April 2011

Report on the Government Job Workshop, State positions-March 28, 2011

Julia Acuna, SPN's own Subject Matter Expert on government jobs, invited Marc Blain to present an overview of the state's hiring process, website links, registration guides, exam processes and miscellaneous resources.


The workshop helped to solidify my knowledge of the process, which I was beginning to lose faith in, wondering if I was correctly submitting my application packages.

The keys tips gleaned were:

Dining for Success, Part 4: 15 Tips for a Successful Business Meal

 Part 4 of 4, by Bill Rohlfing

Your table manners represent you: a polished, poised, and sophisticated executive. Parts 2 through 4 provide 15 tips to avoid the most common dining etiquette mistakes.

10. A cough or sneeze should be directed into your left shoulder and shielded by your left hand. This gesture keeps your right hand germ-free for a goodbye handshake at the end of the meal. (Yes, people notice where your right hand has been when anticipating a handshake!)

Dining for Success, Part 3: 15 Tips for a Successful Business Meal

 Part 3 of 4, by Bill Rohlfing

Your table manners represent you: a polished, poised, and sophisticated executive. Parts 2 through 4 provide 15 tips to avoid the most common dining etiquette mistakes.

4. If you need to remove a foreign object from your mouth, cover your mouth with your right hand and remove the object with the index finger and thumb of your left hand. If you feel too uncomfortable, excuse yourself from the table and remove the obstruction in the privacy of the restroom, away from the table.

Dining for Success, Part 2: 15 Tips for a Successful Business Meal

 Part 2 of 4, by Bill Rohlfing

Your table manners represent you: a polished, poised, and sophisticated executive. Parts 2 through 4 provide 15 tips to avoid the most common dining etiquette mistakes.

Dining for Success, Part 1: 15 Tips for a Successful Business Meal

Part 1 of 4, by Bill Rohlfing
 
There is nothing more uncomfortable than sitting across the table from your boss and noticing the tomato soup streaming from his mouth and the breadcrumbs stuck to his chin. Or perhaps you are trying to impress an important client and realize that you are not sure which bread plate belongs to you.
 
Years ago, as a novice fundraiser, I sat between two VIPs from separate Fortune 500 corporations. One was drinking my water while the other was eating from my bread plate.

Success Story: Alan Drew Hired!

Practice makes perfect. Ask SacProNet member Alan Drew, who was recently hired as store manager at Goodwill Industries in Sacramento. Alan took advantage of SacProNet's mock interview service to hone his skills for one of four interviews he had for the Goodwill position. Both the mock interview and SacProNet's resume review service gave Alan the confidence he needed to impress his future employers at the critical final interview. Alan would be the first to say "practice makes perfect" in landing that perfect job - and where better to practice than SacProNet!