Enjoy reading this blog post by my intern, Jalynn mcmillan a future pr maven...
Hello, this Jalynn Mcmillan and I am an intern for Lisa Vento Nielsen for the summer of 2016. I am thrilled to be interning for her as I plan to pursue a career in public relations. Many of the things we (me and the other intern Jennifer) do while interning for Lisa are directly related to our career goals. I would highly recommend interning for Lisa, she is very kind-hearted and patient, if you ever have any questions she's more than happy to help you. She can really help you better yourself.
This internship will help me learn a lot of new skills like marketing, photography and of course will help my resume. Since 80% of resumes end up being thrown out, it is crucial to know how to build a resume that will get you hired. One of the books I am currently reading by Lisa is also truly informative The Book on Career Readiness: The Prof's Guide to Graduating College with a Job Offer.
Last week on Tuesday and Thursday, Lisa did her Career Readiness Training at Staten Island Technical School. The other intern, Jennifer, wrote about her thoughts on that training here. It is exciting to be able to share my thoughts on the event, too. Lisa is interested in having us be “career-ready” and writing a blog post definitely fits in to my career goals of public relations. I am also working on creating some press releases for her company, too! Look for updates on that from me soon, too.
On Tuesday July 12th at Tech, she spoke about topics such as what it takes to get hired and how to make a resume worth reading that won't end up in the trash. As younger people, it may be harder for all of us to be hired. Not only for teenagers in high school, but also for me a sophomore in college. The hard truth is millennials get stereotyped. Employers might take one look at us and their head will be filled with negative, harsh judgements of us right away without even giving us a chance. They could think we are always going to be on our phone or that we are bad communicators or that we are too young to be responsible. Lisa talks about the ways to prove that we all don't fit into that stereotype.
It's also important to utilize social media. Our generation may have to prove ourselves harder than other generations but we have some tools that can help this be easier, too. LinkedIn should be your new best friend. Well, not literally but it can 100% help you on your career search. Even if you are in high school it's never too early to start, who knows it might help you land an awesome internship. If you want to be a journalist you could post some articles on there, if you want to be a filmmaker you could post some of your films, or if you want to be an artist you could post some of your artwork. This will help you be seen by employers. Lisa always says use social media to showcase your brand. Furthermore, it is essential to stay true to yourself and be authentic.
The most important thing you should know is how to create a resume worth reading. Employers want academic success and extracurricular activities but they also want experience. You should have references as well. When building a resume it should be in reverse chronological order. The most relevant should come first and the least relevant last. You should focus on the latest and greatest. As Lisa would say, remember this is the script of your story and it's the paper that gets you in door but it's you that gets you hired.
She also had extensive help on what to do during an interview and based on her talk, I documented these rules that will help you on an interview:
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Today is the first day of summer and in honor of that I wanted to share my tips on staying cool for the interview. The rumor is that the east coast will be hit with one of the hottest summers in decades - how can you beat the heat while interviewing?
My rules for you are here:
Rule 1: Do not dress for the beach – no matter how tempting it is to wear something light and airy for the hot months, it is not the right move to make for the interview or professional event you are attending. First of all, it looks unprofessional; learn more about dressing for success. Second of all, office buildings are the equivalent of the tundra for most of the summer months with the AC set on what feels like 50 degrees below zero. You will regret that sleeveless sundress or board shorts immediately upon entering the building and realizing that shivering through an interview is not a good look.
Rule 2: While schlepping for the interview, consider hopping a cab or an air conditioned bus for part of the ride. Beware the subway – some cars are air conditioned and some are not – nothing wilts you faster than the air below the surface at stagnating temperatures.
Rule 3: Bring water with you – keep hydrated. No one wants an interviewee to pass out – period. So make sure you have some water with you.
Rule 4: Bring extra deodorant and/or a light body spray – you will feel uncomfortable if you are all sweaty and if you are really sweaty it might make an interviewer notice, too. So just to be safe, keep a travel sized deodorant with you. Understand that you might sweat a lot on the way to the interview and most people will be sweaty, too because it can be like an oven in NYC – take some precautions if possible like traveling without wearing your interview shirt and changing in a Starbucks before the interview.
Rule 5: Be as ready for the interview as possible with my interviewing tips and keep in mind that you probably will not have many interviews in August because it just becomes the end of the summer and everyone is focused on getting some downtime in. Most offices are empty in August so try to get in as many interviews as possible through June and July!
