SixFigureStart® http://www.sixfigurestart.com Coaching for Professional and Personal Success Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:41:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 When A Recruiter Calls, Part 2: Surviving The 10-Minute Phone Interview http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-coaching/recruiter-calls-part-2-surviving-10-minute-phone-interview/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-coaching/recruiter-calls-part-2-surviving-10-minute-phone-interview/#respond Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:41:48 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=8042 This post on optimizing your next phone interview was originally published in my career column on Money.com and Time.com. This is the unedited version: I have written about how to maximize that unexpected call from a recruiter and put yourself in the best light, regardless of whether or not you’re actively looking. However, sometimes you […]

The post When A Recruiter Calls, Part 2: Surviving The 10-Minute Phone Interview appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
This post on optimizing your next phone interview was originally published in my career column on Money.com and Time.com. This is the unedited version:

I have written about how to maximize that unexpected call from a recruiter and put yourself in the best light, regardless of whether or not you’re actively looking. However, sometimes you are expecting the call. Phone interviews are increasingly more common as a first step in the hiring process because they’re more expedient for both candidate and employer. As a recruiter, I would often ask for a brief call to discuss the resume, and from that short interaction then determine who I would invite for a longer, in-person interview. Phone interviews therefore are your first hurdle to overcome to become a contender for that next job. Here are 4 ways to maximize your next phone interview:

You only have 20% of your power – choose wisely

In a live interview, you have your presence, your hand gestures, your smile, eye contact and all those non-verbal cues to establish credibility and develop rapport. Communication is 80% or more about these non-verbals. But on a phone call, all of this is taken away, and you are left with the words you choose, the pace you speak, the inflections you give, and the clarity of your articulation. It is that much more important that you focus on these verbal communication skills as you prepare for the interview.

Remember it’s a conversation – let the other person in.

In a live interview, you can see you need to wrap up your answer if the interviewer has lost interest and he eyes are glazing over, he glances at his watch, he leans forward to interrupt you and move on. In a phone interview, you won’t get any such clues. You will need to stop talking in order to ensure that your interviewer can get in a word and ask the next question. This ensures you’re covering everything the interviewer needs to move you to the next round.

You know this is coming – prepare for the obvious

Remember that the phone interview is about getting to the next interview. No one gets hired on the strength of the phone interview so you’re not trying to close the deal right away. You’re trying to establish that you are strong potential match for the job at hand. Therefore, plan what you will say based on how it matches to this job. When you give an overview of what you’re doing, highlight where your current skills and expertise overlap with the job requirements. When you talk about why you would consider leaving, mention things that this new job offers, thereby confirming your interest in this very job.

Don’t make this your first – do a practice run

Leave a message for yourself with an interview response – talk about yourself or explain why you’re interested in the job. Do you have good phone communication skills? Do you sound enthusiastic? Do you speak clearly? Do you have the right volume — not too loud, not too soft? Do you speak at a good pace? Are you concise? Don’t just wing a phone interview. Practice in advance.

The post When A Recruiter Calls, Part 2: Surviving The 10-Minute Phone Interview appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-coaching/recruiter-calls-part-2-surviving-10-minute-phone-interview/feed/ 0
Small Business Marketing Lessons From A Blog Post Gone Viral http://www.sixfigurestart.com/entrepreneurship/small-business-marketing-lessons-blog-post-gone-viral/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/entrepreneurship/small-business-marketing-lessons-blog-post-gone-viral/#respond Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:17:54 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=8038 As is good small business marketing practice, I repurpose my content. I have started reposting my older posts onto the new LinkedIn blogging platform. A few weeks in, the below post hit 90,000+ hits in a few days, doubling our website traffic in one day from what we normally see over one MONTH! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141115163923-942774-why-you-still-need-a-cover-letter-even-if-no-one-reads-it?trk=mp-reader-card Doubling […]

The post Small Business Marketing Lessons From A Blog Post Gone Viral appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
As is good small business marketing practice, I repurpose my content. I have started reposting my older posts onto the new LinkedIn blogging platform. A few weeks in, the below post hit 90,000+ hits in a few days, doubling our website traffic in one day from what we normally see over one MONTH!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141115163923-942774-why-you-still-need-a-cover-letter-even-if-no-one-reads-it?trk=mp-reader-card

Doubling traffic in a day is an energizing lift, and it taught me a few things

Repurpose your content.

