Register Now: Free Salary & Negotiation Webinar

A successful job search doesn't end with the offer: your salary - and whether you decide to negotiate it or not - can present an entirely different set of challenges. Thankfully, Riviera’s resident career development specialist Wendy Sacuzzo is hosting a free Salary & Negotiation webinar at noon this Tuesday, June 9th, to guide you through the process. Interested? Register here (password: tech2015).

Additionally, Riviera offers in-person career development workshops in partnership with Women Who Code. For more information, check out the “Job Club” events at the Women Who Code MeetUp page. Events are open to all genders, just be sure to register!

Contact Wendy Saccuzzo with questions at wendy@rivierapartners.com

Register Now: Free 'Personal Brand' Webinar to Enhance Your Online Presence

Do you wonder what potential employers can find out about you online? At noon on Tuesday, June 2nd, Riviera’s resident career development specialist Wendy Sacuzzo will answer all of your questions about online presence and discuss how to build your personal brand in a professional manner.  She'll cover Twitter, LinkedIn, Github, landing pages, portfolios, email addresses and signatures, how to be consistent, and what's important when it comes to your brand as a tech professional. Interested? Register here (password: tech2015).

Additionally, Riviera offers in-person career development workshops in partnership with Women Who Code. For more information, check out the “Job Club” events at the Women Who Code MeetUp page. Events are open to all genders, just be sure to register!

Contact Wendy Saccuzzo with questions at wendy@rivierapartners.com

Register Now: Free Cover Letter & Resume Webinar for Tech Professionals

At noon on Friday, May 29th, Riviera's resident career development specialist Wendy Sacuzzo will share ideas, formats, and resources to improve the content and impact of your resumes and cover letters. Both documents are often one of the most challenging parts of the job search process, but it's necessary to have brief, professional and effective ones in your job search portfolio.  Like to learn more? Register here (password: tech2015).

Additionally, Riviera offers in-person career development workshops in partnership with Women Who Code. For more information, check out the “Job Club” events at the Women Who Code MeetUp page. Events are open to all genders, just be sure to register!

Contact Wendy Saccuzzo with questions at wendy@rivierapartners.com

Register Now: Free Job Search & Social Media Webinar To Advance Your Career

Riviera’s resident career development specialist Wendy Sacuzzo is hosting a free Job Search & Social Media webinar this upcoming Wednesday, May 27th at noon. The workshop will include advice on how to tell your career story, how to effectively work with a recruiter, and how to best communicate your skills and experience. Wendy will also dive into social media, offering tips on how to use LinkedIn, Twitter and Glassdoor for networking, job search, and interview preparation. Interested? Register now (password: tech2015).

This event will cover:

Additionally, Riviera offers in-person career development workshops in partnership with Women Who Code. For more information, check out the “Job Club” events at the Women Who Code MeetUp page. Events are open to all genders, just be sure to register!

Contact Wendy Saccuzzo with questions at wendy@rivierapartners.com

Job Club: Resources for All Your Career Needs

Job hunting is a lot easier when you know all the tricks of the trade, and that’s what you’ll learn from the Job Club MeetUp series. The series is hosted by Wendy Saccuzzo, a Career Development Specialist and Community Manager at Riviera, who offers insight into trends in the job search space. The goal of Job Club is for job seekers to gather information and resources about specific topics related to job search. Wendy spends 25 minutes on a specific job search related topic, offers resources for the job seekers, and handles Q&A with attendees on any questions or concerns they have about their job search or career development.

Online Webinars

Organizing Your Job Search on Monday  |  April 27th at 12:30pm

 

Personal Brand on Wednesday   |  April 29 at 12:30pm

 

Cover Letters and Resumes on Wednesday  |  May 6 at 12:30pm

 

Interviews  |  May 20 at 12:30pm

 

Job Search, Social Media & Building Your Personal Brand  |  May 27 at noon-1:30pm

 

In-Person Seminars

Job Search, Social Media & Building Your Personal Brand  |  May 7 at 4-6pm

 

Salary and Negotiation  |  May 14 at noon-1pm

 

The Etiquette of Leaving Your Job

Very few of us get in on the ground floor of our dream job at our dream company and stay there forever. The vast majority of people will leave at least one job in their lifetimes, and as with most things, there’s proper etiquette for doing so. For one, take care not to burn bridges.  Here are some more do's and don’ts to help you navigate the waters of transitioning jobs.

Do secure another job before leaving your current one--you are more marketable when employed. More importantly, don’t leave your old job until you have a firm commitment (and ideally a start date) with your new employer. The last thing you want is to give up a solid position for a wishy-washy offer that ends up falling through.

Also, this one may seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating: do give two weeks’ notice to your former employer if at all possible.  Most employers today will not require you to stay (depending on your line of work), but it reflects positively on you if you uphold your commitments.

Do treat your supervisor and coworkers with respect when leaving the role, no  matter the circumstances; you never know when you might need a reference or when and where your paths may cross in the future. On that same tip, don’t talk negatively about your employer in interviews or with a new employer.  Word travels and even in a new role, you’re still likely in a probationary period if you’ve just started. Plus, wouldn’t you rather put positive energy into the universe?

Do update your  social  media profiles with your new role and company information, but don’t forget to verify with your new employer what verbiage they prefer and what the timeline should be for that announcement. And don’t forget to connect with former supervisors and colleagues on LinkedIn so they are in your network.

Finally--and this is an important one--don’t neglect taking a few days to recharge your batteries and reflect on your goals for this next step in your career.  Start the new role with your best self, ready to go.

