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    It’s time to join us for one of our 2024 high-ranking CDI member events for resume writers and career coaches who want to network, plan, grow, learn, get inspired, and have fun.

    Even if you have been a member of CDI for years, we hope you will consider attending ALL of these live member events. They aren’t your same-old dull tours or generic engagement sessions. You won’t be lectured at, bored to tears, or disconnected!

    Plus, we’re using this as our main page to list ALL upcoming live CDI webinars whether networking, business-building, or skill-based.

    Ending the year with a shout with great marketing speakers TBA for Q1 of 2024.

    With attendee approval ratings from 9.42/10 to 10/10, we know you’re going to gain high ROI by participating in these member events!

    We’re taking it up a notch to make sure you:

    • Learn new tools and strategies to apply in your work.
    • Feel good with increased energy and ideas.
    • Get the most out of your CDI membership.
    • Make meaningful connections with your colleagues.
    • Increase your personal and professional success while having fun with your business and skill-building.

    Events are all virtual and held on Zoom unless otherwise stated in descriptions. They are also all included with CDI membership.

    These events are interactive and advanced registration is required for planning purposes! Please take a moment to scroll down to register now and plan to block your calendar to join us live!

    Looking for on demand replays of prior member events? Get them here >>

    Up Your Resume Writing & Design – Advice From TORI Entries That Weren’t Nominated

    with Laura DeCarlo, CDI President

    Your resumes may already be landing interviews for your clients, but you could make sure theirs is consistently the best one in the applicant file.

    Better yet, that same skill upgrade often means your work is a natural for a TORI resume writing award nomination.

    I’ve learned through my 1-1 and group TORI Master Mentor Program (we’ve got a bonus session for April TORI registrants*) is that if you’re not getting nominated or winning, you often can’t identify what you could be doing differently.

    It’s important to know that this is RARELY a fancy graphic design issue, especially with the classic design categories.

    It’s almost always more subtle issues with writing, information gathering/inclusion, and standard design that my clients are always shocked no one taught them or they never picked up on when comparing their work to that of winners.

    Until now this kind of feedback has been impossible to duplicate for a member-included webinar because someone would need to be willing to share their TORI entries!

    We’ve now secured a few 2023 submissions, that weren’t nominated, which Laura will be sharing anonymously during this session to:

    1. Compare with winning resumes.
    2. Point out missed opportunities.
    3. Provide strategy around client information gathering, writing, and design.

    This powerful combo leads to ah-ha moments and skills that don’t just lead to TORI nominations and wins but delight employers and are shown to make them hungry to ‘read every word’ in a resume.

    While a TORI nomination/win is the lowest cost/highest ROI way to grow a resume writing business, it’s important to remember…

    Your clients are going to be out there competing against job seekers who worked with TORI nominees/winners so your work needs to stand up to that level as well.

    When it does, you’ll have raving fans, better testimonials, TORI wins, and positioning to raise your rates.

    *Purchase ten 2024 TORI award entries by 4/30/2024 to receive a ticket to a bonus Master Mentor Resume Review Coaching session on 6/05/2024. $450 value. Even if you don’t plan to use the entries, you’ll have spent less than this session is offered for and you’re resume writing and design skills will be enhanced by this invaluable feedback by a multi-award-winning resume writer, former Director of the TORI awards, and author of Resumes for Dummies.

    Learn about the TORIs and offer >>

    Date & Time: Thursday, 5/30/2024 – 2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern

    Price: Free to members; must be logged to see registration link

    Recorded: Yes

    Top LinkedIn Tips Job Seekers Need to Know

    with expert guest Donna Shannon of Personal Touch Career Services

    Top LinkedIn Tips Job Seekers Need to Know

    Do your clients know how to leverage LinkedIn to make real headway in their job search?

    Believe it or not, only 36% of job seekers are fully engaged on LinkedIn. Sure, they may have a profile and apply to jobs, but what else can they do to improve their job hunt? With 90% of employers checking out a job seeker’s LinkedIn profile and activity, your clients must understand all the ins and outs of what they should actually be doing with this critical social media platform.

