How to Improve Your Resume According to Science

18 resume tips to stand out from the rest

Creating a resume is difficult and can be painstaking but the benefits of a new job can far outweigh the work and stress of creating a resume. Below are 18 resume tips to get you ahead of your competition.
Please note that #3 is not true if you are in higher education, where a longer resume is typically necessary for more info check out this article Resume Length: How Long is Too Long?
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I am excited to be speaking about How to Win Others Over: Networking & relationship building skills at the University of Colorado Boulder to the Department of Residence Life. 

Date: January 12, 2017
Time: 11:00-12:00
Event: Residence Life RA Spring Training
Topic: How to Win Others Over
Sponsor: University of Colorado Boulder - Department of Residence Life
Location: Boulder, CO
Public: Private

How to Create S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals

Goal Setting 101

I have noticed over the years that I have been more productive and more successful throughout the year when I have written down my goals. Writing down my goals gives me a blueprint for where I should be going and where I should be focusing my time for the year. It’s a way to set my priorities.

I hear from too many people that their goals are either too overwhelming or they have goals but they are in their head and not written down. Or goals just don’t work for them.

Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals can increase the likelihood of completing what you have set out to accomplish. Goals should support growth and achievement and push you outside of your comfort zone.

Here’s how to set S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals.

How off balanced is your life?

Here's an activity that everybody should complete to find out

Have you ever been in a presentation where the presenter uses graphs or charts to drive home a point? Have you noticed how effective it is at helping you visualize the results of something? Well, the Wheel of Life assessment helps you do that with your life.

It takes the major elements of your life (as defined by you) and shows you what they look like when you put them together.

The takeaway from this assessment is to see where your life is out of balance, which areas you’re unsatisfied with, and help you define what you need to do to bring your life into balance.

The way others have administered the Wheel of Life assessment is to give you a piece of paper and have you draw where you feel you are in each category.

I teamed up with a plugin coder and develop a more automated way to complete this assessment. The process is easier and faster. It all can be done through my website and your results will appear instantly on the screen and also will be sent to you via email so you have them to look back on.

Here’s how it works:

1) Define your categories

How to Reflect on the Year

Step 1 of how to set yourself up for success this year

There are times when I have felt disheveled, out of place. or just unorganized. It could also be described as just feeling off-balance. Whatever it is or whatever you want to call it, spending some time collecting my thoughts usually helps.

Do you ever spend time reflecting on your year? Do you take the time to just sit and listen to yourself? Time to just think?

I try and be intentional at the end of every year and take the time to sit and reflect on the year that just passed.

Reflection can be an important step in the planning process that is often times overlooked. Many people jump right into what’s next without looking back and reflecting on what just happened. Through reflection, important lessons can be learned and what I really appreciate is that I can spend time enjoying the journey.

It’s hard to look forward unless you take some time to look where you’ve come from. So take some time and reflect on the year that is ending. The purpose is to think about what went well, what you want to change, and what you should get rid of.

Here’s how to reflect on last year:

Set Yourself Up For Success This Year

A 6 step process to creating your own plan for success

During the end of a calendar year and at the beginning of a new one, I am frequently asked do I set goals and what does that look like? Well, it is not as simple as JUST setting goals for the year. For me, there is a lot more that goes into ending a year and beginning a new one. I believe it is about intentionality. I like to be deliberate in how I end and start a year. Why? Well, it gives me clarity and a vision forward…a path if you will.

So I thought it would be helpful to share the process I use for myself and my coaching clients. This way others can adopt it or at the very least use it as a guide to start their own practices. It really has worked well for me.  Over the last few years, I have set myself up for success with these steps.  In fact, each of my last 3 years has been better than the last and this has not happened by chance. When I look back I have been blown away by the goals I completed and how my life has changed in so many areas. To be honest, I didn’t complete every goal that I set each of these years (and that is okay).

Over the years I’ve tried different ways and I recognize that each individual is their own person and has their own way of doing things. So you’ll need to tweak this for yourself. Just use the following steps as a guide to help.

Each of the below steps is (or will be) its own blog post. Just click on the hyperlink and a new window will open.

Get Ahead of the Competition

5 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search

This article was originally posted on HigherEdJobs.com. Click here to visit the page.

Everyone should apply for at least one job a year. There are many reasons and benefits as to why. Searching now can help you find your dream job, keeps you sharp, and keeps your materials up-to-date. Check out my 5 Reasons Everyone Needs to Job Search This Year for more reasons.


Most people are not really looking for a job all the time, but when a job posting comes across your computer, you read through the details, and you start to think, “I would be great for this job.” You start to daydream about what it would be like to work at that institution, maybe to move to that city, and/or to have that additional income.

I will be speaking twice at that Careers in Student Affairs Institute for the second year in a row. I am excited to present to Student Affairs professionals again and help them further their career.

My second presentation  is titled Apply for a job much? You need this list of 10 job search strategies.

Description: Whether you are applying for jobs this year or in a couple of years, now is the best time to prepare for the application and interview process.  Come learn from an expert how to write a cover letter, how to develop your resume, and how to lay the groundwork for your interviews. Learn how to stand out from the crowd and increase your odds of getting your next job.

Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Event: Careers in Student Affairs Institute
Topic: Apply for a Job Much? You Need this List of 10 Job Search Strategies
Sponsor: College Personnel Association of Colorado (CPAC)
Venue: University of Denver
Location: Ruffalo Hall; 1999 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Denver, CO
Public: Public

3 Powerful Writing Exercises That May Change Your Life

Writing is a powerful practice. It has various effects including discovering ideas, defining goals, and solidifying steps. The act of writing means you have to organize your thoughts and this is the first key step in accomplishing any goal or dream.

A study done at Dominican University illustrated the difference between students who wrote down their goals and those who did not. Guess which group was more likely to reach their goals? You guessed it – the group who wrote them down.