Career Check List 2022

Basic Career Check List for 2022 

I always take advantage this season to review my basic career check list, and ensure I am career ready for the coming year… It really pays off to do an “end of year career check list”… Software and technology upgrades complete for desktop and mobile? Check. Computer and email files cleaned out? Check. Apps inventory complete and paired down? Check. Hard drive backed up? Check. Document and email files organized and ready to go for 2022? Check! Newsletters curated and updated to reflect your needs going forward? Check!

Perfect. You’re now ready to take your career check list the next level!

Career goals checklist

2022 Career Goals

Next Level Career Check List for 2022

Short, mid and long-term goals list? Check! Personal brand, resume and email signature upgraded and fit to pass artificial intelligence (AI) and applicant tracking systems (ATS)? Check! Library of “visuals” for social media? Check!  Strategic, empowered approach to hidden job market? Check! Expanded/CURATED network of contacts? Check! Screening call/interview ready? Check! Ready to negotiate that raise? Check! Can you tell an employer exactly why you’re better than anyone else for that job (p.s…it’s all about your business case!)? DOUBLE CHECK!

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I got into the habit of doing year-end computer and marketing scrubs years ago! Cleaning out my computer and feeds, upgrading my software, and preparing my marketing tools really puts me in a confident spot, starting the new year. Everything feels fresh and organized — which leaves me open to creating new product, overhauling services, and generally putting my best foot forward professionally. I repeat: it feels really good but also, it’s massively empowering: a GREAT POSITION to be in, starting any new year.

I challenge you to do the same. It takes 3-4 days to get it all done, but it’s so.worth.it!

Set yourself (or a friend) up for professional success in 2022! Pay this forward and share on social, for a friend, colleague, classmate, employee, new gradmillennial, new immigrant, or anyone in your circle who is under/un-employed, and struggling to get greater career traction.

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Careers AF! 2022 Toolkit: https://www.mediaintelligence.ca/estore-career-tools/

The Big Picture on your Career Life Cycle

Where do you stand with your career life cycle?

Every career has a life cycle. Every industry has a life cycle. Every company has a life cycle.

Whatever your career plan, you first need to get an understanding of where you stand on the continuum. Are you entry level (1-5 years)? Are you mid-management level (5-10 yrs)? Senior management (10-15)? Executive level (15-20 years)? It’s really good to do a quick self-assessment and know how your skills and experience stack up.

To become a subject matter expert in any topic, you must spend 10K hours in it. Like, I have well over 10K hours in coaching, after having done it for 15 years.

Careers are an “arc”. Know where you stand on it. That’s the first step.

…read on… and tag your friends! Everyone needs career support these days!

Media

Read all about how to improve your post-pandemic job search! Above all, learn how to position and package yourself successfully for job search c2022! 

Corporate Vision Media Innovation Award – Best Media Recruiting & Canada Management Consultancy – Canada


Toronto Star: New year, new career? A recruiter’s tips for a pandemic job hunt on “This Matters” with Saba Eitizaz. https://open.spotify.com/episode/5bXNbDUFawbseVwDtneLZf


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CJRU The Scope at Ryerson: CJRU sits down with Michelle Nadon on job hunting from home.


Newstalk CJBK 1290 logoCKBJ London, Interview: Career Coach Michelle Nadon with Ken and Loreena.  


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Vibe 105 York University Article: Careers AF!” The Book Every Millennial Needs To Read!


Ryerson Interview Clip: Jamie Mason, reporter with Ryerson University’s “The Scope”, interviews M. Michelle Nadon on what it takes to get a job in media these days.

Ask BRTV EP3 GosineFacebook interview with Stephanie Gosine from #askBRTV

Career Recourse with Craig Colby from Colbyvision

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Humber Radio 96.6: Career activism interview with M. Michelle Nadon


CHCH Morning Live Interview: M. Michelle Nadon is featured on CHCH’s Morning Live with Bob Cowan, discussing all the changes to navigating careers c2020.

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Thrive Global: Building Your Plan and Your Brand –  Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global Network featured article with Lisa MacDonald: Career Activism Interview

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A Life-fine”  “An Absolute Game Changer” “Speaks to the Heart” “A First-Rate Fail-Proof Career Strategy” “Eye-Opening” “The Toolkit is simply amazing”

It’s a Whole New Job World Out There!

Who would’ve imagined that you could live in Toronto and be a valued, full time employee  located in New York? How could anyone predict companies would go to such lengths to keep their employees engaged and offer new flexibility around the work week?  Why is it so surprising that employers are now looking at applicants’ experience first, instead of their degrees?

       “Careers AF! 2nd Edition should be your go-to gift for anyone graduating university/college. It’s full of secrets I wish I’d known 30 years ago. No matter what stage you are at, you should read Careers AF!, then hold on to it as a friendly reference as you navigate your work life.” -– Craig Colby, ColbyVision

What Does This All Mean?

