Thursday, April 19, 2012

Today's Reach Personal Branding Interview Series: William Arruda and Deb Dib!

Reach Personal Branding Interview Series
Today's Guests: Deb Dib and William Arruda

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Guest Deb Dib & William Arruda – April 19, 2012

The world is experiencing an increasingly
volatile marketplace forcing significant change
for both employees and employers. What could
possibly offer both executives and those they lead
the sense of stability, empowerment,
value-creation, and recognition in this

Personal Branding.

Most executives and employers, who are serious
about building their careers, have accepted this
truth but they may find themselves struggling with
how to live the power of their personal brand.
They need a relevant, actionable, fun and fast
career success guide that teaches them how to live
their brand.

Look no further…your troubles have been solved!

Ditch. Dare. Do! is the quick-start guide and
deep-dive instruction manual every executive and
employer needs to leverage the power of personal
branding. Deliberately bold and brief, Ditch.
Dare. Do! is a series of powerful stand-alone
two-page vignettes that create a comprehensive
roadmap for career success and fulfillment in the
new and exciting world of work.

Usually William Arruda, founder of Reach Personal
Branding, is the one asking all the tough
questions. But this interview will be a bit
different. The Reach Personal Branding Interview
taking place Thursday, April 19, 2012 at noon EST,
William will be the one answering the questions!
He and Deb Dib, co-authors of Ditch. Dare. Do!
will share with us some personal branding secrets
from their soon-to-be-released book: Ditch. Dare.
Do! Personal Branding GPS for 3-D Executive

In this interview, which will be recorded, you
will learn:

-How adopting a "Ditch. Dare. Do!" mindset drives
3-D executive success.
-Why continuous mind-shifting is so necessary for
career success today—and how 3-D branding can
-Why "Ditches, Dares, and Dos!" are career
propulsion for all executives—from innovation
leaders to risk-averse traditionalists.
-Strategies even the busiest executives can use
to create and execute a 3-D brand plan as their
personal GPS for executive success.
-Why 3-D branding is good business for companies
and teams.
-How coaches can use these concepts to help their
clients increase success.

Deb Dib
Deb Dib, often called the career industry's
Resident Trend-spotter and Chief Innovation
Officer, is an unabashedly 'disruptive' and
passionate personal branding and career
communications expert.

A Reach Certified Personal Branding Strategists
since 2004, Deb pairs proven Reach methodology
with her innovative 'bold, brief, and branded'
career-comm to help colleagues and clients answer
today's mantra: 'So what? Make me care! Do it

Deb is the co-author (with William Arruda) of
Ditch. Dare. Do! 3D Branding for Executives, the
first recipient of the Dick Bolles/Career
Management Alliance Parachute Award, and winner of
Career Directors International's Career Innovation
award (for co-authoring The Twitter Job Search
Guide). She is the co-creator (with Susan
Whitcomb) of The Academies' Get Clear. Get Found.
Get Hired! Coach program (The G3) and Why-Buy-ROI™
branding. She is the founder of C-Suite Career
Catalysts, a consortium of top career pros
focusing on C-level careers and issues.

Deb holds nine certifications and is featured in
30+ career books. Her advice has appeared in
articles in The Washington Post, The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News,
Newsday,,, and among others.

William ArrudaDubbed the Personal Branding Guru by Entrepreneur
magazine, William Arruda is the founder and
President of Reach, the world’s leading personal
branding consultancy with representatives in 30
countries. He is credited with turning the concept
of personal branding into a global industry. One
of the most sought-after speakers on career
management and executive success, he has delivered
hundreds of keynotes to audiences of five to five
thousand throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and

His corporate clients include Adobe, BP, British
Telecom, IBM, L’Oreal, JPMorgan, Microsoft, Morgan
Stanley and Starwood Hotels. His private clients
include some of the world’s most influential
leaders. As a thought-leader, William is a
spokesperson on personal branding and social
media. He has appeared on BBC TV, the Discovery
Channel and Fox News Live and he has been featured
in countless publications, including Forbes,
Strategies (France), Time Magazine, Veja (Brazil),
the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
William is the author of the bestselling book,
Career Distinction, and the upcoming book, Ditch.
Dare. Do! He has lived in Boston, London and Paris
and now calls New York City home.

Topic: 3D Personal Branding: Your GPS for
Executive Success
Guest: Deb Dib & William Arruda
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC Time)
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Write Where The People Are"

Note from Bridget: Here's an excerpt from my "Using Content to Capture New Career Clients" teleseminar last week. I'm finishing editing the transcript today, and it will be posted to the Expert Interviews Series page on by the end of the day today. (Note: Bronze members have access to all previous teleseminar recordings and transcripts; Free level members have access to the recordings only.)

As you work to develop a content marketing strategy for your resume writing business, I’m going to advise you to start with this important piece of advice: “Write where the people are.” 

So, to start with, that’s probably not your own blog. Probably the number one challenge that I see from resume writers is they say, “I’m putting this stuff out here and I’m not getting the people to visit my blog.” You have a hard time getting momentum or traction when you’re shouting in an empty forest. Go to the city. Go to where the people are. And so from that standpoint, focus on putting content where people already are and driving that traffic to your website then, to build your mailing list.

So where are the people? It depends on the kinds of jobseeker clients that you target, but some ideas can include guest posting on another resume writer’s blog or teaming up with a couple of other resume writers and blogging on a joint site, like Career Thought Leaders does. 

