December Job Fairs:

December 2, 2014 (Tues) National Career Fairs
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hilton Baltimore - BWI
1739 West Nursery Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 20190
For more information:
Open - General/Professional
December 4, 2014 (Thurs) National Career Fairs
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. DoubleTree Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
For more information:
Open - General/Professional _____________________________________________________________________________________________
December 4, 2014 (Thurs) Security Clearance Expo
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Westin Baltimore - BWI
1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 20190
For more information:

Open - Professional - Security Clearance required


Most people say the holiday season is not a good time to look for work. One author explains why it is actually ideal!

Use The Holiday Season To Find A Job!

Most job seekers think November and December are lousy months to look for work. People are distracted by festivities and family. When potential hiring managers are at their desks, they’re overwhelmed by year-end deadline pressure. Plus, those who have been job hunting for a long time feel like the holidays present an opportunity to take a break.
But Catherine Jewell, an Austin, Texas, career coach and author of the book New Résumé, New Career, says job-hunters who keep at it are actually more likely to find a job over the holidays. Among the reasons: There’s less competition, the season puts people in a receptive mood, and all those parties and family gatherings overflow with networking opportunities.
“People forget what great resources they have in their current networks,” observes Jewell, who worked in advertising and marketing for 15 years before she became a career coach. Family and friends want to help you, and even if you feel like you already stay in touch regularly, seeing them face-to-face when everyone is in the holiday spirit offers the perfect opportunity for reminding them of exactly what you’re looking for. Be as specific as you can during your conversations, Jewell advises. “Tell them the title you’re looking for, the kind of company,” she says. “You’re asking for information.” If you’re lucky, your cousin knows someone at the firm where you’d love to work, and can provide a lead.
If you’re employed and thinking about changing jobs, or if your objective is to make a career switch, holiday gatherings also offer a chance to ask people about their own work. Be inquisitive. “You’re not pushing your agenda,” says Jewell. “You’re a sponge for data.”
It can be helpful to ask a fellow partygoer what’s going on inside her company. Example: at a luncheon, Jewell met a woman who works for a state agency. Jewell inquired about what was new in the training realm, and the woman said her division was focusing on leadership. Since Jewell does leadership training herself, she realized she’d found a great lead, and she arranged to follow up with a phone call the next week. The connection resulted in a contract for Jewell to provide 28 days of leadership training for the state agency.
In addition to parties thrown by family and friends, there are always plenty of festivities hosted by professional associations. If you can cadge an invite to the office party of the company where you want to work, you might get an inside scoop.
“The bottom line is that the best job leads come from other professionals,” Jewell points out. “They are your entry point to the secret job market, which is only available through contact with people.”
Most job-seekers think that it’s fruitless to call a hiring manager on Dec. 22. But Jewell says that’s wrong. “Many managers have a decreased work schedule during the holidays,” she points out. If they’re not away, they’re more likely to engage with you when you call.

Jewell has some more holiday job-seeking advice that may seem a tad Pollyannaish to the cynical among us. “The holiday time is a great time to count your blessings,” she says. “You may be unemployed, but you still have a home to live in and a family that loves you.” She points out that hiring managers are more receptive to job-seekers who express confidence and an optimistic frame of mind. If you can use the holidays to renew your appreciation of all that is good in your life, that can help you pursue your search with an attitude that’s most likely to get results.


Ever wonder what advice senior executives would give if you could ask them?

Here, 14 Famous CEOs & Executives Share Their

Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market
“One piece of advice is from my mom: ‘Have the courage to go and do what you believe.’ Most people can see things, but they don’t have the courage to go do it and try something."

Wayne Pacelle, CEO and president of The Humane Society of the United States
 “One of my former board members said, ‘Don’t try to do everything because that’s an impossible task, and no one will notice anything that you do because you’re spread too thin.’ So he said to concentrate on a few big things, make an impact and people will notice that impact.”

Keith Wandell, president and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc.
“Just stay true to your values and your principles.” 

Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, co-CEOs of C-SPAN
Kennedy: “One thing I’ve learned from [C-SPAN Founder] Brian Lamb is always to consider your audience and who you’re talking to, and to respect your audience whether it’s a large group, a one-on-one meeting or a small group meeting, you’re conducting. Listen more; talk less; try to understand things from their perspective; don’t waste their time.”

Swain: “The best advice is always be a good listener.”

Diana Tremblay, General Motors vice president of global business services
“Don’t think because you’re a leader that you have all the answers. You should make sure you’re spending as much time listening, if not more, than talking. And make sure that you’re not afraid to ask for help if there are things you don’t know – I can guarantee there are things you don’t know. It’s OK to reach out and ask for help, and allow those people that have that expertise to contribute. You don’t have to know it all because you’re the leader.”

