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October 20, 2014

Dear Friends:

Welcome back to AH Jobs List!
 
Andrew Hudson

I often get calls from job seekers who are beyond frustrated. They’ve been looking for a job for a while and have all but given up on landing a job that matches their backgrounds, talents and experience.   

Having studied the habits of job seekers for more than 15 years, I have identified many of the common problems they face when looking for a new position and I can pretty easily pinpoint where the frustration is coming from. 

Rarely are these common problems insurmountable; they simply require an adjustment or re-alignment in the job search process and attitude that re-focuses on the valuable skills and expertise the job seeker has to offer an employer.

Let me explain.

For most, job seeking—particularly in today’s economic times—is met with what must seem like an unnatural amount of rejection... and rejection comes in many ways:

  • Not receiving calls back when you have sent in dozens of resumes and cover letters
  • Receiving a rejection letter back from the company for which you thought you were the perfect fit
  • Having a phone interview and then no follow up
  • Having a great interview for a job but then not hearing back
  • Being told you didn’t get the job offer

After several months of this, it's easy to understand why someone would lose all sense of self esteem and basic confidence in the skills, expertise, experience and accomplishments they once thought made them valuable. In fact, after a while your mind is polluted with self doubt and insecurity and your initial hopes of finding a job are overcome with a level of desperation.

People who fall into the quicksand of doubt and desperation find themselves applying for jobs for which they are either under-qualified or over-qualified. In either case, the jobs they are applying for don’t match their relevant skills or backgrounds. HR recruiters tell me they can smell desperation a mile away.

I know, sadly, that I am describing the situation of a lot of job seekers right now. But, I can also say that I’ve interviewed job seekers who were able to get out of this negative rut.  

How’d they do it?  

For most, it meant going back to the basics and focusing on the the things that best defined them. 

Identify the times in your career where you felt most confident.  What were you doing?  What skills were on display during those times?  What talents did you bring to the table that helped you succeed? What was it that your boss and co-workers thought about you that made you feel good about your accomplishments? Write these things down. Create a narrative that starts with “The things I’ve done in my career that I’m the most proud of are_____.”  and include, “The skills and talents that have made me successful in the past include:_____.”  Finally, complete the statement, “I’ve been successful in my career because_____.”  

Answer these statements honestly and without modesty! Take ownership of your success, your talents, your accomplishments and experiences and be prepared and comfortable talking about specific situations in your career that have defined your success.

Once you feel you have a good focus and grasp on these statements, start aligning these statements with job postings that make the most sense for you.

It is not difficult to interpret a job posting. Typically there are 4-5 different requirements a company is looking for in a new hire. These things are spelled out clearly in the job description. Make sure you have a good connection to these requirements and ask yourself, “If I was given the opportunity to speak to how my background, talents and skills would fit this job, could I do so confidently and in a manner that is convincing?”

The sweet spot you always have to reach for is absolute confidence in yourself. Confidence is not arrogance and it is not desperation. Red-hot confidence is simply the truth about what you have to offer and specific examples that back it up. Everyone responds to confidence in positive way.  Your confidence will demonstrate to the employer that you have the skills and talents to do the job. It will also help you express in very specific ways how your experience and background will add value to their company and how you will be able to accomplish what they are asking of you in the specific job they are filling.

Are you at the point where you job-seeking needs a tune up or a re-focus?  If so, go back to the basics and remember that do you have skills, expertise and  accomplishments that are valuable and desirable to employers everywhere.



AH Jobs List Career Bootcamps

The October Career Bootcamps are completely sold out.  However, there are still several Career Bootcamps in November you can register for. Go to www.ahjlbootcamp.com to get all the details.

If you've been needing a little bit of inspiration, motivation or just a good kick in the pants to get your job search going, I highly recommend signing up for an AH Jobs List Career Bootcamp.

The AH Jobs List Bootcamp is an intensive 4-hr seminar designed for any professional who is actively looking for a job or seriously considering their next career steps.  I've trained hundreds of professionals on everything from job search confidence building skills, strategies on interviewing and many other up-to-date job search skills that result in job offers.

Go to www.ahjlbootcamp.com to find out more information and to register and feel free to email me at info@ahjobslist.com if you have questions.



CORPORATE PROFILE



Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
 
What we do

    Offer education to water professionals
    Advocate for safe and sustainable water
    Collect and share knowledge
    Create volunteering opportunities

Make your future part of the future of water!

You know you want to work for more than just money. At AWWA you’ll find purpose, great benefits, relaxed culture, collaborative colleagues and  interesting work. AWWA serves over 50,000 professionals who keep water safe and flowing to the taps of homes and businesses in North America and beyond.