    During this interactive presentation, Donna Shannon will teach you how job seekers can gain more profile views, expand their network, and reach out to others to build their future in the digital world. And yes, we will dive into all the hidden features of the Jobs section!

    While this session will not go into profile writing, be prepared to learn about AI content generation and other new strategies for 2024.

    About Donna: 

    Donna Shannon

    Donna Shannon (they/them) is President at Personal Touch Career Services and holds the Master Career Director (MCD) designation from Career Directors International (CDI). Their books include “Get a Job Without Going Crazy” and “The Down & Dirty Job Search.” With 20 years of experience, they have published over 140 articles on LinkedIn, been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, and spoken about job-searching strategies at conferences in Orlando, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, and Denver, among others. They constantly add to their professional development in both job searching trends and HR recruitment practices to ensure that their standards evolve with the latest technologies. Donna personally mentors their staff of five resume writers to stay on the cutting edge of the employment landscape. And yes, they do standup comedy, even though getting a job is no laughing matter.

    To learn more about what they offer, you can find them at Personal Touch Career Services.

    Date & Time: Thursday, 6/27/2024 – 2-3:45 PM Eastern

    Price: Free to members; must be logged to see registration link

    Recorded: Yes

    Position Job Seekers to “Seal the Deal” with 30-60-90 Day Plans

    with expert guest: Grant Cooper of Strategic Resumes®, Career Coaching & Business Plans

    Your client aced the first interview but that doesn’t mean they’ve landed the job.

    With each progressing interview the competition increases while your client puts more skin in the game and desires to come out on top.

    But what if there was a way for your clients to cut through the competition and stand alone, that also represents a new revenue stream for you?

    That’s where a 30-60-90 Day Plan comes in!

    Grant Cooper has been successfully positioning senior-level and executive clients to “seal the deal” with the value-add of a customized, focused plan which identifies specific actions the candidate will take within the first 90 days of accepting their new position.

    Plus, you may have noticed this topic has shown up in the CDI community a few times already this year – companies actually requesting this of a top candidate.

    What’s best is it’s not so much what’s in it but the fact that your client, through your help and guidance, took the time to thoughtfully prepare and present a strategic tool that the other candidates lack.

    Join CDI veteran presenter, Grant Cooper, as he explores the candidate 30-60-90 Day Plan and what it includes, and provides examples and suggested pricing information. (Hint, it’s recommended as a 4-figure add-on).

    About Grant: 

    Grant Cooper

    Grant Cooper is president of Strategic Resumes®, Career Coaching & Business Plans, founded in 1994. He is a Certified Advanced Resume Writer, Career Coach & LinkedIn Profile Writer. Martin Yate, author of #1 bestselling “Knock ’Em Dead” resume book series, stated: “In 25 years, Grant Cooper is one of less than 60 people I have quoted in my entire body of work.” Grant was also honored by Laura DeCarlo with the 2015 CDI President’s Award.

    He has authored 250+ columns and articles and has been selected as a seminar presenter at national conferences. He authored a groundbreaking software program, Resume Critique Writer, used by universities, military career offices, recruiters, and resume firms worldwide. For more than a decade, Mr. Cooper has been a judge for CDI’s national TORI resume competitions. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University. Grant’s clients land competitive positions at Fortune 500 firms and attract to offers.

    To learn more about Grant, you can find him at Strategic Resumes®, Career Coaching & Business Plans.

    Date & Time: Thursday, 7/25/2024 – 2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern

    Price: Free to members; must be logged to see registration link

    Recorded: Yes

    Unlock Your Book’s Potential: Expert Marketing Strategies for Authors

    with expert guest Dr. Jeannine Bennet of Vision to Purpose

    Join Dr. Jeannine Bennett as she unveils potent marketing tactics to elevate your book. Whether you’re an established author or just starting out, discover tailored strategies to maximize visibility and captivate your audience. Ignite your inspiration and seize the chance to unlock your book’s boundless potential. Plus, attendees will leave with actionable strategies they can immediately implement to boost their book’s success. Don’t miss out!

