Give Your Gifts: A Call to DCTC Hospitality Club Students and Alumni to Share the Spirit of Hospitality

holding_open_box_of_light_6904 For more than a decade DCTC hospitality students have been delivering memories to guests and ROI to employers and clients. You have spread your talents throughout the United States and many other countries and I am thrilled to receive continuing testimonies of your successes in a myriad of hospitality professions.

Our gift is in giving the spirit of hospitality! That’s why hospitality professionals are well known for sharing their time and talents throughout the community.

If you are looking for a place to give a gift of your talents, consider volunteering at the Art of Possibilities event at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Golden Valley Campus. To view the roles and shifts available, please follow this Art of Possibilities link. Click here to learn more about the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

If you would like to share information about an organization for us to gift our talents in your geographic area, please send information to me at Watch for future Give Your Gifts notices!

Is the job market hiding, or are you?

For some individuals, the answer is yes to both of these questions. If you’re still looking for your new position in a listing such as newspaper or Internet, realize that only a very small percentage of recruitment notices ever make it to those listings and of those that do, about 50% of them are included solely to satisfy legal or corporate policy requirements.

The real job market is in the network.

The term network; a.k.a. networking used to mean who you knew. It followed that the individual who knew more people would likely be hired first. That’s no longer the case. In today’s ultra-competitive world, the “winner” is the individual about whom more people know. Networking success today is measured in the number of individuals who know about you, your talents, and your skills. There are a myriad of methods to accomplish this and a healthy balance of each of the methods should be sought. These include: joining and attending events in your industry, honing your social media presence, especially on LinkedIn, becoming involved on committees within organizations that support your industry of choice, and more. The purest form of networking, however, is informational interviewing.

Informational interviewing is an opportunity to meet with an industry professional to learn more about the industry, what it’s like to work in a particular company, the career path that professional followed to get to their current position, what skills are most valued within the profession, and how success is measured. This is your chance to gather information in a setting far less stressful than a job interview.

About 15 minutes is ample time for an informational interview. Keep your questions succinct and look for chances to convey your career goals and knowledge in a conversational setting. REMEMBER, this NOT a job interview. It is instead, pure networking. For every informational interview you conduct, you expand the network of professionals that know about you far more than you realize. Assuming you made a good impression, the individual you met with can now refer to having met you when they learn from a counterpart that there is a job opening within the industry. People talk. Take advantage of that to open doors for your next career move.

Want to know more about the subtle nuances that will enhance your information interviewing success? Or perhaps you want to learn more about how to build your personal brand. (YES, you ARE a brand!) I’ll be on-hand to answer questions on these topics as part of a LinkedIn Workshop that will be hosted in January by the DCTC-MPI Student Club.

Together we can make 2015 YOUR YEAR. Watch this blog and the MPI online newsletter ( for more information. Meet me on LinkedIn!

Excitement is Building for the 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series

softball2-mainJoin me in the excitement at the 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series!  August 14, 15, 16.  The series will be held at three Brooklyn Park, MN parks. This year the World Series is hosted by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

I’m all in for this one.  Bring you, your family, your business or civic organization members and neighbors.  Let’s get involved by joining the hundreds of volunteers and many more who will be cheering on teams from the U.S., Canada, and Japan.  The sport originated here, and has grown dramatically in its 37 year span.

Grab a volunteer spot on the online sign up!  A special note to my students, alumni, and hospitality peers:  Courage Kenny is hoping we will fill the registration spots if possible.  That’s probably because they know registration is one area we can knock out of the park.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist that last little bit.)  Students and alumni, let me know when you volunteer so I can arrange for you to receive collateral for your portfolio.

Then follow the tournament on Facebook.

Find out more about the Wheelchair Softball World Series and the National Wheelchair Softball Association.

Did you miss the fun?

We raised fun AND funds at the MPI-DCTC Student Club “Fun”-Raiser on Monday, 11/25.  You can still do your holiday shopping, get sale pricing, and know that 40% of your purchase benefits the Club.

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Premier Designs High Fashion Jewelry – Buy 3 items – get the 4th at 40% off OR Buy 2 items – get the 3rd at 30% off

Order by Friday night, 11/29, 6:00 p.m. Use access code 4540 at this site.

MPI-DCTC Student Club Hosts “Fun”-Raiser 11/25

We’re raising fun while raising funds! Join us for Holiday shopping at a discount, supporting students and the club (40% of sales benefit the club), great networking, and lots of laughter.

MPI-DCTC Club Fun-Raiser

Premier Designs High Fashion Jewelry – Buy 3 items – get the 4th at 40% off OR Buy 2 items – get the 3rd at 30% off

Monday, November 25, 6:30 p.m., 3600 Wooddale Ave So, St Louis Park (Rosealee Lee’s Party Room)

Light supper, coffee and hot chocolate will be served.

Can’t attend and would like to order? Visit; use access code 4540.

Hope you join us!