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Issue 79 | January 8, 2016

"Feelings are much like waves. We can’t stop them from coming
but we can choose which ones to surf."

- Author Unknown

Mindset. Mastery. Momentum.

March 30 to April 1, 2016
Denver, CO - The Curtis Hotel

View the agendas for sessions covering coaching (career, executive, and more), business development (with a track for those from organizations), and writing (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and more).

Early registration ends January 15, 2016
(price increases $50)!
Reserve your seat today.


  • Upcoming Programs & Events


  • Job Search: Tax Breaks for Job Seekers
  • Stress: How to Say No to Reach Your Goals
  • Job Market Infographic: Best Jobs for 2016 and the Best Cities to Find Them
  • Leadership: Leaders: Don’t Leave Your Time to Chance
  • Career Advancement: 4 Ways to Become a Better Learner
  • Writing: 2016 Cover Letter Trends


  • Pricing & Packaging Career Services
  • Advanced Job Search Coaching Program
  • Certified Career Transition Coach (CCTC) Program
  • E-Summit: ATS & SEO: Navigating Alphabet Soup to Get Clients Found



March 30 to April 1, 2016
The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO

The careers industry is changing more rapidly now than ever! Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy are helping you stay ahead of the curve with three days of connecting, learning, and exceptional value at the Career Thought Leaders conference March 30 to April 1, 2016, at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Reserve your seat at the careers industry's top event today! Early registration closes January 15, 2016.

Here are a few highlights of the topics and speakers (view all the details by clicking on the links below for each day):

Coaching Day – Retrain Your Brain (Susan Whitcomb), Seismic Shifts for You & Your Clients (Elisabeth Harney Sanders-Park), Tools for the Journey (Kristin Sherry), Career Management & Social Media (Linda Van Valkenburgh), and workshops on working with executives (Beth B. Kennedy), international clients (Ruth Winden), students and recent graduates (Ellen Bartkowiak), and work-life balance (Michelle Carroll).

Business Day – Dream It & You Can Be It (Marie Zimenoff), Marketing & Business Planning (Ruth Pankratz), Brainiac Branding (Susan Whitcomb & Deb Dib), Online Business Strategy (Vaneese Johnson), Building Relationships (Don Overcash, Sandler Sales), and workshops on SEO, pre-retirement/retirement planning (Jan Melnik & Lorraine Beaman), telling your story, and more. Special topics for career professionals from organizations including marketing and engaging participation in career services, helping candidates tell their stories, and more!

Writing Day – Branding & Social Media, Packaging Portfolios with Personality (Melanie Lenci), Intensive Writing Workshops (Jan Melnik, Louise Kursmark, Marie Zimenoff, and Stephen Van Vreede), Lunch with a Recruiter, The Future of Work (Alexandra Levit and Rich Feller), and workshops on writing for social media, writing for corporate audiences (Charlotte Weeks), and round tables with the top writing experts on specialty topics like finance, executives, healthcare, and more!

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

Want to get in on these opportunities? Become a CTL Associate today!


Job Search: Tax Breaks for Job Seekers (Inc.)
This article outlines which job search expenses are tax deductible as miscellaneous deductions, straight from tax expert John Hewitt, Founder and CEO of Liberty Tax Service.

Stress: How to Say No to Reach Your Goals (Harvard Business Review)
If we really want to reach our goals, we must learn to say "no," not only to distractions, but to good things. This article shares great tips for prioritizing and passing on what may sound like great opportunities.

Job Market Infographic: Best Jobs for 2016 and the Best Cities to Find Them (EMSI)
This infographic shares the "best" occupations in two categories, those that require a degree and those that do not, and includes the best metro areas to find these jobs.

Leadership: Leaders: Don’t Leave Your Time to Chance (Harvard Business Review)
There are a lot of productivity articles out there at this time of year, but this one has to be my favorite. It dispels many myths about productivity and gives advice from top experts.

Career Advancement: 4 Ways to Become a Better Learner (Harvard Business Review)
We all know and preach the value of life-long learning. This article talks about how to increase your learning agility – how to learn faster – something we all want to do!

Writing: 2016 Cover Letter Trends (Careerealism)
Cover letters have officially evolved. Make sure you and your clients are up on the new trends with these five practical tips and a quick outline for the modern e-note.


Visit the 2016 Calendar of Events for all CTL and RWA events this year.

February 4, 2016: Pricing & Packaging Career Services (Thursday, Noon ET)
In this webinar, we'll share strategies for packaging resume, LinkedIn, and other writing services AND career, job search, and interview coaching for careers industry business owners. You'll walk away with step-by-step tools for filling your marketing funnel, communicating your services, and closing more sales. Read more here.

February 16, 2016: Advanced Job Search Coaching Program
(Tuesdays, 12–1:30pm ET)
Would you like to add Job Search Coaching to your coaching practice? Joan Runnheim Olson, owner of Pathways Career Success Strategies, LLC and adjunct faculty member with the Institute for Life Coach Training, will be teaching the Advanced Job Search Coaching Program. The purpose of this program is to prepare you to coach clients/students to obtain a desired job in their organization of choice.Read more here.

February 17, 2016: Certified Career Transition Coach (CCTC) Program (Wednesdays, 12–1:30pm ET)
For those who work with adults making challenging career transitions. This program will provide tools for guiding a client through career change when traditional assessments leave a large gap between ideal and real. Get the tools you need to help clients determine a path that capitalizes on their existing experience. Six weeks beginning October 15. Read more here.

March 4, 2016: E-Summit: ATS & SEO: Navigating Alphabet Soup to Get Clients Found (Friday, Noon ET)
In this E-Summit, ATS expert Dr. Cheryl Minnick will join Marie Zimenoff in sharing straightforward, effective strategies for building resumes that are both beautiful and able to pass through applicant tracking systems (ATS)! We'll also share strategies for writing LinkedIn profiles that provide a punch, search engine optimization (SEO) to show up in recruiter search, and personality to keep their attention. Learn more and register. Read more here.

We'd love to share your good news! Please send any announcements you'd like included in the CTL Career Happy Hour to Marie at

For information about CTL & RWA credentials:

Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW)
Master Resume Writer (MRW)
Credentialed Career Manager (CCM)





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