Hello it's Jennifer Riddo. I'm a little late but Happy One Year Anniversary to The Next Step.It is my honor to be an intern with Lisa this summer and watch her small business grow to great success with her. I have learned so much so far and how to brand myself at just 17. Imagine what you could learn from her as a client?
Last Thursday, Lisa went back to Staten Island Technical High School. This time she paired up with Bob Wolf, founder of HOPE. Lisa and Bob had never worked together before but but you would have never known it.I have experienced a lesson from both Bob and Lisa alone before but when they worked together, I felt it was more powerful to hear from both of them at once. They worked well together to share their skills on how to succeed in the workforce with the students.
One student at Staten Island Technical High School, Emma Shen,was very insightful and asked a very powerful question. She asked Bob and Lisa what is was like to work side by side interacting with her peers as entrepreneurs and teachers. This question was very powerful and resonated in the room. She also spoke about how both of them are very inspiring individuals.
Lisa and Bob both spoke about how interviews are everywhere. When you are meeting someone new on the elevator or at the beach this summer it can be an interview because you are introducing yourself to someone new who hasn't heard about you or your stories before. Lisa spoke about learning to incorporate your elevator pitch as you meet these individuals to show who you are on a professional level.
Both Lisa and Bob are public speakers and related public speaking and interviews to everyday life. It is not just when your going to sit down with a hiring manager for a job that you need to share your stories. As well, it is not just when you have to do a presentation in class or a speech that you need to use your voice to be powerful and speak.
As a young adult, I used to assume that I only have to use my elevator pitch when I am heading to an interview with a hiring manager. Through lessons from both Bob and Lisa, I now realize that interviews are everywhere and I need to learn how to sell myself and quit being so nervous. I have no reason to be nervous - or I can learn, when I am nervous, to channel that energy into positive energy as Lisa taught me to do.
As Lisa said," Everyone is competing for these jobs now not just people at a young age, you need to get out there and make sure they know who you are." It is very important at a young age to learn how to sell yourself so you are well known and can get your dream job in the future. Lisa also spoke about how sometimes you face downs in life but shake it off like Taylor Swift and learn from it. As a teenager, every small failure can feel like the end of the world but Lisa reminded us that it's not, it's just an experience to learn from.
It was great to watch two experts work together to show young adults how to become successful in their future and the workforce. If you are a young adult I recommend checking out both of their websites to learn from Lisa and Bob.
I also suggest reading Lisa's blogs with free advice and following her on Twitter and Instagram @thenext_step123.
You can also find me on Twitter @nextstepintern to learn more about what great things Lisa has to offer. I might see you, also, as I will be hanging flyers at local libraries, college campuses and parks to inform local Staten Islanders about Lisa's small business and what she has to offer.
I am proud to showcase my intern Jennifer Riddo’s take on my training that I presented on July 12th at Staten Island Technical High School. Not only did she take photos and some video for social media but she also drafted up this blog post for me.
I particularly like how she wrote about the experiences of learning with me as my intern – I have shared already the prep work I did as a career readiness expert for the interns (read about it here). Thanks for learning with me, too!
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Guest post on career readiness training by Jennifer riddo
Hello my name is Jennifer Riddo. If you don't know anything about me one thing is I love to write. I am honored to be an intern with the Next Step this summer. I am learning so much so far and can't wait to learn more through this program to help me take my next step in applying for college and starting my career.
I am elated to be a guest blogger and have this opportunity. Lisa's projects are very engaging. I even read the The Prof's Guide to Enterpreneur-ING. (Order your copy of the book here.)
It was a great read and one of my favorite quotes from Lisa in this book was, " You do not need to be your own company to be a boss. You just need to identify how to rock out on your career as if you are CEO of yourself."
I found this quote to be very inspiring since I tend to look at people who are my bosses as being in charge of me. It helped me learn how to run my future because I got the power to take charge of myself.
This past Tuesday I went along with Lisa and the other intern, Jalynn, to attend The Next Step's Career Readiness training event at Staten Island Technical High School. Lisa discussed college and career readiness tips to help students take their next step to success. You can learn more about her work on this here --> College and Career Readiness Training and Workshops.
During her interactive presentation, Lisa provided great advice that resonated to me even as her intern taking pictures. Lisa described the importance of building your brand. I am sure when you hear brand, you think Michael Kors or Coca Cola. At least, that is what I always thought of when I heard the word "brand".
We are all our own person and our brand is who we are as a person. The brand of me is made up of my skills and talents and what I can bring to any job anywhere. No two people are alike that's why it is important for you to build and sell yourself as your own brand.
Lisa even said," LinkedIn is more powerful than a paper resume." I found this to be eye opening. As a 17 year old who never heard of the site it opened up my eyes to join in to help create and promote my brand. Since technology is advancing in the world, it is easier for a future employer to find you on the web.
I learned from Lisa's talk that sometimes people write too much on their resume and that hiring managers do not want to read paragraphs; however, LinkedIn can allow for more "space" since it is not a paper based tool.
Lisa also spoke about the importance of knowing your passion and having a back up plan for your career. Since the job field is very competitive having a back up plan after college is a must. It's best to find your passion and figure out how to connect it to a career field of interest. If you love waking up every morning to go to work it's not a job. If you think about it for a second, you are getting paid to do what you love. I thought this was really powerful and I am glad I got to hear it while I am still in high school!
Of course, she spent some time talking about the importance of interviews. I look at an interview as the most important part of the job. If you blow the interview your chance of receiving the job is very slim. Lisa considers your resume the script on the interview. This means that your resume is basically a piece of paper that holds all of your stories.
She spent a lot of time talking about the importance of "stories" and how it is your stories that make you who you are and present your brand and your "professional self" to the interviewers. Don't be afraid to tell your stories.
Lisa also spoke about the importance of being proactive. When applying for an internship it is a good idea to have a list of skills you would like to learn. From that list of skills, show your future employer. It is important to work with them to learn those skills through your internship.
Lisa is the type of person that makes you feel comfortable from the start. When you meet her, you can tell she is really willing to help you. She is the safest person to network with and she is a great resource for help as she told the students we met with at Tech.
As someone reading Lisa's blog, I advise you to use her resources to the best of your ability. As well, feel free to follow me on Twitter @nextstepintern, where I promote and share more about the Next Step. You can also follow Lisa on Twitter and Instagram to learn more from her. This internship is a great experience and writing about it as an aspiring journalist has been an amazing way for me to execute on learning and practicing great skills for my next step. I hope to have the chance to share my experience with you again soon.
photos credit my interns Jennifer & jalynn -stay tuned for jalynn's post about the training
Lisa Vento Nielsen