Issue 427 | December 22, 2022

"No amount of regret changes the past, no amount of anxiety changes the future, any amount of gratitude changes the present." - Ann Voskamp, Canadian author, blogger, and memoirist

“My eyes are burning!”

This was my exclamation as ChatGPT typed out a sales professional resume in front of me with an “Objective” at the top.

Although there were a few elements that made the AI-created resume a no-go as it came across the screen, there were elements that we and our clients could use and an important lesson in the power of our work in helping people craft their personal stories.

You can check out the demo here if you missed it. We're going to be releasing new videos on our YouTube channel and we'd love if you'd subscribe and spread the word!

As we look toward a new year, this is a time of reflection. To consider the 2022 chapter of our story – our accomplishments and our joys that we want to carry forward.

Our Career Industry Authority group has enjoyed these reflection questions and perhaps these prompts can be helpful for you as well. For 2022:

  • The wisest decision you made
  • Discovered about yourself
  • Biggest risk / challenges overcome
  • Most important thing you did for others
  • Biggest accomplishment / most proud of
  • Most grateful for

It’s a time to look at 2023 and determine what we want more of and how we will craft our life/work integration to achieve those goals. Here are a few points to reflect on as you look toward 2023:

  • I will not procrastinate any more on
  • I will draw the most energy from
  • I will say yes when
  • I will advise myself to

What stands out for you in 2022? What is on the horizon for your 2023? Reply and let me know! I’d love to hear what you are up to.

For me, 2023 will be a year of community. Building deeper connections with our certification graduates, CTL Associates, and Career Industry Authority members now that we have technology support to do so.

The celebration of this growing community will be in beautiful sunny California when we get together again in person March 26–29, 2023. It will be the highlight of my year and I can’t wait!

Mark your calendar for January 10, 2023, at 4 pm ET for the annual White Paper release – I look forward to seeing you there or on another event in the new year.

Marie Zimenoff
CEO, Career Thought Leaders

P.S. If you want to stay up on the new and the next in careers, join us in San Diego for our 2023 Symposium. The registration price increases after December 31!

Price Increases for 2023 Symposium Registration after December 31!

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          • Save on Your Registration for the 2023 Symposium by December 31
          • CTL Associate News & Opportunities


          • Workforce Trends: Laid Off Tech Workers Wanted
          • Great Recession: Workers Plan to Quit in 2023
          • Social Media: Grow a Community on LinkedIn
          • Diversity: Study of Workplace Equity
          • Technology: Will ChatGPT Take Your Job?
          • Leadership: Reimagining Hybrid Leadership


                    • Colleagues Earn Prestigious Credentials


                    • Trend Tuesday Live
                    • Certified Personal Branding Strategist Class
                    • Academy Certified Resume Writer Course

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                                        Dec 31 | Price Increases for CTL 2023 Symposium

                                        Join us for 3 days of career rejuvenation through connecting, learning, and an exceptional location... one of the only private beaches in San Diego! Enjoy a luxury resort at a great group rate (see the bottom of the registration page for hotel information!).

                                        Our speaker lineup will include thought leaders from the careers industry and outside of the industry to bring you the resources you need to refresh your approach and the inspiration you need to renew your energy. 

                                        Who attends the Career Thought Leaders Professional Development Symposium? Career and leadership coaches, career services staff, professional resume writers, personal branding strategists, military transition staff, and like-minded professionals who guide others in advancing their careers.

                                          MONDAY (3/27/23) KEYNOTE

                                          Strategic Storytelling in Career Documents, LI, and Video Answer the “So What?” — Fire Up the Audience!

                                          This program will provide writers, university career center folks, military transition experts, and coaches with powerful insights to help clients tell their stories more effectively and advance their careers. The content will provide a brief overview of theory and delve into specific education on actual practice.

                                          Interactive exercises will give attendees a chance to model new skills. An array of handouts will be provided ranging from students to senior-level executives.

                                          PRESENTER BIOS:

                                          Jan has been helping colleagues and clients—from new graduates to C-suite executives—for 20+ years. She earned her master's degree from Wesleyan University and holds two undergraduate degrees in business. She teaches English and business at the University of South Florida and Bay Path University. Her newest book is MODERNIZE YOUR EXECUTIVE JOB SEARCH with co-author Louise Kursmark and TELLING TALES: ON MERLIN'S ISLAND is her first novel.

                                          In 2004, after Deb Dib became one of the first Certified Personal Branding Strategists, her mentor William Arruda encouraged her to niche to clients whom she respected for their vision and values. She gulped and dared greatly. No sharks or suits! Almost immediately gutsy, fun, ethical execs became her clients. She did the daring greatly happy dance!

                                          Fast-forward to now; she's grateful and humbled to be considered a leading voice in personal branding and career communications innovation. And she's dared greatly again, moving from B2C clients to serving B2B career industry colleagues. Innovation still drives her: she loves writing, teaching and creating curricula and sharing new concepts--via coaching, presentations, keynotes, workshops, webinars, and the like.