    About Jeannine: 

    Dr. Jeannine Bennett

    Dr. Jeannine Bennett is an entrepreneur, author, and professor who is deeply committed to empowering individuals and businesses to reach their full potential. As the driving force behind Vision to Purpose, she has assembled a team of experts dedicated to delivering tailored career, business, and writing solutions to clients worldwide.

    With over 30 years of combined experience in business, government, and academia, Dr. Bennett has guided thousands of individuals toward their goals, both personally and professionally.

    As an avid supporter of her peers’ success, she is always eager to share best practices, provide practical tips, and demonstrate effective methods to help fellow professionals deliver maximum impact with minimal effort.

    To learn more about what she offers, you can find her at Vision to Purpose.

    Date & Time: Thursday, 8/29/2024 – 1-2:30 PM Eastern

    Price: Free to members; must be logged to see registration link

    Recorded: Yes – Link Coming Soon, button is NOT enabled

    Leveraging the ROI of LinkedIn Business Pages Today & Tomorrow (NEW DATE)

    with Laura DeCarlo, CDI President

    When it comes to building your brand on LinkedIn as a solopreneur or small business, it can be confusing trying to decide what should go on your personal profile and what should go on your business page.

    And really, if everyone is communicating from their personal profile, why should you even bother with the added time and energy required to cultivate a business page?

    In this session Laura will be sharing why you don’t want to ignore your business page and what you can do with it to help build your visibility and your ROI for today and tomorrow.

    Date & Time: Rescheduled to Thursday, 9/26/2024 – 2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern

    Price: Free to members; must be logged to see registration link

    Recorded: Yes

    Member Networking Lunch

    10 Reasons to Attend CDI Virtual Member Networking Lunches

    How much networking can you accomplish in 90 minutes on Zoom? You’ll be delighted and surprised! Our first-ever member networking lunch was just 75 minutes but a resounding success in its ability to do what we promised:

    • Provide time to connect, reflect, and aspire.
    • Foster small, safe interactions where you learn to ask better success questions for client engagements by growing through answering them yourself.
    • Meet fellow members to create new friendships and connections.
    • Chance to have fun, lower stress, slow down, nourish your soul, strengthen your coach muscle (even if only for your own self-growth), build new relationships, create accountability, and achieve greater success overall.

    Read 10 ways to get ROI from participating >>

    While it might not be lunch where you are located, it’s still the right time to connect, reflect, and aspire when you join us for our next virtual member networking lunch!

    Attendees rated the last event:

    • Attendees gave the event a 9.42/10 overall rating in the survey.
    • Survey respondents agreed that 9.57/10 they would recommend the event to members.
    • 100% of survey attendees (85% strongly agreed and 15% agreed) that they felt more connected to our member community than before the event.

    Attendees described the last event as:

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    Date & Time: TBA

    Price: Free to members; must be logged to see registration link

    Recorded: No, due to 1-1 networking interaction

    Member Orientation – Your 90 Day Plan (Not Just for Newbies)

    Member Orientation: Your 90 Day Plan - Not Just for Newbies

    There’s a treasure trove of resources in CDI for skill development, business growth, publicity, partnerships, referrals, friendships, and fun!

    In this interactive 90 minute session, CDI President Laura DeCarlo will guide you through the resources and opportunities available to you as a CDI member so you can rapidly and easily put your hands on the tools to accelerate your success.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to set goals for the next 30-90 days and make a deep connection with at least one fellow colleague.

    Even if you ARE familiar with the new dashboard layout there are guaranteed ah-ha moments to be had to maximize your membership and your network.

    During this event you will:

    • Learn how to stand out to job seekers with your CDI membership.
    • Target the tools, tutorials, lessons, and scripts that matter most to you in our extensive member resources center.
    • Get strategies to help you best leverage your membership investment.

    Next Date & Time: TBA

    The last event was a real hit so you won’t want to miss this!

    Attendees have rated this event:

    • Attendees gave the event a 10/10 overall rating in the survey.
    • Survey respondents agreed that they would 100% recommend the event to members. 
    • Survey respondents agreed that they 100% learned new ways to utilize my CDI membership.
    • 75% strongly agreed and 25% agreed in the survey that they felt more connected to our member community than before the event.