Not only do the old rules not apply, but in many cases they don’t even exist anymore! As a result, no matter what your situation, you need to know the new rules and how to work them to your advantage. That’s why you need Careers AF! In easy-to-read, conversational language, it provides:

✔️ Valuable information you will use to assess specifically which jobs are a fit for you so you don’t waste time applying for a job you can’t get or really don’t want

✔️ Easy Guidelines for writing cover letters, bios and even recommendations (in case someone is willing to recommend you but wants you to write the actual letter)

✔️ Up to the minute tips on how to effectively make today’s technologies, like Twitter, LinkedIn and other platforms really work for you

✔️ Insightful techniques for preparing yourself mentally and emotionally for your job search

✔️ Insider insights into how to kill at the interview (along with “the 3 biggest mistakes people make at interview” — so you can avoid them!

✔️ Clear advice on how to ask for the salary you want and max your changes of getting it!

✔️ Real inspiration and encouragement to actually do the things that will position you at the top of the list when you apply for a job

If you’re in the job market — or thinking of entering it — maximize your efforts and avoid potential discouragement. In other words, set yourself up for success with the knowledge and experience, tips and insider secrets imparted in every page of Careers AF! – 2nd Edition.

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Special thanks to Alisyn Camerota, Anchor CNN, for participating in CAF interviews on best practices in hiring!

Above all, this is the book for creating the career you want in the 21st century.

Discover the new rules and learn the new tools for the post-pandemic gig economy. Get your copy today!

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Career Planning

Are You Serious About Getting a Job — or Upgrading or Changing your Career? 

You’ve Come to the Right Place! 

Our Career Planning and Recruitment program offers practical resources and tailored consultation services. We boast an impressive, verifiable 87.5% success rate* supporting job seekers in getting the job and salary they desire. mediaINTELLIGENCE offers 3 “tiers” of engagement to get YOU to your goal!

BRONZE TIER

Ideal for self-motivators who can use insider guidance to create a career plan of action, and the tools to execute that plan! The Bronze Tier includes M. Michelle Nadon’s book, Careers AF! 2nd Edition …as well as our proprietary Careers AF! 2022 DIY Toolkit. The book and the toolkit are all self-starters need to take it from there!  Bronze Tier:  Amazon Book: approx. $25 – EStore Toolkit: $24.99

Careers AF! 2nd Edition and DIY 2022 Career Toolkit

The book tells you WHAT you need to do to manage your career in 2022. The DIY Toolkit shows you HOW to do it!

SILVER TIER

Job seekers at all levels get one-on-one support developing your resume/pitch, and designing your job search strategy. For once, you can get all those pressing career questions answered in a 1.5 hour consultation session with recruitment specialist, career coach, professor, speaker and author, M. Michelle Nadon.

The objective of the Silver Tier is to address all of your career and job search issues: the session results in getting direct answers to all of your career  concerns, and offers practical, tailored strategies for job search, tailored to your individual needs and wishes. Ultimately, we get you to the place where you are ready to move forward with confidence, effectively execute your job search, attract the favourable attention of decision makers and…well…WOW them! 

The Silver Tier includes the book Careers AF! 2nd Edition, the Careers AF! 2022 DIY Toolkit, and an info-packed 1.5 hours of in-depth, customized career consulting. Silver Tier $225.00:  Request your session here via email!

GOLD TIER

This really is the gold standard for virtually guaranteeing you get to the place you want to be; the place you’ve probably only dreamed about until now!

This package includes 3 sessions, totalling a hefty 4.5 hours of one-on-one counselling. These sessions provide essentially “post-graduate level work” in identifying precisely what you want — and then developing a practical plan and schedule for getting it. We put you in control of the entire job search process so you can meet every situation along the way with calm, cool confidence! We address your positioning (aka “pitch”), we strengthen your marketing (aka “packaging”) and we guide you through each job search scenario to compel the favourable attention of decision-makers!

The Gold Tier includes three full on, one-on-one structured coaching sessions, tailored specifically to YOUR vision — YOUR career plan done with, and done for, YOU. Here’s what you get:

Session 1 explores your goals, reviews and upgrades all your marketing tools, and introduces best practices for targeted job search. In addition, this in-depth 2 hour session includes Careers AF! 2nd Edition, and the Careers AF! 2022 DIY Career Toolkit.

Session 2 is a 1.5 hour high level strategy session in which your employment targets are individually reviewed and a specific plan is created to get you in front of the right people, with the right pitch, at the right time … for the right reasons.

Session 3 Is a 1 hour session that prepares you to shine during the interview process and ensures that you stand out from your peers. The session also puts you on solid footing for your employment negotiations, and helps you manage your on-boarding successfully in a new job, so that you strategically earn that first year salary increase!

Gold Tier – 3 sessions – $625.00:  Request your session here via email!

“I got the job! And I want to say a huge thank you  for your coaching and insights. Working with mediaINTELLIGENCE is amazing, and I know the work of keeping my networks and presence up isn’t over. I really couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” — Jessica B.