                                          WEDNESDAY (3/29/23) WORKSHOP

                                          Fresh, Forward, and Fearless Ideas to Revitalize Your Resume Content, Format, and Design - Louise Kursmark

                                          We all fall into resume ruts. This session is designed to jolt you out of your rut with fresh writing, format, and design inspirations. You’ll return home bubbling with ideas to invigorate your work.

                                          The three-hour working session will include:

                                          • WRITING IDEAS: Alternatives and examples to transform “same-old” writing to fresh new content.
                                          • FORMAT IDEAS: Strategies for highlighting critical information and creating highly readable documents.
                                          • DESIGN IDEAS: Color and graphic examples that add interest and value; creative samples from different contributors.

                                          Learning will be reinforced by exercises, and fresh ideas from attendees will be most welcome during this interactive program

                                          PRESENTER BIO:

                                          Louise Kursmark is a career storyteller who has been crafting branded resumes and career documents for more than 20 years. She is the author of some two dozen career-related books, including 3 titles in the MODERNIZE YOUR CAREER series with co-authors Wendy Enelow and Jan Melnik.

                                          Louise was the first person worldwide to earn the Master Resume Writer credential and has won 6 “best resume” awards. Among her favorite things in life, in addition to her friends and family, are traveling, biking, visiting baseball stadiums around the country, and sharing success strategies with a room full of career professionals.

                                          Watch for more speaker announcements next week!

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                                          CTL ASSOCIATE NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

                                          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!

                                          VISIT OUR SHOP

                                          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!

                                          Workforce Trends: Big Tech Laid Off Thousands. Here’s Who Wants Them Next (WIRED)

                                          If you are working with individuals who have been laid off from the tech industry, this article shares what organizations are excited to lure top-tier talent. Are they considering these types of organizations? If your clients are looking for a new career with less risk of layoff, they can check out this article.

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                                          Great Recession: Nearly 50% of Workers Plan to Quit Their Jobs in 2023 (Entrepreneur)

                                          This article shares data from a new Robert Half report that professionals are looking for a new job. A report from Achieve shows a large percentage of workers have no plans to leave their current job. The talk about finding meaningful work continues, so save January 18 at 2:00 pm ET for a session to give you tools to deepen that conversation with clients.

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                                          Social Media: How to Build and Grow a Loyal Community on LinkedIn (Social Media Examiner)

                                          This article goes through the step-by-step of finding and building your community on LinkedIn (even though it mentions B2B, this works for B2C and for our clients!). If you are looking for popular career services hashtags, send me a note to get the freebie from our research every year for the Certified Digital Branding Strategist course.

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                                          Early Registration Ends for CTL Symposium in San Diego

                                          Join us on an exclusive beach location to learn and network with forward-thinking colleagues!

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                                          Diversity: The National Study of Workplace Equity (Boston College & SHRM)

                                          The Center for Social Innovation at Boston College School of Social work partnered with SHRM to conduct a national study of workplace equity, looking at 1000 workplaces in the U.S. to determine the inequities within 10 employment systems.

                                          Read More

                                          Technology: Will ChatGPT or Other AI Take Over Your Career Services Job? (CTL Video)

                                          Walk through a demo of ChatGPT as it researches companies, writes a blog, and writes resumes and cover letters. This demo includes comparisons to other available technology and ideas for how we may (and may not) want to use it in our work.

                                          Watch Now

                                          Leadership: Work 3.0: Reimagining Leadership in a Hybrid World (Center for Creative Leadership)

                                          This report details what leaders need to know to be successful in the realities of the new world of work from a global perspective.

                                          Read More

                                          Congratulations to Nelson Emilio and Dumont Owen who earned and renewed the Certified Digital Branding Strategist credential from Career Thought Leaders. They are now leading the pack in guiding clients to create a stand-out digital brand based on the Reach Personal Branding methodology!

                                          Congratulations to Karen Parker and Dahlia Ashford 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. Kudos to you!

                                          Congratulations to Laura Slawson who renewed the Master Resume Writer credential, demonstrating mastery of the art of resume writing and continued dedication to staying on top of trends to provide the best outcomes for candidates. Kudos to you, Laura!

                                          CTL & RWA EVENTS

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                                          During times of economic uncertainty, it can be tempting to discount services. This tactic can undermine your income for years to come and may or may not achieve the goal of increased revenue. A workshop or course - whether a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days - can open the door for new clients to deepen their understanding of the services you offer while solving an immediate problem. Join us for a hands-on session where you will create the outline, base content, marketing strategy, and logistics plan for delivering the webinar. Learn more and register.

                                          December 27, 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.

                                          January 24, 2023 | 11:00AM-12:30PM US ET
                                          Certified Personal Branding Strategist Class
                                          Get the tools 1000s of coaches in 40+ countries are using to stand out in a crowded market... and a process to guide clients to do the same. Learn a comprehensive, 3-step process for uncovering, communicating, and nurturing your personal brand. If you want clients to step confidently into their next move – be it entrepreneurship, a promotion, or a job search, this step-by-step process will set them on the right path (and increase your confidence, too!). Learn more and register.

                                          February 9, 2023 | 1:00PM-2:30PM 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 35th 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 a community of elite writers (no renewal or membership required!). Learn more and register.

                                          Marie Zimenoff

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