Pre-meeting chit-chat and wait time for late arrivals. Housekeeping and announcements – 10 minutes or so.
20 Second Commercials – everyone gives his / her pitch. I’ll enforce the time. Get to the point and don’t ramble. 15-20 minutes or so depending on # of participants.
Any specific questions or items to share?
I want to use the rest of the time to address each job seeker’s needs (ten to fifteen minutes per person on average). Apologies to the veterans, but I will devote this time to those who need it most. I’ll prioritize to new members and those with long-term job searches.
A general comment: I have noted that most people have not sufficiently done their individual assessment and cannot articulate their value proposition well. Also, many think they are networking effectively, but are not.
We work on “skills for life:” personal branding, presentation, self-marketing.
For those of you who have never been to a Princeton or Monmouth/Ocean meeting, we focus on one individual at a time and start by asking, “What’s going on?” and “How can we help you?”
We all learn from each other and this format gives our veterans a chance to help those who are in transition. You get input from everyone.
We drill down with feedback that is both constructive, well-intentioned, and tough. One of my veterans has described this as “the discussion you don’t want to have but need too.”
Be prepared; our questions can be direct. There is a proven method to our madness. I guarantee we will help guide you through a better and shorter job-search, and you will be more ready for interviews.
I figure we can address 4-5 people given our time constraints.