A few weekends ago, I trekked to Orlando, Florida. The drive from Louisville, Kentucky to Orlando is a staggering 12.5 hours. I braved the road in my RockIt-mobile all the while fighting a lingering sinus infection (more on this later). CDI’s 2013 Global Career Empowerment Summit conference took place at Rosen Centre Hotel. The hotel is not near the beach but does have a nice sea breeze and heavy humid air, not that I spent more than an hour outside because of the multitude of booths packed with career information. I collected the contacts of a few new friends. I’ve included their Twitter handles so you can cash in on their invaluable insights as well.
Robin Résumé, a professional résumé writer like myself but based in Atlanta and formally known as Robin Schlinger, spoke on Saturday. Her insight that LinkedIn is the #1 job board with more job postings than Monster altered my understanding of the constantly changing job market. LinkedIn is more than a networking site, dear readers. Your LinkedIn profile should sell yourself and can be used to browse, find and apply for positions! Click here for more on how to maximize the potential of your LinkedIn profile.
Susan Whitcomb is the award-winning author of seven how-to job hunt books and she frequently tweets helpful headlines, stories and other links. Susan shared brain-based coaching solutions for job-search success, including the adoption of the right attitudes during the hunt. She shared an especially interesting statistic that “grateful people make 7% more than those who are ungrateful.” Amen for thank you notes. Click here for a how-to for thank you notes. She also claims that short résumés are a thing of the past, because your resume needs keywords to pass ATS standards.
Martin Yate is the NYT bestselling author of the Knock ‘em Dead series. He reminded us that job seekers’ weakest skills are turning interviews into job offers. Generic behavioral-based questions can give you an idea of what you may face, but my guide will instruct you how to answer behavioral-based questions to best display your experience and capabilities.
For more contacts overflowing with quality advice, go to my Twitter feed since I retweet and follow many of these intelligent people.