The Empowering of Women

TED is an annual conference that brings together the minds, passions and convictions of those in Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED)…and beyond. The speakers are amazing, and their presentations are available for all to view at TED.com. The speakers are given only about 18 minutes to speak, which makes it easy to fit an entire presentation within a busy schedule.

I cannot recommend this site strongly enough.

My most recent viewing was of novelist Isabel Allende: Tales of Passion. In this presentation at TED, Allende gives a very inspiring, moving and entertaining look at what can happen to villages, countries and the world when women are empowered. Within her talk, she highlights three women who have overcome great hurdles, and have made huge impacts on the world. You won’t want to miss it.

You can learn more about Isabel Allende, Wangari Maathai, Somaly Mam, and Rose Mapendo at TED.com.

With love and hope for the future,
Karen
www.KarenLCox.com

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The Gift of Literacy

Here’s a site I stumbled upon this evening: Better World Books

When you buy a book from Better World Books, you’re also helping to fund literacy projects in the U.S. and around the world.

Prices look competitive, shipping is free in the U.S. ($3.97 worldwide), and you can donate your used books for the cause.

If you’re interested in helping literacy in a more direct way, one of their literacy partners is the National Center for Family Literacy. On this site you can find locations near you where you can help another adult learn to read or speak English.

If you’re in the Lake County area, visit the Lake County Adult Learning Connection. Learn more about becoming a tutor and making a huge impact in the life of someone else.

Wishing you a wonderous life of learning and possibilities,
Karen
www.KarenLCox.com

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Yes, You Can Take it With You! A Look at Transferable Skills

When looking for a new job, always remember that you are an individual with many skills and talents to offer employers; many that you may take for granted and overlook.

What most people overlook is the vast amount of experience called “transferable skills”. These are skills that are valuable to any job position in any industry.

Some examples of transferable skills include:

  • Computer
  • Communication
  • Team-building
  • Negotiation
  • Customer service
  • Sales
  • and the list can go on and on.

What are some of your transferable skills? Take a moment now to write down at least three (3) transferable skills you have that would also apply to a new job or industry.

To Your Success,
Karen

www.KarenLCox.com

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5 Musts: #5 Use Numbers

Let’s quickly recap the elements of the “5 Musts” we’ve covered so far.

#1: Organization. Be sure your resume is well organized. The two most common formats are chronological and functional.

#2: Suitable for Level of Experience. Your resume should spotlight your most recent accomplishments and those activities relevant to your target position. Keep in mind whether you are new to the job market or have many years of experience.

#3: Keywords. Be sure your resume contains the keywords your potential employer is looking for and those keywords that are prevalent in your job category or industry.

#4: Power Words. Make sure your resume makes the strongest positive impression by using power words that clearly describe your actions and accomplishments. Examples include: Developed, Managed, Trained, Negotiated.

And now, for Must #5: Use Numbers.

Numbers

Using numbers in your resume shows the level of your accomplishments and makes a stronger case for you being considered for a position. Take a look at these before and after statements.

Before:
“Responsible for the training of personnel on computer applications.”

After:
“Trained 250 office and manufacturing personnel on a newly deployed inventory management system. The successful use of the system led to a 15% reduction in inventory in the first 6 months.”

How can you measure the work you do? Look for items that show a prospective employer how you increased company income or saved money.

Here are some questions to get you started.

Requests
How many requests for a certain task or service do you receive in a day, month, or year?
How quickly do you respond to requests?
What dollar amounts are associated with these requests?

Projects
What projects have you worked on for your employer?
What was the dollar amount associated with the project?
What was your role?

Clients, Customers, Direct Reports
How many clients or customers do you serve (internal customers count, too!)?
How many people report to you?

Always remember you have a lot to offer. Be sure they know it!

To Your Success,
Karen

www.KarenLCox.com

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5 Musts: #4 Power Words

Your resume is typically the first impression of you. And, as we’ve seen in previous postings of the “5 Musts”, your resume will most likely be pre-sreened by a computer program or a person other than a hiring manager, and can be rejected in 30 seconds (or even less)!

So, what is another secret you can use to get your resume into the ‘Must Interview’ pile? Must #4: Power Words.

Power Words

Instead of using words such as “Responsible for”, use words that really describe what you’ve accomplished.

Here are some examples:

  • Developed
  • Managed
  • Deployed
  • Trained
  • Supervised

Freebie: Notice the use of bullets. This is another element to include in your resume to make sure accomplishments stand out from the rest of the text. Just don’t overdo it!

Now that you’ve started using power words, what can you do to make them even stronger?

Next time, Must #5: Using Numbers.

To Your Success,
Karen

www.KarenLCox.com

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