Issue 185 | February 23, 2018


CAREER TRENDS HAPPY HOUR
"I refuse to be intimidated by reality anymore. After all, what is reality, anyway? Nothing but a collective hunch."
– Jane Wagner, Writer, Director and Producer

CTL Professional Development Symposium
3-Pay Payment Option Ends February 28

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Resume & Profile E-Summit
How to Make Non-linear Careers Shine: Writing for Challenging Client Situations

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CAREER THOUGHT LEADERS (CTL) NEWS & EVENTS

  • New Resource for Career Colleagues
  • 3-Pay for Career Thought Leader Symposium Ending February 28
  • Resume Profile E-Summit
  • CTL Associate News & Opportunities
  • Visit Us at These Upcoming Events

RESOURCES, DATA & IMPORTANT LINKS

  • Hiring: Eight Ways to Leverage Social Media as a Hiring Tool
  • Career Education: Career Education in Early Primary School Could Reduce Pressure on Teens
  • Branding: Why You Should Not Brag on Social Media
  • Leadership: Yes, Your Leadership Brand Really Does Matter
  • Career: What is Business Acumen and How Can It Help Your Career?

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COLLEAGUES

  • Colleagues Earn Prestigious Credentials

UPCOMING TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CTL & RWA Events

  • CTL Associate Quarterly Call with CTL Board: Working With Gen Z and Millennials
  • Resume & Profile E-Summit: How to Make Non-linear Careers Shine: Writing for Challenging Client Situations
  • CTL Conference & Professional Development Symposium

Partner & Associate Events

  • Career Conversation #1: Strengthening Your Professional Confidence
  • Career Conversation #2: Mentoring to Build Your Confidence
  • Career Conversation #3: Build Your Confidence by Negotiating for What You Want

CAREER THOUGHT LEADERS (CTL)
NEWS & EVENTS

NEW RESOURCE FOR CAREER COLLEAGUES: The Essential Guide to Career Certifications

Compiled by career colleague Paula Brand, this electronic publication features 50+ career industry credentials. Each entry includes the certification name and area of focus, a verified link to the training provider's website, costs involved, program length, eligibility criteria, and renewal requirements.

Learn more about The Guide here.

3-PAY ENDING FEBRUARY 28: Join Us in Madrid for the 2018 Career Thought Leaders Symposium

Thrive: Helping Careerists Navigate a Global, Virtual & Gig Workforce
May 1 to 3, 2018
NH Nacional
Paseo Del Prado, 48, Madrid, Spain

Career Thought Leaders is going abroad for three days of connecting, learning, and exceptional value. The 2018 conference will be a true international experience, with attendees joining from across the U.S., Europe, Australia, South America, and beyond.

We are excited to learn and share with colleagues, including thought leaders from Europe and the U.S. The detailed agenda is available here.

Meet a few of our main session speakers:

John Lees | Advice for the Rudderless: Coaching Clients Who Have No Idea Which Path to Follow

Drawing on insights from his books, How to Get a Job You Love and The Success Code, John's workshop helps you deal with clients who say, "I want to do something completely different, but I don't know what it is."

John Lees is one of the UK's most prominent career transition coaches and appears regularly in the media as a career thought leader. He has published 12 books on careers and work including the UK best-seller How to Get a Job You Love. His books have been translated into Arabic, Georgian, Polish, Japanese, and Spanish. John has delivered workshops in Ireland, Germany, Mauritius, the U.S., South Africa, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. He founded the Career Coach Forum on LinkedIn (6400 members worldwide).

Valerie Sokolosky | Professional Presence: Make Your Mark & Make It Count

Research shows that a person's perception of presence often influences the decisions they make. Job applicants who show up with confidence and people skills often win over someone more technically qualified. Leaders advance – or not – based on their presence. Clients may determine our expertise by how well we articulate our offerings.

An author of eight books on Professional Presence with 25 years' experience working with Fortune 500 companies, Valerie will share impactful stories and tips on how to coach your clients to improve their presence, plus create a strong presence for yourself that shows confidence in any situation – knowing what to do, what to say and how to present yourself as a leader in the industry.

Elisabeth (Harney) Sanders-Park | Knowledge Nomads: Helping People Thrive in a Job-less Work Environment

One hundred years after Henry Ford introduced the moving assembly line, we are witnessing the decline of the traditional 'job,' the emergence of the 'gig economy,' technology, and globalization, which has already begun to significantly impact how people choose, create, and maintain work and income. Get inspired to challenge outdated and ineffective mindsets and cultivate new perspectives that make you more useful as you help clients prepare for and succeed in today's environment.

