Monday, September 14, 2009

Tales form Entrepreneurial Trenches

Summer time is over, alas, and with busy autumn coming a lot of interesting events are being scheduled - here is one of them, a great event for entrepreneurs and those who are just thinking to start a business:

“Tales From the Entrepreneurial Trenches”

In this panel discussion, hear first hand from several entrepreneurs on how they successfully started and grew their businesses. Learn how they did it and come away with some new insights into running a business.

The discussion will include the following topics
• The “Aha” moment when business idea was formed
• Raising capital to fund the growth of the business
• Landing the first client and growing sales thereafter
• Hiring the right staff
• Fine tuning products and services
• How business has evolved from beginning to today

After the discussion, guests will be able to participate in a Q&A session with the panelists. Open networking will take place before and after the panel discussion so you can interact with other entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneur Panel
• Rick Mazursky, The Executives Profit –
• Kim Shambrook - Bespoke Cuisine –
• Julia Stamberger, GoPicnic –
• Patrick Stakenas, ForceLogix –

Moderator: Jason Jacobsohn, The Executives Profit

Date: October 8, 2009
Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Location: 120 N. LaSalle Street, 11th Floor Conference Room, Chicago
Cost: $20 (includes continental breakfast)
Sponsors: The Executives Profit and American Chartered Bank

For more information and to register, go to or contact Andrea at 847-317-9296 or

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Some tips - from recruiter's side of the fence

Recently I had to move to “the other side of the fence” – I had to become a recruiter for a couple months. The project I am working on now needed an assistant and I was given a task to hire one. I always informed people in my book and in my blog about everything useful that I know from the point of view of the job seeker and now having tried the opposite role I felt I had to share what I’ve learnt in the process.So here are some tips:
1. Never start your e-mail to a recruiter with “Hi!” If you don’t know the name just say “Dear Sir/Madam”. You’d think everybody knows this but I got a ton of applications starting from “Hi” and the worst part - my FULL NAME was on the job post. People, show some respect! Honestly, I only looked briefly at the resumes of people who wrote to me in that manner I never considered them seriously for the position.
2.Even if the job post does not ask for a cover letter always submit one. It gives you an opportunity to draw the recruiter’s attention to specific aspects of your experience. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to figure out from just the resume why a person thinks he/she is qualified for the job. At the end of the day, I figured out, all qualified resumes look the same (there are standards and templates and more or less the same work experience) but it’s the cover letter that made the difference for me. It opens up the real person behind the resume template

3. Do not standardize your resume: create a resume for each position you apply for. If I am looking for someone with certain computer skills don’t devote just 1 line to this experience and 5 lines to your leadership experience in Church Camp ABC. And sure your wrote on that line that you actually spent 5 years doing that job which, I guess, relates to what I am looking for but don’t make me GUESS, write more about it, put it in bold and delete your Church Camp experience completely- it just distracts my attention!

4. If you are applying for a position and you can show some examples of your work – do it, even if they don’t ask you for it in the job post (may be they thought it is self-explanatory that you have to send them) I asked about certain experience with video making in my job post and only about 20% of applicants sent me examples of their video work with their resume! I didn’t ask for them specifically but I ASSUMED that anyone in his right mind who will try to “sell” his skills to me and impress me WILL attach the videos. May be I am not a perfect recruiter and I cannot create a good job post but do you think all others can??? Never rely 100% on the job post!! Do what you think is logical and what will help market you better. Send whatever extras you think relevant (but don’t send junk!)

5. When you are asked to submit some names of people for references don’t just submit the names, submit a complete reference. It saves my time and if I have a question the name and phone number of the person who gave you the reference is right there. And you know what? Even if you are not asked for references it still won’t hurt to submit a couple that make you look really good.

6. And, finally, NEVER start your cover letter with “I am not entirely sure if I qualify for this position…” I am not going to read beyond that line. If you are not entirely sure I am entirely unsure you qualify!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Foreign Diploma Evaluation

Recently I have received a number of requests to advise on foreign diploma evaluation services so I decided to post this information for everyone to read.

If you have a foreign diploma some employers and most of educational institutions will require for you to send them a foreign diploma evaluation report, i.e. a comparison of your diploma to an American equivalent so to speak.

Many agencies in the U.S. are licensed to do these evaluations and as I heard some of them charge astronomical fees. However, it is not necessary that you PAY these huge fees, I and all my friends did our diplomas evaluations through Educational Credentials Evaluations organization

I will cost you just 85 USD to get the general evaluation which will be good for most purposes (unless you are a health professional, in this case the fees are a bit higher). There are also some specific reports that they put together and fees are very transparent and reasonable.
Hope this information helps you!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Business After Hours networking event

Here is a good event for people living in the subirbs of Chicago for a change:

WHAT: Business After Hours Networking
WHEN: June 23, 6.30 - 9.00 pm
WHERE: D.O.C. Wine Bar, 326 Yorktown Center Lombard, IL 60148

PRICE: 13 USD early bird, price includes admission, 1 complimentary glass of wine, assorted Flat bread pizza.

