In November I am giving my all to my upcoming seminars on how to take the next step in your career. I will be standing in front of a group of new people (aka “students”) who I have never met before and giving my #profadvice and keeping everyone excited, energized and on their toes. It is going to be an intimate event with actual work happening during the session - I am including a picture of my initial planning "to do" list. As someone who pulls triple duty, I take time where I can find it to plan and manage my business. Sometimes, I use my iPhone notes section to begin to brainstorm about new ideas and events. This is an inside look on how this entrepreneur begins the planning process. Of course, I drafted this a few weeks ago and have much more behind it for the event, but this is just a teaser post after all.
The act of getting up in front of a group of "students" or seminar attendees is something I could not do if I did not have extensive experience with public speaking and with the ability to teach – when I first started teaching in 2003, I was terrified. This despite the fact that I was the go-to person to give presentations in undergrad and grad school and was the Speech and Debate team captain at St John’s University [blogger note: I was state and north east champion in 1998 for my Prose rendition of Sandra Cisneros Bien Pretty - check it out what a great short story and I was told by the judges that I really made them laugh and cry when I did it...] and I even gave the commencement address at my graduation in front of at least 1,000+ people. Despite that, it was not until I became an adjunct professor that I realized how to make content come alive – how to create content to teach and how to help my students find joy in learning. Yes, that sounds corny but finding joy in learning is how to grow, how to become a better person and just how to continually get better at life, career and more. If you stop learning, you are not living.
So for these upcoming seminars, I am bringing my A-game. I am starting off with resumes and cover letters (again, check out the image below for a teaser). This is the basic building block to finding your next step. Without as close to a perfect resume as possible for you that represents you and your strengths, skills and accomplishments, you cannot get to your next step. The seminar is from 7pm-9pm and when you leave you will be ready to take your next step with your resume and cover letter that reflect the best YOU and that can get you the next step in your industry you are interested in most. I am also doing bonus material in thank you notes - you can read my blog post about thank you notes to understand what I think about how they should be done - and then you can come to the seminar to have me show you and make it meaningful in person. You can also get a sense for what I will share if you have been reading my blog interview tips, resume advice categories - amplify those posts with real in person training and one on one time between me and you and you will see why the $99 price tag is a huge bargain!
For the next seminar, we will focus on using social media to build your brand. For some of us, this does not even make sense as a sentence but it is what is setting apart “meh” candidates from “WOW” candidates for hiring managers and hr folks. Using social media effectively and “smart-ly” can mean the difference between looking for your next step and having your next step find you. It really is that powerful. As a relative “newbie” to the world of social media to brand myself as an "expert", I still can teach you a lot about it and my knowledge is latest and greatest because I have been learning this right now - not ten years ago, not five years ago but right now. Using social media has unlocked so many opportunities for me that I do not think I would have had without using the tools I use to brand myself as #profisin and #profadvice to really convey my insights and advice to the masses. It is scary and not for the faint of heart but done right with my rules and advice can lead you to the career path for you.
For the third seminar, we will tackle interviewing skills and media training. If you have been following my blog, you know a little of what I think about interviewing and media skills but I have so much more to share in person with tips and techniques to make you stand out for any type of interview. Having media skills along with interviewing skills are a necessity today. Everyone needs to know how to be camera ready in addition to being able to discuss their strengths and abilities using the bragalogue – telling stories is how to achieve a positive interview experience.
Check out my VLOG (coming soon) for a teaser on what we will be covering in these seminars. Let me know in the comments or via chat what you would want to see addressed to make your resume and cover letter perfect. Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen