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.

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 first presentation  is titled Take the Lead: 5 Principles to a Great Job Search

Description: Finding a job can be hard but getting a job can be downright difficult and frustrating. Learn how to be G.I.D.D.Y.  This presentation will provide the 5 principles to a great job search and a timeline overview of the job search process with lots of tips, tricks, and resources. Attending this session will set you up for a successful job search whether you are searching this year or anytime in the future.

Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 10:40-11:25 a.m.
Event: Careers in Student Affairs Institute
Topic: Take the Lead: 5 Principles to a Great Job Search
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

4 Productivity Myths That Are Making You Less Productive

Don't fall for these productivity myths

Since France passed a law in May giving employees the right to ignore work-related phone calls and emails outside of office hours, productivity and work-life balance are the new buzzwords du jour.

The news has sparked debates over whether or not our ability to be productive is too often measured in hours worked instead of the quality and relevance of our work. Smartphones have made it all too easy for us to remain “plugged in” at work even during our off hours. However, it’s been shown time and again that being able to have genuine off time is essential to maintain a healthy approach to both work and life.

In our obsessive quest for productivity, many of us cling to certain concepts that trick us into believing we’re being more productive when, in fact, we’re not.

Check out these common productivity myths and make sure you haven’t fallen prey to one of them:

7 Habits of Highly Productive People

Incorporate these habits into your day

Maybe you feel frustrated because you work hard but you don’t seem to reach the level of success you desire. Or perhaps you’ve hit a plateau and aren’t sure how to push through to the next phase of your project. Maybe productivity has become an issue and you’re just not sure what’s the best way to focus your time and energy.

In times like these, it can be helpful to seek advice from those who have made it to the top of their industry. What are they doing that you’re not?

Take a look at some of these habits of successful people and see which ones you need to adopt:

Dramatically Increase Your Focus and Productivity With A Tomato Timer

The Pomodoro Technique

I am constantly asked by friends and those I work with for productivity tips and tricks. The Pomodoro Technique is one of my favorite and most successful tips. Why? Because it is all about FOCUS.

I use the Pomodoro Technique on a daily basis to write blog posts, complete work projects, limit my time on email, and move my PhD work forward.

What’s Does Your E-Reputation Say About You?

Whether your looking for a new job or not your online reputation is vitally important. If you are looking for a new job, potential employers will be looking at who you are before they ever meet you. It is one of your 1st impressions (I wrote a blog post about your other 1st impression…your resume). If you are not looking for a new job,new relationships, connections, clients, and coworkers are are checking out who your are online. So make sure what is online about you represents what you want and not what someone else has put online.

The below infograph has some great information on what is an e-reputation, why online reputations matter, what employers are looking for, and what you can do about it. infography_personal_ereputation

Question: Do you care what your e-reputation says about you? If so, what do you do about it? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Close Your Eyes and Visualize

This is a guest post by Amy Collinsworth who works at Boston University as the Student Outreach Manager for the Center for Career Development and the Educational Resource Center. She holds a bachelor of arts in marketing from Rockford University and a master of science in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee. Amy’s professional background includes working in MBA career management and undergraduate student leadership development. You can connect with her at @AmyCollinsworth

“Today we will drive to the parking lot at your school, and by using the tool we learned about in the Tony Robbins recording*, you will make the basketball into the basket on your first shot!” dad said. I was not sure what to expect as we drove to the parking lot at Thompson Elementary that breezy spring afternoon, but I was certain my petite 4-foot-tall frame and poor hand-eye coordination would be my down-fall in making the basket. I got out of the car and walked to the hoop, carefully positioning myself a few feet in front of the hoop on the center of the faded white spray painted line.

I took a deep breath and closed my eyes.

Closed Eyes

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New Job? 4 Steps To A Great Start

The National Center for Education projects over 1.6 million students will graduate with bachelor’s degree in 2014. And according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2014 survey, employers plan to hire 8.6 percent more college graduates in 2014 then they did in 2013.

So whether you are a college grad or someone who is starting a job with a new company, let me start off by saying CONGRATS! You got the job. You were the one the company pick over all the other applicants.

Even though you were the one chosen for the job, the company is still wondering if they made the right decision. So now your first day, your first week is getting closer and closer. What can you do to show your new employer, supervisor, and coworkers that your ARE the right person for the job and they didn’t make a mistake when they hired you?

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Photo Credit: SalFalko via Compfight cc

Dream Big: What’s Your Everest?

Take a minute and close your eyes. Think about one thing you have always wanted to do. What would you achieve if you had no fear, monetary constraints or obstacles in your way? Envision accomplishing your biggest dream or most outlandish goal. What is that big dream for you?

With your dream in mind, there are hundreds of people who set out last week to turn their dream into reality. Some have been thinking about this dream for years and others for decades. Their dream…to standing on top of the world!

Photo Credit: Rupert Taylor-Price via Compfight cc

This first week of April marks the beginning of Everest season. A time of excitement and anticipation. For some, years and months of training and fundraising have ended. And now the hard work begins. Those climbers have arrived in Kathmandu to attempt to complete the dream of a lifetime. So as a tribute to the dream of reaching the summit of Everest (which is something I hope to do one day) here is a 3 step process to get your dreams in order and start accomplishing them.