For more than 15 years, Elisabeth (Harney) Sanders-Park, the 'tough career transitions' expert, has been dedicated to helping service providers get great results for people with barriers. She is the author of L.A. Times' Top 10 Career Book of the Year No One Is Unemployable (by Harney & Angel) and The 6 Reasons You'll Get the Job (by Sanders-Park & MacDougall). Elisabeth has trained 15,000+ employment/career/workforce development practitioners across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Known for her signature blend of relentless hope and practicality, Elisabeth delivers fresh perspective and practical strategies with wisdom and humor.

The 3-pay registration option closes February 28, 2018. Learn more and register today!

RESUME & PROFILE E-SUMMIT: How to Make Non-Linear Careers Shine: Writing for Challenging Client Situations

March 16, 2018, Noon to 2 pm ET
All Registrants Receive Lifetime Access to Recording

At heart, every resume writing challenge is the same: to take what we know about each client and present it in a way that is interesting, aligned with current objectives, and relevant to a future employer.

But we all know that some resume writing projects are more difficult than others. They require us to think differently, come up with new ideas and formats, and be creative in presenting a background that doesn't fit the mold.

Writing these resumes challenges each of us to showcase all that is positive about a client and downplay the negative while meeting the employer's expectations. It's a balancing act that great resume writers know how to do well.

In this E-Summit, Resume Writing Academy CEO Marie Zimenoff will share tips and tricks for helping any candidate shine based on her experience helping ex-offenders transition to the workforce, working with military bases, teaching resume classes in the workforce center, and guiding resume development for students at a nonprofit retraining center.

You will walk away with strategies, samples, and new ideas for dealing with those client situations – so you feel confident and well-prepared to help many different clients dealing with diverse challenges. For example:

  • Hopping from one job to another – whether by choice, industry downturn, or poor performance.
  • Returning to work – whether that absence relates to raising children, recovering from an illness, being incarcerated, or any other factor that took your client out of the workforce.
  • Exiting the military – and pursuing civilian jobs that may or may not relate to military experience.

Career services staff at workforce centers, nonprofits, community colleges, and military bases where we have delivered this training rave about these strategies – many they have never heard before – and now you can learn them, too!

In addition to tips, techniques, and strategies, you'll receive a valuable portfolio of resume samples PLUS an opportunity to brainstorm around your own challenging client scenarios.

Learn more and register today.

CTL ASSOCIATE NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

Welcome New CTL Associates

Katrina Brittingham, VentureReady LLC, Pennsylvania

CTL Associates, be sure to check the Associates area of the website for details on the following opportunities:

  • Share your expertise during an interview on The Career Confidante radio (40,000 listeners and growing!)

CTL Associates receive discounts on the Master-E-Sessions, conferences, and more! Log in and view the Associates page for details.

Want to get in on the opportunities? Join as a CTL Associate today!

Be on the Lookout: Watch for emails from CTL with invitations for various writing, coaching, media, and publishing opportunities. Emails go out to all CTL Associates several times each month, so be sure to check them out!

UPCOMING CONFERENCE APPEARANCES

CTL CEO Marie Zimenoff will present at the Asia Pacific Career Development Association Conference in Beijing, China, May 15–19, 2018. Her presentation, "Be Influential, Indispensable, and Incredibly Happy at Work: The Power of Branding!" will be on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 5:20 pm. More details.

CTL Board Member Susan Chritton and Marie Zimenoff will present "How to Write a Bio that Connects" at the NCDA Conference in Phoenix, AZ, June 21–23, 2018. The session will be in the first group of Presentation Series, Thursday, June 21 from 3:50 to 5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

RESOURCES, DATA & IMPORTANT LINKS

Hiring: Eight Ways to Leverage Social Media as a Hiring Tool (Forbes)
When we work with job seekers, they always want to know what employers are really doing to find them or screen them on social media. Read how these eight hiring managers are using it and share with your clients!

Career Education: Career Education in Early Primary School Could Reduce Pressure on Teens (The New Daily)
Research being done in Australia indicates that career learning should be brought to the 3rd-grade classrooms. A fascinating read on the possible implications!

Branding: Why You Should Not Brag on Social Media (Psychology Today)
We know self-promotion is important, but how should that look on social media? The psychology behind this bit of advice is a must-read!

