T.A.P. was created in early 2009. At the time, these extremely talented and well-respected career experts agreed to donate their time and energy to help our followers. Since then, over 100 experts have asked to join their ranks. But, these individuals will always be the FIRST trusted advisors on the CAREEREALISM site. Name: Miriam Salpeter Twitter: @Keppie_Careers Personal Website/Blog: Keppie Careers Bio: With a Master's degree and over 12 years of experience as a career advisor and an involved member of the online job search coaching community, Miriam keeps up-to-date on the best practices for job hunters. She offers her clients and readers confidence, clarity and job search know-how. What's your favorite career related quote? [Unknown] What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? TAP is a great opportunity to extend my mission of encouraging, enlightening and empowering job seekers for success. Name: Alison Green Twitter: @askamanager Personal Website/Blog: Ask A Manager Bio: Alison Green is the chief of staff for a successful lobbying organization, where she oversees day-to-day management of the staff as well as hiring, firing, and staff development. She is the author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Leader's Guide to Getting Results, writes career advice for U.S. News & World Report, and is the author of the popular Ask a Manager blog. What's your favorite career related quote? [Unknown] What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? It's nice to be forced to be concise with my bossiness. Name: Trevor Wilson Twitter: @gradversity Personal Website/Blog: Gradversity.com Bio: Trevor writes almost exclusively from a "New Grad" perspective because he has been there and gone through the challenges of finding that first "real" job. He has experienced what many of our readers are going through right now and feels he is in an excellent position to help out. What's your favorite career related quote? "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." (Seneca) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? Sharing my experiences and helping other New Grads find Entry Level Jobs. Name: Dawn Bugni Twitter: @dawnbugni Personal Website/Blog: The Write Solution Bio: Dawn Bugni is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and member of Career Directors International, the National Resume Writer's Association and the Professional Association of Resume Writers with more than 25 years' experience in production control and customer service management. She stays current with career industry trends through continuing education, a strong social media network and lessons from the "School of Hard Knocks" offered by balancing and running two diverse small businesses. What's your favorite career related quote? "Leap and the net will appear." (Julia Cameron) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? I am helping others and learning new things too. This makes me a better resume writer and adds value to what I offer my clients. My colleagues are brilliant and generous; the questions posed are thoughtful and thought provoking. I can help and learn. How can I not love participating? Name: Grace Kutney Twitter: @sweetcareers Personal Website/Blog: Sweet Careers Bio: Grace is a career development professional with over 10 years of experience in career advising. She specializes in working with undergraduate students and recent graduates with little-to-no work experience. What's your favorite career related quote? "Your skills, experience and degree are essentially worthless unless you are able to translate their value. Interpret for employers how your expertise anticipates their specific needs." (Sweet Careers) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? I can help job seekers through T.A.P. that I would likely never meet in person. Name: Louise Fletcher Twitter: @louise_fletcher Personal Website/Blog: Blue Sky Resumes Bio: Louise currently runs her own resume writing company and previously spent 15 years in HR. She has hired more people over the years than she cares to remember and now she uses that knowledge to help her clients get hired. What's your favorite career related quote? "Remember that during any time of change, people have just 3 questions: How does this affect me? How does this affect me? And how does this affect me?" (Unknown) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? Telling people what to do... just kidding! The questions keep me in touch with job seeker's concerns and I like being able to help. Name: J.T. O'Donnell Twitter: @jtodonnell Personal Website/Blog: J.T. O'Donnell - Career Insights Bio: J.T. is a career strategist and workplace consultant who works with both individuals and corporations helping them make 'work' something to look forward to. She is the founder of Careerealism.com (this site!) and is the author of a book by the same name. She is is also the co-author of the largest nationally syndicated career advice column in the country, J.T. & Dale Talk Jobs. What's your favorite career related quote? "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." (Unknown) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? Using technology to help people in real-time. I love that we give collective answers that help the reader get a comprehensive idea of what to do. Name: Harold Mellor Twitter: @haroldmellor Bio: Harold is the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition for The Boston Globe, having joined in September 2005. Harold came from Randstad North America, a world wide workforce solution provider where he spent fifteen years as a member of their recruiting team, including four years as the Manager of National Recruiting. Harold has a MA in Business and Organizational Communications from Emerson College in Boston and a BA in Communications from New England College in Henniker, NH. He is currently on the Employee Advisory Board of Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. What's your favorite career related quote? “With every mistake, we must surely be learning.” (George Harrison) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? I love helping people out! Name: Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Twitter: @ValueIntoWords Personal Website/Blog: Career Trend Bio: Jacqui is one of only 27 Master Resume Writers (MRW) globally, has a BA in Writing and has amassed 15 years’ corporate experience. An intuitive researcher, Jacqui unearths clients’ most compelling story details, applies an inventive approach to content development and design, and originates uniquely branded career resume and social media profiles, including LinkedIn, Twitter and personal marketing websites, stirring interest and response. What's your favorite career related quote? “Remember that encouragement creates courage in others. Courage leads to confidence. Confidence lets them fly.” (Unknown) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? It sharpens