You don’t have to create from scratch. If you’re a service provider, see what you have used from the past that is evergreen. In the above example, this is a post from several years ago.

Repeat what works.

The post links to my one of my most watched video blogs. Apparently, it’s still drawing people. See what has worked in your former marketing copy, sales language, promotional efforts, networking outreach…and do more of that.

Track your results.

I know this post resonated because it got an order of magnitude more traffic than my typical post. The traffic is measurable so I have a sense of the impact. What can you measure in your business – % of outreach that leads to inquiries, % of inquiries that convert to sales?

Quantity does not equal quality.

While the uptick in traffic was great, I also got lots of spam comments and inquiries outside our target client base. The traffic is great for our brand but may not be as great for sales. It’s still early but volume alone isn’t sufficient.

I hope my experience gets you to think about how you can use more of what you already have. And don’t forget to track the outcomes!

The post Small Business Marketing Lessons From A Blog Post Gone Viral appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/entrepreneurship/small-business-marketing-lessons-blog-post-gone-viral/feed/ 0
Resume Tips To Stand Out In A Competitive Job Market http://www.sixfigurestart.com/marketing-yourself/resume-tips-stand-competitive-job-market/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/marketing-yourself/resume-tips-stand-competitive-job-market/#respond Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:02:02 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=8035 I was quoted on CNBC.com for resume tips to stand out in a competitive job market: On The Job Hunt? Here’s How To Stand Out …the most important section of the resume is the summary on top, said career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine of Six Figure Start. Include your expertise, role or function, and key accomplishments […]

The post Resume Tips To Stand Out In A Competitive Job Market appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
I was quoted on CNBC.com for resume tips to stand out in a competitive job market:

On The Job Hunt? Here’s How To Stand Out

…the most important section of the resume is the summary on top, said career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine of Six Figure Start. Include your expertise, role or function, and key accomplishments in the industry. For older job seekers the summary should also “show a body of work with progression, tangible results,and unique expertise,” Ceniza-Levine said….

“Your most recent experience deserves the most attention. Jobs that are more than 10 years old should be included so there are no gaps, but you don’t need more than one or two bullets,” says Ceniza-Levine. If you’ve worked in an industry for over a decade, categorize your roles — financial, operations, sales — and group various positions accordingly….

Ceniza-Levine also recommends including anchored text or hyperlinks that point the reader to additional information.

Here are 3 more ways to ensure your resume stands out:

Include NUMBERS

Quantifying your results and responsibilities (budget, team) is key.

Begin your descriptions with an ACTIVE word

Participated, assisted, or contributed are passive verbs. Specify how you participated, who did you assist (and for what), and how you contributed.

Spotlight a unique HOOK

It could be the diversity of your industry experience. It could be your extensive travel or cross-cultural work. It could be a hobby that demonstrates commitment and achievement (a lot of my early employers were drawn to my studies at Juilliard even though I wasn’t applying to be a pianist!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The post Resume Tips To Stand Out In A Competitive Job Market appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/marketing-yourself/resume-tips-stand-competitive-job-market/feed/ 0
Your Career Questions Answered on Long-Term Unemployment, Promoting Yourself, Long-Distance Job Search, and Career Advancement http://www.sixfigurestart.com/blog-talk-radio-show/career-questions-answered-long-term-unemployment-promoting-long-distance-job-search-career-advancement/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/blog-talk-radio-show/career-questions-answered-long-term-unemployment-promoting-long-distance-job-search-career-advancement/#respond Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:09:23 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=8031 In this episode of the SixFigureStart Career Coaching Radio Show, I answered questions on finding a job after long-term unemployment, promoting yourself, moving from Europe to the US, and advancing from Director to VP: Check Out Self Help Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with SixFigureStart on BlogTalkRadio Robert: How can I land interviews (let alone […]

The post Your Career Questions Answered on Long-Term Unemployment, Promoting Yourself, Long-Distance Job Search, and Career Advancement appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
In this episode of the SixFigureStart Career Coaching Radio Show, I answered questions on finding a job after long-term unemployment, promoting yourself, moving from Europe to the US, and advancing from Director to VP:

Check Out Self Help Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with SixFigureStart on BlogTalkRadio

Robert: How can I land interviews (let alone secure a job offer) after a surrealistically long stretch of being unemployed?

Sandra: When you have been out of work due to a layoff for a long period of time how do you make yourself still look attractive to employers to get there attention instead of them being critical or judgmental

Tony: Am I being limited by my age and/or the salary level I reached at my last job?

Sangeet: I want to progress to next level. I have been working as a Director for Systems Engineering for approx 4.5 years, and I want to get to the VP role. How do I make changes to achieve this?

Denise: How do I market myself and not appear as a cheerleader for myself?

Edsel asks: How were you able to cope up physically, emotionally and mentally from all the transitions you had to go through prior to being an entrepreneur? Is advising on staffing strategies and alternatives covered in your coaching as well? Asking because I’d like to know what you think of remote staffing.

Arnaud: I am an executive MBA alumnus (2003) having lived and worked in the US for 8 years. I went back to my home country France in late 2003 to work for [2 banks] As I am writing this email to you, I am considering going back to the US with my family (US citizens) but I am not sure how to reposition myself for the US job market (my wife may actually get transferred by her employer to New York).

The post Your Career Questions Answered on Long-Term Unemployment, Promoting Yourself, Long-Distance Job Search, and Career Advancement appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/blog-talk-radio-show/career-questions-answered-long-term-unemployment-promoting-long-distance-job-search-career-advancement/feed/ 0
How to Energize a Stagnant Job Search http://www.sixfigurestart.com/guest-post/energize-stagnant-job-search/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/guest-post/energize-stagnant-job-search/#respond Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:44:35 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=8015 Yes, it may be an exciting time as it signals a new and fresh start, but looking for a new job is terribly hard work. Job vacancies are few and far between these days and the job market is flooded with potential employees who are all vying for the same positions. Many people come to […]

The post How to Energize a Stagnant Job Search appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
Yes, it may be an exciting time as it signals a new and fresh start, but looking for a new job is terribly hard work. Job vacancies are few and far between these days and the job market is flooded with potential employees who are all vying for the same positions. Many people come to a point in their search where it becomes stagnant and it’s at this point that many give up hope on finding a job that’s suitable for them.

Does this sound familiar to you? Are you stuck in a job search rut and don’t know what to do next? If so, it may be time to inject a dose of energy into your hunt by improving and refining your job searching technique.

Job recruitment resources are everywhere, and it’s vital that you find and explore all of the options, both online and offline, that are available to you. Discovering new ways and improving the way you look for jobs could result in you securing your dream position.

Let’s take a look at just some of the ways that you can improve your job searches.

Know your Recruitment Resources

Recruitment resources are plentiful and should be utilized wisely. Make a list of the different agencies and online job portals that you feel may benefit your search the most. You don’t want to blast your CV off aimlessly in the hope that something will stick; you need to take the time to research positions that you would be genuinely interested in filling and apply for those. Make sure your CV is up to standard and current with listings of any training or IT Courses Online that you may have recently completed.

Refine your Job Searches

Registering with a reputable job portal is only the first phase in the process to safeguarding a job. Refining your job search is the next, very important, step to take. Quick job searches are ideal when looking for broad search results, but refining that search will present you with uniquely filtered, advanced vacancies that will help you to pinpoint positions that are more suited to you.

Utilize Job Alerts

In order to get the most out of job portals, it’s always a good idea to utilize the job alerts or notification functionality. What this means is that you’ll receive a notification through email or other form of communication to inform you of vacant positions that have become available. If you follow the advice above and refine your job search, you can cut out the vacancies that would not be of interest to you and only receive alerts on positions that match your job criteria. You need to be as prompt as possible when it comes to relevant employment opportunities and utilizing the job alerts function will allow you to do just that.

Securing your perfect job may seem like an impossible task, but it can be viable if you simply improve the way you are searching for it. There are always new and innovative ways of improving job searches, and it’s your duty to explore and utilize them to their full potential.

You can start by knowing the recruitment resources that are available to you, refining your job searches and making use of the job alerts functionality. Energizing your stagnant job search might just be your key to employment success.

 

Author Byline: Carey is an eLearning Author who enjoys sharing her knowledge of eLearning Concepts, eLearning Software and eLearning Resources by writing informative articles. In her spare time she enjoys reading and long country walks with her dog Bounty.

The post How to Energize a Stagnant Job Search appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/guest-post/energize-stagnant-job-search/feed/ 0
Pros And Cons Of Leaving A Job Early http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-coaching/pros-cons-leaving-job-early/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-coaching/pros-cons-leaving-job-early/#respond Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:08:44 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=8028 In a recent Forbes Leadership post, I covered a Payscale/ Millennial Branding survey which looked at workplace trends for Generation Y, including a finding that Generation Y favors leaving a job early: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2014/11/24/good-news-bad-news-in-generation-y-workplace-trends/ One of the survey results showed that Generation Y do not think they should stay at an employer for more than a […]

The post Pros And Cons Of Leaving A Job Early appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
In a recent Forbes Leadership post, I covered a Payscale/ Millennial Branding survey which looked at workplace trends for Generation Y, including a finding that Generation Y favors leaving a job early:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2014/11/24/good-news-bad-news-in-generation-y-workplace-trends/

One of the survey results showed that Generation Y do not think they should stay at an employer for more than a year. The hiring managers I have worked with as a recruiter see a two-year stint as a minimum, so one year on the job is definitely leaving a job early. In fact, if you have a series of even two-year stints that’s seen as a stunted career. So who’s right?

There are pros and cons to leaving a job early

You build a diverse body of work

If you have shorter tenures, you will work at more places, which does contribute diversity in roles, companies and industries. This is a good thing in today’s ever-changing market.

You diversify your income stream

If you work at more places, you build a vast network and are less encumbered if any one employer goes down. This is a great thing in today’s volatile economy.

You learn to navigate new environments

There is great skill in being able to adapt to a new environment quickly and make a contribution right away. If you work short stints at many places you have more opportunities to hone this adaptability skill.

You do not demonstrate staying power

However, leaving after a year begs the question about why you didn’t stay. Is it that you wouldn’t or that you could not? Many hiring managers believe that if you’re so good, your current employer will find ways to make you stay.

You develop no track record of long-term results

A big reason to stay is to show an impact where you are. When you stay at a job for just a year more or less, how much impact can you show? It is hard to even meet a wide swath of stakeholders, much less develop the relationships that enable you to influence people and change behavior. Without tangible results, your work appears superficial and unimportant.

You have no track record across business conditions

If you are able to make an impact early in your first year, that’s a great achievement, but arguably still incomplete. Your results may be due to temporary market conditions luckily in your favor. When you stay at a job for just a year more or less, you do not show results across market ups and downs.

There are pros and cons to leaving a job early. What you prioritize depends on where you are in your career and the specific job at hand. What makes sense for one job may not make sense when considered over the arc of your career.

 

Have you ever left a job after just a year? Why did you do it? Would you make the same decision again?

The post Pros And Cons Of Leaving A Job Early appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-coaching/pros-cons-leaving-job-early/feed/ 0
4 Ways To Use Social Media For Your Career Success http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-coaching/4-ways-use-social-media-career-success/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-coaching/4-ways-use-social-media-career-success/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:49:35 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=8021 In a Forbes Leadership post, I wrote about key digital trends from Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, and the implications of digital tools and social media for your career success: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2014/11/09/career-success-in-the-digital-era-five-insights-from-chief-digital-officer-sree-sreenivasan/ Here are 4 more ways to use social media for your career success: Curate your expertise What you […]

The post 4 Ways To Use Social Media For Your Career Success appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
In a Forbes Leadership post, I wrote about key digital trends from Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, and the implications of digital tools and social media for your career success:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2014/11/09/career-success-in-the-digital-era-five-insights-from-chief-digital-officer-sree-sreenivasan/

Here are 4 more ways to use social media for your career success:

Curate your expertise

What you post is a reflection of what you know, how plugged in you are to news and trends, and what insights you glean from the world around you. Social media, therefore, is an excellent way to curate and demonstrate your expertise. If you’re in transition, it helps you stay updated. If you’re a career changer, it reflects what you know in your target field. If you’re happily employed where you are, it helps position you as a thought leader.

Keep in touch

It’s unrealistic to assume you can personally connect with the hundreds in your network. Social media posts enable you to reach out to many at once. This is not a substitute for custom, personalized interaction. But it is a complement to this and a way to reach out in a regular and systematic fashion.

Support your supporters

Helping others is a great way to network. Posting about others is a great way to help. Many people are trying to gain traction on social media, start discussions, and engage the community. When you promote other posts, add a comment, or refer your audience to others, you curate additional expertise for your audience and you support your network.

Show your personality

What you post is a reflection of who you are. Social media is a great way to curate your professional expertise, but also to show some personality. Causes that you care about, outside interests that you cultivate, or recommendations for books, movies and other resources are a great way to showcase a different side of you.

Social media is not a time waster. You can use social media for your career success. Which tactic will you adopt today?

The post 4 Ways To Use Social Media For Your Career Success appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-coaching/4-ways-use-social-media-career-success/feed/ 0
Tips for Creating the Perfect Online Resume http://www.sixfigurestart.com/guest-post/tips-creating-perfect-online-resume/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/guest-post/tips-creating-perfect-online-resume/#respond Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:38:31 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=8013 It’s safe to say that, these days, the resume as we once knew it is long gone. However, that doesn’t make self-promotion moot when it comes to applying for work. Here are some basic tips and ideas for building your own online resume to attract potential employers and show off what makes you a catch […]

The post Tips for Creating the Perfect Online Resume appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
It’s safe to say that, these days, the resume as we once knew it is long gone. However, that doesn’t make self-promotion moot when it comes to applying for work. Here are some basic tips and ideas for building your own online resume to attract potential employers and show off what makes you a catch for any business that’s hiring:

Plan out your Resume

After all, this is going to be what businesses and employers will be looking at to get a sense of who you are. Write out an outline for your resume, along with the points you want to cover, and plan out the main things you want your website to have so that you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd. It would be unwise to go into this without careful consideration and research. Look at what makes for effective self-promotion and the qualities of a good resume, whether it’s online or in the traditional written format.

Building your website

The next step after fleshing out your plan is to make it a reality. One of the first things you’ll have to consider is what you want to call your site. When searching for domain names keep it personal, preferably your name or some variation thereof if possible. Personalised domains are often very inexpensive to purchase and the few pounds you spend now can make you thousands over the coming months! Web hosts have a lot of incentives to get a person to create domains with them, so research a little to find one that works best for your needs.

When it comes to designing your website, there are plenty of options out there to help you! WordPress, for example, lets you choose from and customise thousands of designs to best suit the presentation of your resume. Those with experience in Flash will find that this is a good way to exercise their abilities and show that they can create a user-friendly, gorgeous resume from the ground up. There are other resources available to help you build a web page, even if you’re completely new to the experience. Dreamweaver, Adobe GoLive and Microsoft FrontPage are just a couple of programs you can use to build your site.

Promote yourself

Don’t forget that, when it comes down to it, this is a resume! The point is to show off your skills and how you can be an asset to any company. When you write it up, be sure to look over a thesaurus and other resources to spruce up your writing. It also pays to make your communication clearer and more concise in execution. Avoid using fluff words and phrases to pad out your writing and stick to your main points first and foremost. Your resume doesn’t have to be several pages long and look as though it was written by a Nobel laureate to catch the eye of a potential employer, but it should be able to communicate who you are and what sets you apart from the rest in an effective manner.

Ultimately, crafting the perfect resume for you takes time and careful planning. However, there is a wealth of resources out there to make the job easier, so even those with no experience in web design can create beautiful, personalised pages and promote themselves without compromising any of their creativity or originality.

 

Author Byline: Tim is an online enthusiast, digital expert and writer who enjoys attending seminars on digital marketing and writing insightful articles in the arena.

The post Tips for Creating the Perfect Online Resume appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/guest-post/tips-creating-perfect-online-resume/feed/ 0
Customize Your Email Signature To Your Unique Personal Brand http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-management/customize-your-email-signature-unique-personal-brand/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-management/customize-your-email-signature-unique-personal-brand/#respond Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:14:22 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=7712 In a recent post for my Forbes Leadership column, I covered 5 Technology Tools To Boost Your Networking, including how to customize your email signature to be an automatic brand ambassador: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2014/11/04/five-technology-tools-to-boost-your-networking/ You may not think to customize your email signature but it can be an important brand ambassador as you build your network. It […]

The post Customize Your Email Signature To Your Unique Personal Brand appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
In a recent post for my Forbes Leadership column, I covered 5 Technology Tools To Boost Your Networking, including how to customize your email signature to be an automatic brand ambassador:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2014/11/04/five-technology-tools-to-boost-your-networking/

You may not think to customize your email signature but it can be an important brand ambassador as you build your network. It accompanies each and every email, and we all know how much email we exchange! Why not customize your email signature make every interaction a broader reminder of who you are.

