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

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

3 Great Reasons Staying Active Helps a Job Search

A job search client was telling me about all the professional networking groups he attends, about an interviewing workshop he was going to, and was quite interested when I mentioned he might like to join Toastmasters, an internationally known group for learning and practicing public speaking.   I commended him for his diligent activities, but, immediately encouraged him, as is my tendency, to make sure he relaxed, enjoyed some of his free time while he had it, and basically not to overdo things.   I do this to balance out the messages I believe we usually get from our culture, Read More