we associate with childhood.   For example, performance anxieties brought about by fears of humiliation, intense scrutiny or abject failure. Our self esteem (or
 lack of) might have been shaped by one single event that is subconsciously impacting us as an adult today. 

We all have fears at some level from past experiences we bring to our adult lives from earlier in life. And while, for the most part, we all learn to manage, live and perform despite these deep-rooted anxieties and fears, do we ever completely conquer them?   

For example, when we exist in a comfort zone of a steady job that provides a level of power and influence, most of us are confident, responsible and accountable, and can function at high levels of performance. In this comfort zone, we tend to take risks, pursue creative visions and are willing to be part of a team strategy to solve problems! We are comfortable performing in the parameters of our defined environment; we know the personalities, understand the limits and are constantly able to push ourselves to success. 

But what happens when that comfort zone disappears? If we suddenly lose that comfortable job and are in a position of having to defend or even promote our skills, expertise and accomplishments to strangers in a job interview? Fear and insecurity and even desperation starts to infiltrate our heads. Our strong, confident, rock solid successful selves become squishy and vulnerable as we try to convince others of our value.  The sad fact is, human nature doesn't like to go to this zone of fear where you feel unprotected, weak and vulnerable, so we shy away from it - it's not our comfort zone, it's a zone of a perceived risk of failure!

 
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
- Nelson Mandela
Think about a trip you've taken to a foreign country. You don't speak the language, the maps are hard to read and you are afraid to ask anyone for advice; you are fearful you might offend a native speaker and you are convinced that by letting on that you are not from around there you have exposed your vulnerabilities. Many vacations have been ruined by irrational fears and the anxieties of stepping out of our comfort zones.

In fact, most people in foreign countries (just as they are in America) are welcoming, helpful, encouraging and most importantly have a WEALTH of intimate knowledge about their hometowns and countries that can turn your trip into a wonderful adventure.  Turn this around and think about if someone from a foreign country approached you in your hometown. You'd stop to help and most likely would give detailed directions to their destination. It's the same with most people around the world.

Can you see the analogy to job seeking?

So what should you do? DIVE IN!

Here's what you can do today: 

Make 3 cold calls today....and make cold calling a regular part of your job search strategy. Find three companies you find interesting, do some basic research, find who you think would be an appropriate individual and call them up! If it's easier for you, prepare a basic script to help you ask questions and start the conversation.  For example: "Hi, [Joe], my name is [Nancy] and I was interested in working for your company. I was hoping I could take five minutes of your time to tell you about myself and ask you some questions...  What's the worst thing that could happen?  What's the best thing that could happen?

Practice talking about yourself. Write out a short narrative that describes your career chronology, your strengths, significant accomplishments and your career goals.  Print this 'stump speech' and rehearse saying it out loud, with pride, confidence and conviction.  Memorize the key points and make it conversational. Talking about yourself in a convincing, poised manner is one of the most powerful touch points in the job-seeking process.  It can immediately influence someone's thoughts and motivate them to hire you.

Get away your computer and the job boards and start engaging people! Job boards are great prospecting tools, but if you find yourself spending hours and hours shot-gunning resumes to random job postings, you'll find very quickly that it doesn't get results.  Apply to jobs that makes sense, but limit the amount of time you are on job boards.  Instead, go to events, invite people to coffee or lunch, ask for informational interviews, attend a job seeking or professional development seminar! On the left column of AH Jobs List is a link to a long list of upcoming events that are happening throughout our community. These events are diverse in nature - networking events, professional development events, charity events, educational events, etc. A large part of any successful job search is networking. Networking means taking risks. It means talking to strangers. It means playing in traffic! Go through this list and pick a few events that would make sense for you to attend. Most of these events have small fees associated with them, but not all of them.

Continued good luck in your job search!

 

 
Job Seekers! Get Noticed: Get Results
Post a Jobseeker Profile Today


Hundreds of corporate recruiters from Colorado's top companies regularly troll the Jobseeker Profile section of Andrew Hudson's Jobs List searching for new talent. This feature provides job seekers with a unique and affordable way to easily market their skills, talents and experiences to the metro area's top companies that are actively looking for new talent.

Take advantage of EVERY opportunity you have to promote yourself to employers.  Be proactive and let employers KNOW that you have skills and talents that are valuable to them.

In an era of lickety-split emails and web-based social media, job seekers now have the opportunity to get found by putting themselves out there and letting employers discover their skills, background, talent and expertise!

