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This article by Kathleen McGinn Spring was prepared for the August
7, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
For the Unemployed: Packaging Yourself
Sometimes reality is all in the presentation. "If
someone sees you’re over 50, you’re dealing with discrimination,"
around. Say `with me you’re getting maturity, seasoned judgment,
an understanding of the work world, wisdom.."
Lindenberger, a consultant and career coach based in Titusville, does
corporate consulting in the area of human resources and coaches
many of them recently downsized or changing careers. On Tuesday,
27, at 7 p.m., she speaks on "Invest in a Masterpiece..You: A
Workshop to Supercharge Your Career" at the Lawrence Center for
Mind-Body-Spirit at 1213 Lawrence Road. Also speaking is
Stoltz-Loike, principal of SeniorThinking. Cost: $50. Call
Lindenberger, who holds an MBA from Drexel, has been a senior human
resources consultant for Brown Forman, the parent company of Lenox,
and administrative director of the Newgrange School.
Among her downsized clients she is now seeing a change in attitude.
"There’s not a stigma about losing your job anymore," she
says. "People are not hiding anymore. They’re acting more positive
about making a change. They’re acting more quickly."
She encourages job seekers to figure out a marketing approach. In
her view, one of the most important elements of a self-marketing plan
is a succinct "elevator pitch." In addition to offer a
this pitch should include a specific objective, simply stated.
a frogman interested in talking with marina owners looking for someone
with both Navy and civilian experience" might be an example.
Most people want to help, says Lindenberger, and an introduction —
or elevator pitch — should offer an opening for them to do so.
If new acquaintances take the bait and show an interest, it is
to keep the conversation going, and in doing so, find out a little
bit about the other person and his needs. "People tend to say
something about themselves and then leave it," says Lindenberger.
"But if people sound interested, keep it going. Ask open-ended
questions. Get them involved. Find out their issues."
Elevator pitches tend to be reserved for networking occasions, whether
as formal as a Chamber of Commerce luncheon or as spontaneous as a
conversation at the community swimming pool or the vegetable aisle
of the supermarket. By contrast, job interviews tend to be more
It is there that the over-50 applicant, the obviously pregnant
and the applicant with a five-year hole on his resume should consider
offering pre-emptive information.
If any situation is apt to raise a red flag, don’t automatically
that there will be a discriminatory response, says Lindenberger, but
when the stock "tell me about yourself question" comes up,
be prepared to address the issue. A pregnant woman might volunteer
an enthusiasm for returning to work soon after her child’s birth and
might mention that her mother-in-law lives with her, her aunt is just
across the street, and both live for the chance to babysit.
The five-year resume hole might be put in a positive light with a
brief description of the enriching effects of an around-the-world
journey by hot air balloon and kayak.
Whatever the situation, says Lindenberger, get it out in front quickly
and then move on just as quickly. With a little practice, it is
to weave a picture that pulls others — including job interviewers
— into your own version of your career to date and your potential
to be a star contributor — gray hair, impending motherhood, and
spotty resume notwithstanding.
biked through Princeton on August 3 on his way to San Francisco. A
lifelong cycling enthusiast, Angelus is riding to raise money —
an estimated $250,000 — for International Orthodox Christian
(IOCC). He is accompanied by four other ultra-cyclists and a support
crew, including his wife, Lynn, and twin sons, Nicholas and Evan.
The "Race to Respond," which began in Keyport, is expected
to take 25 days and will promote the IOCC’s humanitarian efforts.
College is recruiting the second class of Fellows for the
Trenton program. The program is seeking civic leaders, men and women
who live or work in Trenton and who care about its future. Applicants
should display evidence of professional accomplishments with
of professional advancement, clear potential to exercise civic
on a city-wide or regional basis, and commitment to Trenton and
future in the region.
The program includes 10 monthly seminars and runs from January through
December. Leadership Trenton Fellows get exposed to issues critical
to the city and the region. They have an opportunity to conduct a
hands-on examination of those issues through visits, case studies,
and discussions with stakeholders in the region. The program
them to find ways to improve the social, economic, and cultural
of the Trenton area.
The participation fee for Leadership Trenton is $1,000, but financial
assistance is available.
The deadline is September 30. Call 609-777-4351 or visit
to apply or to nominate an individual who meets program’s criteria.
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