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The Briefcase "Briefs" Job Search Newsletter
In this issue my tips to modernize your resume, remote work, is your LinkedIn profile disclosing confidential data, Edelman trust barometer, Great Reshuffle, and more….
Dear Reader:
I just returned from the Career Thought Leaders Conference in Philadelphia. I loved being back in person, surrounded by a wonderful group of professionals who all share the common goal of improving people’s lives through supporting career moves.
After two years of the event being virtual, I enjoyed putting faces with names and meeting people who I had only met through email and LinkedIn exchanges.
I came home with many professional takeaways but also a few personal ones as well. This was my first conference since 2019. If you know me in real life, you know that I am an off-the-charts extrovert. Historically, I have never struggled to engage people or make small talk. But there were times this week that I felt rusty and tired. I am out of practice. 
As the conditions of the global pandemic change and you resume “normalcy,” you too may find yourself a bit rusty in social or professional situations. While it’s important to give yourself plenty of grace, it’s also a good idea to prepare for high-stakes social situations like an interview or networking event. Even if conversation skills come “naturally” to you, it might be a good idea to read about the individuals you will meet, think through conversation starters, and visualize the scene.
I hope that you have some fun plans ahead.
Rooting for you,

Actionable Job Search Advice
The Best Job Candidates Are the Best Storytellers
Is Your LinkedIn Profile Disclosing Confidential Data?
How Falling Behind Can Get You Ahead | David Epstein | TEDxManchester
Lessons in Leadership
You Have To Have The Courage To Just Make The Decision And Move Forward
2022 Edelman Trust Barometer Reveals Even Greater Expectations of Business to Lead
Changes in the Workforce
In a First, Remote Jobs Attract a Majority of Applications on LinkedIn
Welcome back! Employers rush to hire talent that left just 17 months ago
How is The Great Reshuffle affecting job seekers?
Lessons From The Amazon Labor Union. Are Workers Now In Charge? – JOSH BERSIN
Mental Health
Anxiety, PTSD Drive Rise in Mental Health Employment Bias Claims
A final thought...
How often in a day, week or month do you find yourself thinking “if only…”, do you think it would actually have made a difference for you? A difference for the better? Would you actually be in a better place?
“If only I could get to the next level in my career…”
“If only my kids will sleep through the night…”
“If only I could finish my MBA…”
“If only I had a bigger house”
“If only I were _______”.
The irony of life is that often once you reach the “if only” destination you just want to go back to the time before you got there.
Can you do me a favor?
I’m on a mission to help job seekers land amazing jobs. Would you consider doing one of the following:
  • Forward this newsletter to your job searching friends or post about it on social media. This small act really helps!
  • Recommend me as a paid speaker for your company events on networking, job searching or leveraging LinkedIn
  • Recommend my services to high performers wanting to work one-on-one with an executive resume writer / or experienced interview coach
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