Teaching to Establish Your Expertise – Trainer Tips

Training Tips for Non-Teacher Types Congrats!  You’ve been recognized as an expert in your line of work, and asked to give a training, presentation, or teach the new hires all your best practices.  Or you’ve decided to build your digital work portfolio (and/or income streams) by creating and offering an online course. Awesome!  These are all great opportunities to expand your career skills and reputation! But, perhaps the idea of teaching bores or confuses you, or, you just don’t know how to teach others in a way that won’t bore or confuse THEM. Never fear! As someone with a corporate trainer background that Read More

How to Sell Your Soft Skills

~You Got ‘Skilz~ “It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is.” – George F. Will   Sell your top 3 “soft skills” (personal traits). They are what differentiate you from your competitors with similar training & experience Of the Top 10 qualities & traits employers want, what do you think is on the list? >>Check out this info graphic to find out!<<   What are YOUR strongest “soft skills”? How can you capture and demonstrate them on your resume? Cover Letters? During an interview?   Here are a few examples:  motivation/initiative; flexibility/adaptability; team work/people skill   Here are a Read More

Unpaid Does Not = Unimportant!

Should volunteer work be included on a resume? What other types of unconventional “work” experience can be used? I get asked a lot if unpaid work (volunteer, barter/exchange, even applicable hobby experience or work you did for your mother-in-law because you know how & she doesn’t & you want to get in good with her (right?) can be included on a resume. Well, it CAN.  The real question is – should it? Volunteer Work: My answer is, well, sometimes, it depends. If the volunteer work is relevant to the type of position being sought, absolutely include it the same as Read More

30 Second Commercials (aka “The Elevator Speech”)

  Now that you have your 10-second tagline well honed (see last post), you can expand it into your “30-second commercial”, also know in job search circles as “The Elevator Speech”. 30-Second Commercial Second step:  When someone seems interested, and asks another question or for more details, then you can launch into your “30 second commercial”/”elevator speech”, which expands upon what you’ve already shared.  You start to paint in the sketch with a few more details.  A 30-Second Commercial might include: examples of companies and/or job titles in the past a key accomplishment or skill set or two short description Read More

How To Answer the “So, what do you do?” Question

All of us have heard the old saying,” It’s not what you know but who you know.”  I say in this job search market, we need to rewrite this to read “It’s who and what you know.”  Knowing someone will hopefully get your foot in an otherwise closed or hidden door for a meeting, but you still need to know your field and have the skills an employer needs to actually get hired. The “who you know” part of networking can include people you meet on the street, so to speak, as well as your current group of friends, family, Read More