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Success Story: Timing Is Everything

 
SPN member Pat McConahay is now the Deputy Press Secretary for State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Ms. McConahay is elated and says, "I started on April 15th after a long, tough search. I'm enjoying my new job immensely. It's a perfect fit! While the waiting was excruciating at times, the right job came along at the right time. I owe so much to SPN--the friends, supporters, and of course all of the things I learned."  

 Lee McDaniel is a blog team member for SPN.



CSUS Spring Government Mixer

I attended the third annual CSUS Spring Government Mixer on May 3. This was a useful networking event to attend, like all of the events that the California State University Sacramento Career Center puts on.

The mixer included a panel discussion, table discussions related to government hiring and individual networking with government and non-profit agencies at tables. 15 organizations attended, of which two were non-profits, six were federal agencies and seven were state agencies.

Success Story: SPN Past President Thriving at New Job

Robert E., past president of Sacramento Professional Network (SPN), reports great satisfaction several months into his new job. Hired in 2010 as partner and senior consultant at The MarkeTech Group, Robert has high praise for SPN. 
 
“SPN provides great guidance and instruction on job search tools (resume, interviewing, negotiating, etc.).

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!

Resumes and Job Fairs: How to Best Use Free Resume Review Services At a Job Fair

How To Best Use Free Resume Review Sources At A Job Fair

A resume is one of the most important tools you use to get a better job.  It is also one of the most difficult tools to use effectively, because no one edits their own work perfectly. A resume is a reflection of one's job history and identity, so many people are reluctant to show it to others.

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