Issue 396 | April 23, 2022

“Without jumping off its perch, the bird would never fly.” – Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Awakening

Our house went on the market yesterday.

We're having an open house today and there have been checklists upon checklists to make sure the house and yard are clean (no small feat with 2 little boys and a dog running about!).

Are you a big list maker? What other tools do you use to keep organized?

Do you love these lists or use them begrudgingly?

When I worked in administration at the university I learned to be effective in detail-oriented settings, and even scored slightly as "Sensing" on the Myers-Briggs early on in my counselor training.

But the farther away I got from that type of job, the more my natural Intuitive came out! In my first few years of coaching, I struggled to find balance between letting the client lead and providing structure to make client engagements more successful.

During this time, I realized that clients needed an outline - a way to understand what our general flow of work together would look like and a guide to keep our work (and me!) on task.

I started using these in my proposals to prospects and throughout our engagements, and they worked!

Beyond the outlines, I noticed clients - regardless of personality - benefited from structure to guide their career decision making and job search processes, and started using checklists, weekly/daily planning sheets, and more.

Over the last 10 years working with clients and teaching, these tools to use with clients have multiplied! Here's an example of a Networking Strategy Checklist from the Certified Hidden Job Market Coach program.

You likely have done the same in your work with clients. What are your favorite tools? In what areas would you love more structure to guide your clients?

Reply and let me know ... I might have something I can share with you!

For now, I'm off to consult the checklist so our open house can be successful.

If you are in the Minneapolis area, drop me a note as I'd love to connect with you as we get settled in there this summer.

Marie Zimenoff
CEO, Career Thought Leaders

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    • Digital Branding: Create a LinkedIn Banner
    • Future of Work: Jobs of the Future
    • Networking: Maximize Your Time
    • Social Workforce: New Anonymous Network
    • Workforce Trends: Work-from-Anywhere Reality
    • Diversity: Life for Autistic Workers


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                    APR 27 | Certified Hidden Job Market Coach Training Program

                    Job search takes a toll on client confidence, motivation, and follow-through. From targeting their search, to networking and using social media, opportunities for fear to erode their success are constant.

                    Are you looking for tools to address the fears and barriers that stop job seekers in their tracks?

                    The Certified Hidden Job Market Coach (CHJMC) program offers a structured approach to job search planning, networking, and proactive search. During this 6-week virtual class, you'll learn how to improve job search strategy, hone your coaching approach, and structure your services so candidates land jobs faster.

                    You’ll also walk away with 40+ worksheets, checklists, scripts, and other tools to use with job seekers throughout the process … all of which you can customize, including adding your business or organization branding!

                    Delivery: 6 virtual classes (webinar), 1.5 hours each, for 9 hours of training PLUS the 40+ done-for-you worksheets you can customize for your business. No membership or renewal required.

                      ICF Credits: 4.5 ICF Core Competency credits when you join the live classes!

                      Classes will be recorded, and you will have lifetime access to the recordings and materials.


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                      Digital Branding: How to Create a Professional LinkedIn Banner Using Canva (Make Use Of)

                      Many of us are creating banners for clients. If you want to give them the information to do it themselves, this is a great resource.

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                      Future of Work: You May Never Have Heard of These Jobs, But They Could Be Your Future (New York Post)

                      Some of these jobs won’t surprise you, and this article provides great insight into emerging careers and the skills they will require.

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                      Networking: Intentional Networking: 7 Ways to Maximize the ROI on Your Time (Forbes – Limited Articles)

                      We know that who we and our clients associate with has an impact on our path. This article dives deep into that concept and how it impacts networking for any purpose. If you want tools to help your job seeker network more effectively, join us for the Certified Hidden Job Market Coach program!

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                      Social Workforce: An Anonymous Social Network That Lets You Complain About Your Job (Fortune)

                      Had you heard about this new social network that lets people anonymously complain about their employer? Fascinating read! See this bonus article on how often HR leaders keep tabs on employee social media activity.

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                      Workforce Trends: The Work-From-Anywhere Reality (O’Connell Group)

                      This report goes into detail on how leaders can be more successful in work-from-anywhere environments and the challenges all clients need to consider for career happiness and success. There is data from Harvard Business School in this bonus article on how often to go to the office.

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                      Diversity: What Life Is Like for Autistic Workers (SHRM)

                      Read this story and additional insights for a better understanding of the barriers people with autism face in the workplace. If you missed it, listen in to my discussion with Melissa Kelley where she shared her story and tips for working with clients on the autism spectrum and with ADHD.

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                      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.

                      April 27, 2022 | 3:00PM-4:30PM US ET
                      Certified Hidden Job Market Coach Training Program
                      Are you looking for tools to address the fears and barriers that stop job seekers in their tracks? The Certified Hidden Job Market Coach (CHJMC) program offers a structured approach to job search planning, networking, and proactive search. During this 6-week virtual class, you'll learn how to improve job search strategy, hone your coaching approach, and structure your services so candidates land jobs faster. Learn more and register.

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