D.O.C. Wine Bar in Lombard will be hosting W.B.T Promotions, After Hours Business Networking Event.

Space is very limited.
No Speakers
No Sponsor tables
Just networking,Drinking,Eating and Fun
Bring Business Cards

Phone: 630.627.6666 for directions only; for more information contact or 630-299-4459

Not affilated with B.N.A.

To register:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Breaking into the Fashion Business

Title: From Style To Publishing - Breaking Into The Fashion Business
Host: E.Factor
Date: June 4, 2009
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Mid-America Club, Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph, 80th Floor, Chicago
Cost: Free for premium members, $40 for basic members and guests (if you sign up as a Knowledge Member, you can attend all events for free)
More Information/ RSVP: http://www.efactor. com/p/events/ id=81

After the models have cleared the catwalk, The E.Factor has a show that will leave you wanting more! Join them for an exclusive behind the scenes look at what it takes to make IT in the Fashion Industry. With industry experts in the fields of Styling, Modeling, Design, Photography, Publishing and PR this one night event will answer all the questions you ever had putting you at the top of the A List!

Speakers include Chicago entrepreneurs:
- Sandy Rueve, Founder, SheBeads
- Jenny Dombroski, President, Evolve Lingerie
- Lee Allison, Founder, The Lee Allison Company

Jason Jacobsohn
jason@jacobsohn. com

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Open House for job seekers

Walker's Talkers Toastmasters Club of Plainfield will be hosting a special open house on Thursday, April 30th. The open house will have a special focus toward helping those who are unemployed by providing information that job-seekers need. As part of this open house, a special panel discussion will be held with panelists answering questions on resume writing, interviewing, networking, health insurance, career transitioning and coaching, and other topics of importance to job-seekers. Panelists are experts in their fields and will be answering questions from guests.Panelists:
Ken Mitchell Real Skill Builders Networking
Lara Elgin Navistar On-Line Applications
Eric Wilson Wilson & Associates Cobra & Health Ins.
Peggy Killian Elmhurst College Career Transitions Career Coaching
Karyn Fuller Resume Writing
Anita Quinlan Plainfield Library Library Resources

Toastmasters can help you in your job search by not only improving your confidence in an interview, but also while networking with others. Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving professional and personal communication and leadership skills through performance, evaluation and mentorship. The Open House will be held at the Plainfield Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St, Plainfield, IL. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00pm. Refreshments and networking will follow the meeting. The event is free but registration is required for this event. To register and get more information, please go to the club's website at www.walkerstalkers. org.

PS. Ken Mitchell was hired at 8 jobs without ever sending out a resume. He did it all through networking. Contact Tom Nosal at 815-609-1446 if more information is needed.

PPS While you will learn why and how to network at this event, "The Legal Alien's Guide" is your best guide on where to network: it lists organizations, associations and groups by gender, background, profession, etc. in Chicago and Illinois. For more information about the book, please, visit

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tony Blair at an event organized by Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Here is a truely UNIQUE event that I strongly encourage all internationals (and non-internationals too) to attend :

CHICAGO AND THE WORLD FORUM: Faith and Globalization
SPEAKER: The Right Honorable Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, will discuss “Faith and Globalization” as an addition to the spring 2009 Chicago and the World Forum series “Fault Lines of Faith? Religion and Politics in World Affairs.”

This program is open to Chicago Council members only, but you can join the Council now and attend for free. The Council ortganizes a lot of exciting events during the year so it will be worht while.

Mr. Blair served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007. Since then he has launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which works with Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists, to promote respect and understanding between the major world religions and make the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world. Mr. Blair believes that faith will have great influence on how the challenges of globalization will be met.

WHERE: Fairmont Hotel, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago
WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Registration and cash bar reception
6:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
7:15 p.m. Cash bar reception

Members $30, Nonmembers $60 (includes a one-year membership)

• Registration closes at NOON on FRIDAY, APRIL 17TH. '
• Due to strict security procedures, please arrive early.
• You MUST bring a valid photo ID (official state ID/driver’s license/passport).
• Registrations are nontransferable and NO WALK-INS WILL BE ALLOWED.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Networking seminar

Saper Law’s Media Practice in Chicago is organizing an excellent event: it will teach you netowrking and, of course, you get to know people who will attend this seminar:

WHEN: Wednesday April 22, 2009, 11-30AM - 1.30PM
WHAT: Social Networking 101 seminar: How to use websites like Linked In, Twitter, and Facebook to develop new business, seek strategic partnerships, or simply establish yourself as an expert in a particular industry.

The keynote speaker will be Steve Fretzin, President of and Sales Results, Inc. Daliah Saper will also highlight some of the legal pitfalls associated with using social media to promote your business.

