Issue 334 | February 4, 2021

"You are full of unshaped dreams…/ You are laden with beginnings…/ There is hope in you."
- Lola Ridge, 20th Century Irish-American anarchist poet

I’m so excited to see many of you next month during our annual symposium! It has been hard to come to grips with the reality that it won’t be in person, and Career Jam showed me (and those who participated) that virtual connections can be rich – fostering connection between colleagues from around the globe who wouldn’t usually be able to join us in person.

The focus for our spring event is always a deep dive to build your skills as a practitioner and/or business owner. If you haven’t looked at the lineup of more than 20 hours of professional development, you can see what we have in store for you here.

In case you missed it, we also released the Career Industry Trends White Paper last month full of intel on the new and the next in the field and practical information you can use today when working with a client.

We’re still going Live every Tuesday (Facebook and YouTube, and the Facebook group) to share the insights from the White Paper and beyond.

If there is something you’d like to see us cover in our programming this year, please let me know!

Marie Zimenoff
CEO, Career Thought Leaders

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I look forward to seeing you there or at our other events throughout the year!

Interactive, Problem-Solving Session!
TODAY February 4, 2021

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Training & Certification Program
Starts February 11, 2021

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  • Resumes & Profiles for the COVID Era
  • ACRW Training & Certification Program
  • Symposium Early Registration Closes February 15
  • CTL Associate News & Opportunities


  • Resume: 5 Resume Refresh Tips to Land a Job During an Uncertain Year
  • Branding: How to Keep Your Personal Brand Marketable
  • Hiring Trends: Monster Survey Finds 46% of Big Companies More Open to Hiring Remote Workers
  • Mindset: On Swagger
  • Salary: How to Maximize Compensation, Even in a Downturn
  • Interviewing: Secret Shop a Job Before Your Interview


CTL & RWA Events

  • Trend Tuesday Live
  • Resumes & Profiles for the COVID Era
  • Academy Certified Resume Writer Course
  • Certified Career Transition Coach
  • Annual Professional Development Symposium (Virtual!)

Partner Events

  • Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification
  • Gen Z and Millennial Career Coaching
  • Virtual TRAINER - An Applied Intensive
  • Virtual COACH
  • Career Ninja

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Read all past editions online!

FEB 4 | Resumes & Profiles for the COVID Era: Gaps, Gigs & Other Unruly Work History

We're putting together a session with samples and expertise from our ACRW and MRW community! You'll learn strategies for dealing with gaps due to long-term unemployment, caring for sick family, and more, PLUS samples for gig workers and those who are freelancing during this time.

Join us live and get the recording!

FEB 11 | Resume Writing Training & Certification: ACRW Group Class

Career professionals like you come to Resume Writing Academy because they want confidence that every resume they write will win clients interviews. They want to be confident in answering candidate concerns about the resume strategy that will work best for them... to be the expert who stands out from the sea of resume advice.

Graduates tell us that RWA gives them the confidence and results they desire.

That they have transformed their writing and built their confidence through repeated feedback on their work.

That they continue to grow through our free, lifetime community resources like quarterly community calls and access to experts through office hours.

Do you want the confidence to charge what you are worth for your work?

Do you want to be the expert your career services team needs to improve job placement?

If so, click below to learn more about the ACRW program!

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FEB 15 | Early Registration Ends for Professional Development Symposium March 16–26

Our annual opportunity to deepen your skills in coaching, resume writing, and business development has gone virtual! This means we can provide 20+ hours of professional development for you and opportunities to build global connections while improving your retention and sparking new business partnerships.

Don’t miss this opportunity to save and refresh your energy, approach, and network in 2021!


Welcome New CTL Associates

  • Jennifer Vancil, Communicating Strengths & Colorado State University, Colorado USA
  • Ann Shields, Lighthouse Career Coaching, New York USA

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

Want to get in on these 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!


Check out our products exclusively for career services professionals on topics like business development, resume- and profile-writing, coaching, and more!

Which one is your favorite? Reply and let me know!

If you share these on your social media, feel free to tag us and we'll help you start the conversation with your network. We're @careerTL or @workwithpurpose on Twitter and you can tag me (Marie Zimenoff) or Career Thought Leaders on LinkedIn!

Resume: 5 Resume Refresh Tips to Land a Job During an Uncertain Year (Fast Company)

If you are working with clients who are uncertain about how to communicate gaps, unrelated work history, and other challenges from this past year, this article offers inspiration. You can also join us or get the recording for our E-Summit on COVID Resume & Profile Strategies!

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Branding: How to Keep Your Personal Brand Marketable (CTL Article)

This article and podcast offer a few quick tips from Marietta Gentles Crawford – one of our Symposium speakers – on building and managing your brand for career sustainability.

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Hiring Trends: Monster Survey Finds 46% of Big Companies More Open to Hiring Remote Workers (TechRepublic)

This recap of Monster’s Future of Work report shares what companies see as the future of remote work, what they shifted due to the pandemic, and what workers are looking for in their current company and as they job search.

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Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) Program

Live Webinar Class Starts February 11, 2021
Training + Lifetime Certification

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Mindset: On Swagger (Inside HigherEd)

This article shares a fun story about the importance of confidence in your early career and beyond. If you missed it, we also talked about the 3 levels of confidence and tools to help clients build them on our Live show last month.

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Salary:  How to Maximize Compensation, Even in a Downturn (Career Confidante Radio)

One of the big challenges identified in the white paper was the change in salary negotiations with remote work and location-based pay. Ezra Singer offers general salary negotiation tips in this session and is going to dive deeper – especially into these new challenges – during the Symposium!

Listen In

Interviewing: Secret Shop a Job Before Your Interview (LifeHacker)

This article offers tips on how your job seekers can get more familiar with a company before their interviews. What would you add?

Read More


February 4, 2021 | 2:00PM-4:00PM US ET
Resumes & Profiles for the COVID Era: Gigs, Gaps & Other Unruly Work History

We're putting together a session with samples and expertise from our ACRW and MRW community! You'll learn strategies for dealing with gaps due to long-term unemployment, caring for sick family, and more PLUS samples for gig workers and those who are freelancing during this time. If you have other questions or suggestions you'd like us to address, please email! Learn more and register today.

February 9, 2021 | 4:00PM-4:30PM US ET
Trend Tuesday Live

Join us Live every Tuesday at 4 pm ET to talk about the latest trends in career services, leadership development, and all things career. We’ll be sharing some of the insights from the latest trends white paper based on our annual Career Jam event. You’ll also get updated on the very latest in the industry and trends in job search, LinkedIn, branding, resume writing, coaching, business development, and more. RSVP to get weekly reminders.

February 11, 2021 | 3:00PM-4:30PM US ET
Academy Certified Resume Writer Course

Increase your confidence, help candidates stand out, open doors to opportunities for yourself, and make more money! The Resume Writing Academy comprehensive resume writing training and certification program is celebrating its 32nd class of teaching strategy, modern formatting in Word, and much more through training and personalized feedback! The program includes 5 classes, personalized feedback on 5 writing assignments, and the opportunity to join an elite list of writers. Learn more and register.

March 10, 2021 | 3:00PM-4:30PM US ET
Certified Career Transition Coach

Do you wish you had proven processes to walk candidates through career exploration and transition? Join us for the Certified Career Transition Coach program. This training used by practitioners in university, community college, workforce, and private practice settings provides resources and processes and leads you through integrating them into your work so you can coach with more confidence and achieve better outcomes for candidates. Approved for 12 ICF CCEs (7.5 Core Competency)!! Learn more and register.

March 15-March 26, 2021 | 3:00PM-4:30PM US ET
Annual Professional Development Symposium (Virtual!)

Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy are excited to bring careers industry professionals two weeks of strategies to walk confidently into the future through connecting, learning, and an exceptional location... accessible from around the globe VIRTUALLY! 

Our speaker lineup includes thought leaders from the careers industry and beyond to bring you the resources you need to refresh your approach and the inspiration you need to renew your energy to help clients thrive and move forward with hope in 2021. Learn more and register.


March 2 & 9, 2021 | 4:00PM-6:00PM US ET
Gen Z and Millennial Career Coaching: A 5-Step Model

Earn CEU’s and refine your approach to working with teens and young adults as you help them in the career exploration and decision-making process. Learn about the viewpoints of those who make up Gen Z and the millennial generation. Discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on career planning. Robin Roman Wright, Board Certified Career & Leadership Coach, will be teaching this 6-hour webinar. Learn more and register.

March 11 & 23, 2021 | 4-5:30PM & 10-11:30AM US ET
Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification Spring 2021

The Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification is an 8-week program that features live instruction and mentoring. It focuses on how to assist individuals to choose the right career, find a job, and stay hired. Weekly sessions are live over the internet, and feature discussions, interactive exercises and case studies. Assignments include readings, short answer questions, and case study reviews. Participants gain hands-on experience during a 6-week supervised practicum.

There are two groups for Spring 2021: The first begins on March 11 with afternoon sessions; the second begins on March 23 with morning sessions. Group size is limited and an application is required. Information is available on the Forward Motion Coaching website.

March 1, 8 & 15, 2021 | 2:00PM-5:00PM US ET
Virtual TRAINER - An Applied Intensive

Virtual training is on the rise. Add this offering to help your clients and build your business. Our 3-session series equips seasoned and new trainers to design and deliver stellar virtual training, and fast! You learn and apply current, practical approaches. As a result, you can immediately and confidently train your learners on your content... virtually. Learn more and register.

March 22, 2021 | 2:00PM-5:00PM US ET
Virtual COACH

This 3-hour L.I.V.E. live-facilitated, interactive, virtual, experiential session trains new and veteran coaches to confidently and competently coach individuals and small groups virtually. You will learn and apply lessons on crafting the content of coaching interactions, facilitating meaningful conversation and forward movement, and managing Zoom technology to make it work smoothly. Learn more and register.

February-March, 2021 | Wednesdays, 2:00PM-5:00PM US ET
Career Ninja

The job search, career management, and world of work are shifting. As a result, many people are struggling to find their place, tell their story, get hired and thrive. Developed and delivered by careers thought leader and author of "No One Is Unemployable" and more, this intense, 5-session course and applied fieldwork equips you to help anyone begin a career now. Learn more and register.

Marie Zimenoff

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