Wendy Saccuzzo is a Career Development Specialist and Community Manager, and helps build engineering teams.  If you have questions for Wendy, email her at wendy@rivierapartners.com

All You Need to Know About Twitter for Job Search

When you think of social media for your job search, LinkedIn is probably the first thing to come to mind. But it’s worth taking advantage of other networks as well. One of those is Twitter. It’s a tool all job seekers should be using as part of their job search strategy. Sharing thoughts and content on Twitter can help to establish you as an expert in your field; you can tweet original content in 140 characters or less per tweet, or retweet articles and ideas of others in your area of interest to grow your following in your area of expertise. Additionally, fine tuning your news feed gives you the “inside scoop” in real time.

One tip is to follow companies you want to work for to find out about events they will be present at, what roles they are hiring for, and whatever else they are tweeting about to expand your knowledge and insight into what you could offer if you were to work there. Be sure to demonstrate in interviews how you can contribute based on knowledge you’ve gained from following them. Lists are another key tool into keeping your search and feed curated to your area of interest.

For more information, join Wendy Saccuzzo for a free webinar on Friday, February 27 at noon on Social Media & Job Search. The webinar will show you how to maximize your time by creating a top notch LinkedIn profile, as well as offer tips on how to use Twitter for networking, job search, and interview preparation. (RSVP required; password: tech2015) Wendy is a Career Development Specialist and Community Manager at Riviera who offers insight into trends in the job search space. For more information, email wendy@rivierapartners.com.

Job Club: All the tools you need to fine tune your job search

Job hunting is a lot easier when you know all the tricks of the trade, and that's what you'll learn from the Job Club MeetUp series. The series is hosted by Wendy Saccuzzo, a Career Development Specialist and Community Manager at Riviera, who offers insight into trends in the job search space. The goal of Job Club is for job seekers to gather and network about a specific topic related to job search. Wendy spends 15-20 minutes on a specific job search related topic, offers resources for the job seekers, and leads a discussion with attendees on any questions or concerns they have about their job search or career development.  It’s a great forum to practice introducing yourself and telling your story, while meeting others who are also immersed on job search.

Job Club:  Telling Your Story on Thursday, February 26th at noon

Job Club:  Job Search Strategy on Tuesday, March 3rd at 4pm

Job Club:  Twitter on Thursday, March 12 at noon

Job Club:  Interviews on Thursday, March 19th at 4pm

Job Club:  Networking on Thursday, March 26th at noon

Job Club:  Salary & Negotiation on Tuesday, March 31st at 4pm

Register Now: Free Job Search Webinar to Help Advance Your Career

There’s no time like the present (aka the New Year) to focus on advancing your career. Riviera’s resident career development specialist Wendy Sacuzzo is hosting a free career development and job search webinar this upcoming Wednesday, January 21st at noon. The workshop will include advice on how to tell your career story, how to effectively work with a recruiter, and how to best communicate your skills and experience. Wendy will also dive into social media, offering tips on how to use LinkedIn, Twitter and Glassdoor for networking, job search, and interview preparation. Interested? Register now (password: tech2015).

This event will cover:

Additionally, Riviera offers in-person career development workshops in partnership with Women Who Code. For more information, check out the “Job Club” events at the Women Who Code MeetUp page. Events are open to all genders, just be sure to register!

Contact Wendy Saccuzzo with questions at wendy@rivierapartners.com

Make Your Resume Stand Out with the KISS Principle

There’s a reason people swear by the KISS design principle: it works. Sure, there are times when being wordy and overly descriptive is valued--say, in a research paper--but when it comes to resumes, keeping it short and simple is indeed the best approach. Here are some tips that can help your resume avoid the brush off.

Be descriptive but concise

A few key sections will clearly and simply describe your competitive edge, including industries you are familiar with and your key areas of expertise. The most important sections to include on your resume are Qualifications Summary, Education, Skills, and Experience.  In this day and age of 140 characters or less, a few key bullet points using action verbs to describe the work you did and want to continue to do in the future will delineate you most important contributions to your career roles. If you are transitioning into a new career, be sure to identify your transferrable skills from past experience.

Use professional contact info

Be sure to use a personal email with a professional feel rather than your work email.  The firstnamelastname@email.com format is always a go-to.  Check in with your cell phone voicemail account to ensure that whatever phone number you list on your resume has a professional outgoing message that is easy to hear, and is currently accepting voicemail messages.

Show by example

Always include examples of your work whenever possible; for example, if you’ve got an app in the App Store and have sold several thousand copies, that’s a great statistic to demonstrate your traction.  Alternatively, be active on Github and include a link on your resume, or maintain a blog on LinkedIn to build credibility in your area of technical expertise.  By backing up your experience with viewable samples rather than just saying that you have a skill, you’re going the extra mile.

Don’t over design

Don’t use multiple colors for your text or section headings. These can be hard to pick up when a resume is scanned into an Applicant Tracking System, or they may not show up when you resume is printed.

Get a second opinion

When you think you’ve narrowed in on a final draft, ask a trusted friend or colleague to proofread your resume. Or go to the next level and get assistance from a skilled career counselor who can help you strategize the best way to identify your skills and how to verbalize them during the job search process. Either way, making sure your job search documents are properly proofed will ensure you’re making a great first impression.

Wendy Saccuzzo is Career Development Specialist at Riviera Partners and Director of Career Development at Women Who Code.  Follow Wendy on Twitter @aboutworkstuff