• Tuesday, September 06, 2022 2:00 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Looking for “homework” assignments to give to clients to work on while you write the resume? Check out this package of homework and printables. 

    It includes: 

    • Target List of Companies 
    • Pre-Interview Worksheet (Company Profile) 
    • Your Ideal Job Profile 
    • Social Media Scrub Checklist/Worksheet 

    Check out the Client Homework & Printables #1 Pass-Along Materials Content in our online store

    The Client Homework & Printables #1 Pass-Along Materials Content is included with a BeAResumeWriter.com Bronze Membership — in the Pass-Along Materials (PAMs) section
  • Thursday, September 01, 2022 10:54 AM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Being a career business owner isn’t always what you dreamed it would be, is it? The less-than-supportive voices in your head (we all have them; you’re not crazy) keep telling you that you’ll never live up to your dream of being everything you wanted to be. We’ve all had these moments of self-doubt and, for the most part, we push through them. But negative self-talk about money undermines our self-confidence. Money blocks work their way into our psyche and hang out there for years, wreaking havoc on our lives and happiness, and you probably don’t even know it’s happening. 

    One thing is for certain: Your attitude about money directly effects your balance sheet. We believe that small but insistent voice that says, “My clients won’t pay more” or “You don’t know enough to charge that” or even “You don’t have what it takes to earn a six-figure income.” And when we believe it, it becomes true. 

    There’s a simple solution, and it starts with a shift in your money mindset. This 33-page special report is full of insight and exercises to help you change these long-held beliefs, write a new money story, and bust through your money blocks. Change the way you think and act about money and change your life — and business — forever. 

    Check out the Your Money Mindset Special Report in our online store

    The Your Money Mindset Special Report is available with a BeAResumeWriter.com Bronze Membership — in the Member-Only Special Reports section — until Nov. 30, 2022. 

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:48 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    The media is hungry for careers industry information their readers and viewers want to consume. Feed them with this Pass-Along Materials content package featuring five news releases. The packages includes templates for the following news releases: 

    • International Update Your Résumé Month 
    • Back to School/Back to Work 
    • Included in a Career Book 
    • Announcing the Launch of a New Podcast 
    • Announcing Planned Attendances at a Career Industry Conference 

    Each template is followed by a sample news release for that topic so you can see how to fill in the information. The first page also includes tips for news releases. 

    Check out the News Release Package #4 Pass-Along Materials Content in our online store
  • Sunday, July 31, 2022 4:36 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Offering support to job seeking clients can increase your revenues AND your client’s satisfaction with your services. 

    This 20-page planner walks you through the five steps in the process of developing and executing packages: 

    • Defining Your Perfect Client for a Package 
    • Get Crystal Clear on the Outcomes You Provide 
    • Flesh Out the Must-Have Features and Logistics 
    • Create Packages with Crazy-Attractive Names 
    • Price Your Packages for Prime Buying 

    The special report includes multiple exercises to help with each step in the process. 

    Check out the Planning and Pricing Your Packages Planner Special Report in our online store
  • Monday, July 11, 2022 3:58 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Looking for social media content, short email newsletter items, or blog post or article content? 

    The tenth installment in the Career Checklists series covers these topics: 

    • Jobseeker’s Guide to Customizing Your Résumé 
    • How to Say It: Job Search Scripts #2 (Requesting a Raise, Asking for FMLA leave, and requesting to work remotely) 
    • The Great Resignation: Career Crisis or Something Else? 
    • Formula for a Quick Introduction 
    • Restart or Start Fresh 
    • STAR Worksheet: How to Create Compelling Career Stories 

    Check out the Career Checklists #10 Pass-Along Materials Content in our online store
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 2:03 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    If you haven't already made the transition to a full-time career services business, this 30-page guide is for you. Being an entrepreneur provides you the ability to control your own life and do what you are passionate about. While transitioning from employee to entrepreneur may seem like an overwhelming task, you will learn throughout this special report that it is not. It is something you are fully capable of doing. It includes the 8 steps to take you from employee to entrepreneur. 

    Check out the From Employee to Entrepreneur Special Report in our online store

  • Wednesday, June 08, 2022 11:19 AM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Helping your jobseeking clients express their accomplishments is important! The STAR formula has long been used to help articulate accomplishments in a resume or LinkedIn profile or answer the question, “Tell me about a time when you...” in an interview. This 6-page worksheet is designed as a homework exercise for a client as part of the job search process. It includes an overview of the STAR formula, examples of when a STAR story can be used, 18 prompts to create STAR stories, and a fill-in-the-blanks exercise to capture the information in the STAR formula to create STAR stories. 

    Check out the STAR Worksheet: How to Create Compelling Career Stories Pass-Along Materials Content in our online store

  • Tuesday, June 07, 2022 2:25 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    Low-content products are a great way to generate an additional revenue stream AND serve jobseekers better. They can also be a lead-generator to your one-to-one services. 

    What are some examples of low-content products? Checklists, workbooks, toolkits, planners, questionnaires, journals, and trackers are tools that provide high value to the buyer. They can be printable (downloads) or physical products. 

