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Skills make you Retrievable and Recommendations make you Believable

When you want to be found by recruiters and hiring managers on LinkedIn remember that Skills = Keywords and play a significant role in matching you to what a prospective employer is looking for. So, make sure you are taking advantage of all 50 Skills slots on your LinkedIn Profile and that your Skills are targeted to the positions you want to be found for. Like the breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel in the classic Brothers Grimm story, they are the path for finding your way to your next opportunity. Continue reading Skills make you Retrievable and Recommendations make you Believable

Erroll Garner’s message about meaningful work

I had the honor and pleasure of handling production for legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner for London Records. Known for his signature playing style that involved his right hand playing behind the beat while his left strummed a steady rhythm and punctuation, his words were music to my ears and continue to inspire me: Continue reading Erroll Garner’s message about meaningful work

Don’t leave diversity off your resume

Don’t leave off diversity in your resume. Diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnicity, generations, religion, sexual orientation, life and work experiences, language, and anything else that gives you an expanded perspective. Employers look for key abilities and attributes that demonstrate a candidate’s diversity experience. Continue reading Don’t leave diversity off your resume

What’s your career “moment of truth?”

The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms that has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter’s performance space hosting the likes of Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, John Hiatt, Kathy Mattea, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill and Vince Gill. The tiny, legendary club is alive with conversation and comradery until it’s time to perform. Continue reading What’s your career “moment of truth?”

What does your LinkedIn Activity convey to employers

Your LinkedIn Profile Activity section will only appear IF you create and post content. Think of your Activity section as a highway billboard. The average driver will only have about 5 to 10 seconds to view a billboard, read any text and comprehend the message. What do you want the recruiter (driver) to see in your Activity (billboard) that strengthens your job candidate potential? Continue reading What does your LinkedIn Activity convey to employers

ALWAYS BE IN PERPETUAL FORWARD MOTION

I can’t remember a time in my life and career when I wasn’t in perpetual forward motion. I’ve been a producer for London Records, done stand-up comedy at NYC’s Gotham Comedy Club, produced and hosted for public television and broadcast radio, been a senior exec for several major corporations, been profiled on ESPN2’s Extreme Magazine for extreme leadership & team building, performed at legendary CBGBs and Nashville’s Bluebird Café and authored several books. And, the one lesson I’ve the learned the most deeply: NEVER LOOK BACK! Continue reading ALWAYS BE IN PERPETUAL FORWARD MOTION