my career advice toolkit, allows me to align should-to-shoulder every day with respected and smart careers colleagues and permits me to be a global resource to job seekers during times of economic stress as well as times of profound economic turnaround and growth. Name: Ben Eubanks Twitter: @beneubanks Personal Website/Blog: UpstartHR Bio: Ben is a career blogger with Jobacle and an HR professional with a reading and researching addiction. His desire to build an outstanding career for himself is closely aligned with his desire to help others do the same. What's your favorite career related quote? “A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” (Alexander Hamilton) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? I have a passion for helping people find a career that they love, and this is a great way to reach many people who are seeking assistance. Name: Debra Wheatman Twitter: @DebraWheatman Personal Website/Blog: resumesdoneright.com Bio: With 20+ years as a strategic career advisor, Debra helps clients obtain highly desired interviews for competitive positions, including preparing results-oriented resumes, and providing guidance centered around interview preparation, salary negotiations, and overall career management. What's your favorite career related quote? [Unknown] What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? T.A.P. is a wonderful way for me to share information regarding career planning and management topics to help a diverse group of job seekers. Name: Elaine Basham Twitter: @resumesrevealed Personal Website/Blog: The Resume Group Bio: Elaine Basham and Sue Sarkesian, co-founders of The Resume Group have more than 25 years of combined experience in resume writing and job search strategies. More than 90% of their business comes from the referrals of clients whose job searches have been successful due in part to their knowledge, expertise, and the resources they provide to their clients. What's your favorite career related quote? "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." (Albert Schweitzer) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? Seeing what the biggest obstacles and concerns are for job seekers in this tough market, and learning so much from the other experts! Name: Kirsten Grant Twitter: @kgrantcareers Personal Website/Blog: Kirsten Grant Bio: Before joining Kaplan University, one of the largest online universities in the nation, Kirsten had faxed almost 1,000 resumes, e-mailed close to 300 resumes, personally mailed 20 resumes with each one featuring “special inserts” to encourage hiring managers to read her resume (50% of those resumes received calls for an interview) and interviewed with 50 companies over the course of 5 months. Based on the feedback hiring managers provided, in addition to 10 years experience in human resources, training, recruiting and staffing Kirsten REALLY learned what hiring managers look for in candidates. She took that knowledge and now designs on-line programs that today help over 40,000 adult learners understand how to write resumes, conduct successful job searches, and earn promotions. What's your favorite career related quote? “When I die, I want to die empty – no one should attend my funeral and ask “I wonder did he ever go after his dream or that great idea that he had?” I want to die “used up” – giving my best – that’s the only way to truly LIVE!” (Les Brown) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? T.A.P. is so unique. The idea of sharing career tips that actually work in 140 characters or less with people across the world in a forum of experts is an honor and a challenge – and I love it! Name: Tiffany Monhollon Twitter: @tmonhollon Personal Website/Blog: Personal PR Bio: Tiffany is a career, leadership, and management expert for Express Employment Professionals, one of the world’s largest staffing companies. She leads the team of creative writers and thinkers who author Movin’ On Up, the Express Career Blog and also write several award-winning publications focusing on all aspects of employment, the job search, and careers. In addition, she manages public relations, corporate communications, and social media for the company. She is personally passionate about equipping young professionals to navigate the lines between personal and professional in today’s evolving workplace. At Personal PR, she writes about careers, social media and the evolution of today’s professional realities. What's your favorite career related quote? “Getting your ducks in a row is not nearly as powerful as actually doing something with your duck.” (Seth Godin) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? I love how contributing to T.A.P. is the embodiment of what I’m passionate about. This project demonstrates how people as professionals can contribute their knowledge to help others – and do their jobs at the same time! Name: Heather Huhman Twitter: @heatherhuhman @ComeRecommended Personal Website/Blog: Entry-Level-Careers-Examiner Come Recommended Bio: As an experienced hiring manager and someone who has been in nearly every employment-related situation imaginable, Heather knows and understands the needs of today’s employers and internship and entry-level job seekers. Her expertise in this area led to her selection as Examiner.com’s entry-level careers columnist in mid-2008, as well as becoming the job search expert for Campus Calm, a contributor to both One Day, One Job and One Day, One Internship, and author of the e-book “Gen Y Meets the Workforce: Launching Your Career During Economic Uncertainty.” What's your favorite career related quote? “Happiness does not come from doing what you want, but wanting what you do.” (Unknown) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? Through T.A.P., I’m able to touch the lives of so many. There’s simply no greater feeling than helping people achieve their dreams. Name: Julia Erickson Twitter: @juliaerickson Personal Website/Blog: julieannerickson.blogspot.com Bio: Julia Erickson is a writer and coach focusing on career transformation and improving people’s work lives. Her philosophy is that you can get your “right fit” work once you are clear about what it is, and have the plan and tools to effectively market yourself. As a coach and writer, Julia draws on her 25 year career leading non-profit organizations in New York City, including 12 years as Executive Director/CEO. She also spent four years focused on NYC’s workforce development needs. Julia coaches job seekers, career changers, and newly promoted executives from all industries. Her blog provides guidance and tools to handle the practical and emotional aspects of job search. What's your favorite career related quote? "Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." (Goethe) What's your favorite part about being in T.A.P.? Sharing my knowledge to help others, learning from the other experts, and keeping up with what’s going on in the world of work.
May 28, 2009