* In our most recent Executive Cohort, 30 out of 34 job seekers (87.5%) secured the role, title, purpose and compensation they desired.

eStore: Career Tools

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13 brilliant templates for writing resumes, cover letters, bios, recommendations. It also has a killer job search spreadsheet to help you maximize your approaches to hiring managers!

CareersAF! DIY 2022 Toolkit $29.99

Our 2022 DIY Career Toolkit is your complete, downloadable “How-To” resource for successfully marketing yourself or your business in the hyper-competitive pandemic era.

The Toolkit was created to provide a step by step guide with everything you need for getting that new job you’ve been dreaming about, reinventing yourself, or, starting and building a new business.

Scroll down to see what “everything” looks like in the 2022 DIY Toolkit Menu!

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Here’s what “everything” looks like – 2022 DIY Career Toolkit Menu

✔️ Next Level Goal Planning: How to organize your career or business goals into short term, mid term, and long-term categories so you can know what you’re shooting for, and when to expect it! “Formalizing my career plan showed me that my goals were achievable — all that I had to do was to be systematic about pursuing them.” Gloria YK
✔️ Build Your Professional Brand: A check-list of what “marketing tools” you need to get that job or build your business. “Learning about the marketing side of things is just as important as the content side — I wish I’d learned this much earlier.” Jacky H
✔️ Content Style Resume for Online Job Applications: A sample showing exactly what you need to build a killer resume that is “applicant-tracking system friendly.”
✔️ Visual Style Resume: An actual resume template you can use as a creative model for your own. Visual resumes work beautifully when reaching out one on one to both hiring managers and decision makers.
✔️ How to Write a Formal Cover Letter: A step by step explanation of what a super effective cover letter needs — with insider tips on making it even more powerful. “My recruiter told me this was the best cover letter she’d ever seen!” Sophie M.
✔️ How To Write Your Bio: A guide to exactly what you need in your Bio and how to organize it for maximum impact. “Above all, my marketing tools are SO much more professional and sophisticated now.” Linda K
✔️ How To Write a Recommendation: An actual template where you only have to fill in the blanks to create a topnotch recommendation letter. Perfect to send to your connections to use in their letters supporting you!
✔️ How To Write Up Your References: A tip sheet on how to navigate the reference process with a clear example of how to present your references and what exact information to include, to facilitate the process for recruiters.
✔️ Job Posting Websites: A comprehensive list of company websites you can choose from to target and monitor for job postings. And several useful tips on how to get the most from the list! “I never knew there were so many industry-specific job posting sites!”  Jan N.
✔️ Are You Shortlist-able? An eminently practical exercise for determining which jobs to apply for, and maximizing the likelihood of getting the interview and job that you want. “I had no idea how important it is to self-screen for jobs. As a result, I’m now getting call backs!” Noel N.
✔️ Job Search / Business Lead Tracking Sheet: A worksheet for targeting specific companies that will you on a direct course to success! “The job search spreadsheet blew my mind.” Derek B.
✔️ How to Start Your New Job Successfully: A serious look at how to stay sane and relaxed (but kick butt too!) as you start your new job. “I read through your entry strategy document and it’s pure gold.” Jess B.
✔️ Best Times to Post on Social Media:  A cheatsheet that shows you when the very best times are to post on Twitter, Insta, LinkedIn and Facebook, in order to maximize your posts and maintain a steady and effective digital presence. “With these tips and tricks, I understand how to use social media to my best advantage now!” Uly V.

Buy the book and discover what you have to do to prosper in today’s market.  Buy the downloadable Toolkit and discover how to do it! 

About M. Michelle Nadon

Michelle Nadon author of CareersAF!

We’ll teach you how to “Shepherd” your career!

About M. Michelle Nadon – Recruiting Specialist & Career Strategist

Michelle Nadon is known for her comprehensive knowledge of the media and entertainment industries. Since 2004, she has been the leading provider of recruitment and cutting-edge career coaching resources for the Canadian media and cultural sectors.

mediaINTELLIGENCE (mI) is renown for continuously evolving its career coaching resources and services to meet — and surpass — industry standards. Now in its 18th year, mI has undertaken recruiting assignments with all major Canadian networks. We’ve also worked with dozens of independent production houses and cultural organizations, and delivered proprietary career development training at many Canadian colleges and universities  for nearly 20 years!

Prior to founding mI, Michelle’s portfolio included managing policy and regulatory compliance with Bell Media.  She served as General & Operations Manager in two post-production houses. For five years, she worked in production with TVOntario’s English & French public broadcasting networks.  Earlier in her career, she worked with industry leader Nelvana on award-winning 2D and 3D animated series.

Michelle is fluently bilingual. She holds certificates in Advanced Blogging, Social Media Marketing, The Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program, and Queens’ University’s Executive Marketing Program. Michelle lives north of Toronto with her “Littles”, HEro & maRL, and spends all of her spare time, goodwill and company profits on animal rescue and animal advocacy through C4P Animal Rescue.

HEro & maRL academics!

Where Canadian media meets animal advocacy!