100 Conversations for Career Success

Chapter 1

Meg Guiseppi is a C-level executive job-search coach with Executive Career Brand (www.executivecareerbrand.com). She is a seven-time certified career expert and author of 23 Ways You Sabotage Your Executive Job Search and How Your Brand Will Help You Land.

Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers (www.careersolvers.com), is a quadruple-certified resume writer and six-time winner of the Toast of the Resume Writing Industry (TORI) competition. She is the author of two books on resume writing and job search and her work is featured in more than two dozen publications.

Chapter 2
Danielle Powers, recruitment manager for MD Management Solutions, is a seasoned recruiter with extensive managerial training and sales. She is a 2009 recipient of RWN Up&Coming Business Woman Award.

Katy Colvin, P.H.R., has more than eight years of experience in H.R. working in various industries for companies such as Recall, PIC Group, and Marriott International. She is a senior H.R. business partner at Manhattan Associates, headquartered in Atlanta.

Chapter 4
Chris Havrilla is a recruiter and consultant specializing in strategy, process, technology, and training projects pertaining to corporate recruiting, sourcing, H.R., and talent management. Companies retain her services via her company, Havrilla, LLC. Chris blogs at http://www.recruiterchicks.com.

Mary Elizabeth Bradford (www.maryelizabethbradford.com), known as the Career Artisan, is an author, speaker, resume writer, and award-winning job-search coach. Since 1995, she has been helping professionals worldwide focus on, find, and win their dream jobs.

Chapter 6
Kristin Johnson is founder of Profession Direction, LLC (www.professiondirection.com). She is a multiple-certified career writer, social-media consultant, and coach with an approach that is cutting-edge, creative, and kind.

Laurie Berenson is the president of Sterling Career Concepts, LLC (www.SterlingCareerConcepts.com). As a career strategist and certified resume writer, she works with clients on projects related to resume development, career change and transition, job-search strategy, interview coaching, and salary negotiation.

Elizabeth Craig, M.B.A., is a master career and job-search strategist at ELC Global (www.elcglobal.com), established in 1982. She assists stuck and frustrated young adults, mid-career professionals, and boomers in finding fulfilling opportunities.

Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, known as the Career Success Coach (www.career-success-coach.com), has been helping executives, managers, and professionals find their perfect career paths since 1991.

Cali Williams Yost, founder of Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc. (http://worklifefit.com/), is the author of Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You (Riverhead/Penguin Group, 2005). Cali also writes an award-winning blog and contributes to Fast Company blogs, where her work helps shape the global dialogue on work-and-life flexibility.

Laura Gassner Otting is the founder and president of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group (www.nonprofitprofessionals.com), a national nonprofit executive-search firm that tailors retained search and leadership transition packages to its clients’ various needs. She is the author of Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector (Kaplan Publishing, 2007).

Chapter 7
Lynn Wong is a senior manager in global logistics at a Fortune 500 company. She is a powerful community leader within organizations advocating globalization, education, and advancement for women and Asians.

Chapter 9
Jacqueline Whitmore is the founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach (http://etiquetteexpert.com), a premier business-etiquette consulting firm dedicated to helping executives polish their professionalism, enhance their interpersonal skills, and improve their personal brand. Jacqueline is the author of Poised for Success (St. Martin’s Press, 2011) and Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work (St. Martin’s Press, 2005).

Marci Alboher is a vice president at Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank leading the call for encore careers—work with social impact in the second half of life. Marci is the author of One Person—Multiple Careers (Business Plus, 2007) and a sought-after authority on career and workplace trends.

Farhana Rahman is a global social-media manager for KIT Digital. Farhana also writes the popular blog Social Media Coolness (www.farhanastar.com), and she enthusiastically offers tips and tricks of the trade to her followers on Twitter.

Mark Stelzner, founder of Inflexion Advisors (www.inflexionadvisors.com) and Job Angels (a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to helping people get back to work), is a noted thought leader in the human-resources community.

Christine Comaford (www.christinecomaford.com), New York Times best-selling author of Rules for Renegades (McGraw-Hill, 2007), helps C.E.O.’s in rapid-growth and turnaround scenarios achieve results.

Chapter 11
Susan Guarneri, the Career Assessment Goddess (www.assessmentgoddess.com), a certified career counselor and career coach, is one of only nine Reach-certified master personal-branding strategists in the world. An early adopter of personal branding and online identity, she specializes in career focus, proactive job search, and branded communications.

Jason Alba is the author of I’m on LinkedIn—Now What??? (Happy About, 2009) and founder of JibberJobber.com, a tool for job seekers, job hunters, recruiters, and headhunters to organize the job hunt and manage a professional network.

Walter Akana, founder of Threshold Consulting (www.threshold-consulting.com), is a career and life strategist who brings a unique blend of training and experience in coaching, personal branding, and online identity to guide mid-career clients who are hungry for change.