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Interviewing How To
The trick of interviewing is to be personable, professional and practiced. Those 3 P’s are the most important way to make a great impression and it goes without saying that you must also be “punctual”. At times, life happens but I am by default always early by at least 30 – 45 minutes. Here are some of my words of advice on interviewing:
More on Interviewing:
Recently a student asked me if it was okay to go on an interview even if the job was not appealing. In my opinion, I think this is a conundrum. On the one hand, you do not want to waste anyone’s time – your own or someone else’s. On the other hand, there are times where you have limited information about the job and even less information about the company and their other departments, divisions and needs. It is therefore in your interest to make a point to go to interviews even if you are not sure the company or the job is a good fit for you. It allows you to meet new people, to practice your interviewing skills and maybe could lead to your next step through indirect means. For instance, you might meet with XYZ company about this job but they know someone is hiring within their industry or even within their company for something else and pass your information along.
If you are professional, punctual, practiced and prepared you might find yourself with additional opportunities and that is why I ultimately advised the student to go on the interviews, even if the job did not seem to be a good fit.
What do you think about my advice? Do you think interviewing more helps you be a better interviewee? Would you consider taking training in my seminars at Wagner College on How to Take Your Next Step which focuses on interviewing training, media readiness and more? Click here to find out more: http://www.thenextstep1234.com/seminars-offered-by-the-next-step-and-wagner-college-office-for-lifelong-learning.html
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While shopping for everyone’s must have items for the holidays, do not give up on your job shopping for your new next step. Also, when you have a few days "off" from work (maybe), spend some time catching up with my #profadvice on managing your career and more.
If you are shopping for a new job, try not to get disappointed with the lack of communication as you will probably not hear back from anyone because the holidays are so busy for everyone. Do not get discouraged; understand that most every office goes to half-staff either planned or on accident because everyone is more focused on planning their events and fun stuff for the holiday season. That being said, do not give up on your search because it is possible that your resume will be seen right after the holidays. Early spring is a great time to find a new job because once the holidays are over and the New Year has officially begun, people are thinking about achieving the rest of their performance goals by the year-end for their particular companies.
Ways to be ready to be on the top of everyone’s minds for the new jobs opening up is to consider following these quick tips for holiday job shopping:
If all of my content and lessons have spoken to you, please check out my seminars being offered at Wagner College to help you prepare to take your next step: http://wagner.edu/lifelong-learning/career-workshop/
Have a great holiday and spend some down time catching up with my content, lessons learned and videos to help you prepare for finding your next step in your career. Happy Hunting!
There is so much to share on interviewing and I wanted to build out a little more on the act of interviewing, more so than just how to answer one specific question. The ability to shine on an interview is all in your hands, if you can make a connection with the interviewer(s), the job is (potentially) as good as yours. One way to make an connection with an interviewer is with the usage of the coined word "bragalogue" or in telling stories to detail the answer to a specific question that shows your abilities and people skills all wrapped up into one package.
When answering questions, try the following tips to be personable and friendly by maintaining eye contact and smiling. For the questions that detail your abilities, try to tell stories. Make your stories poignant, funny, self-deprecating and more in varying degrees. Do not make them all have the same tone – provide a level of entertainment to the interviewing process, if you are skilled at telling a funny story. If you are not good at telling funny stories or worry about keeping the story straight, practice it so many times until it becomes like second nature to you to tell these stories. Do not tell stories for every question asked and also watch your time. Do not drone on and on about the intricate details of XYZ project but instead, if you are using this project to detail your toughest decision (for example), then just focus on the part that was the tough decision and then gently allude to the overall results of the project.
The questions you should answer with a story or a bragalogue are the ones that require showcasing how well you can do this (new) job. So when asked to talk about your greatest success, use a bragalogue. Detail how you succeeded and why. I always had a myriad of stories for answering the “story” questions, such as:
I will say that you should not use a "story" answer for every interview question because I would be cautious of seeming like a story telling entertainer and not a potential employee. I think there is a balance for every bragalogue or story that you tell, to also have quicker and succinct answers that hit the interviewer’s main interest. Try to understand what that interest is – it goes around the type of position and also the culture of the company.
There is a balance to interviewing that includes listening and responding to cues from the interviewer. It is something that can be taught but some people instinctively know how to react to others. My upcoming seminars with Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning will give intensive interviewing bootcamp style training on how to be ready for your next step, click below to find out more and to join me in early 2016 to be ready for your next step. Also, I have written blog posts about using body language on an interview and also other interviewing tips; check out my category “Interviewing tips” here: http://www.thenextstep1234.com/blog/category/interviewing-tips.
So as a recap, use vocal inflections and personal connections with the interviewer while answering. Use the story mechanism to answer some questions but not all. Do not ramble. Keep your answers to a few minutes but not more than 5-7 minutes. It should be a give and take, not a monologue. What do you think about using the story (or bragalogue) to answer interview questions? What are your go-to stories? Happy hunting!