See current openings in the Career Center

AWWA offers:
  • An environment that challenges your skills and makes your contributions meaningful and critical to our business success.
  • Opportunity to contribute to important projects in a non-profit organization whose work impacts the world and that will value you as an individual as well as an employee.
  • A great mix of pay, benefits, culture, environment and purpose that will challenge and use your skills in interesting work.
AWWA also offers benefits you will not find elsewhere

Retirement plan. 6% of your salary goes into your 403(b) account every pay period. If you defer 3% of your salary, AWWA matches it up to 3%. Altogether, that’s a potential of 12% of your salary going into your 403(b) retirement account every pay period.

Paid Time Off. Start with two weeks vacation and one week (pro-rated based on date of employment) of personal time off. That’s up to 3 weeks your first year.

Great benefits. AWWA offers health, dental and vision insurance plans, company paid life insurance, EAP and long-term disability - as well as optional short-term disability, voluntary life insurance, pet insurance, and credit union membership.

Corporate mission. AWWA unites the water community to provide safe, sufficient water for all. AWWA is committed to public health, sustainability and excellence. AWWA advances technology, education, science and government policies.

Location. Beautiful building, wildlife, and a relaxing, pleasant south side of Denver location next to Marston Reservoir. Great places to walk and eat lunch and a spacious, free parking lot.

Your co-workers! You’ll look long and far to find a better group of creative minds with whom to work.
AWWA has one job posted on AH Jobs List this week:

Senior Manager of Development
The American Water Works Association


Are you looking for employment with a purpose? Join the team at The American Water Works Association! Serving as the premier technical and educational resource to the water industry, the work we do impacts public health.

AWWA is launching a philanthropic initiative with a goal of growing funding for our scholarship program and other AWWA programs. Within five years, our goal is to raise $1.5 million for initiatives such as these on an annual basis.

As a result, we are seeking an experienced development professional to assist us in developing and implementing the fundraising program of AWWA's philanthropic initiatives.

Job Summary
The Sr Manager — Development partners with the Director, Administration and Development to advance the program. Other duties include:
  • Identify new sources for fundraising and cultivate, build, and sustain relationships with potential donors and existing supporters
  • Prepare weekly, monthly and annual reports on fundraising activities
  • Develop annual campaigns, online outreach, individual donations, corporate outreach and foundation grants
  • Oversee the timely movement of prospects through the cultivation stages leading to solicitation
  • Foster innovative ideas for implementation of fund development strategies
  • Communicate and collaborate across AWWA departments and with consultants to achieve the goals within the philanthropic business plan
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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.



Nonprofit of the Week Community Computer Connection

Community Computer Connection, an official Microsoft Registered Refurbisher has been providing access to technology to the underserved communities of Colorado since 2001. Over the past six years Community Computer Connection has refurbished and distributed over 25,000 computers to more than 220 schools and 900 nonprofit organizations. We impact thousands of households across Colorado, as over 30% of the computer systems that are awarded through our program go to youth and families.

Community Computer Connection receives donations from corporations, organizations, and individuals of used computer equipment that our team fully refurbishes and distributes to qualifying charities and schools for a small administrative fee. Our refurbished computers are complete with licensed Windows operating systems donated by Microsoft and additional application software. These computers are used to establish or upgrade community technology centers, support administrative operations, and for “Learn and Earn” programs through which students earn computers by completing technical training.

Education and training is a vital part of our program operations. We have established partnerships with three local colleges in the Front Range area which incorporate work study students to assist us in the refurbishment process. Students who participate with our program are able to earn money to towards their school expenses as well as gain hands on work experience that contributes to their professional skills. College work study students spend anywhere from 8 to 20 hours per week at the warehouse, and refurbish an average of 80 computers each week

Community Computer Connection is searching for a new Executive Director!

Executive Director ($60-70k)
Community Computer Connection
Aurora, CO

Job submitted on 10/15/2014

Community Computer Connection (C3) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization. C3 provides quality refurbished computer equipment to nonprofits and educational institutions at the lowest possible price so that they have the necessary tools to accomplish their own missions. C3 collects computer equipment that might otherwise be discarded or recycled. This equipment is then repaired, tested, and then returned to the community. C3 currently partners with two high schools and several colleges to provide internships for students interested in pursuing a technical field. C3 is also an authorized vocational training site for the Colorado Division of Rehabilitation. Please visit www.c3-colorado.org for more information.

Job Description:
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for the administrative leadership of the organization, including planning, marketing, fundraising and financial management and supervision of all staff. The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to establish a strategic plan and develop policies and programs that support the mission of Community Computer Connection (C3).
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Have a great week,

 


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