    In this 39-page special report, you’ll learn the advantages of low-content products, you’ll develop a plan for creating your first high-value, low-content product, you’ll learn how to execute that plan, and you’ll learn ideas to market your low-content products for quick sales. 

    Check out the Fast Cash From Low-Content Products Special Report in our online store

  • Friday, May 20, 2022 12:06 PM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    YouTube influencer Jacklyn Dallas recently interviewed Google CEO Sundar Pichai (see video below) in conjunction with the search giant’s Google I/O 2022 event. 

    The two discussed a variety of tech-related announcements, but they also talked about where the company is as it relates to remote vs. in-person work — and what the future of work will look like. 

    “I got an email from someone yesterday saying they went for a run around the same loop they always run, and it felt so good to be back,” said Pichai. “I think people do need those connections, but what we are embracing is flexibility. I think people have gotten used to a more flexible life.” 

    Pichai said that the company is having employees come into the office three days a week. 

    “We’ve trusted our employees,” he said. “We’ve given them a lot of agency and so we want to give them the flexibility so that you’re not too stressed if you have a doctor’s appointment or you have to show up at your kid’s parent [teacher] conference... or whatever it is.” 

    Pichai pointed out that serendipitous meetings and interactions are hard to facilitate via online interactions. 

    In the 26 years that Jon and I have been in business, we have had both experiences. We had an office location the first eight years we were in business, but have worked from home the last 18 years. Each structure offers advantages and disadvantages (saving on office rent and avoiding a commute each day are big pluses). But we met several of our previous clients because they were in the same office building as us. 

    Obviously, tech giants like Google have invested a considerable amount of money in their workspaces. So that likely factors into the equation. The company recently profiled its unique new Bay View campus — definitely an inspiring-looking space. 

    In the coming years, it will be interesting to see how work evolves. In the meantime, it is informative to watch how companies are handling remote work as things start to return to normal. It’s certainly something that jobseekers are going to be asking us about as we work with them, so it’s worth keeping an eye on. 

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 11:12 AM | Bridget Weide Brooks (Administrator)

    A few months ago, BeAResumeWriter.com held a free subscriber-only course to help career service professionals craft their own online course using the Teachable platform. 

    As I was reading the seventh chapter in Marie Forleo’s addictive entrepreneurial tome “Everything is Figureoutable” (titled “Start Before You’re Ready”), I was reminded of that course and our loyal group of participants. 

    “You never feel ready to do the important things you’re meant to do,” writes Forleo. 

    One of the hardest things to do as a self-employed individual is dive into projects that might not yield immediate returns. Putting together an online course for jobseekers might not seem like an immediate concern — and you might not feel ready for such an undertaking — but moving forward can yield positive results. 

    Forleo talks about her nascent days as a dance instructor in New York City, where she worked a variety of odd jobs. A chance suggestion that she try out for a job at MTV (before she was ready) led to life-changing opportunities (with companies like Nike) that impacted the course of her life and business. 

    What makes “Everything is Figureoutable” an inspiring read is Forleo’s unpredictable professional journey — as we follow her on the winding road from her start as a trading assistant at the NYSE to the high-profile coaching business she enjoys today. 

    The “Everything is Figureoutable” philosophy in and of itself is a framework to structure your mindset and take on new challenges (a mindset inspired by lessons learned from her mother). 

    Oftentimes, the mind works out of a place of fear. 

    “Fear is not the enemy,” writes Forleo. “Waiting to stop feeling afraid is.” It is a mistake to wait until you are feeling fully confident to pursue your goals, because that might not ever happen. 

    As we’ve worked with aspiring entrepreneurs the past 26 years, we’ve found that budding business owners often fall into the trap of thinking things in their lives have to be “perfect” before they can fully commit to building a business. 

    Progress is more important than perfection. Comparison is “creative kryptonite” (she refers to this as drinking shots of a dangerous drink she calls “Comparschläger”). 

    “You must disobey the voice in your head that says, ‘I’m not ready yet,’” writes Forleo. 

    When you chase your dreams you’ll likely face setbacks along the way. Forleo encourages readers to ask themselves this question: “What’s the next right move?” 

    A couple of years ago, I was presenting a webinar to aspiring entrepreneurs and was trying to remember that quote. I almost got it right. I told the participants, “Marie Forleo says you should ‘do the next right thing’... or maybe that’s ‘Frozen II.’” 

    (That quote indeed came from the character Anna in 2019’s “Frozen II,” but the sentiment is the same!) 

    Forleo’s book is packed with anecdotes, quotes, and exercises to put readers in the right mindset. Her irreverent prose (at times she swears like a sailor) gives an approachable vibe to each chapter. 

    “Everything is Figureoutable” serves as an “I’ve been where you are before” pep talk to help you get going and build momentum in your personal and professional goals. 

    If you’re having trouble getting started building your résumé writing business — or having difficulties figuring out what services and products to add to an already established business — jumping into “Everything is Figureoutable” might help you get unstuck. 

    Order your copy of “Everything is Figureoutable” by Marie Forleo here


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