I was recently inspired to write this by Ms Sarah Wilson from The Ladders - she sent me this great article and asked me what advice I would share (article link: http://info.theladders.com/career-advice/how-to-discuss-your-biggest-weakness-in-interview). I have a lot of content on interviewing and how to interview but I have not spent the time to address this one piece - how to answer the dreaded "What is your biggest weakness" question while on an interview.
The whole set up of any interview is to be as "perfect" as possible and now you are asked to talk about why you are NOT perfect. Hiring managers and everyone knows that it is impossible to truly be perfect but what this question requires is a little finesse. I talk a lot about the bragalogue or the telling of stories while on an interview. Not long winded, never-ending stories, but quick insights into who you are and how you handle your work-life, all crafted to show the human side of you. Doing a bragalogue right is something that is very hard to do without practicing it a lot. When it comes to answering the biggest weakness question, you want to do something I will dub the human-alogue. You want to show you are human and also show you handle the fact that sometimes you falter.
So, the old advice was to always answer this question with an actual weakness that was really a strength. Like, "I just work too hard" - I think this is overdone and quite frankly, annoying. Anyone who hears this type of answer is inwardly rolling their eyes. Obviously, this question did not go away - it is still considered a go-to interview question and to make yourself stand out (in a good way) try answering it with a human-alogue. Tell a story about what you really are weak in and how you accommodate that weakness - how you worked to overcome it.
This makes you human, approachable and shows you can handle "adversity" - you have to think about what this means to you. Did you, in the past, micromanage a team? Did that happen because you have a Type A personality? (And yes, I am speaking from experience - I did learn that my type A personality could come at a weakness if I tried to exert control over everyone and everything around me without having trust in my team). So you could say, " When I was working at XYZ, I had a stint that I like to refer to as "control-town" - I executed too much control over my team and not enough trust in their abilities to do their tasks well without me micro-managing them. One day, I had an epiphany and realized that as long as I mentored and was available to my team for any questions or issues, I did not have to be involved with every decision and task. This is when I learned to delegate and to be the great manager I am today because I now do XYZ when I lead ... " And so on and so on. Having these bite sized stories to tell (not only for the biggest weakness question) can help you establish a relationship with the interviewer and hopefully get you your next step.
Also, be sure to check out The Ladders new job market guides to assist professionals in any stage of their career.
What do you think about my advice? How do you answer this interview question? Happy Hunting!
When you think about it, time flies so quickly. As we get closer to Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays, before we know it, it will be New Year’s and closing out 2015 and saying hello to 2016. For most of us, we want all good things in the new year and that can include finding a new next step for our careers.
As the year comes to an end (faster every year, I think), what can we do to prepare for our next steps?
Some of my quick ideas for those who are employed are, as follows:
For those who are unemployed, your 2015 close out should include:
You can do some or all of this on your own – you can also look into career services like my company to help you be prepared for your next step. My seminars in March about How to Take Your Next Step are a great gift for a friend or family member (or even for yourself) as we get out of the holiday season, be ready for taking your next step with help from the best.
When you are on an interview, you want to appear to be comfortable and confident but not too comfortable. You do not want to slip into your regular “speaking” – so if you curse a lot in your real life, you want to be extra cautious that crude language does not slip through during your interview. Once, I had a speaker come to some of my classes at a local college and he was great – and he also sounded like an extra from Goodfella’s – but he crafted that persona and used it to help him make sales in his competitive industry.
He told the class the story about how he had been up against Harvard educated people who had done polo and stuff as a sport and he was just always out of his element until he began to embrace the differences and say to potential clients, “I am the real deal – this is who I am and I can help you do XYZ the best” and even with his Brooklyn-ese accent, it became part of his charm.
I think for all of us in the tri-state area, our language and how we speak is something that will always mark us as different and you see it in the world of NYC in any industry, the higher you get in a company, the less you hear of the NY accent. So if you want your career to continue to grow beyond the entry level world, you need to consider how you pronounce your words and what words you use.
For some people, the accent can be what sets us apart and/or can make us appear genuine in a world of upper crust society but for most of us you want to always present yourself as more than you came from as being refined and poised. It is hard to do that when you are saying, “Whaddya mean?” or something to that effect.
I said in a recent VLOG post that I used to sound exactly like Mona Lisa Vito from My Cousin Vinny and it was actually something that brought a lot of joy to many people whom I worked with while in College – in fact, we used to lock all the doors in the Admissions/Registrar’s offices, close the windows and let me entertain the ladies by doing the monologue from the movie - I have spent many afternoons saying, “And my biological clock is ticking like THIS…” even before I knew I had a biological clock.
