Issue 338 | March 4, 2021

"You can’t stop change, any more than you can stop the suns from setting." - Shmi Skywalker

What is the thing you've been waiting to do until you get your "ducks in a row"?

That thing to grow your business, advance your career, or maybe achieve a goal on your bucket list?

Last December, I took the plunge and hired 3 new virtual assistants (VAs). I had been waiting until my ducks were in a row, and I finally gave up on that and just did it!

It wasn't the actual process of hiring that was a challenge ... I had gone through a program that laid that all out for you.

It was the mental shift away from fear -- not being ready, failing, succeeding.

What's really the worst that could happen if you took the leap on the thing you've been waiting to do? What is fear keeping you from?

Many of you have been talking about hiring staff. If this is you, I'd encourage you to check out The Front Row CEO program I went through to hire my VAs.

Jen walks you through the process -- and the mental shift!

And, as an affiliate for the program, and believer in the power of coaching, I'll be doing a separate mastermind group for people in our audience that join The Front Row CEO program.

If you sign up, send me an email and we'll get our group started in April.

If you are taking a different leap in your business, career, or life, send me an email and let me know!

Let's keep each other growing in 2021 and beyond.

Marie Zimenoff
CEO, Career Thought Leaders

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March 16-26, 2021

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  • Career Transition Coach Program Starts March 10
  • Annual Symposium: There’s Still Time to Join Us
  • CTL Associate News & Opportunities


  • LinkedIn Profiles: Forbidden Job Title
  • Workforce Trends: Job-Hopping Not Enough
  • Diversity: Bias & Hiring for Culture Fit
  • LinkedIn Features: New Marketplace Platform
  • Mental Health: Therapy and Your Career
  • Salary Negotiation: Contract Jobs


  • Colleagues Earn Prestigious Credentials


CTL & RWA Events

  • Trend Tuesday Live
  • Certified Career Transition Coach
  • Annual Professional Development Symposium (Virtual!)
  • CTL Associate Call

Partner Events

  • Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification
  • Virtual TRAINER - An Applied Intensive
  • Virtual COACH
  • Career Ninja

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MAR 10 | Certified Career Transition Coach Program Starts

Grow your confidence and improve candidate outcomes through 9 hours of training and hands-on activities to use with candidates. Get resources for career coaching – from exploration through decision-making and starting the job search process.

The training, resources, and worksheets you receive include:

  • Activities to guide clients in identifying their key career drivers.
  • Tools to improve your process of debriefing and creating action plans from career assessments and activities.
  • Structures for helping clients see the progress you are making together and connect activities to outcomes.
  • Processes for researching career options and target organizations to speed their decision-making and job search.
  • And much more!

This class won’t sit on your shelf... our interactive program will guide you in integrating the concepts into your independent coaching practice, workforce center coaching and workshops, or college career services.

Approved for 12 ICF CCEs, including 7.5 Core Competency Credits.

MAR 16-26 | Professional Development Symposium

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 refresh your energy, approach, and network in 2021!



  • Kam Khare, CStarter LLC, Washington DC 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!

LinkedIn Profiles: Unable to Legally Use a Job Title on LinkedIn (City News)

Could your client be prohibited from using a job title on LinkedIn if they don’t hold a certain degree? This is a story to watch as we work with clients in optimizing their profiles!

Watch Now

Workforce Trends: Millennials, Gen Z Are Job-Hopping, But Maybe Not Enough (CNBC)

This article shares data on the increasing speed of job changes, what is motivating the changes, and some insight on how perception of hiring managers is changing.

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Diversity: Is Hiring for Culture Fit Perpetuating Bias? (Forbes – Limited Free Access)

This article shares how hiring for culture fit might be perpetuating bias and suggestions for hiring managers. What does this mean for our diverse job seekers?

Read More

Certified Career Transition Coach Program

Training & Process for Career Transition
Course Starts March 10

Click Here to Learn More!

LinkedIn Features: LinkedIn’s Developing a New Freelance Marketplace Platform to Facilitate New Opportunities (Social Media Today)

Building on LinkedIn Profinder, the platform is now rolling out a feature to facilitate company hiring of freelance workers.

Read More

Mental Health: Can Therapy Help Your Career? This Study Found Out (Ladders)

We witness the emotional challenges of job search. This article shares the data around the mental health impact of job search and other career-related challenges and how therapy can assist.

Read More

Salary Negotiation: 3 Questions to Ask When Negotiating a Contract Job (TechRepublic)

As our candidates navigate an increasingly contract or gig workforce, their negotiation tactics will need to change. This article offers practical tips and we’ll learn more from Ezra Singer during the Symposium!

Read More

Colleagues Earn Prestigious Credentials

Congratulations to Carole Parker Walsh and Shruti Parashar who earned the Certified Career Transition Coach credential from Career Thought Leaders. You have demonstrated your commitment to coaching and expanding your knowledge with practical tools to improve outcomes for your clients. Keep up the good work!

Kudos to Noreen Fantasia and Pat Everett who earned the Academy Certified Resume Writer credential from Resume Writing Academy. You have worked hard to perfect your writing, improve your strategy, and design effective documents. Welcome to this group of elite writers across the globe. We are thrilled to have you in the ACRW community!


March 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.

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 16 - 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 29, 2021 | 12:00PM-1:00PM US ET
CTL Associate Quarterly Call with CTL Board

Join us to discuss what topics you'd like to cover this year! Calls are open to all CTL Associates and are 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. RSVP for this call.

To read about all of the benefits and opportunities of becoming a CTL Associate ($399 lifetime fee), click here.


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 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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