As winter approaches, the staff of Employment Enterprises, Inc. wish you all a happy and healthy Holiday Season, and we invite you to participate in one of our company’s Corporate Initiatives, that of preserving our environment.
In lieu of Holiday cards and gifts this year, we have partnered with the Fairfax County Restoration Project’s “Reforest Fairfax” initiative and have contributed a gift that will last a lifetime: the gift of trees. A single $35 contribution towards the Reforest Fairfax Tree Gifting Program means that five native trees will be planted in Fairfax County.
We are proud to be associated with FCRP, especially during this Holiday season, and invite our clients and friends to visit their link for further details. When you give the gift of trees, you’re not just saying thank-you……. you’re helping to plant our future.
Please note that all Employment Enterprises, Inc. offices will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
Due to the holiday, in order to ensure that all employees are paid on time, all time sheets and manager approvals must be received by close of business on Friday, November 8. Thank you for assisting us in this process!
Larry Eckhardt 'The Flagman'
In the spirit of the holiday and to add our voice to those who honor our veterans, we want to share this heartwarming video:
On October 16, the Fairfax County Restoration Project (FCRP) held an event called 'Finding Common Ground', highlighting partner contributions, and sharing the unique ways FCRP is working across business, governmental and non-profit barriers to achieve our common goals.
Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, spoke about many of these important initiatives and concluded her remarks by saying, "These are wonderful examples of partnerships and collaboration among all sectors of our Fairfax county community, coming together to put the green back, take care of storm water, and make sure we are taking care of the environment in Fairfax County."
Dan Schwartz and Amy Gould.
The event was held at the Meadowlark Gardens Atrium in Vienna, Virginia. Leadership team member Amy Gould hosted the event, and together with Dan Schwartz, took an opportunity to highlight some of the partners who have helped FCRP to achieve their goals.
Employment Enterprises, Inc. has recently joined as a proud sponsoring member of FCRP, and we are looking forward to working together with these amazing organizations to help reforest and conserve our local environment.
On October 10, Lovey Hammel spoke at JobQuest 2013, an event organized by the George Mason University School of Management. A GMU alum herself, Lovey shared her tips for successful in person and online networking to an audience of exceptional students ready for the job search. Following Lovey's speech, students participated in a 'Meet the Employers' networking reception, which featured over 30 local corporate employers.
Dean Sarah Nutter introducing Lovey Hammel at JobQuest 2013.
While this event was specifically geared towards students preparing to enter the workforce, much of Lovey's networking advice could apply to any professional situation.
Lovey began her speech by telling a story about a pivotal networking experience early in her career. At the age of 18, Lovey had arrived at an important investor meeting in New York City; the rest of her team, however, didn't make it due to a snow storm. She called her boss from her hotel before the event and expressed her concerns about representing the company on her own, in a room full of more established business owners and investors. Her boss told her she was to follow his advice to the tee: she was to wipe off one shoulder of any doubts, and wipe off the other shoulder of any arrogance or preconceptions, and she was to button her jacket, lift her chin, and walk into the room like she belonged there. He told her that first imressions count and people judge you in the first 10-30 seconds, and how you handle yourself is much more important that what you say. He also stressed that making good eye contact is very important in a networking situation.
After sharing this story from her own networking experience, Lovey gave the students tips on how to introduce themselves, the importance of good eye contact and a firm handshake, and suggested that students have a business card to give to people who want to follow up with them.
Lovey speaking about telling your story in a networking situation.
It can be very helpful to go into a networking event with a goal. Lovey shared that she sometimes will have a goal to meet 10 new people, or to find and meet everyone in a particular industry at a networking event. The important thing is to have a goal related to your professional objectives (a new job, a mentor connection, etc) so that you know if you have achieved it by the end of the event.
Lovey also warned against the 'sins of networking' - primarily, having a cell phone or other device that could distract you or derail an otherwise good networking conversation. Turn your phone to vibrate or turn it off completely; you want to be memorable to people for what you say, not because your cell phone rang during a conversation!
Other sins of networking include drinking - which is too risky, expecially for job seekers - and flirting - which is inappropriate in a professional setting - be sure to avoid these!
The last of the networking sins, Lovey warned against attending a networking session with a buddy. While these events can seem intimidating and much easier to manage with a friend along, remember that you want to make an impression on people as an individual - and you can't do that with another person in tow. By all means arrive together, but be sure to go your separate ways once you enter the room so you can both make the most of the opportunity to make new contacts.
So now that you're ready to meet new people at a networking event, what do you talk about? Remember: less is more. Don't 'data dump' and share more information than the person could ever want to know; stick to the facts, tell quick stories that highlight the key points you want to make, and keep the conversation going in both directions. A conversation is like a tennis game, the ball never stays on one side of the court for too long, and if there is a silence, be sure to fill it by asking a question so the other person can respond. In fact, asking questions is going to get you what you really want in the end - a follow up meeting, a warm introduction, an interview - so do not leave a converstation without making the ask!
The student participants listening to Lovey's speech at JobQuest 2013.
After the networking event is over, the real work begins. Always send a thank you note, preferably hand-written - they never go out of style and make more of an impact than an e-mail thank you. You might also consider sending a gratitude gift to the contacts you make who are particularly important to you, as a way of showing appreciation for their time and support. A gratitude gift should be something small and inexpensive, but which shows some thought went into it.
Connect online with those you meet in person, on sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. This will give you one more way of staying visible to them and learning from them if they are thought leaders in your particular field. But before you do this, be sure to Google yourself and see what other people will see when they search for you - is it the online reputation you want to have? Will it support the professional details and accomplishments you have shared and want to focus on? One guarantee you can count on is that 100% of the people who want to go to the next step with you will Google you, so remove any posts, photos or links in your profiles which may have a negative impact on your online reputation.
The last big tip that Lovey shared is that it often takes 7 touches or interactions with a person for them to really remember you. Therefore it's not enough to meet someone at a networking event and send one follow up e-mail; you need to maintain that connection with interactions that build trust and a solid professional reputation with that person.
Lovey concluded her speech by telling the students they 'have so much to offer' and encouraging them to make the most of the networking experience they would have through the George Mason School of Management.
Here is a video of highlights from Lovey's speech:
We would like to extend our thanks to Dean Sarah Nutter, the GMU School of Management and the Career Services teams for their hard work organizing this great event!
Earlier this year, both of our subsidiaries - Checks and Balances, Inc. and Temporary Solutions, Inc. - successfully renewed their WBENC certification. We are very pleased to be able to share the news that the parent company of Employment Enterprises, Inc. is now also WBENC certified!
We are very proud of this designation, as WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an annual in-depth review of the business and site inspection.
Companies including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations, and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs. Over the past two years, our status as a WBENC certified company has been essential in helping us to gain exposure to new business opportunities, while helping our clients meet their supplier diversity initiatives.