WHERE: Saper Law Offices, LLC 500 N. Dearborn , Suite 1200 Chicago , IL

Cost $15 with online registration, $25 at the door.
Lunch will be provided.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza

Here is a very worthwhile event, it's a yearly event in Chicago that usually draws a good crowd:

Title: Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza
Hosts: Lillian Bjorseth of Duoforce Enterprises, Inc. and Jason Jacobsohn of Sales Results, Inc.
Date: April 29, 2009
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Mid-America Club, Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph, 80th Floor, Chicago
Cost: $50 pre-registration, $60 at door, includes light buffet and cash bar

Sponsors: midVentures, Owlish Communications,, The Mid-America Club , Compass, Garrett Consulting,,,, The Entrepreneur's Source , The National Networker

The annual Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza is the premier business networking event in Chicagoland, bringing together the business community for an incredible evening of mixing, mingling, education and fun. The 2009 event features an abundance of networking opportunities and informative presentations from top experts on improving networking skills and growing your business network.The eighth Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza is the foremost event for business development. There will be ample opportunities to network before, during and after the event. Come meet our marvelous sponsors and exhibitors who will be featuring products and services to accelerate your business.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

For marketing professionals

Marketing Mixer - free- 5:30-7pm on Mar.10th in Rosemont

Who: Chicago's chapter of the American Marketing Association, the largest in the U.S., invites marketing, PR, advertising, and other creative professionals to its first MeetUp Mixer in the suburb of Rosemont located near O'Hare Airport.

What: The feature for the March MeetUp will be "Hot Seat Solutions." Individuals will offer a marketing-related problem that all other attendees will probe and analyze to offer practical solutions.

Where: RAM Restaurant, 5801 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. Call RAM at (847) 692-4426. Located 0.5 mile from the CTA Blue line.
When Tuesday, March 10th. Program from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Networking to follow from 6:30 - 7:00 pm.

This launches the first Suburban MeetUp Mixer that will be held on the second Tuesday of every month. City MeetUp Mixers held in Chicago's Loop are held every third Thursday from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Panera Bread at 250 S. Wacker Dr.

Why: To better serve our suburban members, Chicago AMA is introducing a new Rosemont MeetUp. Chicago AMA is committed to providing local Marketing Professionals with additional opportunities to "Meetup" outside of our monthly programming and also in varying locations around the Chicago area. These Meetups can be tailored to best address your burning questions, issues, and hot topics relative to marketers today.

How much: Free. Pay as you go for food and drinks (please order at least something)
Register Sign-up for free with the Chicago AMA and then be sure to RSVP. http://marketing. 229/

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

International Women Day Luncheon

Here is an event that I enjoy every year because it is truely international and it gathers a lot of wonderful women:

8th Annual International Women's Day Luncheon
Friday, March 6, 2009
10:30 a.m. International Fair
12:00 p.m. Luncheon

Union League Club
65 West Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL

For more information and registration see

It's an excellent opportunity to network in a very friendly environment.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Media, Entertainment, Technolgy Summit

University of Chicago is organizing a great event tomorrow for those interested in media, entertainment and technology. The unique thing about this event is that they offer 50% discount for students. Here is there poster:

Media, Entertainment and Technology Summit 2009

Chicago Booth Harper Center, Hyde Park, ChicagoFebruary 27, 2009

Competing for Attention: Setting the Pace of the Media Space

How the way you experience media and entertainment is changing
How technology is enabling these new experiences
How businesses and academics are thinking about these changing experiences and new technologies
New types of media
New forms of entertainment
New technologies
Great business minds
Great academic minds
Interesting business colleagues across a wide spectrum of companies
Students keen on technology, media, and entertainment from a wide variety of disciplines and schools

More info and registration:

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association

If you are a marketing/sales professional interested in hospitality industry - this article is for you. I found out about a good organization defenitely worth checking out: Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International They are very active all across America but especially in Chicago since it is a major tourist and business destination. They organize various events as well as provide useful resources for industry professionals as well as beginners, students, for instance (free resume posting and free resume critique will be very helpful).

I strongly suggest checking out their Resources and Education and Events pages.

What's also unique about this organization is that they have subgroups - Special Interest Groups that provide some extra resources for people of certain interests in hospitality area.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

For women only

I prefer events where you not just meet people but learn something as well. Here is an interesting and an unusual one for women: a one time self-defense class!

You will be able to meet some great women from various backgrounds in downtown Chicago and learn importnat (and may be even life-saving) skills - if you are a woman and new in town there is no one to rely upon, just yourself! It's just a one time event so there is no commitment on your side to attend several classes. This class is for all sizes and all levels of strength.

Here is the registration info:
$49 ($45 if registering 5 or more)

Wednesday, January 28th, 6:30-9:00pm

Windy City Fieldhouse (2367 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647)

For more information or to register call (847) 334-6589

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I hope 2009 will be the year when you achieve your career goals and objectives and it will bring you a lot of joy and happiness!

I am back from my lengthy winter vacation and I will keep providing you with important information to help you in your job search, business start up and networking in general this year as usual.

Here is a good organization that is worth investigating if you are living in Chicago Loop, want to open a business or work in the Loop: Chicago Loop Alliance This organization represent businesses located in the Loop and it "supports and advances the interests of its members through advocacy, networking, partnerships and promotions."

CLA organize a lot of intersting networking events, which you can find at
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