Customize your email signature in 10 easy ways:

  1. LinkedIn hyperlink — an elegant way to share your resume
  2. Personal website — for small business owners, this is a must. For career changers, you may start a blog to curate your new knowledge, and use your email signature to promote this change
  3. Social media — if you post professionally oriented content on Twitter, Facebook, even Pinterest, don’t be shy about sharing
  4. Photo – you won’t need this for close friends (so segment your automatic signatures) but it can be helpful for acquaintances who are still getting to know you
  5. Article link — if you write or are cited in the media, this is an elegant way to share. If you are curating content around your expertise, this signals you’re current
  6. Event link — whether you are appearing or attending, it’s a window in how you stay active
  7. Quote — add your personality or be your reader’s inspiration
  8. Industry fact — similar to a quote, this shares your expertise
  9. Fun fact — in lieu of an industry fact, share something personal. If you are a master baker, you can hyperlink to a picture of your latest creation
  10. Online calendar – if you want to really encourage networking, include a link to your online schedule. You can rename it with a custom URL (e.g., via Bit.ly) so it’s clear what the link refers to: Chat with me or Let’s connect!

These are just some ideas for how to customize your email signature. How do you differentiate?

 

 

The post Customize Your Email Signature To Your Unique Personal Brand appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/career-management/customize-your-email-signature-unique-personal-brand/feed/ 0
4 Fun Business Books http://www.sixfigurestart.com/book-review/recommended-reading-4-fun-business-books/ http://www.sixfigurestart.com/book-review/recommended-reading-4-fun-business-books/#respond Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:07:52 +0000 http://www.sixfigurestart.com/?p=7710 There are fun business books. In a recent Forbes Leadership post I shared insights from improvisational theater that carry over into professional success: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2014/10/31/have-a-laugh-and-build-your-career-improv-for-professional-development/ Included are insights from business consultant and comedian/ improviser Bill Connolly, author of Funny Business: Build Your Soft Skills Through Comedy. 3 more fun business books mix entertainment and professional development […]

The post 4 Fun Business Books appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
There are fun business books. In a recent Forbes Leadership post I shared insights from improvisational theater that carry over into professional success:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2014/10/31/have-a-laugh-and-build-your-career-improv-for-professional-development/

Included are insights from business consultant and comedian/ improviser Bill Connolly, author of Funny Business: Build Your Soft Skills Through Comedy.

3 more fun business books mix entertainment and professional development

Standing Ovation Presentations by Robyn Hatcher

Robyn Hatcher is founder and principal of SpeakEtc and a former actress and writer for two daytime dramas. In Standing Ovation Presentations (Motivational Press, 2013), Hatcher shares a thorough overview of communication and presentation best practices, told in a unique framework of 9 ActorTypes (e.g., Hero, Ingenue, Villain, Comic, Whiz Kid, Super Hero, Sex Symbol, Buddy, and Salty Veteran/ Curmudgeon). I’m the Villain type, and the book has given me some great ideas!

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

On the flip side, Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012) is an autobiography, not an advice book. Yet, there are career lessons to be gleaned amongst the intrigue and insider view of Hollywood. Lowe’s preparation for The West Wing auditions is an excellent example on how to exhaustively prepare for your own job interviews and other high stakes events. The choices that he made in the roles he pursued (e.g., not always the highest paying), the way he took advantage of lucky breaks, and the way he created opportunities for himself are lessons for any professional navigating today’s up-and-down job market.

Celebrity, Inc. by Jo Piazza

This book is the ultimate melding of entertainment and career, and the subtitle summarizes it completely: How Famous People Make Money. Here you can read about Taylor Hicks, former American Idol winner, and how he bounced back after being “laid off” by his record label. You can see that good general career habits matter in celebrity career management as well: a consistent personal brand (Charlie Sheen); strong work ethic (Kim Kardashian, yes, not a typo); market flexibility (Ashton Kutcher). You’ll also learn the importance of income diversification with almost every celebrity story covered.

Who says you can’t have fun while working on your career? What fun business books are your favorites?

The post 4 Fun Business Books appeared first on SixFigureStart®.

]]>
http://www.sixfigurestart.com/book-review/recommended-reading-4-fun-business-books/feed/ 0