John Gainor, CEO and president of International Dairy Queen, Inc.
“I think it’s very important that you don’t want work to be work. It has to be something that you can enjoy. And if you find that, you can build a great career and enjoy what you’re doing. But I think the other thing is equally as important, and that is you need to treat every employee no different than how you want to be treated. Every person in an organization or in a store, their job is critical.”

Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International
“Try to stay in one place. ... That’s not really very realistic in today’s day and age, but there are so many advantages if you can have a long and fulfilling career at one place. The relationships that you have with the people are very, very special. Your knowledge of the business, the industry, the different departments, what’s going on in the company, the lingo – it’s just, I find it very fulfilling.”

Kim Jeffery, past president and CEO of Nestle Waters North America
“It came from my father actually: ‘Decide what you really like to do and build on it. Find something that you have a passion for.’ I’ve heard people say, ‘I want to make a lot of money. I want to get rich.’ But the way to get rich is not to think about what can I do to get rich. It’s to find a passion, and if you find a passion and you really do well at it, chances are you’re going to do just fine in your career.”

Kirk Kinsell, president of the Holiday Inn Hotels in the Americas
“Don’t take yourself seriously because no one else will. That points back to my leadership style. I oftentimes tell people my favorite subject is me, and their first reaction is, ‘That’s very egotistic,’ and ‘Of course, you’re a male, so you must be.’ And then I explain it to them and say, ‘No, the reason why it’s my favorite subject is because I invest in myself and understand who I am because I strongly believe I can’t lead. I can’t work on others unless I know myself.’”

Helena Foulkes, CVS Caremark executive vice president and chief health care strategy and marketing officer
“Be focused, yet flexible. It’s really important from a career perspective to have a plan, to know what you want, to understand what you’re good at – and that’s all the focus part. I think it’s also equally important to be flexible because sometimes opportunities come along that are not planned for, or that make you nervous or that make you uncomfortable, and those can often be the most interesting decisions that a person makes.”

Jack Calhoun, global president of Banana Republic
“Know yourself. Know yourself very well. Be very honest with what you’re good at and your strengths and limitations. We all have them. And then I always say ‘do what you love,’ which comes from our founder of Gap Inc. Don Fisher, and I kind of augment that with also ‘do what you’re good at.’ You might love something, but you’ve got to make sure you’re also good at doing that.”

Stephen Steinour, CEO, president and chairman of Huntington Bancshares Inc.
“Turn the lights on and off. Get up early, work hard, work late and volunteer. Learn as much as you can about the organization, and demonstrate a commitment, which will provide career options and opportunities.”

Ron Shaich, founder and CEO of Panera Bread
“You know, I’ve worked for myself almost my entire life and I’ve never focused on my career. I’ve focused on making a difference. You’re going to laugh, but I’ve never thought about career advice – I’ve thought about how to have a career that fulfills my dreams.”

Source: US News & World Report By Stephanie Steinberg


November Job Fairs:

November 6, 2014 (Thurs) Choice Career Fairs
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday Inn Rosslyn
1900 N Fort Myer Dr
Arlington, VA 22209
For more information:
November 13, 2014 (Thurs) Tech Expo
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. BWI Marriott
1743 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, MD 21090
For more information:
Open-Professional Security Clearance Required
November 13, 2014 (Thurs) Choice Career Fairs
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport
1739 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, MD 21090
For more information:
November 18, 2014 (Tue) Patuxent River Job Fair
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bay District Vol Fire Dept Social Hall
46900 S. Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
For more information:
Open- General/Military Focused
November 19, 2014 (Wed) Fort Meade Veterans Job Fair
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free Résumé Review & Preparation Service - Visit the Résumé Doctor
Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road
Fort George G. Meade, MD
For more information:
or email Jerome.duncan@maryland.gov
Please arrive early and dress for success
November 19, 2014 (Wed) United Career Fairs
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheraton Columbia Town Center
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 20140
For more information:
Open-Mil/Vet/General, Those without required ID muster enter Ft. Meade via MD Rte. 175 at Reece Gate only - Must possess photo ID or Driver’s License, vehicle registration & proof of vehicle insurance. All vehicles will be inspected. Resume reviews and resume assistance will be available throughout.
November 20, 2014 (Thurs) LAT Career
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Embassy Suites - BWI
1300 Concourse Drive
Linthicum Heights, MD 20190
For more information:

Open - Bilingual Latino/Diversity