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I bring more than 20 years of experience in career coaching, resume writing, and human resources to deliver engaging and humorous presentations that will provide your audience with tremendous insights and practical strategies for their career and professional advancement.

I offer a range of programs that can be customized to your group’s specific needs. Here is a partial list of the organizations with which I’ve worked:

  • Career Thought Leaders National Conference
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
  • Missouri Librarians’ Association
  • Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers
  • Bank Midwest
  • Missouri Young Bankers’ Association
  • Macon Women of Today “Job Searching for Women” Conference
  • Gutensohn Medical Clinic

Here is a list of programs I offer:

The Differences Between a Branded Resume and What MOST People Have

Most people have a “data sheet” as their resume—a list of places they’ve worked, job titles they’ve held, and duties they performed. From a marketing standpoint you’re telling a prospective employer: “Here’s what I was paid to do…and I did it.” Not very compelling!

A branded resume changes all that. In this session, we’ll drill down on the key differences in a branded resume, and you’ll see loads of examples. You’ll learn:

  • How to set the stage with a high-impact Summary of Qualifications
  • The difference between job duties and accomplishments, and how to position each
  • How to express your unique value proposition in a way that compels the reader to call you for an interview

Finding Your Professional Purpose

Are you struggling to find what you were put on this planet to do as your profession? Are you in a job that doesn’t fuel your passion? Do you wonder what type of work would make the best use of your skills and values? In this highly interactive session, you’ll learn:

  • Tools to identify your most important skills and critical values…and how they relate to your career choice
  • An exercise to help you identify job tasks you are energized by
  • Questions to ask yourself that really get at what “makes you tick”

Interviewing Master Class

Interviewing, like most things in life, is a skill that can be learned. With the right combination of knowledge and practice, virtually anyone can ace a job interview. In this hands-on training, you will:

  • Develop, and practice, your “tell me about yourself” answer, using a simple formula
  • Identify your best-fit strategy for answering the dreaded “greatest weakness” question
  • Begin to formalize your CAR stories for answering behavioral questions

Why Aren’t They More Like Me: Leveraging Personality Differences in the Workplace

In this engaging and highly interactive presentation, you’ll develop techniques for communicating with, assigning tasks to, and scheduling the work of team members by taking into consideration their unique personality characteristics. This session, based on the MBTI personality inventory, will give you:

  • Keys to recognizing the personality preferences of team members
  • Techniques for “speaking the foreign language” of various personalities
  • How to maximize your team’s effectiveness using personality type

Maximizing Your Reach on LinkedIn

Three Easy Steps More than 94% of employers use LinkedIn in the hiring process, and there’s not a recruiter out there who isn’t on LinkedIn daily. If you’re an entrepreneur, 30 million US adults visit LinkedIn daily…that’s more than enough potential customers! In this dynamic and interactive presentation, you’ll learn:

  • What makes an outstanding LinkedIn profile that gets results
  • Who to connect with, how to find them, and what to do with them once you’re connected
  • How to achieve your professional goals using LinkedIn

Managing Your Career

What You MUST Know to Be Successful Many people think of career management as something you do when it’s time to change jobs, but true career management should be a lifelong pursuit. This program will give you tips to navigate all phases of your career, including:

  • How to know whether it’s time to go or best to stay a while longer
  • How to be ARFO (Always Ready For Opportunity) when a great job possibility comes along
  • How to evaluate your current situation when you’re ready to move on, so you keep the good and leave the bad

MBTI for Corporations

As a Master Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), I have worked with major corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, and educational institutions to develop teams, improve communication, resolve conflict, and identify leadership strengths.

I am available for four- or six-hour retreats at an offsite location of your choice. To speak about your organization’s needs and my availability and fees, contact me at lesa@exclusivecareercoaching.com.

Here is a partial list of the organizations I’ve worked with using the MBTI:

  • Topps, Inc. (Bazooka Bubble Gum)
  • Truman State University
  • Diageo (formerly Guinness)
  • Florida Virtual School
  • Community South Credit Union
  • Kirksville Housing Authority
  • Adair County Family YMCA
  • Leadership St. Joe
  • Kirksville Leadership Institute
  • Gutensohn Medical Clinic
  • Capital City Bank
  • Walton County Sheriffs Office

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