Another idea is pay-per-click advertising—go to the sites that are already getting traffic, like Facebook and LinkedIn and Google and use pay-per-click advertising. You can also sign up for a site like Careerealism which allows you to subscribe to be able to provide content on their site, which is very heavily trafficked by job seekers. You can send out press releases like we talked about. You can post articles on LinkedIn groups that target your jobseeker clients, especially within specific niches. You can post on article directories, although the caveat there is that they require unique content and that they don’t drive as much traffic to websites as they used to. And you can create joint venture partnerships.

The most important thing to remember, though, is to "Write where the people are." Before you can build your own tribe (followers, members, subscribers), start building a following.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Content Marketing: Striking the Right Balance Between Selling and Connection

As I prepare for the "Using Content to Capture New Career Clients" teleseminar on Monday (90 people are currently registered!), one of the points I want to emphasize is the use of content for list-building -- and the importance of not just selling, but giving something of value to the people who connect with you.

Email marketing often involves a tightrope walk between selling and connection. If you sell too much, you'll lose your customer's interest and burn out your list. Focus too much on connection and not on selling and you won't generate enough revenue.

What's the right balance?

Between 10% and 20% Selling

Generally the right amount is somewhere between 10% and 20% selling, with between 80% to 90% of your content being focused on quality, solving the customer's problems and making a connection.

That means, for every five emails you send, four should focus on great content. As they start to get emails from you, they'll know that emails from you will be of a high quality.

Having 80%+ of your content be connection-based also does one other thing: it essentially buys you the right to sell to them.

When someone gets immense value from the emails you're sending, they won't feel resentful when they read a sales message. In fact, they'll read your sales messages with an open mind, knowing that there's a good chance they might get value from the product you're offering.

If you oversell, people will resent being sold to. If you consistently provide high quality content, people will look forward to your next product and eagerly read your sales message.

The 5-to-1 Email or the "At the Bottom" Style

There are primarily two different ways you can split your selling and connection content.

The first method is to send only emails that have connection and problem-solving content, then every once in a while send a 100% sales message. (That's the method I'm talking about above.)

If you use this method, make sure that your sales messages also provide value. Even if you regularly send out quality content, you still can't just send out a spammy ad. Instead, you have to provide value even as you're selling them.

By sending only one sales message every 5 or 6 emails, you keep up with the 10% to 20% rule.

The other method is to sell in each email you send, by putting an advertisement or one or two promotional sentences at the bottom of every email.

This method works very well, because instead of trying to get a home run of sales in one email, you're getting a steady flow of sales with every email that you send.

Try to tie in your sales message with the email itself. For example, if your email talked about all the most common obstacles jobseekers run into when looking for new positions, then pitch your product or service at the end. This could be an ebook you're selling (maybe one based on Pass-Along Materials), a free resume critique, a resume update, or interview coaching.

Walking the fine line between over- and underselling in email marketing can be a little tough. As a rule of thumb, sell between 10% and 20% of the time to maximize customer connection while still pulling in strong revenues. For more on content marketing and its role in getting you new business, be sure to sign up for the free "Using Content to Capture New Career Clients" teleseminar this week.

Monday, April 2, 2012

7 Time Management Tips for Resume Writers

Here's something a little different! For today's blog post, I recorded a video, with 7 Time Management Tips for Resume Writers.

Using these time management strategies, you may be able to cut the time it takes to write a resume in half. Good work habits can be the factor that makes all the difference.

Here's a summary of the tips:

1. Identify your easiest tasks. Make a list of things that you really enjoy -- especially the activities that put you "in the zone," making time seem to fly by. Move items that are not legitimately work-related to another list. Prioritize the remaining activities in order of importance. Highlight in yellow activities that directly make you money; highlight in blue activities that are not directly billable to a specific client, but are still work-related. Start each day by doing the "money-making" (yellow) tasks first, then see how many "maintenance" (blue) tasks you can fit into the rest of your day.

2. Identify your most-hated tasks. Compile a list of your "drudge tasks," and think about each one. Ask yourself: Why am I having so much trouble with this task? Do I feel inadequate or overwhelmed by the task? Is it just boring or outside of my skills and interests? How can I eliminate this task? Will my resume writing business survive if I do? Who can I outsource or delegate this task to? If I decide to keep doing it, what would make it more fun or easier to manage?

3. Identify distractions. Eliminate predictable distractions (like that hour you lose each day on Facebook) and work to minimize unpredictable distractions (like the dog whose paw is stuck in the dishwasher). Schedule those "time-suck" activities for a specific time of day (ideally, at the end of your workday), or set a timer to remind you it's time to get back to the "money-maker" tasks.

4. Set goals you can reach. Break projects down into bite-size components, then schedule and tackle those components in a manageable number each day. If a long-term goal seems unattainable, break it down into easier, short-term steps.

5. Re-evaluate your daily priorities. If being overwhelmed is a big problem for you, pick just three single priority tasks per day, and tackle those first, before you do anything else. (Usually, these will be client consultations and the actual resume writing process itself.) You'll be amazed at how much easier the rest of the day will flow.

6. Take breaks. You'll produce your best work if you remember it's all about balance in your emotional life, your personal life, and your work life. Get up from your computer at regular intervals. Schedule small, regular household tasks into each day as a "work break." Consider an exercise break midway through the day -- say, a 20 minute walk around the block. And take a music break -- especially for tackling high stress projects!

7. Recognize your rhythms. Every resume writer has an optimum time of day when they produce their best work, as well as a minimal time of day when they are most likely to "fight" their work. Fit your work around your minimal periods -- and do your best to ensure your "peak" periods aren't interrupted by unnecessary distractions.

Want more resources to help you with time management and your resume writing? Check out the "Write Great Resumes Faster" special report.