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July 24, 2017

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Pat Detmer

Themes

Avoiding the “Joe Rules”: Stop Managing to the Lowest Common Denominator–You see it time and again: draconian rules at the workplace that are put in place to address the behavior of a single employee or as a reaction to a single incident. It’s a waste of time, effort, and company resources. Don’t do it.
Don’t Move the Dock: Managing Sales Reps–(For the sales manager or owner who acts as sales manager.) Every morning, sales reps get into their boats armed with tools and maps and a set of expecta-tions. They push off from the dock (the office), and after spending the day ram-ming into competitor’s boats and doing battle and rowing around in circles, they need to know that the “dock” hasn’t moved. How to create a solid foundation for your sales force to return to, and if the “dock” must move, how to do it without causing widespread panic.
Ten Things to Avoid When Working from Home–You have that home-based business you always wanted and all the difficulties that come with it. A humorous look at work avoidance in the home office. An-swers the question “Can I take myself out for lunch for National Administrative Assistant’s Day and write it off?” and “Do I have to buy myself flowers on Na-tional Boss Day if I work for a jerk?”

About

For most of her career, Seattle-area based Pat Detmer has been the rare female in a man’s world. She managed floor employees in a printing plant in her twenties and went into sales in her mid-thirties, later becoming sales and market-ing manager for a regional distributor. As part of her management training, Pat attended Toastmasters and did well enough in a their annual speech contest to proceed to the regionals. She might have won there as well, but they wouldn’t let her go on due to a technicality: she’d only been in Toastmasters for eight months, and contestants needed a full year of membership to participate.

Pat is also a humor writer and has had a column in a newspaper on Whid-bey Island for six years. She put these first of these essays into a book called “Laughing All The Way: Riding Herd on My Middle-Age Spread.” She’s also ap-peared in Newsweek, the Seattle Times, the Eastside Journal, has a column in the Newcastle News, and her essays have been printed in several newspapers in the Midwest, where she lived in her youth. She’s won humor and fiction contests, and has appeared in 3 short story anthologies.

Pat is currently a sales and marketing consultant with The Quincy Group, a mergers & acquisitions and consulting business that she began 5 years ago, and in which her husband and several other associates have joined her.

Assets

Someday I’ll write a book entitled “Later On, I’m Jumping Out of a Cake.” One night at a business dinner, I was seated at a long table of male managers, with me being the lone female in attendance. The waitress kept looking at me as if she was wondering how I fit there, so I whispered the above when she took my order.

For thirty years I’ve worked in a man’s world. I smoke cigars, play great customer golf (I suck, and always lose), and swear like a longshoreman. But I believe that there are very real differences in how men and woman think, and I believe that these differences are good, and that businesses should embrace that diversity and put that yin yang to good use.

I’ve approached my career – and everything else in my life – with a sense of humor, and would have probably been a stand-up comedian if it didn’t require staying up past 9:30 p.m. My speeches – although informative – are always skewed to humor. I learned that in my sales career: When all else fails, use hu-mor. And food, preferably chocolate.

CONTACT PAT DETMER

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Patricia Hutson

Themes

Our Dreams Can Build the Community, One Project at a Time
IEEE Student Activities Development Workshop
Learn Yourself, Know Yourself, Promote Yourself to Others

About

Pat is a self-employed licensed independent health and life insurance agent. She has retired from a leading telecommunications company, became a college professor, and completed course work for a doctorate degree. All of this while motivating groups, peers, and young adults to succeed despite exterior influences in their lives or environment.

Assets

Pat is an exceptional speaker. Her life experiences, and her ability to uplift and reinvent herself despite personal changes, have allowed her to identify with the audience and recognize the needs and lifestyle redirection required to endure a crisis and come out on the other side successfully.

Rave Reviews

One of her co-workers stated, “Pat is one of the smartest, methodical and passionate professionals I have had the pleasure to know. Her attention to detail and problem solving abilities make her excel in her career.” Pat has spoken at Rotary Clubs, college graduations, sororities, and social service organizations.

CONTACT PATRICIA HUTSON

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Peter Marx

Themes

Resume Writing for Military Veterans
Job Search Assistance for Military Veterans

About

I’m Peter Marx, your GIJobCoach . “I Write Resumes For Veterans”. I am a Certified Job and Career Transition Coach, hold a Bachelor of Science in Resource Development, and my work has been published in the JIST publisher series of “Expert Resumes”, including “Military to Civilian Transition.” I am a member of the Career Masters Alliance and a Patron Member of the National Military Family Association. I’m an expert on Military Skills Conversion, which is a must if you want to translate “military speak” to civilian English on your resume.

