May 2011

SPN Web Developers Lead Popular Drupal Camp Session

Sacramento Professional Network (SPN) Web developers Charles Russell and Ron McClure presented a popular session at Drupal Camp Sacramento on Saturday, featuring the SPN Web site. In the session, called "Drupal Sites without Custom Code," Charles and Ron used different features of the SPN Web site to explain how - and why - they built it without custom code.

Success Story: Chris Levis Lands in Biotech

We are pleased to announce that on May 5, 2011, Sacramento Professional Network (SPN) member Chris Levis began a new job as Western Regional Sales Manager with Bar Harbor Biotechnology. Bar Harbor manufactures kits used in the analysis of DNA for research and clinical product development.

For Chris, the bewilderment of losing a long-held job was greatly eased when he joined SPN.

One Tip Paves Way to New Job, Then New Venture

SacProNet alum Chris Jackson recently shared an inspiring career experience that took him from working for a Fortune 500 company and then venturing out to launch a business.

It was 1996 when Chris moved from the Bay Area to Sacramento and didn’t know anyone in the capital city. Working off a tip from fellow SacProNet member, Chris landed a temporary position at Intel Corp., which eventually grew into a full-time job at the large computer chipmaker.

Success Story: Marc' Freeman's New Job Is Green

Sacramento Professional Network (SPN) member Marc' Freeman has reinvented himself, going from a mortgage-loan executive before the housing meltdown to a green-industry sales career today. Marc' was recently hired by Proinso, a subsidiary of Spain's OPDE, a major distributor of solar technology supplies around the world.

Success Story: A Surprise Job Offer for Jose Marquez

At the May 10 Sacramento Professional Network (SPN) general meeting, Resume Committee member Jose Marquez announced this would be his last SPN meeting: he has a job! As of Monday, May 16, Jose will be a Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer at AASC (Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation) in Stockton.

How to Interview with a Small Company vs. a Large One

There are some differences in the interviewing process of small companies vs. large companies. Here are a few things to be prepared for.

Though “selling yourself” is still the goal whether you’re applying at a small company or a large company, sometimes what you need to emphasize about yourself is different.

Success Story: Timing Is Everything

SPN member Pat McConahay is now the Deputy Press Secretary for State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Ms. McConahay is elated and says, "I started on April 15th after a long, tough search. I'm enjoying my new job immensely. It's a perfect fit! While the waiting was excruciating at times, the right job came along at the right time. I owe so much to SPN--the friends, supporters, and of course all of the things I learned."  

 Lee McDaniel is a blog team member for SPN.

CSUS Spring Government Mixer

I attended the third annual CSUS Spring Government Mixer on May 3. This was a useful networking event to attend, like all of the events that the California State University Sacramento Career Center puts on.

The mixer included a panel discussion, table discussions related to government hiring and individual networking with government and non-profit agencies at tables. 15 organizations attended, of which two were non-profits, six were federal agencies and seven were state agencies.

Success Story: SPN Past President Thriving at New Job

Robert E., past president of Sacramento Professional Network (SPN), reports great satisfaction several months into his new job. Hired in 2010 as partner and senior consultant at The MarkeTech Group, Robert has high praise for SPN. 
“SPN provides great guidance and instruction on job search tools (resume, interviewing, negotiating, etc.).