Women in Transition Affinity Group of HBA - Greater Philadelphia Chapter sponsored a first-class program on September 29th at the Penn State Great Valley campus entitled “Job Search Tips from the Hiring Managers’ Perspective.”
September 29, 2009 – The first educational event sponsored by the Women in Transition Affinity Group was a great success
A Stimulating Inaugural Program
The Women in Transition (WIT) Affinity Group of HBA - Greater Philadelphia Chapter sponsored a first-class program on September 29th at the Penn State Great Valley campus entitled “Job Search Tips from the Hiring Managers’ Perspective.”
Adam Berman, Human Capital Resources Group at Kreischer Miller and Alex Freund, Founder of Landing Expert Career Coaching drew upon their wealth of coaching, interviewing, and recruiting experience to provide tips on how to read the interview environment and improve interview skills to present oneself with confidence.
The event began with an open networking reception, where attendees mingled with fellow HBA members. Following this, Adam Berman provided insights on working with recruiters and his perspective on current employment challenges. Adam addressed the types of recruiters (contingency and retained) and offered advice on managing the relationship. All recruiters work for the client company not the job seeker, very few people actually get placed by a recruiter; however, dialogue should not be completely closed since maintaining contact may provide valuable information, introductions or help in the future. Adam discussed the job market, the fierce competition and the ever increasing bar which must be met to win an interview. He provided insights on new selection methods some companies are employing, such as personality testing or meeting with organizational psychologists to determine an applicant’s fit with the culture. He concluded, “you need personal resiliency, persistence and patience” to be successful in today’s job market.
Next, Alex Freund, a dynamic career coach, focused on interview skills and the hiring manager’s decision making process. Key takeaways include:
-- Think of the resume as an advertisement – a tool to entice the manager to learn more, not a list of duties
-- The hiring manager remembers how the applicant made them feel - “words are soon forgotten”
-- Appearance, body language and demeanor are critical to making a first impression – be memorable
-- For the hiring manager it is all about their needs - focus on solving their problems and addressing what they need done
-- “Fit” is the softest yet most significant criterion for the hiring manager – the measure for which you have least control
-- Commitment also influences the decision – do your research before arriving
-- “Be Confident, Be Succinct, Be Clear”
Alex then discussed what is being tested (e.g. self awareness, honesty, commitment) via the interviewer’s questions. The most fun was had when volunteers were called upon to tackle the most common behavioral questions in mock-interview style. A lively and informative Question and Answer session ensued.
The event was attended by women at all stages in their careers from the HBA-GP Chapter. Based upon the overwhelming popularity and success of this event, the WIT Affinity Group looks forward to providing future programs on a quarterly basis.
About the Women in Transition Affinity Group
The HBA-GP Chapter was the first to establish a Women in Transition (WIT) Affinity Group. The group was founded in response to the uncertain economic environment to meet a growing need of the membership.
The mission is to assist HBA members during career transition by providing resources, education, and a venue for targeted networking. The group offers an intimate setting that promotes discussion and a mechanism for women to share concerns and valuable insights. Moreover, a Job Search Work Team (JSWT) was formed to lend career transition support.
All HBA members, regardless of chapter affiliation, may join the WIT Affinity Group. The group is comprised of women who are (1) currently in transition, (2) employed and actively or passively seeking new employment, and (3) happy in their current position and want to be a resource to fellow members.
Educational programming focuses on topics related to transition and career development with broad appeal to women at all stages in their careers. Event attendance is limited, thereby creating an interactive environment and excellent opportunity for participants to engage.
To learn more about the group or future events, please reach out to WIT Affinity Group Chairs, Cindy Murray and Susan Lang at HBAWomenInTransition@yahoo.com.
Please look for our next event in January 2010.