For me, the accent was killed by living overseas and learning Italian. Learning that language changed the tenor and tone of my voice – unfortunately, it did nothing for my singing as I am still tone deaf as anything but it changed all else. I now speak slower – something that started because I was often translating from English in my mind to Italian out my mouth. But even now, it helped me to slow down and speak more slowly. The only time my accent is noticeable is when I have a cold because then I cannot hear myself and it slips back.
For other people, you can consider learning a few words in another language (maybe some of your family members speak other languages and you can learn from them) or you can just be especially vigilant by taping your voice speaking and then playing it back and listening to it – and then re-taping yourself trying to hide or mimic the accent.
So as you prepare for your next step, think about how you sound and what you say. Present yourself as being poised, professional and ready for your next step by avoiding sounding too “street” and being as ready as you can to step into any role – beyond entry level.
What do you think about these tips? I will be covering this and more in the Spring at Wagner College - find out more below. What do you do to prepare your speaking voice for an interview? Happy Hunting!
For an interview happening over technology via skype and/or web conferencing, you really need to practice with your web camera or skype app to see how you present yourself via this method of communication. My quick rules for body language during these types of interviews are below:
What do you think of my tips and ideas on how to create that personal connection? What do you think of these types of interviews? Happy Hunting!
Interviewing and body language can be tricky for most of us today. We are all so used to being hunched over at our desks or communicating via text to our BAE’s or our BFFs that we just cannot function when put in front of another human being that we have to interact with and talk to in person. My quick hints and rules on how to be interview ready with your body language for in person interviews are included here. I will be doing another update about media training and body language across technology.
Body language in person is one of the biggest indicators of interest, compatibility and more. The way you carry your body can indicate how you feel more than anything else and without you even realizing it. Some people (most people) have a “tell” that those who know you really well can tell if you are lying or uncomfortable. In social settings, like an interview, you do not know each other well enough to quite know the “tells” but there are some things that are achingly obvious and that you can camouflage your tells to stop your body from ratting you out. If you are bored, you might look away a lot or look at your watch. If you are nervous, you might rock back and forth or play with your hair (me, definitely me – I twirl my hair when I am nervous or when I am thinking or just any time - I used to work hard to not do this in social situations but now I have it under control – I think - watch my vlogs to be sure).
This is where it helps to do some videotaping of yourself with the help of a friend or family member. Do some practice interviewing and see what your “tells” are and then consciously work against doing them. Here are some quick tips from the Prof:
What do you think of these tips and hints? Happy Hunting!
This post is where I talk a little about what it is like to manage having clients as a small business.
I focus on the client’s needs by identifying them – many of my clients begin the process by “chatting” with me via my website so I can get a feel for who they are and what their next step should be. Other times, it can be a client that just hires me without any prior discussions and then I work at getting to know them and trying to identify their next step. Off the bat, I can take any resume and improve it without knowing what the next step is and that is like my first run through my first draft – cleaning up the formatting, creating a new look and feel (a more professional look and feel) to the document and transforming the words on the paper to actionable traits and skills of said person while highlighting some key accomplishments. A resume must represent who you are and what you can do while focusing not on jargon but on actionable traits that you have brought to your current or previous employer to make that employer better off while showing how those skills and traits are transferable to your potential new employer.
I also do a value add “career plan” for the client – after the first draft of the resume and the answers are received from my proprietary query email, I then know more about the person and I can work my “magic” on advice for how to use the new resume or the new LinkedIn profile to get to potential next steps, which I also identify or suggest. All of that and also collaborative editing and taking my consulting advice on what next steps can be to then tailor the base new resume and cover letter are all little ways I go above and beyond on what I deliver to my clients.
What do you think about my strategy? Does having a personalized career plan from me seem like a great part of my business model? Should I include that information on my product page? It has been a value add I provide and I do not think I do enough promotion for it – what do you think? After you watch the video information below, check out my product page for more information and Happy Hunting!
A cause that is near and dear to my heart is how to take blank spaces on a resume and turn them into something that is not so blank. This blog post is for my potential clients who have opted out of the workforce to care for children, sick family members or other personal issues and even for those who may have been unemployed for a long stretch of time. With this economy, it has been tough for many people to find their next step – particularly for those 50 and older. For everyone who has some blank spaces on their resume timeline, it is hard to manage a career and to jump back in running without some help.
As someone who opted out of Corporate America and the trips to Singapore and Ohio – (see vlog for more), I know what it is like to manage a resume with some blank spaces – and even when I was laid off from a dotcom in the early 2000’s, there was a break in employment. So, the idea is to fill up your resume as best as possible.
