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Targeting Your Job Search: YOU As the Product

  • Nov 12, 2013 · 9:00 AM
  • Valencia Gardens

As job seekers, we try all sorts of things: Tweaking our resume, posting it on boards, browsing job listings searching for the right fit, and of course networking. Sometimes it works. Often it doesn’t.

This week, we look at how to narrow the approach to significantly improve the chances of finding a job. 

What if you started thinking about yourself as a product?

What does that mean? Let’s review, what do product managers do? They identify a market, learn as much as they can about the customers, particularly their pain points, compare those needs with the company’s core competencies, and develop solutions to meet those needs. 

But what does it have to do with finding a job? It has everything to do with finding a job. YOU ARE THE PRODUCT!

This week, we will learn how to:

• Identify the companies where you are most likely to add value

• Uncover each company's specific needs and skills gaps so that you can stand out in the interview

• Tell your unique story. 

We hope to see you this Tuesday, after our week off due to Election Day.

About Our Speaker

Teresa Torres is a product consultant and coach who works with early-stage companies helping them translate their big ideas into great products. Her focus is on helping product managers be better at what they do by sharing knowledge, building know-how, and refining practice. 

Professionally, Teresa has worked as an interaction designer, a user researcher, and in a variety of product management roles from an individual contributor to a vice president. She was also the CEO of a social media startup that dabbled in social recruiting and higher education. 

On the lighter side, Teresa’s a hobbyist photographer and a big sports fan, playing ice hockey, running marathons and snowboarding. 

Connect with Teresa on her website Product Talk, on LinkedIn, and by email.

Program Schedule

We begin networking at 900am. The program begins at 930am and finishes by 1100am. You are welcome to stay and network with the speaker and your peers up to 1130am.

$2.00 donation requested.

Mass Transit and Parking

The BART 16th & Mission station is a short two block walk from our location. The MUNI Market & Church Street station is four blocks away.

Inexpensive parking can be found at the Hoff Street Garage, 42 Hoff Street, San Francisco.

Valencia Gardens' parking is restricted to its residents. Parking within its lot by non residents will result in your vehicle being towed at your expense. 

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  • Leslie B.

    Teresa's message and delivery were excellent! Helpful and interesting and fresh.

    November 14, 2013

  • Vanessa L.

    The presentation today "You as the Product" by Teresa Torres was jam packed with useful information.

    For everyone who attended todays meetup:

    If you want a free copy of Teresa's upcoming workbook, please do the following:
    - subscribe to Teresa's mailing list here: (to be notified when the workbook is available)
    - send her an email at [masked] and include one take away from the talk that you can apply and one area where you want to see more information in the workbook. She will send everyone who emails her a free coupon code for the workbook.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Christina

    Really enjoyed Teresa's talk today, she was a great choice of speaker and I learned a lot about the importance of researching the challenges companies are trying to overcome and positioning yourself as part of the solution.

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sad that I was not able to attend. Thanks, Neil, for posting the summary.

    November 12, 2013

  • Neil M.

    Know your market, know your target. You're the product, and make sure you tailor your value to them. Good down to earth presentation.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • John H.

    I've got a doctor's appt. and I'll be visiting my wife Shirley in the hospital: they took out the NG tube!: she'll be talking very soon! I'm one happy dude!!!

    November 11, 2013

  • Leslie B.

    Great subject! Looking forward to it.

    November 11, 2013

  • Beth B V.

    Sorry to miss this, but have an interview.

    November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Success Team in East Bay looking for new member:

    We're a small group of professionals who meet Wednesday mornings in Oakland; structured format provides support, accountability and networking for your next career move...several members have found jobs recently, so we have an opening.

    Contact me at [masked] if interested. Thanks!

    November 10, 2013

  • John H.

    I'll try to make it: my wife Shirley is in the hospital with blood infection. Please send her and I your best vibes. If I don't make it, it's because I have to stay with her.

    November 6, 2013

  • abigail h.

    Looking forward to making new connections...

    November 6, 2013

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