Written by: Connie Huber SHRM-CP PHR
“The Coronaviras is showing us how to live online”
from The New York Times, by Kevin Roose
“The virus is forcing us to use the internet as it was always meant to be used – to connect with one another, share information and resources, and come up with collective solutions to urgent problems. It’s the healthy, humane version digital culture we usually see only in schmaltzy TV commercials, where everyone is constantly using a smartphone to visit far-flung grandparents and read bedtime stories to the kids.”
Cary Pfeffer, Speaker, Author, Media Trainer & Speaker Coach
Virtual Meeting Done Right?
Making Connections in the Virtual World
THE RULES OF THE ROAD:
The Platform must be second nature.
Be sure to understand the platform. In doing so, you establish your credibility.
Get there early.
For interviews, be early. Use the time to make sure any potential glitches are resolved to avoid potential embarrassment.
Address upfront the technical lapses that can occur.
What is the comfort level within your audience?
Looking Your Very Best
First Impressions still count! Even though you are in a different location, your physical presentation is important to your success. Make sure your lighting is working in your favor. Frame yourself correctly. Dark, solid colored clothing looks best.
Bottom Line: You’re On! Understand the Camera’s View.
Speaking Your Very Best
Every important conversation should have a plan. Listen and let it be known that you listen well. What is your message? Deliver your message succinctly.
Bottom Line: Make it a quality experience.
Your Very Best Follow Up
Outline the next steps as the meeting wraps up
Thank you is still important
Remain consistent in your approach
Interview Tips & Tricks
What is your basic pitch? Name expertise/why/personal note.
Practice! (You have a camera in your hand!)
Telephone Tips & Tricks
Are you standing? When you stand your diaphragm opens & your breathing is better.
Are you using headphones? Headphones help to block our background noise.
Are your notes easy to read?
What is your best energy level? What is it like when you are at your best & engaged?
Call upon prior conversations that were successful.
Adopt a Meeting Culture
Who runs this railroad? Pick the right leader.
10 minute check in.
The agenda rules. Be focused.
For additional information go to Cary’s Book: There’s Not an App for That!
Roger Adams, Sr. Recruiter
CVS is the 8th largest company in the US. The company has over 9,800 retail locations and approximately 1,100 walk-in clinics. Several divisions are Aetna Acquisition, Caremark and CVS specialty.
The company is rapidly growing and will be adding 50 thousand new positions this year. Stores will be offering COVID-19 testing and centers where patients can take their blood pressure and telemedicine calls.
There are currently 16,000 open positions, including Pharmacy Technician, RNs & LPNs, Medical Billing Specialist. Benefits are excellent; positions are on site and remote. For more information on openings go to website.
Dennis Barisano, Sr. Recruiter
Dennis specializes in handling the Randstad recruiting needs for Ball. The company manufactures metal packaging for beverages, personal care and household products. Ball also provides aerospace and other technologies for commercial and government customers.
A sampling of open positions in Glendale, AZ include Industrial Electrician, Production Technician and Storekeeper. Most roles start over $20 per hour. Benefits are robust and begin on Day 1 of employment. For more information see the site.
Edd Schommer, Sr. HR Recruiter
Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to lead self-directed, healthy and meaningful lives. Individuals are diagnosed with one of the following: autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, cognitive/intellectual disability or are under the age of 6 and at risk of having a developmental disability.
DES is represented by 5 divisions; Aging & Adult Services, Benefits & Medical Eligibility, Child Support Services, Developmental Disabilities & Rehabilitation Services. Total compensation includes a full array of benefits, paid time off, retirement and wellness & employee assistance. Examples of current opportunities are Direct Support/Caregiver, Case Managers and Mental Health Specialist. Interested candidates can apply through the AZ State Job Board.
Career Connectors Academy
Career Connectors is proud to partner with Brighton College to form Career Connectors Academy. The Academy offers a wide variety of accredited online college programs, along with many professional development classes. The focus is on quality and affordability. There are a number of online certificate programs such as IT, Business Management, Paralegal, Medical Assistant, Legal Nurse Consultant, and Online Professional Development classes.
All programs are online, allowing students to study at their own pace. Career Connectors is offering IT certifications at no cost to qualified people.
Interested professionals must mention Career Connectors when talking to Brighton College Staff to receive a discounted tuition rate. Go here for more information.
Arizona Covid-19 Resources
Career Connectors has partnered with BestComapaniesAZ, Arizona@Work, Arizona Commerce Authority and PipelineAZ to provide resources for both job seekers and employers. Please visit this page for detailed resources including companies now hiring.
We all like free, so at no cost to you, complete the assessment to find your gifts and what kind of job will likely fit you through our no cost DISC assessment.
Thanks our Career Connectors volunteers, we can provide professional coaching in the following areas:
- LinkedIn review
- Resume review
- Career Coaching/Development
- Financial Coaching
- Mock Interviews
Complete a brief form on our website to request coaching.
Jessica Pierce, Founder & CEO, Career Connectors, closed the meeting by thanking the volunteers. You can find details on upcoming and past events, as well as additional resources at CareerConnectors.org.