July 2013


As a career coach and former HR exec, I know first hand what makes a resume stand out from the crowd. Equally, I know what makes a hiring manager drop a resume into the ‘No Way’ tray.

Many myths are propagated in relation to CVs and resumes. It’s a veritable minefield! In today’s blog, I’m busting some of those myths to help you avoid the common traps and shape your CV into something the hiring manager really wants to see.

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In my recent column on Greenbiz.com, I advised a community investment manager in the renewable energy sector decide whether to stay put in her current role or seek new pastures.

Sometimes our craving for something new and unknown is what keeps us from feeling happy with what we have. But while it is important to resist the urge for change simply for change’s sake, it is equally important to continue challenging ourselves in order to grow professionally, and thereby feel happy.

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Last week, 2DegreesNetwork published my blog on 30-second elevator pitches: what they are, why you need one, and ten easy steps to building them.

As experienced networkers know, having a pre-prepared elevator pitch up your sleeve can help you out of those sticky situations when a potential client or employer asks “”so what do you do?”, and into the good books of the person you’re trying to impress.

Find out how to create yours here.



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Join me on July 23rd for a workshop entitled ‘How to Land Your Dream Job – Create a Killer Elevator Pitch and Profile’ at The Hub, San Francisco!

In this three hour Net Impact workshop, I’ll be using the unique, interactive tools I’ve developed throughout my career in HR and sustainability to help jobseekers, career-switchers and graduates create a winning 30-second elevator pitch and CV/LinkedIn profile.

The event is taking place at 6pm PDT on Tuesday July 23rd at The Hub, 901 Mission Street, San Francisco. The cost is $15 for Net Impact and Hub members and $20 for non-members.

Sign up here!


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In part two of our four part job search sites series, we’re giving you the best CSR and sustainability jobs boards on the net. 

Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to get updates on our Hot Sustainability Jobs and log on to our Advice Centre  regularly to get access to the rest of the series, including:

Let me know if I’ve missed any of your favourite job boards, and I’ll include them too.

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Would you like to win one of 10 places on a special career coaching webinar exclusively for alumni of Haas School of Business, Berkeley?

Followers of @walkoflifecoach and readers of this blog can enter to win a non-alum place at the event by being the first to register here!

On July 25th at 8pm BST/12pm PST, I’ll be delivering an online workshop entitled ‘Create a killer pitch to land a new job or win work’

Have you ever found yourself standing in front of a potential hiring manager or client at an event desperately trying to untangle your personal sales pitch from the cotton in your mouth?

Articulating yourself well in that first minute of meeting someone is crucial for effective networking, pitching projects and winning contracts.  And translating that quick pitch into a written summary profile for LinkedIn or a CV is another important challenge.

This webinar will give you the tools to create a killer elevator pitch that will help you wow that client and get the job. Follow this link to apply for a place.

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