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Issue 172 | November 24, 2017

"It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations."
– Robert Southey, 19th Century British Poet

Career Jam: Where Experts Forecast The New & The Next
December 1, 2017, Virtual & In-Person
Registration Closes November 27

Register Today


  • Career Jam Registration Closes Monday, 11/27
  • CTL Associate News & Opportunities


  • Branding: 11 Ways To Use The Holiday Slump To Update Your Digital Presence
  • Interviewing: These 5 Unconscious Actions Impact First Impressions At Interviews
  • Networking: Top 3 Ways for Building a Word-of-Mouth Business
  • Job Search: Retained Search – What Candidates Need to Know
  • Recruiter Perspective: 9 Questions to Ask Candidate References


CTL & RWA Events

  • Career Jam: Where Experts Forecast The New & The Next
  • Career Thought Leader Associate Call
  • CTL Conference & Professional Development Symposium

Partner & Associate Events

  • Training from the BACK of the Room


DEC 1 |Career Jam Registration Closes Monday 11/27

Career Jam: Where Experts Forecast The New & The Next, formerly Global Career Brainstorming Day, is your opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking event of exploration, conversation, and discovery as career colleagues.

Who attends Career Jam?
Career Coaches, Counselors & Consultants, Resume & LinkedIn Profile Writers, College & University Career Development Professionals, Military & Government Career Transition Specialists, Workforce Development Personnel, Outplacement Consultants, Executive Recruiters, Employment Technology, Job Board & Social Media Experts

Register today!

In-person events are limited to 12 registrations and virtual events are limited to 15 registrations for maximum participation.

PLEASE NOTE: All events start at 11:30 AM in their respective time zones (local time for the local events and 11:30 in the time zone you select for the virtual events).

What is Career Jam?
An opportunity for you to participate in learning, exploration, and discovery of best practices and emerging trends within the careers industry. A facilitator will guide each group of career colleagues through a discussion outline while encouraging dynamic conversations on a variety of topics, from career marketing and job search, to career management, employment trends, and more!

In-person events will be held in Boston, DC Metro, Honolulu, Madison (WI), New Jersey, Philidelphia, San Francisco, Stamford (NY), and West Palm Beach. Registration is $109 ($89 for CTL Associates) and includes lunch.

Virtual events will be held for the following areas: Europe (Paris Time) and North America (Eastern Time). Registration is $87 ($67 for CTL Associates).

See the virtual and in-person event schedules.

Why attend Career Jam?
Beyond learning from and sharing with professionals across the industry, the outcomes from all these events will be compiled and published by the Career Thought Leaders Consortium in a white paper. The white paper will recognize the contributions of all Career Jam participants. In other words, you'll be published in a widely read industry document distributed to career professionals, media outlets, and job seekers by CTL.

Download the 2016 white paper to read the findings from last year's event.

Other benefits of attendance:

  • You get a rare opportunity to be engaged in setting and predicting trends in the careers industry.
  • You have focused time to sit with your peers and brainstorm best practices for your work in response to trends, making you more valuable to your clients.
  • You get published (without a lot of work!)! You'll be listed as a contributing author to the annual white paper.
  • You receive a press release to share the white paper and earn further publicity in your local press.
  • You receive "tweets" you can use throughout the year to promote yourself as a thought leader, guide your content strategy, and more!

Learn more and register.


CTL Associates, be sure to check the Associates area of the website for details on the following opportunities:

  • RSVP for the CTL Associate Call December 11, 2017
  • Share your expertise during an interview on The Career Confidante radio (40,000 listeners and growing!)

CTL Associates receive discounts on the Master-E-Sessions, conferences, and more! Log in and view the Associates page for details.

Want to get in on the opportunities? Join as a CTL Associate today!

Be on the Lookout: Watch for emails from CTL with invitations for various writing, coaching, media, and publishing opportunities. Emails go out to all CTL Associates several times each month, so be sure to check them out!


Branding: 11 Ways To Use The Holiday Slump To Update Your Digital Presence (Inc.)
A quick read with tips to jumpstart your email inbox and social media accounts for 2018.

Interviewing: These 5 Unconscious Actions Impact First Impressions At Interviews (Fast Company)
It only takes an interviewer a few seconds to form a first impression of you. This article shares great tips for triggering an unconscious first impression bias.

Networking: Top 3 Ways for Building a Word-of-Mouth Business (Entrepreneur)
Referrals play a huge role in the success of service-based businesses (and in job search). This article shares quick, actionable tips for getting more referrals – great for business and those who are looking for work!

Job Search: Retained Search – What Candidates Need to Know (Career Confidante Radio)
There are many different types of recruiters our candidates come into contact with during their search. Listen to a former executive search consultant explain the difference between these individuals and how your job seekers can be most effective in working with them.

Recruiter Perspective: 9 Questions to Ask Candidate References (Entrepreneur)
More than 21% of candidates are eliminated from consideration based on information (or lack thereof) an interviewer gathers from references. Read this article for the employer's perspective and help your candidate control their narrative.


Visit the 2017 Calendar of Events for all CTL and RWA events this year.


Get the Recording
November 17 E-Summit: References, Recommendations & Testimonials

You spend hours working to craft a resume that sells your candidate's unique value. How do you help them manage external validation of their brand from colleagues, supervisors, and others in the form of references, recommendations, and testimonials? In this E-Summit, you will walk through the what, where, why, how, and when of references. You will learn the context behind how employers use references and walk away with sample reference lists, recommendation letters, and new, creative uses for testimonials. Get the recording.

December 1, 2017, 11:30 AM LOCAL TIME
Career Jam: Where Experts Forecast The New & The Next (Formerly Career Brainstorming Day)

Career Jam is your opportunity to participate in exploration, conversation, and discovery as career colleagues. We'll be adding new features and topics this year to keep the event fresh! Career professionals in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand join in-person and virtual events to share, explore, learn, and collaborate. Learn more and register.

December 11, 2017
CTL Associate Call: Your 2018 Growth Plan

In this CTL Associate Call, the CTL Board will lead a discussion about how you can plan to grow your business and career in 2018! The call is open to all CTL Associates and is a way to help you stay current, learn some new tricks, and share some of your own wealth of information. Get ready to start the new year off on the right foot!

You MUST be an Associate to participate. To read about all of the benefits and opportunities of becoming a CTL Associate ($399 lifetime fee), click here.

May 1-3, 2018
CTL Conference & Professional Development Symposium Goes to Spain

Mark your calendars now and start planning an international excursion ... our annual exclusive, in-person professional development opportunity (conference) is going global! Career colleagues from Europe are excited to host us in Madrid, Spain, for the 2018 Professional Development Symposium, Thrive: Helping Professionals Navigate a Global, Virtual & Gig Workforce. We'll be planning a group flight and providing a 10-pay registration option so you can spread out your expenses. Learn more here.


December 6-7 | Irvine, CA
Training from the BACK of the Room

This is great training for teachers, trainers, and coaches! Crafted by Sharon Bowman, based on current brain science, and delivered by Elisabeth Sanders-Park, it takes your training to an advanced level. If you lead workshops, facilitate small groups, or work one-on-one, you will get a fresh perspective, practical approaches, and proven tools that improve your training immediately and forever. Fills quickly. Early bird and CTL discount (code: CTL$100) available. Learn more and register.



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Academy Certified Profile Writer (ACPW)
Master Resume Writer (MRW)
Credentialed Career Manager (CCM)
Certified Career Transition Coach (CCTC)
Certified Personal Brand Strategist (CPBS)
Certified Social Branding Analyst
360Reach Analyst

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