    Attendees have described this event as: 

    Fee: Free to members

    On Demand Version: Can’t wait? Optional On Demand version is available

    Acceleration & Accountability Live

    CDI Acceleration & Accountability Live Event

    We let you get a toe-hold into January before rolling this out, but it’s absolutely time for acceleration and accountability!

    In this interactive 90-minute session you will participate in an event where you’ll celebrate wins, identify goals, and establish clear action steps to move forward across the next 30 days. You’ll also connect with your colleagues and leave with a sense of purpose, motivation, accountability, and goal alignment.

    EVERYONE benefits from setting goals and taking steps to meet them. This is for all members, not just business owners.

    Attendees rated the last event:

    • Attendees gave the event a 10/10 overall rating in the survey.
    • 100% agreed in the survey that they effectively came up with goals for the next 30 days.
    • 100% strongly agreed in the survey that they felt more connected to our member community than before the event.
    • 100% agreed in the survey that they would be very interested in attending another Accelerator and Accountability session.

    Attendees described the last event as: 

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    Next Date & Time: TBA

    Price: Free to members; must be logged to see registration link

    On Demand Version: Can’t wait? Optional On Demand version is available

    Speed Networking Give & Receive Quarter Day Event

    Speed Networking Give & Receive Quarter Day Member Event

    What an amazing event this was!

    Every individual in our collective membership comes here with some type of superpower or powers.

    You’re career heroes, but you might have skill and expertise about one particular industry, or you’ve made it your mission to be the best at something. You might even take it for granted but you have colleagues right now who are clamoring for that knowledge or connection.

    Further, we’ve found that the CDI members who are taking the time to engage and participate are reporting that they’re more motivated through their connections and it’s leading to partnerships and referrals for them. (Hot ticket to business growth right now).

    We get further faster when we support each other. We thrive in a supportive community. We don’t miss opportunities when we are together and not working in isolation.

    Here’s what this fast-paced event contains:

    • Guided activity to produce your most strategic introduction for the speed networking round.
    • Guided activity to identify one specific thing you would most like to receive from your colleagues for the request round.
    • Guided activity to identify one specific thing you can offer to your colleagues for the share round.
    • Spreadsheet of participant names, LinkedIn URLs, top 2 services offered, what each needs, and what each can offer.
    • And of course our almost trademarked silliness, laughter, fun, and camaraderie.

    To be clear, this is not a barter situation. This is an opportunity for participants to:

    • Identify new support systems.
    • Gain help and accountability.
    • Build partnerships, referral sources, and friendships.

    Members who made time for this received tremendous ROI!

    Attendees rated the last event:

    • Attendees gave the event a 10/10 overall rating in the survey.
    • 100% strongly agreed or agreed in the survey that they felt more connected to our member community than before the event.

    Attendees described the last event as: 

    Fun, Helpful, Super Supportive, Inspiring, Motivating, Insightful, Collaborative, Innovative, Interesting, Resourceful, Smart, Targeted, Fruitful, Opportunities/Possibilities Uncovered, Efficient, Effective, and Enjoyable!

    Attendees liked most about the last event: 

    • What a great event! I wasn’t sure what to share/ask for, but you walked us through that beautifully! Thank you!
    • I have participated in other similar Zoom sessions… & Laura is simply better at leading & facilitating.
    • One of the best CDI events I’ve attended. Thank you, Laura. And thank you for being a great facilitator and efficient. Truly appreciate.
    • Great work. I stepped into this last minute and I’m glad I did. It’s amazing how quickly you can form a relationship with real impact.
    • Super helpful and great networking opportunity.
    • Connecting! Collaborating!
    • I now have amazing resources to grow grow grow!!!!
    • Networking and people sharing knowledge and tips.
    • THE RESOURCES WE CAN GIVE AND OFFER. AMAZING IDEA!!!!!!!!!
    • Good brevity emphasis to avoid long-winded responses
    • Meeting some new people, gaining some new ideas for collaborations and business possibilities / opportunities, comradery.
    • Connecting! I made at least 5 contacts and already have 2 appts for mind melds.

    Date & Time: TBA

    Price: Free to members; must be logged to see registration link

    Recorded: Closed to those who attend

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