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Julie’s Favorite Blogs

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I thought you might appreciate a little explanation about whose blogs I often read and why. Keeping up with all of the information out there is hard enough. Though I haven’t met all of the people on this list in person, I do have a relationship with everyone mentioned here and can confidently recommend reading their blogs.

Job Search, Resume Writing, and Career Marketing

Barb Poole: Barb has been a colleague and now a good friend from the career marketing world. Her Hire Imaging blog resonates with sound advice from an experienced career coach. Her personality shines through her writing as she shares experiences with clients and how they reached their goals.

Dawn Bugni: Like Barb, Dawn is a colleague and friend. Dawn is a resume writer with extensive experience as a recruiter. Best known for her pointed, often humorous posts on the Write Solution, Dawn’s writing is a no nonsense approach to successful job search secrets and strategies.

Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter: Jacqui is an expert executive resume writer whose Twitter name: ValueIntoWords epitomizes her style. She brings life to her words and the blog is co-authored with her husband, Rob Poindexter, who brings a fascinating narrative style to his posts. Passionate about sailing, Jacqui and Rob relocated from Kansas to Texas to sail year round.

Jason Alba: Jason has three blogs but the JibberJobber blog is the one that rings true with job seekers. As a former job seeker who transformed his job search into a career helping job seekers worldwide. Jason and I finally met in New Orleans in 2010 after being friends for about 4 years via the career industry groups. His JibberJobber career management tool and his LinkedIn DVD both play a critical role in the full services Design Resumes offers to job seekers.

Melissa Cooley: Melissa found my blog in 2009 and met me on Twitter. She has been to Wausau to discuss career marketing twice, coming to share ideas and allow us to get to know each other from a different angle than social media. Her blog is filled with perceptive posts on job search and she helps lead job seekers through the maze of information.

Marketing Strategies

Jim Connolly: Early in my blog reading days, I found Jim’s Marketing Blog. I read, absorbed, and learned until one day I downloaded Jim’s Motivational Master Class and was even more sold on the value he offered. In December 2009, I sent him an e-mail to ask if possibly I could be one of his clients. This began what has been an amazing journey. Jim’s marketing advice has created opportunities for me that I never would have reached with the methods I was using for marketing Design Resumes. Patient and funny, Jim has taught me real ways of using marketing that work better than anything I could have learned in college.

Jim is launched an exciting new space, called the Creative Thinking Hub which is all about is all about helping you to improve and embrace the creativity you were born with. It’s about providing you with the tools, tips, ideas, inspiration and insights you need, in order to think more creatively. I want this site to help you; find creative answers, develop new products or services, write more creatively, become a creative problem solver and use your creativity to benefit from the opportunities all around you. I’d recommend you make it a favorite spot!

Business Consulting

Gavin Ryan became a friend through Twitter and his blog, Customer Checkpoint is filled with wise, practical advice for business owners and his new focus – Customer Experience. He’s taught me how to look at my business from the total customer experience and I have some very specific steps to both track and improve the customer experience for my clients.

Gavin has consulted globally on diverse projects ranging from small businesses to major corporates to government entities. In the past, he was the Head Professional at the London Golf Club and Assistant to the Director of Golf at Westchester Country Club in New York. His blog is a hit with golfers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals.

Christian, Music, Recreation,and Talents

Wesley United Methodist Church: When my church needed to redesign and recreate its website, I volunteered. An interactive site complete with a downloadable calendar and multiple ministry pages, it creates an outreach to the world for the community-focused and evangelism-focused church. A Headway site, it incorporates a blog and one of the church members has really taken off as a new blogger, filling the site with exceptional inspiring and often humorous writing.

Andrew Plath: My brother has been passionate about photography forever. He is starting to blog about that passion and hopes to build a business using Photoshelter to help market his photos. I admire his courage for taking his passion and sharing it with the world.

Heide’s Pet Care: When my dog trainer was looking for a way to gain more visibility, I suggested we rebuild her website into a more visible one using Headway. Her posts are ones that every dog owner should read as she speaks with experience on topics of dog training, dog nutrition, and pet care.

Michael Schroeder: Not a blog, though there is a link to one on the site, Mike writes and performs contemporary Christian music throughout the world and you can hear his music if you follow the link. We met on the banks of the Wausau Whitewater course and grew a friendship that spans many passions and many years.  His truthful lyrics are Bible-based and Mike has lived his music and touched many lives.

Wausau Whitewater: Again, not a blog but there is a link to one on the site. Wausau Whitewater was part of my life for 12 years when I was the Operations Manager. There will always be a special spot in my heart for the river and the course that brought me new friends and taught me much about goals and competitive drive.

Mountain Bay Trail: My brother, with Kim Woodbridge’s help, transformed the old Mountain Bay Trail Site to a Headway blog site. Andy maintains it and writes the content. Mountain Bay Trail is a resource for bikers and hikers to travel and enjoy.

Technology

Kim Woodbridge: Kim is the glue that helped make this blog work. She is a WordPress and FaceBook expert who shares her expertise on her blog which led me to hire her three years ago to help me and rehire her multiple times.

Headway: This is a Headway blog. I am totally sold on the value of Headway as a theme. Clay Griffiths continues to make it better and his dad, Grant Griffiths, as the marketing arm of Headway keeps users and potential users informed of how many unique ways Headway can be configured for your own personal use. I am a Headway affiliate and choose to be one because of the value this theme has given me. For someone who wants a great looking blog that they can change whenever they want, Headway is it!

Coaches

Bridget Haymond: Bridget and I found each other on Twitter. Mutual Interests mostly. She asked back in 2009 if she could interview me for her blog. I said yes and we built a stronger friendship that moved to phone and Skype. Bridget is a Christian Life Coach. As a Certified Leadership Coach and Certified Human Behavior Consultant, Bridget coaches those who desire a more satisfying and purposeful life.  By combining her biblical and theological training with her life coach training, Bridget motivates, collaborates and inspires her clients toward intentional living for a more meaningful life.

Jane Woods: Jane is a Women’s Personal Development Specialist based in the UK. I met her through Jim Connolly and actually contacted her to get her recommendation on working with Jim. Listed on his website as one of his references, I just wanted a second opinion. From there, we grew a friendship with shared interests. Jane works alongside women to help them achieve maximum success in their lives. Her blog is motivating and inspirational!

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