For the moms who are ready to transition back to the workforce (maybe your youngest is in K now and you are ready), the questions to ask yourself include:
The same rules apply for having taken time off to care for a family member or even your own issues. I would highlight the positive of whatever you accomplished while out of corporate America, if the blank space is from having to deal with your own issue. The Americans with Disabilities Act would protect you from being fired for having an illness or disability but it is a gray area during the job search process so I would not lie so much as focus on the positive, such as, the facts being you are cleared to go back to work and the issue led you to focus on XYZ to make you a better employee is the best way to handle explaining the dates missing from your resume.
If you have been unemployed for a long stretch, the idea is to have things to discuss in place of paid work experience – maybe volunteer work or consulting gigs you were able to secure – making the best out of a bad situation and even if you had to take a retail job, trying to apply the best part of those experiences onto the resume.
Because, at the end of the day, the best way to handle the blank spaces on your resume is to have the most awesome resume ever that makes an employer interview and discuss all of your accomplishments and not focus on the one to two or even 5 year break in work history. Having a perfect resume can help camouflage those missing dates by focusing on the skills sets and the retraining of said traits that can focus you to your next step.
What do you think about my advice around handling the blank spaces of your resume? Is the Taylor Swift song stuck in your head like it is stuck in mine? If you are ready to find out more about re-positioning yourself back to the workforce, check out my upcoming seminars at Wagner College Office of Lifelong Learning or consider hiring me to make your resume the best it can be to focus your interviewers on your next step and not your blank spaces. Happy Hunting!
What Can I Teach You... Or What Does "My Cousin Vinny" have To Do With Career Planning (VLOG Included)
I have a double blog post for today because I just had to share my #VLOG on it's own
As an educator and an executive, I have over 15 years experience with how to present yourself, how to make your resume stand out and, of course, how to interview well. These are just some of the topics I will be sharing, in person, at the seminars being held at Wagner College through their Office for Lifelong Learning. I made a teaser video (and a shout out to all my former students) to give an example of the type of information you can learn from me oh, and I did my infamous "My Cousin Vinny" impersonation...
Check it out and let me know what you think! Also, register for my seminars and learn (& laugh) all about how to professionally get to your next step! Happy Hunting!
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!
So I am following my own #profadvice and #unplugging while on vacation. However, I could not help but share my upcoming Seminars with Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning called "How to Take the Next Step in Your Career" which are scheduled for evenings in November. All of the information is below and I will update this post with the link to the Wagner College page when it goes live in a few days. If you are interested in joining me at this seminar, please send me a chat message and/or a message below and I will make sure you get on the list to attend with us! Happy Hunting!
How to Take the Next Step in Your Career Workshops
Led by Lisa Vento Nielsen, MBA, PMP
Professor Nielsen is an executive, educator and an entrepreneur who has spent the last decade helping professionals like you identify and execute on their life plans with the appropriate tools for success. Her business, The Next Step, is a well-known local provider of all things career orientated and her blog and social media are looked to for help in finding the next step for many people. Also, she is currently providing a certificate course to our adult learners on Entrepreneurship: Building Your Own Business.
She has designed this seminar program as a career planning boot camp to help anyone in any career who is interested in growing professionally or for those who might be in need of retooling and finding new employment. She also specializes in helping people who have been out of the workforce re-enter for such reasons as childcare or other unforeseen issues. Her background in financial services and publishing industries and the over 15000 resumes she has reviewed all lend credence to the fact that she is a powerhouse in building your brand and achieving your next step.
This is meant to be a 3-part seminar workshop providing you with the tools and techniques you need to stand out from the crowd and achieve your next step in your career. You can choose to take just one of the seminars but it would be best for your career if you can take all three.
Part 1: Resume/Cover Letter Intensive Workshop
Bring your resume and cover letter to work on improving it with a leader in resume editing and improvement. If you do not get enough call backs, you will improve your call backs after getting your resume improved and learning the tricks and tips on how to make your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd.
Part 2: Using Social Media to Build Your Brand
Do you know how to use social media to represent yourself and stand out from the crowd? Using Twitter, LinkedIn and even a blog appropriately can put you head and shoulders ahead of anyone else –using them incorrectly can put you out of competition for any job. Learn what is the right and wrong way to use social media and how to network effectively OFFLINE as well as online.
Part 3: Interviewing Skills and Media Training
Are you prepared for any interview? What about being on video? Do you know how to use any medium to effectively communicate and get the job?
Tuition: $229 for all three workshops; $99 each for one or two workshops
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