Rabbi Karpov, PhD (LinkedIn.com/in/RabbiRKarpov), has been writing resumes since her years as a technical writer. She was a Conservative pulpit rabbi (one of the first 10 women in the nation) and a teacher to Navajo Nation. She now focuses on resume writing and career coaching for executives.

Kathy Bernard is the author of the Get a Job! Tips blog (www.getajobtips.com) and a career coach and workshop leader based in St. Louis, MO. She is also a “career doctor” on www.ilostmyjob.com, where she frequently leads free webinars.

Bob McIntosh (thingscareerrelated.wordpress.com) is a career trainer who leads and designs workshops at the Career Center of Lowell, MA. He has gained a reputation as the LinkedIn expert in and around the career center.

Brenda Bernstein, founder and senior editor of the Essay Expert, holds an English degree from Yale and a J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law. She has been coaching professionals and students on their writing projects since 1999.

Karen Siwak, executive director and principal consultant with Resume Confidential (www.resumeconfidential.ca), is an award-winning, certified resume strategist specializing in helping people identify and articulate their unique brand and value proposition.

Dorothy Tannahill-Moran is a career-change agent with Next Chapter New Life (www.nextchapternewlife.com). She guides job seekers through career development, career change, and job search, and offers career tips and information at http://CareerMakeoverToolKitShouldIstayorShouldIGo.com/

Chapter 12
Rachel Sweeney is a senior at Marist College majoring in fashion merchandising and minoring in business administration and product development. She twice interned with the top British brand Burberry.

Hanna Phan is a product manager at SlideRocket, a cloud-based presentation platform that brings ideas to life. Before joining SlideRocket, she was a public-relations officer at Toastmasters District 21.

Chuck Dietrich is the C.E.O. of SlideRocket. He was most recently the general manager and vice president for Salesforce Mobile, which mobilizes Salesforce CRM, custom, and Force.com applications so that mobile professionals are always connected to their critical information.

Jorgen Sundberg is a social-media trainer and consultant specializing in LinkedIn, online branding, and recruitment. He is the founder and director of Link Humans, (http://linkhumans.com/), a social-media consultancy based in London and Paris, and he blogs at http://jorgensundberg.net.

Marian Schembari is a blogger (http://marianlibrarian.com), traveler, and social-media thug who hails from Connecticut, lives in New Zealand, and works for a marketing agency. Marian has been featured in a variety of publications, including Time and Real Simple.

Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter is the chief career strategist for Career Trend (www.careertrend.com) and one of only 28 master resume writers (M.R.W.) globally. She composes career-positioning documents for forward-thinking professionals and executives.

Dawn Bugni is a master resume writer, certified professional resume writer, and owner of the Write Solution (www.write-solution.com). A Twitter enthusiast and tell-it-like-it-is career professional, she is a former recruiter and has more than 25 years of corporate management experience.

Hannah Morgan (www.careersherpa.net) has been recognized as one of Monster.com’s 11 Job Search Bloggers to watch.Experienced in helping displaced workers learn to search for their next opportunity, she provides advice and information related to job search, reputation management, and social-media strategies.

Hanna Phan’s Présumé noted in the book.

Chapter 13
Charles Purdy, a senior member of the Monster marketing and P.R. team and author of Urban Etiquette (Council Oak Books, 2004), is a former managing editor of MacWorld magazine. Charles has appeared on CNN and Fox Business News, and his career advice has appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Forbes.com.

Alison Hillman, community manager at BranchOut, oversees the professional network’s social media and events. She previously worked as a community manager for Levi’s, where she was a champion of emerging technologies.

Mike DelPonte is a marketing manager for BranchOut, where he oversees marketing, P.R., and brand strategy. Previously, he was the founder and C.E.O. of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit that invests in promising young social entrepreneurs.

Laurie Baggett (www.lauriebaggett.com) is a business-development specialist with expertise spearheading business relations, forging community partnerships, and launching start-ups with ease. As a self-professed “talent agent,” Laurie’s passion is “building the stage and shining the spotlight” and then watching her clients succeed.

Lori Aitkenhead is the director of marketing at SEO Bounty, a national S.E.O. and social-media marketing firm. Lori helps small- to medium-sized businesses execute their overall vision for growth by developing and implementing customized, strategic Internet marketing campaigns and services. Find Lori online at www.socialcentricmarketing.com.

Raj Singh is co-founder of myJoblinx™ (www.myjoblinx.com), a tool to help you find a job using your network on Facebook. Raj is a global staffing director at Intersil who recruits professionals at all levels (interns to executives) around the world.

Thank you to the following people for sharing samples of their social-media updates or profiles with us:

Traci Maddox
Richard Fuhr

Ed Cabellon
Laura Schlafy
Stephanie True Moss

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Keith Privette
Angela Smego
Rabbi Pamela Gottfried

Ayo Fashola
Luke Rosenberger