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Issue 301 | June 4, 2020

A normal newsletter didn't seem to fit today as global protests highlight continued racism and loss of black lives, 1+ billion people globally face unemployment, nearly half a million families mourn lives taken by a pandemic, and small businesses – including many of our colleagues – are struggling.

We see you selflessly serving others despite all of this pain. We see you rallying around to support each other in this difficult work.

It's an honor to have you as part of my community. You give me hope. You give me courage.

Please continue to support each other positively. Encourage each other. Continue to recognize the humanity in each other. Let us know how we can support you (see below for this week's resources).

Career Thought Leaders stands with our black colleagues against racism and will be prioritizing and deepening the conversation around diversity, bias, and how we address those topics in our work.

As career service providers, understanding unconscious bias is a core competency in our field – critical to the success of our work with clients and to the success of each client.

We recognize that failure to understand our individual bias and work on reducing it impedes important conversations with clients of color, and all of those who are disenfranchised, and stops us from demonstrating true empathy and working with them to design optimal career strategies.

We recognize that bias affects our clients of color beyond explicit acts of racism – during the hiring process, as they work toward advancement, as they build a business.

We recognize that we have a role to play in helping clients of all races understand their bias to be more effective leaders, reduce hiring bias, create inclusive company cultures, and dismantle systemic racism.

We recognize and seek to act on the call to support clients and colleagues in a non-judgmental manner to process these events and express their grief and other powerful emotions in their way.

You can see some of the resources to continue learning about bias on our LinkedIn post from Tuesday. We will be continuing to have programs on these topics and welcome your suggestions.


Bias Conversations in Career Work: Racism, Bias, and Being an Ally as a Career Practitioner (CTL Facebook Video)
Listen in as Michelle Carroll shares how career service providers can reach out to black colleagues and clients and a few resources for challenging our unconscious bias.

Bias Conversations in the Workplace: How to Respond to Microaggressions (New York Times)
This article shares practical steps and language for addressing the most common form of racism in the workplace – microaggressions.

Job Search: Experts Predict What It'll Take to Find a Job in a Post-COVID-19 World (Fast Company)
As we help job seekers future-proof their careers, this article shares predictions for trends in skills, in-demand jobs, and how we will work in the future.

Resumes: Bias in Resumes (Resume Writing Academy Video)
We're resharing this session from February with data on how bias impacts resume review and strategies resume writers can discuss with clients to minimize bias.

Leadership: Why Empathy Is Key as Employees Return to Workplaces (HR Executive)
Empathy is a necessary skill for leaders as employees across the globe deal with the stress of the pandemic, race riots, and economic uncertainty.

For information about CTL & RWA credentials:

Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW)
Academy Certified Federal Resume Writer (ACRW-Federal)
Academy Certified Profile Writer (ACPW)
Master Resume Writer (MRW)
Credentialed Career Manager (CCM)
Certified Career Transition Coach (CCTC)
Certified Hidden Job Market Coach (CHJMC)
Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS)
Certified Digital Branding Strategist (CDBS)
360Reach Analyst


Visit the 2020 Calendar of Events
for all CTL and RWA events this year.


June 8, 2020 | 12:00-1:00PM US ET
CTL Associate Call

In this CTL Associate Call, our CTL Board will be leading a discussion about how we use labor market information for job search and career coaching and best practices for today's job search. 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. CTL Associates ... Watch for an email from Marie Zimenoff with call-in details. RSVP to join us today.

June 9, 2020 | 10:00-11:00AM US ET
Business Boost Summer League

This transformative program is designed to take your business to new heights through key insights and group accountability. Each Business Boost Summer League session includes group coaching/consulting time for members to share challenges and receive input, focused training sessions specific to group member interests, and structured accountability. Groups are limited to 8 individuals, so learn more and register today.

June 12, 2020 | 12:00PM-1:00PM US ET
College Fridays Colleague Discussion

Join your college career services colleagues as Dr. Cheryl Minnick leads a discussion about job search for students, resources for career service providers, and the hot topics of micro-credentialing, micro-internships, and other ways students and recent graduates can move their careers forward this summer. RSVP to join us.

July 9, 2020 | 3:00-5:00PM US ET
Certified Personal Branding Strategist Class

Get the tools 1000s of coaches in 40+ countries are using to stand out in a crowded market ... and guide clients to do the same. Learn the Reach Personal Branding methodology, a comprehensive, 3-step process for uncovering, communicating, and nurturing your personal brand. This methodology is the future of career management and the foundation for expanding professional and personal success. Learn more and register.



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