Leadership: Yes, Your Leadership Brand Really Does Matter (Forbes)
We often think and hear about personal branding as a job search tactic. This article explains the importance of personal branding for those who are in leadership positions and looking to improve their effectiveness.

Career: What is Business Acumen and How Can It Help Your Career? (Career Confidante Radio)
Clients often tout their "business acumen" as a top skill. This audio shares a deeper understanding of business acumen, why it is essential, and how professionals in all careers can increase their business acumen to advance their careers.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COLLEAGUES

COLLEAGUES EARN PRESTIGIOUS CREDENTIALS

Kudos to Dana Justice, the latest career professional to earn her Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) credential from the Resume Writing Academy. You have worked hard to perfect your writing, learn new strategies, and be a greater asset to veterans who have served their country. We are thrilled to have you in the ACRW community!

Congratulations to Carolyn Owens who recently earned her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation. She also became a two-time Amazon best-selling author with the release of her book collaboration, Coaching for Female Entrepreneurs: How Life Coaching Can Improve Your Bottom Line. Kudos for all your hard work, Carolyn!

Please email your kudos, upcoming events, or latest happenings to me at marie@careerthoughtleaders.com so that I can share them with everyone!

For information about CTL & RWA credentials:

Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW)
Academy Certified Profile Writer (ACPW)
Master Resume Writer (MRW)
Credentialed Career Manager (CCM)
Certified Career Transition Coach (CCTC)
Certified Personal Brand Strategist (CPBS)
Certified Social Branding Analyst
360Reach Analyst

UPCOMING TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Visit the 2018 Calendar of Events for all CTL and RWA events this year.

CTL & RWA EVENTS

March 12, 2018 | 12-1PM ET
CTL Associate Quarterly Call with CTL Board: Working With Gen Z and Millennials

In this CTL Associate Call, our CTL Board will lead a discussion about best practices for coaching, writing, and personal branding work with Generation Z and Millennials! The call is open to all CTL Associates and is a way to help you stay current, learn some new tricks, and share some of your own wealth of information. You MUST be an Associate to participate. To read about all of the benefits and opportunities of becoming a CTL Associate ($399 lifetime fee), click here.

March 16, 2018 | 12-2PM ET
Resume & Profile E-Summit: How to Make Non-linear Careers Shine: Writing for Challenging Client Situations

Some resume writing projects are more difficult than others. They require us to think differently, come up with new ideas and formats, and be creative in presenting a background that doesn't fit the mold. Writing these resumes challenges us to showcase all that is positive about a client and downplay the negative while meeting employers' expectations. In this E-Summit, Resume Writing Academy CEO Marie Zimenoff will share tips and tricks for helping any candidate shine based on her experience helping ex-offenders transition to the workforce, working with military bases, teaching resume classes at the workforce center, and guiding resume development for students at a nonprofit retraining center. Register now.

May 1-3, 2018
CTL Conference & Professional Development Symposium Goes to Spain

Mark your calendars now and start planning an international excursion ... our annual exclusive, in-person professional development opportunity (conference) is going global! Career colleagues from Europe are excited to host us in Madrid, Spain, for the 2018 Professional Development Symposium, Thrive: Helping Professionals Navigate a Global, Virtual & Gig Workforce. We'll be planning a group flight and providing a 10-pay registration option so you can spread out your expenses. Learn more.

ASSOCIATE & PARTNER EVENTS

March 2, 2018 | 12PM ET
Career Conversation #1: Strengthening Your Professional Confidence

Confidence is necessary to move ahead in your career. If you don't believe in yourself, others will have a hard time believing in you. In this webinar, Paula Brand and Ruth Winden will share successful strategies for building your career confidence to empower you and enhance your professional presence. Register now.

March 9, 2018 | 12PM ET
Career Conversation #2: Mentoring to Build Your Confidence

A lot is said about the benefits of mentoring, but many professional women don't make the time to find a mentor or to find someone else to mentor. Women need to support and encourage each other so that we all move forward. Mentoring is one way to do this. Paula Brand and Ruth Winden will discuss the benefits of mentoring and how to make mentoring work for your career. Register now.

March 16, 2018 | 12PM ET
Career Conversation #3: Build Your Confidence by Negotiating for What You Want

Negotiating what you are worth can be intimidating, but it must be done and it is a task that cannot be delegated. The good news is that a successful negotiation will increase your confidence. Whether you are negotiating a job offer, asking for a raise or making the case for a promotion, the process is similar. Paula Brand and Ruth Winden will discuss strategies to prepare you to negotiate for what you are worth. Register now.

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