HOTLINE: Friday, May 10

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by Lisa Fuller-Magee

azfamily.com

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 6:23 PM

Sun Screens
All sun screen matrials can be found at most Home Depots

Brillare Hairdressing Academy
Scottsdale Quarter
Phoenix -Ahwatukee
www.brillare.com

Banner Health
www.BannerHealth.com/SchoolClinics

Jelly Fish
can be seen at SEA LIFE Arizona
5000 S Arizona Mills Circle, Ste 145, Tempe, AZ 85282

SCOTTSDALE BEER FESTIVAL
The City of Scottsdale is holding its Beer Festival this Saturday. It's taking place at Westworld, from 6pm to 10pm.  There'll be a variety of beers to choose from, live music, and food trucks. Admission starts at $40 a person.  This price includes the beer tastings. Food is sold separeetly.  For complete details visit:  www.scottsdalebeerfestival.com.

NEON SPLASH DASH
There's a neon light party going on at the Salt River Fileds in Scottsdale.  Festivities start at 5:30pm with a three mile run/walk.  Afterwards, there'll be dancing with a DJ, live musical performances and other entertainment. The featured attraction will be a "Glow Zone" where folks can get sprayd with glow water.  U.V. black lights will illuminate everyone. More information can be found at:  www.neonsplashdash.com.

MOTHER'S DAY TEA
Sunday is mother's day. The Englis Rose Tea Room in Carefee is celebrating the day by offering mothers a six-course afternoon tea event. The Cost is $48 a person.  Mothers will also recieve some gifts and can enjoy live classical music from guitarist, John Calvert. Reservations can be made by calling 480-488-4812.

PANDA FASHION SHOW
People Acting Now Discover Answers(PANDA) is holding its 14th Annual "Children Helping Children" Luncheon. The event features a fashion show with children modeling the latest and coolest fashions.  It takes place at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.  Funds raised will benefit the Steele Children's Reserach Center in Tucson which focuses on treating and curing childhood diseases around the world. For times and ticket prices visit www.azpanda.org.


WATER SAFETY DAY
Phoenix's Fire Department is hosting  "Getting to the Pointe of Water Safety" . It takes place on Saturday,May 11th at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix. It'll be from 9am to11am.  There'll be a variety of booths to visit with water safety vendors, swim lessons, ambulance and fire trucks on display and lectures and activities regarding water safety. More information can be gotten by calling 602-262-6910

TIPS FOR an elevator  job pitch:
1. Clarify your job target. As Yogi Berra famously said, "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."
So when you begin putting an elevator pitch together, nail down the best way to describe your field and the type of job you're pursuing. Until you can clearly explain the type of position you want, nobody can help you find it or hire you to do it.
2. Put it on paper. Write down everything you'd want a prospective employer to know about your skills, accomplishments and work experiences that are relevant to your target position. Then grab a red pen and mercilessly delete everything that's not critical to your pitch.
Keep editing until you've got the speech down to a few key bullet points or sentences. Your goal is to interest the listener in learning more, not to tell your whole life story. So remove extraneous details that detract from your core message.
3. Format it. A good pitch should answer three questions: Who are you? What do you do? What are you looking for?
Here's an example of how to begin a pitch that includes the essentials: "Hi. I am Jessica Hill. I am an accountant with 10 years experience in the insurance industry and I'm looking for opportunities in the Dallas area with both insurance and finance companies."
That speech would take about 15 seconds. Jessica would then want to use her next 15 seconds to add details about her unique selling proposition, special skills and specific ways she could help a potential employer.
4. Tailor the pitch to them, not you. It's important to remember that the people listening to your speech will have their antennas tuned to WIFM (What's in It for Me?) So be sure to focus your message on their needs.
For example, this introduction: "I am a human resources professional with 10 years experience working for consumer products companies." The pitch would be more powerful if you said, "I am a human resources professional with a strong track record in helping to identify and recruit top-level talent into management."
Using benefit-focused terminology will help convince an interviewer that you have the experience, savvy and skills to get the job done at his or her business.
5. Eliminate industry jargon. You need to make your pitch easy for anyone to understand, so avoid using acronyms and tech-speak that the average person or job interviewer might not understand.
The last thing you want to do is make your listener feel stupid or uninformed.
6. Read your pitch out loud
Reading it aloud then tinkering with the words will help you sound more authentic.
7. Practice, practice, practice (then solicit feedback). Rehearse your pitch in front of a mirror or use the recording capabilities of your computer, so you can see and hear how you sound.
This might feel awkward at first, but the more you practice, the smoother your delivery will be.
Keep tweaking your pitch until it no longer sounds rehearsed. When your presentation is polished to your satisfaction, try it out on a few friends and ask them what they thought your key points were. If their response doesn't square with your objective, the speech still needs work.
8. Prepare a few variations. You might want to say things slightly differently to an interviewer than to a former colleague. Also, sometimes you'll just have 15 seconds for a pitch (kind of a short elevator ride), other times you may have a minute or two.
So focus on mastering a few key talking points then work up ways to customize your speech for particular situations.
9. Nail it with confidence. The best-worded elevator pitch in the world will fall flat unless it's conveyed well.
When you give the speech, look the person in the eye, smile and deliver your message with a confident, upbeat delivery.
Get your pitch right and you might soon find yourself riding an actual elevator at your new job.

 

 

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