Erica Woods

Apex Systems

Erica Woods

Erica Woods is the Manager of IT Contractor Programs and Philanthropy at Apex Systems. Her focus is on overseeing programs, teams, communication channels, and other resources that support and add value to their National IT Contractor Community of 15,000+. Erica also oversees corporate philanthropy efforts and STEM/Tech4Good programs. She has 13+ years of experience in the IT staffing world and an MBA from Loyola University. She delivers Career Development webcasts and writes articles for Apex and the MSSQLTips.com online technical community, speaks at tech community conferences such as BA World/PM Summit, PMI PDD events and SQL Saturdays, and provides internal and external Team, Attitude, Performance, Career and Hiring Coaching. Erica also is a Co-Organizer for the Tampa and Baltimore Tech4Good groups, which are Tech Soup NetSquared groups that bring together technical folks looking for skills-based volunteering opportunities with nonprofits in need of technology help/guidance/troubleshooting. Publications: https://www.mssqltips.com/sqlserverauthor/128/erica-woods/


Your Interview Prep Action Item List

Beginner
Soft Skills (Room 303)
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

What are the key components of a successful interview process? How do you deliver a strong response to the common "tell me about yourself" question? What questions should you be asking? How do you build, and then demonstrate, confidence during an interview? What else should you provide pre, during, and post interview to showcase your credibility and gain a leg up against other candidates/interviewees? We'll highlight our top 11 tips around interview preparation!

14 Strategies for an Effective Job Search

Beginner
Soft Skills (Room 303)
01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

It’s no surprise that searching for a job can be a very stressful time. Some people believe the job searching process causes as much anxiety as buying a house or planning a wedding. We’ll highlight our top 14 job search strategies, including advice around best resources for identifying job leads, how to work with Recruiters, follow up protocol on your application/s, resume best practices, candidate branding/marketing, ways to differentiate yourself amongst other applicants, interviewing best practices, communicating with confidence, consideration criteria for evaluating your options, and more. You’ll walk away with 2-3+ suggestions that will make your job search more effective AND less anxiety filled!

15 Traits of Rockstar Performers

Beginner
Soft Skills (Room 303)
03:00 PM - 03:50 PM

Want to be considered one of the best employees on your team? In your group? At your company? Looking for ideas on how you can improve your performance and be known as “one of the best?” Especially if you want to set yourself apart and grow within your organization, you’ll want to make every effort to establish yourself as a reliable, eager, competent and value-add professional! In this session, we’ll highlight our top 15 traits in becoming a top performer, which include being proactively helpful, providing unanticipated value, and having the mentality that building relationships with all internal and external stakeholders and providing superior customer service are part of every job description.