Issue 398 | May 5, 2022

“Creativity doesn't wait for the perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones” – Bruce Garrbrandt, Artist, Author, Speaker

It only takes one yes!

This is something we often tell job seekers: it only takes one company to present you with an employment offer to end your search.

But how do they know if that offer is good enough? How do they know if they should wait for something better?

Two weeks ago we put our house on the market at a time when many are getting multiple offers in less than a few days (sometimes within hours!).

I fully anticipated being back in our house by the following Monday with an offer in hand.


Instead, the boys and I spent the week out of the house hoping for more showings. And on Sunday morning, 10 days after listing, received an offer.

If we bring a bit of perspective to this issue, prior to 2019 getting a full-price offer on a house in 10 days would have been outstanding. 

But now that "everyone else" is getting offers quickly and many going over asking, it can be tempting to feel disappointed.

Instead of comparing the offer to an external perspective, we looked at our priorities. And we considered the uncertainty of the future. Will houses continue to go quickly and over asking much longer?

A similar transition is happening right now in many ways for job seekers.

Although it is a job seekers market in many industries and geographies, the same is not true in others (like the mortgage industry, which is seeing significant layoffs in the U.S.).

Some companies may offer larger salaries that match what our clients hear others being offered, but fewer benefits or poor company culture.

This is why coaching is so powerful. It helps people get clear in their values. Put comparisons and research in their place. Weigh the pros and cons.

The "how-to" of job search, interviewing, and negotiation are important. And at the end of the day, coaching is really about helping people get into the right mindset to take the actions that work for them -- boldly and without regret.

I'll leave you today with one of my favorite quotes: "Comparison is the thief of joy" (Theodore Roosevelt). I prefer it to Twain's "Comparison is the death of joy," as with reflection we can put that comparison in it's place and be joyful!

How do you move yourself and your clients past the temptation of comparison? 

Marie Zimenoff
CEO, Career Thought Leaders

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    • Diversity: Age-Friendly Employer
    • College to Career: Campus Recruiting is Back
    • Digital Branding: Interactive Content on IG
    • Interview: Answer These Questions for Fun
    • Networking: Cure to Loneliness
    • Cover Letter: Do You Need One?


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                    MAY 9 | Coaching Week: Group Coaching, Resources & More to Build Your Authority in the Careers Industry

                    Dozens of articles are shared every day on career-related topics and the future of work. Are you keeping up? Or are you...

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                    • May 9: Overview & Orientation to the Virtual Community in Mighty Networks (multiple timeslots available)
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                      MAY 18 | Prepare Clients for Today’s Interviews: Tools for Virtual Interviews, Email Salary Negotiation, and More

                      Interviewing changed forever in 2020, and for a while it was OK that clients didn't have a professional background, fumbled around a bit on Zoom, and may not have had a great presence on video.

                      But according to the latest Jobvite data, virtual interviews are here to stay and our clients need to polish up their performance to engage in meaningful conversations with employers, demonstrate their virtual work skills, and compete for the jobs they really want. 

                      We've taken our tried-and-true interview preparation materials and given them a modern-day upgrade, freshened up the arsenal of tools clients need, and are ready to share them with you to use with your clients!

                      After this session you will walk away with:

                      • Coaching questions to help a client identify their challenges and style
                      • Research and resources on virtual communication that any client can use to improve their video presence
                      • Checklists and resources to help them prepare for the interview so they are more comfortable and stand out from the crowd (most of whom still fail to do the research!)
                      • A virtual interview feedback process, checklist, and feedback grid so you can provide meaningful feedback for every client after a mock interview
                      • Research, resources, scripts, and coaching questions for helping clients navigate new challenges like negotiating remote/hybrid work, email salary negotiation, and location-based salary

                      Registration includes access to the live session on May 18, from 4:00-5:30 pm ET AND the recording to watch any time you'd like.

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                        CTL COMMUNITY NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

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

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                        Diversity: Massachusetts Becomes First State Certified as an Age-Friendly Employer (

                        Massachusetts is blazing the way as the first state-certified as an “age-friendly” employer. This is a trend to watch as we help older job seekers! Also, check out this bonus article (Forbes) on how women can help women move into the C-suite.

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                        College to Career: Job Recruiting on College Campuses Rears Back to Life (The Wall Street Journal)

                        Just in time for the class of 2022, it appears that on-campus recruiting is making a comeback. This article shares what some companies are doing to stand out. Here’s a bonus article for your students on how to turn their internship into a job offer.

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                        Digital Branding: How to Use Interactive Content on Instagram to Elevate Your Branding (Rolling Stone – limited access)

                        If you are on Instagram or thinking about connecting with clients there, this article walks you through some of the interactive elements you can be using to increase engagement

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                        Interviewing: Answer These Job Interview Questions and We’ll Tell You Where You Would Work in Mayberry (MeTV)

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                        Networking: Introducing Sidechat: The Cure to Loneliness (Medium)

                        A new browser extension allows you to chat with anyone else currently viewing that website. A bit creepy, but perhaps a good networking tool. What are your thoughts? It might take more than a browser extension to combat loneliness, and recent research that has a few deeper thoughts for us in this bonus article.

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                        Cover Letters: Do You Need a Cover Letter? Survey Says… (CTL Video)

                        Watch this video for a quick update on the data around the importance of cover letters. Let me know your thoughts and what your clients are seeing and doing!

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                        CTL & RWA EVENTS

                        May 9–13, 2022 | Various Times
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                        Access to group coaching and strategy calls, exclusive training sessions, and a community of industry colleagues at your fingertips … this is what you’ll find inside the Career Industry Authority. Join us for a preview of the CIA communities and a week full of opportunities for you to connect with and learn from your colleagues. Learn more and register today.

                        May 10, 2022 | 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.

                        May 18, 2022 | 4:00PM-5:30PM US ET
                        Prepare Clients for Today’s Interviews
                        Interviewing now requires clients to have virtual communication skills and tools to navigate new conversations like remote/hybrid work, location-based salary, and more. In this session, we’ll dive into the research and strategies around these latest trends. You’ll walk away with checklists, scripts, and other tools you can use in your practice the next day to better prepare job seekers. Learn more and register today.

                        PARTNER EVENTS

                        June 16-August 24, 2022 | 4:00PM-5:30PM US ET
                        Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification Summer 2022
                        This 8-week program 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. Participants gain hands-on experience during a 6-week supervised practicum. This program qualifies for 21 GCDF credits. Group size is limited to 10, and an application is required. Details are on the Forward Motion Coaching website.

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