Jobseeker Profiles result in connections, calls, interviews and job offers from employers. 

If you are a job seeker, click here and post your profile today where thousands of employers from around the state will be able to see what you have to offer.
 


Are you an employer looking for bilingual workers?  Post a bilingual job!
 

For more than five years, hundreds of bilingual jobs have been posted on Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List, helping employers to connect with local, bilingual talent. Working jointly with the Mi Casa Resource Center, the AH Jobs List is the Denver metro area’s only job-board website dedicated to employers seeking to attract bilingual jobs seekers. Bilingual job seekers can visit the site and view all the jobs posted that require bilingual skills.  

Andrew Hudson’s Job’s List website is the Rocky Mountain region’s first and only jobs website completely dedicated to connecting local employers with talented bilingual professionals looking for career opportunities. The site is unique for several reasons:
  • Every week, your job will be emailed to 35,000 subscriber job seekers throughout Colorado. In addition, the website gets more than 50,000 weekly page views and your job will also be broadcast to more than 20,000 Twitter and Facebook followers.
  • You can target your job to 26 specific career categories.
  • In addition to its large access to bilingual job seekers, Mi Casa also works with local Hispanic professional and nonprofit organizations to promote the bilingual job postings that appear on AH Jobs List.
  • AH Jobs List is recognized by companies and organizations, both large and small, as one of the most effective job posting sites for attracting new talent in Denver. Recent surveys show that 97% of employers who post positions on AH Jobs List believe AH Jobs List is the most effective job board in Colorado for recruiting talent.
  • And AH Jobs List is more affordable and more effective than most major job boards.  There are no additional hidden fees.
Every time a job is posted to the bilingual jobs section of the site, AH Jobs List donates 100% of the posting fee to Mi Casa. For more than 30 years, Mi Casa has been helping the families of Colorado through job training, career development, small business entrepreneurial training and a variety of other family, workforce and youth services.  

If you are an employer who is seeking bilingual workers, contact us at info@ahjobslist.com to discover the power of connecting with bilingual job seekers on AH Jobs List.

 

Nonprofit of the Week




eTown's mission is to educate and inspire audiences through the use of music and conversation to create a socially responsible and sustainable world. The organization has provided both radio and live audiences with a unique experience, harnessing the power of music to create community, uplift spirits and encourage listeners to take part in environmental change.

Founded almost 25 years ago, eTown is heard on over 250 public and commercial stations and is seen live by several thousand individuals each year. It continues to be the only organization that uniquely combines music and message. In 2012, eTown moved into a permanent home, eTown Hall, a multi-purpose building in the heart of downtown Boulder. It is home to a world-class live music venue, full service recording studio, community center and offices. True to eTown's longstanding commitment to environmental education and sustainability, it converted an old church facility into one of the greenest, solar-powered music and media centers in the country.

eTown is at an important point in its development. In 2014, eTown developed a strategic plan to guide it in significantly increasing its programs, reach, capacity, impact and long-term viability and the opportunity to become one of the leading multi-media platforms around the critical conversation regarding climate change, community, culture and sustainability.

 
eTown has one jobs posted on AH Jobs List this week:

Director of Development
eTown
Boulder


FUNCTION: To serve as the key staff member responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive resource development plan to secure the resources necessary to advance the mission, strategic plan and annual fundraising goals of eTown.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop, implement and monitor all fundraising programs including:
o A Capacity Building Campaign
o Major Gifts
o Foundation and Corporate Grants
o Individual Support
o Online Fundraising/Social Media
o Special Events
- Work closely with the President and Board Chair to assess fundraising needs as determined by strategic plan goals, operating needs and annual plan priorities.
- Develop annual fundraising budgets, and prepare and monitor income projections, progress reports and long-range/strategic plan forecasts.
- Monitor philanthropic trends and develop short and long term fundraising strategies aimed at maximizing contributed income.
- Develop new relationships with major gift, individual, foundation and corporate funders, and continue to cultivate and maintain these donors.
- Build the involvement of the Board in the solicitation and donor stewardship processes and guide the Board development process.
- Direct, coordinate, and support activities related to eTown's fundraising plan including: prospect research, development of proposals and appeals, reports to funders, and donor acknowledgements. Oversee the implementation of data management systems and fundraising records.
- Recruit, train and supervise volunteers to assist in implementing the development department's plans.
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