Assets

I’m the Founder and Principal of GIJobCoach. I serve Veteran clients of all branches and ranks who are in transition from military careers to the full range of civilian jobs for which military service has prepared them. Whether a first termer, mid-level manager, senior professional or career changer, I can help you present yourself to employers in resume language they’ll understand.
I can assist you with veteran specific information on resume writing and job search. I have over 16 years experience as a Transition Assistance Program Manager for the Department of Defense. If you have any questions or concerns about your transition from military to civilian life, feel free to ask me at petermarx@www.gijobcoach.com

Rave Reviews

Your help on my resume got my foot in the door of 4 financial companies. I was in negotiations with them, plus another company seeking my management skills (another resume you helped me with) and a government job when I received a call for an interview with the government job. I got the government position! So, thanks for all your help. I have since helped several folks I know here at the Pentagon with their resumes, using your techniques, although certainly not near the level that you provided to me…
Thanks!!!
LtCol Mark”

I want to express my sincere gratitude for the help I received from Mr. Peter Marx in helping me with my resume. I was overwhelmed by his expertise. I have been unemployed and looking for a job for over a year and half. With the help he provided I am confident I will land a job soon. His knowledge and expertise are extraordinary. I can not begin to express my gratitude….thank you, thank you, and thank you!!! Sincerely, Sgt Shirley

I want you to know that I just got a job offer this afternoon. It is with the Social Security Administration. It’s a GS-7 step 1, and then in 1 year I get promoted to GS-8 or 9 and have the possible opportunity for a GS-11 in a year or two after that. I was hoping for a GS-9, but I’m just happy to get into the system.Thank you again Peter, you were just so helpful in helping me get a job. Sgt Shirley

CONTACT PETER MARX

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Rachael Davies Hayes

Themes

Complimentary résumé critiques
Résumé and cover letter writing services
Networking site profiles

About

Rachael Davies Hayes is a nationally published freelance writer and owner of Enchanted Word, a full-service writing and editing company. She began writing résumés more than ten years ago and is a member of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC). Since 2007, she has provided free résumé critiques to candidates at the Women for Hire job fairs held in Chicago. In addition to successfully managing her business and family life, Rachael volunteers extensively within the local community.

Assets

Rachael believes résumé writing is about more than articulating skills and experience; it’s about helping people reach their goals. It’s this belief — and her passion for empowering people to achieve their full potential — that underpins her commitment to her clients.

Her highly personal approach begins with a review of your existing documents and a conversation (by phone or e-mail) about your needs and objectives. Throughout the process, her focus will be on identifying and emphasizing your strengths, and on showing you in your best light. Building on this organic and comprehensive strategy, Rachael will work closely with you to develop a flawless candidate portfolio that makes employers sit up and take notice.

Rave Reviews

“Information Technologies is a broad and daunting arena to give an accurate, yet concise skill set on a resume. Rachael is the knowledgeable wordsmith that saved me time and generated a versatile resume for all my business needs.”
Michael Ahmed
Résumé client

“When I was editor of 100 Hats, an online newsletter that went out to adult contemporary radio stations across the country, I had a terrific need for smart, entertaining and informative copy. Rachael’s work fit the bill absolutely! She was professional, on-time and produced great stories that our readers really appreciated.”
Dawn Friedman
Editor

CONTACT RACHAEL DAVIES HAYES

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Robin Schlinger

Themes

Resume Writing Expert: For a Resume Presentation which will Add Value and Get You the Interview go to www.robinresumes.com.
Business Plans: To develop business plans which will grow and focus your business go to www.robinresumes.com
Speaking Topics: Resume Writing, Developing Client Worksheets, Using O*Net (podcast to be published on O*Net)
Federal Job Search and Resumes
How to Prepare to Create a Great Resume

About

Robin owns Robin’s Resumes® (www.robinresumes.com), adding value to her client’s career marketing presentation to get them the interview. As one of the recognized leaders in the industry, Robin has earned 3 key certifications – Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW), Certified Professional Resume Writer (CFRW) and Certified Federal Resume Writer (CFRW). Based on her excellent writing skills, she has been selected to judge selected to judge the TORI™ (Toast of the Resume Industry) Awards for Career Directors International (CDI) since 2007 and CDI’s First Annual “World’s Best Resume Writer Competition” for 2008. She increased her ability to help clients by attending a Five Day Workshop on “What Color is Your Parachute?” led by Richard Nelson Bolles.

Prior to her transition to Resume Writing 7 years ago, Robin had success as an award-winning Senior Process, Development and Quality Engineer, managing multi-million dollar projects for Mobil Chemical, ABB and Brown and Williamson Tobacco. She designed, contracted and built pilot plant and laboratory installations; developed justification for a $6M factory retrofit; saved $11M annually with just $2M investment and developed and implemented optimization improvements at ethylene plants. Senior Directors and VPs consulted with her on new business development programs. As a Planning Analyst, developed 5-year strategic financial and operational plans for a $100M division.

Robin was awarded two patents. Robin earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a minor in Writing.

Robin is the VP for Communications for the MIT Club of Atlanta and the MIT Class of 1978 Agent. Robin was Secretary for the Middle Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Quality for five years. She also was selected as one of the 28 most outstanding young leaders of a 100,000-person worldwide organization.

Assets

Robin Schlinger, owner of Robin’s Resumes® is a recognized Resume Writing Expert. She has earned 3 key certifications – Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW), Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Federal Resume Writer (CFRW). Robin focuses on adding value to her client’s resume presentation – showing how their skills and accomplishments will help a potential employer – to get them the interview. Robin has experience helping a broad range of clients and is considered an Industry Expert in Federal, Military Transition, Information Technology, Executive, Scientific and Aviation resumes. She has written successful SES packages for hundreds of clients.

Based on her excellent writing and editing skills, Robin has been selected to judge the TORI™ (Toast of the Resume Industry) Awards for CDI yearly since 2007 and judged CDI’s First Annual “World’s Best Resume Writer Competition” in 2008. She recently increased her ability to help clients by attending a Five Day Workshop on “What Color is Your Parachute?” led by Richard Nelson Bolles.

Robin has been writing resumes since 2001, starting out as a contract resume writer for some of the leading resume writing organizations in the United States. In 2006, she started own company, Robin’s Resumes® (www.robinresumes.com), to further help job candidates bring value to their career marketing packages. When Robin writes resumes, she draws upon her broad knowledge gained during her 20-years leadership experience as a Senior Chemical Engineer, Quality Engineer, Business Planner and Computer Simulation Applications Engineer, saving millions of dollars for Fortune 500 company bottom lines. Robin earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rave Reviews

“Robin went above and beyond the call of duty to produce a resume that will improve my chances. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with her, would recommend her to other similar candidates and would use her again to refine my professional resume.” M.W., Senior Engineering Manager

“Robin: Thank you again for my resume, I liked the format and the presentation is very professional. When we talked before and I mentioned I had another service write my resume (which I was not satisfied with). I also have attended several career seminars. I’m excited to try out my new and revised resume.” J.L., Respiratory Technician

“I thought Robin did a fantastic job with my resume. I would and have highly recommended her to peers and friends looking for new employment opportunities. I appreciate all of Robin’s help with my resume and feel confident as I begin my search for a new career!” P.B., Director

“Wow! I am so excited to read my resume. This is great – I would hire me!” E.N., IT Professional

“I am very pleased with my Federal Resume. I will recommend Robin to others looking to transition to Federal positions.” C.H., Emergency Management Specialist

“Robin was great! The service was fast, easy and high quality. A+” J.S., CEO

“Robin gets an A!” E.F., Head of Planning, Global Telecommunications organization

“Robin, you are fabulous! What an excellent job! Got me another interview! I will definitely use your services again.” R.B., Juris Doctor

“Robin did a tremendous job.” G.B.

CONTACT ROBIN SCHLINGER

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Robin Meeks

Themes

Stop looking for stress
Parents, why are we letting our children suffer?
Don’t let yourself become a victim
Start communicating and stop yelling.
Balance your life by steps.

About

Robin Meeks is a former educator for the New York City Board of Education.As an educator she has participated in several of the Bronx High Schools Superintendent’s Office training programs, including: Multicultural Awareness, Team Building and Community Leadership Strategies. She has been able to use this knowledge in her daily professional life as an Educator where she interacted daily with students, staff and parents. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services in the year of 1998 and has successfully received Certifications in Geronotology, Addiction Medicine and Substance Abuse and Disorders. Possessing excellent communication and interpersonal skills enables Robin to deliver exciting and informative presentations at Jasa organization. Providing monthly lectures to senior citizens on various health and wellness topics brings Robin joy. Robin’s education and life experiences have afforded her the ability to provide presentations on various topics like: Health and Wellness, Dealing with Stress, Personal Growth and Self-Help Motivation.

Assets

Being a Team builder and Crisis Communicator, I love helping people get in touch with their personal positive aspects and helping people realize their value. For thirteen years, I successfully worked with parents, their children and staff members on conflict resolution. I inspire individuals by motivating them through communication skills because without communicating everyone is lost. Communicating must be the number ONE tool in everyone’s life.

Being a motivational teacher/speaker, I enjoy seeing participants leave my seminars with plenty of information to be used for future reference.

CONTACT ROBIN MEEKS

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